LAZY J RANCH | Sold
Bozeman, Montana | Gallatin County
- 5,665 Deeded Acres
- Located Minutes from Bozeman
In the heart of Bridger Canyon in Southwest Montana, the Lazy J Ranch consists of approximately 5,665 deeded acres of alpine and mountain-meadow land. The Ranch is the largest remaining privately-held block of land in this pristine Rocky Mountain setting. Tucked against the famed Bridger Mountain Range, the Ranch possesses dramatic vistas of the Bridger Mountains and nearby Bangtail Range. It is a comfortable fifteen-minute drive on State Highway 86 (Bridger Canyon Road) to downtown Bozeman. The proximity of the Ranch to a commercial airport, private FBOs and interstate travel within a 25-minute drive make it readily accessible year-round. The secluded trout waters of Bridger Creek course through the core of the Ranch for nearly three miles. This quality alpine-fishing stream hosts healthy populations of brook and rainbow trout. The west side of the Ranch borders the Bridger Bowl Ski Resort and approximately three and a half miles of the Gallatin National Forest, providing unlimited hunting and recreational opportunities. The varied ecosystem of mountains, alpine meadows, and grassy creek bottoms offers prime habitat for an abundance of Rocky Mountain wildlife including elk, mule deer, whitetail deer, bear, mountain lion, moose, and upland game birds. With its size and diversity, the Lazy J Ranch may be one of the finest fishing and big-game hunting properties on the western real estate scene today.
Current zoning allows one residence per 40 acres creating an ideal candidate for a conservation-minded buyer. This zoning designation also provides for strategic and tasteful development in this highly sought-after region of western Montana. A modest set of working improvements, including the ranch manager’s home, a barn, and set of working corrals, are located on the Ranch. Several private and well-situated building sites provide stunning views of the Bridger Mountain Range and Bridger Canyon, affording the next owner the opportunity to design exactly what meets their needs and desires. The Ranch can also provide the next owner simplicity and enjoyment should they choose to lease it to an area rancher for summer grazing of cattle on its productive pastures, as has been done for a number of years. This magnificent mountain ranch has been under the careful stewardship of the James C. Taylor family for over fifty years. The Taylors are gradually winding down their historic Wytana Livestock Company operation. Started by Jim’s father and brother Vernon, Wytana Livestock Company operated expansive commercial cattle ranches throughout Central and Western Montana. Most notable were the Horse Ranch and the Box Elder Ranch near Lewistown, the Pronghorn Ranch near Grass Range, the Vee Tee Ranch in Manhattan as well as the Lazy J Ranch.