On your way to St. Ignatius, Montana, population 842, you may not see another soul for miles. But if you’ve ever fantasized about packing up and moving to the country, this idyllic town is the stuff dreams are made of.
Located on the Flathead Indian Reservation, the town’s most notable attraction is the St. Ignatius Mission, constructed in 1891 using bricks made from local clay. To the east lies the Mission Mountains, an ice climber’s paradise; to the west, the National Bison Range. They call Montana Big Sky Country for good reason. There’s plenty of space to roam here—no high-rises, no hustle and bustle. The land lends itself to a slower pace of life. All one needs is a place to hang their hat and kick up their feet.
Enter Touch the Clouds Ranch. Its folklore and surroundings are as charmed as its design. Set on 80 acres of secluded golden prairie, this estate offers wide open spaces and panoramic views. Whether you’re pondering a sabbatical, retirement, or life’s next chapter, you’re sure to find solace here. And priced at $1.2 million dollars—the same you might pay for a condo in San Francisco or New York—it’s a relative steal.
Break out the binoculars and head to the home’s western porch to peruse native buffalo, antelope, elk, and bighorn sheep in the neighboring wildlife sanctuary. Or head to the east porch for a close-up of McDonald Peak, the tallest point in the Mission Mountain range.
Just a short walk from the main house is a restored cabin, built in 1881, when St. Ignatius was a lumber town with 100 sawmills. This architectural holdover from a bygone era makes for an impressive historic guest house.
Inside the cabin, the craftsmanship exhibited by local woodsmen is still on full display with perfectly-laid log walls dotted with picture windows, providing a homey atmosphere for guests to hit the hay.
It’s no wonder they call Montana “the last best place.”