Staff and Ranch History

Welcome to Sun West Ranch! Located in the breathtaking Madison Valley, Sun West Ranch invites us all to make our home here and immerse ourselves in its landscape. Montana is still the new frontier!  Our land is rich with history, abundant wildlife, and some of the most breathtaking scenery you will ever find.

In the eyes of many of its owners, this 2,000+/- acre ranch is nearly perfect. With an abundance of wildlife throughout the ranch, it also borders three miles of the Madison River. With its recent land acquisition,  it now has land on both sides of the river and will always have deeded access to the nearby highway.

Our ranch bears a history that goes back to the Native Americans who left open evidence of their presence that has been preserved to this day. After the advent of the European migration in the 1800’s, it became a working cattle ranch. It was homesteaded by Sam Shelton, who was a hard-working rancher and a part of the history of the Madison Valley. One of Sam’s original cabins is still present on the ranch to this day.

The land was conceived, purchased, planned and developed as a ranching community by Ted and Heidi Gildred in the 1990’s. Governance of the development is now under the full control of its property owners’ association. We share 55 home sites. They have been carefully selected and sited to preserve our privacy and feeling of seclusion. The homesites range in size from four to eleven acres. We share and enjoy over 1700 acres of common land. We enjoy access to many thousands of acres of public land to our west. The ranch is managed for us by a full-time ranch manager that maintains and oversees the community.

The ranch is proud to be a Certified Undaunted Land Steward. Undaunted Stewardship® is a cooperative program directed jointly by Montana State University (Bozeman), the federal Bureau of Land Management and the Montana Stockgrowers Association, with guidance from national and Montana conservation and agriculture groups. Undaunted Stewardship® came from Montana’s ranching and agricultural community and was initiated to recognize the stewardship of private landowners that has resulted in many areas along the Lewis and Clark Trail remaining undeveloped and closely resembling what Lewis and Clark saw during their expedition through the state. The program works to preserve and improve landscapes and communities along the Lewis and Clark Trail in Montana.

Kyle Gerlach – Ranch Manager


Kyle grew up on a ranch in Baltimore County, Maryland where he gained hands-on experience in raising beef, rodeo livestock as well as training horses. His work experience  has involved property management and the oversight of numerous building projects. He has been a self-employed contractor specializing in “green building” techniques, managing tradesmen and sub-contractors.  He also brings extensive experience operating and maintaining farming equipment, bulldozers, backhoes, and skid steers in addition to snowplows and other large equipment.  He brings welding expertise along with his maintenance ability. Kyle has guided guests on trail rides, camping expeditions and whitewater rafting. He is a Naui certified scuba instructor and has trained clients for scuba certification. He and his wife Carley have twin daughters, June and Penny. Carley is a teacher in Ennis and filling in as the office manager at Sun West.

Other Staff

Assistant Manager – Joe Bauer
Horse Program Coordinator – Conan Pole
Horse Program Seasonal Wrangler – Piper Ward
Office Manager – Schuyler Knaub

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Emergency & Utility Services

Office Hours

Summer (May - October):
9 AM - 5 PM Monday - Friday

Winter (November - April): Winter office hours are subject to change based on ranch activity.

Phone, Fax & Email

Phone: (406) 682-4831
Fax: (406) 682-3769​

Ranch Manager Cell: (406) 579-5288
Ranch Assistant Cell: (406) 579-2411

Physical & Mailing Address

Sun West Ranch
3 Gildred Lane
​Cameron, MT 59720

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