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Blue Creek Ranch, Montana
Property Types: Residential, Vacant Land, Farms, Ranches for Sale, Recreational
Activities & Amenities
Rarely does a property come on the market that provides an authentic Montana ranch life, while having modern day conveniences at your fingertips. Blue Creek Ranch and its 459 acres sit at the boundary of Billings and the vast range lands that encompass South Central Montana. For 122 years, one family has stewarded and cared for the ranch. The land has changed very little since its early days when the historic Chief Plenty Coups bought vegetables grown on the property and when a horseback ride to downtown Billings, less than 10 miles away, took a few hours. Since then Billings has quickly grown to become Montana’s largest city known for its proximity to Montana’s wild places, its tight knit community, and its industry. The ranch is only a few minutes drive to stores, restaurants, hospitals, schools, interstate highways, an international airport, and commerce. For over a mile, Blue Creek meanders amongst the mature cottonwoods and across more than 40 acres of lush irrigated hay meadows. Little Basin Creek flows through the property for a short distance before its confluence with Blue Creek. The property rises out of the creek bottom to high grassy plateaus providing 360 degree views of the surrounding landscapes and snowcapped peaks of the towering Beartooth Mountains. The closer Pryor Mountains and distant Crazy Mountains are also visible from the upper portions of the property. Ponderosa pine filled coulees provide cover for the resident wildlife that include mule deer and turkeys. Whitetail deer, pheasants, birds of prey, and other animals live along ranch’s creek bottom. Blue Creek Ranch lies just over a mile from the coveted Briarwood Country Club, a private golf club which has twice been named Montana’s best golf course by Golf Digest. Travel a few more miles towards Billings and you will cross the famous Yellowstone River and enjoy the miles of walking paths at Riverfront Park along its banks. Back on the ranch one can enjoy horseback riding, hiking, 4-wheeling, wildlife viewing, hunting, ranching, and other activities. Whether you are looking to build your dream home where you can enjoy the benefits of outdoor living, seclusion, and security, with city accessibility, or an investor looking to develop prime real estate, you will want to see this amazing Montana ranch.
Blue Creek Ranch is minutes to many of the amenities that rarely are associated with a ranch property. The coveted Briarwood Golf Course is about 1.5 miles from the ranch. This private golf course has twice been named the best golf course in Montana. 4 miles away is the Yellowstone River and Riverfront park with its miles of trails along the banks of the river. A Sam’s Club is around 5 miles, while many other big box stores including Costco, Walmart, Lowes, and more are 6 miles from the ranch. Downtown Billings with fine dining, breweries, shops, entertainment, commerce, and 2 hospitals are less than 8 miles away. The Billings International airport with non-stop flights to several major destinations is less than 10 miles away, just passed downtown. These are just a few of the many conveniences you will enjoy within a short drive.
Ranching / Farming
With 459 acres, many of which are NRCS rated prime farmland grasses, the ranch is excellent for livestock grazing and haying. Up to 48 acres of the property along Blue Creek may also be irrigated and cut making for the ability to feed a small herd of cattle, goats, sheep, or horses year-round. Without irrigation the hay production in 2020 yielded around 150 ½ ton round bales. 25 head of cattle are currently summering on the ranch. With proper management and irrigation these numbers have potential to be increased.
Blue Creek Ranch provides a unique hunting opportunity close to city limits. The property currently has no restrictions for firearm use and is home to four classic game animals as well as other small game. Game include whitetail deer, mule deer, turkey, pheasant, prairie dogs, and more. With the great soil and water rights the property could be better developed for game animals by planting various food plots, shelter belts, and other game attracting vegetation. With the private Blue Creek Sport Shooting club that provides a high quality, full service, shooting complex and a Cabela’s sporting goods story only a couple miles away, you’ll conveniently have everything you need to prepare for your hunt.
Conservation Easement Potential
The Blue Creek Ranch may present a great opportunity to the savvy investor that wants to preserve the land for generations to come. Due to its proximity to Billings and its likelihood to one day be developed, the ranch may be a prime candidate for a conservation easement. A significant portion of the ranch, according to data from the NRCS, is classified as Prime Farmland or Farmland of State Importance. The NRCS considers cash grants on top of the potential tax benefits of granting a conservation easement to properties with these soil types.
Blue Creek Ranch’s location close to amenities and commerce may present an excellent development opportunity. The property is already comprised of 5 parcels of various sizes that may be divided without significant further investment. The property is also a candidate for subdivision into small tracts. The ranch is less than ½ mile from the closest elementary school and less than 1 ½ miles to the closest city services. Fiber internet and communication lines provided by Century Link are available in the immediate area and natural gas lines provided by Montana Dakota Utilities are only 1500’ away from the property. With over a mile of Blue Creek running through the property, many desirable lots could be created along the creek that would be vastly different from other potential subdivisions in the area. The water rights, with priority dates dating back to the early 1900’s, may also play a vital role in the county’s decision to allow for a subdivision.