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Lowdown

  • Established

    1912
  • Owner

    Kim and Kelly Kelsey
  • Manager

    Kameron and Sally Kelsey
  • Tel

    406-995-4276
  • Nightly Rates (per adult)

    $367 - $425
  • Nightly Rates (per child)

    $40 - $312
  • Minimum Stay

    4 days
  • Maximum Guests

    55
  • Works with travel agents?

    Yes
  • Great For

    Romance, Action & adventure, Peace & quiet, Solitude, Diverse scenery
  • Memberships

    Dude Ranchers Association, Montana Dude Ranchers Association

The Nine Quarter Circle is far away in the sense of both place and time. It’s a Montana dude ranch that looks and operates just as it did 100 years ago. Owned by the Kelsey family for nearly 75 years, and in its third generation of management, the ranch is steeped in tradition and family values. Its rhythm is marked by generations of horses born and trained here, of generations of families returning again and again. Nestled in the heart of the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem, our ranch is unique landscape full of native flora and fauna. For an authentic Montana Dude Ranch experience, this is your place. You’ll come to feel it is uniquely your own.

Good time to go

We are open mid-June through mid-September which are the warmest months in Montana. There is no bad time to visit the ranch, but you can experience different aspects of the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem depending on when you join us. The temperature in June and early July is still climbing toward summer's peak, but it's prime time for wildflowers wildlife sightings. July and August is a bit warmer and better for fishing. September starts to cool off again with warmer days and cooler evenings, and the crispness of the autumn air is feeling you cannot get enough of--hearing elk bugling is pretty exciting, too!

Children at the Ranch

Great for children aged 3 and over

Our children’s program is top-notch in our industry. The Small Fries, ages 0-5, have a ranch babysitter who takes care of them during the morning and afternoon rides so parents can enjoy some time in the saddle.

Our Rough Rider program (ages 6-9) is one of the ranch's gems. Rough riders have the dedicated attention of our kiddie wrangler, and they go on two trail rides each day. It is a wonderful opportunity to get comfortable in the saddle, gain some skills on horseback, and make friends to last a lifetime.

The Kiddie Wrangler and Babysitter eat lunch and dinner with their children so you are free to join the adults at Happy Hour and dinner. The kids all go on an “all-day” picnic one day during the week.

The older children, 10-17, are thrilled with our daily rides and lightly structured activities; they eat lunch and dinner with their various age groups. Given our location, the ranch is the perfect place for kids to explore. There are endless things to do outside, and paretns can rest-assured they're in a safe environment.

Minimum age children can ride

6 and over

Activities

hiking, picnics, outdoor play area, cookouts

Games

board games, horseshoes, volleyball

Baby Sitting

From age 0 to 5. Hourly cost $included in rate.

Baby Sitting Provided By

The ranch babysitter watches kiddos 0-5 years old during the morning and afternoon rides (9-11 AM, 2-4 PM), eats lunch with them (12-12:45 PM), and watched kiddos during happy hour and adult dinner (5:30-7:15). Kids eat a little earlier than adults at 5:45.

Environmental & Social Practices

Environment

We have a strong recycling program at the ranch, and we strive to conserve water in housekeeping practices.

Conservation

The Kelsey family has a long history of conservation in the Taylor Fork. Howard Kelsey work hard from the late 1950s-1980s to acheive Wilderness protection for the Lee Metcalf Wilderness. The peaks you can see as you're approaching the ranch, the Taylor Peaks, are protected in part by Howard Kelsey's work.

Developers also had their sights on the Taylor Fork at one time adn the Kelsey family fought hard in the 1990s to make sure this place remained as open space.

Today, we have a strong recycling program at the ranch. Some of our land is also held under conservation easements.

Lowdown

  • Enjoy

    Ranch-style
  • Meals served

    family style, everyone eats together, children dine separately, scheduled meals
  • Alcohol

    BYOB, available for purchase
  • Enjoy dining in

    dining room (casual attire)
  • You'll definitely love

    farm fresh eggs, organic produce, locally grown produce, fresh daily bread, fresh daily desserts
  • Dietary restrictions catered for

    lactose intolerant, vegans, vegetarians, Gluten free, other

We believe good food is necessary to keep our guests fueled up to enjoy all the ranch has to offer.

Breakfast is served to order each morning and includes your choice of eggs, breakfast meat, pastries, oatmeal, yogurt, fruit and more.

Lunch is served family style each afternoon and is intened to refuel our guests for the remainder of the day. Lunches range from soup, salad and sanwich options to tacos to lasagna.

Dinner is a treat here at the ranch. We serve a plated meal each night (except for our dinner on the trail and Tuesday night cookout). Dinners range from prime rib to salmon to the best pork tenderloin you've ever had!

