|Big Sky's majestic ski slopes (Photo: Taylor)|
Deriving its name from the merger of two 160-acre homesteads, 320 Ranch offers a smorgasbord of things for travelers to do any time of the year but, if you must pick one season, choose winter.
|Homey 320 atmosphere (Photo: Taylor)|
The road, Route 191, roughly parallels the pristine Gallatin River meandering beneath towering pines and the majestic
Once you arrive at 320 Ranch, as the classic cowboy song Home on the Range says, “The skies are not cloudy all day.” Locals
call them “bluebird sky days” and the only thing better is when snow is falling
to add a new layer of “cold smoke” to the ski slopes. Bridger Mountains
The 320 Guest Ranch is an Old West experience with all the comforts of home. Accommodations range from the historic McGill Cabin to 60 other rustic log cabin-style facilities that preserve some of the original structures while retaining their “
|Interior McGill cabin (Photo: Taylor)|
Dr. Caroline McGill bought the property in 1936 with the idea of using the ranch as a place for recuperation. Not only was it a personal retreat for McGill, the tranquil streams and surrounding mountains were an ideal location for her patients to regain their strength.
McGill was a dynamo of energy and personality. At just under five feet in height and weighing less than 120 pounds, the doctor quickly adapted to life along the
Gallatin River in the area of Big Horn Creek. She was an
avid outdoor-person with a love of horseback riding, hunting and fishing. All
of which made the 320 Ranch a perfect location for her nature living lifestyle.
To say that Caroline McGill was “spunky” is an understatement. After graduating at the top of her class at
Johns Hopkins Medical
School in 1914, she became the first
female doctor and first female pathologist in at a time when the region was rugged
and wild and women were given little respect. McGill’s success as a doctor and
entrepreneur are a tribute to her determination and grit. Montana
More cabins were added in 1987 when David Brask expanded the ranch, turning it into a full-fledged resort while maintaining the original character. Brask even incorporated many items of Dr. McGill’s junk collection in the new facilities in honor of her vibrant spirit.
of course, is the dominant attraction at Big Sky Resort just 12 miles away. But
the 320 also offers the full range of winter activities including snowmobiling,
snowboarding, dog sledding, snow-coach tours of Yellowstone Park, shopping and
spa trips in Big Sky and Bozeman, and even big game hunting.
|Snow Mobiling in Yellowstone (Photo: Taylor)|
|Yellowstone's winter beauty (Photo: Taylor)|
Visitors enjoy a breakfast buffet 7-9 a.m. each day in the restaurant. Though the dishes change daily, breakfasts served there may be the best breakfasts in
|Wildlife abounds (Photo: Taylor)|
Summer months are equally festive with activities ranging from horseback riding to hiking, hayrides, outdoor BBQs and nightly bonfires as well as golf and whitewater rafting.
Summer or winter, don’t be surprised to find lively musical performances at the ranch along with plenty of rousing Western-style dancing.
Sky’s 320 Guest Ranch is a perfect place for travelers seeking Mother Nature’s
personal nourishment for the soul. It’s a superb chef’s salad of meaty activities
complete with ranch dressing.
|Big Sky sunset (Photo: Taylor)|