The Paramount Network drama Yellowstone has quickly become one of the most popular shows on television. Starring Kevin Costner as John Dutton, the owner of the largest ranch in the United States, the show gives viewers an inside look at the dramatic lives of a ranching family in Montana. Though fictionalized, the show is largely filmed on location in beautiful real-life spots around Montana and Utah. For fans of the show looking to recreate some of their favorite scenes, here are some of the main real-world filming sites.
Chief Joseph Ranch
The Dutton family home, the Yellowstone Ranch, is filmed on location at the Chief Joseph Ranch in Darby, Montana. Nestled in the Bitterroot Mountains, this massive 25,000 acre working ranch becomes the perfect setting for the show with its rolling hills, rivers, and mountains. Though normally closed to visitors, the ranch does offer limited tours and accommodations.
While Montana may be the main setting, much of the show is also filmed just across the border in Utah. Popular filming locations include the mountains near Park City and the red rock formations around Moab. Lee’s Ferry on the Colorado River has served as a filming site for major scenes like kayaking and cattle drives.
Dutton Family Cabin
The Dutton family’s cabin retreat from the ranch is filmed at a real cabin on the edge of Swan Lake near Condon, Montana. Fans can drive by the property and marvel at the idyllic views.
Part of the appeal of Yellowstone is seeing the gorgeous backdrops of the American West. Fans can experience these sights for themselves by visiting some of the show’s real-life filming locations, whether it be the mountains of Utah or the rivers of Montana. It’s a chance to see the landscapes that make the fictional Yellowstone Ranch possible.