Listing of the Week: Deep Canyon Ranch is Gateway to Rocky Mountain Front, “America’s Backbone”

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The walls and peaks of the Rocky Mountain Front form what has been described as the ‘backbone of America’ and make for a spectacular entrance into the Bob Marshall Wilderness Complex.

Picture the quintessential Western ranch, and you’d probably imagine something close to Montana’s Deep Canyon Ranch. Sitting adjacent to over 1.5 million acres of National Forest and other protected lands like the Bob Marshall Wilderness, this beautiful ranch provides incomparable acreage for hunting, fishing, horseback riding, hiking, biking and various other outdoor activities that define the rugged Montana lifestyle. The 580-deeded-acre ranch, plus 360 BLM-lease acres, was listed through Fay Ranches for $5.2 million on May 8, 2018.

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Set at the base of Teton Pass and about 25 miles north of the small town of Choteau—one of Montana’s oldest towns—Deep Canyon Ranch occupies an enviable location on the doorstep of the Rocky Mountain Front, one of the most pristine and diverse ecosystems in the Rockies. It is here that the Great Plains converge upon limestone cliffsides that rise dramatically from the valley floor. The unique overlap of flora and fauna here makes this one of the wildest stretches of the Northern Rockies. The walls and peaks of the Front form what has been described as the “backbone of America,” and make for a spectacular entrance into the Bob Marshall Wilderness Complex.

Outdoor highlights on the ranch, which was established in the early 20th-century as a horse-packing then dude-ranching operation, include a section of the North Fork of the Teton River, home to cutthroat trout, as well as various streams and ponds that provide habitat for beavers, waterfowl and various small mammal species. Other wildlife to be enjoyed on the property include mountain goats and bighorn sheep at the higher elevations, along with healthy populations of elk, whitetail and mule deer.

Improvements on the ranch include a 3,500-square-foot main lodge with various modern amenities, comfortable living areas and wide-ranging views of the surrounding landscapes. A series of small cabins and guest houses round out what amounts to the perfect base camp for various forms of outdoor exploration. Beyond the property bounds, epic adventures await in the guise of blue-ribbon trout fishing, hiking, slick singletrack and skiing at nearby resorts like Teton Pass Ski Area. 

Choteau is the county seat of 2,293-square-mile Teton County, home to a number of cattle and sheep farms, as well as crops like wheat, barley, lentils and peas. Given its location alongside the rugged seam of the Rocky Mountains, it’s also the recreational gateway for visitors coming to explore the region’s thousands of acres of epic public lands.

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