The easy elegance of modern luxuries meets the traditions of the great American West atthe spectacular Mountain Sky Guest Ranch located in southwestern Montana’s gloriousParadise Valley. This historic ranch, opened first as a dude ranch in 1929, is nestledamong 8,000 acres of stunning, rugged countryside next to the pristine Gallatin NationalForest and Yellowstone National Park. The luxurious Mountain Sky Guest Ranch offers asecluded and peaceful respite with easy access to some of the most inspiring landscapeson earth, superb guest services, gourmet cuisine, cozy amenities, and ample outdoorpursuits for families, couples, and solo travelers.
A Brief HistoryMountain Sky Guest Ranch epitomizes the authenticity and romance of Montana’s ParadiseValley and the American West. The land was originally settled in 1866 by Ohio native NelsonStory and his wife Ellen, who camped there while driving cattle from Texas to Montana to feedstarving mining town residents who were isolated by harsh weather. Through the early 1900s,the site served as a base camp for sheepherders and cowboys. In the late 1920s, CharlesMurphy purchased the Paradise Valley site and founded Ox Yoke Ranch, a 50,000-acre workingcattle ranch. A depressed livestock market forced Murphy to consider ways to diversify andgenerate income. Dude ranches were growing in popularity in the 1920s and 30s, and Murphycapitalized on this when the Northern Pacific Railroad came to Paradise Valley. After extensiveconstruction and renovations, Charles Murphy welcomed his first guests at the railhead inEmigrant for their stay at Ox Yoke Ranch in 1929. Although some of the structures have sincebeen renovated, and many amenities added, much of todays historic Mountain Sky main lodgeremains structurally unchanged since the 1920s, and guests can still enjoy the same tradition ofwarm Murphy hospitality. Through successive ownerships, the AAA 4-Diamond rated dude ranchofficially was named Mountain Sky Guest Ranch in 1979. Today, guests who vacation atMountain Sky Guest Ranch share in the wonder of the "pretty little canyon" discovered byNelson Story at the turn of the century.
Lodging and AccommodationsMountain Sky Guest Ranch offers 30 guest cabins,nestled in the pines, which can accommodate up to 90guests. Refurbished rustic one, two, and three-bedroom cabins date back to 1929, when this authenticworking ranch first opened its doors to guests. Manycabins feature a fireplace, large picture windows orporches to fully capture the breathtaking mountainviews. All of the cabins include coffee and tea service,a small refrigerator, and fresh fruit delivered daily. Themain lodge includes a spacious room with a library andfireplace, the original dining room, a cozy bar andlounge, and an outside deck with a fireplace. Theproperty also includes an exercise room, kids pool,adult pool, Jacuzzi, ranch store, stables and corrals,and a meeting and conference complex.
ActivitiesFrom morning until bedtime, guests of all ages have the opportunity to escape the bondsof mundane living while exploring the spectacular 8,000 acres of Mountain Sky GuestRanch. The staff at Mountain Sky has an array of activities planned on a daily basis thatwill surprise and delights guests of any age. Mountain Sky’s imaginative children’sprogram also ensures that children under the age of 6 don’t feel like they are missing outwhile other siblings and parents are out on the trail. There is something for everyone: • Horseback Riding • Hiking • Fishing • Yoga • Golf • Swimming, Hot Tub, and Sauna •Massage • Arts & Crafts • Wildlife Viewing •Yellowstone National Park • Tennis, Volleyball, and Softball •Rodeos, Sing-a-longs, and Entertainment •Western dancing & hayrides
Rising Sun Golf CourseThe new Rising Sun Golf Course features nine picturesque holes with multiple tee options,creating nine- and eighteen-hole loops that will provide golfers with everything from a quickouting, to championship yardage for a challenge. Golf enthusiasts can also practice theirswing on the world-class driving range and practice area. The immaculate bent grass greensand bluegrass tees and fairways of this Johnny Miller designed course are carefully tuckedinto the natural Montana grassland, and sweeping views of Paradise Valley and the ruggedAbsaroka range provide a stunning backdrop for a round of golf. The brilliantly designeddriving range includes indoor hitting bays and a large putting green and the large puttinggreen has different slopes to practice putts of every length. Guests can store their personalclubs at the clubhouse during their stay, or take advantage of a full selection of CallawayRazr golf clubs available for guest use. Best of all, there are no additional fees for thisexperience.
A Gourmet Dining ExperienceAt Mountain Sky, guests savor imaginative cuisine with the freshness and flavor of localingredients while enjoying sweeping views of the surrounding landscape. Gourmet chefsprepare buffet-style breakfasts that offer a wide variety of choices from freshly baked pastriesand muffins, to fresh fruits to yogurt or homemade granola. More traditional favorites are offered,such as made-to-order omelets, sweet Montana huckleberry pancakes, or eggs Benedict.Lunches on the ranch are casual, delicious meals served outdoors, and always include a varietyof salads, homemade soups, fresh berries, melons and cheeses. A selection of temptingregional dishes are also prepared, ranging from Mexican enchiladas to Chinese stir-fry andItalian pizza, and homemade cookies are baked fresh every day. Hors d’oeuvres are served atthe cozy Mountain View Lounge before dinner. Dinners include dishes like succulent steaks,chicken or seafood hot off the grill, or gourmet sit-down dinners that offer the finest in continentalcuisine. Wine pairings are recommended with dinners from Mountain Sky’s fine selection anddinner is topped off with gourmet desserts like chocolate decadence with an Irish creamanglaise.
Specialty Weeks & Special PackagesThroughout the year, Mountain Sky Guest Ranch offers specialty weeks and specialpackages geared towards travelers from all walks of life. From girlfriend getaways to men-only vacations, culinary weeks, and adults-only weekends, Mountain Sky always hassomething exciting to offer:•Wild West Women Adventure•Wild West Weekend•Visions Of Yellowstone•Fall Round-Up•Flavors Out West•Man-Up Montana
Meetings & ConventionsMountain Sky Guest Ranch is an idyllic location to create an invigorating, productive businessenvironment that can provide inspiration. With the ability to accommodate and entertaingroups up to 70 during the spring and fall seasons, the ranch provides ample room to work ina variety of settings ranging from around the campfire to around the conference table. Andwhen the focus turns from business to entertainment and relaxation, Mountain Sky has a wellstocked list of activities ready for your team to enjoy. A variety of meeting spaces areavailable at the ranch. Choose the cozy historic log cabin with a stone fireplace, perfect for agathering of 20-30 people. The Great Room in the comfortable lodge can accommodate up to70 people, and the conference center at the pool lodge features a grand view of EmigrantPeak as backdrop, and can accommodate up to 40. Group rates are available for any specialevent
Media ContactsStephanie ParnellStephanie@adventuremedianews.com832.755.7661Stacy TownsendStacyT@mountainsky.com406.333.4911