West Yellowstone History & Museums: Railroad Ranch, Island Park Idaho

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Railroad Ranch

Railroad Ranch is a must-see on your West Yellowstone vacation, so you can experience a real working ranch from the early 1900s and enjoy plenty of outdoor recreation.

  • Experience a working ranch from the early 1900s at Railroad Ranch in Harriman State Park
  • Only 37 miles from West Yellowstone
  • Entrance fees are $3 per vehicle to Harriman State Park
  • Do some Idaho hunting or fishing
  • Feel a part of the Old West on a Harriman Ranch trail ride


Railroad Ranch within Harriman State Park is a popular tourist attraction. Created for a recreational retreat for the ranch’s owners, the site has been a sportsman’s destination for plenty of great hunting and fishing.


The Railroad Ranch is located in Harriman State Park, about 37 miles from West Yellowstone on Highway 20.


Harriman State Park is open all year but guided tours of the Railroad Ranch buildings are offered in the summer, on Saturdays (at 10:30 am and 2:30 pm) and on Sundays (at 2:30 pm).


Harriman State Park entrance fees are $3 for each vehicle.

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The Railroad Ranch was begun in 1902 as a working ranch for wealthy gentlemen who were management personnel of the Union Pacific Railroad. The Harriman family deeded the ranch to Idaho in 1977, and today (108 years later) twenty-seven of the original buildings still stand intact and are carefully maintained. The ranch also has an active cattle operation.

Idaho hunters and fishermen come to this area for outdoor recreation, and others come to experience the history. You can take a self-guided tour of the ranch at any time, by just picking up one of the brochures from the visitor center. But there are also guided tours during the summer.

Hire a guide for a horseback ride along a Harriman Ranch trail, or go mountain biking in the area. Winter is a great time for some cross-country skiing on some of the best trails. You won’t want to miss some of the wildflower displays in the spring either.

Other Railroad Ranch Resources

Flagg Ranch

Guest ranch resort at the south entrance to Yellowstone.

Amtrak Empire Builder

The famous rail route serving Glacier National Park.