Hunter Peak Ranch

Hunter Peak Ranch is situated on the Clarks Fork River in the Shoshone National Forest, a stone's throw to the Beartooth and Absaroka Wilderness Areas, and most famously, Yellowstone National Park. The Clarks Fork is Wyoming's only Wild and Scenic designated river. The elevation is 6700 feet.The ranch makes a wonderful base of operations for guests wanting to recreate in the area, for groups like family reunions to gather, for college geology classes to study, and for those wanting to catch their breath from a busy lifestyle.

The Cary Family, the third generation to be operating the ranch, welcome you to experience a western vacation on your terms. Louis and Shelley manage the guest ranch very similar to how it was started by Louis' parents, Alvin and Garnett, 65 years ago. Before that Lewis Peterson, Garnett's father, bought and used the ranch for raising hay and wintering cows. Some things change over time; modern amenities installed in accommodations, catering to different eating habits of the public, and certainly bracing the technological age. Some things, thankfully, never change; the beautiful scenery, flora, and fauna for all to appreciate, and the wonderful guests that continue to return and the new comers with whom we share stories of the day and yesterday, new ideas, and warm feelings.

Flexibility is one word to describe the ranch operations. Lodging options include cabins and suites, for, from one to two people, up to twelve. Weekly and daily rates appeal to short and long-term travelers. As accommodations have kitchens, guests can feel free to cook for themselves, eat in the lodge dining room, or do a combination of both. Guests can arrange for horseback riding, or not engage at all. One is free to come and go.

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Latitude: 44.879013 Longitude: -109.653228 Elevation: 6524 ft
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Hunter Peak Ranch

Lodging Style and Amenities

Cabins and suites are available for singles, couples, families, and groups of various sizes. All underwent recent renovations with attention paid to details keeping amenities modern while maintaining the western flair. Fully equipped kitchens offer guests meal flexibility. Accommodations are rented as housekeeping units. All bed and bath linens are provided. Daily and weekly rates are offered. No smoking is allowed inside. Laundry facilities are available. Pets are allowed with prior approval required.

Breakfast Style Served

Full and Hearty Breakfast

Season Open

May through November

Ranch Activities Available

Mountain recreation is at it's best in this area. For no additional cost and with your own equipment, engage in hiking, fishing, hunting, photography, birding, biking, kayaking, gold panning, rafting, swimming, and painting among others. On the ranch itself, enjoy these activities on the Clarks Fork River, as well as lawn games like volleyball, horseshoes, and croquet. Horseback riding is offered for a fee: $40 an hour, $150 for a 1/2 day ride, and $250 for an all-day ride. Prices include lunch and trailering. For quiet times on rainy days, join others around the fireplace for cards, board games, and reading; ping pong is in the other room. Not to be missed are shared conversations at the end of the day around the dinner table.

Rate Range

$145-$215 for suites and cabins; meals and horseback riding are additional cost

Driving Directions

From the Northeast Entrance Yellowstone Park Gate: Travel 18 miles on US Hwy 212 (Beartooth Hwy). Turn right onto WY Hwy 296 (Chief Joseph Scenic Hwy). Travel 5 miles, turn right into theĀ  ranch driveway. When you pass the US Forest Service Hunter Peak Campground, you are 1/2 mile from the driveway. If you come to the Painter Outpost, you have gone 1 mile too far.

From Cody WY: Leave town via WY Hwy 120 West. Drive 18 miles and turn left onto WY Hwy 296 (Chief Joseph Hwy). Travel 40 miles (do not exit the paved road). Turn left into the ranch driveway. When you pass the Painter Outpost, you are 1 mile from the driveway. If you come to the US Forest Service Hunter Peak Campground, you have gone 1/2 mile too far.

From Red Lodge: Leave town via US Hwy 212 West (Beartooth Hwy). Drive 50 miles, turn left onto WY Hwy 296 (Chief Joseph Hwy). Travel 5 miles and turn right into the ranch driveway. When you pass the US Forest Service Hunter Peak Campground, you are 1/2 mile from the driveway. If you come to the Painter Outpost, you have gone 1 mile too far.

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