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Montana Ag: Hidden Hollow Hideaway Ranch keeps tradition alive

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Nestled in the mountains east of Canyon Ferry Reservoir lies a fixture of the American West, Hidden Hollow Hideaway, a 150-year-old cattle and guest ranch.

Kelly Flynn is the owner of the cattle and guest ranch and on a recent October morning, the Flynn family and company prepared to bring the cows down from the summer range in the Big Belt Mountains.

Around 228 head of cattle needed to be moved and prepared for the winter ahead.

Siobhan Flynn is one of Kelly's daughters and believes being a part of the industry is a blessing. So are the many people on hand to help move the cattle.

"You know you see that a lot on the ranch, my cousins come to help and my dad will go help his brothers and we have lots of friends and family that will show up to these big gatherings," she said.

Having a knowledgeable team is important in order to get the calves shipped out.

"A lot of it is a generation team like our family," Kelly Flynn said. "You are looking at four to five generation families that each build to a certain point."

According to Kelly Flynn, some things stayed the same throughout the last 150 years, such as old-fashioned hard work. But technology has also helped Hidden Hollow in modern days.

"The way the world is, it's more competitive than it used to be," Flynn said. "Even a cell phone for the service part that we offer on the ranch and the cattle, I mean, you are just linked to the world almost instantly."

The Hidden Hollow Hideaway Ranch website and social media accounts connect them to the world.

Kelly Flynn added that passing knowledge down to the next generation is important.

"The next generation that comes doesn't have to do it exactly the way you do it but they will understand hard work is important, stewardship of the land is important," he said.

Siobhan Flynn said she wouldn't be the strong woman she is today if it wasn't for the lessons she's learned on the ranch.

"I'm just in awe of everything that I get to see up here, everything I get to be part of," she said. "We are able to take care of the land, to take care of the animals."

It's a lesson her father said is important for the ranch to live on for another 150 years.

"If you don't take care of the land, it won't take care of you."

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