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April 08, 2009

Dude Ranch Deal at Montana's Mountain Sky

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Riders at the Mountain Sky Guest Ranch, where you can get a good deal this summer.
Photo: Brook Wilkinson

by Brook Wilkinson

Looking to let out your inner cowboy or cowgirl this summer? One great place to do so is the Mountain Sky Guest Ranch, which I visited late last summer while on assignment for an upcoming Condé Nast Traveler article (it'll be part of our Iconic Itinerary series). Mountain Sky is usually booked well in advance by repeat guests, but this year is a horse of a different color. Which means a good deal for you: on selected weeks, you can get either 10 percent off the usual weekly rate or a shorter 5-night stay during the height of the summer season, when guests typically must book for an entire week. These deals are currently available for the weeks of June 7, July 12, and July 19.

Mountain Sky is a rare, Wild West dude ranch that combines rugged luxury and authenticity. It's a working ranch with a herd of black Angus cattle, but also a spa, tennis court, and yoga classes. There are horses suited to riders of every ability level, from complete beginners to advanced riders who are comfortable at a gallop. You can also take a day trip into Yellowstone National Park, just 30 minutes away.

Rates range from $3,325 to $3,895 per week (not including taxes), and include accommodation, all meals, and all on-ranch activities and facilities. To get the 10 percent off or the prorated 5-night deal, call Caroline Wood, a travel agent based in Montana, and one of Wendy Perrin's favorite travel specialists. Wood can just book you a short getaway to Mountain Sky, or an all-inclusive itinerary including the nearby national parks.

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