MISSION RANCH - SOLD
Livingston, Montana | Park County
- 4,417± Total Acres
- Prime Location Minutes from Livingston
Mission Ranch is a unique offering that combines a productive balanced cattle operation with exceptional fishing and hunting in a historically-significant and beautiful setting. The Ranch includes 4,417± total acres, of which 3,777± acres are deeded and 640± are state lease, providing productive native pasture, cottonwood-filled riparian bottoms and about 260± acres of pivot and wheel-line irrigated land. The famed Yellowstone River forms the northern border of the Ranch for almost three miles and when combined with Mission Creek and the private Spring Creek that both traverse the Ranch, it creates an exceptional and diverse variety of fishing opportunities for anglers. The seasonal waterfowl, antelope, whitetail and mule deer populations on the Ranch will certainly impress hunters.
Located just minutes east of Livingston, the Ranch is easily accessible year round via the Mission Creek exit off Interstate 90. The Interstate separates the Ranch into two distinct north and south operating units. On the south side of the Interstate, Mission Creek Road, a well-maintained county gravel road, provides access to the Ranch Headquarters and the southern portion of the Ranch. The Ranch Headquarters are comfortably improved with two homes, the historic Mission Ranch barn, shop, outbuildings, corrals, cattle handling facilities and outdoor riding arena. The historic appeal of this setting is readily apparent and includes the original site of Historic Fort Parker located on Mission Creek. Mission Creek has provided fresh water for many centuries of area residents and travelers.
Located in Montana’s celebrated Yellowstone Region, the Yellowstone River forms the north boundary of the Ranch for approximately three miles. The well sodded riparian meadows along the river transition to the higher-elevation with rolling hills of native grass pastures to the south providing panoramic views of the snow-capped Absaroka Mountains. The Absaroka Range ranges in elevation from 9,100' to 11,200', and provides a magnificent backdrop for the Ranch. Views across the river to the northwest of the Bridger Mountains and Sheep Mountain, and the dramatic Crazy Mountains to the north, create a classic Montana setting and stunning mountain vistas in several directions.
Mission Spring, in the River Pasture to the north, is the water source for a spring creek network that has been improved over the years to enhance the fishing with professionally designed in-stream structure that hosts healthy aquatic life. The abundant rainbow and brown trout are very wary and will test the skills of even the most seasoned angler. Lined with mature cottonwood trees, the riparian river bottom attracts a wide range of Montana’s wildlife species and is prime whitetail deer and migratory waterfowl habitat.
Utilized for many decades as a cow-calf cattle operation, Mission Ranch has been skillfully managed by a third-generation ranching family since 1944 and runs efficiently for a buyer desiring simplicity of ownership. This unique offering in today’s market combines a productive cattle operation in a historic setting with easy access to quality amenities in nearby Livingston and Bozeman. Mission Ranch is an attractive, competitively-priced operating cattle ranch, with exceptional fishing and hunting in one of Montana’s famed locales.