Hardscrabble Ranch Bozeman Mt

Hardscrabble Ranch: The Perfect Mountain Wedding Venue

General Overview of the Space

Nestled at the base of the Bridger Mountains on Brackett Creek, Hardscrabble Ranch is a beautiful guest ranch just thirty minutes away from either Bozeman or Livingston, Montana. The ranch offers stunning views of Ross Peak and is conveniently close to Bridger Bowl, providing a tranquil yet accessible venue for various group gatherings, from weddings to corporate retreats​1​. This unique venue was an easy choice for our best wedding venues list!

Hardscrabble Ranch Photos

Photographs by Charles Moll Photography

Hardscrabble Ranch spans 78 acres and includes two lodges, 15 glamping tents, an outdoor patio, cooking area, a fire pit, and a 4800 square foot barn with a dance floor. The venue also boasts two miles of hiking/biking trails, and Brackett Creek meanders through the property, adding to its charm. The perfect backdrop for any event, Ross Peak lends itself to stunning photos and unforgettable memories​​.

One thing I love about this venue is the proximity to Bridger Bowl. For couples looking for a more adventurous mountain top ceremony, they can have an intimate elopement at Bridger Bowl, and then a bigger reception at the Hardscrabble Ranch.


The Hardscrabble Ranch offers a variety of amenities that cater to different event needs. For accommodation, the ranch provides two lodges that can sleep up to 24 guests, making it a great choice for intimate gatherings​​. The lodges come with eleven bedrooms, six bathrooms, fully equipped kitchens, living spaces, and even a game room​2​.

For guests seeking a unique outdoor experience, the ranch offers glamping tents during the summer. These tents, situated along Brackett Creek, come with comfortable King beds, a covered deck, and Adirondack chairs, allowing guests to relish the beauty and serenity of Mother Nature​​.

Hardscrabble Ranch Glamping Tents

Photographs by Charles Moll Photography

The venue provides tables, chairs, and place settings for up to 150 people as part of the site fee, and has the capacity to handle up to 300 guests​. An arch, audio equipment, dance floor, and tents are also available to aid in the organization of events​​. Each of these is a huge benefit to couples since many venues don’t offer tables, chairs, and other accessories. While the initial venue cost may be higher, this always saves couples money in the long run, unless you are wanting to rent a certain type of chairs or tables.


The pricing at Hardscrabble Ranch varies depending on the season and the type of event. In the peak season, which is from June through September, the starting price for a reception is $4,500, while the starting price for a ceremony is also $4,500. In the off-peak season, which runs from October through May, the starting price for a reception is $3,500, and the starting price for a ceremony is $3,000​​.

The lodges can be rented for $800 per night with a two-night minimum stay for accommodation. For groups exceeding forty guests (ages 4+), an additional fee of $40 per person per night is charged​.

For events with 100 guests, pricing ranges from $7k to $8k. The ranch can comfortably accommodate up to 300 guests, making it a versatile venue that can cater to events of varying sizes​​.

At Hardscrabble Ranch, not only do you get a stunning venue with a variety of amenities, but you also get a dedicated team ready to ensure your event runs smoothly. Whether it’s a wedding, a family reunion, or a corporate retreat, the ranch offers a unique and memorable setting for any occasion. For the most up-to-date info and booking info contact the Hardscrabble Ranch.

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