A rock outcropping overlooks a lush valley of green hills and trees with mountains in the distance.
Pine Butte Preserve, Montana TNC works with ranchers and other partners to conserve the landscape along the rocky mountain front at a more meaningful scale. © Simon Williams/TNC

Legacy Journeys

Pine Butte Preserve

Spend your days in Montana exploring the largest wetland complex along the Rocky Mountain Front.

The July 9th departure for this trip has one, single-occupancy room available. The July 17th departure for this trip has one, double-occupancy room available. Contact Katie James at (800) 329-4930 or concierge@iconicadventures.com.

All travelers are required to be fully vaccinated
against COVID-19 to participate on 2023 Legacy Journeys.

Explore the Journey

Two departures: July 9-14, 2023 or July 17-22, 2023

Full Itinerary

Two Departures: July 9-14, 2023 or July 17-22, 2023

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 seemingly go on forever, and opportunities for exploring diverse habitats seem just as endless. Through hikes and guided naturalist tours, you’ll have a unique opportunity to experience this rugged and beautiful region.


  • Set out on trails that pass lush wetlands, century-old pines and alpine streams.
  • Let our naturalists guide you through part of North America’s largest intact ecosystem.
  • Soak in the ranch’s rustic vibe while relaxing in one of its sturdy porch rockers.
  • Look for signs of grizzly bears, moose and elk.

Explore our Work in this Region

Traveling with TNC means showing respect for each other, respect for the world around us and acting with integrity. Before signing up for TNC Travel, please review and familiarize yourself with TNC’s Traveler Expectations.

Information & Reservations

Reservations for all trips will open on Wednesday, August 31 at 2 p.m. ET and can be made with the trip specialist listed below.

Iconic Adventures
Phone: (800) 329-4930
Email: concierge@iconicadventures.com


All travelers are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 to participate on 2023 Legacy Journeys.