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Guest Ranches in Montana: Part Two

Farms and Ranches

G BAR M RANCH
P. O. Box 29
Clyde Park, MT 59018
(406) 686-4423

Capacity: 15
Season: May-Oct 15
Altitude: 5500 feet

Enjoy real western hospitality and authenticity on a historic 3300-acre cattle ranch in the foothills of the Bridger Mountains 26 miles northeast of Bozeman. Log cabins or rooms in the ranch house, all clean and comfortable with private baths. Excellent home-cooked meals served family-style. Ride your "own special horse" over sunny, sage-covered foothills and cool silent mountains, caring for cattle. A fine trout stream runs through the ranch. Fossil beds in the nearby mountains. All accommodations and ranch activities included in the weekly rate. Transportation to and from the Bozeman Airport is available. We are proud of our reputation for good food, good horses and returning guests. For rates and folder write: The Leffingwells, G Bar M Ranch.

DIAMOND J RANCH
Box 577
Ennis, MT 59729
(406) 682-4867

Capacity: 35
Season: June-Oct 30
Altitude: 5800 feet

The Diamond J, an Orvis Endorsed and Wingshooting Lodge, is surrounded by the Lee Metcalf Wilderness and is located 14 miles outside of Ennis. Guest cabins are all of log construction coupled with modern facilities. Activities include riding, pack trips, rifle and skeet shooting, swimming in heated pool, indoor tennis court, sporting clays. Excellent fishing in Madison River, private lake, streams and mountain lakes. Side trips to Yellowstone Park, Virginia City and many old Indian stomping grounds. For more information and rates, write to Mr. and Mrs. Peter Combs, address above.

LAUGHING WATER RANCH
P.O. Box 157
Fortine, MT 59918
(406) 882-4680
(800) 847-5095
(406) 882-4680 Fax

Capacity: 24
Season: May-Oct
Altitude: 3200 feet

In the heart of Glacier Country, at the Laughing Water Ranch the aroma of the West's finest cooking, a crackling fire and the comfort of deluxe accommodations await your stay in our Main Lodge. Our children's program and its Native American focus enchants kids of all ages. Premium trout fishing. Glacier Park Tours, square dancing, white water rafting, and old-time cowboy singing are just a few of the activities that are available for your personalized vacation at the LWR. The best things do dome in small packages! Call or write Ted or Holly Mikita.

COVERED WAGON RANCH
34035 W Gallatin Road
Gallatin Gateway, MT 59730
(406) 995-4237
(406) 995-2061 fax

Capacity: 24
Season: 5/15-10/30 - 2/1-4/20
Altitude: 6680 feet

Accepting guests since 1925. Located three miles form the northwest corner of Yellowstone National Park in the scenic Gallatin Canyon. Horseback riding the main activity, with pride in our string of horses and varied country we ride. Trout fishing, almost at your cabin door. Spectacular miles of hiking and mountain bike trails. Cookouts, campfires, a congenial atmosphere only a part of your visit. Golf, tennis, whitewater rafting nearby. Cabin accommodations of log instruction with private bath. Family-style meals in central dining room. Recreation hall, library, laundry facilities. We welcome your inquiry, contact Will King for American Plan rates and brochure.

ELKHORN RANCH
33133 Gallatin Road
Gallatin Gateway, MT 59730
(406) 995-4291

Capacity: 45
Season: June 15-Sept 30
Altitude: 6800 feet

Located at the northwest corner of Yellowstone National Park in upper Gallatin country. Log guest cabins, meals in central dining room. Family oriented with riding programs for children 6 and over. Emphasis on riding; also fly fishing on the Gallatin and Madison Rivers. Served by airlines into Bozeman and West Yellowstone. Rates and detailed information available.

NINE QUARTER CIRCLE RANCH
5000 Taylor Fork Road
Gallatin Gateway, MT 59730
(406) 995-4276

Capacity: 75
Season: Mid June-Mid Sep
Altitude: 7000 feet

With nearly 50 years of Kelsey family dude ranching, the Nine Quarter Circle overlooks Yellowstone Park from a secluded valley and is adjacent to the Taylor Hilgard Wilderness area in southwestern Montana. Ranch activities include daily horseback riding, fishing, weekly gymkhanas, all-day rides, and an overnight pack trip. All guest accommodations are log cabins with private baths and wood stoves. Amenities offered are daily baby-sitting and child supervision, square dance, movies, private trout pond and a fly fishing instructor at no extra charge.

63 RANCH
P. O. Box 979
Livingston, MT 59047
(406) 222-0570

Capacity: 30
Season: Mid June-Mid Sept
Altitude: 5600 feet

Let "Montana's Magic" happen to you on your 63 Ranch Vacation. Located in the Absaroka Mountains, 50 miles north of Yellowstone Park. In beautiful Mission Creek Canyon, unmatched for scenic grandeur. Children welcome. Accommodations are very comfortable and there is a choice of cabins, all with private baths. You will enjoy our excellent meals of fresh food. Riding is the main activity, experienced or not. We also feature summer pack trips into the Absaroka-Beartooth Wilderness and trout fishing the area's blue ribbon streams. By car come 1-90 from east or west and US 89 north or south. For further information and weekly rates write or call Bud, Sandra, or Jeff Cahill.

