The N Bar Ranch lies at an elevation of 4,200 to 5,500 feet in the grassy foothills rising to the northeast slopes of the Snowy Mountains. Thanks to its topography and weather patterns, the N Bar Ranch receives a relatively consistent average of 15 to 19 inches of rain per year, and high-quality soil retains moisture well into the growing season, which runs approximately 125 days in the lower meadows.
N Bar Ranch is distinguished by the nearly 15-mile Flatwillow Creek Valley descending from the Snow Mountains and the approximately 60-miles of Flatwillow Creek winding through the property.
The N Bar Ranch also controls the lower four miles of the South Fork of Flatwillow Creek, and several miles of other tributary streams such as Durfee Creek and Spring Creek, which flow through their own unique valley areas. The largest of these, the Flatwillow Creek Valley contains more than 2,200 acres of meadows, irrigated by many of the Flatwillow's most senior water rights. In addition, countless acres of sub-irrigated bottomlands and a lush riparian corridor are rich with wildlife and offer vital protection for livestock during the winter months.
The creek valleys' lower reaches feature open meadows, sparsely treed foothills and higher benches‹some of which are suitable for dryland farming. This landscape gives way to somewhat steeper terrain in the upper valley; richly forested with a variety of species including Ponderosa Pine, Douglas Fir and Aspen.
|BLM Leased Acres||4,875|
|Montana Leased Acres||1,920|
|Private Leased Acres||3,887|