Running Elk Ranch$ 6,300,000
- Purpose Sale
- Type: Ranch
- Area 3000 Sq. Feet
In the shadows of the many picturesque peaks that comprise the southern Bitterroot Mountain Range lies the Running Elk Ranch. On the Bitterroot Valley’s west side, this 552+/- acre property is located three miles north of Darby and approximately 15 miles south of Hamilton. For a property of this size that offers such seclusion, the access is great, just a mile off Highway 93 by way of a paved county road and a well-maintained private gravel road. In no way does the modest entrance hint at the marvel about to be embarked upon.
Outstanding beauty, breathtaking views and functionality give this elite property incredible diversity. Pristine meadows, rolling hillsides, ponds, glorious panoramic mountain and valley views, and timbered draws grace this incredible holding of over 552 acres backing up to the Bitterroot National Forest. Roughly half of the property is wooded sanctuary…the other half is productive hay ground utilizing excellent water rights.
With a log lodge and guest cabin already in place, the ranch is ready to operate! The residences vary in age.. from a 25-year old log lodge reminiscent of old Montana featuring more than 3,000 square feet over two levels with massive rock fireplace and five bedrooms to a one bedroom/one bathroom log guest cottage.
Between the varied terrain of the property itself and the neighboring forest, the land offers a plethora of recreational choices. A haven for wildlife, the Running Elk Ranch is loaded with herds of elk, large populations of whitetail and mule deer, moose and black bear. Migratory waterfowl, including Canadian geese and mallard duck, grace the ponds by dropping in seasonally.
Incredible hiking and horseback riding can be enjoyed on premise and into the forest lands. Winter sports enthusiasts can enjoy endless miles of snowmobiling and skiing. At a stone’s throw away Lake Como provides water skiing and boating activities. The Bitterroot River is within minutes for fly-fishing or rafting opportunities.
The dream of large ranch ownership in Montana’s Bitterroot Valley is realized in this very unique offering. Seldom does the market get to see a property as diversified and special as this come available.
A portion of the ranch has been placed into a conservation easement designed to keep the property intact, but allowing for expansive improvements. The easement also provides protection and healthy habitat for the enormous wildlife population thriving on the grounds.
Additional acreage available.