History of Hardscrabble
Under different names and management, the property has been an event center for the past twenty-five years. We have hosted weddings, family reunions, multi-day music events, church-groups and retreats, sports teams, cook-offs, anniversary parties, and a variety of group events have all happen here. We offer you a five-acre lawn (almost four football fields), hiking and biking trails, access to the creek, shaded groves, farm, orchard, kitchens, and comfy pillows.
Hardscrabble becomes your group’s home if only for a few days.
We spent fifteen years in the heart of Bozeman, and just recently jumped at the chance to have a little more space, raise some animals, plant a garden, and enjoy life surrounded by mountains. We named the property Hardscrabble Ranch after a nearby peak but also because we haven’t figured everything out, are far from perfect and we have a beautiful guest ranch to share. We love to cook, listen to live music, relax with friends and family, and enjoy what Montana has to offer. Sunsets over the Bridgers tend to lighten any load. We hope to see you and your group soon at our guest ranch!
We spent fifteen years in the heart of Bozeman, and just recently jumped at the chance to have a little more space, raise some animals, plant a garden, and enjoy life surrounded by mountains. We named the property Hardscrabble Ranch after a nearby peak, but also because we haven’t figured everything out, are far from perfect, and we have a beautiful guest ranch to share. We love to cook, listen to live music, relax with friends and family, and enjoy what Montana has to offer. Sunsets over the Bridgers tend to lighten any load. We hope to see you and your group soon at our guest ranch!
Can I access the Internet and use my cell phone?
There is no direct cell phone service in the area. There is internet located in Bridger lodge, but come please downloaded movies prior to your stay, as our signal various in the mountains. This guest ranch is a great place to experience a digital detox.
Seriously? No TV? No movies?
We do not have cable. Bridger Lodge has a smart-TV and Brackett Lodge does have a flatscreen TV, DVD player, and HDMI adapters for your previously downloaded entertainment. We also have puzzles, board games, chess set, Petersen’s Field Guides, and lots of folks enjoy visiting the hogs, dogs, and chickens, and our yak herd.
Outdoor Fire Safety
We live in a beautiful, but heavily wooded and fire prone area. We follow the US Forest Service’s guidelines and never permit open fires when there are restrictions in the area. Fireworks and sparklers are always prohibited.
We provide each group with a detailed set of cleaning instructions prior to check-out. Basically, we ask you to clear out all your stuff (especially food), sweep, strip beds, and neaten up. If you do not want to do these chores, we offer a $250 cleaning fee option. This does not include the event clean up if using our guest ranch for a wedding or event.
Dogs, Pets, and Allergies
Hardscrabble is home to dogs, and plenty of other farm animals – chickens, pigs, and a herd of yaks. Individuals with serious allergies (or phobias) to dogs should likely not stay with us. There is a pet fee of $50 per pet during the stay.
There are mountain lions in the area (hence our fondness for Irish Wolfhounds). If your group has one or two friendly dogs, they are welcome as long as they are under your control (and house broken).
What is included in the rental of the property?(if doing a wedding or event)
Summer: Brackett Lodge (sleeps 14), Bridger Lodge (sleeps 10), fifteen glamping tents, large indoor kitchens with plenty of refrigerator and freezer space, new outdoor kitchen with gas grill, living room, ping-pong table, outdoor games. You get access to the entire outdoor guest ranch except the area directly surrounding the owner’s home. Please ask permission for tours of the barns and gardens.
When do I check-in and check-out?
Check-in is 3:30pm. Check-out is by 11am. We will let you know in advance if there is not a group immediately preceding or following yours and we can be more flexible in those cases.
We have parking next to the main barn for guests staying in Brackett or Bridger Lodges. We have parking for 20 vehicles. For large events we offer additional parking in the lower field next to the driveway.
You are in charge of all your meals, snacks, and drinks. Hardscrabble has its own caterer if you the caterer to prepare meals for you. There are also dozens of caterers in the area we are happy to connect you with. Catering costs are not included in any of the fees on this website.
Contracts and Payments
To discuss contracts and payments, fill out the forms on either the wedding or groups page. If interested in glamping, please fill out the form located on its page. For any other questions, please email email@example.com