Pine Butte Guest Ranch – Western Montana’s Hidden Gem

Hotels, Things to Do, What's New — By Jan Lee on April 6, 2011 at 9:02 pm

Accommodations are cozy, but the surroundings are what really makes the visit! Photo by Sam Beebe / Ecotrust

Pine Butte Guest Ranch, in Northwest Montana, is an ideal find for travelers who want to experience Montana in its pristine beauty.

Run by the Nature Conservancy, the ranch comprises more than 17,000 acres of ranch and forestland on the Rocky Mountain Front. A former guest ranch, the location is uniquely suited to hosting small to medium sized groups and workshops and provides a great venue for wildlife and bird watching.

The gentle spring weather makes April and May ideal times for visits. Montana weather can be hot and dry in the summer, but the spring is often a comfortable time for vacations. It is also an ideal time to study the wildlife, which can include bears, moose and elk. Glacier National Park is within driving distance from the ranch.

Guests activities include horseback riding, hiking, swimming and learning about local ecology and sustainable living. The ranch also offers seasonal workshops with accommodations included.

Guest lodging consists of refurbished log cabins with handmade furniture and Western d├ęcor. Meals, which are prepared from locally grown produce and meats, are included and are considered one of the special treats of staying at the ranch, since the produce is grown onsite and meats are often procured from local ranchers. The cooks will also try to accommodate food allergies and restrictions with advance notice.

Hiking and horseback riding are ideal activities at Pine Butte, which sits on Montana's Rocky Mountain Front. Photo by Sam Beebe / Ecotrust

With the summer season fast approaching, the ranch is offering discounts for a number of its workshops. If you are interested in visiting an out of the way patch of Montana beauty, and always wanted to learn something more about western ecology, now is the time to consider a workshop at Pine Butte Guest Ranch.

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