National Parks / Natural World
Grant-Kohrs Ranch Deer Lodge
Where is it at?
266 Warren Lane
Tel: 406 846 2070
Where are we going today?
What do you think about when you hear "American Cowboy"? Hard-working, wide open spaces, vast herds of cattle, and that passionate spirit? If that's your answer - you're not far off the truth!
Grant-Kohrs Ranch in Montana is a national historic site that commemorates and preserves the role and stories of cattlemen in American history.
This once-working ranch used to the the headquarters of a 10 million acre cattle empire - a true symbol of the American West! These days it's a place where the whole family can explore the 1,600 acres and 80 historic structures, and delve into the history of this iconic part of America's past.
When you first arrive, head to the visitor center where you can sign up for guided tours, as well as check out all the other activities that are happening that day - so you can make sure you don't miss them!
The ranch complex itself is like living history. The historic buildings are original, and include the bunkhouse, blacksmith shop, ranch house and horse barns as places the kids can explore.
What do you think it would have been like working on a ranch such as Grant-Kohrs? Fun or exhausting? Probably both! They certainly would have worked hard!
It's a great outdoors experience, with lots of easy walking trails for the whole family to ensure out on. There are also some pretty fun barn animals for the kids to say hello to - from horses, cows and chickens.
The guided tours are pretty fun too! From Wagon Tours, to talks on Chuckwagons, and even talks on the real life of a cowboy - a true experience back to the West!
Yee haw y’all - it’s Grant-Kohrs Ranch time on the mighty plains of Montana - and incredible part of the country!
How much does it cost?
When can we go?
9am - 5:30pm Memorial Day - Labor Day / 9am - 4:30pm the rest of the year
Daily - except for Thanksgiving Day, December 25, and January 1
There are lesson plans to help you with your field tip! Give them a call to help you organize your amazing day out of the classroom! .
Why not bring your own lunch and enjoy it out under the Big Sky!.
Throw a few water bottles in your bag - it's important to stay hydrated! .
Any Top Tips?
Don't forget to ask about the junior ranger program at the visitor center, and there are fun programs for kids in summer! .
Doing our bit
The national park service go out of their way to protect this amazing site, so follow their rules to help them out - like not touching historic objects and not approaching livestock. .
Need a little extra help?
Head to the visitor center when you first arrive to discuss your needs, but the first floor of the main ranch house, restrooms, and some paths are accessible for visitors with disabilities. Special parking is also available. .
Be prepared for the weather as it could be unpredictable! The sun can be intense, so hats are always a good idea. .
What people are saying?
by Francisco V
This one of the gems of the National Park System! It's a great place to learn about the history of cattle ranching and to see how it's done from a historical perspective. The ranch is so beautiful and also makes for a great hike. The grass gets nice and tall during the summer especially just before haying begins. The town of Deer Lodge is also an awesome place to visit and has an authentic charm to it. Absolutely worth the visit!
by Adam Johnson
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