In the Press

In The Press

The J Bar L Ranch offers a truly unique vacation experience. Our peacful, infinite landscape, combined with our beautifully restored homes, is not easy to come by outside of the Centennial Valley. Below are some quotes along with the full article links which describe the experience we offer to our guests. Please note that some of the linked press refers to the J Bar L as offering working-ranch experiences. While our guests no longer participate in ranch work, we still offer our guests the opportunity to explore the natural wonders of our ranch and the surrounding region.


Forbes: J Bar L Ranch, Centennial Valley, Montana

“Twenty-two miles from pavement. That’s the first selling point for this working cattle ranch in southwestern Montana. It’s as comfortably off-the-grid as it gets–the electricity is solar and the toilets are composting–and there’s nothing but endless wide-open prairies, snow-speckled mountains, and the far-off horizons that earned the state its Big Sky Country name. You can see 50 miles from one end of the valley to the other, and you’re more likely to spot an elk or a wolf than another human being.”

AFAR: J Bar L Ranch

“To share the landscape with nature-loving travelers and to keep the valley looking as it was, Dulany restored several abandoned 19th- and early 20th-century homesteads. These self-contained vacation rental homes range from a Sears Roebuck family house, now solar-powered, to isolated cabins on a bend of the Red Rock River. All come with fully-equipped kitchens and are tastefully filled with Western-themed furnishings and antiques; some have outdoor hot tubs.”

The New York Times: Where Guests Help Head’em Up

“‘I feel like I can connect emotionally with these wide-open spaces,” said Matt Miller, 63, a J Bar L guest from Connecticut… ‘This kind of isolation is not common.’”

Big Sky Journal: Tasting Western Realism

“‘It may take a few days to settle in if one is coming from a city,’ Ulring says, ‘but once it happens, guests feel transported into another frame of mind.’”

“‘I want it to be a place where eyes and minds are opened, and people can learn,’ Dulany says. ‘I hope that when our guests leave, they are more inspired than when they arrived.’”


If you are interested in reading more about the J Bar L's sustainable ranching and conservation efforts you may do so by visiting our Ranching and Conservation Press page.