Ennis Montana & Virginia City

The way it was....

Old West history is all around us.  Virginia City, only 12 miles west was founded in 1863 and is considered to be the most complete, original town of its kind in the U.S.  Nevada City represents a busy mining town the way it used to be. 

Today, Madison Valley is primarily cattle country, but the spirit of the Old West lives on in local farms, ranches and rodeos.  Ennis continues as the hub of this active region, a community with 1,000 people that are eager to make you feel welcome!

Horseback Riding

The Diamond P Ranch where we have been hosting horseback rides into the beautiful mountains surrounding West Yellowstone since 1953. We are located 7 miles west of the west gate to Yellowstone National Park, in the city of West Yellowstone, Montana, and 6 miles northeast of Island Park, Idaho. We offer guided horseback riding for all ages through the Gallatin National Forest, which surround West Yellowstone. We are open from Memorial Day weekend through September 30th each year. You can choose from 3 different ride options on any day except Sunday when we will offer one ride choice that day. The rides are very relaxing as you meander past mountain streams, varieties of local timber, mostly lodge pole pine and quaking aspen, and drown in the color of the wild mountain flowers. The colors will peak, usually, in late June. We will even be able to stop during the ride and pick some fresh wild strawberries and huckleberries in late July. You will also be able to see all kinds of wildlife and native birds on your ride.

There is so much more to do in Island Park than just visit Yellowstone National Park.  I encourage you to take the time to see some of these other great local attractions while out enjoying our beautiful area.

Yellowstone Bear World

Bear World is a drive-through wildlife park like no other in the Yellowstone Region.  Here the animals roam freely in their natural habitat while you view them from the comfort and safety of your vehicle.  The wildlife you will encounter include Rocky Mountain Elk, BIson, Mountain Goats, Mule Deer, White-Tail Deer, Moose and of course the American Black Bear, Grizzly Bears and Gray Wolves.  You can bottle feed bear cubs.  Children can enjoy a fun train ride.  And visit the petting zoo!

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Grizzly & Wolf Discovery Center

An exciting and fun family adventure is waiting for you.  Watch the grizzlies engage in an array of activities in their spectacular habitat, complete with trout stocked pond.  Observe the wolf packs and increase your understanding of the carnivore with exceptional views of the wolf pack with floor to ceiling windows.  From May to November view several raptors that can no longer survive in the wild.  The Discovery Center's mission is to provide visitors with a unique opportunity to learn about and observe the grizzly bear and the grey wolf.