Neil Valley Ranch, Montana
Property Types: Farms, Ranches, Waterfront, Home, Recreational
Activities & Amenities
- Detached Garage
An easy commute time, away from the city craziness, scenic locale, this one has it all! In addition to the marked off wish list items, the property allows for any creative customizations you can bring! It was originally developed to serve as an off-grid, self-sustaining property utilizing geothermal heating and cooling in the home and the fertile soils for gardening. Current owners had visions of building a dream home in the peaceful valley. There are several ideal building sites to choose from. Access to Belt, Great Falls, or surrounding areas is easy and convenient. Fiber optic is available on one potential building site; power is buried. Water rights convey with the sale. In the private, protected valley, Neil Creek flows year-round through the property. The heated shop/garage has a woodworking area and an office area. The serenity of the setting is breathtaking! Live here year-round and bask in the solitude or use it as an off-grid vacation get away. Hunt, adventure, bird watch, star gaze, or enjoy the calming presence of seclusion. There is even potential for acquiring extra income. Some of the 175 acres are currently leased out for grazing. There is a section at the top of the property that has produced some hay in the past. Great Falls has an international airport 27 miles from the property. Escape to this postcard perfect paradise!
Many features make Belt, Montana a much-desired haven. For example, it attracts rugged competition from all over to participate in its annual rodeo and is still able to offer a small town feel and experience. Belt is home to the famous Harvest Moon Brewery that combines Montana’s luscious grain with fresh and clean water out of local streams and wells to make a variety of beers sought after by connoisseurs from all over. You can find ample history throughout the town or in the Belt Museum housed in the old town jail! In addition, Belt is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and claims Montana’s very first coal mine. Belt’s name comes from a nearby mountain, Belt Butte, that looks like it has a belt of rocks around it. The Highwood and Little Belt mountains provide areas for hiking, biking, camping, creek fishing, hunting, recreating, and the Sluice Boxes State Park is nearby as well. Great Falls is a mere 23 miles away and has an International Airport and prestigious medical facilities for your convenience.
One of Montana’s many hidden gems, Belt Creek flows through the central portion of the state. Perhaps one of the most beautiful sections of the creek is the Sluice Box Canyon section. It is an 8 mile stretch that displays stunning limestone formations with sheer cliff walls that climb for hundreds of feet. In the deep pools, fish for rainbow or brown trout. You can also catch cutthroat or brook trout. Willow, cottonwood, chokecherry, and wild roses grow along the banks while the scenery unfolds and captivates.
Little Belt Mountains
The Little Belt Mountains are a section of the rugged Rocky Mountains. They lie mostly in the Lewis and Clark National Forest. The unspoiled nature is used for logging and recreation. The mountains have been mined for silver since the 1880s and for sapphires since 1896. The famous Yogo sapphire is mined near Yogo Creek. The highest peak of the range is Big Baldy Mountain towering at 9,175 feet. Ponderosa pines and Douglas-firs predominantly fill the forest providing cover for black bear, elk, white-tailed and mule deer. Rifle and archery hunting is excellent, and during the fall, hunter’s orange can be spotted trekking up the trails. The hum of motorized vehicles can often be heard as it is a popular sport here as well.
Showdown Ski Area
Ski in the heart of Montana at Showdown Ski Area and the Silver Crest Nordic Trail System that consists of weekly groomed trails for cross-country skiing or snowshoeing. The Kings Hill Snowmobiling System is considered to be one of the finest in Montana and has over 200 miles of marked and groomed trails.