Bridger Peaks Ranch

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Bridger Peaks Ranch

$1,090,000
Sedan, Montana

A rare offering in the Sedan area north of Bozeman, Bridger Peaks Ranch is flanked to the west by the Bridger Mountains and the south by Battle Ridge. The 161± acres lies in a largely untouched valley amongst large, generational cattle ranches.  The privacy is spectacular, only surpassed by the 360 degree views. Bridger Peaks Ranch provides the perfect setting for a vacation refuge or year-round residence.  Located 25 miles from Bozeman and only 2 miles from National Forest access, one can enjoy proximity to a diverse cultural and entertainment hub as well as the vast solitude of the wilderness at your back door.

Location: 

For anyone interested in spectacular granite mountain peak views from a creek side homesite just 35 minutes from one of Montana’s most cosmopolitan towns, the Bridger Peaks Ranch is it. Heading east from the town of Bozeman on rural Highway 86 is one of the most scenic drives in and around the Gallatin Valley. The route follows Bridger Creek through scenic Bridger Canyon toward the stream’s headwaters in the Bridger Mountains. About 15 miles from town one passes Bridger Bowl Ski Resort, a favorite destination for winter recreation. Continuing beyond Bridger Bowl, you will feel as if you are returning to a Montana of yesteryear, wildly scenic and largely unblemished by residential development. After crossing over Battle Ridge you descend into the community of Sedan, which lies on the westerly edge of the Shields Valley. With the Bridger Mountains to the west and the Crazy Mountains across the valley to the east, the Sedan area offers some of the most striking vistas to be found anywhere in Montana.

Just west of Sedan and 25 miles from Bozeman is the Bridger Peaks Ranch. At approximately 5800 feet in elevation, the 161+/- acres lie near the base of the Bridger Mountains. Two streams, The North Fork and South Fork of Carrol Creek, join on the property, flowing from west to east as they descend toward Flathead Creek and eventually the Shields and Yellowstone Rivers. The ranch sits at the foot of the stunning east-facing Bridger Range and also overlooks the Shields Valley with the often snow-capped Crazy Mountain Range in the distance.

The ranch offers numerous building sites which capitalize on the sweeping views and stream amenities. With National Forest access a mile away and Bridger Bowl Ski Resort just 10 miles, the ranch is an ideal launching point for year-round outdoor recreation. The short 25 mile drive into Bozeman provides an ideal combination of rural living and nearby cultural amenities.

Locale: 

Bridger Peaks Ranch lies 35 minutes from the town of Bozeman. Bozeman (estimated population 38,695 as of 2012) 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 people who love the fishing, hunting, skiing, mountain biking and hiking available in the surrounding area. Bozeman also serves as a retail center for southwest Montana, with a combination of specialty shops, well known retail chains and a complete assortment of big box merchandisers. Montana State University (enrollment of approximately 15,000 students) is located in Bozeman. As is customarily found in college towns, the University brings a diversity of culture and entertainment to the community. Local residents gather to support their MSU Bobcats, particularly when they face their arch rival, the University of Montana Grizzlies.

The community of Sedan lies northeast of Bozeman approximately 25 miles. Sedan was originally a dairy community that had its own cheese factory, school, post office, church and sawmill. Today approximately 70 residents call Sedan their year-round home and it is predominately cattle country with many large, generational ranches. Just northwest of the property, the Flathead Pass area served as a passage over the Bridger Mountains for the Flathead Indians making the journey west.

Approximately 20 minutes to the east lies the small ranching community of Wilsall, which provides basic services such as fuel, diners, taverns, post office, churches, K-8 school and a general store. Wilsall hosts two summer rodeos that are popular not only with locals but with those from around the state. They feature professional events along with a “ranch” rodeo for those amateurs willing to take their chances on the back of a bull or a buckin’ horse. 

Bozeman Yellowstone International Airport is the transportation hub for southwest Montana. Located about 6 miles west of Bozeman and approximately 45 minutes from the ranch, the airport has a 9,000 foot runway and is serviced by numerous daily flights from Delta, United, Northwest and Horizon. The airport also caters to corporate and private aircraft as well as providing hanger rentals. (www.airnav.com)

General Description: 

Bridger Peaks Ranch is in a mountain foothill location, just below the towering Bridger Mountain Range. The land undulates, with generally higher hills on the north and south sides. The North Fork and South Fork of Carrol Creek enter the property from the west, then join together on the ranch and flow into Flathead Creek just to the north.

The majority of the land is native pasture, which has been the primary use in recent years. There are approximately 44 tillable acres, which could be planted to grain or hay. Carrol Creek and Fairy Creek provide water for irrigation.
Access to the property is via Seitz Road, a county maintained road on the property’s northerly boundary. Seitz Road also provides National Forest access at the Shafthouse Trailhead, which is approximately a mile west of the ranch.

Acreage: 

Total Deeded Land: 161+/- deeded acres

General Operations: 

Bridger Peaks Ranch has been utilized as summer pasture for cattle. The tillable acreage could be utilized for grain or hay production if desired.

