Guest Testimonials 2011
We had such a good time at Hawley Mountain -- it's hard to put it into words. But I'm sure you hear that all the time. Thanks again for being part of our summer vacation this year. We'll always remember it. Say Hi to everyone for us, and have a great summer!
Sue Doran - Minneapolis, MN
Thanks so much! Stephens and I had a great time! We really feel like we lucked out – having found out about this on the internet, and not being sure what to expect. But the location was perfect, and everyone was really nice! I do hope to come back at some point, and I sent 20 of your post cards to friends who I thought might be interested in going some day! Thanks again! :)
LAIS - Northbridge, MA
Difficult to put into words what a wonderful week I've had - Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!
You have such an awe-inspiring place here! I feel blessed to have been able to share it with you!
Kate - Somerville, MA
Magnificent! Spectacular view! Wonderful crew and family like atmosphere.
Everyone was ready to fulfill any want/need that arose. Sitting down and eating
meals together made me feel like part of the family. You all are awesome!
Joyce - Indianapolis, IN
The place is magical and boundless in its beauty and wonder. The people (at Hawley
Mountain ranch) made the experience unforgettable. I will be back!
Barbara - Indianapolis, IN
We have loved the air, the mountains, the food and seeing snow in June!
Thank you for the chance to be with real cowboys -- oops! - wranglers - and such nice people.
Homer and Mary - Cookeville, TN
This place will stay in our minds forever. Having traveled the world, this place is the
sweetest place! Kind folk, good food, most stunning scenery, scary rides! Tests the spirit and nerves.
Special people who give their time to making this this trip the BEST YET IN OUR TRAVELS!
Glady and Geoff - Surry, ENGLAND
Truly this is the most beautiful place I've ever been. We enjoyed getting acquainted
with the cowboy culture. We all enjoyed the people, the food, and the experience!
Thanks to all!
George, Susan, Emily, and Victoria, - Concord, MA
Words cannot adequately describe how beautiful the Hawley Mountain ranch
area truly is. We have been blessed to be a part of it.
Thanks to all who've made our Montana vacation so special and who've
helped to create a wonderful memory to last a lifetime!
Doug, Jake and Emily - Harrisburg, PA
We will always remember how special our honeymoon was made by all of the Hawley Mountain Staff.
It is so beautiful here and we wish we could stay longer.
John and Jessica Ankeny, IA
What a special place this is! We could not have picked a better place to spend our vacation.
We are so lucky to have experienced this part of our country and the staff showed such care and kindness
towards all of us. Thank you! We hope to see you all again!
Susan, Ramon, David, Ramon, and Santi - Palos Park, IL
Had a great time, everyone was so nice, food was fantastic!
Dick and Peg - Molino, FL
Our Montana experience with you could not have been better. It was so thoughtful of you to invite your grandson for the same week so Bo could have a friend. Your wranglers were wonderful with us as new riders and your
The staff made everyone feel like we were all old friends. Please say good-bye to Jaa-ha, Spur, and Red Cloud for us and give them a carrot for us. Hope to see you again soon.
David, Susan, and Bo - Tampa, FL
Coming back to Hawley is like coming home. Thanks again for being so good to us! Hawley and its
inhabitants hold a special place in my heart.
Wendy - Annapolis, MD
Thank you for a terrific week. You all are like family. We love coming back!
Laura - Montgomery, TX
Awesome place ever!!! I hope I can come back soon.
Saw elk, beaver, bear, moose, horses and so much more!
Samantha - Rockford, IL
I think... No, I know that this has been the funnest week of my life!
I liked a rainbow right next to the pond. It brings me sadness to know that I must leave.
This place will never leave my heart. I WILL COME BACK!!!
Mercy - Rockford, IL
How can a week go by so fast? The weather was glorious. The staff is all great. The food was
awesome! We would like to come back next year. I was hoping my daughter would love this mountain
air, rocks, and people as much as I do. I will definitely not wait 15 more years to come back. Thanks for
Sue - Rockford, IL
Thank you again for such an excellent time. The rides were great and so was the staff and food!
We had such a good time and we are definitely coming back soon!
Tina, Emma, and Zoe - Wrentham, MA
Thanks for a wonderful week. The fireworks were spectacular, the rides were great. The food
was delicious, and the staff was friendly and helpful, above and beyond. Everyone was great!
Thanks -Kris and George Bloomington, IL
Another great week at Hawley Mountain. Spectacular scenery, great food, and the staff was great!
Kudos for a great time. Thanks all!
Norm and Lisa - Foster City, CA
What an absolute blessing this week has been. We have dreamed about a Dude ranch adventure.
Out of 100's of choices God directed us to your home. It was everything we had hoped
and MORE! It was a special treat meeting so many of your precious family. All of your staff
was superior and we thank each of them. God bless you and thank you for sharing your
beautiful world with us.
Nancy and Sue - Penndel, Pa and Port Matilda, PA
Thank you for your kind hospitality during our stay at your ranch. We had a great time riding
and are grateful for the help and patience of the wranglers. Thank you wranglers! The food
was super- great variety and delicious meals. Loved the cookouts and the s’mores! Especially
enjoyed the staff and other guests. Loved the beautiful setting and gorgeous view from the lodge.
Thanks for the memories!
Lee and Joan - Apple Valley, MN
The rides were awesome! The wranglers were very concerned for our safety, which made the experience
even more enjoyable. The staff was so helpful and willing to share their lives with us. I felt a
part of the team. It was my best experience with the horses ever and I wish I didn't have to leave.
Thank you so much!
Norma - Apple Valley, MN
This was definitely a very interactive birthday experience. It was a gift that was unveiled only
the day before the whole week!! I got close to a lot of the guests here due to the small size.
It was like having my own honorary family for the week. The trails were a bit tough, but Sky knew
what she was doing. She is a great horse! Thank you very much for everyone's hospitality.
I’ll remember this trip as long as I live.
Alexa - Philadelphia, PA
We have spent a great deal of time reflecting fondly on our week at the Hawley Mountain Guest Ranch
and our grandson is still talking about the dance contests with his friends in Montana.
We could not have had a better vacation and we thank you for your extra effort in inviting your grandson
to be there when ours was there. Once again, thanks for a great time and we hope to see you again
in the future.
David and Susan - Tampa, FL
It was a great vacation and I will tell everyone. Everyone was so friendly and accommodating.
The food was fantastic, and I enjoyed myself so much that I have decided to get myself a horse.
I was so impressed that it is tempting to move up there. I will always cherish the friends
I made there and will never forget ya’ll or them.
Dick and Peggy - Molino, FL
Most beautiful scenery.
Open arms ... Open hearts
New experiences 'round every curve.
Teaching and learning life lessons.
Amazing staff with serious skills.
Never take a moment for granted.
Awesome memories filled with inspiration.
Thank you doesn’t quite seem enough to describe the gratitude I feel towards the
Hawley Mountain ranch family. I was fortunate enough to have found your little hideaway for my
daughter's 21st birthday trip. It was a special time that was enhanced by your kindness and attention
to details. It was a wonderful atmosphere to bond with other guests.
The wranglers worked with such care to make our experience with the horses
as fulfilling as possible. The confidence they
instilled in us has changed us forever! Of course, the amazing home-made meals
really completed the family ambience and we always looked forward to the interesting
conversations during meal times. So, we won't say "goodbye:.. .just "until we meet again!"
Dee - Phyladelphia, PA
What a blessing! The amazing beauty surrounds us as well as the amazing beauty of
the "family" at Hawley! My son said his favorite part of the vacation were the
"little moments"! The games of volleyball and Taboo brought us together as a family the good
old fashioned way! Now we plan to continue that new found fun back at our home. Your staff
was so friendly and professional and we loved every one of them. The food was 5 star!!!
Jodi, David, Christian, and Lilli - Sidney, MT
Appreciate the friendliness and the thoughtfulness of your staff. Awesome scenery.
Thank you all for serving us with smiles! The food was outstanding!
Dwayne and Linda - Edmond, OK
Our return rip has been as wonderful as the first! Our grandsons don't want to go home!
What a great group of staff members and so fun! Great professionals - so caring and helpful.
It gives you a great feeling of what life was like in the early years of this beautiful
part of the world. Thank you for a beautiful week. The beauty we will take home with us.
We hope to return son.
Jo Ann, Thomas, Buck - Florence, AL
Another wonderful week! The new trail was great!
