A Montana fishing vacation unlike any other, the Rainbow Ranch Lodge combines the rustic rugged West with classic elegant sophistication. A place where exceptional food, wine, and accommodations are a passion and hospitality is instinctive. We welcome our guests to enjoy a little paradise on the banks of the Gallatin River in Big Sky, Montana.
This luxurious Montana fishing lodge offers world class contemporary cuisine, originating from the finest and freshest products available. They use a network of small purveyors for fresh, healthy ingredients, which help to inspire culinary and visual masterpieces. The Bacchus Room houses the Rainbow Ranch Lodge's award winning wine collection, which is one of the finest in the state. With a capacity of over 5000 bottles, they're able to cellar a wide variety of wines ranging from new world whites to old world reds.
The lodge is located on the banks of the Gallatin River and is also within driving distance of the Yellowstone and Madison rivers. This Big Sky fishing lodge also offers a multitude of other outdoor recreation opportunities for your "off day" including white water rafting, golfing, hiking, horseback riding and relaxing at the spa.
Montana Angler Fly Fishing Packages at the Rainbow Ranch Lodge
$405 Pondside Suite per room per night
$380 Pondside Luxury per room per night
$330 Riverside Room per room per night
$355 Pondside Deluxe per room per night
$30 pp surcharge for each additional guest beyond 2 people in a room or beyond 4 in the Pondside Deluxe
Our RRL packages include breakfast and lunch on guided fishing days. The Rainbow has the best restaurant in Big Sky but we have found our guests prefer to pay for dinners a la carte rather than packging them to provide flexibility to explore some other options in the area too.
$590 per fishing guide per day (guides can take 2 anglers)
Example Pricing (Based on Double Occupancy Pondside Deluxe Rooms with Guided Fishing and Dinner estimated at $70 per person. In reality, dinners are a la carte so use the rates above to factor exact pricing.)
3 Night/2 Day - $1335 per person
4 Night/3 Day - $1875 per person
5 Night/4 Day - $2420 per person
6 Night/5 Day - $2960 per person
7 Night/6 Day - $3505 per person
* Additional fees applicable: guide and lodge staff gratuities, 8% room tax, 3% resort tax, fishing licenses, dinners a la carte.
Located in the resort town of Big Sky, the Rainbow Ranch Lodge is an ideal location for groups looking for a variety of fishing and non fishing activities during their stay. In addition to great wade fishing on the Gallatin River that runs right along the lodge, Big Sky offers lots of other outdoor activities such as horseback riding, clay shooting, mountain biking, zip lining, whitewater rafting, and golfing. If only planning on fishing for a day or two on your vacation and would like to experience the other great outdoor activities Montana has to offer, the Rainbow Ranch Lodge is a great choice.
Gallatin River - The Gallatin River is a medium sized river that offers nice wade fishing and also some float fishing near its mouth. The river flows north from its origin in Yellowstone Park, past the town of Big Sky through the Gallatin Canyon, then through the pastoral Gallatin Valley to its confluence with the Missouri River. The Gallatin is a very picturesque river with crystal clear water and lots and lots of trout. The river is not known for trophy trout like some of the other larger rivers in the area, but the beauty of this river and its small intimate nature make this a favorite of many anglers. Because of the very high trout density, this river often produces fast action and high catch rates.
Lower Madison River - About an hour drive from the lodge, the lower Madison exits Bear Trap Canyon and flows north to the town of Three Forks where it meets up with the Jefferson and Gallatin rivers to the form the Missouri. The broad river has huge weedbeds that produce excellent habitat for aquatic insects. Some huge trout reside in this section of the Madison. It is a great spring and fall fishery, but mid summer water temperatures prevent good fishing in July and August most years. April through June and September through October is a great time of year to target this fishery.
Upper Madison River - The Upper Madison offers an amazing diversity of water from Yellowstone National Park to Ennis Lake. About an hour drive from the lodge will get you on one of the various sections of the Upper Madison, with each section offering unique characteristics. The Upper Madison is renowned for its incredibly consistent fishing throughout the year. Flowing through one of the most scenic valleys in Montana, the impressive scenery, high trout counts, and potential for trophy fish make this a must fish river for visiting anglers.
Pondside Luxury Suite:
The Pondside Luxury Suite has two adjoining rooms; the bedroom features a king bed with fine Italian Anichini linens and a plush down comforter, desk and chair, flat screen TV with satellite television, and wood burning river rock fireplace; a large bath with a tiled shower stall, 6-foot soaking tub, and a bidet; a cozy living room with leather couch, flat screen TV with satellite television, wood burning river rock fireplace, antique hard wood floors throughout, and a walk-off deck overlooking the trout pond - also with a wood burning river rock fireplace. The Pondside Suite also adjoins the Elk Pondside Luxury room.
