‘Yellowstone’ TV: Here’s Where the Show Takes Place in Montana

by Madison Miller

The cast, the acting, the music and the dramatic plot makes “Yellowstone” one of the most popular series on television.

However, that mountain view certainly doesn’t hurt either. While there’s a lot that goes on in the show from rivalry to shootings to family issues, sometimes it’s nice to take a moment and appreciate where it all goes down.

The show is named after Yellowstone National Park. This is because the Dutton ranch in the show is in Montana bordering the national park.

Where Is It Really Filmed?

Is the show actually filmed in Montana?

According to Good Housekeeping, the show is filmed in 20 locations throughout Montana and Utah. The most popular locations are Salt Lake City, Summit, Weber, and Wasatch.

The Salt Lake Tribune said that season 4 will be exclusively shot in Montana. So what you see on the show is really what you’re getting. When it comes to filming, Kevin Costner said that it is shot more like a movie than a TV show.

While the show used to have more locations, they are down to one. Hopefully, the ranch and house will serve as enough setting for the drama.

“Yellowstone” is one of the largest productions that Paramount has ever done. The show has clearly been worth the production, with high rankings and millions of viewers tuning in live to watch.

“The goal is to make it look like a movie every week. When you sit down and watch ‘Yellowstone’ next summer, we want you to feel like you’re watching a big movie,” David Schwarz, Paramount spokesman, told The Salt Lake Tribune.

Other people on set have said that the show “shoots like a feature.”

Staying at the ‘Yellowstone’ Dutton Ranch

If you’ve spent a good portion of your time, especially your quarantine, gazing at the scenery (no, I don’t mean Kevin Costner) and have become mesmerized by the mountains and the valleys, there is a special deal in place.

All the way until this month, people can rent out two of the small log cabins on the property. Fans would know them as Ben Cook Cabin and Fisherman’s Cabin.

The stay is one of luxury and remote wilderness adventure. So, while there are large cabins that sleep eight guests with full kitchens, there’s also a full ranch and mountains in the distance to explore.

The reservations got booked immediately through 2020, however, the ranch sign that’s up front is a nice place for fans to snap a picture. Even though this opportunity is gone for 2020, there is a possibility the Dutton ranch will be open for visitors again.

In the meantime, filming for season 4 just wrapped up and fans are anticipating the next season after being left with a huge cliffhanger. With such a real location for the show, it just adds to the realism.

“All the exteriors of Montana. It’s just so beautiful up there. On the ranch, we actually filming where it’s actually set. It’s almost like the most central character. You step outside and you see running horses … [Taylor Sheridan] is a huge fan of authenticity he wanted us to all really understand what we were getting into,” Costner said in an interview with Vanity Fair.

The property itself on the show boasts massive houses and smaller cabin-type homes.

History Behind the Ranch Location

So, who owns these houses?

The house is a 5,000-square foot mansion that is located on Chief Joseph Ranch in Darby, Montana. It was built originally for William Ford in the early 1900s and when filming isn’t happening Shane and Angela Libel live on the property.

If you’ve ever stayed in the Old Faithful Inn in Yellowstone National Park or even the lodges in Glacier National Park, then the style of these lodges will look very familiar.