The Elk Horn Ranch is a 160± acre parcel of land situated inside the 13,600± acre Yellowstone Club, the world’s only private golf and ski community. Elk Horn Ranch is within view of Yellowstone National Park and it offers the most exclusive and private location available within the club’s boundaries. This unique holding is one of very few parcels that have direct access into the national forest and adjacent wilderness. The ranch is appointed with a 7,000 sq. ft. residence with a detached garage and second story apartment. It also has a rustic wrangler cabin on the property. In addition there is a large rec room equipped with a kitchen and bathroom, and a barn below. All improvements are of unparalleled quality. The property serves as the ultimate base camp for incredible alpine skiing, superb golfing or touring into the vastly wild and scenic lands of the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem.
The Elk Horn Ranch is located inside the southwestern boundary of the Yellowstone Club directly adjacent to the resort community of Big Sky. The greater area is generally serviced by Bozeman, located roughly 50 miles to the north in the Gallatin Valley. The drive from Bozeman to Big Sky is a beautiful one-hour drive on a paved state highway following the fabled Gallatin River where you will see fly fishermen and rafters. The entrance to Big Sky departs the highway, heading west toward the resort communities and then to the Yellowstone Club. The entrance to the club is through a manned security gate reminiscent of those found in our national parks and is manned 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Elk Horn Ranch has the added benefit of a secondary access gate and paved road located close to the ranch, bypassing the drive through the base area.
Located approximately one hour from the property, Bozeman’s Yellowstone International Airport services commercial flights from United, Delta, Northwest and Alaska Airlines with an ever-increasing list of direct flights that now includes New York, Atlanta and Los Angeles. Two FBOs service private aircraft coming to the area and there is a full fleet of helicopters that provide aerial tours and shuttle services to the club. Recently a US Customs facility was created to provide direct access for international travelers flying private aircraft.
The Big Sky Resort area consists of four separate privately owned entities: Moonlight Basin, Big Sky, Spanish Peaks and the Yellowstone Club. All are contiguous to one another and collectively represent the largest skiable acreage in the Lower 48. Though well established, the resort community is in a growth phase with much of its residential and commercial infrastructure yet to be developed. The ski terrain is world class and is accessed via modern high-speed lifts and a tram that shuttles skiers to the pinnacle of the area: Lone Peak. Truthfully, the “good old days” may actually be today as the massive slopes remain vastly uncrowded leaving skiers to enjoy powder and groomed runs to a much greater level than their counterparts elsewhere in the west. The resort community is moving towards becoming a true four-season destination as it continues to grow and attract golfing enthusiasts, fishermen and adventurers into Yellowstone National Park.
North of Big Sky, Bozeman’s population is approaching 38,000 not including Montana State University’s student population. Bozeman is a vibrant town kept young and active by its students and the volume of recreational opportunities in and around the Gallatin Valley. Bozeman has a charming downtown that has retained its historical integrity and is lined with boutique stores, galleries and a large variety of dining. It’s a casual town where even the finer restaurants are “come as you are.” There are festivals that occur year-round and the area generally services the north and northwest entrances to Yellowstone Park.
There are only five “ranch” parcels that were created within the club. These tracts of land are all 160 acres or greater and were developed for an owner that desired a higher level of privacy than what is found elsewhere in the club. These parcels are forested lands interspersed with grassy meadows and are elevated above the club overlooking the golf course while absorbing the full views of Pioneer, Lone, Cedar and Fan Peaks as well as the more distant Beehive Basin, Spanish Peaks and the north end of the Gallatin Range. Owners also have the privilege of accessing these parcels through their own private gate bypassing the main drive which courses through the village area. Aside from privacy, the advantage of ownership of a ranch parcel is owning a piece of land that is more authentic to Montana insofar as an owner can build multiple structures, own horses and explore trails, yet still absorb all of the high-end amenities offered through the club. Within five minutes of the front gate of Elkhorn Ranch one could be stepping into ski boots, teeing off at the golf course or be seated at a dining table in one of many establishments.