Guest Favourites

  • Our special cinnamon rolls are a breakfast option guests rave about.
  • Our french dip for lunch is second to none!
  • Prime Rib is always a crowd favorite--the Salmon is too!

Lowdown

  • Address

    5000 Taylor Fork Road
    Gallatin Gateway
    Montana
    59730
    USA
  • Remote Location

    Yes
  • Elevation

    7000 ft
  • Private Land

    250-1000 acres
  • Public Land

    more than 50k acres

Nearest Town - Bozeman

Bozeman has a population of 47,000 (approx), and is situated 60 miles / 1 hour 15 mins from the Ranch.

Facilities in Bozeman include: grocery store, pharmacy, church, school, post office, medical clinic, hospital, bank, atm, gas station, museum.

For shopping Bozeman offers: small hometown necessity shops, boutique shops, malls, western wear.

Ranch shuttle

$175 for the first person + $25 for each additional person

Nearest Airports

Bozeman International Airport, Bozeman, MT

Distance

60 miles / 1 hour 30 mins

Airlines

Delta, United, Allegiant, Alaska, Frontier, Jet Blue

Ranch shuttle

$175 for the first person, $25 for each additional person


Yellowstone Airport, West Yellowstone

Distance

37 miles / 1 hour

Airlines

Delta

Ranch shuttle

$100 for first person + $25 for each additional person


Private Air Travel

Nearest location(s)

Nine Quarter Circle Ranch

Travel by

Airplane

Distance

0 miles

Ranch shuttle

With notice, we can allow guests to fly onto the airstrip located on our property.

Lowdown

  • Type of Riding

    Western Riding
  • Riding opportunities for

    Beginner, Intermediate, Experienced
  • Most riders are

    Intermediate
  • Rides are grouped by

    Age, Ability, Pace of Ride
  • Wranglers per ride

    1
  • Pace of ride

    Walk, Trot, Lope
  • Guest Horses

    95
  • Horse Types

    Appaloosas
  • Hours in the saddle

    Morning - 2 hours
    Afternoon - 2 hours

The Setting

Private Land (250-1000 acres)

Our rides leave right from the ranch. We have about 1000 acres of private land that connects to thousands of acres of public land. Almost all rides cover both private and public land.

Public Land (more than 50k acres)

The Nine Quarter Circle Ranch is completely surround by public land managed by the Custer Gallatin National Forest. We have access to some stunning backcountry, including the Taylor Hilgard unit of the Lee Metcalf Wilderness area.


Our Riding

Scheduled rides

We do two 2-hour rides each day, from 9 AM-11 AM and 2 PM-4 PM. These rides range from beginner, intermediate and advanced rides.

We do 2 all day rides each week, on Tuesday and Thursday. Must be an intermediate rider.

We offer a pack trip on Wednesday-Thursday.

We have a dinner ride on Friday evenings.

Good to know

Riders must be in the intermediate or advanced ability classes to trot and lope.

Weight limit for riding

225-250 lbs

Riding considerations

no riding experience needed

Hours in the saddle

We offer 2 all day rides (Tuesday and Thursday) for guests wanting more time in the saddle. These rides are an excellent opportunity to experience stunning backcountry.

We offer an overnight pack trip on Wednesday evening. (Minimum of 6 and maximum of 12 participants). The pack trip leaves Wednesday morning and returns Thursday afternoon. This is a truly special experience. We supply sleeping gear, tents and the cook!


Why our riding stands out

  • We have been breeding, training and raising our own Appaloosa horses for nearly 70 years. We know each horse very well and can properly match our guests to a horse that matches his/her riding ability. We ask all guests to share their riding experience, and we match them both with a horse and the type of rides that suits their desired riding experience.
  • We have an unbeatable location in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem and can take our guests on a different trail each ride. The Taylor Peaks make for a stunning backdrop to ride near. We have alpine lakes, mild and challenging terrain to make your horseback riding experience what you want it to be.
  • We offer two all-day rides that take guests to some stunning backcountry. This is for the more experienced rider, of course. We also offer an overnight pack trip for folks wanting to spend a night under the stars. We're one of the last places still offering this special experience.

Sample Riding Itinerary

On Monday mornings we have out horse orientation at 9:00 AM. Guests are paired with their horse for the week and we an introductory ride to make sure everyone is in the correct riding class.

We offer two 2-hour rides each day. The Friday afternoon ride is modified to a later ride as it is our family dinner ride.

We offer 2 all day rides (Tuesday and Thursday) for guests wanting more time in the saddle. These rides are an excellent opportunity to experience stunning backcountry.

We offer an overnight pack trip on Wednesday evening. (Minimum of 6 and maximum of 12 participants). The pack trip leaves Wednesday morning and returns Thursday afternoon. This is a truly special experience. We supply sleeping gear, tents and the cook!

