The Bar W Guest Ranch | Kalispell

The Bar W Guest Ranch

Outdoor Recreation
Tours & Sightseeing

The Bar W Guest Ranch in Whitefish, Montana is open year-round and is ready to show you what Western hospitality is all about! As a small Montana dude ranch that can host up to 60 guests per week, we pride ourselves on remaining flexible and attending to each guests’ expectations. While there are many activities offered at the Bar W, horses are the center of attention and riding is our core focus. All riding abilities are welcome, and we offer daily trail rides, ranging from one hour to all day, horsemanship lessons, barrel racing, and team penning.

On our Montana dude ranch, there’s a variety of Western activities available outside of the saddle including swimming and paddle boarding on Spencer Lake, fly casting lessons, archery, skeet shooting, roping lessons, hiking, and our kids program. Activities continue into the evening with line dancing, attending a local rodeo, country singers, s’mores around the campfire, wagon rides and more.

During the summer months children are the heart of the ranch. Kids learn to explore nature with our kid’s counselors who guide them on nature walks, crafts, fishing lessons, horse painting, and more. Spring and fall are adult oriented with themed specialty weeks including our Cattle Drive weeks and Adults Only weeks!

The Bar W Guest Ranch is known for our superb customer service, intimate size, down-home cooking, and well-rounded activity selection. Bar W is conveniently located 4 miles from the vibrant resort town of Whitefish, 20 minutes from Glacier International Airport, and 30 minutes from Glacier National Park.

At Bar W, people arrive as guests, and leave as family. Give us a call and start planning your dude ranch vacation!

Upcoming Events

Glacier Range Riders Baseball

May through August

The Glacier Range Riders are the Flathead Valley’s Pioneer baseball league established in 2022. Enjoy an entertaining evening with the whole family!

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Brash Rodeo Summer Series 2024

June – September

Rodeo has been a part of Montana’s culture since the first cowboys arrived over 150 years ago. This events include bull riding, bronc riding, chute dogging, roping, barrel racing, and steer riding. Brash Rodeo is Montana’s longest running series open rodeo. Your Glacier country vacation would not be complete without experiencing the legendary Blue Moon Rodeo. Get your ticket and more information at

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Kalispell Farmers Market

May through October

The Kalispell Farmers Market offers the freshest produce grown in the Flathead Valley and an array of locally-made goods. Every Saturday during the summer and fall from 9 am to 12:30 pm, find local farmers selling everything from meat and eggs, fruits and vegetables to baked goods to native plants and trees. Shop for handmade jewelry, pottery, soaps, paintings, and many more creations by the region’s talented artisans.

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May 27, 2024

Downtown Kalispell Walking Tour

June through September

The Downtown Kalispell Walking Tour is a well-researched and high-quality tour that showcases the evolution of Kalispell as a cultural, economic, and transportation hub of Northwest Montana’s Flathead Valley. The tour is approximately two hours long, covers about one mile that is level and ADA-accessible, and includes over two dozen stops at 30-plus highlighted buildings that tell the story of Kalispell’s history and people. As you take the tour, you will learn about different architectural styles and modern reuse, prominent citizens and early settlers, how a bison herd could buy a city block, and where to spot ghost signs. It is a fascinating way to explore and learn about the history of Kalispell.

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May 31, 2024

Kalispell Professional Bull Riders

2,000 lb. bovines being conquered by man with no fear! The tradition of bull riding is one of the world’s most extreme sports. Watch some of the top Professional Bull Riders in the world go up against the toughest bulls in the country. It will be a ride you won’t forget.

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June 3, 2024

Montana High School Rodeo Finals

The Montana State High School Rodeo Finals are scheduled to take place at the Majestic Valley Arena in Kalispell from June 3-8, 2024. The event will feature the top cowboys and cowgirls from across Montana who will be competing in various categories. The performances will take place on Thursday and Friday at 6:30 pm, while the championship round will be held on Saturday at 1 pm. The schedule will also include the Queen contest, shooting sports, cutting, and reining. Concessions and vendors will be available at the arena for the convenience of the attendees. Information regarding the week’s schedule can be found on the MHSRA website.

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