Grass-Rich Basin & Live Water

Cascade, Montana | Cascade County

  • $2,995,000
  • Approximately 1,994± Deeded Acres
  • Solitude and Beauty Only 5 Miles From Cascade


Knapp Creek Basin Ranch needs little introduction.  Once you enter the property, you notice the solitude and the beauty of 1,994± acres all in a basin setting with virtually nothing else visible except Cascade Butte, Mount Cecelia and the mountain vistas.  The Ranch is ringed from the northwest to the southeast by the Little Belt Mountains.  Mount Cecelia to the west is the most prominent landmark and a stunning view shed. In the distance to the east, bordering this wide valley, are the Highwood Mountains.  Cascade Butte sits directly to the north and is a rough borderline of the property’s northern boundary. Truly a unique setting!  

Being located only 3.5 miles from Cascade, with all its history and the mighty Missouri River, makes this an ideal location for a retreat while also serving as a productive grass ranch.  Its close proximity to Great Falls International Airport makes travel very convenient.  Location, privacy and views command this Ranch.  

This Ranch and the surrounding ranches are under conservation easements protecting the beauty of the area into perpetuity.  The Sellers carefully assembled the Ranch starting in 1992, and over the years have created this extraordinary private-basin setting.

The Sellers are noted western artists, and this Ranch exemplifies their true passion for the land.  All of their efforts over the past 26 years were done with thought and careful planning to create the perfect sanctuary.  The history on the Ranch ­– the old bunkhouse, historic barn, the root cellars, the buffalo run and the lost artifacts from the 1800s, make this place unique.  It is a true gem.

The 4,371 square-foot main residence was built in 1993-1994 by Dave Zion, a renowned builder, who was able to incorporate the desired designs of the Sellers into the house.  The 2,000 square-foot art studio was built in 2013 by Jack Lyons also a builder and a western artist.  Both are very tastefully designed.  If desired the deluxe artist’s studio could easily be converted to a guest house.  The barn and historic cabin have been well maintained.  All of the improvements sit in the middle of the Ranch, creating a lovely compound, miles from anyone, or so it seems.  

Cascade Butte, Mount Cecelia, Knapp Creek, which runs year-round through the length of the Ranch, and Branch Creek and Antelope Creek, which are seasonal, all add to the serenity of this wonderful place.  The abundance of grass and water creates an ideal habitat for the plentiful wildlife including mule and whitetail deer, elk, antelope, black bear, raptors, pheasant, sharp-tailed grouse, Hungarian partridge and waterfowl. 

The perimeter of the Ranch is entirely fenced and the interior is fenced for effective rotational grazing.  The Sellers historically have leased out the pasture from June to December to a local rancher who runs about 120 cow/calf pairs, which generates some additional income.

The Sellers are downsizing to start the next chapter in their lives in order to be closer to a larger community, art galleries and to reduce their workload.  They have decided to put this wonderful place that they call home on the market.

Please Contact Listing Broker David Lowry in our Bozeman Office for Additional Information.