Saturday mornings we have a gymkhana (games on horseback), which substitutes the morning ride.

Pack Trips

We offer an overnight pack trip on Wednesday evening. Minimum of 6 and maximum of 12 participants, must 13 years old to attend without adult and 10 years odl with adult. The pack trip leaves Wednesday morning and returns Thursday afternoon. This is a truly special experience. We supply sleeping gear, tents and the cook!

Lowdown

  • Nightly Rates (per adult)

    $367 - $425
  • Nightly Rates (per child)

    $40 - $312
  • Nightly Rates (non-rider)

    $335 - $380
  • Minimum Stay

    4 days
  • Preferred Arrival Day

    Sun
  • Preferred Departure Day

    Sun
  • Style of accommodation

    Ranch rustic

Nine Quarter Circle Ranch can cater for up to 55 guests. See below for details and indicative rates.

Cabin | Cabins

Rates (Per Person)

$367 - $425

Minimum Stay

3 nights

Description

The cabins at the ranch were built long ago from timber cut right here on the property, with genuine log construction outside and log or knotty pine paneling inside. They’re comfortably furnished with handmade quilts and furniture also made on the ranch. The cabins all have a private bath and vary in size from one to four bedrooms, and have a woodstove or fireplace (but no TV, phone, fridge or microwave). Inquire with is for more information about our accommodations. Prices below reflect one night rate for an adult.

Bathrooms

Private bathroom


Booking Policy

We like to connect with guests before they book so that we know we will provide them the best experience possible. Guests can visit https://www.ninequartercircle.com/rates/ to leanr more about booking with us, or give us a call at the ranch!

Included in your stay

meals, activities, lodging, Riding, Guided fly fishing, childcare, evening activities (square dance, hayride, bonfires, softball game).

Extras

Tax

We have a 10% service charge and small bed tax.

Massage

On most weeks, we have a masseuse join us one day of the week.

Guided Fly Fishing

Guided fly fishing is offered Monday-Friday. Our ranch is adjacent to the Taylor Fork Creek, which is a tributary of the Gallatin River. These both blue ribbon fly fishing destinations! For the beginning fly fisherman or woman, we have a stocked pond onsite. It's the perfect place to earn the basics!

Lowdown

  • You can borrow

    Cowboy hats, Cowboy boots, Saddle bags
  • Communications

    Wireless Internet/Wifi.

Onsite

Shopping

We have a general store stocked with Nine Quarter Circle apparel, beer and wine, snacks and basic ammenities.

Outdoor Activities

campouts, wagon rides

Spa

relaxation massage


Fishing & Wildlife

The Taylor Fork stream runs adjacent to the ranch--it is a destination fly fishing spot! It's also a tributary of the Gallatin River which is a blue-ribbon fishing river. The Madison River is just down the road, and it is another world class fly fishing destination.

Fishing on offer

spin, fly, river, stocked pond, stream, guided inclusive, unguided, instruction available

Wildlife

Depending on what time of year you join us you could see grizzly bears, black bears, moose, elk, deer, coyotoes, foxes and maybe even an occasional wolf.


Additional Services

Corporate Retreats

For groups of 30-40.

We offer corporate retreats in September. Please give us a ring for more information.


Local Attractions

Yellowstone National Park

We are just a few miles from the boundary of Yellowstone National Park, and we're 35 miles from the west entrance, in West Yellowstone.

Families often spend a day exploring Yellowstone while staying at the ranch, or they spend an extended amount of time in Yellowstone before or after joining us.

Distance

35 miles / 1 hour

Ranch shuttle

no


White Water Rafting

There are a couple white water rafting operators in our area.

Distance

30 miles / 45 mins

Ranch shuttle

no

Highs

  • It's a third-generation guest ranch and many guests also return time and again
  • It's an 'end-of-the-road' ranch
  • An authentic experience that is both relaxing and exhilarating – privacy if you need it, adventure if you want!
  • The ranch boasts a beautiful riverside setting

Lows

  • If you need to head into town it's a 1.5hr drive to Bozeman
  • The ranch schedule is informal so if you're looking for strict itineraries you may find it a little relaxed!

Visitor Reviews

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Family Fun

We have been going to Nine Quarter Circle Ranch every year for the past 6 years. Our family loves the horses, the landscape and mostly the people. We have made many friends that we keep in touch with and that we see back at the ranch. It is a great place to relax and let your kids be free, especially if you are a city dweller. The adults get to know eachother through a nightly 'happy hour', softball game, hay ride, day rides, meals and after dinner hanging out on the very large and beautiful porch with a view of the mountains.

5 stars

You can find more reviews for Nine Quarter Circle Ranch on TripAdvisor