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Travel-worthy trail rides and cinematic fly-fishing at Big Sky’s Lone Mountain Ranch

Take a trip into the past at the historic, 101-year-old Lone Mountain Ranch near Big Sky, Montana, one of National Geographic’s “Unique Lodges of the World” and a hub for generations of avid fishermen and riders taking in the pristine landscape and Blue Ribbon streams surrounding the 160-acre property.

Beehive Basin Lone Mountain RanchTravel-worthy trail ride: Beehive Basin

Riding along cool Rocky Mountain streams, the Beehive Basin trail is a treasure in the Greater Yellowstone ecosystem. Snow melting in the high mountains fill the creeks and streams with cold crystal clear water. You and your horse breathe in the mountain air coming off the snow and the Rocky Mountains that surrounds you. Catch a glimpse of elk, moose, deer and the occasional black bear. It’s a beautiful trail, Beehive Basin. No better place to be.

Fish like Brad Pitt: The Gallatin, Yellowstone and Madison Rivers

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Still from “A River Runs Through It” (1992)

Home to the largest collection of Blue Ribbon fly fishing waters in the world, the diverse waters near Lone Mountain Ranch include the Madison, Gallatin and Yellowstone Rivers (locations for the iconic film, A River Runs Through It), the legendary waters of Yellowstone National Park, high alpine lakes in the Spanish Peaks where fish rarely see anglers, and private creeks that the Ranch has special access to. Your guide or the fly fishing crew in the Outdoor Shop will recommend waters based on the time of year, the insect hatches and what you as the guest would like to accomplish. This is prime fishing country.

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