The Elk Horn Ranch Is situated at an elevation of 7,830 feet. Uniquely, the ranch has a trail that courses through the ranch connecting to the Gallatin National Forest and further into the Lee Metcalf Wilderness. This provides convenient saddle-up access into the neighboring public lands expanding one’s recreational opportunities during the snow-free months to explore this rugged landscape. One could also choose to enjoy big game hunting, which is quite rewarding in the backcountry where harvests are hard- earned. It’s interesting to discover how the lands immediately transition from civilized to remote and wild, simply by crossing a fence.
The 160-acre Elk Horn Ranch is accessed through a classic arch entry which leads one down a paved driveway to a 7,000 square foot six-bedroom, seven-bath residence designed by Kirk Michaels and constructed by Highline Construction. The design and craftsmanship in the Yellowstone Club is of the highest level and this residence is on par with the club’s elevated standards utilizing log and stone materials. The main entrance to the house is through a porte-cochère with a heated walkway that separates the residence from the detached two-story garage. As one enters the house they are greeted by a spaciously inviting living room with vaulted ceilings, hardwood flooring, a stone fireplace and large windows framing Lone Peak to the northwest. The living room opens to a large deck, ideal for calm summer evenings. The kitchen is adjacent to the living room featuring rich wood cabinetry, upscale appliances and casual seating options at a bar-height counter. The walk-through kitchen yields to the entertaining-ready bar area which then reconnects to the living room. This home has an excellent “flow” with carefully designed details. The main level of the home also includes a bedroom with a full bath and fireplace, dining room with mountain views, powder room, and an outdoor hot tub.
The house includes two additional levels. The lower level has two bedrooms, each with full bath, a large family room, a sauna, and a laundry and mechanical area. Upstairs, the home includes two more bedrooms, two bathrooms and an office. The upper level is open to the lower level, giving this a “loft” feel. The detached garage features parking for two cars plus additional guest quarters on the second level. The large living area in the guest quarters has an open design with a sleeping loft and a full bathroom.
It should be noted that an owner has the option to construct two additional residences and within the parameters of the covenants, the ranch could be owned by multiple parties each of whom would have their own membership. Conceivably this could be a property shared with an undivided interest amongst friends. The varied terrain and forested hills provide building sites that offer a sense of separation from the existing improvements while enjoying the same outstanding viewshed. Of course, one could choose to expand the existing compound if so desired.
Elk Horn Ranch is ready for horses with a four-stall barn and associated corral system. The corrals are constructed of the same logs used for the jack-leg fence that encircle the building compound. The barn is a two-story structure with a lower level that has a practical application to horses, while the upper level is dedicated to recreational gatherings. The facade and design of the barn is somewhat traditional, however when one enters the upper level the open floor plan is fully set up for entertaining. Large windows bring light and mountain views into this unique living space that is appointed with multiple sitting areas, a bar, a large flat-screen TV and ample room around a billiards table. The room also has a large kitchen and full bath making it ideal for large, festive gatherings.
The Wrangler Cabin:
Adjacent to the barn lays the Wrangler Cabin, providing simple but comfortable accommodations for guests. The one-room cabin was designed and built to emulate the days when Montana was first settled. The hand-hewn logs and covered porch add charm and authenticity while the kitchenette and bathroom provide modern day creature comforts.
The Yellowstone Club was the brainchild of Tim and Edra Blixseth who began to develop the land as the country’s only private skiing and golfing resort community in the late 1990s.
The club is accessed via a secured gated entrance and utilizes nearly 46 miles of private, paved roads. The club has a limited number of residential properties to protect exclusivity and exceptional, highly personalized services. Ownership of real estate is predicated on club membership which includes extended family privileges.
The club employs a professional public safety and security staff, as well as a fully equipped fire department and Emergency Medical Services team able to provide immediate response 24/7.
The club is supported by a variety of commercial infrastructure constructed to the highest level of standards. Most notably, the massive stone and timber 143,000 sq. ft, Warren Miller Lodge was constructed at the base of the ski area providing a long list of amenities. Additionally, there are two mountain lodges and a golf club house, all of which offer five star food and services. The club takes service to the highest level in every regard insuring that owners and their guests are exceptionally well attended to.
