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LOCATION...LOCATION...LOCATION. Okay, so you’re not looking for a motion picture location—but maybe you are looking for a beautiful place to have your wedding, or a comfortable space for a small staff retreat, or maybe just a great natural setting to get the whole family together for a reunion. The WD Ranch has many amenities for all such occasions. Read below for more information, or contact us at 406-537-4452 or


Many people from around the country come to the Melville Church to get married. Its picturesque setting under the magnificent Crazies is rich with romance. Established in 1885, the Melville Church is the oldest Lutheran congregation in Montana. It has an indoor capacity of 150 people.

The WD Ranch is just a mile away from the Church, making it perfectly situated to host your wedding reception, rehearsal dinner, or even the wedding itself. The Donald Lodge, a 1930’s log cabin with fireplace, along Sweet Grass Creek is a great outdoor setting for receptions. Additional tent space is also available for larger groups. The nearby Donald Ranchhouse is available for rehearsal dinners, and the large yard is a nice spot for outdoor receptions or weddings. There are also many special places on the ranch, if you decide you’d rather have the wedding in a meadow along the creek, or in a natural setting with a view of the Crazies. The WD Ranch can accommodate up to eighteen people, if some of the wedding party wishes to stay on site. Arrangements can be made at a neighboring ranch or in Big Timber (25 minutes away) for more accommodations.

We are happy to help you with making arrangements for caterers, photographers, musicians, and other wedding needs as well.

Small Group Meetings and Retreats

If you need a place to get away for a day or a weekend, a place to clear your mind for some creative thinking, and a private place to hike and fish, the Donald Ranchhouse and the Donald Lodge can provide meeting space for small groups. Elli loves to cook up delicious recipes that are sure to satisfy all tastes, and aside from all of our other accommodations, there is also a tipi and plenty of room for camping.


Kids love the room to roam, and the Donald Lodge makes for the perfect setting to gather the whole family, young and old. With its outdoor barbeque, firepit, picnic table, horseshoe pit, volleyball court, and plenty of camping space, everyone can enjoy time together, playing, talking, and relaxing.

Retreats Calendar

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Over the last number of years, an ever expanding group of intrepid people have gathered at the WD Ranch to explore spirituality. We welcome fellow spiritual explorers who would care to share the ranch's breathtaking surroundings, silence, and isolation as a place to facilitate personal spiritual growth. The WD ranch offers the perfect location for spiritual retreats in Montana featuring workshops on yoga, shamanism, indigenous spirituality, and meditation.


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