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Red Quill Ranch  -   A Collection of Private Ranches in Montana's Bitterroot Valley
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POSITIONED with the Sapphire Mountains to its east and the Bitterroot Mountains to its west, on a clear day Red Quill Ranch enjoys pristine views from Lolo to Trapper Peak.

Have fun exploring how your new life could be at The Red Quill Ranch in Montana by navigating through this site of over 25 interactive pages.

DEVELOPERS - A husband wife team are the developers of Red Quill Ranch with a creative eye. When life first lead them to the seemingly endless and vast 635 acres of Red Quill Ranch, it spoke quietly to their souls. Setting a high standard by creating a community amongst prairie grasslands and forests' edge, they have provided for co-habitation with a rich variety of animal life.

Thirty-five years of construction and design gives them a lead when it comes to a project on land of such grandeur. Winning a preservation award and work displayed in "In Style Magazine" is only shown up by evidence of steel horses at the main gates of Red Quill Ranch and continued at their masterpiece clubhouse adorned with hand-crafted "everything" at our Woodchuck Lake. Their passion for perfection is dedicated to your high sportsman quality of life at the Red Quill Ranch in the most beautiful valley of Montana.

Come meet the Sardots.


NAMED AFTER its characteristic native flower, Montana’s Bitterroot Valley is known both for its striking mountain landscape and relatively mild valley climate, and was the traditional home of the Salish for centuries. The valley also played a key role in national historic events: with Salish guides, Lewis and Clark traversed the valley on their Northwest Passage. Seventy years later, Chief Joseph and the Nez Perce traveled along the Bitterroot River on their flight from their Oregon home.

While the austere, 10,000 foot peaks remain, much has changed. Today the valley’s length is dotted with several small communities and is bordered by 1.6 million acres of the Bitterroot Wilderness.

Located in the hills just east of the town of Florence, the Red Quill Ranch is a 635 acre collection of private landholdings for buyers who want the distinctive Montana lifestyle with the convenience of modern amenities.

Missoula - Home of University of Montana, Missoula is located in Western Montana along three converging Rivers: the Blackfoot, Bitterroot and Clark Fork. Quaint, artsy and historic, it has collected a diverse community of great people. Grand Fairgrounds shows off each July with competing pies, quilts, bucking bulls and broncs.

Lolo - A bedroom community of Missoula, Lolo sits eight miles to the south of Missoula. It includes a grocery store, bank, elementary school, convenience/gas store, restaurants. Lewis and Clark headed west from here to Idaho in 1805.

Hamilton - 30 minutes south A bustling town of shops, restaurants, a theatrical group, the Daly Mansion and a scientific lab.

Florence - 30 minutes to Missoula International Airport (MSO) Red Quill Ranch is at home here in the most northern Sapphire Mountain foothills looking due south. Florence was once known as "One Horse" after the creek that flows into the Bitterroot River. At one time it had a hotel, saloons, railroad station, and a one room school house. Today, modern conveniences are only 4 miles from Red Quill. Ace Hardware for all of your little emergencies, and Gary & Leo's Grocery, with deli, and movie rentals is right here. North of the store is Farmers State Bank , a new Victorian style full service bank. River Otter Outfitters -across the street has all you fishing tackle and guides to hit the river. Stop at Subway Sandwiches before you hike the trailheads. Florence School instructs K-12, within walking distance of town. Florence U.S. Post Office is close by also. Falcon Self Storage is located in the center of town. Several restaurants and bars are within four miles of the Red Quill Ranch. Sweeny Creek Trailheads takes off from here. The Bitterroot River flows through Florence with fishing access and parking, just 3 1Ú2 miles distance.

Stevensville - 15 minutes south Oldest town in Bitterroot Valley and first county seat. This quaint old town is 8 miles south of Florence. Restaurants, Wildlife Refuge, trailheads for hiking and miles of farmland.


RED QUILL RANCH offers our seven acre, privately held Woodchuck Lake, which provides a place to fish, canoe, and picnic during the warmer seasons, or ice skate during the winter.