The skiing is as good as it gets anywhere in the world and, in fact, is so good that it immediately attracted the attention of renowned filmmaker, Warren Miller. Mr. Miller became the Ambassador of Skiing to the club and he also resides on site. Fifteen high-speed lifts service over 60 trails and 2,200± acres of private powder with a vertical drop of 2,700 feet. On average, the area receives 300 inches of snowfall and, with exceptionally low skier traffic, fresh tracks can be found for days after a winter storm. Additionally, the club offers 2,000± acres of cat skiing inside the resort. The terrain is varied ranging from steep chutes off the east face of Pioneer Mountain to fast cruising groomed runs whose corduroy rarely wears out and powdery glades to a terrain park. Thirty-five percent of the terrain is also geared towards the less-skilled skiers. In a word, for any skill level the skiing is “exceptional”.
Yellowstone Club members also have ski-in access directly into Big Sky, which also provides ski-in access into Moonlight Basin. However, the general public does not have skiing access into the club. It is debatable that there is no better terrain of this scale with as few skiers as this collective resort area.
Golf and Summer Activities
As the winter season ends in mid-April, the club begins to transition into the summer season where golf becomes the primary focus. Designed by former British Open and Senior Open Champion, Tom Weiskopf, the 18-hole course is one of the more dramatic mountain courses in the world. The vistas are spectacular as the course is completely surrounded by towering mountain peaks. Their ruggedness lies in sharp contrast to the immaculately manicured turf of the course. Being located such a short distance from Yellowstone National Park, it should come as no surprise that the course is often shared with elk, moose, deer and even the occasional bear.
Future plans include the construction of a mountain lodge dedicated to the golf course and a performance center that will provide state-of-the-art, 3-D motion capture technology to help members improve their golfing (and skiing) performance. There is also expert instruction available for all levels of golfers.
In addition to golfing there are a multitude of activities at the club through the summer and fall season via the clubs signature lifestyle and recreation concierge program. Group or personalized excursions both on and off the resort property can include hiking and horseback riding, zip-line and climbing, whitewater rafting, and fly fishing both on and off the club’s miles of private streams. The club pays particular attention to family outings making sure that whole families enjoy all of the activities offered, but they also cater specifically to the kids though their camp and field adventure programs.
Taxes - $18,147
Annual Y/C Dues - $32,000
Association POA Dues - $10,000
The Elk Horn Ranch represents the best that Montana has to offer: room to roam, wilderness access, luxury accommodations and the world-class amenities of the Yellowstone Club. The unfettered freedom one experiences through private powder and lonely fairways can only be understood by being there and realizing that there is nothing else on earth that approaches the quality, services and recreational pursuits that Yellowstone Club has to offer.
MANAGEMENT SERVICES – Hall and Hall’s Management Division has a very clear mission – To represent the owner and to ensure that his or her experience is a positive one. Services are customized to suit the owner’s needs. They often begin with the recruiting and hiring of a suitable ranch manager or caretaker and are followed by the development of a management or operating plan along with appropriate budgets. Ongoing services include bill paying, ranch oversight, and consulting services as needed. Even the most sophisticated and experienced ranch owners appreciate the value of a management firm representing them and providing advice on local area practices and costs. Wes Oja and Jerome Chvilicek at (406) 656-7500 or Randy Clavel at (308) 534-9000 are available to describe and discuss these services in detail and welcome your call.
RESOURCE ENHANCEMENT SERVICES – Increasingly the value of a ranch is measured by the quality of each and every one of its resources. Coincidentally the enhancement of a ranch’s resources also increases the pleasure that one derives from the ownership of a ranch. Our management services have included the assessment of everything from wildlife habitat to bird habitat to water resources and fisheries and the subsequent oversight of the process involved with the enhancement of these resources. Wes Oja or Jerome Chvilicek at (406) 656-7500 are available to describe and discuss these services in detail and welcome your call.
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