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For The Love of The Montana Wilderness

NEW Owners of Bar W

“Bill and Barbara Wetzel, nearby Whitefish residents, saw the ranch listed for sale in early 2021. The Wetzel Family quickly decided that this was the next adventure they had been looking for”

-Bill & Barbara Wetzel

Our Story

Bill and Barbara Wetzel, nearby Whitefish residents, saw the Bar W Guest Ranch listed for sale in early 2021. The Wetzel Family quickly decided that this was the next adventure they had been looking for. Bill and Barbara are very family focused so they created their new company, 16 Hands, LLC to represent their family (Bill & Barbara and six children) and purchased the Bar W. Bill and Barbara have an extensive background of working hard, growing a very successful business, and connecting family and friends.

16 Hands, LLC closed on the ranch in March 2021 and hit the ground running! There’s new construction, more horses, big plans for the future, continuing developing what the Leishman’s started, and the desire to build a strong team are at the forefront of the future of the Bar W Guest Ranch.

Bill, Barbara and the Wetzel family are honored to carry on the Bar W torch, and everything that Dave and Janet have created at the ranch. “Their commitment to family, enhancing the offerings for the ranch, and the devotion to the Bar W team are a winning combination for the ranch, its guests, and the community of Whitefish,” said the Leishman family. The Wetzel’s would like to welcome everyone to the family. We’ll take good care of you!

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