First settled in the
1880’s, and still a working cattle ranch, the Rhynard
Ranch sits high in the rugged Castle Mountains of Southwest-Central
Montana, adjacent to the Crazy Mountains of "Jeremiah
Johnson" fame, and near the Elkhorn, Big Belt, and Little
Belt Mountains. With 3,000 acres of private land and thousands
of acres of adjoining National Forest,
the Ranch offers a sublime opportunity for hunting, recreation,
headquarters will be the completely refurbished and fully
modernized, 117-year-old ranch homestead cabin --
located a secluded half-mile from the main ranch. From there,
hike, hunt, camp, watch birds, photograph wildlife, or fish – all
on your own. Or, if you’re into pure relaxation, sit
on the front porch and read or write a book, sketch or paint,
soak in the scenery, or watch the wildlife that passes by
and above. Sorry,
but we cannot accept pets or children under 12 years of age.
The remnants of the silver-mining ghost
town of Castle lie 1.5 miles from the ranch.
The ranch and surrounding area nurture the
headwaters of the Musselshell and Smith Rivers;
stands of Aspen, Douglas Fir, and Lodgepole
Pine; and lush meadows, brightened by wildflowers – all
crowned by limitless blue sky and starry nights.
At the ranch, you know you’re alone and
love every second of it.
Rising to 8,500 feet, the Castle Mountains
project the impressive rock turrets that prompted their name.
They hold a well-hidden glacial lake teeming with cutthroat
trout, creeks full of brook trout, and abundant
elk, deer, moose, black bears, mountain lions, antelope,
grouse, marmots, beaver, badgers, martens, gophers, coyotes,
eagles, hawks, owls, occasional transitory wolves, and more. In 2010, a yearling Grizzly, thought to be passing through the Castle Mountains, was sighted, approximately five-to-ten miles from the ranch. This was the only Griz sighting of record in over 80 years.
If you’re in the mood for local
color, visit the Crazy Mountain Inn and the Mint Bar,
in Martinsdale (15 miles); or the Castle Museum, several
cafes and bars, and the old-style mercantile in White
Sulphur Springs (35 miles). In addition, Billings, Helena,
Bozeman, and Great Falls offer museums, galleries, restaurants,
and entertainment on a grander scale.
The ranch is:
- 1 hour from the Yellowstone River
- 1.5 hours from Helena and Bozeman
- 1.5-to-2 hours from the upper Missouri River, including
its headwaters, the Jefferson, Madison, and Gallatin
- 2 hours from Yellowstone Park; 2.5 hours from Great
- 2.5 to 3 hours from Billings; and 4 hours from
Montana is a land of weather extremes. Summers are generally dry
and comfortable, with occasional thunderstorms, daytime temperatures
in the mid-high 80’s, and cool nights. Fall ranges from
Indian summer to below zero, but is typically brisk and invigorating,
with occasional snowfalls. While Montana is famous for its
severe, sub-zero winter temperatures, typical conditions are
near or below freezing, but above zero, with plentiful snowfall.
Spring is a season of moisture in the Castle Mountains, with
cool temperatures and wet snow or rain.
you want plain solitude,
excellent hunting and fishing, or
summer recreation in a spectacular,
isolated setting, the Rhynard Ranch
is the place for you. Please contact
us with your questions and/or reservations.
We look forward to meeting you soon.
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