Thanks for making our week so wonderful!
Charlie, Leslie, Tara, and Taylor - Katy, TX
Chuck, Frances, Grace - Urbana, IL
Gary and Brent – Smithe Station, AL
A wonderful week with wonderful people.
Everything I hoped it would be.
Hope to return.
Miles – Edgecomb, ME
I thought it was just awesome!
Mel – Edgecomb, ME
The week was great, and it went so fast!
Alan and Anita - Portland, OR
I wish there were more words than Thank You!
It hardly seems enough. This was the best
week ever for me.
A humbling experience.
Seana and John -- Annapolis, MD
Though always shorter than I would wish, my time in the mountains is a balm to
heart and mind alike. Sad to say, time to go, but at last I've seen snow (In July, no less)
Thomas - Annapolis, MD
I love Hawley, and I love all of you!
Thanks for sharing your world with us!
You have a special place in my heart!
Wendy - Annapolis, MD
What a special place! We came as guests and left as friends. All of us loved the short week.
The staff is so friendly, helpful, accommodating, and personable. Eating with staff allows us to know each other.
They all remember the first names too! Great activities - horse riding, river float, fly fishing, and
the "infamous" 4x4 in Old Blue to Blue lake ( no one will forget that ride!)
Super food! Diets next week! Beautiful country - wonderful people.
Our family will never forget this great week!
Thanks to all!
George and Luanna Burlington, IA
I was back for the 3 rd time and this is still the best vacation place I've ever been to.
Wonderful people, great food, terrific horses, and beautiful scenery. Can't wait for visit number 4!
Ruth - Wheaton, MD
Back for the 2nd time. Great time! Great horses, fish, and scenery!
Saw lots of wildlife. Excellent food and people. Can't wait to come back!
Mark, Karen, Megan ,and Jacob – Contookook, NH
Exceeded all expectations! Loved the riding, fishing, and spectacular scenery.
Best of all we enjoyed new friends - Thank you!
AJ - Hopkinston, NH
This place is amazing!! I want to come back every summer.
Thank you for the wonderful food, amazing horses, and such a kind staff!
Thank you :)
- Emma - Vancouver, BC - CANADA
The most beautiful place I've ever seen. Thank you for the great experience!
Take good care of Domino -- I will be back!
David - Olive Branch, MS
Thanks to Ray, Kyle, and Joe for putting up with me.
Ya'll were great and showed me some of the most beautiful country I will ever see!
Sheila - Olive Branch, MS
Thank you so much for the wonderful western hospitality.
We felt welcomed from the moment we arrived.
The horses are amazing and easy to trust (Thank goodness!)
The views are like nothing else on earth.
Your food is wonderful and it was so nice to be taken care of for the week.
We will be back!
Jen xoxo -- Vancouver, BC - CANADA
Have not been on many vacations-- But realize nothing could compare to you and Montana.
Always wanted to run away to Montana and now I know why.
Love the hospitality, horses, history of Montana.
Bless you for being the best part of this USA.
Hope we can come back!
Ken and Georgette - Wappingers Falls, NY
2nd year -- Everything was great
Hope to get back another terrific day in paradise.
Thanks for everything.
Dick - Waukeesha, WI
Tom and I enjoyed everything, especially the 4 x 4 trip.
Every person there was exceptionally kind and friendly. We were very impressed.
The panning for gold was on the Bucket List.
We loved the float trip, riding horses, and beautiful scenery.
Shirley and Tom - North Port, FL
Had a super time.
The food was perfect.
The staff are well organized
All and all -- GREAT!!!!!
Bob - New Berlin, WI
Wonderful, awesome experience...
More than I expected, going home will be a transition.
It will take me days to come down to earth.
Thank you --- Mary - Oakland, CA
John and Arlene had a great time!
Wonderful folks to be with and what beautiful country!
Thanks for all and hope to return sometime.
Arlene and John - Cheswick, PA
Great food, mountain air, tranquility, friendly people,
comfortable cabin and the list goes on!
How could anyone want more?
Thanks for everything!
Sheila and David - Olive Branch, MS
Great scenery, great new friends!
We had a wonderful time and couldn't be happier with the accommodations and friendly staff!
Thanks so much for the new memories!!
Steve and Nancy - Antelope, CA
A fabulous week to remember.
Have traveled a lot, Ron and Phyllis, you should be so proud of what you have.
Great staff who make your time here special.
Thank you so much, hope to return again someday.
All the best -- Bonny and Dwayne and Cole - Ontario, CANADA
Thank you so much for hosting us and welcoming us into the Hawley Mountain family.
You exceeded all of our expectations.
We especially loved our ride across and along the river, learning how to ride with Ray,
and the "unforgettable" giggle box ride, and relaxing with a massage from Kryn.
Please keep in touch! P.S. GREAT FOOD!
Ben and Ester - Brooklyn, NY
Fantastic time, a really special place made so by ALL the staff.
Superb accommodations, excellent food, attentive and friendly folk.
Not to mention the fishing!
Thank you all so much!
7th time here!
As always a great time!
Enjoyed the fishing and the double ride- (River/Hell's Canyon)
Still lots of things I need to do here, so I will be back!
Thanks for having this place and sharing it.
Mike - Jacksonville, IL
Great time again!!
My second trip and very enjoyable.
Fishing and horseback ride were lots of fun.
Looking forward to the next time I can get back!
Mike - Monticello, IL
Wonderful time at Hawley Ranch -
We had a great time - rode horses each day!
One attempt to fly-fish and many miles of walking -
Oh and not to forget the 4 x 4 ride to Blue Lake!
The staff are what makes the trip fantastic -- and not to forget the
extra pounds that we will take home from all the great cooking!
Mike and Debbie - Houston, TX
Words cannot describe how wonderful our time here has been.
The best part -- the beautiful, kind spirited staff.
We love you guys!
Bev and Jerry - Ypsilanti, MI
Great place, great time, great fishing, GREAT PEOPLE!!
Dick - - Niceville, FL
Our fourth year and this time another birthday and 58th Anniversary.
Another wonderful group of people and wonderful staff.
Herb and Eleanor - Visalia, CA
Beautiful place and incredible hosts.
Only sorry I couldn't ride horses, But Ray got to do that.
Food was outstanding.
Views were awesome.
Such a wonderful experience.
Ann and Ray - Cameron, NC
What a great place, filled with SO MANY ADVENTURES!!!!
Never experienced anything like this before.
Phyllis, Ron, and staff were wonderful!! (Even Ray and Joe! Ha ha ha)
Will miss you all!
Bruce and Lynn - Raleigh, NC
There really aren't words wonderful enough to describe the place!!
The food was great -- Ron, Phyllis and the staff are true gems!
They have created a wonderful space here worth experiencing again and again!
Thank you XOXOXO - Shodi - Woodman, WI
This trip has been way beyond my expectations.
The staff is amazing, great facilities, and the food was out of this world!
Thanks for making this the trip of a lifetime!
Jeff – Indianapolis, IN
"all you need is trust and a little bit of pixie dust..." Peter Pan, J.M. Barrie
You gave me that and much more...
It was an awfully big adventure and I loved each part of it.
I'm going to miss you all.
Thank you Phyllis, Ron, Michelle, Sara, Airn, Jane and Joe and Pistol and Heidi!!
Pat - Belgium
Guest Testimonials 2010 (sorted by state)
Anne Anderson and John McIntosh, Phoenix, AZ
Anne learned to flyfish – and LOVED it. John enjoyed watching (laughing at) Anne in her waders. Rojo and Jack were great horses. What a beautiful place and wonderful staff. Thanks for a great vacation.
Thank you so much for the pic. We got back yesterday (Yellowstone and grand Tetons) and found the package on the front steps. Jordan was very happy to get her blanket back. The girls loved the card with cuttings of their horse’s hair, nice touch.
We had a perfect time at the Ranch and thanks for letting me have some time to myself. It’s just what I was looking for. Great staff, everyone was nice and helpful, and we hope to be back someday.
Scott Ratty, San Luis Obispo, CA
Megan, Alan, Pinky and Wayne Rogers, Valley Center, CA
Thank you for the unforgettable week! After 3 years of coming here I never get tired of the place.
Alan Rogers, CA
An amazing week. The worst part of the trip was leaving the ranch. The food was amazing and the people were unforgettable. Thanks Hawley Mountain Ranch for an amazing time.
