LOCATION:    The Pioneer Ridge Acreage is situated in the Little Belt Mountains at the head waters of Mackey Creek. Situated at the end of the road behind locked gates and bordering the Lewis & Clark National Forest Service for 1¼ miles. Having access to thousands of acres of National Forest Service land. The old mining town of Neihart is 5 miles south of the property and Great Falls is within 65 miles of this property.

Access to the Pioneer Ridge Acreage is via paved Highway #89, exiting onto Carpenter Creek Road or Forest Service Road #3323 for three miles.  The last half mile to the property is Pioneer Lane.  There is a written easement to access the Pioneer Ridge Acreage.


This stretch of Highway #89 from Armington Junction south through the Little Belt Mountains to White Sulphur Springs, has been designated as the Kings Hill Scenic Byway.  This Byway passes through the Lewis and Clark National Forest Service of the Little Belt Mountains.  Stretching 71 miles along Highway 89, the Byway winds its way through the wide-open spaces of central Montana and spectacular mountain scenery.  More information on this scenic byway can be accessed at:  Kings Hill Scenic Byway

Both Neihart and the Carpenter Creek drainage area were added to the EPA Superfund cleanup list in 2001.  The site includes mine tailings, waste rock and mine-influenced waters due to many inactive and abandoned mines.  Investigation and cleanup activities are ongoing.  Mining on the Foster, Dawn & Great Northern lodes consisted of limited exploratory mining, enough to patent these lodes.  For more information go to   EPA SUPERFUND CLEANUP

LOCALE:  The town of Neihart was originally called Canyon City.  In April 1882, the boundaries of the town were agreed upon, as was the name for James L. Neihart, one of a group of prospectors who first discovered minerals in this part of the mountains.  By 1885, the town boasted two saloons, two restaurants, one boarding house, a post office, a blacksmith’s shop, two stables, and about 50 houses and numerous tents.  Population of the town rose and fell with the growth and closure of the various mines.  In 1891, a spur of the Montana Central railroad breathed new life into the town.   The railroad spur ran from Great Falls to Neihart and used to ship the silver-lead ore to the smelter in Great Falls.

Visit NEIHART for more information on Neihart and surrounding area.


Great Falls is Montana’s third largest city and is located on the Missouri River among the five falls that were both a magnificent spectacle and formidable barrier to early river travel.  This area held great significance for the Lewis and Clark Expedition.  The explorers were forced to spend nearly a month portaging around the falls in June 1805.  Great Falls is home to an International Airport.  Go to GREAT FALLS for more information about Great Falls and surrounding area.

Great Falls is located in Central Montana between Glacier and Yellowstone Nation Parks.  Glacier National Park is 170 miles from Great Falls to Saint Mary’s Lake, the east entrance of the Going to the Sun Road.  Glacier is a land of mountain ranges carved by prehistoric ice rivers.  The vistas seen from Going-To-The Sun Road are breathtaking, a photographer’s paradise.  More information about Glacier Park can be accessed from their web page at   GLACIER  PARK


Great Falls has a metro area population of approximately 80,000 and enjoys a moderate climate with clean, pure air, low humidity and long days of sunshine.  “Chinook” winds make most winter days warmer and more pleasant.  Great Falls is where the mountains meet the plains and straddles the mighty Missouri River and the smaller Sun River in the heart of some of Montana’s best farm and ranch land.

Central Montana is the real west that famed cowboy artist Charlie Russell loved to paint.  The legendary Western Artist, Charlie Russell learned the ways of the cowboy and mountain man here in Central Montana, and the landscape, drama that unfolded here as they settled the west inspired many of his most famous paintings.  For more information on Charlie Russell to

C.M. Russell Museum


Enjoy the wide-open and uncrowded space of Central Montana, offering outstanding year around recreational opportunities out your front door.

GENERAL DESCRIPTION:   The Pioneer Ridge Acreage consists of three patented mining claims called the Foster, Dawn and the Great Northern Lodes comprising approximately 56.07 acres.  The Foster and Dawn Lodes were patented in 1893 and comprise approximately 36.43 acres.  A small perennial creek named Mackey Creek arises on this acreage along with adjoining National Forest Service land.  Numerous springs form the headwaters of Mackey Creek that flows year around and through the middle of this acreage.   Elevations vary from 6340 feet to 6920 feet.

The Great Northern Lode was patented in 1925 and comprises approximately 19.64 acres.  This entire acreage is timbered with Lodgepole Pine which has mature timber that could be cut for cabin logs. Elevations vary from 6400 feet to 6950 feet.

The entire acreage borders the Lewis and Clark National Forest Service boundary for 1¼ miles.


The Pioneer Ridge Acreage is three separate parcels, each having their own survey.  Each parcel has great building sites with scenic mountain vistas in every direction.  Power is available to these sites.

RECREATION:    The Pioneer Ridge Acreage is found in the heart of unlimited public National Forest Service land and borders the Lewis and Clark National Forest Service boundary for 1¼ miles.  From the Pioneer Ridge Acreage is easy access to Pioneer Ridge Trail #734.  From this trail, one has access into a remote area of the Little Belt Mountains that is close to wilderness.  Access is granted into Lucy Park, Oti Park, Hoover Creek Drainage, headwaters of Dry Fork of Belt Creek and Big Baldy.  Go to    DISCOVERING THE LITTLE BELT MOUNTAINS

For more information on the Lewis and Clark National Forest Service go to their web site at LEWIS & CLARK NATIONAL FOREST SERVICE

Showdown ski area is twenty miles away on Kings Hill Pass and boasts thirty-four runs and 1,400 feet of vertical drop.  Their web site can be accessed at SHOWDOWN MONTANA


The Kings Hill Pass also offers approximately 225 miles of groomed snowmobile trails.  Cross-country skiers will find approximately twenty miles of groomed cross-country ski trails for wintertime enjoyment.

This property offers endless recreational opportunities including hunting, fishing, horseback riding, hiking and mountain biking and ATV riding. For more information on fishing and hunting go to   FISH, WILDLIFE & PARKS

WILDLIFE:  Mackey Creek starts with springs surfacing on the property and on adjoining Forest Service land.  With all the surfacing springs and flowing water, this makes for a good sanctuary for wildlife.  This acreage is home to Moose, Elk, Deer, Bear, Wolf and Mountain Lion.


This acreage falls within Montana’s Fish, Wildlife & Parks Hunting District #413 for Elk and Deer

MINERALS:     All seller owned mineral rights to transfer.

TAXES: Real Estate taxes for 2023 are approximately $26.

BROKERS COMMENTS:  The Pioneer Ridge Acreage offers unlimited year around recreational opportunities only steps away for your front door including hunting, fishing, horseback riding, hiking and mountain biking and ATV riding just to name a few.  This is an outstanding opportunity to invest in Montana, “The Last Best Place.”  For more information about Montana go to MONTANA

PRICE;     $499,000 Cash












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DISCLOSURE NOTE: The information contained herein has been supplied by the Owner to Holiday Realty and/or compiled by Holiday Realty from other sources believed to be reliable. All information contained herein is not guaranteed to be accurate and the reader of this brochure should independently verify all such information. Maps are for orientation purposes only. Boundary lines are drawn as accurately as possible, but are not exact. These maps are not to be construed as either a survey or a legal description.  Broker is related to the seller of this property.