Water Resources: 

The North and South Forks of Carrol Creek have their confluence on the property. The North Fork appears to be heavily influenced by spring water originating in various locations to the west of the property. The South Fork carries greater volume and is more heavily influenced by snow melt. Trout of catchable size can be seen in the deeper pools throughout the property.

Areas along the south side of Carrol Creek exhibit high ground water characteristics that are conducive to pond building. Third party evaluation of the ponding potential is available upon request.

Wildlife Resources: 

Wildlife is abundant in the area and in the neighboring Gallatin National Forest. Elk are numerous, as well as whitetail and mule deer. Moose are also common, primarily in the forest and creek bottoms, browsing on aspen, willow and cottonwood branches. Mountain goats are visible nearby in the high peaks of the Bridger Range. The Bridger Mountains serve as a primary migration route for many raptors, such as Golden Eagles, Bald Eagles and numerous species of hawks. During the peak times of late August through the end of October, combined species counts can range between 2,000 and 3,500 migrants per fall season.

Recreational Considerations: 

Bridger Bowl Ski Area is a tremendous asset of the Bozeman community and the ranch, lying just 10 miles down the highway. Considered “Bozeman’s own resort”, Bridger Bowl offers an intimate atmosphere where tickets are affordable, lift lines are short, people are friendly and the skiing is outstanding. A total of eight lifts service 1,500 skiable acres with a 2,600 foot vertical drop. Three lodges give skiers plenty of room to warm up and refuel. The Jim Bridger Lodge and Saddle Peak Lodge are located at the base area and the Deer Park Chalet is located at mid-mountain. Learn more about skiing Bridger Bowl at www.bridgerbowl.com.

National Forest access is a mile west of the property at the Shafthouse Trailhead. The Shafthouse Trail accesses two of the highest peaks in the Bridger Range, Sacajawea Peak and Hardscrabble Peak. The peaks above the ranch overlook Fairy Lake, a favorite alpine destination in the Bridger Mountains. There is also a lower elevation loop trail that is a favorite for mountain biking. The ranch presents the opportunity for horse lovers, mountain bikers or hiking enthusiasts, and cross-country skiers to live at and explore some of Montana’s most beautiful open spaces – all in rural cattle country, while at the same time being just a short drive from town and blue-ribbon fishing streams.

Access via vehicle to Fairy Lake is available about five miles south of the property off of Highway 86. The seasonal gravel route takes you right to Fairy Lake and a campground below the lake. From there you can take a leisurely 1.2 mile walk around the glacial green lake, have a picnic, fish or take a swim. From this point, trailheads take you to the mountain peaks, Sacajawea Peak to the south and Hardscrabble Peak to the north. At around four miles each, they provide a challenge but can easily be done in a day. The views of the Gallatin Valley from the top are spectacular and it’s not uncommon to catch a glimpse of a Mountain goat along the way.

Taxes: 

Annual property taxes are approximately $726.00

Water Rights: 

The ranch holds early priority irrigation rights out of Carrol Creek and Fairy Creek which are included in the ranch offering. A complete list of the water rights on file with the DNRC is available upon request.

Mineral Rights: 

All mineral rights appurtenant to the property and owned by the Seller are included in the ranch offering. Mineral rights are not guaranteed. It is suggested that the Buyer conduct a mineral search as part of their due diligence.

Broker Comments: 

The most notable feature of Bridger Peaks Ranch and the area around the community of Sedan are the views. The elevation of the land, proximity to the Bridger Range and distant views of the Crazy Mountains are truly a spectacular combination. The area is largely unknown because it is rare for land to become available in this area near the mountains. The location is coveted for its rural character and close proximity to the cultural amenities in nearby Bozeman. Bridger Peaks Ranch has the water resources, topography and view sheds that make it a premier mountain foothill property.

The Facts: 
  • 161± beautiful acres in the foothills of the Bridger Mountains
  • Expansive views of the Bridger Range and Crazy Mountains
  • County road access to an extremely private setting
  • The North Fork & South Fork of Carrol Creek confluence on the property
  • Irrigation rights from Carrol Creek and Fairy Creek
  • Numerous potential building sites
  • 25 miles from Bozeman, MT
  • 1 mile from U.S. Forest Service and endless hiking, biking and horseback riding trails
  • 11 miles from Bridger Bowl Ski Area and Bohart Ranch
Additional Services: 

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, Jerome Chvilicek, Dan Berstrom or Brant Marsh at (406) 656-7500 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, Dan Bergstrom or Brant Marsh at (406) 656-7500 are available to describe and discuss these services in detail and welcome your call.

AUCTIONS - Hall and Hall Auctions offer “Another Solution” to create liquidity for the owners of Investment-Quality Rural Real Estate.  Our auction team has experience in marketing farmland, ranchland, timberland and recreational properties throughout the nation.  Extreme attention to detail and complete transparency coupled with Hall and Hall’s “Rolodex” of more than 40,000 targeted owners and buyers of rural real estate help assure that there are multiple bidders at each auction. In addition, the unique Hall and Hall partnership model creates a teamwork approach that helps to assure that we realize true market value on auction day.  For more information on our auction services contact Scott Shuman at (800) 829-8747.

