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Guest Ranches in Montana: Part One

Farms and Ranches

JJJ WILDERNESS RANCH
P.O. Box 310-D
Augusta, MT 59410
(406) 562-3653
(406) 562-3836 fax

Capacity: 20
Season: June-Mid Sept
Altitude: 5200 feet

Located in a high mountain valley above the beautiful Sun River Canyon and Gibson Lake, 80 miles west of Great Falls. The road ends here. A family operation with modern accommodations; outdoor barbecues, mountain top cookouts and overnight pack trips. Other activities include volleyball, basketball, horseshoes, and gymkhanas, swimming. Scenic mountain trails extend for many miles through the Lewis and Clark National Forest. We specialize in family vacations with emphasis on riding horseback, nature-trail hikes and trout fishing. Also, we schedule 5-8 day spectacular pack trips into the famous Bob Marshal Wilderness area. Call or write Max and Ann or Ernie and Kim Barker.

KLICK'S K BAR L RANCH
"Beyond All Roads"
Augusta, MT 59410
(406) 467-2771
(406) 562-3589

Capacity: 30
Season: June 1-Mid Sept
Altitude: 5000 feet

Nestled below Sun Butte between the North and South Fork of Sun River; up Gibson Lake in spring and summer by jet boat; around a scenic mountain trail by saddle horse and pack mule in fall. Lodge houses kitchen, dining room, library, comfortable fireside surroundings. Cabins are rustic furnished with private baths. A carefree outdoor life with enough comforts that you may enjoy "roughing" it. Mountains, rivers at your door. Natural warm water pool, 84 degrees. Excellent trout fly fishing. K Bar L Ranch was founded in 1927. We are the third generation providing quality recreation and service for thousands of satisfied clients, our best recommendation. Address above.

LAZY K BAR RANCH
Box 550
Big Timber, MT 59011
(406) 537-4404

Capacity: 40
Season: June 23-Labor Day
Altitude: 8900 feet

Not a dude ranch, but a working cattle/horse ranch founded by the owners' family in 1880, welcoming guests for 73 summers. Guest buildings at 6000'. We raise our Quarter Horses and produce our beef, pork, milk, cream, baked goods. Unlimited riding into high alpine country or out into open range for roundups, salting, trailing cattle. Overnight, hot lunch, dinner rides; weekly square dancing; Sunday campfire breakfast; rodeos, ghost towns, float trips. Swimming pool. Lake and stream fishing. All-inclusive rates. Local airport handles private jets. References and reservations are required. Paul L. Van Cleve, IV, at the above address.

SWEET GRASS RANCH
HC 87, Box 2161
Big Timber, MT 59011
(406) 537-4497
(406) 537-4477

Capacity: 20
Season: June 11-Sep 3
Altitude: 6100 feet

A 20,000-acre cattle ranch, a family tradition for five generations. Secluded in the magnificent Crazy Mountains 40 miles NW of Big Timber. Unlimited riding, both trail and open country, sure-footed horses carefully matched to rider's ability. Ride the open range and highlands of winter ranch with deer, antelope and coyotes to the foothills with elk and bear to the high alpine meadows and lakes with eagles, mountain goats and myriad wildflowers. Stream and lake fishing, steak frys, bareback riding. Family-style meals in ranch raised beef, home baked goods, fresh milk and cream. Accommodations comfortably rustic. Children's discounts. Write or call Bill and Shelly Carroccia for rates and brochure.

AVERILL'S FLATHEAD LAKE RANCH
Box 248
Bigfork, MT 59911
(406) 837-4391
(406) 837-6977 Fax

Capacity: 120
Season: May 1-Sept 30
Altitude: 3000 feet

Established in 1945, Averill's 2000-acre Dude Ranch offers unlimited horse and water activities. Beautiful setting on Flathead Lake 35 minutes south of Glacier National Park. Recreation includes complete horse program, rodeo, steer roping, riding instruction, cookouts, overnight camp, penning cattle, lake and stream fishing, fly fishing guides, white water rafting, tube floats, water skiing, canoe trips, barn dancing, tennis, wilderness hikes, lake cruises, mountain bikes, wind surfers, kid's program. Rustic ranch atmosphere is friendly and informal. Accommodations: large log lodges with huge fireplaces, cozy cottages overlooking the lake. Family-style meals. Airlines to Kalispell: Delta, Horizon.

