Bar W Guest Ranch

Family Dude Ranch located four miles from Whitefish, MT and just up the road from Glacier National Park!

The Bar W Guest Ranch is a great place to spend time enjoying the outdoors. Are you hard-working, outgoing, fun-loving person with a sense of adventure? The Bar W is a family ranch with activities for guests of all ages. As a small MT ranch with about 35 guests per week, we make it a point to make everyone feel special. If you love horses and people, we just might have a seasonal home for you!

Located in the beautiful Flathead Valley on Spencer Lake in NW Montana, the Bar W is just 25 miles from Glacier National Park. We are 3.5 miles away from the very cool resort community of Whitefish.

About Bar W Guest Ranch

At The Bar W, we believe that a well-run dude ranch is hospitality at its very finest. Our number one goal is to provide not only our guests but our staff with the best possible experience of their lives. Our staff is our number one resource.  Each year we hire for both seasonal and year-round positions.

Working on a dude ranch is not like any other job. The work is hard and the hours are long. But this is the one job that will become part of you for the rest of your life. You will make lifelong friendships with both staff and guests, as well as learn skills and a work ethic that will stay with you wherever you go.

The Employee Experience

Working at the ranch is more than just a job, you’re truly part of something remarkable. The Bar W is a family owned, operated, and oriented atmosphere which applies not only to our guests but to our team as well. Many of our employees come to the ranch as an opportunity to step out on their own while being in a safe, fun, and fulfilling atmosphere. We provide the opportunity for you to gain independence, confidence, and experiences you’ll take with you the rest of your life.

We hire employees from all over the U.S. which creates a diverse and vibrant team. Our staff forms lifelong friendships and become a part of our Bar W family. Right on the property, staff has access to Spencer Lake, 3,000 acres of state forest, stocked trout pond for fishing, mountain biking, and hiking. Glacier National Park is 25 miles away and offers boundless recreational opportunities including whitewater rafting, and over 700 miles of hiking.

We guarantee that you’ll work hard, have fun, and you’ll always remember the season you spent at the Bar W.  Click here to read our three guiding principles that drive our culture and we consider our “cowboy code.” We assure you, that while creating lifelong memories for the guests, you will also be creating them for yourself.

Ideal Candidate

Regardless of the position, you are hired for, we are looking for people who are willing to help wherever needed. This is a people-oriented business, and we are looking for staff with excellent communication skills and outgoing personalities. It is also important that everyone be a team player.

Check out this short promotional video to learn more about our ranch and what we offer our guests.

Room and Board

Housing and meals are available on site. Most staff accommodations are dormitory structured with separate quarters for men and women.  Each bunkhouse can sleep up to 6 men or women. We have very limited couples' housing available. On-site laundry facilities are available for no charge. 

Employee Perks

A Season bonus is paid to employees who fulfill their agreement.  20% discount is extended to the employees' friends and family for staying at the ranch as well as in our gift shop. Select Western stores in the area offer a discount to Bar W employees.

Getting Here and Getting Around

Glacier International Airport (airport code FCA) is located in Kalispell, MT and is just 25 minutes from the ranch.  The train station is located in downtown Whitefish and is just 4 miles from the ranch.  Having a car is helpful but not necessary. 

For Fun

Staff are encouraged to enjoy the ranch during their time and days off, but please remember that our guests come first. Here in Northwestern Montana, the recreational possibilities are endless, with riding, hiking, fishing, and Glacier National Park just a short drive away.

Click here to watch a Video of our staff's experiences

How to Apply

Click APPLY HERE to read more details and to submit your application online.


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