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Highland View Ranch

$3,895,000 Whitehall, MT 589± Deeded Acres

Executive Summary

Highland View Ranch consists of 589± acres with endless recreational opportunities. Located on the eastern slope of the Highland Mountains range with commanding views of the Tobacco Root Mountains and the beautiful Jefferson River valley, the property is flanked by larger ranches and has private access to a landlocked piece of state ground. The transportation hub of Bozeman lies within an hour and fifteen minutes of the property and offers over ten airlines with non-stop flights to thirty U.S. cities. The topography and vegetation that the ranch provides are old-growth coniferous trees, mature stands of aspens, and willows lining the Little Fish Creek drainage that runs through the property for approximately one mile. The diverse terrain and habitat provide for abundant wildlife, including elk, deer, moose, and a host of other fauna. The ranch affords a sanctuary to deer and elk, making it attractive to both the sportsman and nature enthusiast looking for a perfect retreat. There is tremendous fishing in the nearby rivers, including the Madison, Jefferson, Beaverhead, Ruby, and Big Hole River. Highland View Ranch is within good proximity to the entertainment and recreational amenities of Bozeman, MT. The ranch also incorporates a wonderful log home with a state-of-the-art off-grid backup power supply. The home is located on the western edge of the property with impressive views of Red Mountain and the Highland range. In addition to the newer log home, the property has a number of turn of the century homesteads and an old stage stop. Highland View Ranch offers a highly requested but limited supply opportunity to own a complete turnkey “move-in” ready mountain ranch retreat.

Just the Facts

  • 589± acres
  • Good big game hunting for elk, mule deer and whitetail deer
  • Contiguous with 640± acre State of Montana ground
  • Timber, grass hillsides, and beautiful meadows
  • Tremendous views of the Tobacco Root and Highland Mountains
  • Within close proximity to several great fishing rivers, including the Jefferson, Big Hole,
  • Ruby, Beaverhead, and Madison Rivers
  • Beautiful log home
  • Complete backup power supply system
  • Year-round access
  • 45-75 minutes from a commercial airport in Bozeman, MT or Butte, MT

Broker's Comments

The Highland View Ranch is a picturesque mountain “getaway” property. It offers the new owner a turnkey, move-in ready opportunity that is in high demand and limited supply. It is remote; yet easily accessible from the transportation hub of Bozeman with over ten airlines with non-stop flights to thirty U.S. cities. The well-appointed log home has outstanding views and includes a fully operational “off-the-grid” backup power supply. The landscape is diverse with a combination of evergreen timber, grassy meadows, dramatic rock outcroppings, and the aspen lined Little Fish Creek providing a sanctuary for the local wildlife, making it attractive to the nature enthusiast looking for a mountain ranch retreat.

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Location

Located just forty-five minutes from the headwaters of the Missouri River and the Jefferson, Gallatin and Madison Rivers in Three Forks, MT, this ranch is very well-positioned near world-class fisheries. Bozeman Yellowstone International Airport is approximately seventy-five minutes from the ranch and is served commercially by ten airlines with non-stop flights to thirty U.S. cities. The nearest commercial airport is located in Butte. More information can be found at www.airnav.com. In addition to commercial air service, Butte provides  an iconic historical experience with all of the needed amenities including the well-known Rib and Chop House. Whitehall, Montana, named for a large ranch home that served as the stagecoach stop, is fifteen minutes from the property and offers dining, several small shops, and schools from PK through grade 12. Also nearby is Lewis and Clark Caverns State Park, home to the beaver slide and other fascinating rock formations. The best ribs around can be found in Willow Creek, Montana, just down the road at the Woolzie’s Willow Creek Café. Three Forks, Montana, is located at the famous confluence of Madison, Jefferson, and Gallatin Rivers. Many historical figures have crossed, camped, or helped build this quaint western town, including Lewis & Clark, John Colter, Jebediah Smith, Jim Bridger, and Kit Carson. Modern amenities including gift stores, an athletic club, coffee shops, banks, churches, taverns, Wheat Montana, tackle shops, and a golf course all serve to enhance the town’s rustic appeal. Schools from PK through grade 12 serve the local community. Bozeman, Montana, is only seventy-five minutes to the east and offers all the modern conveniences that one could ask for. In recent years, Bozeman (population 48,500 plus 16,700 students at Montana State University) has received national notoriety for its scenic location, limitless outdoor activities, and historic downtown area. The cafes and restaurants have become a meeting place for active folks who love the fishing, hunting, skiing, mountain biking, and hiking available in the surrounding area.

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Acreage (Deeded & Leased)

Deeded Acres: 589±
Total Acres: 589±

Improvements

The Highland View Ranch offers a newer custom, completely furnished log home with the following features:

  • 4,400± square foot home built in 2007
  • Three levels
  • Complete off-grid backup power supply
  • Wrap-around deck
  • Panoramic views of the Highland Mountains
  • Three bedrooms, three bathrooms and loft area
  • Two propane tanks totaling 2,500 gallons
  • Radiant floor heating
  • Two car garage
  • Private gated access to property
  • Perimeter fenced

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Fishery Resources

This ideal location has a tremendous amount of quality fishing options within a short drive. The lower Jefferson is minutes from the Highland View Ranch and can have productive fishing at certain times during the year. Additionally, within one hour of the property and offering world-class trout fishing are the Ruby, Big Hole, Missouri, and the Beaverhead Rivers. The Madison, Gallatin, and Yellowstone Rivers are located within one and a half hours of the ranch and are arguably the most famous fly-fishing rivers in the world due to their early notoriety from such legendary fly fishers as Joe Brooks, Charles Brooks, and Bud Lilly, as well as their scenic beauty and incredible numbers and size of trout. For those who wish to get off the beaten path, there are several tributaries, spring creeks, and mountain lakes in the area that will become familiar as these surroundings are explored.

Wildlife Resources

Elk and mule deer are the predominant big game animals found on the ranch, although quality whitetail deer have been harvested as well. Often right from the house, elk can be heard bugling during the early archery season. As the general rifle season opens with hunting pressure on nearby public land, animals move into sanctuary areas such as Highland View Ranch and the game numbers on the ranch increase. With abundant feed, water, cover, and typically minimal snow accumulation, the animals are content to stay on the ranch throughout the season. The contiguous, landlocked state section to the north of the ranch provides access to another 640± acres of similar terrain.

Recreational Considerations

The property offers great hiking, mountain biking, and four-wheeling/trail riding opportunities. The vast mountain ranges, beautiful meadows, long vistas, and lush valleys contribute a multitude of recreational pursuits, including horseback riding, hiking, backpacking, bird watching, swimming, mountain biking, cross country skiing, and just relaxing and enjoying the scenery. The area also includes tremendous trail systems for different recreational opportunities, including, hiking, horseback riding, mountain biking, four-wheeling, and off-roading experiences.


Big Sky Ski Resort, renowned for the most vertical drop in the lower 48 states, Moonlight Basin Ski Resort, and the Yellowstone Club are all within two hours of the ranch. Bridger Bowl ski area, twenty minutes northeast of Bozeman and just over an hour and a half from the property, has a college-friendly and family atmosphere with a light, fluffy snow intimately known as the “cold smoke”. Golf courses are in abundance in the region and competitive courses can be found in Three Forks, Ennis, several in Bozeman, and in the Big Sky area. Public lands surround the area, including access to thousands of acres of national forest and state ground. The west entrance of Yellowstone National Park is within a two-hour drive showcasing hydrothermal features including geysers and mud pots and an abundance of wildlife and physical beauty in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem.

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