Historic dude ranch north of Gardiner open to public tour Aug. 21

Billings Gazette

The public is invited to the historic O.T.O. Dude Ranch north of Gardiner on Aug. 21 to tour the ranch, learn about its part in the history of dude ranching and current role as wildlife habitat. The open house will run from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. 

The O.T.O. is Montana’s first dude ranch managed by Custer Gallatin National Forest and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Due to the nature of the one-lane road up to the ranch, traffic will be organized to allow for ease of travel. From Cedar Creek Trailhead on every hour, for 15 minutes, traffic can drive up the hill to the ranch; and half past every hour of the event traffic can return down from the ranch with the last trip at 3:30 p.m.

Food and beverages will be available for sale with proceeds benefiting the Yellowstone Community Fund. Ticket sales from a raffle for a three-night dude ranch vacation donated by Ranch Preservation, which manages the True Ranch Collection of historic ranches in the West, will also be donated to the Yellowstone Community Fund. This will be a cash only event.

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