The property is located in an area of irrigated farm land, approximately 8 miles Southwest of Bozeman, near the small community of Gallatin Gateway. It is accessed off of Gooch Hill Road, a paved secondary highway. Gooch Hill Road is accessed via either Huffine Lane or Hwy. #191, and crosses the Southern end of the property. All in Gallatin County.
Bozeman, a city of approximately 38,000 is nestled in a beautiful mountain valley, is a major trading hub and also the County Seat of Gallatin County. The area offers a compelling mixture of qualities – breathtaking scenery, clean air, abundant wildlife, Blue Ribbon trout streams, a leading State University and a multitude of cultural activities.
Bozeman has always been bound to the land, its roots sunk firmly in Agriculture. Despite a relatively short growing season, the area is known for seed potatoes, wheat, malting barley, hay and livestock production. Even though less than 4% of Gallatin County's population earns a living from Agriculture, farming & ranching remains a major economic force.
The largest unit in the Montana University system, Montana State University remains one of the Valley's bastions of stability. MSU is well-respected for its Agriculture, Art, Engineering, Architecture and Math & Accounting degree programs. Approximately 13,000 students attend MSU.
Gallatin County guards the West Entrance to Yellowstone National Park and is the headquarters for some of the finest fishing in the world. Miles of Blue Ribbon trout streams run throughout the area. The nationally recognized Madison, Jefferson, Yellowstone and Gallatin Rivers, as well as numerous lakes & streams offer a variety of fishing experiences. One may explore South Central Montana's great rivers, storied mountains, deep forests and remote wilderness areas.
It is a short, 45 minute drive to both Bridger Bowl Ski Area, North of Bozeman, and 30 minutes to Big Sky Ski & Summer Resort to the South, offering legendary powder runs, wide open groomed runs, and sun and fun to suit everyone. Big Sky also offers year ‘round recreation including excellent skiing, fly-fishing, horseback riding, river rafting, and several 18-hole golf courses.
Bozeman Yellowstone International Airport at Gallatin Field in Belgrade is approximately 14 miles away, and is currently served by Alaska, Allegiant, American, Delta, Frontier, and United Airlines. There are also 2 full service Fixed Base Operators: Arlin's Aircraft Service Inc. and Yellowstone Jet Center; as well as private charter services, including Summit Aviation, Sunbird Aviation Inc., Montana Aircraft Inc., Central Copters, and Rocky Mountain Rotors.
Visit AIR NAV for more information on Public or Private airports.
The Gooch Hill Ranch consists of 192.265± deeded acres. It has been legally surveyed into 8 individual tracts, ranging in size from 20 to 28 acres via C.O.S. #1285, C.O.S. #1648 and C.O.S. #509. These could be sold as individual parcels. It sits in an area of mostly open space and agricultural land, along with some subdivisions.
The land is broken down as: 161± acres irrigated via pivot, sprinkler, and flood irrigation and 31± acres of grazing. Most of the irrigated land is in Alfalfa, and 40± acres are seeded to Spring Wheat. Beautiful views of the Hyalite Mountains and the Gallatin Range to the South, as well as the tops of the Bridger Range to the North, and the Tobacco Roots to the West.Watch the following video of Gooch Hill Ranch: **Refresh page to watch again**
Ranges from 5,000 feet to 5,100 feet above sea level
Mean length of freeze-free season is 90 - 100 days; Average date of first freeze is September 2 - 7; Average date of last freeze is June 4 - 9. **
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Mean Annual Precipitation is 20" - 30". **
Mean Annual Snowfall is 50" - 100" (accumulative). **
WATER & WATER RIGHTS
The West Gallatin Canal meanders through the Northern part of the ranch. The ranch has contract water rights referred to as Hyalite Lake storage rights that can be delivered through this canal. These include 250 shares out of the Middle Creek Water Users Association. One share equals one acre foot (250 shares = 250 acre feet). In 2015, the Operation & Maintenance cost was $11.05/share.
Montana is going through the water rights adjudication process at this time. The ranch has filed, according to Montana Law, and received the following rights in a temporary preliminary decree. There is no guarantee which of these rights will be in the final decree.
