Chances are, if you’re a fan of Kevin Costner, the West or Taylor Sheridan, you’ve heard of the hit television series, Yellowstone. Airing on Paramount, Yellowstone is best described as a modern-day western and Costner has even called it his “postcard for Montana.”

While the Bitterroot Valley is known for its stunning landscapes, ranches, small towns and more, it’s also become known as the backdrop for Yellowstone. (Full disclosure: the series has been filmed at a variety of other locations in Montana and Utah, but the backdrop of the Dutton family’s ranch is Chief Joseph Ranch near Darby.)

A screenshot from a recent article on about where Yellowstone is filmed.

If you’ve traveled south on U.S. Highway 93 from Missoula and driven through the 96-mile-long valley, you’ve likely passed Chief Joseph Ranch, which sits at the southern end of Montana’s Bitterroot Valley. The ranch itself is steeped in history (read more about that here) and has incredible views of the Bitterroot Mountains, Bitterroot River and more.

And while Yellowstone has put a Paramount-sized spotlight on our quiet valley, we love that so many people are discovering this place, especially with views like these.

dirt road montana

fly fishing the bitterroot river from a raft

photographer couple in wildflower taking photo of trapper peak montana

If you’re one of the folks who is looking to visit Montana to see where Yellowstone is filmed, we’re ready to welcome you. Start planning your trip at

Up next: stay tuned for our list of Yellowstone-worthy properties to stay in the Bitterroot Valley.