Sophia Grant – Covenald, Gay and Glenn Grant, Saratoga CA
Wonderful time for us all. Sophia felt everyday was the best. Super staff and great wranglers. Gracias.
Hi Ron and Phyllis,
Thanks oodles for such a GREAT TIME. All the horse activities surpassed my hightest expectations. The horses were so beautiful and responded so well to even the most inept of us and the trail rides were amazing. You were right, nobody could replicate the 4X4 ride and the gorgeous if rather scary hike. The whole area was gorgeous; green and wild flowers. You have a great operation and all your guests seem happy and appreciative. Your staff was awesome and it is nice to see how everyone seems to like and work well together.
Love, Gay Grant, Saratoga, CA
Ron and Michaela Taggart, Alta Loma CA
It’s been real. I just loved meeting Smokey and Cal. They were just wonderful and the staff too.
Herb and Eleanor Hawkins, Visalia, CA
As always had a great time. Look forward to next year. Thank you for the remembrances. We always enjoy being at this beautiful place and with you great fun people. Already looking forward to next year.
Deirdre and Larry Lewis, Visalia, CA
Thank you for a week that included cookies galore, horse back rides even more – waking to laughter and the smell of bacon, a trip in Old Blue to the top of the mountain. A young man who was lost, one night without sleep was the cost. Ron and Phyllis – very calm and collected – the best week ever – you have done SO much – everyone – for a wonderful time!...Thank you for letting me ride Sargeant both on the trail and in the arena – a good horse. One thing I learned about Joe the wrangler – as we say out West he is a man to ride the river with.
Pam and Mo Mathews, Denver, CO
Great as ever. We look forward to next year and come see us in Denver! Much love.
Elizabeth Lord, Denver, CO
Your mountains embraced. Your welcomeness warmed me. Your horses delighted me. Your wonderful food “fluffed” me. Your staff supported me. Heidi inspired me. Phyllis and Ron made my heart happy. Thank you for a wonderful Wellness Week.
Sarah Levine, Denver, CO
The land, the river, the mountains are all wonderful. Heidi held us near and dear – also wonderful. But it’s the people here that I hold in wonder most – your generosity, authenticity, knowledge, flexibility, care. Thank you!
Barbara Caley, Denver, CO
It has been wonderful to be here, with your most special staff in this beautiful remote ranch. Thank you! For hospitality, warmth, fabulous food, hikes, horses and “Heidi Wellness”. You’ve created a special world in an elementally
Terry and Linda Brauneck, Auburndale, FL
How nice of you to touch base with us. We can’t believe it’s been a week already and you have been through a whole new set of guests.
We had a great time. From the 4 X 4 ride up the mountain to the “down” time, it was all good. The food and company were wonderful. We were glad to have Brian and Kelly to share the experience with us.
Thanks for everything.
Caryn Steinbach, FL
What happens on Hawley Mountain stays on Hawley Mountain. I survived again – thank you so much. I shall always remember the “Yellowstone incident”.
Kate and John Anderson, Middleburg, FL
This was the best vacation ever! Everything was so fun, and everyone was so nice! I’m planning on coming back someday! Thank you so much!
Madison, Chloe, Lania and Toni Rittenhouse, Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Thank you – thank you – thank you. We couldn’t have asked for a better family vacation. Montana Rocks! The team and the lodge are fantastic and the personalized family style interaction was so wonderful. We have memories to last a lifetime but we’ll need to return and collect more soon!
Dear Ron and Phyllis,
I wanted to thank you again for such a wonderful week. I can’t remember ever having this much fun on a vacation and I have been on some great trips. You have managed to find the perfect fit with your staff. They’re a little nuts, I guess the funny farm is pretty empty right now, they all ended up on Hawley Mtn. It shows with each member how happy they are to be here and that reflects well on you. John Denver sang about
“coming home to a place you’ve never been before”, I think that’s what we did.
I got up this morning and started my day without a stubborn horse named Cal, and I missed it. I took lots of pictures, most of them were taken while riding on the trails, it was such a beautiful vacation as well. The back of his head is in a lot of them. ?
I have already heard from Kari and Marissa, imagine that, going on vacation and making a whole bunch of new friends.
I will never forget the first week I spend on Hawley Mtn.
Thanks for everything,
I look forward to seeing you again,
Kathy Boes, Flowery Branch, GA
Morgan Lonergan, Jacksonville, IL
I love my horse Mac. Anne was very good. The food was very good. Thanks for a good week
Mike, Amy, Bridgette, Morgan and Collin Lonergan
Third time here – still the best vacation we’ve had. Thank you Ray, Joe, Karmele and Kyle for your horse expertise. Thanks Michelle, Sara for the great meals – thanks Anne, Cara for a clean cabin, and Jodey for the hikes – we will be back!! This is an awesome place!!
Jan Schakowsky and Bob Creamer, Evanston, IL
For all my life, this is my doodle (of a horse’s head). Now my fantasies have become reality at Hawley Mountain Ranch. Riding my “own” horse in the wilderness, watching the horses run up to the pasture and down to the pond – HEAVEN!! Phyllis, Ron, Jodey, wranglers Joe and Ray, fabulous cooks and ALL the staff made us feel at home in every way. Our dogs, Lucky and Buddy enjoyed running around like puppies they are not. What a way to celebrate our 30th Anniversary. Unforgettable. Thanks.
Mike Wright, Indianapolis, IN
What a wonderful week made possible by a caring staff. One of my favorite weeks ever. Thanks to everyone for their gracious hospitality.
Kevin, John, Lynn and Madison, Bettendorf, Iowa
It was WONDERFUL!! Thanks so much for all of the wonderful attention you gave us. Our kids had a fabulous time. The food was great. Maddy wants to thank: jodey, Phyllis, Ron, Anne, Kyle, Ray, Joe, Michelle, Sara and Karmel!
Susan Spalding, Richmond, KY
What a wonderful week! What an amazing place! Thank you for the warm welcome – the staff is fantastic – you think of everything!
Thank you so much for the week full of challenges, adventures, family atmosphere and beauty. One of the best weeks of my life – your staff is tremendous. P.S. I found a lot of gold but don’t tell anyone.
Emma and Zoe Lorusso, Tina Betro, Wrentham, MA
Best vacation Evveerr!!! The staff was wicked awesome and we are definitely coming back next year! We love Bodey, Bruiser, Pepper and Smokey
Frank DeLorenzo, Middleboro, MA
A beautiful slice of Paradise, and beautiful people, all so nice. My time at the ranch was enjoyable and I really enjoyed the hospitality, the good food, the crew, and the guests.
Kevin Hatfield and I have already exchanged emails; also I’ve received and replied to an email from the Gerber family.
Poem written by Frank:
HAWLEY MOUNTAIN MEMORIES
The road to Hawley Mountain Ranch is often not a road at all,
With all its stones and potholes it’s an adventure I recall.
As switchbacks wind toward the blue Montana sky,
You’ll see high above you, perched where eagles fly.
Eagles Nest Lodge overlooking a valley of green,
Wherein lays a glassy pond where trout are often seen
In a high meadow I spy a black bear,
In the evening two elk came in view.
But the warm feeling I had I will share,
For it came from all of you,
Owners and guests and staff,
Thanks for your warmth and your laughs.
With a song in my heart, Frank DeLorenzo
Marc, Nik and Timmy Omerzu, South Yarmouth, MA
Another unforgettable week at the ranch. Thank you so much for everything again. It was wonderful seeing our friends the Lonergans again. Especially for Nik and Bridget! We will see you again.
Third time back. Couldn’t have had a better time. Gonna miss it.
Wendy Braithwaite, Annapolis, MD
It’s impossible for me to say how much I love coming to Hawley – I’m already looking forward to next year! (Does anybody ever come twice during the same season?). This is a perfect time to relax and visit with my sister, the lovely Hawley regulars and all the other guests. Thank you Phyllis, Ron and Jodey! XOXO
Judith Andrews, Salisbury, MD
I didn’t know what I was looking for but I found it on Hawley Mountain. Inner peace, a staff that made me feel like family and a wonderful look at God’s country. Thank you so much for sharing it all. I hope to be back again.
Scott, Pat and Hannah Calkin, South Portland, ME
Wonderful place for a fabulous vacation. We will be back.
Yvette Lahaye and Mark Rae, Waldo, ME
Relaxing, down to earth vacation. Exactly what we wanted. We were fortunate to experience a little piece of heaven!
