When you leave the charming small town of Augusta, you’ll be on a gravel road leading into the mountains – the scenery is spectacular as you see the famous Rocky Mountain Front and then wind through the Sun River Canyon. Situated at the end of the road in Mortimer Gulch at 5200 feet elevation, the Triple J is surrounded by rugged mountain beauty with our own private view to Mortimer Peak. The Ranch is surrounded on 3 sides by the Lewis & Clark National Forest.
Located in the scenic corridor between Yellowstone and Glacier National Park, we are about 4 hours north of Yellowstone and 2 hours south of Glacier. Montana is a large state geographically with so much to see and do. Many plan trips to Yellowstone/and or Glacier before or after their stay with us.
Round trip transportation is $100 per person or $75 per person for parties of 4 or more. We provide transportation to/from Great Falls International Airport per the following schedule only:
Arrival: We typically pick up guests between 12:30 p.m. and 1:30 p.m. on Sundays, and will depart Great Falls no later than 2 pm. If your arrival is after 2 pm, you must rent a car.
Departure: The JJJ van will leave the Ranch around 9:30 a.m. on Fridays, arriving in Great Falls at approximately 11:30 a.m.
*Please make flight arrivals before 2 p.m. and departures after 12:00 p.m. If your itinerary must fall outside of this schedule, you can either rent a car or arrange to stay in one of the many motels in Great Falls the night prior to, or after your stay. Contact us for help with hotel special rates.
*We are not responsible for flight delays and will not make the other guests being transported wait past the scheduled times. If your arrival flight is late, you have a 6 am departure flight, or your arrival/departure is outside of the schedule, you must rent a car.
With Montana’s rural setting, finding good prices on flights can take some creativity. Most of our guests fly into Great Falls, Montana (GTF) and use our transportation shuttle to the Ranch, but other possible options for price savings include:
- Fly into Great Falls, MT on Saturday, stay the night in a local hotel, and be picked up by the Ranch van on Sunday. On the departure, either later flights on Friday or stay over in a local hotel and fly out early Saturday or Sunday morning. (making time to explore the area)
- Fly into Bozeman, Billings, Missoula, or Helena, Montana and drive a rental car to the Ranch, or deliver the rental car to Great Falls and be picked up by our Ranch van. Reverse this for departure.
- Fly into Spokane, WA or Salt Lake City, UT or Idaho Falls, ID and drive a rental car to the Ranch, or deliver the rental car to Great Falls and be picked up by the Ranch Van. Reverse this for departure. International travelers may want to look at flying into Calgary, Alberta Canada, and then drive down.
You can also check out www.flygtf.com for helpful information and flight sales into Great Falls. There are often direct flights added closer to summer from some destinations.
Please phone us if you have any questions! (406) 562-3653
Montana’s weather is as varied as its landscape. Summer days are often pleasant and dry and evenings are crisp and cool. Late May and early June are still late spring in the mountains, so it tends to be a little cooler, 60’s to low 70’s during the day and upper 30’s to low 40’s at night. Everything has come alive with green, and we have early wildflowers like crocus’s and Glacier Lilies. We typically have smaller numbers of guests during late spring, and not many children.
Late June and early July are when the wildflowers really explode. The average temp is 70’s to low 80’s during the day, cooling to 40-50’s at night.
Mid July to late August are probably the most popular time, so that space fills quickly. This is the warmest time; 75-85 during the day, cooling to 40-50’s at night. August is always a nice month for long clear days. As you get into September, the fall colors begin. September is an adult-only month. The days are warm, 65-70’s and evenings are cooler, upper 30’s to 40’s. These weeks emphasize long, scenic rides and a quiet, relaxing atmosphere.
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The Sun River Canyon is rich in geology, fossils and Native American history with an authentic pictograph on one of the trails. Ask about nearby buffalo jumps, medicine wheels and teepee rings.
Glacier National Park is about 100 miles from the Ranch, and well-worth seeing. Many guests visit the park either before or after their stay with us. Glacier Raft Company (800-235-6781) offers spectacular white water rafting. Yellowstone National Park is 250 miles south of the Ranch.
Nearby, Choteau (50 miles from the Ranch) has an active dinosaur dig, which hosts a museum and tours. Contact The Montana Dinosaur Center for more information. There are also seasonal rodeos most every weekend somewhere in Montana, with the Augusta rodeo the last Sunday in June.
Around Great Falls, the Lewis & Clark Interpretive Center is a wonderful exhibit depicting the famed exploration effort of Lewis & Clark. The Charlie Russell Museum displays western and Indian cultural art and history. Just outside of Great Falls is the Ulm Pishkin Buffalo Jump. Rafting opportunities are available in Fort Benton on the Missouri River. Visit Central Montana or Montana Office of Tourism for other area information.
If you would like to see Montana from a different perspective, visit Montana By Air, a safe, fun way to see it from the sky!