Elk Peak Ranch

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Elk Peak Ranch

  • Elk Peak Ranch

Elk Peak Ranch - Recently Sold

$4,625,000
White Sulphur Springs, Montana

Elk Peak Ranch, located immediately south and east of White Sulphur Springs, lies in a valley of virtually untouched landscapes along the Castle Mountain Range, an area dominated by large working cattle ranches. It is comprised of 2,764± deeded acres in one contiguous block consisting of timbered hillsides, rock canyons, and mountain meadows and parks. Numerous vantage points offer big views of the surrounding mountain ranges and the Smith River valley. A small creek flows through the ranch for 2.5± miles creating a rich riparian corridor which provides habitat for an abundance of wildlife including elk, mule deer, antelope, bear, mountain lion, raptors and grouse. A newly built cabin with attached garage creates a home base and equipment storage while utilizing the property and the adjoining Lewis and Clark National Forest.

Location: 

Located nine miles outside of White Sulphur Springs and six and one half miles from a paved and lighted 6100’ X 75’ jet capable airstrip, the Elk Peak  Ranch lies approximately 1.5 hours’ drive from commercial air service in Bozeman and just over an hour’s drive from Helena which also offers commercial air service. The ranch is accessed from paved State highways 12 and 89 and there are no public roads through the ranch. Most services are available in “White Sulphur” which is the county seat for Meagher County with a population estimated at just shy of 1,000. These services include banks, grocery stores, restaurants, motels, a movie theater, a small hospital as well as a variety of shops and services that one might expect in a small Montana community. Major services are available in Bozeman and Helena.

Locale: 

White Sulphur Springs lies close to the headwaters of the Smith River. It has historically been primarily a ranching community but, in recent years with the increasing popularity of fly fishing and river floating, it has become something of a recreational mecca for people embarking on the 5 day float through the Smith River Canyon which begins a short drive north of town. The area also offers both fly fishing and big game hunting and has begun to attract nonresident landowners as well as a growing interest from tourists passing through the area as they look for the most scenic route between Yellowstone and Glacier National Parks. There is a strong sense of community in White Sulphur. The town and surrounding ranch owners support a variety of local enterprises like the local hospital which is critical in a community of this size that is relatively far removed from other major towns. The Red Ants Pants Festival held every summer in a “cow pasture” just outside of town hasfeatured such notable musicians as Lyle Lovett, Taj Mahal, Merle Haggard and Emmylou Harris. It is a fun filled family style gathering complete with food, camping and nonstop dancing. It draws people from all over the United States. The proceeds go to support the community.  Skiing is easily accessible from the ranch at Showdown Ski Area about 30 minutes’ drive to the north. To the south one can also access Bridger Bowl Ski Area in about an hour’s drive. It is fair to say that White Sulphur Springs is generally considered to be an area of large ranches that tend to remain in stable hands over generations. A few have passed into nonresident hands but they have tended to increase in size and are operated seriously. One of the great benefits of the area is that it is “off the beaten path” but is rapidly growing in popularity as witnessed by a number of notable ranch sales over the last 10 years. Certainly its considerable amenities are fast being recognized.

General Description: 

There are 2,764± acres of deeded land that make up the Elk Peak Ranch. A good road system provides for accessibility to the majority of the ranch. The confluence of the east and west forks of Cottonwood Creek is on the property bestowing healthy habitat for numerous varieties of wildlife. Rolling timbered hills, native grass pasture, deep canyons and high plateaus create the diverse topography of the Elk Peak Ranch. The adjacent Lewis & Clark National Forest offers coniferous forest, woody valley bottoms, high mountain peaks and lush grassy meadows reaching across thirteen counties and seven mountain ranges giving access to thousands of acres of additional wildlife habitat and recreational opportunity. Elevation on the Elk Peak Ranch reaches 7,000 feet allowing vistas of the Big Belt Mountains, Castle Mountains and the Smith River Valley. The area has a fairly mild climate with average snowfall ranging 6”-9” inches in the winter months with a  high number of sunny days. Summer temperatures typically run between 80 degrees Fahrenheit during the day to the low 50s and high 40’s at night. 

Acreage: 

2,764± acres of deeded.

Acreage Breakdown: 

The following represents an approximate breakdown of the deeded acreage:

Mountain Foothills Rangeland: 1,129 acres

Timber Lands:  1,635

TOTAL:  2,764± acres of deeded.

Improvements: 

Built in 2013, the garage was built for year-round use and customized specifically for this location. The 3-bay garage doors are custom designed and there is corebond insulation throughout the entire building. Upstairs is an apartment with a master bedroom complete with walk-in closet, one additional bath, and a bunk room accommodating four beds. There is a full kitchen with range, microwave and dishwasher, Amish hard-scrape flooring, and carpeting throughout the apartment. It is complete with an electrical heating system and wood-burning stove, a washer and dryer, spring-fed water with a custom filtration system and cable/internet/cell booster.

