Montana's Blacktail Mountain Ranch Listed
One thousand mama cows summer their calves on the mountain pastures at Blacktail Mountain Ranch. The 20,000-plus acre ranch is nestled in a secluded basin just south of Dillon, Montana.
Hall & Hall agent Tim Murphy says the ranch transitions from willowed bottomlands all the way to the tree line. It’s a unique area that remains exceptionally intact and devoid of many human influences.
“This is a neighborhood of wealthy, large-scale ranching families, many of whom are brand name corporate people who quietly reside in this region of southwest Montana,” Murphy says.
Summer pasture at the Blacktail Mountain Ranch
Blacktail Mountain Ranch, listed for $14.7 million, consists of 20,338± acres (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.
Cabins at Blacktail Mountain Ranch
Murphy says the region is coveted by ranchers and conservationists. It falls 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.
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.