Even as winter approaches, the horse-riding activities continue thanks to the Bar W’s state-of-the-art heated indoor arena. The ranch’s barn and arena can stall up to 30 horses and many of the local Flathead County residents board their horses at the Bar W while also utilizing the indoor and outdoor arenas.
The ranch has been a temporary home to quarter horses, Thoroughbreds, Appalloosas, Tennessee walkers, Ponies, Warmbloods, and others. The locals in the area ride and train their respective mounts and often use the in-house trainers at the ranch to improve their own riding skills.
When the weather is too cool for visitors to ride comfortably outside, the arena takes the chill off and provides a perfect antidote for the winter doldrums. The Bar W also rents out the arena as a venue for special events like dances, meals, auctions, corporate events – even weddings.
The Bar W ranch packages include accommodations, incredible meals, maid service, all ranch activities and facilities, horse and tack, guided trail riding, rodeo action, cookouts, use of boats, hiking wilderness areas, fishing on the lake – essentially the run of the property. They also offer overnight accommodations with a hearty breakfast for those just passing through.
“We were elated with how our first year turned out and the number of guests that came to stay and ride with us” Beck said.
He went on to say that “when the guests see the ranch, they fall in love with it. We treat each guest with typical Western hospitality. Our goal is to make guests feel at home from the minute they arrive to long after they have left. It is easy to get here – it’s leaving here that is hard.”
Coming up for 2006, to complement the 6,200-square-foot lodge that sleeps 18 to 22, the Bar W is building new cabins. In addition, the ranch has expanded the amount of terrain for riding, developed theme weeks such as cattle drives and overnight campouts, and partnered with local outfitters to provide guests with a vacation they will remember fondly for a long time to come. Contact the Bar W Guest Ranch at 866-828-2900.