Listing # 19-925
Rocky Mountain Front Ranch
7,852 +/- Acres
Location: The Skelton Ranch is located where sunlit prairies meet the Rocky Mountain Front under Montana's Big Sky. Walk where dinosaurs once roamed and left more than just footprints. This ranch is a gem of gems, a true one of a kind with a panoramic back drop of the Rocky Mountain Front that is beyond compare. Steeped in traditional animal husbandry, the rich native grasses produce some of Montana’s finest beef. The seclusion offered by the natural lay of the land offers complete privacy with end of the road living. The ranch is situated north of Choteau, MT and is more specifically located 7 east of the mountain front in Teton County.
Property: Sale includes a total of approximately 7,852 acres, with 6,436 deeded acres, 324 acres of State Lease land, and 1,073 acres of private lease land. Approximately 450 acres is sub-irrigated wild hay land producing 2 to 4 tons per/acre. The balance of the land, approximately 7,382 acres, is grass/pasture that is fenced around and cross fenced into grazing units, plus the ranch headquarters site. The Seller rates this ranch as a 350-cow unit. The legal description can be furnished upon request.
Improvements: The main ranch headquarters is located in Sec. 19 of T27N-R4W and is in a very secluded coulee in the heart of this ranch. It includes a modern, yet rustic appearing, remodeled 1,300+/- sq/ft home with (3) bedrooms, (1) bathroom, kitchen-dining room, and ranch office. There’s also a 500+/- sq/ft newer guest cabin with (1) bedroom and (1) bathroom, a 48’X48’ barn and corrals, a 22’X42’ Quonset building, and an older storage building. There is a second older building site in Sec. 20 of T27N-R4W with home, barn, grain bins, old wooden granaries, a barn, and a small Quonset building.
Water: This ranch has two live creeks running through it in Blackleaf and Gansman Coulees. There are approximately 37 recorded MT water rights for wells, developed springs, reservoirs, diversions, and livestock use direct from source. A complete list is available on request.
Minerals: Sale includes no mineral rights. Sale includes all of Sellers gravel rights. Special note: This ranch property is located in an area of “paleontological” discovery of dinosaur artifacts, and Seller is retaining 50% of income from “raw bone” sales, and 30% of income from “finished bone” sales.
Wildlife: This ranch property is on the threshold of the Rocky Mountains and is home to Whitetail and Mule deer, Antelope, migrating Elk and Moose, Grizzly and Black bear, Mountain Lion, Coyotes, Beaver, as well as Eagles, Hawks, upland game birds and waterfowl. The ranch is adjacent to the Blackleaf Wildlife Management area.
Taxes: Pending verification of Teton County records from the Seller.
Price: $6,500,000.00 Cash Sale
Note to Sale: A majority of this ranch property in under a Conservation Easement with the Natures Conservancy, an organization dedicated to the protection and conservation of natural lands and ecological significant areas.
FORT BENTON REALTY, LLP