Experience MONTANA
horses in pasture at guest ranch lodge

Welcome to Hawley Mountain Ranch where you are served up a generous portion of Montana's "BIG SKY."
Our small guest capacity provides a more personal and friendly experience for you.

hawley mountain view from lodge

 View of Hawley Mountain and Boulder River from the lodge

"All-Inclusive Vacation" with plenty to do from sunup to sundown:

  • Horseback riding on breathtaking wilderness trails
  • Mountain stream flyfishing on “catch and release” river frontage. Flyfishing equipment and instruction available.
  • Hikes to unique mountain locations
  • 6x6 jeep ride to ghost town, old gold mine remnants, and alpine lake
  • Scenic raft float on the Yellowstone River
  • “Cowboy” cookouts and campfires
  • Prehistoric Indian archaeological site
  • Good food and plenty of it – hearty, healthy, and homemade!

All activities, meals, and lodging are INCLUDED in the reservation cost.


horseback ride in mountain meadowHorseback riding is the most popular activity at the ranch.  Scenic trail rides in various places near the ranch, a lunch ride to a high meadow, and the all-day trek into a mountain plateau are some of the options on the back of a horse.

horseback trail rideAfter a safety demonstration at the barn, guests are mounted on their "horse for the week." Saddles and stirrups are adjusted, and then riders head to the arena to put instructions to practice.  To ride on the trails, children must be 6 and older.


montana fly fishing streamThe Boulder River provides fly fishing opportunities in clear, cool mountain water.  Cutthroat, rainbow, and brook trout inhabit the stream.  Fly fishing is best from mid July through September. Fishing licenses are required  to fish the river, but they can be obtained on-line at the ranch.

fly fishing in trout pondA pond, stocked with cutthroat and rainbow trout, is available for those wanting to give fly fishing a try.  Instruction for beginners is offered at the beginning of the week, so those interested in refining their fishing skills can head to the river or try to hook the big ones in the pond.  No fishing license is needed in the pond.


horse ride across montana riverA favorite horseback ride at the ranch is one that takes guests across the Boulder River twice. Horses go into a small meadow across the river, where wildlife such as elk, deer, and an occasional bear like  to hang out as well.

montana mountain hikingMany beautiful places are available for hikers to enjoy the outdoors.  Shorter hikes to a river falls or to a lookout viewing the river valley are offered.  More avid hikers can head to a high meadow, climb Monument Peak (nearly 11,000 feet), or check out  Indian caves down the road.

jeep ride in wildernessThe day trip to a ghost town, old mining areas, and a glacier lake transported by our military vehicle is a unique activity offered to guests.  Hiking to the top of Monument (pictured above) or around the lake, fishing, or exploring mining relics are possibilities to experience.


river float on Yellowatone2Scenic river rafting on the Yellowstone River gives enjoyment to those who want to try something other than horseback riding, hiking, or fly fishing. Watching for eagles and tubing on the river are popular activities.

dude ranch cookoutGuests look forward to the ranch cookouts on Tuesday and Friday nights.  There is nothing better after a day on the trails than sinking your teeth into a juicy burger, brat, or steak with all the fixings. 

guest ranch campfireA perfect way to finish off the day is to gather around the campfire sharing individual experiences.  At times, someone can provide some music around the fire, and of course, finish the evening with the perfect S'more!  


dude ranch breakfast Start the day out with a hearty breakfast of meats, 'taters, and eggs of some sort.  Fresh fruits, Montana 7-grain cereal, and yogurt are found too.

food at cookoutTwo cookouts a week provide an opportunity to enjoy meats grilled over an open fire served with other entrees to accommodate hungry folks after a busy day. 

dude ranch dinnerThe evening meal is always a crowd pleaser with various meats, salads,  and other side dishes.... and is finished off with a tasty dessert!


dude ranch lodge exteriorEagle's Nest Lodge is perched on a cliff that overlooks Hawley Mountain, the Boulder River, and the stocked trout pond.  Guests stay in the four units above the main lodge, and the deck is a perfect place to enjoy the breathtaking view of the river valley.  Twice a day the horses can be observed as they are brought in for the day or turned out to the pasture after a busy day of work.

dude ranch lodge interiorThe main lodge is the gathering place for all three meals, evening activities such as poker night, and visiting with staff and guests during the day. The round fireplace in the middle of the lodge gets much use during the colder weeks of the year...or to take out the early morning chill as guests come in for their first cup of coffee and a hearty breakfast to get the day started right.


hawley mountain carbonate cabin front view

Carbonate, our larger cabin

carbonate cabin bedroom

Bedroom in Carbonate Cabin

   Guest capacity is about 20 people per week.  Some lodging consists of 4 lodge rooms located above the main lodge which can accommodate 4 persons/per room.  Also, three cabins are available a short walk from the lodge.  Find more information on our website at www.hawleymountain.com  under  accommodations.


 Compare our reasonable, All-Inclusive Montana Guest Ranch prices

You get a great value with the vacation rates at Hawley Mountain Ranch considering that meals, six nights lodging, and any outdoor recreation activity, including fly fishing are all included.

2024 per person rates- 6 nights Sunday to Saturday 
15% off in June with advance payment by June 1st.

  Lodge Rooms Cabins A & B Cabin C
1 person $3,106 ......... .........
2 persons $2,455 $2,894 $3,267
3 persons $2,113 $2,405 $2,796
4 persons $1,804 $2,177 $2,552
5 persons ......... $2,032 $2,406
6 persons ......... ......... $2,308

Non riding children under 6 are free.

Activities are scheduled according to your preferences -- and the weather. Get the best experience in this Montana wilderness with the full 6.5-day package. We will work with you and your preferences as best we can. A 4-day minimum stay is allowed except during our peak season. We cannot always predict which trips or activities will be available during the shorter stays.

  • Airport pickup provided: $800/vehicle round trip
  • A 30% deposit is required to hold your booking.
  • An accommodations tax of $2.80 per person/per night will be added.
  • A 15% service charge is recommended - to be divided among the staff.
  • If you arrive late - different from your reserved dates, you are still responsible for the total number of days booked.  May we suggest travel insurance?  

Fishermen groups who do not need horses can get special arrangments, such as shorter stays or different rates from August 30th through the end of September.  Call for details.

For questions or to make a reservation call (877) 496-7848. We will be happy to discuss your preferences in lodging and any unique activities at Hawley Mountain Ranch.


hawley mountain montana map


Hawley Mountain Guest Ranch is located 42 miles south of Big Timber, MT and lies in 1,000,000 acres of the Absaroka-Beartooth Wilderness.  We are 24 miles north of Yellowstone Park as the crow flies.  Major airports are located at both Bozeman and Billings which are three hours away from the ranch. A shuttle is available with advanced notice.




Contact Information: 

Hawley Mountain Guest Ranch

4188 Main Boulder Road

 McLeod, MT 59052



Call 1-877-496-7848

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