Beekeeper surrounded by bees at the Moon-Randolph HomesteadLess than two miles from downtown Missoula, history and culture intertwine at an old ranch in the Rattlesnake foothills. The City of Missoula purchased the 470-acre Randolph property in 1996 to preserve open space for animals, plants and people.

The ranch at the northwest corner of the property — continuously cultivated for 100 years by the Moon and Randolph families—gradually began to draw the attention of curious and concerned citizens. In 1998 the NMCDC sponsored a community campaign to preserve the homestead, creating the Hill and Homestead Preservation Coalition (HHPC).


Since 2000, the NMCDC has managed the homestead through a cooperative agreement with the City of Missoula Parks and Recreation Department. This public-nonprofit partnership receives significant support from the private sector and provides an innovative model for collaborative community building.

Click here to visit the Moon Randolph Homestead website



Many thanks to our Moon-Randolph Homestead Supporters and Collaborators:

  • National Trust for Historic Preservation
  • Montana Community Foundation
  • City of Missoula Parks and Recreation Department
  • Five Valleys Land Trust
  • Historical Museum at Fort Missoula
  • Alternative Energy Resources Organization
  • Missoula Historic Preservation Advisory Commission
  • Montana Preservation Alliance
  • State of Montana Historic Preservation Office
  • Wilderness Institute, University of Montana
  • St. Patrick Hospital
  • Rossbach-Brennan Foundation
  • Artcraft Printers
  • Garden City Harvest
  • Home Resource
  • Yellowstone Pipe Line
  • Browning-Ferris Industries
  • Northside Neighborhood Association
  • Westside Neighborhood Association
  • Historical Research Associates
  • City of Missoula Open Space Advisory Committee
  • Environmental Studies Program, University of Montana
  • Montana Natural History Center
  • Save Open Space
  • Missoula City Parks, Recreation and Urban Forestry Board
  • Smart Growth Missoula
  • Montana Conservation Corps
  • Youth Homes, Inc  (and InnerRoads Wilderness Therapy)
  • Steele-Reese Foundation
  • Missoula Conservation District
  • Cinnabar Foundation
  • Celebrate Missoula Foundation
  • Montana Cultural Trust