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Swan Land Properties
Beautiful Rural Property
Stillwater County


  • Nye, Montana

  • 240 Common Ground

  • $299,750

Nye Mountain Retreat offers privacy, spectacular views, access to the adjacent National Forest, and a comfortable home overlooking the Stillwater River Valley. This 2,540 square-foot home sits on 0.18 acres in the desirable Cathedral Mountain Ranch gated community outside Nye, Montana. Hear the rush of the Stillwater River in the valley below, marvel at the peaks of the Absaroka Range as they tower above, hike the trails in the adjacent National Forest, and fish the nearby Stillwater River or the private lakes on the Ranch. Endless adventure awaits in the nearby Absaroka-Beartooth Wilderness or simply relax on the deck of your home. With over 240 acres of association common space and a full-time caretaker, the next owner can immediately begin to enjoy the property.

  • Recreational retreat in Cathedral Mountain Ranch, a gated community above the Stillwater River;
  • Comfortable mountain home features a vaulted great room and open kitchen with spectacular views, a wrap-around deck, 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, an additional loft area, downstairs recreation area with bar and patio;
  • 240 common acres with stocked lakes, a clubhouse, and a full-time caretaker;
  • Association provides road maintenance, community water system, plowing, trash service, clubhouse use, owner RV storage, and lake stocking.


Nye Mountain Retreat is located just 4.7 miles south of Nye in the beautiful Stillwater Valley.  Access off of Interstate 90 is south from Columbus on State Highway 78, through Absarokee, to the junction of the Nye Road.  The Nye Road, State Highway 419 continues through Fishtail and on another 21 miles to the private gates of Cathedral Mountain Ranch.  Cathedral Mountain Ranch Road winds through the Ranch common property to the cabin sites up on the ridge.  10 Outpost Trail, Nye, MT 59061 is the physical address of the property.

The Retreat is approximately an hour-and-a-half to two-hour drive from two commercial airports – Billings and Bozeman, both of which offer good private FBOs.  The Billings Logan International Airport provides a variety of commercial carriers as well as national and limited international service through Allegiant, Alaska, Delta, Cape Air, and United to several major cities including Denver, Salt Lake City, Seattle, and Minneapolis as well as others.  Bozeman Yellowstone International Airport is approximately two hours from the Ranch providing additional opportunities for airline access through Delta, United, Alaska, Allegiant, America, Frontier, and Jet Blue.

Approximate distances to other Montana cities and points of interest from the Nye Cabin Retreat:
Red Lodge
Yellowstone National Park
(via the Beartooth Highway)

4.7 miles
21 miles
42 miles
55 miles
83 miles
143 miles
123 miles

Nye Mountain Retreat consists of approximately 0.18 deeded acres of forest ground with spectacular views of the Absaroka Mountains and the Stillwater River Valley.  The Retreat is part of Cathedral Mountain Ranch, a private, gated community tucked away in the mountains.  The Ranch offers approximately 240 acres of common open space and rolling mountain pastures.  The homes are situated around the Ranch to take advantage of the tremendous views and access to mountain recreational activities.

Deeded Acreage & Ranch Amenities
  • 0.18± Acres of Deeded Mountain Ground
  • 240± Acres of Common Association Ground
  • 3 private lakes, two of which are stocked with rainbow trout
  • An Association Club House for use by residents
  • A full-time Ranch caretaker
  • Association Dues provide community water, road maintenance, road plowing, trash service, owner RV storage, weed control, and lake stocking

Nye Mountain Retreat sits at an elevation of 5,146 feet above sea level.On average, there are 201 sunny days per year in Nye, Montana.  The July high is around 83°F with an average July low around 48°F.  The January high averages are 41°F with an average low of 20°F.  The average annual rainfall is 18 inches with the majority in June, and snowfall of approximately 81 inches.  The Nye area gets precipitation, of some kind, on average 86 days per year.

The Retreat is ideally located overlooking the Stillwater River Valley.  Access to the blue-ribbon fishery of the Stillwater River is just minutes from the property.  The headwaters of the Stillwater River are in the Absaroka-Beartooth Wilderness near the boundary of Yellowstone National Park. It flows northeast between the Absaroka Range to the west and the Beartooth Mountains to the east, through Custer National Forest, past Nye and Absarokee. It joins the Yellowstone River near Columbus, Montana.  The Stillwater offers wade fishing opportunities in the wilderness and also floating and fishing opportunities below Nye.  Rainbows, browns, and whitefish are common in the lower sections while cutthroat, rainbows and brook trout can be found in the upper reaches.  Residents of Cathedral Mountain Ranch can also take advantage of fishing the two stocked lakes on the Ranch itself.  Southwest Montana is a recreational paradise and the Nye area is no exception.  Opportunities for hiking, mountain biking, backpacking, camping, wildlife viewing, hunting, backcountry skiing, and enjoyment of the alpine landscape are almost limitless.For a nearby cultural experience, Tippet Rise Art Center is only 20 minutes from the property.  This art and music center brings world-class musicians and concerts to rural Montana.Downhill ski enthusiasts will enjoy Red Lodge Ski Area just one hour away from the property.  The town of Red Lodge also boasts fine dining, art galleries, services, and access to the Beartooth Highway as a gateway to Yellowstone National Park.