Troy, Katrina, Madeleine, Olivia and Georgia Hill, Laingsburg, MI
Unbelievable week! Great food, awesome fishing and, of course, wonderful horses! The staff was great. Georgia’s favorite – the river ride.
Chase Meck, Waterford, MI
I had a great time watching fireworks. And playing with Smokey.
Smokey is a great, sweet and loving dog. So is Max. Buster made my week.
Phyllis, Ron and Jodey,
We had a great time! You guys run a top notch operation in a beautiful location with a wonderful staff, amazing horses, and mountain activities that we will talk about for years to come. You make it look so easy but I can’t imagine how much work it is to host a new group every week and maintain that personal touch. The visit exceeded all our expectations and we thank the entire HMR staff for being so flexible and fun. I could go on but I know you have a new group enjoying their first full day and I’m sure will appreciate your hospitality.
I will be sure to go on TripAdvisor to post my comments as that is probably the best way I can help spread the word to others who might be so lucky!
Thanks for a special vacation!
Kevin Meck, Waterford, MI
Kevin and Rachel Meck, Waterford, MI
We are so glad we picked Hawley Mountain for our first family ranch vacation. What a great time! Kevin and I enjoyed our horses – Rojo and Cheyenne. The kids had a wonderful time! LOVE the staff. Thank you for the special lesson for Chase. Thanks to Cara for spending time with him. The week flew by and we leave with lots of memories!
Steve, Shelley, John and David Baker, Lakeville, MN
Thank you all for a great week! This will be a vacation we will remember always! GREAT fishing too!
Dale and Belinda Essmyer, Milan, MO
Exciting, challenging, enjoying an unbelievable experience. Thank you for the Great Time!
Guy and Barbara Graham, Bozeman, MT
Best dude ranch ever. Staff are so friendly. I will miss Pepper and Chicko. Thanks!
Ally and Vincent Bauerle
Best dude ranch we’ve been to and this is our 5th. Great food, great rides, great fishing and most of all an absolutely wonderful staff. Thanks!
Melissa Lillibridge, Asheville, NC
Part of the Grove Park Spa Vision Statement is: “It’s the place that brings them here, it’s the people who bring them back” Thank you Ron and Phyllis for sharing this amazing place and bringing together such a wonderful and caring staff. Thanks to Jodey, Sara, Michelle, Jojo and Joe who made it all possible. And to our Wellness Week Guru Heidi for taking us deeper so we could better appreciate everything and everyone around us.
Arianna, Marissa and Kari Gerber, Elkhorn, NE
Everything was great especially the people and scenery… Thanks for an awesome week! All the staff is a lot of fun. I’m definitely coming back next year!...Awesome place. Fabulous people. Definitely idyllic!
Bob and Phyllis Lindquist, Basking Ridge, NJ
Fun, fun, fun. Great rides, hikes and float trip. Food outstanding! Friendly helpful crew – best riding lessons we ever received
Bobbie Thomas, Sunnyside, NY
Thanks so much for a wonderful time. See you next year on the Meatrack!
Angela, Dan, Simon and Lydia Gehr, Hamilton, OH
Thank you for such a lovely vacation. The staff is wonderful. We had such a great time.
Mark, Jen, Sam and CJ Schreck, Aurora, OH
We cannot thank you enough for this week. It is a dream vacation come true for our family. Every single person here has a place in my heart and I will be praying for all of you. Loved everything.
As we get back into work and (soon) school in the coming days, we just wanted to say again that we had a GREAT time at the ranch and THANK YOU for everything! It was an absolutely wonderful vacation – from the scenery, to the horses, to the 4X4 trip to Independence, to the raft float on the Yellowstone, to the great food, stories and hospitality and more – we could not have asked for a better week.
Simon and Lydia were thrilled to receive the card from their horses. They are asking already about when we can come back! Hopefully, we will be able to work that out sometime soon.
Thank you again for the best vacation ever! Montana rocks!
Dan, Angela, Simon and Lydia Gehr, Hamilton, OH
Anne, Jeff, Julie and Nick Frymier, Oxford, OH
We all had fun. We had some adventures (and got wet during most of them). The trail rides were fun. The river float was a lot of fun. The ride in Old Blue was a lot of fun (TREE!). We all loved our horses. The food was good. The whole week was fun! Thanks!
Harper, Tatum, Hillary and Bern Johnson, Eugene, OR
Thank you for a wonderful vacation! We enjoyed your little piece of paradise. The mountains are breathtaking (as are the hikes up them!) Lots of fun!
John, Billie Jo and Emily Stepto, Parkesbury, PA
I am so grateful for “relaxing” time away from everything. What a great family retreat this was for us. I have gained so much confidence with horses. John loved the fishing. Emily enjoyed the staff and horses.
The time we spent at Hawley Mtn. far exceeded our expectations. Everything we did was an adventure we will remember forever. We could tell you and your staff truly enjoyed your work and the visitors which made us feel like part of the Hawley Mtn. family. We will keep in touch and hope to visit again in the near future.
Billie Jo, Emily and John
Jeff, Amy, Katie and Emily Klick, Northumberland, PA
Thanks for making my dream vacation come true. Everyone was so welcoming and made us feel at home. The horses and wranglers were excellent! What a memory for our family. Thanks again!
Mike and Diane Petras, Indiana, PA
This is a “rerun” for us – and every bit as awesome! Mike loved the fishing and we both enjoyed the horses, the rides, the scenery and the incredible food! We both feel that the week just flew by – hopefully, we can return again in the future.
Your entire staff is the best!! Our thanks to all for a great week!
Mabry Taylor, Lexington, SC
Ron and Phyllis and crew – I’m really gonna miss this place. You helped find my true self. To tell you the truth, I really want to steal Whiskey
I was typing an “e” email address and your address popped up. So I thought I’d drop you a note to tell you again how much my girls loved their visit this summer! As time goes on, they continue to relate more and more of the trip. Mabry dreams about it every night and Gillie wants to move out there!
We have talked about taking a trip to Costa Rica this summer but both girls say they would rather return to Mac and Whiskey and all of you!!!!
I can’t express the happiness you all bring into peoples lives by sharing your talents. We are all truly blessed by what you do!
God bless you all, stay safe and have a “warm” winter,
Kerri, mom of Gillie and Mabry Taylor
Thanks for sending the pic. We had a FABULOUS time and are definitely planning on returning. It won’t be next year, but we are looking at the summer of 2012. We were not ready to come home and both of us have thought about what we were doing last week at this time. Trust me, we would rather be doing that again!!! Everybody was so friendly and welcoming and we just loved being out there. You kinda forget there is another world outside the ranch and I liked leaving all the stresses of daily life behind. We talked to Sara when we left, but if she forgets, please tell “Cookie” thanks for the wonderful meals and fixing Joey his pizza when needed. The food was delicious and always smelled so good from the room.
Thanks again for a great week,
Sherri Grimm, Cypress, TX
Dear Buster, Jahaa and Pepper,
Thank you for sending us some of the hair from your mane. Every time I look at it and feel it, I will remember our time with you. I really want to come back and ride you again. I had a lot of fun. That was really nice of you to remember us.
Your human friends,
Joey and Matthew Grimm, Cypress, TX
Erica and Sean Pane, Alexandria, VA
THANK YOU!! We had an awesome time, especially the 4 X 4 trip. See you again soon…
David, Gail, Zachary and Chelsea Lang, Falls Church, VA
Thank you to all the staff at Hawley Mountain. It has been a fantastic experience. Loved everything about it! Have a great year and hope to be back next summer!
Gail Lang, Falls Church, VA
Thanks so much. We had a terrific time and want to thank you all so much for your genuine and kind hospitality. Everybody is so welcoming and it really is the people that make the place.
We hope to be back next year and until then we wish you all the best!!!
Hi Ron and Phyllis,
We wanted to say THANK YOU again for a wonderful visit to your ranch this July 2010. We had been traveling around Montana for several weeks, and a week on your ranch was an awesome ending to our vacation in Montana.
The cabins and lodge were lovely and made it very easy to get to know the other families and discuss the daily events at the ranch, and enjoy the yummy cooking. There were so many wonderful activities to choose from for the week. I don’t know which we enjoyed more the horseback riding, (for me riding Cody) the fly-fishing or hiking the beautiful mountain trails. I’ll also never forget the awesome taste of rainbow trout at the campfire, that we caught earlier in the day!
