Meeteetse Trail Retreat, Montana
Property Types: Ranches, Waterfront, Home, Recreational
Activities & Amenities
- Attached Garage
Undisturbed, captivating location that is rich with history, a beautiful 2-bedroom, 2-bathroom home situated upon the property. Unrestricted, open land with towering cottonwoods, aspen trees, and wildflowers with sagebrush stippling in between on the 45 acres. Unlimited views of the snow-capped, immense Beartooth Mountains. This exceptional property offers up all of this and 2500’ of undisturbed Clarks Fork river frontage with an additional 3 miles of BLM riverfront. The recreational river passes right out in front of the home supplying plenty of water for the 4 hydrants spread over the property. The home is sided with rough sawn wood and is efficient with Pella windows and some blown in insulation. One and a half mile of barbless 5 wire fencing surrounds the property. The inside of the home features just as many wonders such as Coran countertops, all hickory cabinets, and slate flooring and some rooms expanding with vaulted 16’ ceilings. A unique black, granite bath tub highlights the master bathroom and a woodstove helps focus in on the warmth of the home. A 24’ x 24’ insulated garage has electricity (all wires are underground) and plenty of space. In addition, there are 2 carports to provide shelter from the elements as well. The brightly colored flowers among the 8 raised garden beds filled with irises, peonies, and all kinds of vegetation make you feel as though you are in the midst of a secret garden. Enjoy relaxing and watching the passing wildlife on the Trex deck. The acreage is surrounded by BLM all the way from the river to the forest service land in the Beartooth’s. Privacy, tranquility, and adventure awaits you on this stunning area.
Wildlife and Hunting
This area is a treasure trove for wild animals and their undomesticated splendor. Examples of such are whitetail and mule deer, wild turkeys, elk, moose, bobcats, cougars, lynx, beaver, otters, bald and golden eagles, peregrine falcons, hawks and owls galore, osprey and the occasional bear. Located in hunting district 520, grab a tag and a bow or rifle and harvest a trophy elk or deer. Wander and observe the untouched natural habitats of these wonderful creatures without seeing a fence or a neighbor for miles.
Sage grouse leks are prominent in this area. The bare land makes it so there is plenty of space for the sage-grouse to congregate and put on their displays for courtship and so the females can see!
Fishing in the Clarks Fork River
In addition to the many recreational opportunities that the Clarks Fork River provides, it also serves as a serene spot where the slow-moving waters offer up a multitude of fish for anglers. On the Clarks Fork of the Yellowstone River, you can find plenty of rainbow and brown trout as well as some rainbow-cutthroat hybrids. You can catch some grayling, mountain whitefish, and both Yellowstone cutthroat and Snake River cutthroat.
This property is designated as an Area of Critical Environmental Concern and thus is protected and preserved to expand public recreational access for hiking, hunting, camping, skiing, and more because it connects to surrounding BLM lands. It is 7 miles from 1488 Meeteetse Trail and six miles south of Red Lodge. The area consists of unique rock formations that jut out from the eastern slopes of the Beartooth Mountains, drawing visitors and nature photographers from across the state and country. This dramatic landscape also provides a home for a variety of wildlife, including grizzly bears, moose, mountain lions and gray wolves, and a rare flowering plant, the Shoshonea pulvinata, which exists in only three places in Montana and fewer than 12 locations globally.
The Meeteetse (meaning meeting place in Shoshone) Trail connects Meeteetse, WY to Red Lodge and on to Billings. It was originally an Army supply line and an old postal route in the 1890s and used by the infamous Buffalo Bill to carry guests from Red Lodge (where he would drink with his friend Jeremiah Johnston!) and back to Cody, WY.
Valley of the Shields
It is the largest polychrome pictograph site in North America and is public land overseen by the BLM. Some of the pictographs/petroglyphs date back 10,000 years to American Indian tribes that are from that region. The name Valley of the Shields depicts the pictographs of warriors that are behind large shields. This area is just 20 miles from the home.
Nicknamed the “Basecamp to the Beartooth’s,” Red Lodge, Montana is the county seat to Carbon County. This friendly and hospitable community prides themselves on service to others with over 50 non-profit organizations to date. The town sees its fair share of tourism activity as a result of its close proximity to the popular and highly pursued Yellowstone National Park. However, it maintains a year-round economy due to the lucrative hospital and school systems. Surrounded by Custer Gallatin National Forest and shadowed by the brawny Beartooth Mountains, Red Lodge possesses beauty and numerous ways to spend your free time. Outdoor recreating can be found at Red Lodge Ski Resort in the winter months. Rock Creek lets adventurers’ fish and paddle its waters. Virtually, Red Lodge is a 60-mile drive to anywhere! To the north and 60 miles, Billings provides access to an airport and big city amenities. To the south and 60 miles, Cody, Wyoming represents as a rodeo town, and 60 miles to the southwest is Yellowstone National Park. Up for a scenic drive? Check out the famous Beartooth Highway for impressive and breathtaking views! Enjoy the Yellowstone Wildlife Sanctuary where you’re guaranteed a glimpse at rare and extraordinary animals. Any direction you look, Red Lodge is full of elegance, charm, and world-class experiences genuine to Montana’s landscape and warm welcoming hospitality.
The small community of Belfry is located on the Clark’s Fork of the Yellowstone River and was named for Dr. William Belfry. It was created by the construction of the Yellowstone Park Railroad during the coal-mining boom in Montana. It is now mostly an agricultural community situated near Yellowstone National Park, Billings, and Red Lodge. Additionally, it is also the headquarters for Montana, Wyoming, and the southern railroad.