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Ewing-Snell Ranch

Bighorn Canyon National Recreation Area

Big Horn Mountains, Montana

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Ewing-Snell Ranch

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  • Views of the open land around the ranch with the Pryor Mountains in the distance.- Ewing-Snell Ranch
  • A short gravel trail winds through the ranch.- Ewing-Snell Ranch
  • A wooden barn.- Ewing-Snell Ranch
  • A bridge crossing over Layout Creek.- Ewing-Snell Ranch
  • The log shop and converted schoolhouse.- Ewing-Snell Ranch
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Pros: 
Informative and historic ranch.
Cons: 
Main house no longer standing.
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Region:
Big Horn Mountains, MT
Congestion: 
Low
Pets allowed: 
Yes, with restrictions
Parking Pass: 
General Day Use Fee
Preferable Season(s):
Spring, Summer, Fall
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The Ewing/Snell Ranch is a fascinating glimpse into frontier life. The Ranch features an old wooden barn, a log shop, a converted one-room schoolhouse, and until recently, the main ranch house. A 2015 fire left little standing of the main house, which had been formerly been a ranger and research station.

The ranch was originally established by Erastus Ewing in 1896, who had come to prospect for gold in the nearby Bighorn Mountains. Finding little success, the site became a ranch by which the family made a modest living. The ranch was able to be sustained with thoughtful use of land and water from Layout Creek. The Hough, Snell, and Sorenson families for a time successively owned the ranch, until finally the U.S. Reclamation Service acquired the land in 1968 from the Sorenson family.

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