Warren Peak, at 10,463 feet above sea level, dominates the view on this ranch. The property is located in an area overlooked by many despite the fact that it has everything a western ranch buyer could want, from easy access off the pavement to a large wilderness area just beyond the doorstep. This property is sizeable for the area with 5,748± deeded acres as well as a full section of State lease for a total of 6,388± acres. With plentiful range, stock water, and 890± acres under irrigation (5 pivots) with solid water rights, this has the potential to be a balanced operation with an estimated carrying capacity of 360 animal units (AUs).Trout Creek flows through the property offering on-site small stream fishing and the views from this place will stop you on a dime. Snow skiing is 30 minutes away at Discovery Basin and it is equidistant to the main stem of Rock Creek, a blue-ribbon trout fishery. The 158,000-acre Anaconda-Pintler Wilderness is your backyard while quaint Philipsburg serves up all the town you’ll need just 15 minutes away.
Just the Facts
- 5,748± acres
- 640 acres State lease
- Drop-dead views
- Large wilderness area a stone’s throw away
- Balanced cattle operation
- Easy access yet private
- Nearly complete guest cabin designed by Candace Miller under construction
Philipsburg, the county seat, is approximately 12 miles to the northeast. Area amenities include Georgetown Lake and Discovery Ski Area, both about 15 miles from the ranch. A lighted 3,600-foot asphalt airstrip, Riddick Field, is located at Philipsburg and provides access for most private aircraft (single and twin engine) other than jets.
The cultural history of the area was established by mountain men, followed by miners, with loggers and cattlemen on their heels. Philipsburg was founded in the late 1800s as a mining town for silver and manganese. It still maintains the oldest continually operating primary and secondary school in Montana. A stable population of over 800 people inhabits this historic and charming mountain mining town. Many well-preserved brick and brightly painted Victorian buildings line its main streets. Bed and Breakfasts, hotels and restaurants offer services to the tourist and locals alike. In addition, an emergency-grade hospital serves the region with a short helicopter ride to the major medical center in Missoula.
Acreage (Deeded & Leased)
Irrigated: 1,228± acres
Forest : 1,876± acres
Farmsites: 4± acres
Other improvements include two single-family homes along with a large shop and other outbuildings.
Within 16 miles of the ranch, Discovery Ski Area and Georgetown Lake also offer numerous additional recreational opportunities including downhill, cross-country, and water skiing together with lake fishing.
Seven hundred irrigated acres are under six center pivots, four of which are gravity flow. There is a 640± acre and state land lease in addition to the deeded acres.
Warren Peak Ranch is currently utilized as a summer grazing operation with three different lessees. It has been stocked at 600 cow/calf pairs for the last two years which is approximated at 75 percent of the full carrying capacity.
Summer grazing operations are ideal in this geography due to relatively short growing seasons. That being said, the ranch could support a 600 head cow/calf operation on a 12-month basis. The operator would need to develop a calving facility if cattle were kept on the ranch year round. Previous operators have historically run 400 cow/calf pairs and 400 to 500 yearlings on a 12-month basis.
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