Unparalleled Elk Hunting and Excellent Summer Grazing
ELK RIDGE RANCH
The Ranch features two access points, one from the east side of the Ranch and one from the west side. The east access is about 45 minutes from Bozeman via Bridger Canyon and a few miles north of Wilsall, Montana via Highway 89 to the Four Diamond Road, which follows the Cottonwood Creek drainage for about four miles to the Ranch boundary. Wilsall, situated east of the Bridger Mountain Range between Livingston and White Sulphur Springs, is a quaint farm and ranch community with a population of around 300. Local farmers have won world prizes for raising grain in the area.
The western side of the Ranch borders Sixteen Mile Road, which is a county road that runs between Maudlow, north of Belgrade, and Ringling. Ringling has an interesting history and was named after railroad baron John Ringling, who also founded Ringling Brothers Circus with his brother, and utilized their local railroad spurs to transport their circus animals a century ago. More recently Ringling was made famous in the much-acclaimed book ‘This House of Sky’, by Montana author Ivan Doig.
Beginning in Wilsall, at the junction of US Highway 89 and Montana Highway 86, the Bridger Range Scenic Drive follows Highway 86 to the west toward the mountains to Bozeman. The thirty-one-mile Bridger Range Scenic Drive highlights the beautiful Bridger Range to the west and has amazing views of the Crazy Mountains to the east and the Absaroka-Beartooth Mountains to the south. These views are even more magnificent from the Ranch.
In the late 1980s, the school communities of Clyde Park and Wilsall consolidated forming Shields Valley Public Schools. The Shields Valley Elementary School, PK-6 located in Wilsall, has approximately 107 students and has a student-to-teacher ratio of 11:1. Shields Valley Junior High and High School, located in Clyde Park, has an enrollment of about 68 students with an 8:1 student-teacher ratio.
There are several local and international airports within an hour and a half drive of the Ranch. The Wilsall Airport (FFA Identifier: 9UI) is about 10.5 miles from the Ranch, and the Mission Field Airport (KLVM) in Livingston is about 39 miles and offers a paved strip capable of handling most small jets.
Bozeman Yellowstone International Airport (BZN) at Gallatin Field in Belgrade is about an hour and fifteen-minute drive from the Ranch. Recently upgraded, Bozeman Yellowstone International Airport at Gallatin Field in Belgrade (BZN) offers several full-service FBOs, including the Yellowstone Jet Center, and excellent commercial services through Alaska, Allegiant, American, Delta, Frontier, Southwest, JetBlue, Sun Country, and United Airlines. One of the busiest passenger airports in the Pacific Northwest, and the busiest in the state of Montana, BZN offers direct flights to 25 major airports around the nation including direct flights to the west coast, east coast, Texas, the Southeast, and Florida.
Approximate distances from the Ranch to other Montana towns and cities are as follows:
Acres State of Montana Lease
Acres Bureau of Land Management (BLM)
“While fish populations are not exceptionally high, the combination of light fishing pressure, excellent habitat in some areas, and nutrient-heavy water allows the trout to become quite large.”
Shields River – Big Sky Fishing.com
According to the Department of Natural Resources and Conservation, Elk Ridge Ranch owns 39 stock water rights sourced out of tributaries of Middle Fork, East Fork, Coal Gulch, Timber Creek, and Little Cottonwood Creek. For additional information regarding the water rights, please contact the Swan Land Company Bozeman Office at 406.522.7342.
All water rights in Montana are subject to eventual re-adjudication by the Montana Water Court and, as a result of that process, may be changed as to the validity, amount, priority date, place of use, and other such changes as the Court determines. This water district is currently under the Preliminary-Temporary Decree as classified by the Department of Natural Resources and Conservation (DNRC). The Seller has made all of the filings currently required and will transfer the water rights as they currently stand with no warranty of future viability.
All water rights appurtenant to and for the benefit of the Ranch will be conveyed to the Buyer at closing of a sale.
The real estate taxes for 2021 were approximately $9,350.
The lowest elevation of the Ranch sits at around 5,500 feet above sea level at the northern edge, and the highest point is on the southern boundary at 7,400 feet. The majority of the Ranch varies between 6,000 to 7,000 feet above sea level. The elevation of Wilsall, Montana is approximately 5,057 feet.
The average annual precipitation in Wilsall is approximately 20.21 inches of rain and 89 inches of snow. While not actively measured, the higher elevations on the Ranch certainly receive more annual snow.
Average maximum temperatures in June, July, and August range from 68° to 78° Fahrenheit. In December, January and February average maximum temperatures are between 33° and 36° Fahrenheit. Summer nights average about 40° to 45° Fahrenheit. Winter average minimum is 13° Fahrenheit.