Lisa, Kara, Mark and Eric Westerfield, Annandale, VA
Claire Cassel, Emily and Marisa Busse, Alexandria, VA and Washington DC
We’ve had a great week. Many firsts for us. Trail riding, fly fishing, the Hawley Mtn. Wranglers (!), Boulder River – and of course the wonderful hospitality of Hawley Mountain’s owners and staff. A vacation that will be remembered fondly for years to come. Thank you!
Cade, Carson and D’laine Rutledge,
Thanks for an unforgettable stay!
Trudi and Stephan Haemmerli, Switzerland, England
We have never felt so welcome on vacation than we have here. And the country is so beautiful, untouched, the rides exciting and lots of fun. We immediately felt at home. Thanks to all the great staff you have. A special thanks to Jeff for taking Stephan up Breakneck Mountain. There’s no holding back the Swiss!
Lisa Child – England, Philip Wheeler – Ireland
What a fantastic time we have had. It exceeded expectation in every way, and am so pleased we chose Hawley Ranch above the others. The hospitality was so warm and welcoming. It was the best trip I have ever had in the USA, and look forward to returning. Thank you.
Leonard Unterberg, Germany
You all reflect the rich beauty of this place by making it the more alive.
Marcus Unterberg, Germany
O, Hawley Ranch, the pipes, the pipes are calling. From glen to glen and down the mountain ride. The summer’s gone and all the roses falling. T’is I, t’is I must go and you must ride.
But come back, when summer’s in High Meadow or when the Ranch is hushed and white with snow. T’is you’ll be there in sunshine or in shadow. My Hawley Ranch, Montana State, I love you so!
Just when I thought I’d seen it all and had graced the land, life sent Marcus a plenty in humblemen, trust, hope and friendship. The American Spirit is alive and noone is left behind. God Bless you all to find a needle in a haystack!
Guest Testimonials 2009 (sorted by state)
John, Robin and Brad, AZ
This was our second trip, but was as much fun (or more) as the first. The ride to Meatrack was unbelievable. If its not heaven it sure is on the way there. Thanks to everyone for all the great care. See you next year.
JoAnn and David, AL
This was a wonderful place to relax, fish, ride, hike and enjoy the most beautiful place. The staff, wranglers, owners were awesome as Lewis said – this was the greatest place to bring our grandson for our special trip together.
Gabe and Gina, AZ
The natural beauty and surroundings are unforgettable and the horses we love. We shall always cherish Hawley Mtn. and its family in our hearts.
Norm and Lisa, CA
Thanks for a great week, with beautiful scenery, great food, wonderful horses and one of the nicest host families ever.
Gary, Jennifer, Kyle and Rachel, CA
Once again, we had a wonderful week. We enjoyed spending the week in this glorious place with all of you!
I had never been to Montana before and now I don’t want to leave! Oh, and Jahaa is such a great horse! Sharon the cook was amazing!
Bob and Skippy, CA
My wife and I wanted our grandkids and their parents to experience Montana as we have for several years. Our time here was everything we hoped for, and more. The food, staff, Ron and Phyllis and of course Jodey were terrific and fun to be with.
Austin and Connie, CA
Excellent time, lots of fun and great horseback rides! Mum on the 4 X 4 trip! What happens at Hawley Mtn. stays at Hawley Mtn! You never go away hungry. Thanks to Ron and Phyllis and the entire staff for their care and all the hard work that they do to ensure you have a great time.
Dear Ron and Phyllis,
Thank you both so much for another wonderful stay at the Hawley Mountain Guest Ranch. We feel so fortunate to have found your little “piece of paradise” and to have had the pleasure of sharing it with you and our fellow guests.
The setting is as beautiful as we have seen, but your warm and welcoming hospitality is what makes it so special. You have the ability to put folks like us at ease in an environment that is vastly different from where we live. That is a gift as important as the beautiful rides, the delicious meals and the talents of your wonderful staff.
We like our two-year tradition of closing out our summer here. We hope to make it longer term with a third stay in august 2010! In the meantime, we wish you a great end of your season and a much-deserved rest during the winter months.
Very happy to know you…..Jean
Jean and Ann, CA
Our second summer here at the ranch, and we couldn’t be more pleased to be back! Thanks to ALL of you, especially Ron and Phyllis, for outstanding hospitality. Ann loved Hush. I loved Mac. We both loved Arlene. Can’t wait for our next visit!
Herb and Eleanor, CA
Another fantastic week at Hawley Ranch. The weather was warm and beautiful. The other guests were very interesting and fun, the staff so friendly and helpful, and Ron and Phyllis make us all have such a good time. What a beautiful place to come and relax and enjoy. Thank you so much!
Pam and Mo, CO
It’s like coming home into the country (as John McPhee said in variation about Alaska). We’ve had a wonderful week. So glad we got to meet Arlene and Jojo before they left. I loved riding Dixie, I will ask for her (and Ray and Joe) next time. What a kind thing Heidi and Jodey did, bringing the chair in for Mo. And Sharon and Michelle gave us such good food and care. Have a happy winter break.
Ken, Washington, DC
Thank you so much. It was a lot of fun (more than I thought). Great staff and food. I think I was just getting the hang of fly fishing and riding – I have a whole new respect for the western way of life and the country. Thank you.
Sandi and Austin, FL
Thank you for such a wonderful week. We wanted to “get away” from the hustle and bustle of day to day life, and you sure made that wish come true. Thanks again for the great memories.
Jerry and Thada, GA
Thanks so much for allowing us to share this beautiful place with you. We love to come out west and especially here at Hawley Mountain. The dining room in your lodge has to be the prettiest place in America to have meals, it’s a beautiful view. Ron I will send you some flies, to try in the river. I especially enjoyed the fishing, all total I caught 32 trout, that was lots of fun.
Much thanks for all the hospitality. Again this was the most memorable time. I also get to mark one off the bucket list the climb to Independence was awesome. Blue Lake was just as beautiful in July as it is in Sept. Thanks again for sharing your piece of heaven!
Everybody was so nice. The food was great! I had so much fun. It was awesome!
Robin, Rob, Natalie and Caroline, IL
Hawley Mountain Ranch was the best vacation ever! My cousins and new found best friends and I played badmitton a lot. Sorry we obliterated the birdies (shuttle-cocks!) Thanks for the awesome vacation (family reunion-my grandparents 49th anniversary!) – Caroline
Words cannot express this vacation. From the staff to the other guests I could not have asked for a better vacation! I won’t be able to describe it when I get back to Kansas so perhaps I should just send them all here! Beyond fabulous.
(email)Thanks again – I still think of that place often, in fact I even dreamed about it last night. Amazing what one week in one place can do for you. I tell everyone I can that they should go there so hopefully someone will listen.
So much have I gained from this trip that I cannot easily put into words, suffice to say this has been one of the best experiences of my life. I cannot imagine a more beautiful land or more welcoming people, to have learned riding from. This week will stay in my memory ‘till I have none left, and I’ll surely use my new skills before too long. Farewell and good fortune find all your trails.
I can’t tell you how wonderful it was to return to Hawley with my sister and sons this year! Hawley holds a special place in my heart and I often think of the beauty and tranquility here during the year. You are very special people with a very special place. Hope to see you next year!
Louis, Caroline, Evelyn, MA
Thank you SO much for such a great week. WE had a truly wonderful time!
Steve and John, MI
Thanks to a great staff, a beautiful mountain and valley, superb river and great horses! Had perfect weather, wonderful fishing, scenic rides, super food, friendly, accommodating service and great fellow guests. Hate to leave!
Morgan and Amy, Ron and Sandy, MN
We hada great visit – what a wonderful restful place. Thanks for your generous hospitality. Your staff is awesome. We greatly appreciate the extra time spent with Morgan in the arena – it added a new dimension to her riding experience. Thanks.
Thanks for this week! I had so much fun and I loved Jahaa. Hope to be back again. Thank you all!
This has been the best ranch experience I have had yet. Entire staff is Awesome! Thanks a bunch.
I just want to thank everyone here at the ranch for being wonderful in every way. This week has been a godsend in every way. The scenery, hospitality, wonderful staff (again), all the great people from all over the country (and England!) that I met have made this the most relaxing week I’ve had for a very long time. Thank you all!