Water Right #
Dec 31, 1902
Bull Run Creek
Jun 30, 1973
Unnamed Trib West Gallatin River
May 31, 1887
Unnamed Trib West Gallatin River
July 1, 1900
South Cottonwood Creek
Oct 1, 1878
Dec 31, 1902
A 40± acre wheel line and a 30hp electric pump convey with the sale.
All mineral rights owned by the seller and appurtenant to the property will convey to buyer at closing. Mineral rights are not guaranteed, so it is suggested that, if mineral rights are an important issue, the buyer should conduct a mineral search with a Title Company.
Both a soils map and a soils description outline can be found on the "MAPS" web page.
Mobile Home: Double-wide Champion, Parkridge model; 28' x 64' (1,792 sq. ft.); Built in 1985; 3 bedrooms and 2 baths; Central forced-air heating; Wood stove; 200 sq. ft. open frame porch; 500 sq. ft. finished, Framed carport
Pole Barn: Built in 1979; Metal with 4 sides open; 54' x 120' (6,480 sq. ft.)
Pole Barn: Built in 1978; Metal with 4 sides open; 54' x 108' (5,832 sq. ft.)
Pole Barn: Built in 1978; 1½ story Lean-to; 36' x 14' (504 sq. ft.)
Shed: Built in 1978; Wood frame; 36' x 22' (792 sq. ft.)
Hopper Bin: Built in 1979; Steel; 16' high and 18' in circumference
Pole Barn: Built in 1982; Metal with 4 sides open; 20' x 50' (400 sq. ft.)
Feed Bunk: Built in 1982; Concrete; 202 sq. ft.
Shed: Built in 1920; Ag frame; 19' x 35' (665 sq. ft.)
Pole Barn: Built in 1978; Metal with 1 side open; 84' x 20' (1,680 sq. ft.)
Pole Barn: Built in 1978; Metal with 1 side open; 48' x 19' (912 sq. ft.)
Silo: Built in 1967; Concrete stave with roof; 65' high and 78' in circumference
Grain Bin: Built in 1970; No aerator; 50,000 BU; 16' high and 56' in circumference
Grain Bin: Built in 1974; No aerator; 50,000 BU; 16' high and 56' in circumference
Grain Bin: Built in 1970; No aerator; 42,000 BU; 13' high and 56' in circumference
Grain Bin: Built in 1970; No aerator; 19,000 BU; 10' high and 43' in circumference
Pole Barn: Built in 1982; Wood with 4 sides open; 20' x 20' (400 sq. ft.)
Granary: Built in 1988; 16' x 25' (400 sq. ft.)
Pole Barn: Built in 1988; Metal with 4 sides closed; 36' x 80' (2,880 sq. ft.)
Power is supplied by Northwestern Energy and phone by CenturyLink. Natural gas is also available in the area.
The property is currently leased to a neighboring farmer from January 1, 2017 to December 31, 2017 for $15,000 cash rent. The neighbor’s pivot crosses the property and he has use of the granaries and hay sheds until the Spring of 2018. He is an excellent farmer and would be willing to sign a 5-year lease, with an option to renew every 5 years.
Wildlife includes Deer, Elk, Grouse, Pheasants, Eagles and Sandhill Cranes. There is also an abundance of song birds.
The ranch is legally divided into 8 tracts and would make an excellent Conservation Easement, to protect the area's agricultural and recreational value, as well as the scenic beauty from subdivision & development; Plus, give the owner a substantial tax deduction off of his ordinary income.
Public School is provided via two schools. Grades PK-8 are at Gallatin Gateway School, which had 142 students in the 2015-2016 school year. High School is at Bozeman Senior High, which had 1,963 students. Home of the “Hawks.”
Manhattan Christian School, a quality, private school is located in the community of Churchill, 9 miles South of Manhattan. In the 2016-2017 school year, it has approximately 33 students in Pre-School and 280 students in Grades K-12. Home of the "Eagles."
All information is from sources deemed reliable, but is not guaranteed by Don Vaniman, Ranch Broker, seller, or agent. Offering is subject to error, omissions, prior sale, change or withdrawal without notice, and approval of the purchase by owner. I urge independent verification of each and every item submitted, to the satisfaction of any prospective purchaser.
**Information is collected from the MSU Extension Service, MAPS Atlas Program, 1994.