Montana

 

At Erik's Ranch in Montana, we will create an environment that offers individuals with autism a safe and comfortable living space; opportunities for rewarding, challenging and exciting careers; and leisure activities to be shared with family, friends and volunteers from around the world. Achieving a life full of promise and possibility that allows individuals to live life on their terms is what Erik's Ranch is all about.

The ranch in Montana's beautiful Paradise Valley near Bozeman and Yellowstone National Park will be home to 42 residents. The spectacular scenery - snow-capped mountains, meandering rivers and abundant wildlife that inhabit this region - is just one of the many treasures this destination location has to offer. Touted as one of the most extraordinary places to live in Montana, Paradise Valley is our home and we are thrilled.

Just 50 minutes from the Bozeman International Airport and 40 minutes from downtown Bozeman, our location is perfect for visits from family, friends and the thousands of voluntourists who vacation in Montana every year.

Living Accommodations

Upon completion of the Ranch, each residence at Erik's Ranch will house eight individuals in private living spaces, along with a shared kitchen, lounge and laundry. Our accommodations will be beautifully and sensitively designed with our members in mind.

Each private-living space will have a kitchen, den and comfortable bedroom with a sitting area, bathroom and ample closet space. By bringing their own furniture, members can personalize their new home.

Our 230-acre property at Erik's Ranch will include a full-sized pool, riding stable, greenhouse, activity and fitness centers and miles and miles of trails. Outdoor recreation abounds on and around the ranch for those who enjoy contemporary, comfortable Western-style living.

Working Opportunities

Individuals with autism often have difficulty finding/sustaining work or are relegated to performing meaningless tasks. At Erik's Ranch, we recognize that these individuals have the talents and skills to engage in careers that are more rewarding. To that end, we'll offer gratifying onsite working opportunities for members as well as off-site possibilities developed in partnership with the neighboring community.

At Erik's Ranch, we offer adults with autism unique work opportunities that are related to running the ranch:

  • Artist/Musician in Residence
  • Building, Grounds or Pool Maintenance
  • Environmental Researcher
  • Equestrian Groom
  • Event Planner
  • Experience Guide
  • Facilities Management
  • Historian
  • Horticulturist/Gardener
  • Personal Concierge
  • Recreational Coordinator
  • Sous Chef
  • Tour Guide

Recreation

In addition to the breathtaking views from the property, this location in Big Sky country is the backdrop for endless recreational opportunities. With our proximity to Yellowstone Park, Bridger Bowl and the Gallatin National Forest, hiking, fishing, skiing, kayaking and other activities are close at hand. Planned onsite amenities include a riding arena, indoor/outdoor pool, a fireside coffee bar and lounge, an open air plaza, volunteer center with meeting facilities and a restaurant. Sharing this incomparable setting and these activities with others will create memories and relationships that last a lifetime.

Members and visitors will enjoy many exciting leisure activities and special events available at the ranch and surrounding areas:

  • Biking
  • Boating/Canoeing/Kayaking
  • Fishing
  • Hiking
  • Horseback Riding
  • Gardening
  • Gourmet Dining/Cooking
  • Massage
  • Music/Theater
  • Pack Trail Rides
  • Proximity to Bozeman and Yellowstone National Park
  • Skiing
  • Spelunking
  • Swimming