Yellowstone is a popular American television series that airs on the Paramount Network. The show follows the Dutton family, who own and operate a ranch in Montana. The series has been incredibly popular since it premiered in 2018, and fans like me are always curious about its actual location. So where was Yellowstone filmed?

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Where Was Yellowstone Filmed?

The majority of Yellowstone filming location is in Montana, specifically in the town of Park County. This includes the Yellowstone season 4 filming locations.

Some of the exterior shots of the Dutton ranch were actually filmed at the Chief Joseph Ranch, which is a working cattle ranch that is open to guests.

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In addition to Montana, some scenes were filmed in Utah and Wyoming. The town of Jackson Hole, Wyoming was used for some exterior shots.

Utah Film Studios

Where was Yellowstone filmed in Utah? Another film location is the studio complex in Park City is home to both the Main Set and the Nickolaus Clubhouse. The Nickolaus Clubhouses serve as Dan’s lodge in both the TV show and movies.

The Yellowstone Story

Where does Yellowstone take place? The popular CBS drama Yellowstone is set in the fictional town of Paradise Valley, Wyoming. The series is about the Dutton family who owns the largest contiguous ranch in the United States of America. They are constantly under threat by those who want to take their land and their way of life. The show is a drama that follows the lives of the family members as they try to protect their land and themselves.

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The Yellowstone Cast

Some of the main cast members include:

  • Kevin Costner (John Dutton)
  • Luke Grimes (Kayce Dutton)
  • Kelly Reilly (Beth Dutton)
  • and Wes Bentley (Jamie Dutton).

There are a number of other guest appearances by other actors.

Here’s a great video trailer which is an intro to the Yellowstone series:

The Directors and Writers of Yellowstone

The Yellowstone TV series is directed by several directors including Taylor Sheridan. He is also the writer of the series. He has directed many films such as Wind River and Sicario.

All Yellowstone Directors

  • Stephen Kay (15 episodes)
  • Taylor Sheridan (11 episodes)
  • Christina Alexandra Voros (8 episodes)
  • Guy Ferland (5 episodes)
  • John Dahl (4 episodes)
  • Ed Bianchi (2 episodes)
  • Ben Richardson (2 episodes)

The Yellowstone Writers

Because I support the Writers Guild of America and believe the writers should have recognition, here are all the listed writers of Yellowstone.

  • John Linson
  • Taylor Sheridan
  • Brett Conrad
  • John Coveny
  • Eric Jay Beck
  • Ian McCulloch

Cameras and Lenses Used to Film Yellowstone

Yellowstone was filmed on an Arri Alexa Mini
  • Arri Alexa Mini (A Netflix Approved Camera)
    • Zeiss Ultra Prime
    • Angenieux Optimo Lenses
  • Arri Amira
    • Zeiss Ultra Prime
    • Angenieux Optimo Lenses
    • Leitz SUMMILUX-C lenses

Fun Facts About the Yellowstone TV Series

It was once rumored that Kevin Costner’s daughter was a member of the cast. But I can put that rumor to rest. She is not part of the cast. At least not yet.

Yellowstone is also not based on a book or a true story. It’s a fictional series created and developed by John Linson and Taylor Sheridan.

Yellowstone Awards 

The series won five awards and 26 nominations. The awards the series won include the Cinema Audio Society Award in 2022, the Western Heritage Award in 2019, 2020, and 2021; and the AARP Movies for Grownups Award in 2022.

What is Montana Famous For?

One of the most famous places in Montana and the United States is Yellowstone National Park! It is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the United States, and for good reason. The park is home to some of the most stunning scenery in the country, as well as an abundance of wildlife. While much of Yellowstone was filmed in Utah, the majority of the exterior shots were actually filmed in Montana. Bozeman is the closest city to Yellowstone, and it makes for a great base camp for exploring the park.

Unique Places to Visit in Yellowstone

If you want to experience what it feels like to wake up in the middle of nowhere, head out to the Montana ranch where guests can stay overnight. Located outside Bozeman, MT, guests can enjoy the views of the Gallatin National Forest and the Madison Valley. All of the cabins are rustic log cabins that come complete with fireplaces, beds, and bathrooms. You’ll even find a hot tub on site.

The Chief Joseph Ranch offers a variety of activities including horseback riding, fishing, hiking, swimming, and much more. If you’re looking for a place to relax, there are also hammocks scattered around the property.

