Nestled in the heart and soul of the Rocky Mountains, Skyline Guest Ranch provides easy access to the sights and wonders of Yellowstone National Park, the Beartooth Scenic Byway, and the Absaroka-Beartooth Wilderness. We operate as authorized concessionaires by permit of Yellowstone National Park and the Gallatin National Forest.
MEET THE OWNERS
Luke & Lara Morris
In the fall of 2019, Luke and Lara Morris proudly assumed ownership of Skyline Guest Ranch, marking the fourth generation to steward this remarkable legacy. Lara's childhood memories are woven into the fabric of the ranch, making her connection deeply rooted. Lara's unwavering commitment, genuine kindness, and boundless generosity define the heart of the ranch. Without Lara's touch, Skyline Guest Ranch simply wouldn't be the same—a testament to her vision and hard work.
Luke discovered his passion for the business in 1997 through his relationship with Lara. He quickly fell in love with the ranch, having big dreams of raising his family in the mountains of Montana, all while allowing others to experience the pure majesty right in our backyard. His dedication shines through as he enthusiastically shares the majesty of Montana with individuals and families.
Together, Luke and Lara, along with their children, invite you to experience the unique charm and warmth that sets Skyline Guest Ranch apart. Join us for an unforgettable journey into the heart of Montana.
Skyline prides themselves in offering beautifully designed lodging options inside our main lodge, premium bunkhouse cabin, and our glamping tent. Whichever option you choose, we invite you to immerse yourself in the lap of luxury amidst the breathtaking landscapes of the Beartooth Mountains of Montana!
I hardly know where to begin. This place is pure heaven in every way! The location is stunning and the lodge is amazing. It was always one of our favorite places, but with the renovations and updates, it’s even better! The views are breathtaking everywhere you look and the staff is awesome. They go above and beyond to make our times there some of the most precious moments of the year. I cannot recommend this place enough. If you’re looking for a gorgeous place, amazing food and the most amazing staff, this is the spot you’re looking for! We will continue to return here, year after year, and we already can’t wait for next summer!
Heather Frisbie, TX
CUCTOM VACATION PACKAGES
JULY - OCTOBER
Skyline Guest Ranch is excited to offer all-inclusive vacation packages at the ranch. Packages include lodging at our bed and breakfast, private guided excursions, and home-cooked meals with the guides and cowboys each evening. Our packages allow for the most personalized and flexible stay and experiences at the ranch. Our certified guides are excited and eager to help make your Montana bucket list a reality!
GIRLS WEEKEND GETAWAY
JULY 25TH-29TH, 2024
Unleash the cowgirl spirit in our exclusive women-only weekend at Skyline Guest Ranch. We extend a warm invitation to all mothers, daughters, aunts, nieces, granddaughters, and friends to join us for a special long weekend filled with tailored activities and events. Our dedicated female staff is thrilled to guide you through the wonders of Montana and Yellowstone National Park, offering exciting experiences such as guided horseback riding and fly-fishing excursions.
PAINTING MASTERCLASS WITH MARK MCKENNA
JUNE 4TH-8TH, 2024
Take full advantage of the amazing opportunity to learn from wildlife and animal painter, Mark McKenna, surrounded by the peace and beauty of the Beartooth Mountains and Yellowstone National Park just a few minutes away! Come to Skyline for a week of painting, great food, and collaboration with other artists.
KEEPING THE LEGACY ALIVE
The Skyline Guest Ranch legacy started in 1933, during the height of the Great Depression, back when miners were trying their luck in gold and silver mines in the Cooke City area. The tiny, isolated community was built around the rudimentary mining industry and Victor Orin (V.O.) Jackson found his treasure not in the mines but in serving the mining community. V.O. brought dairy and beef cattle to the mountains to provide milk and meat for the miners. In addition, he and his children harvested ice from the river in winter. In the summer, he sold milk, meat, and ice to the people of Cooke City, later opening a butcher shop and small grocery.
After World War II, the mines closed down, and V.O. turned his focus to the newly developing tourism industry. He traded his milk cows for horses and mules, and Skyline Guest Ranch was born. Visitors would come to ride horses, fishing, hunt, and camp. First, he built a barn and corrals, followed by a motel, restaurant, and gas station.
As the years advanced, V.O. sold the buildings but retained the horse business, running it until he was 85 years old! The family legacy carried on when his grandson and namesake, Vic Jackson, bought the horse business.
Vic and Liz Jackson carried on the tradition of providing great outdoor adventures from 1978 to 2021. They raised five children who spent every summer of their childhood learning to work together in these mountains. The dream seemed a long time coming, but, in 1999, Vic, Liz, and many others worked together to build the beautiful lodge, which is now the hub of Skyline activity. In the fall of 2021, Victor and Liz passed the family legacy on to their oldest daughter Lara and her family.
Luke and Lara Morris, along with their children, bring the tradition forward yet another generation as they continue to work together to bring you the finest experience in hospitality and backcountry adventures.
Fifth-generation grandchildren have joined the Skyline team and together welcome you to join our family in exploring and appreciating the marvels of mother nature that surround us in this rocky mountain paradise.