Grant-Kohrs Ranch National Historic Site

Grant-Kohrs Ranch National Historic Site

Things To Do

Guided Tours

Throughout the summer season, Memorial Day through Labor Day, there are a variety of ranger-led programs offered daily. Stop at the visitor center to find out the program schedule for the day of your visit.

The open range cattle era in American history only lasted a few short decades, but it left a lasting impression. Join a ranger for a horse drawn wagon tour around the ranch. On the tour you will have an opportunity to see parts of the ranch many people don't visit, experience incredible scenic views and learn about the open range era and its lasting legacy.

Wagon tours are offered hourly Thursday through Monday starting mid-June and running through Labor Day. Stop by the visitor center for tour times and tickets. There is limited space on the wagon. Cost for the wagon tour is $5.00 per person or $15.00 for a family.

One of the most recognized images from the open range cattle era is the cowboy. Over the years, Hollywood, television, and books glamourized cowboy life. You can join a ranger and learn about the real cowboy and what his job entailed during the days of the open range.

The open range cattle era was a time of trail drives and round-ups. Take a minute to sit down at the chuckwagon and hear what life was like living out on the open range for months at a time and how the chuckwagon became home away from home for those hardworking cowboys.

The blacksmith shop was the hub of activity during the haying season as horses were shod and machinery repaired. Learn about ironwork throughout history and the importance of the blacksmith to ranchers during the open range cattle era.

Johnny Grant originally built the ranch house in 1862. It was a trading post downstairs and a residence upstairs. In 1866 he sold the ranch to Conrad Kohrs who became known as the "Cattle King" in Montana. In 1890 Kohrs built a brick addition onto the home adding a formal dining room, large kitchen, a second bathroom, and many bedrooms. Augusta Kohrs acquired the elegant furnishing seen throughout the house over several decades.

Tours of the main ranch house are offered daily. Stop by the Visitor Center for tour times. You must sign up for house tours at the visitor center. There is no fee for tour tickets. For preservation reasons, tours are limited to 12 people. Tours do fill up quickly in the summer months.


Things To Do

When you arrive at the ranch, your first stop should be the Visitor Center. There you may sign up for guided tours, and find out about the day's other activities. From the Visitor Center, a 400-yard paved path will lead you to the ranch complex.

Among the original buildings on the site are the historic ranch house, the bunkhouse, the blacksmith shop, horse barns, and cattle sheds.

If you feel a need to stretch your legs, there are some easy walking trails you can venture on. You will have an opportunity to see parts of the ranch many visitors don't experience.

And don't forget, the cows, horses and chickens are always present to educate, entertain and enjoy.

Outdoor Activities

This is a working ranch (not a dude ranch or petting farm) with year-round chores directed by the seasons. The ranch can bustle with activities or seem quiet. Ranger-led programs are offered seasonally. Regardless of the time of year you come, there is always an opportunity to explore the ranch on your own.

When you stop at the visitor center, pick up a park brochure. Inside the brochure you will find a self-guiding map of the ranch buildings. Walk around the historic bunkhouse and see where the cowboys lived. Check out the Thoroughbred Barn which houses the park collection of historic wagons and buggies. Take a few minutes to see the granary, draft horse barn, ice house and other historic outbuildings.

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.

Stop at the visitor center to get a map of the trails and to find out where the cattle are located.