This is an area that receives a good amount of sunshine throughout the year with an average of 186 sunny days per U.S. Climate Data.
Ringling is a small community a few miles north of the Ranch, at the intersection of Sixteen Mile Road and U.S. Route 89. Ringling was originally called Leader but was renamed for John Ringling of the Ringling Brothers Circus family when the White Sulphur Springs and Yellowstone Park Railway was built. John Ringling was a financier of the railroad, as well as its president and owned considerable ranch land in the area. The town was a station stop on the transcontinental railroad that was historically dubbed the ‘Milwaukee Road’ and the Ringling Brothers and utilized the rail lines to move circus animals a century ago. Ringling has served as a community center for ranchers in the vicinity, but the town’s population has declined throughout most of the last two centuries as the region’s railroad lines were abandoned by 1980. Fortunately, those hardy souls include the proprietors of the Ringling Bar, which offers up some of the best steak dinners in Montana.
The town of Wilsall is named after the son, Will, and daughter-in-law, Sally, of Walter B. Jordan who platted the townsite. The town almost boomed during the World War I era, when wheat prices were high and the rains were abundant, but really got started when the Northern Pacific Railroad completed a spur line in 1909. Five stops were made in the 28-mile stretch between Livingston and Wilsall, which was the end of the line. Also, a passenger train made a run six mornings a week and a freight train steamed along the Shields River in the afternoons. The small trade town is still recalled by the tall grain elevator, abandoned railroad corridor and remnants of the depot.
“John Shields was with Captain Clark’s party during the return journey, exploring the upper Yellowstone to its confluence with the Missouri. Captain Clark gave the name of Shields River to a tributary which flows out of the Crazy Woman Mountains, east of Bozeman Pass. The name, “Shields River,” is shown on modern maps, preserving the legacy of America’s epic transcontinental exploration.”
Inside the Corps – Private John Shields
Gallatin County has led the State of Montana in growth and real estate demand for many decades, and opportunities of this scale, privacy, and recreational amenities of Elk Ridge Ranch are truly few and far between. This Ranch will check all the boxes for buyers looking for privacy, mountain splendor, exceptional big-game hunting, and all-season recreational pursuits all within an hour of the most vibrant communities in Montana.
OFFERING PRICE & CONDITIONS OF SALE
Elk Ridge Ranch, as previously described herein, is offered at US $29,270,000.00 Cash or Terms acceptable solely at the discretion of the Seller. The conditions of the sale are as follows:
All Prospective Buyers must demonstrate to the satisfaction of the Seller’s absolute financial capability to purchase the Ranch prior to scheduling an inspection of the Ranch;
- Earnest money deposit will be due upon completion of a fully executed contract, and all earnest money deposits will be held in escrow by Security Title Company in Bozeman;
- The Sellers will provide and pay for a standard owner’s title insurance policy. Any endorsements requested by the Buyer or any lender will be at Buyer’s expense. The title to the real property will be conveyed by a deed;
- All of the water right claims controlled by the Ranch will be transferred to the Buyer at Closing, and all of the mineral rights which the Sellers actually own will be conveyed to the Buyer at Closing;
- Buyers’ Brokers are welcome and invited to contact listing brokers Tim Anderson or Mike Swan in our Bozeman Office for information regarding Cooperation Policies.
The Sellers reserve the right to effect a tax-deferred exchange for other real property in accordance with provisions in Section 1031 of the Internal Revenue Code. The Buyer will not be required to incur any additional expenses nor to step into the chain of title on any property which the Seller may acquire.
This entire Offering is subject to errors, omissions, prior sale, change or withdrawal without notice and approval of purchase by the Sellers. Information regarding land classifications, acreages, carrying capacities, crop yields, potential profits, etc., are intended only as general guidelines and have been obtained from sources deemed reliable; however, accuracy is not warranted or guaranteed by the Sellers or Swan Land Company. Prospective Buyers should verify all information to their sole and complete satisfaction.
TERMS OF INSPECTION
A 48-hour notice is requested to make proper arrangements for an inspection of Elk Ridge Ranch.
Swan Land Company has been authorized by the Seller to act as their Exclusive Real Estate Broker on the sale of Elk Ridge Ranch. Since 2002, we have focused on the brokerage of significant ranches, farms, and recreational properties throughout the Rocky Mountain West.
This Offering is based on information believed to be correct; however, it is subject to errors, omissions, prior sale, and change or withdrawal without notice. Information contained herein has been provided by the Sellers or obtained from other sources deemed reliable. The Agent does not, however, guarantee accuracy and recommends that any Prospective Buyer conduct an independent investigation.
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Michael S. Swan
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- 13,250 Total
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