Nestled among the Rocky Mountains near Glacier National Park and Flathead Lake, Saddlehorn is one of Montana's special treasures: a western, sustainable community crafted in the character of its surroundings with an abundance of recreation and family based activities. This is where the best conservation ideas from the past are appreciated and revived and where ideas for the future of sustainable building and living are put into practice. Our vigilant stewardship of the land and water is intrinsic in all we do, not because it is fashionable, but because it comes from a generations-long Montana tradition of "doing the right thing."
Eco-friendly clearing and building principles ensure that the impact on the land is reduced. Other site-preparation measures include the use of 22,000 cubic yards of re-used, on-site crushed rock, tree protection and construction waste recycling, the use of biodegradable cleaners and toxin-free sprays and paints, and community-based land planning.
All residential buildings will adhere to LEED for Homes (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) guidelines, a world-wide certification system administered by the U.S. Green Building Council. Saddlehorn building guidelines and covenants assure that homes are constructed of predominantly natural, toxin-free materials. They also limit the size of homes, call for roof lines below the horizon, elimination of large reflective windows, "dark sky" lighting, narrower roads, using only native species for landscaping, Energy Star approved appliances, smart irrigation, and water collection systems. Motorized traffic will be minimized by the use of community carts and shuttle bus transportation, not to mention the miles of hiking, biking, and equestrian trails.
Saddlehorn is well underway and fully entitled for an 800-acre, 320 member community. It will include a year-round mountain lodge and spa with breathtaking views of the Flathead Lake; a full service marina with dining and lounge and a variety of power and sail boats available to members; and a complete equestrian complex with miles of horse trails leading to the wilderness. Other features at Saddlehorn include historic trapper cabins scattered about on trail stops; chuck wagon camps; a pioneer school house; trading post with post office; fire hall; theater; deli; mercantile; shuttle stop; and discovery center. A complete sports park for field and court games lies in the center of the project. Many other unique features, such as a look-out tower with dining and wine grotto in the cliffs all add to the uniqueness of Saddlehorn. Off-site amenities include access to a 5,000-acre hunting and fishing ranch on the Smith River and golf at Eagle Bend.
The community's Welcome House just became the first LEED Platinum home in Montana, and also the oldest building to attain that rating in the nation. The exterior is a reclaimed cabin from the 1800's, but it has been re-designed with the best ideas in sustainability, from soy-based insulation to captured rainwater. The Marina Bar and Grille's over-water deck uses the cooler lake surface air to cool the kitchen, and materials like recycled rubber shingles for roofs and recycled glass for bar countertops.
The heart of this Old West themed community is the people, both those who are building it and those who are choosing to live and raise their families here. Our members tout Saddlehorn as a safe haven, a place where family and children are free to explore without concerns. It is a place where you not only get to know your neighbors, but where you are likely to become life-long friends.
If you come to Bigfork and would like to enjoy our hospitality and learn about becoming part of the Saddlehorn community, stop by our Discovery Center downtown Bigfork for a personal tour, visit our website at www.saddlehorn.com or call 888-735-4771.