Blacktail Mountain Ranch is a 20,338+/- acre (11,745+/- deeded) native mountain landscape located in a well-guarded region of southwest Montana near the Idaho border. The topography extends from gently rolling sage-covered lands where dozens of flowing springs converge to form the upper watershed of Sage Creek, to the high alpine steppe environment to the north which hosts large pockets of conifer and aspen with snow-filled coulees that often last well into summer. The higher elevations adjoin the Blacktail Wilderness Study area and are pristine. The solitude is inviting for wildlife and it is very common to find elk, antelope, deer, black bear, Sage Grouse and some very large antlered moose. It is a region coveted by ranchers and conservationists. This is within the connective corridor that brings three wilderness complexes together and is critical to transitioning wildlife. The region is rich in nutritious forage and is reliable summer range for area ranchers which is demonstrated by the ranchs ability to comfortably stock the ranch with upwards of 1,000 mother cows. The ranch is well-watered as emergent springs can be located in virtually every coulee providing ample stock water to keep livestock scattered. This water collectively forms Sage Creek which hosts a very pure population of native Westslope Cutthroat trout. The lands are accessed via a graveled county road stemming from Dell, Montana which is a 70-minute drive south of Dillon. Two small cowboy cabins have been nicely improved in recent years providing a comfortable place to stay and jump off into the higher elevations of the ranch. Views of the surrounding mountain ranges near and far are sweeping from the ranch and it is becoming increasingly rare to find places such as Blacktail Mountain Ranch that offer greater solitude in a vastly undisturbed landscape. Its an ideal combination of summer grazing, recreational pursuits and conservation.
The Facts- ~ 20,338+/- acres (11,745+/- deeded) covering a sprawling alpine environment ~ Miles of flowing springs provide ample stock water and converge to form the headwaters of Sage Creek ~ Summer grazing for upwards of 1,000 mother cows utilizing the deeded ground and BLM allotments ~ Strong mix of rolling topography including creek bottom, sage hills, timber stands and a high alpine basin which collectively creates diversity in plant species ~ Two small cowboy cabins that were tastefully remodeled in recent years ~ Stable surrounding private landownership with some of the countrys most reputable and large-scale operators ~ 70-minute drive to Dillon, two hours to Idaho Falls offering commercial air services ~ Active conservation play with adjacency to the Blacktail Wilderness Study Area and a corridor for Absolute solitude in a remote unsung basin of southwest Montana