APPRAISALS - Staying abreast of ancillary market influences in ever-changing economic conditions requires a broad professional network to tap into. Finding an appraiser who not only understands the numbers but also the differences in value from one area to another is a critical part of making an informed decision. The appraisal team at Hall and Hall, formed entirely of Accredited Members of the American Society of Farm Managers and Rural Appraisers (ASFMRA), has that critical network of brokers and lending professionals. This professional network coupled with diverse experience across multiple regions and market segments allows our appraisal team to deliver a quality product in a reasonable timeframe.  For more information contact our appraisal team at (406) 656-7500.

SPECIALIZED LENDING - Since 1946 Hall and Hall has created a legacy by efficiently providing capital to landowners.  In addition to traditional farm and ranch loans, we specialize in understanding the unique aspects of placing loans on ranches where value may be influenced by recreational features, location and improvements and repayment may come from outside sources. Our extensive experience and efficient processing allows us to quickly tell you whether we can provide the required financing.

Competitive Pricing  |  Flexible Terms  |  Efficient Processing
Tina Hamm or Scott Moran • (406) 656-7500 
Mike Hall or Judy Chirila • (303) 861-8282
Monte Lyons • (806) 698-6882
J.T. Holt • (806) 698-6884

Disclaimer: 

Following is a Montana law required disclosure.

UNDERSTANDING WHOM REAL ESTATE AGENTS REPRESENT

Montana law requires that BUYER’s and SELLER’s be advised about the different types of agency relationships available to them (MCA § 37-51-102 & 37-51-321).  A real estate agent is qualified to advise only on real estate matters.  As the client or as the customer, please be advised that you have the option of hiring outside professional services on your own behalf (legal and tax counsel, home or building inspectors, accountant, environmental inspectors, range management or agricultural advisors, etc.) at any time during the course of a transaction to obtain additional information to make an informed decision.  Each and every agent has obligations to each other party to a transaction no matter whom the agent represents.  The various relationships are as follows:

SELLER's Agent:  exclusively represents the SELLER (or landlord).  This agency relationship is created when a listing is signed by a SELLER/owner and a real estate licensee.  The SELLER's agent represents the SELLER only, and works toward securing an offer in the best interest of the SELLER.  The SELLER agent still has obligations to the BUYER as enumerated herein.

BUYER's Agent:  exclusively represents the BUYER (or tenant).  This agency relationship is created when a BUYER signs a written BUYER-broker agreement with a real estate licensee.  The BUYER agent represents the BUYER only, and works towards securing a transaction under the terms and conditions established by the BUYER and in the best interest of the BUYER.  The BUYER agent has obligations to the SELLER as enumerated herein.

Dual Agent:  does not represent the interests of either the BUYER or SELLER exclusively.  This agency relationship is created when an agent is the SELLER's agent (or subagent) and enters into a BUYER-broker agreement with the BUYER.  This relationship must receive full informed consent by all parties before a "dual-agency" relationship can exist.  The "dual agent" does not work exclusively for the SELLER or the BUYER but works for both parties in securing a conclusion to the transaction.  If you want an agent to represent you exclusively, do not sign the "Dual Agency" Disclosure and Consent" form.

Statutory Broker:  is a licensee who assists one or more of the parties in a transaction, but does not represent any party as an agent.  A licensee is presumed to be acting as a “statutory broker” unless they have entered into a listing agreement with the SELLER, a BUYER-broker agreement with the BUYER, or a dual agency agreement with all parties.

In-House SELLER Agent Designate:   is a licensee designated by the broker- owner/manager (of the real estate brokerage) to be the exclusive agent for the SELLER for a specific transaction in which the brokerage has the property listed and the BUYER is working directly through the same brokerage also.  This agent may not act on behalf of any other member of the transaction and works for the benefit of the SELLER, but still is obligated to the BUYER as any SELLER's agent would be.

In-House BUYER Agent Designate:   is a licensee designated by the broker- owner/manager (of the real estate brokerage) to be the exclusive agent for the BUYER for a specific transaction in which the brokerage has the property listed and the BUYER is working directly through the same brokerage also.  This agent may not act on behalf of any other member of the transaction and works for the benefit of the BUYER, but still obligated to the SELLER as any BUYER's agent would be.

Subagent:   is an agent of the licensee already acting as an agent for either the SELLER or BUYER.  A "SELLER agent" can offer "subagency" to an agent to act on his behalf to show the property and solicit offers from BUYER’s.  A "BUYER agent can offer "subagency" to an agent to act on his behalf to locate and secure certain property meeting the BUYER's criteria. 

_____ of Hall and Hall is the exclusive agent of the Seller.

NOTICE: Offering is subject to errors, omissions, prior sale, change or withdrawal without notice, and approval of purchase by owner. Information regarding land classifications, acreages, carrying capacities, potential profits, etc., are intended only as general guidelines and have been provided by sources deemed reliable, but whose accuracy we cannot guarantee. Prospective buyers should verify all information to their satisfaction. Prospective buyers should also be aware that the photographs in this brochure may have been digitally enhanced.