HARGRAVE CATTLE & GUEST RANCH
300 Thompson River Valley
Marion, MT 59925
(406) 858-2284

Capacity: 15
Season: Year-round
Altitude: 3400 feet

Live the Legend on a historic working 87,000-acre ranch, rare opportunities to really live the West. National forests surround our Montana valley jewel. Spring means newborn calves and herd check riding. Summer there's riding with true cowboy jobs and real cattle herding or meadow and tall timber trails. Ride or 4-wheel to overnight campouts. Hike or horse pack into unspoiled wilderness. Outfitted fly fishing floats arranged. Authentic fall cattle roundups. Excellent whitetail hunting. Winter pristine doorstep cross-country and day trip to super downhill skiing. Accommodations in homey headquarters, or log cabins, either rustic or plush. Hosts/Owners Leo and Ellen.

ALLER'S BOULDER RIVER RANCH
HC 59, Box 210
McLeod, MT 59052
(406) 932-5926

Capacity: 30
Season: June-Sept
Altitude: 5050 feet

Located 30 miles south of Big Timber in the high, rugged Absaroka Mountains. Individual cabins vary in size; home-cooked country meals utilize our own meat and vegetables. Special diets are no problem. Just north of Yellowstone Park, we border the Gallatin National Forest and Absaroka Beartooth Wilderness. Dependable horses, competent wranglers instruct beginners and children in horsemanship skills. Two miles of the very finest stream fishing offer fly-fishing only. Catch and release July through mid-September. June is for nature lovers-deer, elk and hundreds of wildflowers, art workshops. American Plan or housekeeping rates. All major airline connections in Billings or Bozeman. Write Steve and Jeane Aller, address above.

HAWLEY MOUNTAIN GUEST RANCH
Box 4-D
McLeod, MT 59052
(406) 932-5791

Capacity: 20
Season: June-Sept
Altitude: 6400 feet

A small guest ranch where the personal touch is still alive, tucked away in the beautiful Boulder River Valley of the Absaroka-Beartooth Wilderness area 24 miles north of Yellowstone Park. The ranch and cabins sit on the mountainside at 6400 feet above sea level and the view from Eagle's Nest Lodge cannot be equalled anywhere. Our vacations are oriented to families and groups of all ages, and include good meals of homestyle country cooking. A variety of activities to suit your individual tastes is also included: horseback riding including all-day ride high into the wilderness; an all-day 4-wheel drive trip to ghost towns, golf mines and Blue Lake; hunting for Indian artifacts; river rafting; and hiking.

X BAR A RANCH
McLeod, MT 59052
406-932-6109

Capacity: 30
Season: May 15-Sep 30
Altitude: 5000 feet

The relaxed, intimate atmosphere of this small, working cattle ranch, set against the backdrop of the Absaroka-Beartooth Mountain Wilderness, offers guests an authentic western experience. The informal round-up of activities lets you "do your own thing:" horseback ride half-day, all-day, or overnight with reliable horses; fish the blue ribbon trout streams which run through and near the X-A Ranch; hike to nearby Indian caves and discover their ancient paintings; snuggle up to the wood stove in your cabin at night, reading cowboy lore as the coyotes cry just outside; and eat fresh and wholesome food! Call Jean or Pat for all-inclusive and affordable rates.

BEARTOOTH RANCH and JLX
HC 54, Box 350
Nye, MT 59061
(406) 328-6194
(406) 328-6205

Capacity: 30
Season: June 1-Sept 2
Altitude: 5058 feet

Nature provided the beautiful location, added to it are fine horses, good food and attractive and comfortable cabin AND lodge accommodations. Guests ride on horseback over trails first traveled by Indians form their summertime camping grounds on the Stillwater River to areas just north of Yellowstone national park. Surrounded by Custer National Forest, Beartooth Ranch and JLX adjoins over 900,000 acres if Absaroka-Beartooth Wilderness Area with its rugged mountain scenery and wildlife--bear, moose, elk, deer, big horn mountain sheep, mountain lions, coyotes. Children's program features mountain ranch activities. Travel Northwest, Delta or United Airlines to Billings MT, then rent a car or we'll meet you. Write: Jim and Ellen Langston.

CIRCLE BAR GUEST RANCH
Utica, MT 59452
(888) 570-0227
(406) 423-5454

Capacity: 35
Season: Year-round
Altitude: 5200 feet

Excellent food, quality accommodations and personalized riding are our trademark. We raise quarter horses, cattle, chickens and dairy. Our scenery varies from open grass range to the rugged little Belt Mountains. Wildlife is abundant-elk, mule and white tail deer, bear and antelope. Activities include excellent fly fishing and horseback riding, swimming, draft team hay rides, steak fries and pack trips. The cozy individual log cabins have fireplaces, comfortable beds and private baths. Home baking, ranch beef, milk, vegetables and herbs provide excellent meals. The ranch boarders the Lewis and Clark National Forest and the State Elk Refuge. We have big game hunting and bird hunting. For rates and color brochure write to Sara Hollatz.

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