Yellowstone’s popularity is undeniable. It was the top-rated TV show last year and is currently considered one of the most influential shows. Much of its success can be attributed to the talented cast who have created captivatingly villainous characters. The cast of the series includes Kevin Costner, Kelly Riley, Luke Grimes, Cole Hauser, Kelsey Asbille, Taylor Sheridan, and Wes Bentley, among others.
The other principal character in the show – the land – draws the attention of the viewers with its rippling rivers and stunning mountain ranges. Authenticity is an essential part of a show that is based on people who are willing to give their all to guard their land.
Today, we’re going to find out the shooting locations of the highly-rated series.
Is Yellowstone filmed on Kevin Costner’s Ranch?
As a ranch owner himself, many fans believe that most of the ranch-based scenes are shot in Kevin Costner’s Dunbar ranch situated in Colorado. In 2000, Costner purchased 160 acres of unspoiled beauty in Aspen, Colorado, and transformed it into a breathtakingly beautiful paradise.
According to online property listings, the Dunbar Ranch, named after Costner’s character in Dances With Wolves, includes a luxurious main residence, a lake house, a river house, a baseball field akin to the one in the movie Fields of Dreams, a sledding hill, and a personal ice rink.
However, amidst the divorce battle with his wife Chris Baumgartner, the Yellowstone star decided to list his Dunbar ranch property for rent. In January, Dunbar Ranch, which boasts 12 bedrooms and 8 bathrooms spread over 6,000 square feet, was put up for rent at a staggering rate of $36,000 per night.
This 160-acre Aspen estate, just a few minutes away from downtown, has been declared the “ultimate luxury retreat”. This property has 24/7 caretakers, a baseball diamond, a sledding area, three Jacuzzis, and can sleep up to 27 guests in comfort.
Yellowstone Shooting Locations
For the first four seasons of Yellowstone, the majority of production took place in Utah, where three sound stages and over twenty locations were utilized. However, since the fourth season, the majority of scenes have been shot in Montana.
The Duttons and their ever-increasing number of enemies have made their home right between two mountain ranges in the Bitterroot Valley. This area, situated just a little less than five hours away from Yellowstone National Park, offers up some stunning views that can be seen in the background of the exciting drama playing out onscreen.
Production acquired a 40,000-square-foot area covering more than one hundred acres in Missoula, Montana. Thus, while the incidents we’re viewing on our TVs might be fictional, they’re occurring in real cities.
The Yellowstone Ranch
Scenes from Dutton Ranch are shot on Chief Joseph Ranch, a functioning cattle ranch located close to Darby, Montana. After Yellowstone’s third season, interior shots of the Dutton log cabin were filmed at Chief Joseph Ranch. The ranch boasts a large 5,000-square-foot mansion and two cabins that are available for rent when there’s no filming.
Broken Rock Indian Reservation
Ten miles outside of Billings, Montana is the Broken Rock Indian Reservation, which is not a set that is used to represent other places for the Paramount Network. Spanning a huge 2.2 million acres, the Crow Indian Reservation is the biggest reservation in the entire state.
In an interview with Variety, AJ Not Afraid, the chairman of the Crow Nation Tribe, remarked that the series offers a more truthful and precise depiction of the current American Indian than what they have seen in the past.
Governor’s Office & Courtroom Scenes
All scenes featuring the Governor’s office and the courtroom are filmed at the State Capitol in Helena, Montana.