The 3,070± acre Cove Canyon Ranch sits just 20 minutes west of downtown Billings. Straddling the watersheds of Canyon and Little Cove creeks in the Yellowstone River breaks, the ranch comprises a signature terrain of wide-horizon prairie, intimate coulees and sandstone grottos. Nighttime brings countless stars in a limitless sky and fast-moving weather. The ranch includes 2,340± deeded acres and a 640± acre land-locked state lease. Under conservation easement itself, and bordering neighboring land also under conservation easement, the property’s easternmost 80± acres are uneased. In addition to an elegant 4-bedroom home with fine finishes, there is a 30X60 foot barn, built from reclaimed grain elevator timbers. You will find both expansive vistas and intimate nooks amid its mix of ponderosa-filled canyons, rocky rims, rolling grasslands and juniper coulees sprinkled with springs and ephemeral streams.
Just the Facts
- 20 minutes from downtown Billings, MT
- 2,340± deeded acres
- 640± acre State lease
- Elegant four-bedroom home
- View of multiple mountain ranges
- Diverse topography with meadows and coulees
- Functional and well-kept outbuildings
- Strong numbers of deer, upland birds and turkey
Amidst its history and natural abundance, Cove Canyon Ranch is a tastefully improved and conveniently located property that is found only minutes northwest of the Billings city limits. The property encompasses a signature terrain of coulees, prairie and sandstone outcroppings stretching approximately five miles in length and one mile in width. As you access the ranch from highway 302 and travel to the improvements via a well-constructed drive, you will be amazed by the privacy of the home’s location and its intimate pastoral views.
The ranch has been owned over the past 130 years by just two families going back to its original homestead days. Uniquely positioned at the end of the road between grasslands to the east and jagged mountains to the west, the ranch affords distant views of six mountain ranges. The tasteful and well-built improvements seem a “world away” yet they are minutes to Billings’ best restaurants, shopping, airport and world-class health care. Cove Canyon Ranch is a place where you can retreat, a place where you can connect, and a place you can call home.
Learn about the locale
The Cove Canyon Ranch is conveniently accessed off Highway 302 by a privately maintained gravel road. Only a few miles beyond Billings’ highly acclaimed Yellowstone Country Club, the ranch is minutes from downtown Billings. Billings, referred to as the “Magic City,” is Montana’s largest city and offers a variety of supplies and services including one the region’s largest commercial airports. Delta, United, Allegiant, and Horizon Air provide multiple flights each day to their hub cities of Salt Lake, Seattle, Minneapolis and Denver.
The ranch is a historic space, owned over the past 130 years by just two families going back to its original homestead days. Many of the original large land holdings have been broken into small to medium-sized ranches due to recreational activity and proximity to Billings. As close as the ranch is to Montana’s largest commerce hub, old homesteads dot the secluded valleys and windmills mark old wells. The past holds the whispers of countless seasons and ancient memories of a time when Chief Joseph’s Nez Perce people skirted the land’s western flank as they fled the US Army on their flight to Canada.
Billings is the largest trade center in the area which includes northern Wyoming and the western Dakotas. The city is experiencing significant growth with the addition of many new restaurants and hotels along with numerous museums, galleries and theatres. The new Billings Public Library is making a name on the national stage. It was voted one of the most beautiful libraries in North America and is one of seven libraries selected for the 2016 American Institute of Architects annual Library Building Awards. The two major medical facilities employ nearly 6,000 people, creating the largest medical center between Salt Lake City, Denver and Seattle. The prominent business community in Billings provides services in accounting, law and banking.
Rainfall (in.) 14.3
Snowfall (in.) 56.9
Precipitation Days 97
Sunny Days 205
Avg. July High 86
Avg. Jan. Low 13.9
Comfort Index (higher=better) 61
UV Index 3.8
Elevation ft. 3,308
Learn more about the property
Acreage (Deeded & Leased)
- 2,340± deeded acres
- 640± acre State lease
Deeded Acres: 2,430±
State Leased Acres: 640±
Total Leased Acres: 640±
Total Acres: 3,070±
* All acreages are approximations.
The main house is an elegant but functional 4-bedroom, 2-½ bath home with over 2,000 square feet on the main floor and an additional 2,000± square feet in a full basement. The home features recovered timbers, granite kitchen, wood fireplace with native rock, and sweeping views from the dining room and master bedroom. Built in 2000, the wood frame house has an asphalt shingle roof and Masonite siding, along with a ground source heat pump and radiant in-floor heating.
The barn is a 30X60 square foot structure built from reclaimed grain elevator timbers. Situated a few hundred yards from the house, the barn sits next to a corral and loafing shed where you can keep hay, horses or equipment.
All mineral rights owned by Seller shall be transferred to Buyer at closing.
Taxes are estimated at $3,491 based on previous years.
Learn about the recreational amenities
Cove Canyon Ranch offers excellent opportunities for wildlife watching and hunting. Antelope and deer are consistently browsing the native grasses and finding refuge in its quiet hideaways. Over 90 species of birds, including several species of game birds, frequent the ranch with Merriam’s turkeys being the most abundant. Aside from its many species of birds, which includes both bald and golden eagles, there are many predators such as bobcats and coyotes which haunt its edges and seams, waiting for a chance to feast on a prairie dog or rabbit.
Cove Canyon Ranch is a great place to horseback. If you wish to “cowboy” and ride in private and scenic country, this ranch will grant the wish. If you are more comfortable hiking and biking, the ranch provides undulating terrain that will allow you to stretch your legs. Either way, exploring the intimate landscape will be a timeless reminder of what the original homesteaders found in these hills a century ago.
Learn about the general operations
The property is well set up for recreation and has been in the same family for over 20 years. During those years the ranch has been enjoyed as a family gathering spot where Easter Egg hunts, birthdays and weddings still echo.