Yellowstone River Retreat
Situated on the banks of the Yellowstone River in Montana’s stunning Paradise Valley, this ranch complex was built for function and family gatherings, with specific intent to restore this stretch of the river to its natural splendor. Situated on almost 1,000 acres, the family compound can sleep forty people, house a working ranch complete with hay crops, cows, and horses, and is home to a menagerie of wildlife – deer, elk, bobcat, grouse, and fox – to name a few. All but the thirty acres that house the dwellings are designated a conservation area in perpetuity, managed by a Bozeman Land Trust and safe from further development forever. The design intent for the buildings were to create a farmhouse feel with a modern twist that was clean and uncluttered, but still cozy and functional.
About The Project
Restoring the Land to its Natural Beauty
From the overgrazed pastures to the livestock eroding the banks of the Yellowstone River, the property was in need of some serious restoration to recapture its natural beauty. A pond and stream consultant designed six ponds and numerous interconnected streams, providing habitat for animals and native trees. Students from Montana State University have participated in an ongoing study of wetland restoration since the outset of the project.