MOUNTAIN SKY GUEST RANCH
P.O. Box 1128
Bozeman, MT 59715
(406) 587-1244
(800) 548-3392

Capacity: 75
Season: End of May-Oct 1
Altitude: 7000 feet

A four-diamond award-winning ranch nestled in the mountains, overlooking the beautiful Paradise Valley just 30 miles north of Yellowstone National Park. While the children are riding, doing crafts, or perhaps fishing in the ranch's stocked pond, the adults might be enjoying their own guided trail ride, fishing in Big Brek which flows right through the ranch, playing tennis, enjoying a good book next to the stone fireplace, or soaking in the pool or hot tub, surrounded by beautiful mountain vistas. Dinner is fresh salmon, lamb, veal or medallions of beef prepared continental style, or there may be grilled steak and cajun shrimp prepared with live western music. At Mountain Sky, we provide the options, you make the choices.

CB CATTLE and GUEST RANCH
Box 146
Cameron, MT 59720
(408) 682-4608

Capacity: 14, Season: Mid-June-Early-Sept, Altitude: 6000 feet.

The CB Ranch is located at the mouth of Indian Creek Canyon in the famous Madison River Valley. We are a family-owned and operated ranch for the last twenty years with a guest capacity of up to 14 persons. Daily trail rides venture into the surrounding mountains and along the flat looking for antelope, deer and coyotes. We have horses to suit the novice rider to the experienced. Our buildings are all log construction with large, spacious rooms, and the meals are served family style in the main lodge. As we are a working cattle ranch, there is a year-round manager, Mr. Sunny Smith. For reservations and information winter address is Sandy Vander Lans, 4321 Orange Hill, Fallbrook, CA 92028, 619-723-1932.

LOST FORK RANCH
11-12A Highway 287 North
Box 1
Cameron, MT 59720
(800) 626-8864
(406) 682-7690

Capacity: 30
Season: May 15-Oct 10
Altitude: 6300 feet

Merrit and Barbara Pride invite you to stay at Lost Fork Ranch to relax in the warmth of western hospitality and join them for some special adventures. Lost Fork is a fishing and riding ranch, specializing in horsemanship and fly fishing. Our horsemanship program includes everything from beginning instruction to barrel racing, team penning and roping. A full-service, Blue Ribbon fly shop is located right on the ranch for your convenience. The spectacular Lee Metcalf Wilderness is out the back door, with which we share over 2 miles of common boundary. The ranch is small and personal, and consists of 4 duplex cabins and a main lodge built of native log and stone. We also offer big game hunting in the fall.

PINE BUTTE GUEST RANCH
HC 58, Box 34C
Choteau, MT 59422
(406) 466-2158

Capacity: 25
Season: May-Sept
Altitude: 5180 feet

Pine Butte Guest Ranch, owned by The Nature Conservancy and located along the majestic East Front of the Rockies, mixes the flavor of a traditional guest ranch with on-site nature study for a truly relaxing and educational vacation. Hike daily with a skilled naturalist into high alpine basins to view mountain goats, onto sweeping plains to learn about grizzly bear habitat, or discover dinosaur and other fossil bones in the badlands in front of the mountains. Or ride with the wrangler daily into the hills for breathtaking panoramic views of the country surrounding the ranch. All-day rides, evening wildlife watch, and cookouts are part of the weekly program. Call/write for color brochure and current rate sheet.

SEVEN LAZY P GUEST RANCH
Box 178
Choteau, MT 59422
(406) 466-2044

Capacity: 20
Season: May-Sept
Altitude: 5280 feet

A family owned and operated guest ranch located deep in the mountains on the eastern slope of the Rockies just 80 miles south of Glacier National Park. Offering riding and fishing activities here at the ranch, but specializing in fishing and scenic pack trips by horseback into the magnificent Bob Marshall Wilderness Area and Chinese Wall Country. Guests are housed in comfortable log cabins with meals served family style in our main lodge. Big game hunting in season from two camps in the Bob Marshall Wilderness. Transportation: Northwest and Delta into Great Falls. For further information, write Chuck and Sharon Blixrud.

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