Pondside Luxury Rooms:
The Pondside Luxury rooms are spacious, each featuring a king bed with fine Italian Anichini linens and plush down comforters, a large bath with a tiled shower stall, and 6-foot soaking tub, flat screen TVs with satellite television, desk and chair, antique hard wood floors throughout, wood burning river rock fireplaces, and walk off decks overlooking the trout pond.
The Riverside rooms each feature handcrafted lodgepole queen beds with fine Italian Anichini linens and plush down comforters, satellite television, a spacious sitting area with a sleeper sofa, desk and chair, wood burning river rock fireplaces, and individual decks overlooking the Gallatin River.
The Pondside Deluxe rooms have two adjoining bedrooms each featuring handcrafted lodgepole queen beds with fine Italian Anichini linens and plush down comforters, satellite television, desk and chair, and individual decks overlooking the trout pond with the Gallatin River in the distance. The Black Bear room features a bedroom with a queen bed, and a sitting room with two arm chairs. This room is handicap accessible. The Gray Wolf room features a bedroom with a queen bed and wood burning river rock fireplace, and a sitting room with a sleeper sofa. The Grizzly Bear & Golden Eagle rooms each have two individual, private bedrooms featuring the same amenities as listed above. The Golden Eagle has a wood burning river rock fireplace.
Resting on the banks of the Gallatin River, the Outpost Retreat is a place of respite and deep relaxation where your mind and body can unwind and awaken in harmony with the natural surroundings. Following the tradition of building rustic yet comfortable spaces using materials native to the area, this private treatment room welcomes you with its weeping river rock hearth, wood-burning stove, log walls and antique wood floor & ceiling. All treatments embrace a "back to nature" philosophy and utilize natural ingredients indigenous to the region.
The atmosphere in the restaurant is relaxed, service is attentive yet discrete, and the views of the majestic Gallatin River are unsurpassed. Guests dining with at the Rainbow Ranch Lodge can expect an unparalleled level of hospitality and a melting pot of international flavors.
The Bacchus Room houses Rainbow Ranch Lodge's award winning wine collection, which is one of the finest in the state. With a capacity of over 5000 bottles, they're able to cellar a wide variety of wines ranging from new world whites to old world reds. Wines stored in the state-of-the-art wine room, frame an intimate setting for private dinner parties and wine tastings for up to 10 people. Focusing on wines from California, the Pacific Northwest, and many other regions from around the world, diners are always able to find something that appeals to them. Simply put... whether you are a novice wine enthusiast or dedicated connoisseur, Rainbow Ranch Lodge wants to offer the most exciting wine experience to each of our guests.
Agnolotti ~ Porcini, Bison Short Rib, Bison Jus
Mussels ~ Fennel, Orange
Foie Gras Torchon ~ Quince-Allspice Jelly, Port Reduction
Scallops ~ Polenta, Chiles, Vanilla Cream
Soup Du Jour
Mixed Greens ~ Lemon Vinaigrette, Amaltheia Goat Cheese, Golden Beets, Pistachios
Ceasar ~ Romaine Lettuce, Shaved Parmesan, Brioche Crouton
Escolar ~ Fingerling Potatoes, White Asparagus, Nameko Mushrooms, Olive Tapenade, Sunchoke Puree
Duck ~ Black Rice, Snow Peas, Wasabi-Coconut Sauce
Lamb Shank ~ Celeriac Puree, Roasted Baby Beets, Lamb Jus
Elk Loin ~ Squash Puree, Pear-Apricot-Rosemary Chutney
Buffalo Tenderloin ~ Potato Puree, Haricot Verts, Cabernet Jus
Pheasant ~ Risotto, Chestnuts, Celeriac, Earl Grey Pheasant Jus
Lambwiches ~ Rosemary Roasted Leg of Lamb, Manchego Cheese, Spinach,
Roasted Red Pepper, Basil Aioli, Brioche Rolls
Crispy Duck Leg Confit ~ Frisee Salad, Figs, Toasted Almonds, Citrus Vinaigrette
Mussels or Clams ~ Bacon, Shallots, Tomato, Thyme
Charcuterie Platter ~ Assorted Artisanal Cured Meats & Cheeses, Red Onion Confit
Pan Seared Diver Scallops ~ Sweet Potatoes, Red Onion Salad, Cilantro Oil, Passion Fruit Reduction
Steak Frites ~ Mesquite Grilled Flank Steak, Pomme Frites, Maitre de Butter
Fish and Chips ~ Battered Halibut, Pomme Frites, Malt Vinegar
Vanilla Creme Brulee ~ Classic Vanilla Creme Brulee
Milk Chocolate Gianduia Tart ~ Chocolate Tart, Milk Chocolate Gianduia Mousse, Sweet Cream Gelato
Lemon Icebox cake ~ Light Angel Food Cake, Lemon Mousse, Berry Compote
White Chocolate Mousse Gateau ~ Belgium White Chocolate Mousse, Griottine Cherries, Creme Anglaise
RR Ice Cream & Sorbets ~ Seasonal Ice Creams & Sorbets
Cheese Platter ~ Artisinal Cheese Selection