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Established in 1928, and owned and operated by the Heckman family since 1969. Benchmark Wilderness Ranch brings you to the heart of Montana's Big Sky Country. The ranch is now headed by Darwin Heckman, his wife Shellie, and their three sons Bridger, Cade, and Walker. Darwin has been a licensed outfitter for over twenty years and is very knowledgable of the area. We offer a variety of wilderness adventure trips as well as family vacation packages. We specialize in backcountry big game hunting, fishing, and summer pack trips. Our unique surroundings give us access to some of the best wilderness adventures anywhere. If you're looking for untamed wilderness, crystal clear lakes, and wild, relentless streams, you'll be right at home at the Benchmark Wilderness Ranch. The Bob Marshall Wilderness Area stretches for some 60 miles across the Continental Divide, this roadless wilderness area lies within the Flathead and Lewis and Clark National Forests. Living among the century old Ponderosa and Lodge Pole Pine, are three of the states largest elk herds. Higher up, in the treeless slopes of the high country, lives the states largest herd of bighorn sheep. The 1000 foot vertical cliffs, known as the "Chinese Wall", is home to numerous mountain goats. The meadows explode with pink and yellow monkey flowers, and Indian paintbrush. Within the tumbling mountain streams and clear cool lakes that dot the Bob Marshall Wilderness, you'll find one of the last strongholds of the native black spotted cutthroat trout. Thriving populations of rainbow trout, brook trout, and bull trout help make this vast wilderness area a fisherman's paradise. Numerous pack horse trails, forest service trails, and old Indian trails wind through the range and are perfect for family hikes and trail rides. Through all the years we've been packing and taking guests on adventures, we've put together some first class family friendly summer and fall vacations that take you your friends/family through some of the most scenic country there is. If a backcountry trip isn't for you our homey guest cabins are a perfect place to spend some quality, stress free time with your family. We have plenty of activities right around the ranch like trail riding, hikes, and five-star fishing to make your stay with us very memorable and fun. For all you big game hunters out there our hunting trips are in a class all by themselves. So what are you waiting for! Join us at the Benchmark Wilderness Guest Ranch.
Gateway to the Bob Marshall Wilderness Area