Yellowstone location: Is Yellowstone filmed on real ranch?September 12, 2020
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Yellowstone season three recently ended on the Paramount Network and fans are eagerly awaiting series four of the show which is currently filming in Montana. Express.co.uk has everything you need to know about the making of Yellowstone.
Is Yellowstone filmed on a real ranch?
Yellowstone is set in the present day in the US and follows the conflicts arising along the shared borders of the ranch.
The Dutton family, led by John Dutton (played by Kevin Costner), owns one of the largest ranches in the US, which is continuously under attack from people on the borders.
Much of the drama surrounds the Yellowstone Dutton Ranch, a fictional ranch neighbouring the Yellowstone National Park in the west of US, largely in the northwest corner of Wyoming and extending into Montana, and Idaho.
While the Yellowstone Dutton Ranch is entirely fictional, the show is filmed on a real ranch in Montana.
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Filming takes place on the Chief Joseph Ranch in Darby, Montana which has been around for centuries.
According to the property’s website, the 2,500-acre ranch was inhabited by the Salish tribe for hundreds of years.
The ranch property was occupied in 1880 and water rights were registered in 1884.
In 1914, the ranch was purchased by glass tycoon William S. Ford and Federal Judge Howard Clark Hollister.
At the time, the ranch was home to a thriving apple tree yard and Ford began to build the Ford-Hollister Lodge on the ranch.
In the early 1950s, the ranch was renamed The Chief Joseph Ranch from The Ford and Hollister ranch in honour of the Native American chief of the Nez Perce tribe.
When filming for Yellowstone is not taking place, the property is open to the public as a guest ranch and a family home.
Today, the ranch is occupied by Shane Libel and his family.
Season four of Yellowstone has begun filming on the Chief Joseph Ranch.
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Speaking to the New York Post in 2018 about filming at the Chief Joseph Ranch, Yellowstone’s location manager Mark Jarrett said: “It was mainly our writer Taylor Sheridan and our production designer Ruth De Jong leading the charge.
“She was wanting the vision to be 360 degrees in any direction. Through [renowned production designer] Jack Fisk we learned how to find scope, scale and true locations. Ruth went to Montana and was set on the Chief Joseph Ranch.
“The studio wanted to have that location in Utah, where most of the filming was done.
“There was a war-room meeting: Do we go up to this ranch or do we Scotch-tape locations together? Find a ranch. Find a mountain. Once we all got to Montana, there was no hesitation. It was so obvious.”
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Filming also takes place in and around Montana and neighbouring state Utah.
The main filming locations include Salt Lake City, Summit, Weber, and Wasatch.
Interior scenes are mainly shot at the Utah Film Studio in Park City.
The fourth series of the show will be filmed exclusively on location in Montana reported The Salt Lake Tribune.
Early in August, The Chief Joseph Ranch Instagram account posted a picture of the entrance to the ranch.
The caption under the photo read: “Welcome to the first day of filming for season four! Despite COVID-19*, we are fortunate to have Paramount back for another great season of filming in the valley. Did you know all of the filming will take place in Montana this year?
*Full medical precautions are being taken on set.”
Yellowstone season 4 is currently in production
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