What You Can Do

Experience Ranch Life
The WD Ranch operates on 25,000 acres running 1000 Angus cattle. We invite our guests to experience the unique heritage of stewarding this beautiful land over many generations.

The best way to do that is, well, to simply be here.

New Spring Calves

Spring sees the arrival of the newborn calves and gathering with our neighbors for brandings done the "cowboy" way, as our families have for generations. June and July are the irrigating months and hay harvest, with long warm days and cool nights. August is when the cows are bred, and the fall is when we work the cows... weaning, shipping, and pregnancy testing. Moving cows, calving, branding, breeding and weaning offer seasonal riding opportunities. Winter months are spent feeding the cows and repairing facilities for the coming season.

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Fishing and Wildlife

Nature and wildlife abound, with eagles, great blue herons, sandhill cranes, curlews, coyotes, antelope, and occasional bear, elk or moose wandering around the ranch. Mule and whitetail deer are everywhere, and the photography opportunities here are outstanding.

Sweet Grass Creek runs through three miles of the ranch, offering solitary fishing for wild browns, rainbows, and the occasional brook trout and native cutthroat. They average less than a foot, but are amazingly scrappy, and there are fish approaching 20” living here in the creek’s glacial-blue-green waters. The fishing in the summer and fall is typically excellent, but either way, you will be absorbed by the beauty... the natural quiet... and the solitude. Wet-wading with a small fly rod and box of flies is guaranteed to offer a relaxing experience every time.

Fishing in the famous Yellowstone and Boulder rivers can be found just a half-hour away, near Big Timber. Float trips can be arranged through several local guide services. For the more adventurous fisher, hikes in the Crazy Mountains to some high mountain lakes, or fishing the upper reaches of Big Timber Creek, can make for a fun day trip as well.

Hiking

You have 25,000 acres to wander in, so bring a good pair of hiking boots! Find a spot by the creek to read a good book, or hike the Cayuse Hills and Porcupine Butte on the ranch. The nearby Crazies offer dozens of miles of maintained trails, if you want to get above it all. The wildlife is abundant, offering close encounters in a supremely natural setting, and the alpine scenery up there is truly inspiring.

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