If you would like to add a very special twist to your Montana
adventure … join your hosts and their mule teams for a scenic carriage ride through the Jeffers ranch and wildlife areas. Much of the land around The Jeffers Inn
is open meadowlands with the Madison River
and many tree lined creek tributaries bringing in the important element of water.
The wildlife here is extensive and very visible year round. You may see White-tail
and Mule Deer, Moose, Elk, Antelope
, endangered Sandhill Cranes
along with other migratory and song birds. We often have Bald
and Golden Eagles
around the Inn. The Madison River offers these majestic birds food and nesting opportunities.
Bird watching is very good from The Jeffers Inn and in the surrounding Madison Valley
. In the Spring and again in September and October wild Trumpeter Swans
, Snow and Canadian Geese
are in the flyway over The Jeffers Inn
. These birds put down to rest as they move south for the winter in the grain/alfalfa fields around the Inn. It is very easy to see and hear these magnificent birds up close.
It’s not all about the large bird either. Here at The Jeffers Inn we are visited by Humming Birds
, and hang feeders for them and the songbirds. In summer the hummers put on a show of speed and beauty for our guests.
At The Jeffers Inn we don’t just love the birds. Bats can be seen emerging from the Bat Boxes
attached to the house. The bats migrate here from the south and help to keep the bugs under control. We rarely have mosquitoes … but have bug spray just in case.
Mammals large and small are also present around the Inn. They include: Black Bears, Otters, Coyotes, Foxes, Beavers, Porcupines, Badgers, Raccoons, Rabbits
and the ever-fragrant Skunks
. Very rarely seen in our area, but very much in our thoughts, are Wolves, Cougars, Lynx
. If you are a bird watcher, or big game lover – it’s here for you, all seen at the speed of a horse drawn vehicle