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Dutton Ranch Cabin Rentals

Book a cabin for you and your family. Each cabin can sleep 8 guests and comes with a full kitchen and outdoor grill. But there are only two cabins so booking ahead is essential. There are also no tours available without a reservation.

How Did The Dutton Ranch Become Known as Chief Joseph Ranch?

The ranch was originally named the “Shelton Ranch.” In 1871, it was purchased by William S. Ford, who owned several ranches in California. He sold the property to Judge Howard Clark Hollister in 1877.

In 1890, the ranch was bought by Charles W. Bowers, who changed the name to the “Chief Joseph Ranch.” Bowers had been born into slavery in Kentucky, but he became one of the wealthiest men in Montana. He built the ranch up over the next few decades, including adding a large mansion, stables, and corrals.

After his death in 1920, the ranch was passed down to his son, John L. Bowers. When he died in 1940, the ranch went to his daughter, Mary Jane Bowers. She married Robert E. Lee, Jr., and together they ran the ranch until her death in 1970. After she died, the ranch was inherited by her husband, Robert E. Lee III.

Robert E. Lee III was a successful businessman and rancher. He worked hard to preserve the land and protect wildlife. He named the ranch after the famous Native American chief, Chief Joseph.

Is The Ranch A Real Working Ranch? 

The Duttons are known for owning a massive ranch in Montana. They even opened it up to tourists. There are actually three ranches – one of which is located inside Yellowstone National Park. There are no fences separating the properties, and you can ride horses across the property lines.

Frequently Asked Questions About Yellowstone

Is there a Dutton Ranch in Montana?

Yes, there is a Dutton Ranch. The real Dutton Ranch is in Darby, Montana. It also has cabins available for rent.

Is the Dutton ranch based on a real family?

The answer is no. However, the home is a real family home located at the Chief Joseph Ranch in Darby, Montana.

There are plenty of reasons to visit Montana, the area where Yellowstone is filmed, and Yellowstone National Park. It’s a perfect family vacation because there are so many outdoor activities.

So in conclusion, where is Yellowstone filmed? Park County, Montana and at the Chief Joseph Ranch which is a working cattle ranch.

Additional Film Location Resources

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  1. Really fascinated by the ability to rent Dutton Ranch cabins! How does one go about booking, and what’s the ballpark price range? I’ve been looking for unique stays in Montana, and this sounds perfect. Also, any tips on the best time of year to visit for the full Yellowstone experience?

  2. The choice of cameras and lenses for Yellowstone truly showcases the power of visual storytelling. The landscape shots must be epic with the gear they’re using. I’m assuming they went with high dynamic range cameras to catch those stunning Montana skies. Any specifics mentioned on the models used?

  3. Absolutely love how the article dives into the Yellowstone TV series! The insight on the filming locations and behind-the-scenes on the cast and crew paints a rich picture of the production. It’s details like these that make me appreciate the show even more.

    1. Samantha, you seem to really know your stuff about TV shows! Got any recommendations on similar series I should check out?

    2. Hey Jeremy, glad you asked! If you love Yellowstone, you might want to check out ‘Longmire’ or even ‘Hell on Wheels’. Both have that gritty drama vibe mixed with stunning visuals. Happy watching!

  4. The transition from the Dutton Ranch to being known as Chief Joseph Ranch is a fantastic piece of history. It’s these nuggets of historical context that add depth to the show for me. Wonder if the show delves into that history in any of the episodes?

  5. The article mentions the types of cameras and lenses used to film Yellowstone. As a photographer, I’m particularly interested in the lens choices for those breathtaking landscape shots. Do they mention the specific lens specs used for those scenes?

  6. Montana’s famous for some pretty cool stuff if this article’s anything to go by. Yellowstone’s got to be on the list for my next road trip. Any tips on less known spots in the park that are a must-see?

  7. While the directors and writers of Yellowstone certainly deserve praise for their work, I think it’s crucial to also acknowledge the role of editors and cinematographers in creating the series’ distinctive aesthetic. The article mentions the cameras and lenses used, but does it go into detail on the editing techniques and cinematography styles employed throughout the series?

    1. That’s an interesting point, Elise. Knowing more about editing techniques could really help understand what makes Yellowstone visually unique. Did you find other resources that go into those details?