Where We Are


Wilderness Connection, Inc is located 15 miles north of Gardiner, MT in scenic Cinnabar Basin. Our base of operations is located on the historic Stermitz Ranch. The historic Stermitz Ranch is owned by Rob's parents, Jim and Lorayne Stermitz. The ranch, the oldest in Cinnabar Basin, was "squatted on" by Bob Dixon in 1883. Dixon raised cattle which he trailed to Bozeman for market, often returning broke and without a grubstake after enjoying the bright lights of the city.

Joseph Stermitz, Rob's great-grandfather, immigrated in 1892 to mine coal in Cokedale and Aldridge, Montana. In 1900 he purchased the ranch from Bob Dixon and formally took up homesteader's rights. Over the years he expanded the ranch and developed it into a viable cattle operation.

Located only 4 miles from the border of Yellowstone National Park, our area abounds with game. The area has an abundant population of elk (Yellowstone's northern herd population ranges from 12,000 to 20,000 elk), deer, bear, mountain goats, and sheep.


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416 Cinnabar Road
Gardiner, MT 59030