Big Timber, Montana

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cross-triangleMuch more than just a destination on the way to Yellowstone National Park, (85 miles to the North Entrance,) the Cross-Triangle Ranch is great for those wanting a tailor-made working ranch vacation. The spirit of the ranch is one of camaraderie and friendship and there are diverse activities available. Whatever you decide to do, you are in good hands.

At an altitude of 4100 feet, the Cross-Triangle Ranch sits along the bank of the Upper Yellowstone River with the Crazy Mountains to the north, a panorama of the Absarokee Beartooth Mountains to the south and a big expanse of prairie downstream. The family’s Norwegian ancestors originally settled in Sweet Grass County over a hundred years ago. The ranch currently has three generations living there near the close knit rural community of Big Timber, Montana (population 1,700.) Situated on 2,000 acres, today the ranch runs between 450 and 500 head of mother cows with calves at side, 250 ewes with their lambs, and 50 head of horses and mules.

The working dogs are the unofficial greeters who are often the first to welcome guests. Grandpa helps with the operations, changing set sets during irrigating season. Guests seek him out to hear the stories he tells about the old days when his young daughter Lonny, following his footsteps, would help him trail bands of a thousand sheep up steep trails to mountain meadows. Now as he passes the reins to the next generation, his daughter Lonny and her husband Cameron Mayo handle the cattle and sheep operation, with their children looking forward to continuing the tradition.

This testimonial comes close to summing it up. After spending time with the ranch family enjoying all that nature and life here in southwestern Montana has to offer, guests often plead, “please don’t tell everyone about this ranch … there is something so special about this place that we think it should be kept secret.”



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