Larry and Sheila, MO
Sheila and I have had a wonderful time. Our horses, Jack and Roho, were perfect. The staff are all so very nice. Plus we saw bears and moose. This part of Montana is like a little piece of heaven. It is hard to leave so we’ll promise ourselves to return soon to make it easier.
This was the best vacation I have ever had! All of the staff were exceptional. Usually on about the 3rd day I am ready to go home, but I didn’t want to leave when it was time. I hope to come back to the Mountain again!
Tim and Karen, NC
Most enjoyable vacation, great horses and wonderful people (friends). Scenery beyond awesome, just had a great time. Plan to return soon! Thanks to all!
My time here has been some of the best spent time of my life. The amazing people and phenomenal experiences have made it unforgettable. This is the first time I’ve been somewhere where the beauty is so unfathomable it can’t be captured in a picture. That’s the magic of Hawley Mountain. And I’ll miss it very much.
Tom, Vivian, and Austin, NC
Everything from the double rainbow to the adventure on old blue was fun. Your staff is very good at making everyone comfortable and relaxed. Thank you for sharing the part of Montana you clearly love and tell Cal I’ll miss sharing my apple with him.
Mark, Karen, Meg and Jake, NH
Awesome week, it went by too fast. The riding and fishing were excellent. Thanks to the staff for the great food and all the great experiences. We hope to return sometime!!
It was so fun and awesome here! The rides were AMAZING and the views were breath-taking. Everyone was so friendly. I loved Mac! He took great care of me. Also the fishing was great. This is the most fish I”ve caught ever in one week! Thanks for a sweet time!
The Abbott Family, NY
The beauty of this area is magnified by your family and staff’s presence. Thank you for providing us an awesome adventure that we will never forget. If you ever get out east please do not hesitate to stop by.
This was the craziest and best trip of my life. I can’t believe how beautiful everything is out here. The staff was the best, I will be back! tHanks!
What an amazing experience! From the great horserides, to the excellent rivers to fish, and everything in between…I had an awesome time! Thanks for all the great meals, hospitality, etc…you’re the best!
Gerry and family, OR
I never dreamed it would be possible to entertain eleven different people from 10 yr. olds to 70 year olds and find that all had the greatest of times and lasting memories. We will never forget your effort and great team.
(email) It was a wonderful week. You all could not have been more caring and accommodating. You have hit the sweet spot between comfort and adventure. Drop by and stay when you are in Seattle. Fond regards, Chuck.
Michelle and Clair, PA
The horses, food, scenery and fishing was amazing. The thing that will make us come back again more than all of those things was the amazing staff. Everybody has been so wonderful to my wife and I. Thank you for a wonderful week.
Ross and Michelle, PA
This was our first trip but it definitely won’t be our last! We were in love with Montana before we came and our feelings were justified. Hawley Mountain and EVERYONE here are so great! The rides were awesome and so was the view…we will definitely be back to make more memories! Pat is our Hero!!
Hi Jodey! Thanks so much for the picture! Phyllis made us look GOOD! We all enjoyed ourselves so much! My brother, Lee, is a man of few words and he NEVER gushes about anything…except his week at Hawley Mountain. I got such a kick out of hearing him go on and on about all the neat things we did last week. Thanks to you and the whole staff for an awesome week. Sam and Ashlee had “the best time of our lives” and I loved seeing them enjoy the ranch, horses, river, wildflowers and other kids (mainly the boys!) Dad is telling everyone it was the best fishing of his life. He even used one of the flies his father (who died when dad was in college) tied that he had been saving for “sometime special.” It was, as always, a magical week.
Linda, Troy, Casey and Bailey, PA
I had the best week I ever had, just like the last two times I’ve been here! I rode Flinch this time, and he is soooo sweet, I’ve been waiting to ride him for a long time, each horse, Flinch, Misty, and Apache, and HMR own a 4th of my heart. All the staff here are sooo nice, they care for us like we are relatives! I had so much fun – thanks!!!
Words and photos cannot express the experience I had at Hawley Mtn. To Ron and Phyllis I thank you so much. You have a great great lady manager Jodey. She is exceptional!! Your hospitality and concern for our well being, and enjoyment was like no other. The entire staff should be very proud of themselves and Hawley Mtn. Ranch. All of you shall be rewarded in your lifetime. I know mine has from this fantastic week. God Bless you all.
There are hundreds of ranches that offer guest services BUT I suspect none of them have the staff and offer the experience of Hawley Mountain. I wish you all the very best in the future and I will be back with my wife, Molly, so she too can be overwhelmed with the beauty and hospitality of Montana’s finest!
Ron, Phyllis, Jodey and staff – Roger and Leroy pretty well summed up our experience here. I have been in the west many times and have to say this was the best. Thank you all so much.
This is a beautiful place with all the right people. Sharon and Ted’s cooking is superb – Monty is the best ever! He deserves a treat every day of his life. Thanks Ron, Jodey, Phyllis, et al. for a great week.
Hank and Beth, TN
Everything I wanted and MORE! Beth and I enjoyed it all. Friendly staff, great food, views to kill for and the best horse in the world – Roho. Highly recommended to all we know. Thanks Ron and Phyllis!
Thurman and Florance, TX
We both have had a great time. It was such a beautiful place. The people are as beautiful inside as out, great hearts! We will miss you all, and friends forever. Hope to see ya all again soon. Thanks and love to all.
Power Family, TX
What an awesome 4 days. The only down side was we weren’t able to stay the whole week! Thank you so much for a vacation where everyone could be happy doing what they wanted to do! We can’t wait to come back and stay the whole week.
Taylor Power – Thank you for giving me such a great horse!
Derek and Leigh Ann, TX
Thanks to everyone for such a wonderful week! We’ve had a blast and I can’t believe I didn’t get eaten by a bear or thrown off a horse! We’ll definitely be back soon! Thanks again.
David and Carl, TX
Best vacation ever! Everyone on staff was awesome and we really enjoyed meeting all the folks from the different countries. I think we may have a new addiction…Montana and horseback riding!!!
Ann and Jim, TX
Much thanks for a very special week with great new friends in a spectacular setting. The Wellness Week was a delight (as well as a very new experience for Jim). Fishing – wow!. WE just do not want to leave – and we will take this place and people with us!
Marty and Norma, and grandson Ethan, VA
Lewis said it, “AWESOME”. It truly was. Thanks for making us feel welcome. We have 3 grandkids to go. Maybe we will be back. The whole gang was so nice to us and the food was tops. God bless all of you. We will pray for you all as god brings you to our minds.
Jeremy (Emily, Abby and Francie), WA
It’s so rare to find a place where the values I was raised with (I am a 4th generation Montanan) are exhibited in a daily fashion. This is an oasis of honor, hard work, friendship, consistency, and integrity. I so appreciated your genuine kindness and hospitality.
Fantastic week. Hope to be back. Great staff, food, lodging. Very good fishing. Unbelievable trip up the mountains (4 X 4). Thanks to all.
Had a great time, the road trip was a blast!! Great fishing. Had a good time. Thanks to all.
Kirt and Sara, WI
Thank you so much for the best honeymoon ever! We can’t wait to come back. It is like we have a new family in Montana. Oh and if you ever want to give Jack away, let me know. I will be more than happy to take him home with us! Thanks!!!
Seamus and Olive, Dublin, Ireland
The memory bank received a huge deposit this week and we’ll have more stories than Pat to tell when we return to Ireland. Thank you Ron and Phyllis, Jodey, Sharon, Jojo, Sharon, Arlene Joe and Emily for a wonderful week of fun, frolics and high adventure!
Josephine, Hampshire, England
Really, there are no words to describe how wonderful it has been here, part of this Hawley Mountain Family….a unique experience, a privilege…once in a lifetime. Thank you for letting me share it…”one moment in time”
David and Ann-Marie, England
Just amazing on so many levels – the scenery, the history, the food but especially the PEOPLE! We felt we were not so much guests as visiting friends and family. Thank you.
A great holiday that kept us all on the go – some feat. It was great to have a horse for Patrick to talk to ALL day. We had the most fabulous time with great food and company. Thanks so much.
The most fun thing I did when I was here was my horse (Jahaa) started to trot down a hill and then started hopping up a hill. I saw a bear, elk, deer, chipmunk, squirrel, moose, virtually everything!!!
An amazing holiday. Some of the most fun I have ever had. Thank you!!
This holiday has been so much fun! The horses are all lovely and I think this holiday has made me a much more confident rider. The food was incredible , and we love the pancakes! We were all made to feel so welcome by everyone. Thank you all so much.
