Grant-Kohrs Ranch National Historic Site. Basic information for visitors to the Grant-Kohrs Ranch

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Grant-Kohrs Ranch National Historic Site. Basic information for visitors to the Grant-Kohrs Ranch National Historic Site In southwestern Montana, in Deer Lodge

Grant-Kohrs Ranch National Historic Site

In southwestern Montana, in Deer Lodge

 

Established by Canadian fur trader John Grant and expanded by cattle baron Conrad Kohrs, the site was the headquarters for one of the largest 19th-century range ranches in the country. The 1,500-acre park is maintained today as a working ranch, and the 90 historic structures serve as a living museum of the frontier cattle industry of the 1860s-1930s. The site was authorized in 1972.

 

WHAT TO SEE & DO

Bird-watching; observing cattle, poultry, and horses; touring ranch and outbuildings; walking nature trail. Facilities: Visitor center, guided and self-guided tours, hiking trails. Bookstore. Programs & Events: Ranger-led ranch house tours, self-guided walks of ranch outbuildings. Living-history programs on blacksmithing, chuck-wagon cooking, 1890s cowboy life (May-Sept.). Western Heritage Days (2nd full weekend, July). Tips & Hints: Plan two hours for visit. Busiest July and Aug., least crowded Jan. and Feb.

 

FOOD, LODGING & SUPPLIES

Camping: None at site. In Deer Lodge: Indian Creek RV Park (745 Maverick La., tel. 406/846-3848; 50 sites; $19; flush toilets, showers, hook-ups).  Hotels: None in park. In Deer Lodge: Western Big Sky Inn (210 Main St., tel. 406/846-2590; 20 rooms; $50). X Restaurants: None at site. In Deer Lodge: Four Bs Restaurant (130 Sam Beck Rd., tel. 406/846-2620; $6-$12).  Groceries & Gear: None in park. In Deer Lodge: Ace Hardware (506 2nd St., tel. 406/846-2461), Valley Foods IGA (711 Main St., tel. 406/846-2684).

 

FEES, HOURS & REGULATIONS

Free. No smoking or pets beyond parking lot or visitor center areas. Site open June-Aug., daily 8-5:30, Sept.-May, daily 9-4:30.

 

HOW TO GET THERE

Via 1-90 to Deer Lodge exit; follow signs, park at north end of town. Closest airports: Butte (36 mi), Helena (60 mi), and Missoula (80 mi).

 

CONTACTS

Grant-Kohrs Ranch National Historic Site (266 Warren La., Deer Lodge, MT 59722, tel. 406/846-2070, fax 406/846-3962,). Deer Lodge Chamber of Commerce (1171 Main St., Deer Lodge, MT 59722, tel. 406/846-2094).

Grant-Kohrs Ranch National Historic Site. Basic information for visitors to the Grant-Kohrs Ranch National Historic Site In southwestern Montana, in Deer Lodge