Welcome to Grey Cliffs Ranch, 5,200 acres and an 8,000 square-foot lodge near the Madison River. Here you can enjoy your own private Montana ranch vacation and a recreational getaway with some of the best fly fishing in the Greater Yellowstone region.
Our accommodations are fully customized to suit groups of different sizes and different interests. With full-service lodging and dining, guests enjoy attentive service, but also the independence to create their own adventures.
At 4,500 feet in elevation, the 5,200-acre Grey Cliffs Ranch is situated on a varied landscape, featuring rolling hills, grasslands, rangelands, and high mountain peaks in the backdrop. What started off as a cattle ranch when the property was purchased in 2003 has been restored over time with the goal of bringing it back to it a more native landscape.
The Grey Cliffs restoration project has included planting thousands of acres of grasslands and trees, creating wetland protection with fences to protect springs from livestock, and reviving wildlife habitats, including a variety of birds and wild game.
Now guests can see deer and elk along with bald and golden eagles, and a variety of upland birds including wild sharp tailed grouse, Hungarian partridge, pheasant, and chukar partridge. Two trout fishing ponds are located on the Grey Cliffs Ranch property, for healthy wetland habitat and recreational uses.
Just 40 minutes east of the ranch is the vibrant western town of Bozeman, the gem of southwest Montana. Its historic downtown is full of great shops, museums, and art galleries. Our local rivers and mountains are second to none in beauty and wildlife.
Fly fishing is a way of life in this area, and we are in the middle of some of the best rivers in the nation. We are also just north of Yellowstone National Park and its amazing geysers and wildlife. Winter in Montana is a special time as well. World class ski resorts, snow shoeing, and dog sledding are all favorite activities.
Overlooking the trout-filled ponds, rolling hills, and mountain peaks, the 8,000 square-foot post and beam style Lodge at Grey Cliffs is luxurious and spacious, yet intimate and comfortable. Expansive windows line the south facing, wood accented great room where guests can enjoy a roaring fire and unlimited Montana views.
Guests can also gather in a family room, complete with a flat screen television, fireplace, kitchenette, workstation, and game table, with wireless Internet available throughout. A grand deck off the main floor includes an ideal setting for outdoor dining and covered patios, with a hot tub below for soaking outside.
At Grey Cliffs Lodge, guest privacy and security is paramount, protected with gated entrances, integrated road sensors, 24 hour on-site management and front desk, and outdoor video surveillance.
ROOMS & SUITES
The Lodge at Grey Cliffs Ranch features seven unique room options. We have a Master Suite, 3 King Rooms, a Queen Room, a 2-Room Suite & the Bunkhouse Apartment. Each is well appointed with magnificent views, private baths, and exquisite décor collected from around the world.
The Bunkhouse is a separate building from the lodge, located upstairs from our pottery studio just a few hundred feet from the lodge itself. This Bunkhouse has one king bed and a hide away bed. If you are booking for more than two people or just want your own space from other guests the bunkhouse is perfect for you.
LODGE 2 ROOM SUITE
This room is on our main floor of the lodge. The two rooms are connected through a shared bathroom. One room has two twin beds and the other room has a King bed. This room is perfect for families.
On a typical day, guests wake to a full breakfast made with Grey Cliffs Ranch eggs, served with gourmet coffee, teas, and espresso drinks. A hardy packed lunch can go out with day trips or lunch can be served in-house.
And a gourmet dinner is prepared nightly by our in-house chefs, utilizing the freshest local ingredients and accommodating any special dietary needs. A ¼-acre organic garden allows our chef access to our own produce and fresh-cut flowers, chickens are raised on the property for fresh eggs, and our own beehive colony produces fresh honey.
Grey Cliffs Ranch offers the White Bison Saloon for all your beverage needs. We have a full Montana State liquor license and stock a premium bar and great wine list. Guests are not permitted to bring their own alcohol.
WEDDINGS IN MONTANA
Enjoy the scenic beauty of Montana along with the rustic elegance of upscale accommodations. Grey Cliffs Ranch, located only 40 minutes from Bozeman Montana, is situated on a varied landscape, featuring rolling hills, grasslands, rangelands, and high mountain peaks in the backdrop.
The perfect place for an intimate wedding of 20 or less (the ranch sleeping capacity), or a larger event with up to 150 guests. During your stay, you and your guests can enjoy a variety of activities on the property, including world class fly fishing.
Grey Cliffs Horse Outfitters is offering guided horse rides on the ranch. View the scenic landscape and wildlife the way it’s been done for centuries in the West. Our wranglers will take you to an overlook high above the ranch. Two hour rides are standard but longer custom trips are available. $275.00 for a single rider, or $225.00 per person for two or more.
SPORTING CLAY SHOOTING
Grey Cliffs Ranch guests can enjoy the challenge of the on-site five-stand sporting clay course to get warmed up for the upland bird hunts or just to get some practice time in. Set up in a canyon on the ranch, shotguns are provided along with lessons and safety techniques.
