In short, a property like this has never been available in Bozeman. Purchasing this much acreage in the Gallatin Valley is an exceedingly rare opportunity. With the highest elevation in the valley, the High Flat Ranch offers views like none other. Options are plenty with this offering including development, conservation easements, or simply owning one of the area's most gorgeous estates. This ranch has been in the same family for four generationsLandHigh Flat Ridge, of which the ranch has become the namesake, is surely the most defining feature of the High Flat Ranch. It juts out into the valley, splitting Norris Highway and Hwy 191 toward Big Sky. From this high vantage you can look out over the entirety of the Gallatin Valley and parts of others. Outlining these valleys you have the breathtaking views of seven different mountain ranges. On the interior of the ranch there is more diversity in terrain than one would imagine. Large rock outcroppings framed by tall timber run down these wet, deep canyons. These canyons run out into rolling fields with dark, fertile soil and are bordered on all sides by beautiful grasslands.
ImprovementsThere are three homes on the High Flat Ranch that make up the family's residences, the newest of which was built in 2017. All three of these homes are on a County maintained road. There are numerous outbuildings including shops, barns, and corral setups that help the ranch run smoothly.
RecreationSki, hike, ride, shoot, hunt the options are plentiful on this piece of heaven. Whitetail Deer, Mule Deer, Turkey, Upland Birds and Elk frequent the property and the surrounding 1400+ acres of public land, much of which is landlocked. While there is much to do on this property, the surrounding area offers truly endless recreational possibilities. Big Sky Ski Resort and Bridger Bowl, our area's best ski resorts, are both less than 45 minutes away. There is an abundance of Blue Ribbon trout streams within short distances. The closest is the Gallatin River, a truly amazing fishery, just three miles to the east. World renowned climbing, biking, rafting, and just about everything else you could desire to do in the great outdoors lie within minutes of the High Flat Ranch.
AgricultureThrough the generations the High Flat Ranch has operated successfully as a farm and cattle ranch. 850+/- acres of tilled fields have produced crops for years and the family has seen to its successful stewardship both in feeding their cattle herd and as a source of income to sell hay to neighboring ranches or take the dryland crop to market. The remaining 1400+ acres contain wonderfully lush range land separated into several pastures. Careful grazing practices have ensured that the soil has remained healthy and productive in feeding their cattle and providing a beautiful landscape.
Water/Mineral Rights & Natural ResourcesThe High Flat Ranch grows it's crops in dryland. No irrigation rights exist, however there are several stock water and well water rights that go with the purchase. Two stock water reservoirs supply water to cattle on the western portion of the ranch and could be developed further if desired. All the mineral rights to the property are included in the sale as well. Long ago there was mining activity on one section of the property and it's unknown as to what resources lie below the surface. The soil has consistently produced healthy crops to sell as well as supply the owner's cattle.
Region & ClimateBozeman has long been at the forefront of those minds who seek quality of life. While keeping its quintessential Montana feel, it is home to a thriving tech industry and an unreal network of successful business start ups. Downtown Bozeman thrives with numerous vibrant shops and restaurants. Montana State University seems to keep the area energized with youth and exploration. Bozeman Yellowstone International Airport, only 10 miles from the High Flat Ranch, is the state's busiest airport with non-stop direct flights to dozens of major cities coast to coast. Yellowstone National Park lies less than an hour from the property and can be thoroughly enjoyed year-round.
HistoryThe Gallatin Valley has long been known as a place of peace. It was known as the Valley of Flowers by the several native tribes that would frequent there. Under various truces the Crow, Blackfeet, Sioux, and others would provide sustenance for their families from the valley's resources. They would set aside their differences for the greater good of their people and thus thrive through the winters, living off what was gathered in the valley. The rivers were thick with trout and the hills abundant with elk and deer. Soon the valley beckoned to explorers like Jim Bridger and John Bozeman and it wasn't long until a bustling town was established, the latter's namesake. Settlers bound for the Pacific Northwest would find themselves smitten with the valley and decide to stay. The fertile soil and the rich resources in the surrounding areas surely made that decision easier. More recently Bozeman has become one of the fastest growing micropolitan communities in the country. It seems the Valley of Flowers continues to be a place of peace that truly draws those seeking respite, recreation, and adventure.