Crazy Mountains View Ranch lies in and above the Yellowstone River Valley, between Montana’s largest transportation centers of Billings (56 miles) and Bozeman (90 miles). The small town of Big Timber, located at the confluence of the Boulder and Yellowstone Rivers, is 29 miles to the west. Columbus is 12 miles to the east at the confluence of the Stillwater and Yellowstone rivers.
The Billings Logan International Airport is a 60-mile drive east of the ranch and is the second most active airport in Montana. Its airlines include Allegiant, Delta/Delta Connection, Alaska/Horizon, Cape Air, and United/United Express with daily non-stop service to many US and Montana cities. Edwards Jet Center is a high-quality FBO that handles private aircraft.
The Bozeman Yellowstone International Airport is a 90-mile drive west of the ranch. It is the busiest passenger airport in Montana and sixth busiest in the Pacific Northwest, serving the Greater Yellowstone region. Five airlines offer numerous daily flights. The airlines are Allegiant, Delta/Delta Connection, Alaska/Horizon, Frontier, and United/United Express. They provide non-stop service to Phoenix/Mesa, Las Vegas, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Portland, Houston, Chicago, New York City-LaGuardia, Newark, Salt Lake City, Seattle/Tacoma, Minneapolis/St. Paul, Atlanta, and Denver. These non-stop flights are subject to the winter and summer schedules of each of the respective airlines. Bozeman Yellowstone International Airport also has two first-class FBOs, Yellowstone Jet Center (a Signature facility) and Arlin’s Aircraft, to service private aircraft.
Private aircraft up to the size of small jets are accommodated at the Big Timber Airport or the Woltermann Memorial Airport in Columbus.
Crazy Mountains View Ranch overlooks the Yellowstone River from the mountain foothills south of the river. The Yellowstone River begins its journey in Yellowstone National Park and continues through Montana almost to the North Dakota border, where it confluences with the Missouri River. The Yellowstone Valley contains some of Montana’s most productive agricultural land along its entire length. The Yellowstone River is the longest undammed river in the lower 48 states and is as untamed as it was when Captain William Clark headed downstream over 200 years ago.
The ranch’s location in the valley places it between two significant tributaries of the Yellowstone, the Boulder and Stillwater rivers, which originate in the Absaroka-Beartooth Mountains and flow north to join the Yellowstone. The snow-capped Beartooths and Absarokas lie to the south and the Crazy Mountains to the west.
The nearest town is the tiny community of Reed Point, which lies on the Banks of the Yellowstone River and is the home of the Great Montana Sheep Drive each Labor Day weekend. Columbus is 12 miles to the east and is a full-service community with a population of approximately 1,900. Columbus serves as a gateway to Yellowstone National Park, the Absaroka-Beartooth Mountains, and the Beartooth Highway, which is one of the most scenic routes in Montana.
Big Timber is on the south side of the river 29 miles west of the ranch. Big Timber is a small agricultural town with a variety of overtones related to fishing, hunting, and outdoor recreation that has attracted absentee owners. The Grand Hotel on the National Register of Historic Places with its attractive rooms, bar, and gourmet restaurant brings many travelers off the highway and acts as a social center for many of the area residents.