The Bridger Canyon Zoning District was created in 1971. It was the first rural zoning district in Montana. The residents of Bridger Canyon created the zoning district to guide future physical growth within Bridger Canyon and to protect the natural beauty and agricultural open space character of the area northeast of Bozeman, Montana.
The Bridger Canyon Zoning District comprises approximately 44,800 acres(70 square miles) and includes the primary roads of Bridger Canyon Road(aka Montana Highway 86), Kelly Canyon Road, and Jackson Creek Road.
Among other restrictions, the zoning placed a limit of one home per 40 acres.
The result of these efforts has created some of the most desirable real estate in Montana. The Bridger Canyon Zoning District borders National Forest land on both the east, and the west sides providing excellent access to public lands for hiking, mountain biking, and hunting.
The Bridger Canyon Zoning District includes Bridger Bowl, one of only 4 non-profit downhill ski areas in the United States. It also includes the newly formed non profit Crosscut Mountain Sports Center for cross country skiing. Crosscut Mountain Sports Center was created by the combined purchase of the 259-acre Crosscut Ranch and 276-acre Bohart Ranch properties.
The result of these conservation efforts and access to world class recreational amenities has created some of the most desirable real estate in Montana.
The average home for sale up Bridger Canyon exceeds $2 Million Dollars, and are 300% to 400% more expensive than the average home for sale in Bozeman.
Throughout the years, and the challenges, the Bridger Canyon zoning district has continued to preserve the exquisite beauty and value of Bridger Canyon, making it a popular option for those seeking to live in the Bozeman area.