Where the prairies rise to meet the mountains in western Montana, you see “the big sky,” a phrase coined by A.B. Guthrie Jr. in his 1947 novel of the same name. Just down the road from where the writer lived and worked, the Conservancy’s Pine Butte Guest Ranch introduces you to the largest intact ecosystem in North America, which still contains all the species that were present when Lewis and Clark visited the area more than 200 years ago. Explore the area’s captivating natural beauty during the day and enjoy the ranch’s rustic luxury under a blanket of stars at night.
- Explore the Conservancy’s Pine Butte Swamp Preserve, its 500- year old pines and views that never end during a day-long hike and a separate twilight session for wildlife viewing and stargazing.
- Take a dip in the pool; enjoy western music, a morning cookout and a sizzling steak cookout.
- Hike through colorful hills, expansive prairies and mountain meadows with a knowledgeable naturalist.
- Relax on handmade wooden furniture on the patio as hummingbirds breeze past or before a roaring fire in your comfortable cabin.
- Sneak into the lodge for an irresistible late night snack.
Please note: If you can’t join us on this journey, you can still experience the Conservancy’s Pine Butte Guest Ranch and as a Legacy Club member, you will receive 10 percent off your stay in 2013.
Dates: August 25- September 1, 2013
Cost: $2,200 double occupancy, $2,350 single occupancy (plus tax)
Information & Reservations:
On Montana’s Rocky Mountain Front, plains converge with mountains to create one of the most biologically rich regions in North America, among the last places where grizzly bears still roam the open plains. The greatest threat to the Front is the subdivision of large ranches that maintain open space and wildlife habitat on private lands. By partnering with local landowners, the Conservancy has found ways to meet the needs of nature and ranchers in the plains that abut the region’s mostly public mountainous areas. By working cooperatively with ranch owners, the Conservancy has helped maintain the region’s tradition of responsible land stewardship that provides room for people and nature alike.
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