Montana's Centennial Valley - one of the most remote and remarkable places in the entire United States. Other than two gravel roads running largely east and west, a handful of historic ranches (primarily under conservation easements) and the headquarters for the Red Rock Lakes National Wildlife Refuge at Lakeview, the valley remains much as it was 100 years ago.
The spectacular Centennial Mountains ring the southern part of the valley, springing up for the most part without foothills, thus the mountains are close-up and spectacular. This is a high mountain valley, rich in water resources, good grasses and a remote feeling that is exceedingly hard to find in our modern interconnected society...put away the cell phone, it simply does not work in the Centennial.
To arrive in the valley, visitors driving on Interstate 15 from the south (Idaho, Utah) or coming from the north (Dillon, Missoula, Helena, Great Falls, Montana or Canada) take the Monida Exit and head east on the South Valley Road). Visitors from Bozeman, Billings, Big Sky, Ennis or West Yellowstone, Montana will usually turn west at Henry's Lake, Idaho, head up over Red Rock Pass and drop into the valley from the east. From either direction, upon entering the Centennial, you can step back into the past.
With less than 100 residents in a valley that is approximately 40 miles east and west by 15 miles north and south, and home to the Upper and Lower Red Rock Lakes as well as several streams in addition to the Red Rock River, this is natural beauty at its best.
Be sure to pack a pair of binoculars or a camera with a long lens. While the Centennial is known to have virtually all species of big game found in Montana, many people consider this valley to be one of the best places in the entire world to view birds. Over 241 species either call the Centennial home or pass through this remarkable valley. The valley supports the highest nest density in the west for Trumpeter Swans, the highest numbers of Peregrine and Ferruginous Hawks as well as large numbers of Bald Eagles and Osprey.
In the heart of the valley, surrounded by public land on three sides is a remarkably private property in a truly beautiful location. Sited next to O'Dell Creek is a 187+/- acre property with a 3,500+/- SF log home tucked into a hillside surrounded by mature aspens. O'Dell Creek, which flows through the property, is a excellent mountain fishery where the current owner of this property reports catching trout up to 20 inches. Native West slope Cutthroat and Arctic Grayling as well as Brook Trout populate the secluded stream. Seldom visited by anyone, the O'Dell Creek valley provides easy access into perhaps one of the least visited and spectacular mountain environments in the entire country.
The home is the last home in the Centennial to be connected to the electric grid, properties to the east of this home require generators or other means of electric generation. The home is constructed from large British Columbia logs and has 3 bedrooms and 3 bathrooms, the land and home are priced at $1,995,000.