Bridger Passage Ranch is a 719± acre mountain foothill property located 25 minutes north of downtown Bozeman along the west face of the Bridger Mountains. The ranch offers varying, rolling topography inclusive of native range, dry cropland, irrigated pasture and an old-growth Douglas fir forest that extends through the riparian corridor. Mill Creek originates in the adjacent national forest in a high basin five miles above the ranch and crashes out of the mountains through this property over granite boulders, adding to the aesthetic amenities and providing irrigation water. The ranch boasts wide sweeping views over the Gallatin Valley and its surrounding mountain ranges from all areas of the ranch, including the modest residence which is perched on a hilltop overlooking the ranch. Rich in wildlife, the ranch supports populations of elk, mule deer, whitetail deer, antelope, bear, partridge and grouse that are all commonly found on the property and contiguous national forest lands. This is an exceptionally livable property located on the threshold of a vibrant mountain community, yet holds a greater level of privacy and the ancillary benefit of exploring the beautiful landscape of the Bridger Mountain Range directly out the back door.
The 719± acres run for roughly two miles east and west, and one-half to three-fourths of a mile in width north to south. The topography as described provides a greater level of privacy yet still allows big views of the mountains and the expansive Gallatin Valley.
In addition to riparian and native range, the ranch has multiple fields historically dedicated to dryland hay and barley crops. There are two areas totaling 84± acres that are under irrigation.
The residence sits atop a hill on the west end of the ranch and has its own direct access off the county road. The newly constructed road leads to a building site tucked up against the forest on the east end of the property and it is also utilized as a means of comfortably accessing the “back” of the ranch and the national forest.
The lands are unencumbered and have seven recorded tracts in the event an owner would want to utilize them for further development or protect them with a conservation easement.
The ranch is located in an area locally known as Springhill. This is a delightful landscape along the western face of the Bridger Mountain Range which rises over 9,000 feet above the valley, feeding tributary waters into the East Gallatin River. The landscape is serene with tall grasses, pockets of aspens and farmland. As one goes north towards Bridger Passage Ranch, the land holdings become larger and increasingly removed from subdivision. Bridger Pass is ideally situated outside of development influences, and protected both by its size and by strong zoning in the Spring Hill area.
Acreage (Deeded & Leased)
Hiking, mountain biking or riding horses on-site is quite enjoyable with all the different views and land aspects on the property. From the back gate, explorers can walk into the national forest which expands north and south for approximately 45 miles. Hardscrabble Peak rises above the Mill Creek drainage to over 9,500 feet and is a favorite location for mountain goats.
Hunting on the ranch and in the national forest is enjoyable. Pursuing Hungarian partridge and mountain grouse is always an option in early fall. A small herd of elk are often found lurking in the forest and feeding on the grain in irrigated fields. They are often joined by mule deer, antelope and whitetail deer. It is also common to find black bear and an occasional moose roaming the area.
Historically, these lands have been grazed by a neighboring rancher. Upwards of 100 or more pairs, depending on range conditions, were brought on in the early summer for a short period of time as the herd transitioned into the grazing permits on the national forest. They were brought back onto the lands again in the fall as they transitioned out. The ranch is perimeter fenced and internally cross fenced to help manage the grazing.
Bridger Passage would make a nice small “executive” ranch, offering hay or grain crops as well as grazing. There is also good demand from local ranchers to utilize the grazing and cropland on a lease or sharecrop basis.
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