A few elements about your stay on the ranch
Nine Quarter Circle tends toward rustic but it’s certainly not roughing it. For 70 years, the Kelsey family has operated this ranch to the comfort and delight of our guests, providing an authentic experience that is both relaxing and exhilarating. In fact, many of our guests have returned for 10, 20, 30 or more summers, and have shared their ranch discovery first with their children and later, grandchildren.
Original log structures are where you’ll eat and stay, right here on the east slope of the Continental Divide. The cabins are snug and comfortable, spread out from the main lodge in a camp where you’ll see little rabbits at play. An age-old dinner bell calls you to family-style hearty meals.
All guests, including the kids, have their own horse for the length of the stay, matched to their riding experience and interests. In addition to our saddle horses, there are always foals and young horses on the ranch that are a joy to watch.
Parents of young ones can enjoy more challenging hikes, rides or fishing outings, while the kids are treated to their own fun activities by our caring staff. Or the whole clan can join together on a great family adventure, by horse, raft, even zipline, or just sitting around the campfire.
The ranch is part of what’s known as the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem, an area that encompasses Yellowstone Park and the areas just outside its borders. That means the wildlife of Yellowstone is what you could spot at the ranch too, like elk, deer, moose, coyotes, eagles, maybe even a bighorn sheep or bear or dozens of other species.
There are so many things to do, like hiking the trail to the top of Lincoln Mountain for a 360-degree view of snowcapped mountains in the surrounding Gallatin National Forest. Fishing small streams or big famous rivers. Outdoor cookout and dinner rides, hayride, a big softball game, barn dance, and much more.
Whatever you choose, this is an experience you’ll treasure.