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Swan Land Properties
Snow Capped Mountain View From This Montana Ranch for Sale
Madison County


  • Harrison, Montana

  • 320 Deeded

  • $775,000

Enjoying majestic views of the Tobacco Root Range and Hollow Top Mountain, the Little Antelope Creek Ranch is comprised of approximately 320 deeded acres and offers a unique opportunity to own a manageably-sized acreage with water, privacy, and uninterrupted sweeps of mountain splendor near one of Southwestern Montana’s classic small ranching towns. Several nice locations exist to construct a new home and associated outbuildings – including the existing homestead site.

Little Antelope Creek runs the length of the Ranch and provides a very attractive riparian thread for about one mile. Approximately 90 acres are flood-irrigated with solid decreed water rights. Nice stands of cottonwoods and willows harbor wildlife and contribute to the scenic landscape.

The Seller is quite desirous of consummating a sale of the Ranch this year. Bates Sanders Swan Land Company has been authorized to offer the Ranch for sale on an all-cash basis or at contract terms acceptable to the Seller at its sole discretion.

The Ranch is located about two miles northwest of the rural community of Harrison, Montana.  The access is County Highway 283 then north on Adkins Road, a graveled county road that provides good year-round access.

Harrison offers limited services which include a gas station, convenience store, post office, and café – a classic ranching town.  Three Forks sits about 20 minutes to the north and provides a variety of services.  The small town of Willow Creek – home of the famous Willow Creek Café – is about 15 minutes from the property.  Bozeman is a comfortable forty-five-minute drive from the Ranch. Families can expect their children to receive a high-quality kindergarten through high school educational program at Harrison Public Schools.  Students attend from the surrounding community to experience the unique environment of the small-sized multi-grade classrooms.

The high school is categorized as a Class C school (under 160 high school-age students) and provides a great learning environment and competitive interscholastic athletic programs.  School bus service provides roundtrip transportation for elementary and high school-age students in the area.

 The property is within 45 minutes of two commercial airports with Private FBOs:
Gallatin Field – Bozeman, Montana
Bert Mooney Airport – Butte, Montana
– Delta, Northwest, Horizon, United
– Sky West, Horizon

Approximate distances to other Montana cities and towns are:
Three Forks, MT
Ennis, MT
Butte, MT
Bozeman, MT
Helena, MT
21 miles
26 miles
50 miles
53 miles
80 miles


Frequented by white-tail and mule deer, elk, moose, and upland game birds, Little Antelope Creek Ranch will provide its next owner the satisfaction of living in a beautiful setting along with the peace and quiet of being in the heart of one of Southwest Montana’s finest areas. This area is surrounded by some of Montana’s most desirable recreational areas and picturesque mountain ranges with the Beaverhead and Deerlodge National Forests located approximately eight miles west of the Ranch.  National Forest Service trailheads can be accessed west of Pony, the South Boulder, and the South Willow Creek drainages.

Electricity and phones run along Adkins Road.  Electricity is provided by Vigilante Electric Cooperative and 3 Rivers Communications provides telephone service.

Little Antelope Creek Ranch sits between 5,100 and 5,400 feet above sea level.

The average annual precipitation is 16 to 18 inches.  The area’s average growing season is approximately 100 days. Average maximum Fahrenheit temperatures in June, July, and August range from 68 to 80 degrees.  In December, January and February average maximum temperatures are between 32 and 37 degrees. Summer nights average about 45 degrees.  The winter average minimum is between 12 and 16 degrees.  This is an area that receives a good amount of sunshine throughout the year.

The Seller will convey with the Ranch all of whatever mineral, oil, gas, geo-thermal, hydro-carbon, and gravel rights which they actually own, subject to reservations by previous owners.  They make no representation as to the quantity or quality of any mineral or other subsurface rights appurtenant to the Ranch.

The real estate taxes for 2010 were $365.00 about $1.15 per acre.

