Some “Yellowstone” scenes were filmed in Texas, Oregon, and Utah, but many locations are actually in Montana.
Being from Montana, I decided to visit several filming locations throughout the state.
From Dutton Ranch to the infamous ‘Train Station’, we compare reality to show.
As a native Montana, I recently set out to see what the “Yellowstone” location really looks like.
I had put off watching “Yellowstone” long enough.
that happened Born and raised in Montanaover the past five years, I’ve been asked questions about my home state, such as:
In short, no. A modern Western drama with five seasons of blatant, unapologetic lawlessness is a stark contrast to the sleepy conditions I grew up in. Boasts a cast…for their dynasty: the largest ranch in Montana. Think “inheritance”. However, the cowboy wears his hat a lot.
But with this season airing while I was home on vacation, I thought it was time to settle down and learn about my own culture. I’ve noticed that they actually have some things in common. it’s a setting.
Some scenes were filmed in Texas, Oregon, and Utah, but many of the show’s locations are scattered across various rural areas of Montana, including the infamous Yellowstone Dutton Ranch. So I went to see some places myself.
In real life, many of the locations in “Yellowstone” are far from Yellowstone National Park.
Most scenes in “Yellowstone” are ostensibly within miles of each other. Yellowstone Dutton Ranch, the family home and home of much of the show’s action, is adjacent to the fictional Broken Rock Indian Reservation of Yellowstone National Park, near Bozeman, Montana.
Reality paints a different picture.
Dutton Ranch is not near Bozeman or Yellowstone. Driving to Bozeman takes 3.5 hours, while the nearest entrance to Yellowstone National Park takes about 4.5 hours.
If patriarch John Dutton wanted to visit his son Casey’s home on the Broken Rock Indian Reservation (pictured on the Crow Reservation, Montana), it would take about 6 hours and 43 minutes to drive there.
From my home in Helena, it took about 10 hours to visit each of the locations listed below.
Filmed in the State Capitol, the Governor’s Office is as gorgeous as it looks on TV.
One of the first scenes of Season 1, Episode 1 takes place in the governor’s office, which we instantly recognize as the Montana State Capitol building.
This scene introduces the viewer to Jamie Dutton, John Dutton’s adopted son who works as a lawyer. Throughout the first few seasons, members of the Dutton family are frequently seen in the governor’s office.
I thought that the appearance and interior were the same place as I saw on TV.
Yellowstone Dutton Ranch is a genuine ranch located in Derby, Montana.
Yellowstone Dutton Ranch it’s a real place — On-site cabins can be rented for $1,200 to $1,500 per night. The actual ranch is called Chief Joseph Ranch and is located in the small town of Derby in western Montana.
Rent a cabin this time was out of my budget, but I could see Chief Joseph Ranch from the road, so I went.
I was disappointed that I could barely see the ranch when I got off the highway. I saw a signboard welcoming visitors to “Yellowstone Dutton Ranch” beyond the big gate. But beyond that, little was visible other than a few white barn roofs, including one bearing the Dutton brand.
The Duttons solve several problems at the “station” where they commit murders and dump the corpses of their unruly enemies.
Throughout the show, ranch cowboys Dutton and Rip dump corpses at a “station” said to be miles away from the Wyoming border.
According to the fact Glacier Country, Montana Blogsthe train station is a highway pull-out near Seurat, a small town about 15 minutes from Chief Joseph Ranch.
The setting is the same as the bustling area of the highway, and it stands out more than you might imagine. When I arrived, several other cars were parked there, and I was keenly aware that Dutton was not the ideal place to commit murder.
Still, with a river flowing below it and mountains on both sides, the “station” presented a beautiful view.
In the fourth season, a group of activists meet outside the Livestock Association’s Livingston Field office.
In reality, the “Field Office” is a building at the intersection of Woody and Railroad Streets in Missoula, about 3.5 hours from Livingston.
I noticed that the actual building lacked the signage that was on the show. Other than that, it looks pretty much the same as portrayed in the series.
Season 4 features holdups and shootouts at Ruby’s Cafe in Missoula.
In the fourth season, John Dutton and cowboy Rip arrive at Ruby’s Cafe and find that the robbers are keeping the place. A shootout ensues after the two sneak back and the robber and the sheriff die.
When I stopped at a greasy spoon of bottomless coffee and a stack of buttermilk pancakes, I found a café that looked essentially like its fictional counterpart. , the decoration was the same.
Ruby’s is the kind of joint you’d expect from a local diner. Cozy and intimate, it’s busy even on a weekday morning. In fact, a waitress told me she’d seen a dramatic difference in patrons since the episode aired.
John Dutton buys a steak for Jamie’s paternal father at Glen’s Cafe in Florence, Montana.
In Season 4, John Dutton runs into Jamie’s biological father, Garrett, at the Glen’s Cafe. In the episode, John tells Garrett to enjoy “the best Salisbury State in Montana because you never know which meal will last.”
We stopped at Glens in Florence, a small town about 20 miles southwest of Missoula. And while I didn’t order a steak to confirm that accolades, the cafe started selling t-shirts modeled after those worn at the show, so I bought one for $30.
The cafe looks like it’s pictured in the series, with a few diners having breakfast.One wall even has a shelf of “Yellowstone” memorabilia. A framed photo of Kevin Costner sitting at a bar and her t-shirt from Glen’s Cafe framed.
At the start of the fifth season, John Dutton becomes governor. However, his inauguration will not take place at the Montana State Capitol. It was actually shot at the Missoula County Courthouse.
In Season 1, the governor’s office is filmed inside the actual capitol building in Montana. However, in season 5, ‘Yellowstone’ filmed the Governor’s scene at the Missoula County Courthouse. It’s just a few blocks from the fictional Livestock Association’s Livingston Field office.
The first episode of the latest season sees John Dutton being sworn in in front of the “Houses of Parliament.” The frames are tight enough that non-Montana natives won’t notice the discrepancies. But what you can see – the facade of the building – is accurate to real life.
Season 5’s Governor’s Mansion was filmed at the Daley Mansion outside Hamilton, Montana.
In the season 5 midseason finale, we are taken to the governor’s house, where John Dutton Wolf killed on his land.
The scene was shot at the Daly Mansion, a building outside of Hamilton in the Bitterroot Valley, Montana. Built in the 1800s, the mansion has 50 rooms in 24,000 square feet. According to its website.
The Daly Mansion now functions as a museum. Victorian style homes look exactly like they are seen on TV shows.
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