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Montana Real Estate Roundup: Hunting & Ranching Homes

Feature photo: Montana real estate, like 20280 Us Hwy 2, once a Dude Ranch in the 1920s and later the R.W.R. Hunting Lodge whose motto was “Silvertip Grizzly, Our Specialty”, in East Glacier Park, is a great property for hunting and ranching!

What is the west without hunting and ranching, two of Montana’s oldest lifestyles rich in history? Wide-open spaces, wandering animals, golden fields with mountains rising in the distance, and closeness to the land– that’s the Big Sky dream. Connect with the state’s heritage on a ranch of your own, a piece of solitude and beauty. Whether you want a working ranch, a secluded hunting ground, or something that merely hearkens back to romantic cowboy times, our deep-set roots mean there’s a property out there for every aspiring rancher and sportsman. We’ve rounded up seven homes from across the state that perfectly represent the vastness of Montana’s great outdoors.

Horsethief Basin Ranch, Lewistown

In the grassland mountains of Montana, immersed deep in the Western landscape, is a working cattle ranch known as Horsethief Basin. With fertile soil, rolling tablelands, and forested benches, it is as productive a piece of land as you’ll find in the West. No prickly pear cactus, no shrubby sage to crowd out, nothing but hills and swales covered in nutritious grass. The hay base in Horsethief Basin is rich and lush. The forests supply timber. Horsethief Basin Ranch is 7,000± contiguous acres of grasslands and timberlands, easily capable of supporting 500 cow-calf pairs, with a tried and trusted manager in place to handle the entire operation. The ranch, with 23 miles of fence, also provides a spring that has been developed to create reliable water sources without damaging the riparian zones. The mountain ranges surrounding the ranch provide shelter for wildlife. Active wildlife management on the ranch ensures that healthy populations of elk, deer, antelope, and wild turkey thrive here. Warblers and other songbirds orchestrate a dawn chorus behind the house every morning.

There is an 8,000 square foot, custom log house and two plush guest houses to accommodate visitors. Around the ranch, you’ll find all the outbuildings, equipment, and farm machinery it takes to operate a successful cattle ranch. $22,500,000
*Horsethief Basin Ranch is also offered as part of a pair with MorDo Ranch in Scottsdale, Arizona.

Contact Jim Toth:

Contact Chuck Davison:

Contact Bill Boyce:

Contact Caleb Campbell:


Heart of the East Fork, Big TimberMLS #335142

The Heart of The East Fork Ranch is a 5,036± acre ranch located 30 minutes northeast of the ranching community of Big Timber, Montana. The East Fork of Sweet Grass Creek meanders through the center of the entire ranch. Several dryland hay meadows are located along the creek banks that are cut each year. High-quality native grasses cover most of the ranch land with the balance being pine-covered ridges and hillsides providing excellent habitat for wildlife. The Heart of The East Fork is made up of a wide variety of terrain and vegetation varying from timber covered ridges to lush creek bottom meadows with grass as tall as the stirrups on your horses’ saddle. $7,850,000

Contact Chuck Davison:


Greenhorn Hideout 7781 Skelly Gulch Road, HelenaMLS #322459 

The Greenhorn Hideout lies in the foothills near the Helena National Forest. Consisting of 1,461± acres, this alpine property offers a retreat from day-to-day life with its superlative views, solitude, and wildlife. While feeling remote, the ranch is within short driving distance to Helena, the capital of Montana.

The custom log home, offered fully furnished, features perfectly placed windows and multiple decks to enjoy views of the surrounding wilderness. Its beautiful facade blends into the landscape while offering a luxurious retreat. Inside, there is a well-equipped kitchen, a great room with amazing views, and numerous bedrooms for family and friends. It is also equipped with security systems, advanced solar power, and propane backups. The 2,000 square foot garage/shop provides space for vehicles and gear.

