The ranch is nicely improved as a summer cow camp or recreational retreat supported by a good set of corrals and quality custom-built cabins crafted by renown builders Yellowstone Traditions.
The cabins were built in 2012 and 2014 using logs salvaged from local homestead era structures and masterfully recreated by one of southwest Montana’s finest custom home builders. The cabins are sited in a dense stand of willowed bottomlands. Simpson Creek, a small, perennial spring-fed creek, flows through the bottomland with a native cutthroat trout population. While newly built, these structures appear to have already been on site for over a century – certainly the logs have. They are truly fitting for this location, which seems to be locked in time.
The first cabin is a 400± square foot single bedroom structure with a living area and full kitchen. Like the others, it is rustic with quality finishes and custom cabinetry accented by modern stainless steel appliances, a wood stove and wood flooring. A full front porch enjoys views of the surrounding landscape. Utilities include phone, power and high-speed internet which was recently brought into the valley.
Two additional bunk cabins that are 358± square feet and 475± square feet respectively are also constructed from reclaimed log structures found on site and are essentially one-room sleeping cabins with a large closet and a wood stove. Similar in appearance to the others, they have a full front porch and are all connected via a boardwalk.
A fourth cabin was created of the same look and feel but serves as a bathhouse. This structure includes two identical full bath’s and a laundry room.
An old log barn serviced the ranch near the compound for perhaps a century. Recently, the craftsman at Yellowstone Traditions refurbished and repurposed the barn making it not only attractive, but utilitarian for todays end user of the ranch. The main area now includes four box stalls and a tack room with heavy wood plank flooring which leads out the back into a round pen. The north wing of the barn has its own large entrance door and is used for housing ATV’s and other recreational items. The south wing is similar in appearance with heat and poured concrete floors currently used as a shop but might be used for a variety of things.
Although there is power and internet to the ranch, it is fully capable of off-grid operation with a large new Honda 6500w generator and two functional 500-gallon gas and diesel tanks.
A full set of working/shipping corrals are located near the compound and have been recently upgraded. The ranch is perimeter fenced and cross fenced with the quality of fencing one would expect for a summer grazing operation. It also includes miles of updated interior fencing including attractive jack-leg throughout the area surrounding the compound. The cross fencing allows for moving the cattle from pasture to pasture for effective grazing management.