Sanctuary - The Red Quill Ranch's 20 acres of bird conservancy contains nearly a mile of trails with established viewing areas at points of ideal habitat. Even if you aren't an avid birder, the meandering pathways are equipped with comfortable benches, making the bird watching trail a perfect place for a leisurely morning or evening walk — but bring along your binoculars just in case; you just might discover a new hobby.

Stables - The Stables at Red Quill Ranch have all the perquisites of a large, luxury boarding facility, but with the personal attention possible by keeping the number of boarded horses within a manageable number.

The Stable itself is a picturesque structure inspired by the architecture of the architecture of historic barns at Missoula Fairgrounds, topped off with louvered cupolas and copper weathervanes, and is also readily accessible from Woodchuck Road. Below the barn are 20 acres of pasture, as well as a 60' round pen for convenient training.

The interior hosts twelve 10'X10' stalls with 16' ceilings, rubberized floors, in-tall hayracks and automatic waterers. Six stalls line each side of a concrete center aisle, and the walls between stalls can be removed to provide the room to accommodate foaling should the need arise. An auxiliary space provides a lounge for boarders and riders, a small refrigerator to store equine medication, as well as a private, heated restroom. In addition to boasting ample storage for hay and feed, and private lockers for tack, The Stable maintains a comfortable temperature in both winter and summer, and is well ventilated for a fresh atmosphere.

Trails - The residents of The Red Quill Ranch have at their fingertips over five miles of private access horse-trails which wind through the sage-covered hills, along green draws and up through hidden coulees into the pines. From here, riders can either return to the barn, or continue into endless miles of mountainous Forest Service trails.


PHASE I "UPLANDS" - The original developers of Red Quill Ranch, the Sardots, created spacious ranching tracts of 20 to 40 acres, in keeping with the spirit of the West. They believe that folks moving to Montana have the dream of owning their own "ranch". The unique square mile of the Red Quill Ranch lent itself to a community of private ranches. The tracts were laid out to fit the fingers and draws of the land. The Developers paid particular attention to corridors for big animals that live here. Their habitat and cover is undisturbed for all to watch and study. Mule deer, white tail, bobcats, moose, bear, and elk are your neighbors. The location of building envelopes assures views of the whole 50 mile x 15 mile valley.

Ranch #3 - 17 acres - Bird Sanctuary and Grazing Pasture, Stables

Ranch #4 - 15 acres - Animal wildlife comes with ownership in Red Quill Ranch; Moose, bear, coyote, fox, mink, heron, eagle, owl, beaver

Ranch #5 - 10 acres - Lake and Clubhouse<br>Horse paradise in its natural state

Ranch #6 - 40 acres (approx.) - Grandeur of two mountain ranges from your porch: The Sapphire and Bitterroot Mountains.

Ranch #7 - 26.4 acres - Tucked in the trees with beautiful views.

Ranch #8b - 20 acres - Nestled in native plants of old sage and pines

Ranch #9 - 29.9 acres - Expansive views across the trail that Lewis and Clark traveled through in 1805

Ranch #10 - 29 acres - You're part of a rare adventure at Red Quill Ranch with all that Montana has to offer.


TO PRESERVE this rich gift of nature, developers have designated Red Quill Ranch a nature conservancy, carefully selecting building envelopes while protecting draws, creeks, and wetlands for native habitat

Montana is known for its big skies and vast landscapes. Red Quill Ranch is pleased to offer the same outdoor activities on a more intimate scale, while still being convenient to as much wilderness, big timber, big slopes, and big water as you can handle. Whether you want to take a week-long pack trip into the nearby National Forest, or an hour-long pleasure ride around the perimeter of the ranch, the choice is up to you.

Whatever the scope of your outdoor pursuits, the Red Quill Ranch is one of those rare places where you can find convenient, family-oriented activities right out your back door, or have access to as much wild space your sense of adventure can imagine. Make your future at Red Quill Ranch and take part in all the best of what Montana has to offer.

Fishing - Whether you book a trip with local fishing guides or set out on a solo adventure, in five minutes you can cast your fly in the Bitterroot River, or fish the Clark Fork within twenty and the Blackfoot within a half hour.

