The rolling open terrain of this 158± acre parcel offers spectacular panoramic views of the Shields Valley in a classic rural Montana setting. With the majestic Crazy Mountains on the eastern horizon, the Bridger Mountains to the west and the famed Absaroka Mountains to the south and surrounded by fertile farm and ranch ground, this property provides privacy and seclusion, without being remote. The property is wrapped on two sides by about 470 acres of State of Montana land, which adds to the expansive experience and secures the views, seclusion, and solitude. There are approximately 130 acres of dryland crop ground and the property is perimeter fenced for grazing that provides two small annual income streams. Herds of mule deer and antelope are frequent visitors, while elk are seen regularly on the property and the adjoining state lands providing big-game hunting opportunities with a general tag. The open-valley setting is alive with the natural sounds of songbirds, sandhill cranes, waterfowl and raptors. The Shields River brings forth a great local fishing resource and the famed waters of the Yellowstone River are only about 20 driving minutes away.
The rolling terrain is also very well suited for a small subdivision with several stunning home sites that would supply a developer or builder the opportunity to take advantage of the booming local and regional real estate demand. Initial development infrastructure is nearby with a small gravel quarry on the property, which would be a great source of road base. Finish-road material is available just a few miles away, and about a half mile down Miller Road Park Electric has an underground line that can be extended to provide power.
Contact Listing Broker Tim Anderson for additional information.
LOCATION and ACCESS
The property is located about a mile west of Highway 89 on Miller Road, an all-season gravel road that is well maintained by Park County. Conveniently situated between Wilsall and Clyde Park, these welcoming small towns both offer friendly local faces, but limited services. Positioned east of the Bridger Mountain Range between Livingston and White Sulphur Springs, these quaint farm and ranch communities both have a population just over 300 residents.
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 scenic drive highlights the beautiful Bridger Range and has amazing views of the Crazy Mountains to the east and the Absaroka Beartooth Mountains to the south.
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. Full services and urban amenities are available in Livingston, about 30 minutes away and Bozeman and the Yellowstone Big Sky regional airport are about an hour drive.
Livingston is historically a ranching and railroad community and these traditions continue today. Livingston also has a strong tourism-based economy due to its proximity to Yellowstone National Park and world-class fishing. With about 7,575 residents, Livingston has a strong arts influence as well as many fine-dining establishments, shopping, banking, great schools and an impressive new hospital.
Bozeman is a vibrant and active university-oriented city steeped in culture and art. Bozeman is proud to maintain its small-town feeling with big-city amenities. It is home to Montana State University, Museum of the Rockies, Bozeman Symphony and Montana Ballet. The fourth-largest city in the state, Bozeman offers abundant opportunities for fine dining, lodging, entertainment venues and shopping opportunities.
Bozeman Yellowstone International Airport (BZN) at Gallatin Field in Belgrade is less than an hour drive from the Property. Recently expanded, Gallatin Field offers several full-service FBOs and excellent commercial services through Alaska Airlines, Allegiant, American Airlines, Delta, jetBlue, Southwest, Sun Country Airline and United. The seventh busiest passenger airport in the Pacific Northwest, Bozeman offers direct flights to over twenty major airports around the nation.
Approximate distances to other Montana cities and attractions are as follows:
Bridger Bowl Ski Area
ELEVATION and CLIMATE
Shields Valley Crazy Mountain Retreat sits between 4,980± to 5,020± feet above sea level. The average annual precipitation is 16 to 18 inches. May is the wettest month with an average 3.25 inches of rain. Winter months bring an average 8 to 9 inches of snowfall. The area’s growing season is approximately 90 days. Average maximum Fahrenheit temperatures in June, July and August are between 68° to 80°. December, January and February maximum temperatures are between 32° and 37°. Summer nights average about 45° with winter evenings around 14°. Sunshine is abundant in this region of Montana.
FENCES and BOUNDARY LINES
The Sellers hereby make known that there may be variations between the deeded property lines and the location of the existing fence boundary lines on Shields Valley Crazy Mountain Retreat. The Sellers make no warranties with regard to the location of the fence lines in relationship to the deeded property lines, nor do the Sellers make any warranties or representations with regard to specific acreage within the fenced property lines.
The Sellers are selling Shields Valley Crazy Mountain Retreat in its “as is-where is” condition which includes the location of the fences as they now exist. Boundaries shown on any accompanying maps are approximate. The maps are not to scale and are for visual aid only. The accuracy of the maps and information portrayed thereon is not guaranteed nor warranted.
The Sellers will convey the Property without reservation of whatever mineral, oil, gas, geo-thermal, hydro-carbon and gravel rights which they actually own, subject to reservations by previous owners. The Sellers make no representation as to the quantity or quality of any mineral or other subsurface rights appurtenant to the Property.
REAL ESTATE TAXES
The real estate taxes for 2021 were approximately $237.00.
