The Nature Conservancy's Flat Ranch

Located in Island Park, Idaho fifteen miles from west of West Yellowstone, Montana. The Nature Conservancy’s Flat Ranch offers a great place to view wildlife and learn about the Conservancy before entering Yellowstone National Park. The working cattle ranch protects important habitat along the Henry’s Lake outlet, the headwaters of the famous Henry’s Fork.

Moose, pronghorns and sandhill cranes can often be seen from the visitor’s center; a spotting scope is available for use.

Migratory birds such as long-billed curlews and ospreys also depend on this lush and fertile basin. The area’s water support large numbers of aquatic insects, providing food for the internationally famous wild trout that swim the waters, including the imperiled Yellowstone cutthroat trout.

In the early summer, camas and other wildflowers bloom across the flats area of the ranch.
Enjoy hiking, wildlife viewing, fly fishing (catch and release only)

An interpretive center, located just off the highway, is open to the public daily from Memorial Day through late October. A spotting scope is available for use in wildlife viewing.

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Latitude: 44.4585418 Longitude: -111.3582152 Elevation: 6311 ft

Best Time for Viewing

Early Morning is the best time to view the birds and wildlife.

Best Months and Seasons for Viewing

June to October


Sounds like a heavenly place, with lots of things to see and learn about!

Natalie Kruse, 4/18/2011

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