There is plenty to see and do on the Blacktail Ranch, but if you have extra time there is much to explore in the area surrounding our central Montana dude ranch near Yellowstone & Glacier National Park.
Yellowstone & Glacier National Parks
Towns Surrounding Our Montana Dude Ranch near Yellowstone
Blacktail Ranch is located between two large Montana cities, Great Falls and Helena.
An hour north of us, heading toward Glacier National Park, is the town of Augusta. Although this thoroughly western cow town is small, it’s known for its great western hospitality. Augusta has a couple good cafés, a full service grocery store and our favorite gift shop, Latigo and Lace.
Continuing north, between the highway and the immense Bob Marshall Wilderness to the west, prairie grasses and cattle ranches spread out beneath the Big Sky. At Choteau, take in the Old Trail Museum. Twelve miles west, is the far-famed Egg Mountain, the most important Cretaceous period discovery site in the world. An interpretive sign between mileposts 57 and 58 on U.S. Highway 287 provides travelers information about Egg Mountain.
The next town is Bynum where you can discover hands-on paleontological adventures at the Two Medicine Dinosaur Center or go further on to the town of Browning on the Blackfeet Reservation and visit the Museum of the Plains Indian. This comprehensive collection of art and artifacts traces the history of the Blackfeet and other tribes of the Northern Plains. The museum gift shop features Native American arts and crafts, from Browning it is a short distance into Glacier National Park.
South of us, on I15, Gates of the Mountains has guided boat trips down the Missouri River along the trail of Lewis and Clark. Further along I15 is our Capitol, Helena. Among the things to do in Helena is a visit to the Archie Bray Foundation offering premier ceramics art. The
Montana Historical Society or the Montana State Capitol, home to one of the largest Charlie Russell paintings.
An hour east of the Blacktail Ranch is First Peoples Buffalo Jump, one of the largest buffalo jump sites in the country. Continuing on I15 is the city of Great Falls with two very special museums, the Charlie Russell Museum and Lewis and Clark Interpretive Center.
For further information and more details about the area surrounding our Montana dude ranch near Yellowstone see the Montana Department of Tourism website.