About the J Bar L Ranch in Montana's Centennial Valley

The Ranch

Nestled within the Centennial Valley, the J Bar L Ranch encompasses 20,000 acres of deeded and leased land. That’s 5,000 acres more than the entire island of Manhattan. A holistically-managed cattle ranch, the J Bar L is dedicated to continuing the valley's historic ranching tradition while stewarding the Centennial’s stunning and complex rangeland ecosystem. Depending on the cattle’s grazing rotations, you may or may not see the cattle during your stay. However, you are sure to witness some of the numerous wildlife that call this valley home.

Since 2004, the J Bar L has offered nature-loving travelers the opportunity to stay in the ranch's restored homesteads during the summer season and share in the wealth of this quiet paradise. Guests are also invited to stay at our Fishing Cabin year-round, located on the ranch’s Twin Bridges headquarters, and a short drive to the famed fly fishing waters of the Big Hole, Beaverhead, Jefferson, and Ruby Rivers.

While the J Bar L is a working ranch, guests do not participate in ranch activities. Instead, guests are invited to explore the natural heritage of our valley home. With numerous activities to do on-site––including birding, hiking, mountain biking, wildlife viewing, and backcountry fishing––and endless outdoor adventures in the surrounding area, your authentic Montana experience begins at your doorstep.

The J Bar L is committed to preserving the natural legacy of the Centennial Valley––the rugged and wild working landscape that defines Big Sky country. At the J Bar L, you can explore Montana's great outdoors without sacrificing the modern comforts of a private home on the range. We invite you to explore our secluded valley and share in the wonder of this place. We'll see you at the end of the dirt road.

Our Vision is to:

  • CULTIVATE experiences of deep connection--to the land, the animals and themselves. 
  • ENHANCE the understanding and conservation of wild landscapes through opportunities to witness the relationship between wild and domestic animals.
  • SHARE the story of the “New Ranch”--where ranching and conservation meet--and bring the next generation into the story by sharing what we are learning and proud of.
  • Create safe spaces where people can experience personal growth.