Big game and other wildlife are abundant and have been managed and improved to maximize wildlife viewing as well as hunting pursuits. Spring fed ponds have been stocked with Cutthroat Trout and additional springs throughout the property could be developed to provide water sources for cattle or wildlife. For anyone who has dreamed of living in the heart of Big Sky Country, this one-of-a-kind property will surely exceed all expectations. $4,950.000

Contact Jim Toth:


1930 Montana Ranch Trail, Gallatin GatewayMLS #321098 

Own a piece of the Montana Dream with this amazing 160-acre ranch. Expansive and unobstructed views of several Montana mountain ranges; this property overlooks Ted Turner’s Flying D Ranch offering the enjoyment of elk and bison migration viewing. Spectacular one-of-a-kind setting in this private and gated community of the Montana Ranch. This custom Jerry Locati designed mountain home offers 6,651 square feet of luxurious living with amazing outdoor entertaining space, privacy, live water with Maryott Creek flowing year-round, and endless wildlife wandering your backyard. This ranch has a barn and is completely set up for your equestrian needs. Easy paved access to downtown Bozeman, the airport, and Big Sky. Montana Ranch owner amenities include paved roads throughout, access to the 17-acre equestrian center, and over 9 miles of riding/hiking trails meandering through the well over 2,000+ acres of the Montana Ranch. Also listed under MLS 321098. $4,500,000

Contact Jackie Miller:


20280 Us Hwy 2, East Glacier ParkMLS #21802923 

This incredible offering encompasses 337+ acres and is adjacent to the Lewis and Clark National Forest. With approximately 1,500 feet of frontage on the South Fork of the Two Medicine River, it looks across the road to the spectacular peaks of Glacier National Park. Rich in Montana history, this was once a Dude Ranch in the 1920s and later became the R.W.R. Hunting Lodge (“Silvertip Grizzly, Our Specialty”). The property, with its one-of-a-kind surrounding views and location, will take your breath away! Its features include 9 cabins/sheds/structures, Coonsa Creek, a pond, terrain of mixed timber, rolling meadow, and alfalfa hay. Make your way down to the Two Medicine River and cross over into Lewis and Clark National Forest for an incredible adventure or drive only minutes to East Glacier. $3,900,000

Contact Jennifer Shelley:


Highland Mountain Ranch, DivideMLS #340141 

This beautiful 300-acre Forest Service in-holding, complete with cabin and creeks, is located at the top of the Continental Divide in the Highland Mountains. Historically, this has been a summer pasture ranch with level to rolling irrigated hay ground and scattered timber. The property offers views of Red Mountain to the east and the Big Hole to the west and is only 22 miles south of Butte. Multiple springs and streams form the headwaters of Moose Creek. The property is sold with a private country getaway including a large shop and garage on more than 25 acres in Whitehall, MT. The two-story home offers an open-concept kitchen and living space as well as a bright sunroom with unobstructed views of the mountains in the near distance. The updated kitchen includes a stunning wood burning cook stove. Acres of useable land are suitable for a variety of commercial, recreational, or agricultural pursuits. The massive garage and shop space offer unlimited opportunities with 5 extra-large doors and plenty of work/storage space. $1,250,000

Contact Jim Toth:


860 Cool Creek Road, Troy – MLS #21908709 

The Loose Moose Lodge is a private, 31-acre ranch located on over a half-mile of Yaak River frontage. With a rustic and fully appointed saloon dubbed the Double Barrel Bar, this property is a perfect escape into the stunning and peaceful Yaak area of northwest Montana. The home has been completely updated with all the amenities needed for extended stays or year-round living. Local restaurants, bars, and a convenience store are a few minutes’ drive or paddle away. The property borders thousands of acres of National Forest for hunting and recreating and there is excellent fishing in the river. Enjoy your very own slice of Montana heaven! $987,500

Contact David Fetveit:

If this roundup of Montana real estate speaks to your outdoorsy side, contact a PureWest agent today!

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