ABOUT BASIN RANCH
Nestled in a large basin surrounded by the Billings Rimrocks, the Basin Ranch is the quintessential eastern Montana ranch holding offering its owner a much deserved reprieve from the daily grind. A well-positioned ranch home centered within 10,361± Total Acres (9,721± Deeded Acres) overlooks the old homestead place from atop a bluff. The views are expansive, the wildlife is plentiful, and only one neighboring ranch is within sight. If 10,361± acres is not enough, there is an option to buy an adjoining 8,677± acres.
The Basin Ranch is currently operated as a successful cattle operation with no conservation or access easements, all less than 20 miles from the state’s largest city center —Billings, Montana.
- 10,361± total acres (9,721± acres deeded)—one of the few available ranches of this size minutes outside of Billings, Montana
- This family-owned property is a well-maintained and successful cattle operation
- 1,400± acres of tillable acreage currently in improved pasture
- 2.25± miles of seasonal South Fork Crooked Creek
- Wells, springs and extensive sage grouse habitat and identified leks
- Mule deer, antelope and upland birds are prevalent, with seasonal elk
- The 4-bed, 3-bath owner’s home ideally placed on a bluff overlooking the ranch
- Other improvements include a manager’s home, numerous outbuildings and a hangar
- Located less than 20 miles from Montana’s largest city and Billings International Airport
- An easy escape with all of the conveniences and amenities
- No conservation easements or public access are currently in place
- Additional 8,677± acres of private grazing lease available adjacent to the ranch
- There is also an option to purchase the additional 8,677± acres
The Basin Ranch offers multiple opportunities: continue to operate it as a cattle ranch; lease or buy additional land on adjacent property; rotate to grain and/or crops when commodity prices are more favorable; implement a sage grouse conservation easement with Montana Fish Wildlife and Parks; and more. All water rights and mineral rights owned by the seller will convey with the property.
With the Basin Ranch being less than 20 miles to Billings, Montana, you won’t be isolated. Not many ranches offer this level of privacy, yet this close to all the amenities you want or need. Whether you’re looking for bronco busting rodeo action or the relaxation of fishing or hunting, you’ll be in good company around Billings. The city has the largest population in the state with 110,000 people in the most recent census.
Billings provides the conveniences of a thriving city—everything from fine and local restaurants and shops to box stores and national retailers to car dealerships and heavy equipment dealers.
The city also offers quality healthcare with multiple hospitals, clinics and specialists. Billings International Airport allows for easy travel options with services offered by American, United, Delta, Alaska and Frontier among others.
The area is also a central point to the best western attractions, events and activities. Simply put, a trip to the grocery store, grabbing lunch with a friend, or a night out for dinner, dancing or a movie is just a short drive to town.
The centerpiece of the Basin Ranch is the owner’s home which is perfectly placed on a hill near the middle of the ranch, overlooking the old homestead compound below. The 4-bed, 3-bath home was built in 2001 and has a 2-car garage. Views are virtually unobstructed from any window and are carried for miles to the distant surrounding rim. A kitchen open to the great room and a main level master suite are evidence of a well thought out design. Being 20 years old, the home is in need of some minor, relevant updating but is of sound construction.
The old homestead place consists of a 2-bed, 1-bath original ranch home built in the 1920s. It has an attic and a dirt floor basement that speaks to a time long past. Still functioning today, yet it would require some attention for everyday living. Other improvements include a hangar/shop with a concrete floor and double slide out doors. The owner is a pilot and has flown in and out of the ranch regularly. There are multiple barns, sheds, storage buildings, pens, etc in and around the old homeplace. Some function as intended, others are no longer utilized.
The ranch is well-watered with multiple water wells, springs and 24 water stations. There are many drainages throughout the ranch, some more reliable than others, with the most notable being the 2.25± miles of seasonal South Fork Crooked Creek.
The current owner of the Basin Ranch will convey all minerals and water rights they hold and the ranch is without the encumbrance of any conservation or access easements.
Operations as a year-round cattle ranch continue today with an optimal carrying capacity of about 275 head. The 1,400± acres of improved hay pasture is sufficient to carry a herd of that size through the winter. These improved pastures could also be rotated with other crops depending on commodities pricing.
The ranch is fully perimeter fenced and cross fenced allowing for an easy rotation schedule to avoid overgrazing. There are 24 watering stations to ensure that stock is well-watered. A modest, yet adequate set of pens are also located near the homestead.
The area is a central point to the best western attractions, events and activities. Simply put, a trip to the grocery store, grabbing lunch with a friend, or a night out for dinner, dancing or a movie is just a short drive to town.
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