The area around the Nye Mountain Retreat hosts an exceptional variety of wildlife.   It is common to find elk, mule and whitetail deer, black and grizzly bears, wolves, coyotes, moose, bighorn sheep, mountain goats, mountain lions, lynx, marmots, eagles, blue grouse, turkey, and sandhill cranes in the area or on the Ranch itself.  Since the Ranch shares a boundary with the Custer National Forest and that forest shares a boundary with the Absaroka-Beartooth Wilderness, wildlife abounds in the area since overall development is sparse.  In the fall, elk can be heard bugling in the nearby forest.

The comfortable home is as welcoming as the surrounding mountain landscape, and the exterior cedar log-style siding blends seamlessly with the natural surroundings.  The heart of the house is the vaulted great room with an open kitchen and living design that maximizes the spectacular views through the large floor-to-ceiling windows.   The alpine feeling is brought indoors with wide-plank pine flooring, Douglas fir trim, and a beautiful complementary blue-pine tongue-and-groove ceiling.  A propane-gas stove warms the home and provides ambiance on cold evenings.  The mountains can be easily enjoyed from every area in the great room while the wrap-around deck allows outdoor enjoyment of the surroundings.  The main-level master bedroom features mountain views and a walk-in closet.  A full bath, laundry area, and two pantries are also on the main level.  An open loft area allows added space for guests or an office accessed directly from the great room.  Downstairs, residents will enjoy a spacious guest bedroom, two additional rooms that are currently used as bedrooms, a full bath, a custom built-in bar and recreation area, a gas stove, and an outdoor patio.
The home is being offered partially furnished, and all appliances convey making an easy transition for the next owner.


Electricity is provided by Beartooth Electric.  A landline phone is provided by Nemont and the internet is provided by Nemont DSL.  Cell service is available with Verizon Wireless.  Satellite television is available through various carriers.  Water is provided by the Cathedral Mountain Ranch community water system.  The septic system is owned by the property as well as the propane tank.  The next owner will also receive an interest in a solar panel through a Beartooth Electric program providing an annual rebate on electricity costs.

The Seller hereby makes known that there may be variations between the deeded property lines and the location of the existing fence boundary lines on Nye Mountain Retreat.  The Seller makes no warranties with regard to the location of the fence lines in relationship to the deeded property lines, nor does the Seller make any warranties or representations with regard to the specific acreage within the fenced property lines.
The Seller is selling Nye 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 real estate taxes for 2019 were $1,566.02.


The Cathedral Mountain Ranch homeowner’s association dues for 2019 were approximately $1,500.00.


Nye Mountain Retreat is perfect for the individual desiring a mountain recreational escape or full-time alpine living in the beautiful and private Stillwater Valley.  The privacy afforded by the gated community is enhanced by the amenities on the 240-acre common ground.  With a full-time caretaker managing the Ranch, residents are free to spend their time relaxing and enjoying all the recreational possibilities that the Montana mountains provide. The comfortable and well-cared-for home is being offered partially furnished and is in excellent condition.  The next owner will find relaxation easy while enjoying the views from the wrap-around deck or from the large windows in the vaulted ceiling great room. Unsurpassed mountain views, exceptional access to recreation, and privacy in rural Montana await the next owner of the Nye Mountain Retreat.


Nye Mountain Retreat, as Previously Described Herein, is offered at $299,750.  The Conditions of 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 2.00% of the Purchaser’s offering price;
  2. Each offer is encouraged to be accompanied by a prequalification letter 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 Stillwater Abstract Company of Columbus, MT 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 mineral rights which the Sellers actually own will be conveyed to the Purchaser at Closing.
  6. Buyers’ Brokers Are Welcome and Cordially Invited to Contact Stephen Leibinger for Information Regarding Cooperation Policies and Commission Splits.


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 Seller may acquire.

This entire Offering is subject to errors, omissions, prior sale, change, or withdrawal without notice and approval of purchase by the Sellers.  Information regarding land classifications, acreages, carrying capacities, crop yields, potential profits, hunting districts and regulations, etc., are intended only as general guidelines and have been obtained from sources deemed reliable; however, accuracy is not warranted or guaranteed by the Sellers or Swan Land Company.  Prospective Buyers should verify all information to their sole and complete satisfaction.


A 48-hour notice is requested to make proper arrangements for an inspection of Nye Mountain Retreat.

Swan Land Company has been authorized by the Seller to act as their Exclusive Real Estate Broker on the sale of Nye 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.

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