Ernie & Kim Barker of JJJ Wilderness Ranch

Life on the Ranch

We are often asked what we do in the “off-season” and Ernie usually says, “sleep” but in truth, there is no off season on a ranch, just different seasons – and we’re always ready for each one.  We are the ones who take care of the horses and mules, do the repairs, paint, stain, build, answer the phone, answer emails, social media, run the office – including all of the paperwork….the list goes o

JJJ Wilderness Ranch, Augusta, Montana Dude Ranch

Ranch History

The Ranch was homesteaded in 1921 by Rudolph and Semely Dwight.  The land which now makes up the JJJ was known as a land grant.  The Dwights built a sturdy log cabin with four enormous logs for each of the walls and a main beam for the roof.  Time has taken a heavy toll, but the shell of the cabin still remains on the property.  Remnants of old crude furniture, an iron bed and a rusty stove wer