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Flat Ranch

Located fifteen miles west of West Yellowstone, The Nature Conservancy's Flat Ranch offers a great place to view wildlife and learn about the Conservancy before entering Yellowstone National Park.

Throughout the summer, enjoy our summer lecture series at Flat Ranch every Wednesday and most Saturdays (June - September). Take a wildflower walk, gaze at the stars, learn about grizzly bears and more.

Moose, pronghorns and sandhill cranes can often be seen from the visitor's center; a spotting scope is available for use.

Migratory birds such as long-billed curlews and ospreys also depend on this lush and fertile basin. The area's water supports large numbers of aquatic insects, providing food for the internationally famous wild trout that swim the waters, including the imperiled Yellowstone cutthroat trout.


Enjoy wildlife watching, fishing and hiking at the Flat Ranch Preserve.

  • An interpretive center, located just off the highway, is open to the public daily from Memorial Day through late October.
  • A spotting scope is available for use in wildlife viewing.
  • Make sure to save time for hiking, wildlife viewing and fly fishing (catch and release only)!

Every summer we offer an outreach series featuring area experts. Check back here for the 2015 schedule.


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