Evoking the Gilded Age of the historic Adirondack Great Camps…
Starting at $400 per night
Big Timber, Sweet Grass County, Montana, 59011, United States
Starting at $350 per person per night
Welcome to Sweet Grass Ranch! Nestled at the base of Montana’s picturesque Crazy Mountains, Sweet Grass is a sixth generation, family-owned cattle operation and guest ranch. With miles of Sweet Grass Creek winding through the ranch, alpine forests, pristine lakes, and rolling foothills dotted with vibrant wildflowers, Sweet Grass Ranch offers spectacularly diverse terrain beckoning to be explored. The ranch welcomes guests to join them for exceptional horseback adventures, authentic cattle work, and to experience the area’s abundant recreation opportunities; including hiking, plentiful wildlife viewing, and lake, stream or pond fishing.
Unique Features: Have you ever gone swimming with horses? Here’s your chance. From July through September, guests can take their horses for a swim in the creek. Guests ride their horses bareback to various swimming holes along Sweet Grass Creek, and then stay aboard while the horse swims through the deeper water.
Accommodations: The rustic log cabins, nestled along the Sweet Grass Creek, feature casual Western décor and a cozy, comfortable atmosphere where guests truly feel at home. Sit on the front porch and watch the sunset, stoke the wood stove on a chilly evening or walk out your back door for instant access to spectacular wilderness. The ranch also has rooms in the historic main lodge with a shared bathroom, or a family unit with private bath. Whatever option you choose, the Sweet Grass will treat you right.
As Suite As It Gets: When money is no object, go for the Two-Bedroom Cabin, one with queen bed, small second bedroom with single bed, wood stove, private bath. Over the years, the family has taken care to preserve and maintain the ranch’s historic buildings and untarnished landscape, and the former Brannin Ranch, now known as Sweet Grass Ranch is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
Dining: Sweet Grass Ranch guests enjoy hearty, homemade ranch style food that leans towards gourmet, with family-style meals that are sure to please any palate and appetite. The kitchen provides a constantly changing menu that tends to fluctuate with the seasons, based on locally raised meats, lots of fresh vegetables and fruits, and home baked breads and pastries. Guests join family and crew for meals in the main lodge, which was built as a family home in the early 1900s. There is always coffee going from about 6am, with a fire to take the edge off crisp mountain mornings.
Activities: The Ranch is full of opportunities for unforgettable and personalized adventures. Whether it’s moving cows, taking a brisk swim in the creek, fly-fishing a mountain stream, hiking to an alpine lake, or simply relaxing with a massage or in a pristine meadow, breathing in the fresh mountain air, guests are welcome to create any kind of ranch experience they desire. Sweet Grass Creek runs right through the Sweet Grass Ranch, offering a great way to cool down on a hot Montana afternoon. The creek has swimming holes and the perfect sections for tubing. Also, try the natural water slide in a creek called Hell-Roaring that feeds into the Sweet Grass. It’s a special treat for kids and adults alike.
Spa & Fitness: There is no on-site spa or fitness center, but with all of the amazing outdoor activities and fresh air though, you won’t need them. Take a mellow stroll through the wildflowers, head out on a bird watching mission, or sling a pack on for a full-fledged hike, with miles of trails and off-trail hiking available.
Location: Sweet Grass Ranch is located in South-Central Montana, 40 miles from the small town of Big Timber, 2 and a half hours from Gardiner, the North entrance to Yellowstone National Park. The secluded ranch is nestled at the end of a private dirt and gravel road that is accessible by car (it’s best to have a car with some clearance). They provide specific directions to guests who have booked and are happy to arrange an airport pickup for an additional charge.
Closest Airport: About 120 miles from either Bozeman or Billings airports
Children’s Programs: No. They don’t have a formal children’s program, but kids are welcome to participate in all aspects of ranch life. There is no designated age limit for kids, but for horseback riding your child must be big enough to sit up, hold the reins themselves, and pay attention to their horse.
Pet Friendly: No. Pets are not allowed at this property.
Weddings: No. They do not normally host weddings but they may by special request.
Meetings: No. They do not have the facilities to host large business meetings.
Extra Info: The Crazy Mountain range has over 20 peaks that exceed 10,000 feet in elevation. The ranch staff is knowledgeable about the surrounding landscape and can recommend hikes based on your specifications.