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Located in the heart of Southwest Montana, the Madison Valley Ranch offers anglers unparalleled access to wild trout on renowned Blue Ribbon Rivers, but that’s not all…There are plenty of outdoor activities and attractions to fulfill everyone’s desires! Give Elizabeth a call to learn more on how your custom package could integrate some of the spectacular sights in our backyard.

Only 72 miles from the Madison Valley Ranch, Yellowstone National Park was established in 1872 as America’s first National Park. Exploring this national treasure is an excellent sightseeing activity. Experience Old Faithful, the most popular geyser in the world, or view the colorful Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone. View bears and wolves, elk and buffalo in the Lamar and Hayden valleys. Learn about the history of national parks and the National Park Service. Hiking, camping, fishing, or attending a Ranger-led program or a Yellowstone Institute class, are also popular activities.

The famous historical mining ghost towns of Virginia City and Nevada City are only 15 miles from the Madison Valley Ranch, and are certainly worth exploring. Virginia Citysits high in the Rocky Mountains in a bowl along Alder Gulch, where gold was first discovered in 1863, during the Civil War. Within a year the town grew to over 10,000 and became the Territorial Capital in 1865. Today, Virginia City, Montana’s main street provides an exceptional example of commercial architecture from the later eighteen hundreds. Many of the original structures are filled with original artifacts. The buildings are both historic and architecturally significant, especially for the Victorian era. This is cultural tourism at its best and self guided tours are available.

Full and half day horseback rides can be arranged in advance of your visit. We use Bar 88 for our horse outings. Their goal is to provide you with a Montana horseback ride tailored to meet specific riding experience and adventure requests of your group. They will customize your horseback ride based upon individual preferences and time schedules in order to provide you with personal service and customer satisfaction. They use well trained horses accustom to mountain trail riding. Rides are conducted on a variety of trails in the Beaverhead National Forest and mountain elevations range from 5,000-11,000 feet.

Montana’s first and best-known state park showcases one of the most highly decorated limestone caverns in the Northwest at the Lewis and Clark Caverns. Naturally air conditioned, these spectacular caves, lined with stalactites, stalagmites, columns, and helicitites, date back through time. See the geologic development, the history of early exploration and gain an insight into the delicate ecology of this world without light. Plan to spend a minimum of two hours to hike two miles on a guided tour through the caverns. The park also provides hiking trails, a visitor center, an amphitheater, and several picnic areas.

Bozeman, West Yellowstone, Big Sky, and Ennis all have many fine shops, galleries and restaurants. Be sure to ask about specifics when you arrive and we’ll chart out a day of shopping and touring that fits your ideal itinerary. Driving around Southwest Montana is a great way to take in the vast mountain vistas and we can point you in the right direction for a day of sightseeing.

Madison Meadows Golf Course is a 9-hole course located in the scenic Madison valley. This challenging course runs through the foothills of the Gravelly Mountain Range. Host to one of Montana’s toughest Par 5′s, this course brings you back time after time. Although Madison Meadows is always active, it’s easy to get a tee time.

In Southwest Montana, the outdoor recreational opportunities and wildlife abound. Hiking, fly fishing in alpine lakes, bird watching and photography are all great activities that capture the spirit of Big Sky country! Whether you prefer a full day hike, or just want to walk out the path from the lodge, the wildlife is plentiful.  You are apt to see deer, geese, sandhill cranes, ducks, birds of prey, and fox as you explore the countryside.

We look forward to helping you chose an ideal itinerary for your Montana experience!