HIKING, MOUNTAIN BIKING & BIRD WATCHING
With more than 5,000 acres of private property, guests can hike or bike through open country and on old ranch roads up to spectacular views of surrounding mountains.
And make sure to keep your eyes out, or bring the binoculars, to check out the abundant wildlife including many different raptor species. Our staff can also line guests out on other popular off-site trails in the area.
FLY FISHING TROUT PONDS
An acre pond just off the lodge lawn holds huge rainbow trout. Our second three acre pond is a short drive to the other side of the ranch. It is also known for having quality rainbow trout. We have some fly rods available for guests to use for catch and release fishing.
Guests can use our oversized tubes for a mellow cruise down the nearby Madison River. Take in the surroundings and sink into the cool water on a hot day.
Grey Cliffs Ranch can book on-site massages for guests, or recommend good places to go to enjoy a spa day to round out the ultimate vacation.
Grey Cliffs Lodge guests can get creative on vacation with pottery lessons in the on-site studio hosted by Licia Lucas-Pfadt. With a Bachelor of Fine Arts with a major in ceramic arts, Licia has 19 years of experience making and teaching pottery.
Guests can use colorful under-glazes to decorate porcelain cups, mugs, bowls, trivets, and tile wall decorations, all handmade by Licia at Grey Cliffs Ranch. Licia will then clear glaze and fire the pieces, and ship them back home to guests.
Surrounded by some of the best fly fishing in the Rocky Mountains, Grey Cliffs Ranch offers guided fly fishing trips to catch wild brown, rainbow, and cutthroat trout on Montana’s Madison, Gallatin, Yellowstone, Missouri, and Jefferson Rivers, local private waters, and more.
Practice your casting techniques at the two on-site trout ponds, and hone in your skills with our experienced guides, surrounded by some of the most splendid mountain scenery.
Experience whitewater adventures on the nearby Gallatin and Madison Rivers, with half- and full-day trips through wild rapids or scenic flat-water excursions for a mellower ride. Also, try the Zip & Dip tours on the Gallatin River, with a zipline adventure followed by a raft trip.
YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK
Located just under two hours from Grey Cliffs Ranch are the West, or North Entrances to Yellowstone National Park. The nation’s first national park is filled with geologic wonders, such as the world famous Old Faithful geyser, along with abundant hiking opportunities and driving tours to scenic overlooks and Park highlights. A haven for wildlife, it’s not uncommon to see anything from bears and bison to elk and wolves.
Visit nearby Virginia City and Nevada City and travel back in time to the old mining towns of the Wild West. Walk Virginia City’s Main Street, once the capital of the Montana Territory, and duck into shops and restaurants along the way.
Check out the living history reenactments in the ghost town of Nevada City during the summer months to see people in historic period dress, demonstrating historic skills, and sharing old world techniques.
Located right near Grey Cliffs Ranch is the Madison Buffalo Jump State Park and Missouri Headwaters State Park, both day-use areas with spectacular views, picnic spots, locations with interpretive history of the area, and hiking opportunities.
Missouri Headwaters State Park is where the Missouri River starts at the confluence of the Madison, Gallatin, and Jefferson Rivers. Here you can visit the spot where Lewis and Clark stayed in 1805.
LEWIS & CLARK CAVERNS
Not far from Grey Cliffs Ranch is Montana’s first and most popular state park, where you can explore the depths of these limestone caverns on a 2-mile/2-hour guided tour. Here you will plunge into an unforgettable underground world, checking out unique rock formations and learning the history of the Cavern’s geologic development.
Grey Cliffs Ranch, at an elevation of 4,500 feet, receives less snow than other high-elevation Montana landscapes, but when the snow does hit the ranch, guests can explore miles of cross-country ski and snowshoe terrain. And guests can also travel one to two hours away for some other snowy adventures including:
- DOWNHILL SKIING: Choose from world-class ski areas, Big Sky Resort, or Bridger Bowl, all within one to one and a half hours from the Ranch.
- CROSS-COUNTRY SKIING: Big Sky, West Yellowstone, and Bozeman have private, groomed Nordic ski areas, including Bozeman area’s Bohart Ranch and West Yellowstone’s Rendezvous ski trails.
- SNOWMOBILING: Rev the engines and cruise through the snowy mountain landscape on guided snowmobile tours in Yellowstone National Park and on trails in other nearby areas.
- YELLOWSTONE SNOWCOACH TOURS: Experience the magical scenery of Yellowstone National Park in winter with a tour in the comfort and warmth of a snowcoach.
With a wide variety of shopping, art galleries, and eateries, historic downtown Bozeman holds onto a Western charm with a sophisticated touch. Find anything from cowboy antiques, sporting goods, and quality clothing, to Western artwork, Montana souvenirs, and handcrafted jewelry. Also enjoy one of the many restaurants with options for fine dining and casual fare.
Located just 35 miles from Bozeman, Montana, south of the small town of Three Forks, there are a variety of events throughout the summer and winter seasons, ranging from small town parades, rodeos, and food festivals, to arts and craft fairs, farmers markets and live music.