Paul and Tracey, Minnesota, Australia, New Zealand
Best fishing in years, great experience, lovely people and stunning scenery. Tracy loved the riding and is sore to prove it.
John, Oxford, UK, Australia
Tina, Sunshine Coast, Australia
This has been my most relaxing and enjoyable vacation ever. At last I feel fulfilled. We were all treated as friends and not patrons…excellent staff and exceptional hosts. Stunning! Will be back. Thank you! (John) Serenity sums up the “feel” of Hawley. An absolutely wonderful escape from the Rat Race. A beautiful place to not only visit but live – you are all very very fortunate. Thanks for the fantastic hospitality. (Tina)
Yvonne, Dublin, Ireland
This little box is not big enough for me to describe the time I’ve had here. It’s been a very special week and thanks to everyone for making that happen. Not only the wonderful setting but being part of the family is what’s made this such a memorable week.
Guest Testimonials 2008:
We had a fabulous week!! It was more than we expected. We LOVED the staff and the other guests. Everyone was friendly, kind, patient, and fun. We loved the food, absolutely loved the view, and totally enjoyed the horses and riding. What more could you ask for? We will definitely be back, sooner better than later.
John and Joni Howlett
What an incredibly beautiful place! Thank you for sharing your storybook river with us. I can only say it took us 80 years to find you! It has been one of the best weeks of our lives.
Tom and Michaela Thompson
After a year in the US, I found you and this incredible place. It’ll be one of the best memories for me. Your hospitality was outstanding, and I felt at home from the first moment. Thanks for everything.
Cologne GERMANY and NYC, NY
If God didn’t create these mountains, then I don’t know who did! It has been a magical week that went by too fast. All of you made us feel so welcome and a part of your lovely family. Many thanks.
The Leonard family
This has been an incredible week—experiences that are almost indescribable. The wonderful mountains, the scenery, the horses, and the wonderful mountain air! But, more than anything, the best of it all has been the people. We can’t wait to return!
Mike and Diane Petras
Aside from being one of the most wonderful vacations we have ever had, our stay at your ranch exposed us to an entirely new way of life and amazing people. We also enjoyed our “co-vacationers.” Your staff was super and always fun. Thanks for everything.
Kevin and Jackie Timmons
We have always wanted to experience Montana, and our week at Hawley Mountain was more than we could ever have expected. We will take a piece of the West back with us in our memories. Thank you for a vacation of a lifetime!
Ronnie and Gwen Whisnant
What a fabulous, awesome time! I could never have imagined how great a week could be. The entire staff became family. I will miss the place, the people, and the new friends I met.
St. Charles, IL
We both would like to tell you a very big MERCI!! Thanks you so much for your hospitality, for being a part of your family, for being welcomed as friends. For the unforgettable moments during riding, at the river, going to the look-out, or at the cook-out!! Thank you for your natural friendship, your histories, your kindness and laughter, for sharing all with us. You are very lucky people to own and/or work in such a beautiful place, to wake up every morning with this marvelous wilderness around you. But you know that, and that is why you take care of this special place.
Babette Schily and Eric Dupont
Pau e Toulouje, FRANCE
Wow! What a life you LIVE here! It’s so spectacular and amazing, just like the people here. The passion for the lifestyle comes across with every part of this experience. We will see you again!
The Voellinger family
I thought I’d died and gone to heaven! This is just like I imagine heaven to be. Everyone was so friendly, helpful, and supportive. To me I fulfilled a dream that I had had for some time. Not knowing if I was fit enough to do it but very proud that with your help and wonderful teaching, I was able to achieve this. I felt like part of a big family. I will never forget all of you and Hawley Ranch. Thank you all so much.
Here are a few of the comments sent to us by our 2007 guests:
Well, we arrived home yesterday afternoon—very depressed! We all agreed that our week with you was the best vacation we have ever had—and when we said our farewells, it was truly like saying goodbye to family. You made everyone feel so welcome, and it’s so apparent that everyone at the ranch loves to be there and enjoys sharing it with guests. There’s not one experience with you that stands out above the others as everything we did was so much fun. The friendships we made that week with all the other guests made it special too. Thanks again.
The Miller family
Another great time at Hawley Mountain. Randy loved the fishing, and I had another awesome time riding. Thanks to the great staff for all of their hard work. It’s always hard to leave!
The Elkins family
We’ve had a wonderful time here! Everything about your ranch is relaxing, beautiful, and great fun. We have enjoyed spending this time with such wonderful people!
The Neumann family
This has been a dream come true for me to be here this week. Thank you so much for all the wonderful things you had to offer and all the extra considerations you gave us. This spot will always have a special place in my heart.
Nancy and James Greer
This trip was more than I could have ever hoped for! Hawley Mountain Ranch is definitely “God’s Country”. I can’t say enough about the staff, all perfect hosts What a fantastic experience. I hope to make it back next year.
My time spent at Hawley Mountain was the best in many years of travel. I only hope that someday I will have a place like that to call home. It is a trip that I anticipate repeating more than once. Thanks again for the “five star” hospitality.
What an amazing, spirited place you have here! Great weather—great guests—fine wranglers—what can I possibly say—other than I will be back!!
SAINT PAUL, MN
When we planned this trip, I knew we would like it—I didn’t expect to love it! Love the mountains, love the horses, love the trails, and love the staff!! Oh! And we mustn’t forget LOVE THE FOOD! (Thanks, Nancy!) Your hospitality made us feel like a part of the Hawley Mountain Family.
Randy and Merrill Dodd
Megan, Nicole, and David
We thoroughly enjoyed our stay at the ranch in early July. It was everything we had hoped for and more. Our fellow guests were a great group of people, and we left very much at home with them in a short time. The lodge folks and wranglers were wonderful, and each of them contributed to making our vacation a great experience. We thoroughly enjoyed the horses and riding to those breath-taking locations, and fishing on the Boulder in the early evening is a treasured memory. Thanks again for a wonderful experience.
Dennis and Kathleen Tremblay
Some of the comments sent to us by our 2006 guests are as follows:
Leaving Hawley Mountain and all the people that make being there so special was really difficult for us. We had such a wonderful time with you. Somehow, being at Hawley Mountain is like coming home to a place we love and to a family we choose! It is truly a magical place in our hearts. Not a day has passed that we haven't mentioned "moving to Montana". Both of my kids, but especially Max, had a life changing experience the two weeks we were in Montana. Max said he learned how superficial many people and our culture are. The experience gave him some real clarity about what his values are and how he wants to live life. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts! We really miss you, the ranch, and all the wonderful people that work there.
Kelley Galambos and family
Thank you to Ron and Phyllis, Bryant and Ellen, for having this place
The wrangers...for helping me with my horse (I couldn't have asked for a better one.)
The cook...the food was the best!
The housekeepers...for keeping the cabin beautiful!
And everyone else....who helped make this a memorable experience
And comments from the rest of her family were...we had a wonderful time at the ranch. I have heard from most of the people that were on the ranch and it sounds like they also had as good a time as we did. The kids are begging me to go back next year. You are all close to top of mind awareness. Thanks again for the wonderful time we had there. It was the best vacation we have ever had.
As a part of the "Mathews Reunion". we arrived expecting a terrific vacation for the kids--but a wonderful time was had by all! Claire never would have expected to enjoy horseback riding so much, but the staff and horses made it so easy, and Andrew is looking forward to continuing to ride back home. Kelley caught his first fish. Dave loved the hikes, and Claire finally understands at least the basics of fly fishing 10 years after her first lesson. Thanks to all!
The Louder family
We are having serious withdrawal symptoms and last night when I looked at the Boston skyscraper skyline, I so wished I could still be in Room #3 looking out on the mountain instead. As you probably know, we had a fabulous time, and as gorgeous as the landscape is, it really was your hard work that made us feel so well treated and indulged. Plus it was great to get to know you and the family history. From here on for us Montana will always be a special place and you very special friends. Hope that you know that you have friends in Boston too.
Bob and Yasmina Manning
Thanks again for sharing Hawley Mountain with us last week. Much of our family's conversation the past week reverted back to something that happened on the ranch. The people we met there were wonderful, both the staff and guests! We have already been exchanging emails with some of the other families. Brenda and I especially miss our morning coffee out on the rock with Ron. It was a special part of the day for us. Thanks again for a special vacation.
