Elk Canyon Ranch White Sulphur Springs; 406/547-3373, fax 406/547-3719; adults $300 per day, children 11 and under $225, no credit cards. Transfers to and from the Bozeman airport are $175 one way for a party of six or less. Season: late May through mid-October. One-week minimum stay.
Averill's Flathead Lake Lodge Bigfork; 406/837-4391, fax 406/837-6977; $2,275 per adult per week. One-week minimum stay. Transportation to and from Kalispell and Whitefish is $25 per family, each way. Season: mid-June to mid-September for families.
Complete Fly Fisher Hwy. 43, Wise River; 406/832-3175; $460 a day for each angler (includes guide and equipment). Recommended stay is six nights. Season: June through September.
Lone Mountain Ranch Lone Mountain Ranch Rd., Big Sky; 406/995-4644, fax 406/995-4670; $2,500 for the first person per week, $1,887 for each additional person. Season: June through October. Cross-country ski season: mid-December through March.
Bonanza Creek Country Lennep Route, Martinsdale; 800/476-6045 or 406/572-3366, fax 406/572-3366; adults $183- $200 a day, children 12 and under $133- $150. Price includes all meals and activities, including horseback rides, fishing, hiking, and mountain biking. Season: June through August. Also available for fall and winter activities at reduced rates.
K Bar L Ranch Augusta; 406/562-3589 (winter and spring), 406/562-3551 (summer and fall); adults $960 in July and August for a six-day, five-night minimum stay ($160 for additional days), children $840 ($140 for additional days); $350 per person in June and September for a three-day, two-night minimum stay ($150 for additional days). Special family rates are available. No children under six. Pack trips are extra. Season: June through September.
Off the Beaten Path 27 E. Main St., Bozeman; 800/445-2995 or 406/586-1311, fax 406/587-4147. All good guest ranches are booked by loyal guests one year in advance, and openings are usually sparse. Off the Beaten Path is a custom travel service that enjoys considerable clout with the West's best ranches. It can do what you might not be able to-- find a spot at the ranch of your choice at the right time, or locate an equally alluring alternative.