Montana Dude Ranch

Over half a century of hospitality

A long history echoes through the vast expanses of earth and sky and rocky mountain peaks around Nine Quarter Circle. From the ancient peoples who hunted here for centuries, to mountain man and member of the Lewis and Clark Expedition John Colter who explored Yellowstone more than 200 years ago, to the homesteaders who first settled the ranch in the late 1800s, countless stories played out here.


Yellowstone National Park was established in 1872 and began to attract visitors to this spectacular region. By 1912, the Butler family from Chicago consolidated those early homesteads to create Nine Quarter Circle, a working horse ranch ready to welcome travelers and introduce them to the ways of the West.


At 7,000 feet of elevation, surrounded by 2 million acres of wilderness, the ranch was then and still is an ideal place to experience a world of contrasts: solitude or camaraderie, outdoor adventures or quiet reflection, tiny wildflowers and big wildlife, spring-fed mountain streams and roaring blue-ribbon rivers.

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