Activities

We are committed to providing an experience that will renew, refresh and reinvigorate those who want to ‘get away from it all’. Horses, water, cabins, beautiful scenery and great food are all restorative in nature. This holistic experience will invigorate and cause an appreciation of the past while causing those who come to look forward to the future with renewed enthusiasm.

You can mountain bike, hike or horseback ride on the mountain trails right from your cabin to hidden mountain lakes and unbelievable views. Try a SeeYellowstone interpretive van tour and visit the world famous “Old Faithful” geyser in Yellowstone National Park.

Try fly-fishing in the Grayling Creek which runs near your cabin through our ranch, or visit some of the near-by Blue Ribbon fly-fishing rivers and streams in America (the Madison river, Gallatin river, Henry’s Fork and Hebgen Lake).

Our experienced wranglers and gentle horses will ensure everyone enjoys their family ranch vacation, from novice to seasoned riders. We offer corral rides to children, western horseback riding lessons to everyone, and mountain trail rides ranging from one to four hours. For an unforgettable ride, try our Sunset Ride that climbs the ridge overlooking Hebgen Lake and it’s sunsets.

Horseback Riding

Horseback rides are included with our all inclusive packages. Each of our rides is guided by our own experienced wranglers who are familiar with the horses and trails surrounding the Ranch. Our wranglers can handle the needs of both beginners and experienced riders.

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Hiking & Biking

For those who’d rather travel under their own power rather than on horseback, hiking and mountain bike trails will take you to many destinations. The ranch has a limited number of bikes for guest use, or feels free to bring your own. In Town, West Yellowstone Bicycles and Freeheel & Wheel both offer rental bikes by the hour or the day.

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Fishing

Native cutthroats rising for hoppers along a grassy cut bank on the Yellowstone… Big brown trout slashing at emerging caddis in a broad riffle on Montana’s Madison… Wild rainbows sipping tiny blue winged olives in a setting of incomparable beauty on the Gallatin. A warm afternoon sun heating your face while the songbirds and insects provide a backdrop to the gurgling waters. It’s an experience to remember!

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Bird Watching

Bird watching at Parade Rest Ranch is a uniquely rewarding experience. Over 75 different species of birds can be spotted amidst the ranch buildings, corrals, creeks and grounds. By walking, hiking or horseback ride, serious bird watchers can spot can spot American White Pelicans, Bald Eagles, Osprey and Hawks, Sandhill Cranes and even Spotted Sandpipers. Great Horned Owls, Warblers, Woodpeckers, Swallows and Wrens abound in the Aspen trees.

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Whitewater Rafting

Rafting the Gallatin River is a popular summer attraction that will truly provide you with an experience to remember for a lifetime. Enjoy the thrills and spills of an adventuresome outing, or take a leisurely trip. Scenic and white water raft trips are available through several companies servicing the Gallatin, Yellowstone, and Snake Rivers from June through mid-September.

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Hebgen & Quake Lake

Hebgen Lake can be viewed from the ranch. and draws the majority of its visitors in the summer months. Hebgen Lake has some of the best dry fly lake fishing in the state of Montana. Rainbow trout, lake trout, whitefish, pike and bass.

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Virginia City

Just 74 miles northwest of Parade Rest Ranch is a unique living history city. Founded in 1863 during the early gold rush days, Virginia City is the original capital of Montana. In 1946, the town began preserving and restoring many of its building. Today, Virginia City operates under the supervision of the Montana Historical Society.

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West Yellowstone

West Yellowstone, is the West, and most popular entrance to Yellowstone National Park. It is a small mountain community of about 1200 people at an elevation of 6,666 feet. Only 10 miles from the ranch, this mountain town is both the gateway to Yellowstone National Park and the self-proclaimed fly-fishing capital of the world.

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Yellowstone Tours

All our summer tours include a unique “picnic in the park” that no other local tour operator offers. Ask us about Yellowstone Tours when booking your stay with us. We offer special Parade Rest Ranch guest pricing.

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