The Mission Ranch was purchased in 1948 by our grandparents, Florence and Almon Walborn. It has remained in the family ever since.
The ranch was taken over by their daughter, Zena, in 1990. Having been raised on the ranch, she instilled in her three children — Rob Stephens, Darcy LaBeau, and Zena Dell Lowe — a deep and profound appreciation of the rich legacy they had inherited. It had always been their mother’s dream to have the ranch continue in the family. Realizing that her children were not going to become ranchers, Zena came up with the idea of building a lodge to supplement ranch income and open up their vast heritage to the public. Sadly, Zena passed away from colon cancer way too early, and the task of running the ranch fell to the three siblings.
With busy, independent careers of their own, they were fortunate to have an excellent ranch manager, Rich Phillips, already handling the beef side of the operations. However, to help financially support their cattle business, the siblings decided to pursue completing the lodge their mother had built prior to her illness and subsequent death. Their endeavors have resulted in the Mission Ranch Lodge becoming one of the best vacation destinations in the greater Yellowstone area.
We hope you will come and enjoy our lodge and experience life around a working ranch.
Rob, Darcy and Zena