Sun Ranch on the Madison River


The legendary Sun Ranch located in the wide glacial Madison Valley remains an awe-inspiring masterpiece of nature representing one of the last remaining balanced ecosystems in North America.  Many experts consider the Sun Ranch to be one of the most important areas in the entire Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem.  Its majestic acreage of Montana playground stretches from 5,700 feet elevation at river bottom to nearly 10,000 feet elevation at the Ranch’s highest mountain top.  The Sun Ranch borders 14± miles of National Forest and wilderness area along the entire eastern edge.  The Madison River flows along the southwestern boundary offering phenomenal fishing.  Three tributaries interweave the Sun Ranch landscape, offering an angler variety and privacy

The Sun Ranch ecosystem sustains an abundant variety of wildlife including elk, moose, grizzly and black bear, mule and whitetail deer, mountain goats, big horn sheep, wolverines, mountain lions, and pronghorn antelope.  Elk and antelope herds use the Sun Ranch as a primary migratory pathway in and out of Yellowstone National Park.  These herdsare astounding in their sheer numbers, resembling a river flowing over the landscape.  Hosting over 100 species of birds, including migratory waterfowl, several grouse species, and birds of prey such as bald eagles, golden eagles, red-tailed hawks, the Ranch is a birding mecca. 

Within a valley known for large conservation-easement-protected ranches, the top priority for the Sun Ranch has been conserving the wildlife corridors, diverse ecosystems, and the way of life in the expansive Madison Valley.  Located in a major thoroughfare for seasonal migration and providing dynamic habitat for a wide variety of species, the Sun Ranch has been committed to keeping the ecology of the area intact through educated management practices.  It is for this reason that over 97% of the Sun Ranch is under conservation easement.

Within one of the country’s most awe-inspiring view sheds lies a most picturesque experience -- the Sun Ranch is the very best of the Northern Rockies.  It is a privileged place in nature alongside one of America’s great wildernesses.  The Sun Ranch is a pride of ownership that speaks out to the West and demonstrates why so many seek its calling.

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