*SOLD* Medicine Tree Ranch
The Medicine Tree Ranch has been in the same ownership for almost 35 years. The ranch takes it's namesake from the "Medicine Tree" (of which today only a trunk remains) located across the river, which is a sacred cultural site of the Salish Kootenai tribes. The ranch is 257+/- acres in five parcels with approximately 1/4 mile of East Fork river frontage, a renowned local trout fishery. Located about 10 miles south of Darby just off Highway 93, the ranch is well situated in a Western Montana recreational paradise. From fishing, hiking, hunting, skiing, boating, biking, off-roading, snowmobiling and about every other outdoor activity this area has it all - either on or within minutes of the ranch via numerous accesses to roads and trailheads on public lands nearby. The ranch lies in famed Hunting District 270 (considered a trophy Mule Deer district) with landowner preference Mule Deer tag potential.
Medicine Tree Ranch has two homes, a large classic barn and a six stall shop/garage. The improvements are all older and/or partially finished and being sold in "As Is Condition". The main home, originally built around 1903, is a two story Victorian style with three bedrooms, two and a half baths, hardwood floors and a large fireplace with wood stove. The home has been added on to and remodeled in the past but still retains it's original character. The two story guest home was built in the mid-late 2000's and is partially but mostly finished. It has 2 plus bedrooms, 1 bath, kitchenette, wood stove and second floor balcony. The ranch also has many potential building sites where a new custom home could possibly be built. The barn, reportedly built around 1935, has stalls, old milk stanchions, a full loft and steel pipe corral on one end. The garage/shop has a finished workspace and cement floor in half of the building as well as a tack room. The driveway and yard around the homes is appropriately lined with white vinyl board fencing. Water rights out of the river allow for sprinkler irrigation of the picturesque hay meadow.
The hill acreage (roughly 3/4 of the total acreage) is accessed by foot or by the atv/utv road and offers top of the world views in every direction. The main hill is timbered with pine and fir. A lot of the mature timber on the ranch burned in the fires of 2000 but some regrowth is occurring. All sorts of wildlife frequent the ranch throughout the year and it's common to see elk and deer.
The river is a stone's throw away from the main home. It's very fish-able from it's bank, looks to have some decent wade fishing in spots and good floating possibilities. The river merges with the West Fork about 6 miles downstream to form the Bitterroot River. Other multiple fishing accesses off site are only within minutes. The ranch's location just off Highway 93 makes year-round access easy and is all pavement driving until the Dickson Creek Road bridge which is right at the entrance to the property. This is a tremendous opportunity to own a recreational ranch in the highly coveted and desirable Bitterroot Valley at a time when ranch market inventory is at an all time low.
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