Three reasons to take an Eco-Friendly family vacation in Montana

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HORSE HEADLINEYour next Eco-Friendly family vacation might be to Montana. The Nature Conservancy has just the place for the whole family to explore the untamed, the wild, and the natural.. In 1979, The Nature Conservancy became owners of the historic PineButteGuestRanch . Pine Butte Guest Ranch is set on Montana’s Rocky Mountain Front, where the mountains meet the prairies in a dramatic convergence of rocky cliffs abutting grassy hills. The result is one of the most biologically rich regions in the entire country. It’s one of the last places where grizzly bears still venture out onto the open plains. Free ranging herds of bison are all but gone, but all the other animals found here by the Lewis and Clark Expedition still roam free.

Pine Butte Guest Ranch gives you three reasons to come for a visit


You’ll find activities for every interest, such as:

Horseback ridingHorsebackriding




Hiking in the PineButteSwampPerserveView northwest across Pine Butte Fen to Choteau Mountain

















Work Shops:

Take time out of your activities for one or all of the following workshops:

  • Spring Naturalist Tour of the Rockies
  • Birding the Mountains and the Prairies
  • Hiking the Rocky Mountain Front
  • Photography on the Rocky Mountain front

There are also special workshops for the children geared to their age and interest such as:

  • Painting their favorite horse
  • GPS guided scavenger hunts


 The Nature Conservancy’s Pine Butte Guest Ranch is committed to treading lightly on the planet through conservation, efficiency, and the use of renewable energy. Its swimming pool and guest showers are heated with solar power, wind energy helps powers its office, and its passive solar greenhouse provides a steady supply of fresh vegetables for the kitchen—even in winter months. During the off-season, they trade produce from the greenhouse for credit at the local grocer, which they use during the summer guest season. They even harvest wood from the ranch for all of the fireplaces.

How to get to Pine Butte Guest Ranch:

Location: Choteau, MT is located at the gateway to the Rocky Mountains

Getting There: The nearest airport is located Great Falls, MT, which is approximately 1 Hour from Choteau

Want to see the Pine Butte Guest Ranch

If you’d like to see the guest ranch before you plan a visit, please this video


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Judy Kundert

Judy Kundert, a recipient of the Marquis Who’s Who Excellence in Authorship award, loves storytelling, from folk and fairy tales to classics for elementary school children. She authors award-winning middle-grade novels designed to inspire and intrigue children. After she left her career as a United Airlines stewardess, she earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Loyola University, Chicago and a Master of Arts from DePaul University, Chicago. Most recently, she completed a master’s Certificate in Public Relations and Marketing from the University of Denver. For fun, she likes reading (usually three or four books at a time), watching movies from the oldies to the current films, traveling, biking, and hiking in vast Colorado outdoors with her husband. Learn more at can find me at the foot of the Colorado Rocky Mountains hiking, biking

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