Grant-Kohrs Ranch National Historic Site

Grant-Kohrs Ranch National Historic Site

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Grant-Kohrs Ranch National Historic Site

Montana

(406) 846-2070

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Overview

Wide open spaces, the hard-working cowboy, his spirited cow pony, and vast herds of cattle are among the strongest symbols of the American West. Once the headquarters of a 10 million acre cattle empire, Grant-Kohrs Ranch National Historic Site is a working cattle ranch that preserves these symbols and commemorates the role of cattlemen in American history. Encompassing 1,600 acres, over 80 historic structures, many historic artifacts, and walking trails, there is something for everybody to do at the ranch. Stop at the visitor center to pick up a park brochure, sign up for guided tours of the main ranch house, and find out what other programs are being offered. Through museum collection pieces and virtual tours of the ranch the history of cattle ranching in the American West comes to life. In addition to regular summer programs, the park hosts many special events throughout the year.

Map of Grant-Kohrs Ranch

Latitude, Longitude: 46.407715, -112.736410

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Activities

  • Hiking

    There are also a number of easy walking trails to explore. Take a walk down the nature trail that follows Cottonwood Creek to the Clark Fork River and see some excellent grassland habitat. You can follow the old Milwaukee Railroad right-of-way that will take you to a swampy area which is great for spotting aquatic birds. Or maybe you would rather head out to the far pastures to see the main herd of cattle and experience some incredible views along the way. Whichever trail you decide, it is a great opportunity to get out and stretch your legs and visit parts of the ranch that most visitors never experience.

  • Historic Sites

    Grant-Kohrs Ranch National Historic Site is a working historic cattle ranch. There are more than 80 historic structures and many historic artifacts in the park. Guided tours are available daily. Learn more at the visitor center.

Seasonality/Weather

The weather in Montana can be unpredictable. It is said that if you don't like the weather wait five minutes and it will change. Be prepared for any weather. During the summer months it can be in the 90s during the day and drop to the 40s at night. At times the sun can be intense. You may want to bring hats and jackets with you.

Grant-Kohrs Ranch is sheltered from the worst effects of stormy weather by the surrounding mountains. It is classified as semiarid with total annual precipitation averaging 10.6 inches. Summers are pleasant, with warm days and cool nights. Winters are characterized by fluctuating temperatures. Mild winter weather is not unusual and a week or more of consistently cold weather is rare. Spring: 30s - 50s; Summer: 50s - 90s; Fall: 30s - 70s; Winter: Below Zero - 50s

Park Partners

Grant-Kohrs Ranch Foundation

The Grant-Kohrs Ranch Foundation was formed to encourage those who appreciate "the Nation's Ranch," to help the National Park Service maintain high quality public services and ranch care. Currently, the Foundation is building an Endowment Fund, with future proceeds granted back to the park to achieve excellence in public programs and innovation in resource management. The nine member Board meets 3-4 times annually at the ranch, and is comprised of local, state and national leaders.

Directions

Driving

Grant-Kohrs Ranch is located directly off I-90 midway between Yellowstone NP and Glacier NP in Deer Lodge, Montana. It is easily accessible from the interstate. The ranch is 1/2 mile from exit 184. It can also be accessed from exit 187. After a short 2 mile drive through the city of Deer Lodge you will see Grant-Kohrs Ranch located at the north end of town.

Phone Numbers

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(406) 846-2070

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