General Operations: 

The Elk Peak Ranch is conservatively grazed, but the main focus of the ranch is hunting and wildlife. The current owner leases the Ranch to a local rancher who runs about 300 pairs that arrive in early May and stay through August 1st. There is a Forest Service Grazing allotment permit that allows for nine head for three months.With high quality feed and good water the Elk Peak Ranch is considered excellent summer and fall cattle country. With high cattle prices expected to remain for a number of years, summer grazing is in high demand and commands increasingly high prices. 

Water Resources: 

The confluence and the east and west forks of Cottonwood Creek run the through the Ranch for 2.5± miles.  There are six stock tanks, which run off of Cottonwood Creek and two additional springs providing excellent water throughout the Ranch.             

Fishery Resources: 

Located 20 minutes from the Elk Peak Ranch is the legendary Smith River.  A river known to fly fishermen particularly for the section downstream of Camp Baker, which is the put-in for the 60-mile float for which the Smith River is famous.

There are other opportunities upstream of Camp Baker on a stretch of the river that is rarely floated because of the size of the stream and minimal public access. This portion of the river is characterized by big bends, cut banks, shallow riffles and dark holes. The fish are numerous and the trophy brown trout potential is excellent. Spring and early summer is the best time for the biggest fish and late summer and early fall hopper fishing can be explosive.

In addition to a whole host of recreational pursuits located near the property, there are a handful of rivers and creeks to fish within a short driving distance. The Shields and Yellowstone Rivers are located within an hour of the ranch and are arguably some of the best fly fishing rivers in the state.  

The Missouri River, 90± minutes from the ranch, has the tail-water section of the river below Toston dam and offers world-class fishing for large brown and rainbow trout. For the lake fisherman, Canyon Ferry Lake is 30 minutes from the ranch and boasts exceptional fishing for a variety of species including walleye, trout, northern pike, brook trout and Kokanee salmon.

There are many mountain lakes in the nearby National Forest including a unique group of lakes that overlook the property and offer productive trout fishing. Access can be had by 4-wheel drive, horses, biking or hiking.

 

Recreational Considerations: 

Home to some of the best elk habitat in the area, the Elk Peak Ranch could be one of the best elk hunting properties available on the market today. The ranch is well-located and contains all of the things that elk need and love: food, cover and water. Carefully managed with selective cattle grazing practices, and given the varying terrain and habitat, the property feels and hunts much bigger than it appears. Good elk numbers are found during both archery and rifle season. It is not uncommon to see 200-300 head on the ranch and at times over 400 head depending on conditions. With strategic hunting plans and designated sanctuaries, the elk are almost always on the ranch during hunting season. The hunting pressure from outfitters in the area and neighbors cause the elk to seek refuge on the property. With the high elk numbers in the area, it is possible for one to obtain two elk licenses per hunter per season (one bull/cow tag and one cow).

In addition to elk, the property has been well-managed for other wildlife including large Mule deer. Because the owners have been careful to take management bucks over the last 5 years, the genetics and age class have seen tremendous improvement.  Every year there are bucks in the 180 BC class seen on the property.  Only two trophy bucks, one grossing around 180 BC, have ever been shot on the ranch. There is a high population of black bears with all color phases as well as good numbers of Ruff and Blue grouse and occasional Sage Grouse. Opportunities for hunting are endless between Elk Peak Ranch and the bordering National Forest.

Not only does the area offer exemplary nearby skiing at Bridger Bowl, but there is always a plethora of outdoor activities in the area. Snowmobiling is a favored pastime and a group called the Meagher County Little Belters organize events in the neighboring Little Belt Mountains. Horseback riding, cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, hiking, backpacking, biking, wildlife viewing, camping, etc. all can be enjoyed on the Elk Peak Ranch or within the neighboring thousands of acres of Lewis & Clark National Forest. The Red Ants Pants Music Festival, at the end of July, draws many music lovers to the small town of White Sulphur Springs. There is also a Fun Run, Labor Day Rodeo, 4th of July parade and numerous other community events. 

 

Taxes: 

Approximately $1,110.05 per annum based on recent history.

Broker Comments: 

Elk Peak Ranch offers an owner an exceptionally complete Montana mountain ranch that lies in a solid, contiguous deeded block near one of Montana’s well regarded ranching and recreational communities. The ranch has 2 and 1/5 miles of common boundary with the Lewis and Clark National Forest in an area not easily accessed by the public which, because of its excellent habitat, makes Elk Peak Ranch one of the best elk hunting properties on the market today.  The property feels and hunts much bigger than it appears and includes opportunities for trophy mule deer as well. The easy access to the serenity, beauty and privacy of Elk Peak Ranch is indeed a rare find.

Ranch Operations: 

The Elk Peak Ranch is conservatively grazed, but the main focus of the ranch is hunting and wildlife. The current owner leases the Ranch to a local rancher who runs about 300 pairs that arrive in early May and stay through August 1st. There is a Forest Service Grazing allotment permit that allows for nine head for three months.With high quality feed and good water the Elk Peak Ranch is considered excellent summer and fall cattle country. With high cattle prices expected to remain for a number of years, summer grazing is in high demand and commands increasingly high prices. 

