Patented by the U.S. government and founded in 1912 by the family who owns it today, Velociraptor Ranch is truly reminiscent of the “Old West.” With great views of the eastern front of the Rockies and nestled in the foothills of the Pryor/Bighorn mountains, the rolling grasslands, dryland crops, breathtaking canyons, and year-round Cottonwood Creek, springs, waterholes, and seeps produce big mule deer, antelope, black bear, and large populations of sharptailed grouse and Hungarian partridge.
The ranch has historically been operated as a cattle operation, running between 150 to 200 pairs all year round, by the same family for over 100 years. There are 800± acres of dryland wheat, 600± on the deeded ground and 200±on the State leases and another 100± acres of hay ground on deeded land. The ranch also has 960± acres of Bureau of Land Management (BLM) grazing leases.
The property is only about a 20-minute drive from Montana’s largest city and business and cultural center, Billings, and yet has the only house in the upper Cottonwood Creek Valley and seems a million miles away from civilization. At night not a light can be seen in any direction except the stars. The Bighorn Canyon Recreation Area is roughly an hour to the east, offering superb fishing and boating. Cody, Wyoming, an hour to the south, or Red Lodge, Montana, an hour to the west, are scenic gateway cities bordering Yellowstone National Park.
Velociraptor Ranch offers privacy, excellent hunting and wildlife habitat, water and grass for a livestock operation, and breathtaking views of the nearby mountains. On a clear day, you can see five different mountain ranges up close and on the horizon.