The Rocking Four A Ranch consists of 1,027± acres bordering the Bitterroot National Forest, located on the coveted west side of the Bitterroot Valley. Offering a scenic redoubt among some the strongest wildlife populations in the west, the property provides immediate access to a full array of goods and services while providing privacy and seclusion. Located five minutes from historic Stevensville and 35 minutes from Missoula and its commercial air service, the Rocking Four A offers the best of both worlds – world-class western scenery and lifestyle in a location where modern conveniences and strong school districts are readily available. The property has outstanding hunting for elk, whitetail and turkey and supports a herd of around 150 head of cattle on a seasonal basis.
The Rocking Four A Ranch is located in western Montana’s Bitterroot Valley, approximately two miles south of the community of Stevensville, Montana’s oldest incorporated community, and 18 miles north of Hamilton, the valley’s largest community with a population just under 5,000. Commercial air service is provided at Missoula by Delta, United, Allegiant, Frontier and Horizon, a subsidiary of Alaska Airlines, while the nearby Ravalli County Airport is a private, jet-capable airstrip with a 4,200 foot runway and 24-hour FBO services.
The Bitterroot Valley is arguably the most beautiful valley in Montana, if not the Northern Rockies. When combined with its immediate accessibility to modern goods and services, it is hard to find a more desirable setting. The towering, jagged peaks of the Bitterroot Mountain Range meet the western edge of the valley, while the eastern edge of the valley is graced with the gentler horizon of the Sapphire Range. The Bitterroot Range is also the eastern edge of the largest wilderness complex in the lower 48 states. The Selway, Frank Church and River of No Return Wilderness Areas total nearly 3 million acres of wild and scenic terrain serviced by an extensive network of trails that originate along the valley’s western flank.
The Bitterroot Valley is one of the more populous valleys in Montana and therefore offers an array of services that is often lacking in more remote locations. The valley is dotted with pastoral Montana towns, the largest of which is Hamilton located approximately 20 minutes south of the ranch. Finally, the literal and figurative heart of the valley is the Bitterroot River itself. Running over 75 miles in a northerly direction, it provides legendary dry-fly fishing from March through October, an unusually long season that owes its existence to the Bitterroot’s mild climate. The nearby Lost Trail Powder Mountain Ski Area, located about 50 minutes to the south, provides reliable, high-quality alpine and cross-country skiing in a family-oriented setting.
The Rocking Four A rises to the west from Salish Trail, a well-maintained county road that serves as the eastern boundary to the property. A custom metal security gate with a large artistic depiction of bull elk greets one’s arrival on the property. From the gate, a good gravel road leads to the west and into the heart of the property, traversing the northern edge of a quality irrigated pasture that has been used for hay production in the past.
The majority of the property occupies the valley floor, marking the western edge of the Bitterroot Valley and the transition zone between meadows and the forested hillsides that lead up the western ramparts of the Bitterroot Mountains. From the eastern gate to the western boundary and United States Forest Service border, the property stretches two miles as the crow flies. The bottom - or eastern - third consists of open irrigated meadows. As one rises in elevation, the middle portion of the ranch is characterized by a mix of mature ponderosa, Douglas fir and western aspen, while the western most quarter-mile transitions into steeper, forested ground where the valley bottom gives way to steeper slopes. This mix of habitat types makes for one of the most diverse holdings in the area and is favored by a wide range of wildlife. A variety of springs and seeps makes for a lush landscape as well as providing water for livestock and wildlife. Improvements currently occupy an elevated position near the transition from meadow to timber, and provide sweeping views to the east. Watching the seasons change across this beautiful vista is one of the great surprises the property offers.
The flowing water on the property is considerable as well. Four drainages bisect the property: Sharroott Creek, Silverthorn Creek, Kennedy Gulch and Million Gulch. A new pond, recently stocked with fish, is in the middle portion of the ranch and acts as an additional wildlife attractant.
Approximately one-and-three-quarters mile of forest service border allows access to many additional acres for recreational use. At the extreme western edge of the property, a forest service road (gated and locked from autumn through spring) winds back-and-forth across the boundary and leads deeper into the Bitterroot on an extensive network of old logging roads.
