Where is Yellowstone filmed and what Real Dutton Ranch looks like?

Yellowstone is one of the most beautiful shows on TV because of its mountain views and wide-open landscapes. Say what you want about the cowboy succession drama, but no other show has its actors riding real horses, lassoing up some cattle, and getting drunk just on the views. 

Fans may be surprised to learn that up until Season 4, the Paramount Network shot 70 to 75 percent of Yellowstone's scenes in Utah sound stages, with only a quarter of the time spent in Montana. Yellowstone only shoots in Big Sky Country now that it's in its fifth season.

 Surprisingly, The Yellowstone Ranch is a real place that you can visit. It has huge white barns with big "Y" stickers on them. The Dutton family lives at the Chief Joseph Ranch, which is a working cattle ranch in Darby, Montana. It is about five hours from Yellowstone National Park. It is a 6,000-square-foot mansion with two cabins that can be rented out. 

According to Parade, settlers bought the 2,500-acre land in 1880 and named it after Chief Joseph, who was the leader of the Wallowa band of the Nez Perce tribe. In 1914, wealthy glass businessman William S. Ford bought the land.

 Later, Shane and Abigail Libel bought it from Ford. The Libel family has gone all in on the show's fame. According to reports, they leave the "Yellowstone Dutton Ranch" sign up all year. They also rent out two cabins to guests when the show isn't being filmed. These cabins are where the Dutton family lives during the show. 

On the ranch's official website, the cabins have been given the names "Lee Dutton" and "Rip Wheeler," after the Yellowstone characters who live at the Chief Joseph Ranch. "We welcome the many Yellowstone fans who stop at our gates to take pictures of the Dutton Ranch sign," the family wrote on their website. They also said that they were called out of the blue to be the official location for the Dutton ranch.

 "We are humbled and honored that Paramount chose our ranch as the setting for this amazing series." The rest of the series is filmed in a 40,000-square-foot space in Missoula, Montana, and on the 2.2 million-acre Crow Indian Reservation outside of Billings, which is the largest reservation in the state.

Crow Nation tribal chairman AJ Not Afraid told Variety in 2018 that the show was "a more honest and accurate portrayal of the modern American Indian than we've seen before." By Season 5, all of the courtroom and government office scenes are also shot in Helena at the State Capitol Building.

 During Season Four, the show's creator, Taylor Sheridan, told Deadline that he thought it was "lucky" that the show was filmed on a ranch in Montana, and that from then on, they planned to only film on location.

Well, Yellowstone fans, I know where I'm going on my next trip.


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