By civilized roads you can reach the world famous Rock Creek in one hour. For the adventurous, you can hike or ride straight across the wilderness area to this pristine trout stream, maybe even finding some secret watering holes along the way.

Skiing - Whether you're a recreational skier or a die-hard downhiller in search of the best black diamond slopes in Montana, Red Quill is proximal to several snowboarding and skiing opportunities: the world-famous Discovery Mountain is a two hour trip, while Lost Trail is less than an hour away.

Only have an afternoon? Missoula's Snow Bowl only 25 minutes away. For even greater convenience, RQ is positioned directly across the valley from the newly proposed Bitterroot Valley Ski Resort, which is only a short 8 minute drive to the slopes.

When the ground cover holds, the Red Quill trails are perfect for Nordic skiing, or you can ski the 8 miles of groomed trails at Lolo Pass and visit Jerry Johnson or Lolo hot springs to warm up on your way back to the Bitterroot.

Horseback Riding - Red Quill's four miles of trails, continue up Woodchuck road into the nearly limitless miles of trails of the Bitterroot National Forest, or choose from any of the many major trailheads down the valley.

If you own a horse, but don't have a barn, Red Quill has a stable that can accommodate up to twelve horses boarded on a first-come, first-served basis, with a round pen and an on-site manager.

Hiking - Red Quill's four miles of trails, continue up Woodchuck road into the nearly limitless miles of trails of the Bitterroot National Forest, or choose from any of the many major trailheads down the valley.

Bitterroot Valley Hiking Trails (miles from Red Quill)

  • Lolo Area (10)
  • Carlton Lake Trail Florence Area (3)
  • Sweeney Ridge Trail Victor Area (15)
  • Stevensville Area (8)
  • Kootenai Creek Trail
  • Sweathouse Canyon Trail
  • Bass Creek Trail
  • Bear Creek Trail
  • Lee Metcalf National Wildlife Refuge
  • Blodgett Overlook Trail
  • St. Mary's Peak Trail
  • Big Creek Trail
  • Burnt Fork Trail
  • Fred Burr Trail
  • Mill Creek
  • Flat Rock
  • Hamilton Area (25)
  • Corvallis Area (20)
  • Camas Creek Trail
  • Willow Creek Trail
  • Lake Como Trail
  • Boulder Creek Trail
  • Warm Springs Trail

Boating - Club members can enjoy our seven acre, privately held Woodchuck Lake, which provides a place to fish, canoe, and picnic during the warmer seasons, or ice skate during the winter. If billiards, foosball, or just relaxing by a massive stone fireplace is more your cup of tea, club members can retire to the 1250 square foot custom log clubhouse featuring lakeside terraces of stone and a bolder waterfall and massive barbecue. The clubhouse amenities include a guest suite as well as a bar, to accommodate barbecues, weddings, and community gatherings.

For boating or beaches, the Bitterroot's Como Lake is less than hour south. For bigger water, beautiful Flathead Lake is only an hour north of Missoula.

Montana's rivers hold more than just fish; there are hundreds of miles of water to kayak or raft, from placid float trips to the class II-III rapids of the nearby Alberton Gorge or the class IV-V waters of the Lochsa.

Wildlife - The Bitterroot Valley is a haven for more than 220 bird species, which means that it's also a haven for bird watchers. Red Quill has set aside 20 contiguous acres and nearly a mile of trails as a bird conservancy, where herons, eagles, owls, osprey and falcons are as common a sight as the many songbirds, woodpeckers, nutcrackers, bluebirds and warblers. For a more in-depth day of birding, the 1200 acre Teller Refuge is only fifteen minutes away, or join the Five Valley Audubon Society and join a ready-made community of dedicated birders.

Just a short trip to near by adventures:

  • Bitterroot National Forest
  • Flathead Lake
  • Bitterroot River
  • Clark Fork River
  • Blackfoot River
  • Rock Creek
  • Alberton Gorge
  • Lochsa River
  • Discovery Mountain Ski Resort
  • Lost Trail Ski Resort
  • Red Quill Bird Sanctuary







Purchase your own Montana ranch. For more information contact Aldo & Niki Sardot 406.239.6856 or e-mail: niki@redquillranch.com RQR