A rock outcropping overlooks a lush valley of green hills and trees with mountains in the distance.
Pine Butte Montana TNC’s Pine Butte Guest Ranch is situated on Montana’s Rocky Mountain Front here the mountains meet the prairies in a dramatic convergence of rocky cliffs © Simon Williams/TNC

Conservation Journeys

Pine Butte Guest Ranch, Montana

Behold stunning Western scenery and captivating natural beauty in the heart of Big Sky Country

This trip is full. To join the waitlist, contact Katie James at (800) 329-4930 or

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Where the mountains meet the prairie in western Montana, you see “The Big Sky,” a phrase coined by A.B. Guthrie, Jr. in his 1947 novel of the same name, and it’s where you’ll find The Nature Conservancy’s Pine Butte Preserve. The historic Pine Butte Ranch is your base for this remarkable journey into one of North America’s most intact and wild ecosystems. Dramatic limestone peaks tower above native grasslands, the views go on forever, and opportunities for exploring diverse habitats seem just as endless. Through hikes, horseback rides and guided naturalist tours, you’ll have a unique opportunity to experience this rugged and beautiful region.


  • Hike through colorful hills, mountain meadows and the expansive prairie with a knowledgeable naturalist. 
  • Take in an evening wildlife watch for grizzly bears, moose and elk herds. 
  • Ride horseback through scenic trails and the high meadows of the Rocky Mountain foothills. 
  • Recharge to the symphony of birdsong on the porch of your cabin.


Reservations for all trips will open on Tuesday, January 19 at 12 p.m. EST. and can be made with the trip specialist listed below.


Katie James
(800) 329-4930


September 12-17


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