Contact Swan Land Company for details.

The present-day town of Harrison was settled in 1860 on the Henry C. Harrison Ranch as a stage stop and a place for the stage to change horses coming and going from Virginia City.   The post office, hotel, and stage barn was the extent of this small rural town until the Northern Pacific Railroad arrived in 1889.  The railroad depot was located just north of town with a spur line running from Harrison into the bustling mining town of Pony located to the west of Harrison at the base of the Tobacco Root Mountains. The abundant supply of high-quality grasses and water provided an ideal formula for beef production.  The Northern Pacific Railroad now provided access to the growing markets of the Midwest for the local cattlemen and the community began to thrive.  By the early 1900s, a general store and school were built to serve Harrison and the surrounding area.  As the region became more populated with ranchers, merchants, and miners, a grain elevator, saloon, dance hall, and the bank was constructed to serve both Harrison and the bustling mining communities along the eastern slope of the Tobacco Root Mountain Range.

Little Antelope Creek Ranch provides an opportunity to own a sizable acreage in one of Southwest Montana’s untouched valleys within a short commute of Bozeman and the Gallatin Valley.Those who have watched property values in Southwest Montana for the past several years will find Little Antelope Creek Ranch to be competitively priced in today’s market at under $2,500 per acre!

The Seller is offering the Ranch for sale on a cash or terms deal.  A possible terms deal would be subject to approved credit by the Seller, the following financing terms would apply: a minimum of 35% down payment, 4% fixed interest rate, five year maturity, and quarterly payments of principal and interest based on a twenty-year amortization.  No origination fee or closing costs.

The Ranch has been surveyed and pinned and will be conveyed with a recorded Certificate of Survey at the close of a purchase transaction.  With good county road access, the Ranch can be enjoyed on a year ’round basis and will provide plenty of summer recreation and winter enjoyment including snowmobiling and cross-country skiing.

Numerous building sites exist and will provide the next owner the enjoyment of living in one of the finest areas Montana has to offer.  The historic buildings could easily be removed allowing the next owner plenty of opportunities to plan and construct new compounds with their personal touch at a location that best suits them.

Little Antelope Creek Ranch provides precious live water, attractive views and close proximity to Montana’s great outdoor activities.  With short commutes to Bozeman, Helena and Butte, the Ranch is ideally located for either a weekend retreat or permanent residence.  The Ranch is easy to operate and will provide enough ground to pasture saddle horses and run a small herd of cattle to manage the grass.  Several neighbors would readily rent the pasture if desired.

Any and all appurtenant water rights will be transferred with the Property.  The existing streams and springs have historically provided constant flows.

Little Antelope Creek Ranch, as previously described herein, is offered at $775,000 Cash or Terms acceptable to the Seller at its sole discretion.  The conditions of the sale are as follows:

  1. All offers to purchase must be in writing and accompanied by an earnest money deposit check in the amount of 5.00% of the Purchaser’s offering price;
  2. Each offer must also be accompanied by the name and telephone number of the Purchaser’s private banker to assist the Sellers and their agents in ascertaining the Purchaser’s financial ability to consummate a purchase;
  3. Earnest money deposits will be placed in escrow with First American Title Company of Madison County in Ennis, which will then place the funds with local banks at nominal rates of interest accruing to the Purchaser’s benefit until Closing;
  4. The Sellers will provide and pay for an owner’s title insurance policy.  Title to the real property will be conveyed by warranty deed;
  5. All of the Property’s water rights will be transferred to the Purchaser and all of the mineral rights which the Sellers actually own will be conveyed to the Purchaser at Closing.


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Michael S. Swan
It was growing up in Southwest Montana where that deep sense of love for the land was first instilled in me. Our family ranch was on the banks of the Jefferson River near Twin Bridges. Being raised on a sizable commercial cow-calf operation, my brothers and I learned the importance of being good stewards of ...
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