YELLOWSTONE POP-UP RANCH

TO BENEFIT THE HISTORIC O.T.O. DUDE RANCH

Logo for Yelllowstone Pop-Up Ranch at the OTO Ranch, a True Guest Ranch experience.
JULY 16-AUGUST 12, 2023

YELLOWSTONE POP-UP RANCH

TO BENEFIT the historic o.t.o. dude ranch

Just over 10 miles from the north gates of Yellowstone National Park in a mountain valley along the Cedar Creek lies the O.T.O. Ranch, Montana’s very first dude ranch. Now you can return to this historic ranch for an exclusive pop-up dude ranch experience that will raise funds to help shape its future.

Three and six-night stays available.

A Pop-Up Ranch production by Ranch Preservation in cooperation with the Custer Gallatin National Forest. 100% of the proceeds of this special pop-up event will be donated toward the efforts to preserve and restore the historic O.T.O. Ranch, which operated as a dude ranch from the 1910s to 1930s and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

BECOME A PART OF HISTORY AT

montana's first dude ranch

JULY 16 - AUGUST 12, 2023

RESERVATIONS & MORE DETAILS COMING SOON

LODGING

Lodging will be in the historic O.T.O. log cabins with cozy bedding, Navajo rugs, and beautiful appointments. We’ll provide modern glamping- style bathrooms for each ranch cabin.

adventures

Classic dude ranch adventures await, including horseback riding in the Montana wilderness, sport shooting, and hiking; plus special events, evening entertainment and off-ranch activities. 

DINING

Meals during this pop-up dude ranch experience will range from Cowboy Cookouts on the front lawn, cocktails and dinners enjoyed in the expansive, historic lodge; or sack lunches out on the trail.

YELLOWSTONE POP-UP RANCH DATES:

week 1

6 NIGHT PACKAGE

JULY 16-22

3 NIGHT PACKAGE

JULY 16-19

OR

JULY 19-22

week 2

6 NIGHT PACKAGE

JULY 23-29

3 NIGHT PACKAGE

JULY 23-26

OR 

JULY 26-29

week 3

6 NIGHT PACKAGE

JULY 30-AUGUST 5

3 NIGHT PACKAGE

JULY30-AUGUST 2

OR

AUGUST 3-5

week 4

6 NIGHT PACKAGE

AUGUST 6-12

3 NIGHT PACKAGE

AUGUST 6-9

OR 

AUGUST 9-12

YOUR EXPERIENCE INCLUDES:
RATES

THREE & SIX-NIGHT PACKAGE RATES COMING SOON

getting to the o.t.o.

DRIVING FROM BOZEMAN YELLOWSTONE INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT: 1.5 hours

DRIVING FROM BILLINGS-LOGAN INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT: 2 hours 40 minutes

Airport transportation to/from the Bozeman Airport is available for an additional charge.

reservations

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Images courtesy Custer Gallatin National Forest and the Libbey Family.

O.T.O. RANCH HISTORY

As Montana’s very first dude ranch, the O.T.O. Ranch holds a special place in the state’s history, as well as that of dude ranching and the western experience. It was established in 1898 when Dick and Dora Randall purchased land north of Yellowstone National Park. They offered guided trips in the surrounding wilderness until 1912 when guests became so numerous they opened up cabins, followed by the construction of the expansive lodge between 1914 and 1920. Considered the “Father of Montana Dude Ranching,” Dick Randall promoted the O.T.O. Ranch heavily, traveling to eastern states attracting guests to this new outdoor vacation experience. The Randalls drew guests to the rustic western experience until the sale of the ranch in the mid-1930s to Gay Randall and Chan Libbey. It was run as a dude ranch until 1939.

During its heyday, the O.T.O. attracted illustrious guests and  became a centerpoint of western architecture, craftsmanship and furniture—including being one of famed western craftsman Thomas Molesworth’s first commissions.

Ownership of the ranch changed hands until it was ultimately acquired by the USDA Forest Service from the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation to preserve and manage it in the 1990s. The Custer Gallatin National Forest has since stewarded modern preservation efforts.

“Those were the good old days. Everybody was happy, millionaires and cow hands all shared alike.” – Dick Randall, O.T.O. Dude Ranch Founder

O.T.O. RANCH PRESERVATION

Ranch Preservation’s Yellowstone Pop-Up event will be the first to bring dude ranch guests back to the historically significant property in an effort to continue the preservation and restoration of the O.T.O. Dude Ranch.

100% of the proceeds of this special pop-up event will be donated toward the efforts to preserve and restore the historic O.T.O. Dude Ranch, which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.  

A Pop-Up Ranch production by Ranch Preservation in cooperation with the Custer Gallatin National Forest to benefit the preservation of the historic O.T.O. Dude Ranch.