Firehole Ranch - A Historic Montana Lodge

Main Lodge

The Firehole Ranch provides a rare opportunity for an intimate, world-class fly fishing experience in a spectacular location, near West Yellowstone, that is a cultural and historic landmark. Originally established in the 1860’s as the Watkins Creek Ranch, its 640 acres have remained largely unchanged since then. Opening as an exclusive Montana fly fishing lodge in 1947, the Firehole Ranch was graced by the likes of Isabel Lincoln, granddaughter of John D. Rockefeller. A desire to escape the modern world and a chance to see the untouched beauty of the Rocky Mountain West inspired those first avid fly fishing enthusiasts, and continues to draw today’s visitors as well. Subtle, unobtrusive, the main lodge allows the surrounding stunning landscape to dominate. Handcrafted in the 1940’s, over the years the main lodge and cabins have been lovingly restored to retain their original warmth, comfort, and charm. Like everything else about the Firehole Ranch, great care was taken to preserve as much of the original structures and experience as possible. As a result, it is now listed on National Historic Register, an honor roll of our nation’s cultural landmarks.

When standing next to the large stone fireplace or gazing over the vast ink blue waters of Hebgen Lake there is a sense of the elasticity of time. While it is difficult to imagine the generations of anglers who came before, it is not hard to understand what drew them to this place. Fly fishing enthusiasts are passionate about their sport and for many the Firehole Ranch is a large part of their personal lore. It is a treasured secret that lures them back year after year, some for over 25 years now.

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Warm and hospitable, the Firehole Ranch is rustic elegance at its best. Truly the gem of Montana. It will exceed your expectations in every category. 5 star plus, surpasses the Four Seasons Resorts we have experienced. We wish our stay was longer but will most definitely return! Thank you to the fantastic staff that made our vacation a truly memorable one.”
— Rosemary and Bill F., Ridgewood, New Jersey


The 10 historic cabins of the Firehole Ranch each have their own personality and charm. Like the Ranch itself, the cabins are part of your journey and escape during your stay with us. We encourage you to look over our wonderful selection of cabins and will do our best to meet your requests.

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Integral to the appeal of the Ranch is the innovative, gourmet cuisine prepared by Chefs Bruno and Kris Georgeton. Imagine yourself after a rewarding day on the water, unwinding with a cocktail, getting to know your fellow guests, and savoring a delectable dinner to conclude an exceptional day.

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The Ranch's 640 private acres are bordered by the Gallatin National Forest providing many other opportunities for outdoor activities within a stone’s throw of the Ranch. 

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Yellowstone Tours

Firehole Ranch is minutes from Yellowstone National Park. We’ll help you plan and navigate your favorite activities beyond our ranch.

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