The Upper Willow Creek Retreat is an exceptional recreational ranch property spanning 173± acres with over a mile of Upper Willow Creek meandering through lush riparian meadows and pockets of timber. Located in a pristine and hidden valley near Philipsburg, it is the perfect destination for those seeking outdoor adventures. The property is home to a diverse array of wildlife in an area renowned for its big game hunting. It adjoins both Forest Service and State land, providing limitless recreational opportunities throughout thousands of acres of surrounding forest. Flanked by timbered ridges, it offers striking views of distant peaks, offering unparalleled scenery and solitude.

Once part of a larger neighboring ranch, the property is fenced for grazing and includes water rights from Willow and Rattling Creeks. Improvements include a cozy 12’ x 16’ timber cabin equipped with a wood stove and a domestic well. A 960± foot grass landing strip allows access for small planes. Currently, the property is off-grid with solar potential, and grid power could be trenched in from the south.

With cold water and year-round flow, Upper Willow Creek is an important tributary of nearby Rock Creek and is home to native cutthroat and other trout species. Many of western Montana’s storied fisheries are nearby and within striking distance.

Situated on the valley floor in the upper reaches of a quiet valley with limited development, the retreat offers seclusion while remaining only 21± miles from Philipsburg’s amenities, 95± miles from Missoula, and the property is proximate to the area’s many recreational destinations, including Georgetown Lake and Discovery Ski Area.

With unmatched scenic beauty, limitless recreational opportunities, and set in the highly sought-after Philipsburg area, the Upper Willow Creek Retreat is a must-see in today’s land market.


  • Recreational ranch retreat comprised of 173± acres of rich riparian meadows flanked by timbered ridges and 360-degree mountain and meadow views
  • Cozy 12’ x 16’ timber frame cabin with wood stove and an 80-foot domestic well
  • Off-grid with excellent solar potential and grid power nearby
  • Over a mile of Upper Willow Creek flows through the property year-round
  • Located in a prime area for elk, mule deer, and whitetail deer hunting. A wide variety of wildlife provides abundant viewing and hunting opportunities
  • Adjoins both State and National Forest Lands
  • Stunning mountain and valley views of the Pintler, Sapphire, and John Long Mountain Ranges
  • The property is fenced and includes water rights from Willow and Rattling Creeks
  • Fly in and fly out – A private turf airstrip allows access to small planes
  • 21± miles to Philipsburg, 39± miles to Discovery Ski Area, 33± miles to Georgetown Lake, 16± Miles to the Ranch at Rock Creek, 75± miles to Butte, and 95± miles to Missoula
  • A Conservation Easement protects the significant natural and open space values while allowing agricultural activities and an additional home to be built on the property
  • Learn more about this property, its investment potential and information about the area in the Property Brochure.

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