Dude Ranches Offer an Oasis of Western Tradition in a Turbulent World
Considered a form of agritourism, giving city folk a taste of the country

An hour and a half south from Bozeman, Mont., surrounded by millions of acres of national forest, Nine Quarter Circle Ranch has endured for more than a century. First homesteaded in the 1890s as a working cattle farm, it joined a growing number of properties across the West when, in 1912, it welcomed its first guest. It’s here, on one of the surprisingly younger dude ranches in the U.S., that Kameron Kelsey was born and raised.

The Manual
Jon Gugala
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More Unique Than Usual