Boyd K. Iverson and his family settled in the Missouri River Valley on the West side of the Big Belt Mountains in 1950. He was one of the first ranchers to introduce Charolais cattle in Montana. Boyd grew and expanded the ranch to include Battle Creek; a summer pastureland for the growing cow-calf pair operation.
The country is at 6,000 feet in elevation. It is vast and open and encircled by the Big Belt, Castle, Crazy and Bridger mountain ranges. The sky here rolls on forever and it is beautiful country to raise Angus and Charolias beef. The Richtmyer family has worked hard to maintain its rich history and rustic beauty. The original, hand-hewn log home was built at the end of the 1800’s and has been incorporated into the modern lodge. We have a number of additional log cabins that house guests, in addition to a 100 year- old barn and outbuildings that are used in ranch operation.
Still family-run today, Battle Creek operates as a working cattle ranch, and is home to the Montana High Country Cattle Drive twice a summer. Unlike many cattle drives, MHCCD is a week-long, authentic cattle drive. Participants ride horses and help move several-hundred cattle to summer pasture. Battle Creek also hosts summer ranch getaways and big & small-game hunters in the fall.
There are a surprising number of activities that can be done on the ranch in the summer. As a working cattle ranch, you are welcome to help in all aspects you feel comfortable. Wandering off to fish many of the creeks and streams of the area continues to be one of the favorites. The area offers many photographic opportunities, horseback riding, feeding/tending cattle, natural hot springs soaks, and of course, simply relaxing.
We invite you to immerse yourself in Big Sky Country and share a piece of Montana at Battle Creek Ranch.