The improvements on the ranch were designed to provide maximum utility to the current and future owners. A 36’ x 78’ combined shop and living quarters blends beautifully with the landscape and offers a spacious three-bedroom, two-bath apartment that occupies the entire second floor and consists of approximately 2,200 square feet. Quarter-sawn floors and custom woodwork provide a rustic feel while preserving all the amenities of a modern home.
The master bedroom, with walk-in closets, takes advantage of its location on the east end of the building and has a spacious walk-out deck from which to enjoy morning sun. On the opposite end of the building, the open floor plan kitchen/living area has a deck with exterior stairs that leads to a separate outside entrance. On the first floor, a fully set up shop environment boasts multiple side rooms for storage to support whatever activities takes the owner’s fancy.
The hunting enthusiast will be thrilled with a full 8’x 8’ walk-in cooler and processing kitchen adjacent. This building is supported with two 1,000-gallon buried propane tanks, a wood boiler and back-up generator. An audio-enabled picnic pavilion was added recently on the south side of the main building.
Secondary features of this building include extra insulation, a heat pump system, forced-air heat and laundry facilities. The entire structure is wired for sound and the driveways are fully curbed.
Additional outbuildings include a 36’ x 48’ shop and a 50’ x 120’ open-sided hay and equipment storage. All structures were built new in 2011 and 2012.
The current owners of the Rocking Four A run about 100 head of yearlings on their irrigated pastures and lush uplands, with plans to increase their numbers in the year ahead. Between the naturally occurring springs and seeps that dot the mid-elevations of the ranch, and the water rights that flood irrigate the lower meadows, there is ample forage for a small cattle operation as well as the abundant wildlife.
The wildlife habitat on the ranch is as rich and varied as any in Montana. A host of native species call the Rocking Four A home, including a nice resident herd of elk, large whitetail, moose, black bear, mountain lion, Merriam’s turkey, bald eagles and more. The forested land is a combination of diverse deciduous understory, Douglas fir, ponderosa pine and aspen.
The sportsman and sportswoman will easily be able to fill their quota of big game licenses within the property’s confines on an annual basis. If that should not prove an adequate challenge, the three million acres of public wilderness that borders the ranch will. Backing on national forest for 1.75 miles, the Rocking Four A is the gateway to the largest publicly-designated wilderness in the lower 48 states. The Selway/Frank Church/River of No Return wilderness areas comprise a vast stretch of uninterrupted wild country running from Highway 12 just north of the ranch to central Idaho.
Fishing is one of the major recreational resources of the Bitterroot Valley. The Bitterroot River, a few minutes’ drive from the ranch, is a well-respected world-class fly-fishing river flowing south-to-north through the valley for over 70 miles until its confluence with the Clark Fork of the Columbia River in Missoula. It has an exceptionally long dry-fly season with the legendary Skwala hatch beginning in mid-March, and October caddis lasting late into the autumn. Rainbow and brown trout up to 28 inches in length are occasionally landed here as well cutthroat trout up to 21 inches or more.
Trailheads accessing this wild country begin less than five minutes from the ranch and, indeed, one need not even begin there with immediate access to national forest available directly from the ranch’s western boundary.
Taxes for the Rocking Four A Ranch are approximately $4,637.
Water rights dating to 1910 irrigate the lower portions of the ranch, while additional rights are established for a domestic well and stock water. Details are available upon request.
The Rocking Four A is an exceptionally large holding for the Bitterroot Valley. With its desirable westside location minutes from downtown Stevensville, close proximity to the Missoula Airport and national forest borders, there are few comparable properties in western Montana available today. Combined with outstanding wildlife values and quality improvements, the hobby rancher, sportsman or sportswoman will find abundant reasons to linger.
- 1,027± acre on west side of Bitterroot Valley
- National forest borders
- Excellent hunting for elk, whitetail, turkey and bear
- Improved wildlife habitat with pond, springs and enhanced forage areas
- Elevated position on west side provides panoramic views
- Five minutes from Stevensville and supermarkets, cafes and general services
- Well-established water rights provide excellent irrigated pasture
- Runs over 100 yearlings
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 Justin Bryan at (325) 260-5883 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, Jerome Chvilicek or Dan Bergstrom at (406) 656-7500 or Justin Bryan in our Abilene office at (325) 260-5883 are available to describe and discuss these services in detail and welcome your call.
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