There are hikes for just about everyone’s desires around the ranch, from a leisurely stroll along a wildflower-lined trail, to a more challenging trip to one of the area’s sparkling alpine lakes. The place names alone stir the imagination – Blackleaf Canyon, Indian Head, Clary Coulee and Alice’s Ridge.
Each day we’ll offer a choice of hikes taking into account weather conditions, seasonal blooms and the mood and interests of our guests.
Everyone will have the opportunity to visit the Conservancy’s 18,000 acre Pine Butte Swamp Preserve. This mosaic of wetlands and prairie runs up to the mountains, providing superb habitat for a vast array of birds – from waders to raptors -- as well as elk, moose, and grizzlies!
Hikes up to many of the peaks surrounding the ranch afford glorious views of the prairies and back into the Front Range. Or you may crest out at the top of a saddle that looks deep into the Bob Marshall Wilderness, know more affectionately as simply “the Bob”. Another option might be an exploration of the amazing regeneration taking place in an area recently burned by wildfire.
You’re sure to see wildlife, or signs of it, on many of the hikes. The wooded trails along the South Fork of the Teton River are great places to spot wildflowers, identify birdsongs and even find evidence of a passing grizzly or black bear.
You may make a trek to one of the beautiful alpine lakes in the area or one of the roaring waterfalls. Some lakes even have decent trout fishing. Depending on the weather, and your personal courage, a dip in the bracing waters might be in order.