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!
Grant-Kohrs Ranch is located directly off I-90 midway between Yellowstone NP and Glacier NP in Deer Lodge, Montana. We are easily accessible from the interstate. The ranch is 1/2 mile from exit 187. We can also be accessed from exit 184. After a short 2 mile drive through the city of Deer Lodge you will see Grant-Kohrs Ranch located at the north end of town.Get directions
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.
Why not bring your own lunch and enjoy it out under the Big Sky!
Don't forget to ask about the junior ranger program at the visitor center, and there are fun programs for kids in summer!
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!
Throw a few water bottles in your bag - it's important to stay hydrated!
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.
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