Trout Creek Ranch spans approximately 1.5 miles east to west, and almost 3 miles north to south and has a distinctive mix of land types and topography within its borders. Trout Creek flows north to south and the associated canyon runs a linear path down the low-lying center of the property. The riparian area around the creek is a winding oasis of tall cottonwood stands and willows that are protected by rocky cliffs and steep escarpments on both sides. The grassy parks along the creek bottom are a major wildlife draw and are shielded from wind and weather. A lush meadow is situated on the upper part of the creek which was historically irrigated to produce grass hay. East of the creek, several finger-like draws reach up to sprawling grasslands. This portion of the property consists of about 880 acres and is classic Montana cattle grazing ground characterized by gently rolling terrain, natural springs, and rocky bluffs. The ranch headquarters is sited in a picturesque open area along the Trout Creek drainage near a natural spring. Behind and to the west of the improvements, the topography rises up again into a protected bowl-shaped basin with open glades and outcroppings. On the north side of the basin lies the honeymoon cabin that overlooks the terrain below and enjoys the majestic backdrop of the Beartooths in the distance.
Trout Creek Ranch is set within the eastern foothills of the Beartooth Mountain Range, which contains almost one million acres of pristine Wilderness Area and endless exploration. The famous Beartooth Highway connects the eastern side of the mountain range to Yellowstone National Park on the western side. As a seasonal road, it winds its way around steep mountain tops and across high alpine ridges leading to incredible vistas. This pocket of south central Montana is known as a stronghold of large agricultural and multi-generational legacy ranches with high conservation values driven by strong natural resources. The closest town is Absarokee, which was named after the Crow Indian Tribe, and is now home to approximately 1,200 people. Absarokee has most modern amenities including a grocery store, shops, restaurants, bars, and a small medical clinic. The Stillwater River is the main waterway through the region, draining the eastern side of the Beartooths and is a blue ribbon trout fishery. The Stillwater eventually flows into the mighty Yellowstone River about 45 minutes north. The Yellowstone is one of the west’s most prominent rivers and is the longest flowing freestone river in the United States. Red Lodge Ski Area, one of Montana’s cherished small-town ski mountains, is about an hour south of the property. The Stillwater Valley is also home to the unique cultural attraction of Tippet Rise Ranch and Art Center, a revolutionary concept marrying land conservation, ranching, fine art, and live musical experiences.
The ranch is located in rural Stillwater County about 15 miles west of the town of Absorkee. Access is via Stillwater River Road (County Road 420) west from town, then crosses the river and proceeds up Spring Creek Road through several large cattle ranches to eventually arrive at the Trout Creek Ranch gate.
Billings is about 1 hour and 45-minute drive east of the ranch on I-90, while Bozeman is a little over 2 hours west. Both Billings and Bozeman have commercial airports with airline service.
Trout Creek Ranch features custom and very tasteful improvements, but is not overbuilt. The main house is built on the foundation of a historic homestead from the early 1900s. The home is primarily constructed with river rock stone imported from eastern Montana. The house consists of two levels with a total of four bedrooms and three bathrooms and approximately 3,750 finished square feet. The master bedroom is on the ground floor and occupies its own wing with adjoining walk in closets and a 5-piece bath. Another bedroom with its own bath is on the main floor, and two additional bedrooms with a shared bath as well as an office fill out the second level. The interior includes many unique and custom-built features including a central wood burning fireplace with a walk-around stone hearth. The living area is very comfortable with lots of natural light and picture windows. The exhibition style kitchen is open to the dining and breakfast nook and features top of the line appliances including an executive range and oven and overhead exhaust system in addition to a farm style sink and beautiful granite countertops. The basement level has been set up as an entertainment and game room along with a modest wine cellar, storage and utility room. To finish it off, the outdoor living spaces are well designed with two covered patios, an outdoor grilling area, and platform terrace along the spring with a hot tub, outdoor shower, and sun deck.
Immediately behind the main house is a detached three car garage with a second-floor studio apartment. On the first floor, there is a full bathroom and commercial style kitchen perfect for cooking for large groups and events.
The Spring Cabin is a completely restored homestead from the turn of the century. The structure is almost all original hand-hewn logs and sits right next to a picturesque natural flowing spring and small pond. The cabin is perfect for guests where they have everything they need including living area, full bathroom, and kitchenette on the first floor and two bedrooms and a sun deck on the second level.
The barn is a pole frame modern metal structure built in 2006 and includes a heated shop and large equipment storage. The second story has an additional apartment loft with eight bedrooms, two full bathrooms, and a full kitchen and living area that is great for overflow guests.
The Honeymoon Cabin is an offsite and off-grid studio style structure located on the remote western portion of the property with spectacular views for hunters and wildlife enthusiasts.