New to the market at the end of July, One Horse Creek Ranch is a pastoral 1,105-acre Montana ranch adjacent to some of the wildest spaces of the American West. About 20 miles south of Missoula, the ranch abuts the slopes of the largest contiguous wilderness area in the lower 48, formed by the interconnected five million acres of the Selway-Bitterroot and Frank Church-River of No Return wilderness areas between Montana and Idaho.
As you’d expect, wildlife here is abundant, with herds of whitetail, mule deer and elk roaming the forested slopes and pastures, along with wild turkeys, herons, bobcats, grizzlies and other signature Rockies species. The ranch itself is equipped for cattle-ranching operations, plus boasts a four-stall horse barn and outdoor riding arena for equestrian aficionados. A pair of creek-fed ponds, created by a renowned fisheries biologist, harbor self-sustaining populations of cutthroat trout.
Amidst all this wilderness splendor, One Horse Creek Ranch offers a distinctly luxurious mountain escape that includes a stately 8,850-square-foot Tuscan-style home looking out over the valley floor. The main home includes two guest bedrooms to complement an additional large woodshop with three-car garage and two-bedroom guest quarters upstairs.
One Horse Creek Ranch is less than two miles west of Florence, a small town originally settled by Irish immigrants that sits at the top end of 96-mile-long Bitterroot Valley, a temperate area that has earned it the nickname the “Banana Belt of Montana.” A number of small craft breweries and wineries take advantage of local ingredients and growing conditions throughout the valley. And as befits an area surrounded by some of the country’s most beautiful natural landscapes, other popular activities here include mountain biking, fly-fishing, hiking, rock climbing and wildlife-watching.
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