Rocky Mountains



Where Does Colorado Water Come From?

By Jim Vidamour, ALC, Principal Broker, Licensed in CO, NM The most important thing to realize about Colorado is that Colorado only exports water. There are no rivers entering Colorado for any significant distance. Colorado water originates in Colorado and exits the state through several major river systems. The South Platte, the North Platte, the […]


Applying For A Non-Resident Elk License | Montana

By Ryan Bramlette, Ranch Sales, Licensed in MT While quietly navigating the trails of Dancing Bear Ranch on a summer evening a few years back, a client and I came around a corner to see three mature Bull Elk proudly flaunting their velvet-covered antlers. Of course, that encounter got us talking about the hunting and […]


SOLD: Dome Mountain Ranch

By Gregory W. Fay, Founder | Principal Broker, Licensed in MT The famed Dome Mountain Ranch, one of the largest ranches in Montana’s Paradise Valley, has sold. The property was listed for sale for $45m with Greg Fay, the founder of Fay Ranches. The ranch is well-known, boasting incredible habitat throughout its 5,329± acres, and […]


Living on a Montana Ranch

By John Anderson, Broker Associate, Licensed in MT, ID “What’s it really like to live on a ranch?” is one of the most frequently asked questions I receive from prospective clients.  As a general rule, those who ask me this question are urban or semi-rural dwellers yearning to escape the rat race encroaching on and permeating […]


Rocky Mountain Runoff, What You Should Know

Provided by the team at Yellow Dog Flyfishing Adventures As springtime arrives in the Western United States, trout come to life in search of food. Some of the season’s best fishing conditions can be in late spring and early summer, but with high water and runoff, anglers are faced with a unique set of challenges. […]


Purchasing a Ranch Near a Modern Cowtown, Southwest Montana

By Ryan Bramlette, Ranch Sales, Licensed in MT Today, Americans have more of a variety of lifestyles available, filled with choices that have emerged over the recent months.  Many people are fortunate to have the ability to generate income from wherever their laptop and cell phone are plugged in, and their children can be educated […]


Ranching Lifestyle | Calving Production in Winter

By RJ Patterson, Ranch Sales, Licensed in MT, ID With the cattle market fluctuating over the last several years, what can you do to ensure that you get the biggest return on your investment in cattle?  For commercial producers the answer is simple: have the lowest calf mortality, and have the biggest calves to sell […]


Fay Ranches Sponsors the Inaugural Yellowstone Riggin Rally, Darby, MT

The Steiner Rodeo Family from Texas, Taylor Sheridan, and Bosque Ranch Productions brought the debut of the Yellowstone Riggin’ Rally to Darby, MT. The Rally hosted the top 24 Bareback Riders from the PRCA, a $30,000 purse, and nearly 2,000 fans. In attendance were the cast members of the Taylor Sheridan and Bosque Ranch Productions […]


Fay Ranches Sponsors Wyoming’s Cowboy: Cole Reiner, Bareback “Rookie of the Year”

Cole Reiner is sponsored by Fay Ranches Ranch Sales Agents: Neil Bangs, Kevin Stowe, Cheryl Summer, Mike Konstant, Kebi Smith, RJ Patterson, Dixie Barry, Alex Robertson, John Anderson, Scott Hawes, A note from Cole Reiner   Growing up on our family ranch just outside Buffalo, Wyoming, I’ve always been involved in the western way of […]


Wyoming’s Split Estate

By Neil Bangs, Associate Broker, Licensed in WY One of the most frequently asked questions regarding ranch sales in Wyoming is, who owns the mineral rights? And what rights do they have? In many states, the owners of the land are not necessarily the owners of the mineral estate. Wyoming is such a state. Separation […]


Purchasing a Ranch in New Mexico

By Rik Thompson, Broker Associate, Republic Ranches, LLC You’ve worked hard, perhaps built a business, and been diligent about saving and investing your money for years. Maybe you are very fortunate and have benefited from an inheritance or some other type of windfall. However you got there, now you are at the point where you […]


Enjoy Both Seclusion and Accessibility | New Mexico and Colorado

By Jim Vidamour, Fay Ranches Principal Broker, Licensed in New Mexico and Colorado It is hard to deny that the recent pandemic has accelerated a trend that began a few years ago.  The desire to own a refuge away from urban population density has intensified and is readily apparent in the sharp increase in ranch […]


Regional Feature | Madison Valley, Montana | Small Towns With Rural Values

Lewis and Clark crossed this scenic valley of majestic mountain ranges and the fabled Madison River in 1805, but not until 1864, shortly after gold was first discovered in the valley, did Madison County become part of Montana Territory. Soon after, ranchers, farmers, and businessmen flocked to the area.  There were three major stage lines […]


The Recreational Land Investment

While many investors choose to invest in ranches or unimproved ground, it is usually done based on the potential return on investment, whether it be a short-term profit or a long-term goal. Typically, these properties are purchased and operated on a commercial level for cattle, sheep, farming, etc. One of the newer and most popular […]


Big Sky Virtual Town Hall | Fay Ranches’ Update on the Land Market

  Fay Ranches Inc. represented the ranch brokerage and real estate industry on the May 4th, 2020 Big Sky Town Hall. Panelists included:Ryan Kunz (General Manager, Lone Mountain Ranch) Quin McNamara (General Manager, Hungry Moose Market and Deli) Andrew Robin (Marketing Manager, Hungry Moose Market and Deli) Greg Fay (Land Broker and Founder, Fay Ranches) […]


Investment | Income Producing Ranches and Farms

Since the Great Recession and the advent of near-zero interest rates—and especially with the upheavals in securities markets wrought by the coronavirus pandemic—we encounter more and more buyers who are looking for income-producing ranches and farms.  The buyers Fay Ranches works with have always wanted to know the expenses—taxes, insurance, lease fees, etc.—associated with ranches […]


What is a Ranch Manager?

Consider this list of roles that might be found on a ranch.  The Ranch Hand typically has a collection of duties, such as checking herds, fence building, some equipment operation, hand irrigation, mucking out stalls and landscaping.  This is a task level worker.  A Herdsman has specific skills that are only acquired with years of learning and doing.  Purebred stock operations benefit most from […]


Transitioning from Ranch Broker to Ranch Buyer: What I Learned When I Bought My First Ranch

By Vinny Delgado, Fay Ranches North-central Montana has always held a special place in my heart. This seemingly endless part of the state fascinated me as a child, and I still have the same reaction to it today. Don’t get me wrong, I enjoy hunting and fishing opportunities all across this great state, but my biggest rush […]


Revival of Idaho’s Wine Country

An article by Dave Halgerson, Fay Ranches Broker Although Idaho’s wine production roots have been forgotten by most, they run historically deep.  The recent recognition for the Snake River Valley’s prominence as an ideal area to grow wine grapes may seem new, but the favorable climate and elevation that is conducive to the creation of a variety of captivating […]


What is a “Ranch”?

By Ken Bentz, Fay Ranches Broker The term “ranch” has evolved over the years in the West as a whole, but it also has different meanings regionally. A ranch in Colorado is often a much different property than one in Eastern Oregon. The definition also changes the closer one gets to an urban area. The […]


Ranching Lifestyle and Sustainability in Today’s Beef Industry

By Kebi Smith, Fay Ranches Agent In the last couple of decades, cattle operators started looking beyond the norm of selling calves at weaning in the fall and began searching for opportunities for value–added profit in retained ownership of calves. Retained ownership can increase flexibility in marketing and add value not only to the calf but to feed base, labor, capital, and lead to improved genetics […]