Mike and Brenda Nelson, Bryce and Lucas
What an amazing adventure our whole trip was for everyone-but we always end up talking most about our time at Hawley Mountain. So if you notice a lot of folks from Roanoke, VA coming your way, you'll know why! We were all in a funk for days after leaving the ranch. We had silence in the motorhome for the first time on our trip. I wish I could muster adequate words for express our gratitude for the wonderful time we had with you-it was truly a magical experience for each of us. A heartfelt THANK YOU! will have to do!! I AM certain you'll be seeing us again-we have been smitten! THANK YOU THANK YOU so much again.
The Trinkle family
This is definitely a destination in the future for us. It's a wonderfully different world there, and we loved it.
A huge thank you is in order for the card you posted to Casey and Jake with JaHaa and Cinnabar's mane cuttings enclosed. What a wonderful surprise when we opened it! The kids were absolutely thrilled. It was just one more check mark that went into the "over and above expectations" column if we were ever to fill out a survey on Hawley Mountain Ranch. As the weeks pass, our time spent with you doesn't seem to diminish, in fact, we are more eager to do a return visit.
The Cogar Family
Some of the comments guests sent to us in letters and emails from 2005 follow:
Oh, my gosh! I was reading the Hawley Mountain website, and it made me think. What you said you would try to offer all happened! I have so many memories that I never want to forget!-
Our visit to Hawley Ranch exceeded our expectations. We had a wonderful week, and not one of us wanted to come back home. Ah, if life could be so good all of the time. It really was the perfect getaway from city living. We were treated so well by you and everyone who works at the ranch. I could go on and on singing praises about the magical week we spent and Hawley Mountain Ranch.
What a wonderful week we had! You made us feel so comfortable and truly spoiled us. What a wonderful adventure! Everything was perfect. Your ranch is such a beautiful slice of heaven in the wilderness. After the hustle and bustle of the city, we really needed a little wilderness in our lives. We miss sitting on the rock in the morning with a cup of coffee, riding horses, hiking, the delicious food, and fishing. I still can’t believe I caught that giant fish!-
What a fantastic vacation you gave us. Everyone was so gracious. We realize how much work it requires to entertain that many people, and you guys made it look so simple. Thank you for showing us how to work our horses more. We loved the trail rides!-
Denny and Kathy, NC
If I had to choose one word to describe you all, it would be “comfortable” because that is how you made us feel. I could not have hoped for a better time this week. Thanks you all for making this a wonderful vacation for us!-
Greg and Robin, TX
We had a great time, as Hawley Mountain was everything we were looking for. The food was superb. The horseback riding, scenery, rafting trip, “Old Blue” trip, and everything else we did, we thoroughly enjoyed. Most of all was all of you and your help, and the way you catered to us and everyone there. You are top notch when it comes to your relations to your guests. Thanks again for the wonderful experience.-
Dennis and Deb, MN
It was by far the best vacation we have taken as a family. What a beautiful place to get away from the stress of everyday life. Great fishing, excellent food, friendly staff and patient wranglers all combined to make our week unforgettable. The highlights for me were the 4x4 trip to Blue Lake and the ride to Meatrack. The girls fell in love with their horses, and tears were shed when they had to say goodbye. You really made us feel at home, as well as the other guests. We made a lot of new friends.-
Greg and Tanya, VT
Thank you so much for your hospitality—and that of the staff—during our stay last week. I think we all agree it was the best vacation we ever had. Just last night we were going through our photos and enjoying the memories.-
Dave, Tasha, and Erin, VA
It’s been a little over a year when we were at your Dude Ranch, and I am sitting here thinking about and missing “your mountains!” I can remember vividly the smell of the sage and the pine trees and when I go outside of my house—pine trees line the back of our yard—it brings back great memories of our time there.-
We wanted you to know how much we appreciated our time here and all the efforts from everyone involved that made our vacation memorable and unforgettable. We have loved the activities, and the lack of TV or radio has enhanced the experience. We both feel you have been blessed with an incredible location, but also the best staff. ……have managed to make each guest feel welcome and special…..created a wonderful place, have an exceptional staff, and everything here is a testament to hard-work, dedication, and love.-
Paul and Sandy, Somerset, UK
Below are some comments received from guests during the 2004 season:
“What an awesome vacation! Spectacular scenery, abundant wildlife, good weather, and “too good” food. Everyone at Hawley Mountain was so client oriented. When we decided not to ride in the rain one morning, we were surprised to find Steve and Meredith knocking on our door a little later. The weather had turned nice, and they came to see if we would like to ride. Talk about customer service!” Ace and Judy, Wisconsin
“We wanted to tell you what a sensational time we had at the ranch. From the first to the last day, I can truly say it was an experience of a life time. For a city slicker to ride a horse for the first time in 30 years that in itself was a miracle, but to not even be sore is miracle number two. Accommodations over the lodge were “A” plus with a view of Mother Nature at her best. All our meals were delicious and always ready on time. Everyone who was there was friendly and always going out of their way to make our stay unforgettable. I told Jerry for the first time in years I truly felt like I had a vacation. We will definitely try to come back and visit again.”
Jerry and Melissa, Georgia
“Thanks you so much for a wonderful experience at your ranch in June. We had a fantastic time and only wish we could have stayed longer. The accommodation, location, and hospitality could not have been better. We definitely intend to return in the future, hopefully sometime soon….”
Alison and Jonathan, United Kingdom
“We wanted to say thanks to you for an excellent family vacation last month. As I mentioned to you on the day we left, it was the best vacation that our family has ever taken—and we have traveled to a lot of places. My kids both miss the ranch. Alissa especially misses her horse (Joe) and her adopted dog (Spencer), but is now pen-pals with the other girls she met there. Thanks for your “western hospitality”. We had a great time and look forward to coming back again.”
Mike, New York
“We all woke up early this morning wishing we were still there breathing that wonderful mountain air. I can’t say thank-you enough for the hospitality you all showed my family and myself through one of the best weeks of our lives. Special thanks to Steve and Kyle for making the riding experience fun and exciting. We didn’t know what to expect when we got there, but thanks to the wranglers, we are all very comfortable on the back of a horse and hope to continue riding here at home. Thanks to Bryant for the fishing guidance and also teaching the kids. I know Rachael will never forget that whale she caught in the pond! It was great to make new friends with the other guests. I know it made it a lot more fun especially for our kids who had a blast with all the other kids there. We miss you all. Finally, I had been wanting to explore Montana since I was a little boy. It took me forty-two years to finally make it and it was well worth the wait. I can’t wait to get back!”
Communications with former guests are on-going, and most have plans to return at sometime in the near future. We at Hawley Mountain Ranch will do our best to make their vacation wilderness stay with us enjoyable and memorable, and we would like to do the same for you.
These are kind words received from our newly acquired friends from Scotland who visited our ranch this summer:
Well, it's back home again after the best vacation ever! Yellowstone was magnificent, the people of Montana were, as usual, friendly, very welcoming, and helpful, and as for the Hawley Mountain Ranch, well, words fail us. We came on this vacation with high expectations, and they were exceeded in every department.
We would like to thank you, Ron and Phyllis and Bryant and Ellen, for letting us share your little bit of heaven in the Beartooth Absaroka Wilderness. Your kindness, courtesy, and professionalism just made it perfect.
Thanks must go to Steve for getting us ready to ride, rattling our bones in the magnificent trip to Independence-we really did enjoy digging out the truck. It makes the trip even more unforgettable-and for the 4th of July pyrotechnics, all done with a smile and in that inimitable western manner.
The wranglers, Kyle, Lauren, and Shelby, made all the rides special, and a special thanks to Shelby on the Friday rides for the extra effort shown to Marion. The ride through the river could be her highlight of the week.
To Sue, Megan, and Kristen, how you kept the place so clean, it's a miracle---especially our mess!
And…to Tim, not only for the absolutely wonderful food (we may never eat again), but for the entertaining music, conversations, and a glimpse of a truly unique lifestyle-complete with a hot tub!!
Also of course we must thank the other guests, Debi, Bill, Jessica, Mikey and Charles, Mollie, Dale, and Mary-Kate, and last but not least, Carolyn and Tom. Your friendly company added greatly to the pleasure of our stay.
Please give a carrot to Buster and Cinnabar for their patience.
Hope to see you all again.
Best wishes from Marion and Duncan -----Yee-Ha!!!!
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