The Facts: 
  • 2,764± deeded acres within the Castle Mountain Range
  • Borders state land and Lewis & Clark National Forest 
  • Cottonwood Creek meanders through the property for 2.5± miles
  • Excellent elk hunting as well as home to mule deer, black bear, mountain lion and mountain grouse
  • Quality-built 3-bay garage with custom-made doors and a second-floor apartment with master bedroom and bunk room, including outdoor deck and custom amenities; built in 2013
  • Majority of the ranch is perimeter fenced
  • Inspiring, panoramic views of both the Castle Mountain Range and Big Belt Mountains
  • Within 1.5 hours of two of Montana’s most recognized cities, Helena and Bozeman, and their commercial airports
Additional Services: 

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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SPECIALIZED LENDING - Since 1946 Hall and Hall has created a legacy by efficiently providing capital to the intermountain west. In addition to traditional farm and ranch loans, we specialize in understanding the unique aspects of placing loans on ranches where value may be influenced by recreational features, location and improvements and repayment may come from outside sources. Our extensive experience and strong relationships with our lenders allows us to quickly tell you whether we can provide the required financing.

Competitive Pricing • Flexible Terms • Efficient Processing
In-House Appraisals • Common Sense Underwriting
Dave Roddy • (406) 656-7500
Mike Hall or Judy Chirila • (303) 861-8282
Randy Clavel • (308) 534-9000
Monte Lyons • (806) 698-6882

Disclaimer: 

Following is a Montana law required disclosure.

UNDERSTANDING WHOM REAL ESTATE AGENTS REPRESENT

Montana law requires that BUYER’s and SELLER’s be advised about the different types of agency relationships available to them (MCA § 37-51-102 & 37-51-321).  A real estate agent is qualified to advise only on real estate matters.  As the client or as the customer, please be advised that you have the option of hiring outside professional services on your own behalf (legal and tax counsel, home or building inspectors, accountant, environmental inspectors, range management or agricultural advisors, etc.) at any time during the course of a transaction to obtain additional information to make an informed decision.  Each and every agent has obligations to each other party to a transaction no matter whom the agent represents.  The various relationships are as follows:

SELLER's Agent:  exclusively represents the SELLER (or landlord).  This agency relationship is created when a listing is signed by a SELLER/owner and a real estate licensee.  The SELLER's agent represents the SELLER only, and works toward securing an offer in the best interest of the SELLER.  The SELLER agent still has obligations to the BUYER as enumerated herein.

BUYER's Agent:  exclusively represents the BUYER (or tenant).  This agency relationship is created when a BUYER signs a written BUYER-broker agreement with a real estate licensee.  The BUYER agent represents the BUYER only, and works towards securing a transaction under the terms and conditions established by the BUYER and in the best interest of the BUYER.  The BUYER agent has obligations to the SELLER as enumerated herein.

Dual Agent:  does not represent the interests of either the BUYER or SELLER exclusively.  This agency relationship is created when an agent is the SELLER's agent (or subagent) and enters into a BUYER-broker agreement with the BUYER.  This relationship must receive full informed consent by all parties before a "dual-agency" relationship can exist.  The "dual agent" does not work exclusively for the SELLER or the BUYER but works for both parties in securing a conclusion to the transaction.  If you want an agent to represent you exclusively, do not sign the "Dual Agency" Disclosure and Consent" form.

Statutory Broker:  is a licensee who assists one or more of the parties in a transaction, but does not represent any party as an agent.  A licensee is presumed to be acting as a “statutory broker” unless they have entered into a listing agreement with the SELLER, a BUYER-broker agreement with the BUYER, or a dual agency agreement with all parties.

In-House SELLER Agent Designate:   is a licensee designated by the broker- owner/manager (of the real estate brokerage) to be the exclusive agent for the SELLER for a specific transaction in which the brokerage has the property listed and the BUYER is working directly through the same brokerage also.  This agent may not act on behalf of any other member of the transaction and works for the benefit of the SELLER, but still is obligated to the BUYER as any SELLER's agent would be.

In-House BUYER Agent Designate:   is a licensee designated by the broker- owner/manager (of the real estate brokerage) to be the exclusive agent for the BUYER for a specific transaction in which the brokerage has the property listed and the BUYER is working directly through the same brokerage also.  This agent may not act on behalf of any other member of the transaction and works for the benefit of the BUYER, but still obligated to the SELLER as any BUYER's agent would be.

Subagent:   is an agent of the licensee already acting as an agent for either the SELLER or BUYER.  A "SELLER agent" can offer "subagency" to an agent to act on his behalf to show the property and solicit offers from BUYER’s.  A "BUYER agent can offer "subagency" to an agent to act on his behalf to locate and secure certain property meeting the BUYER's criteria. 

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NOTICE: Offering is subject to errors, omissions, prior sale, change or withdrawal without notice, and approval of purchase by owner. Information regarding land classifications, acreages, carrying capacities, potential profits, etc., are intended only as general guidelines and have been provided by sources deemed reliable, but whose accuracy we cannot guarantee. Prospective buyers should verify all information to their satisfaction. Prospective buyers should also be aware that the photographs in this brochure may have been digitally enhanced.