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The Lodge at Sun Ranch Prepares to Open; Represents an Expansion and
Renaming of the Original Papoose Creek Lodge Located On a Sustainable
Ranching Operation in Southwestern Montana

CAMERON, Mont., March 25, 2008 - A uniquely American twist on the eco-lodge concept, The Lodge at Sun Ranch offers pampered seclusion in the heart of the real-world Sun Ranch sustainable ranching operation in southwestern Montana's breathtaking Madison River Valley. The U.S.'s newest eco-lodge, slated to open June 1, 2008, combines exceptional service, chef-prepared local and organic gourmet meals and guided backcountry adventures with serious environmental preservation practices and green education.

An intimate luxury accommodation, The Lodge at Sun Ranch caters to a mere 16 guests at maximum capacity, surrounded by the 26,000-acre Sun Ranch in Cameron, Montana. The ranchlands are part of the greater Yellowstone ecosystem, abutting the Lee Metcalf Wilderness Area, and encompass unique and important wildlife migration routes between the Madison and Gravelly mountain ranges.

The Lodge at Sun Ranch represents an expansion, relocation and renaming of Sun Ranch Group's original hospitality operation, the award-winning Papoose Creek Lodge. Relocated to the ranch's main house, the new lodge boasts 10,000 square feet of space and offers guests six guest rooms and suites in the main building and two freestanding cabins, as well as expanded common areas including a larger kitchen, dining room and wine cellar -- while incorporating the same outstanding recreational opportunities, service and commitment to sustainability that built the Papoose Creek Lodge reputation.

The Sun Ranch Group is an “eco-enterprise” that is built on four pillars: 
  • eco-tourism (The Lodge), 
  • holistic cattle ranching (Sun Ranch Agriculture), 
  • limited conservation development (The Sun Ranch Settlement), and a 
  • non-profit research institute (Sun Ranch Institute). 
These four companies work together under the Sun Ranch Group umbrella to improve the environment, enhance our local community, and preserve Southwestern Montana’s way of life and wildlife.

Lodge Eco-features

  • Conscientious decision making. We take a blended value, or double-bottom line approach to each and every decision. Examples include: sourcing from local producers and artisans, purchasing in bulk to minimize wasteful packaging, utilizing reusable and recyclable materials, and purchasing organic and fair trade products.
  • Green building techniques. The Lodge’s eco-renovation made use of pre-existing structures, recycled building materials, and local contractors. The end result is a Lodge whose “footprint” is considerably less than that of a new lodge building.
  • Farm-to-table culinary program. The Lodge’s kitchen produces gourmet meals prepared from local, natural, free-range, and organic products.
  • Guest education. The “Guest Speaker Series” is a weekly event when local scientists, naturalists, artists and outfitters are invited to discuss their work in the Madison Valley, their concerns about issues facing Montana, and their hopes for the future.
  • Traveler’s Philanthropy program. Guests contribute their financial support to local causes. “Books for the Library” is our most popular philanthropy program, where guests help raise money for the new Ennis Library by purchasing books from The Lodge’s shelf of recommended reading (titles nominated by Sun Ranch staff).
  • Conservation member and collaborator. The Lodge is a member of 19 local conservation organizations, including: Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, Madison Valley Ranch Lands Group, and The Trust for Public Land.
Sun Ranch Eco-features
  • Water exchange program. Sun Ranch donated a 10-year lease to Trout Unlimited to free the tributary creeks and streams that were once used for irrigation. Today, these drainages flow unimpeded into the Madison River, reopening historic trout spawning grounds and injecting the river with fresh, cold water vital to the Madison’s health.
  • Barbed wire fence replacement. The ranch has worked in conjunction with Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation to take down over 40 miles of wildlife-unfriendly barbed wire fencing. In its place, the ranch put up a minimal amount of fencing by creating larger, less divided grazing pastures. Making use of un-barbed, hi-tensile, removable fence the 5,000 elk that winter on Sun Ranch are now able to migrate freely according to natural rhythms.
  • On-going range enhancement improves the land and watersheds, creating better cattle and wildlife forage along with better water for the Madison Valley.
  • Ongoing scientific research to establish economically and environmentally valid sustainable ranching techniques for the good of the ranching community as a whole.

The Lodge at Sun Ranch and the Sun Ranch 1,500-head holistic ranch operation, along with the nonprofit Sun Ranch Institute, are part of the Sun Ranch Group, a fully sustainable "conservation enterprise" built around environmentally credible practices in real estate, agriculture and recreation. Sun Ranch Group also includes the Sun Ranch Settlement, a minimal residential real estate community; Sun Ranch Construction, which oversees construction of homes using green building techniques and materials; and Sun Ranch Group Conservation and Consulting Service, which helps other land owners and businesses employ Sun Ranch Group's innovative market-driven conservation business model.

For additional information on The Lodge at Sun Ranch, visit or call 406-682-3030.


The Lodge at Sun Ranch


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