The Alta Ranch and surrounding area offer a wide variety of things to see and do.

  1. View pictures of some of the seasonal activities at Alta Ranch by clicking on the following links:  Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter

  2. Beautiful scenery and abundant wildlife--moose, elk, deer, eagles, waterfowl, songbirds, and more--for viewing & photography; there's even a private duck blind on the ranch overlooking three ponds.

  3. Over 1600 miles of hiking trails--easy to difficult--in the Bitterroot National Forest surrounding the ranch

  4. Excellent trout fishing with no crowds on the ranch and throughout the area

  5. Fishing float trips with local guides

  6. Horseback trail riding with local guides

  7. Scenic float or white-water rafting trips on the Salmon and Bitterroot rivers with local guides

  8. Swimming, boating, water skiing, and jet skiing at Painted Rocks Lake, just 2 miles away

  9. Mountain biking

  10. Guided ATV riding

  11. Canoeing and Rowboating

  12. Winter activities such as downhill skiing at nearby Lost Trail Powder Mountain, cross-country skiing, sledding, snowshoeing, ice skating on our private pond, or just relaxing by a warm fire in your cabin

  13. Soaking in Horse Creek Hot Springs, a natural hot spring tucked away in the forest about 20 scenic miles from the ranch

  14. Rock hounding--dig for sapphires, amethysts, and smoky quartz crystals.

  15. Gold panning

  16. Barbecuing

  17. Hang out in a real tepee!

  18. Roasting marshmallows over a campfire

  19. Croquet, badminton, horseshoes, washers, board games

  20. Reading--choose a book from the ranch's library.

  21. Shopping for Montana souvenirs, cowboy hats, Native American and western artwork, antiques, collectibles, and much more in Darby. The selection will exceed your expectations.

  22. Sightseeing:

  23. Magruder Corridor Road, a unique road that enables a traveler to drive between two wildernesses: the 2.3-million-acre Frank Church-River of No Return and the 1.2-million-acre Selway-Bitterroot. Together they form the largest contiguous wilderness area in the lower 48 states. View absolutely spectacular scenery in a vast unspoiled forest highland that has very few visitors due to its remote location.

  24. Breathtaking panoramic views from nearby forest service fire lookouts on Bare Cone and Lookout mountains

  25. Alta Ranger Station, the first forest ranger station in the entire United States

  26. Marcus Daly Mansion, built in the late 1880s as a summer home for one of the state's copper barons

  27. Big Hole National Battlefield, site of the dramatic struggle between the Nez Perce Indians and the U.S. Army in 1877

  28. Bannack State Park, one of the best preserved of Montana's ghost towns

  29. Glacier National Park , located a scenic 4 hours away by car

  30. Yellowstone National Park, located a scenic 6 hours away by car

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