UTILITIES and SERVICES
Northwest Energy has a transmission line that runs along the north side of the property, however, power cannot be pulled from it. Park Electric has an underground power line about a half mile down Miller Road that can be extended to provide power. Verizon cell phone coverage is available at the Property, and television/internet are available via satellite providers.
This area is surrounded by some of Montana’s most desirable recreational areas and picturesque mountain ranges with Custer Gallatin National Forest located in the Bridger Mountains to the west and the Crazy Mountains to the east. Numerous National Forest Service trailheads can be accessed within fifteen- to thirty-minute drives from the Property – allowing for endless hiking trails and easy trailering of horses to thousands of acres of federal land.
The upper Shields River near Wilsall offers uncrowded wade fishing for small but plentiful cutthroat and brook trout. Downstream, the River becomes a brown-trout fishery with some larger cutthroat and smaller rainbows also being found. A combination of light fishing pressure, excellent habitat and nutrient-heavy water allows the trout to become quite numerous. Fall presents the best time to fish the Shields River with many large brown trout migrating upstream from the Yellowstone River to spawn. If larger water is desired, the nearby world-famous Yellowstone River offers anglers over 100 miles of trout-rich water that is easily accessed by multiple fishing-access sites.
Exceptional skiing is a scenic 20-mile drive from the Property with the “Cold Smoke” of Bridger Bowl. Crosscut Mountain Sports Center, also located 20 miles from the Property, offers the highest quality Nordic skiing with over 30km of trails well suited to all levels of ability. The après ski amenities of Bozeman, voted one of the World’s 25 Best Ski Towns by National Geographic in 2014, are also available nearby.
Clyde Park, originally named Sunnyside, served as a resting stop for wagon trains and travelers heading west searching to find their fortunes in the gold digs of Montana and California. The stage stop and watering hole owned by Madame Bulldog was a welcome site for weary travelers. In 1885, a post office was established in Madame’s town of Sunnyside with young Sarah Robinson as postmistress.
In 1887 the post office was moved to the Messrs’ Ranch, a prominent family in the area who brought their imported English Clydesdale horses to work the fields. The presence of the Clydesdales precipitated the renaming of the town Clyde Park, referring to the park-like landscape and majestic work horses of the area.
Supplies in the early days were hauled into Clyde Park by Jim Bowen, known as the “Cayuse Kid,” who freighted with a twenty-four horse jerk line. By 1914 the Northern Pacific Railroad had constructed a spur line and was making its run up the Shields Valley past Clyde Park six times a week.
Located in a classic rural Montana setting in a very desirable and scenic part of southwest Montana, the rolling open terrain of this 158± acre parcel offers spectacular panoramic views of the Shields Valley. Surrounded by mountain peaks and fertile farm ground, this property provides a natural and wildlife-filled experience, without being remote. Bordered by State of Montana ground on two sides expanding the living experience, the land secures the views while offering privacy and seclusion. The dryland crop ground and grazing provide potential for annual income while the next owner creates their own master plan. The open valley setting is alive with the sounds of birds and wildlife and there is excellent fishing in the nearby Shields and Yellowstone Rivers. The rolling terrain is very well suited for a small subdivision with several stunning homesites that would provide a developer or builder the opportunity to take advantage of the booming local and regional real estate demand with the required infrastructure nearby. Larger tracts that are competitively priced and offer flexible long-term uses are getting harder and harder to come by in this part of the state.
OFFERING PRICE and CONDITIONS OF SALE
Shields Valley Crazy Mountain Retreat, as previously described herein, is being offered for sale at $1,495,000 Cash or Terms acceptable solely at the discretion of the Sellers. The conditions of sale as of April 2022 are as follows:
All offers to purchase or letters of intent must be in writing and accompanied by earnest money made payable to the escrow account at Security Title Company of Montana;
Earnest money deposits will be placed in escrow with Security Title Company of Montana, which may place the funds with local banks at nominal rates of interest accruing to the benefit of the Buyer until Closing;
All Prospective Buyers must demonstrate to the satisfaction of the Sellers absolute financial capability to purchase the Property prior to scheduling an inspection of the Property;
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. Title to the real property will be conveyed by a deed;
All of the water right claims controlled by the Property 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 welcomed and invited to contact Tim Anderson 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 Sellers may acquire.
This entire Offering is subject to errors, omissions, prior sale, change or withdrawal without notice and approval of purchase by the Seller. Information regarding land classifications, acreages, carrying capacities, crop yields, potential profits, etc., is intended only as general guidelines and have been obtained from sources deemed reliable; however, accuracy is not warranted or guaranteed by the Seller or Swan Land Company. Prospective Buyers should verify all information to their sole and complete satisfaction.
For more information or to make an appointment to inspect Shields Valley Crazy Mountain Retreat, please contact:
A 48-hour notice is requested to make proper arrangements for an inspection of Shields Valley Crazy Mountain Retreat.
Swan Land Company has been authorized by the Seller to act as their Exclusive Real Estate Broker on the sale of Shields Valley Crazy Mountain Retreat. 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.