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Sierra Madre Ranch, Wyoming
Property Types: Ranches for Sale, Cabin, Recreational
Activities & Amenities
Sierra Madre Ranch, Wyoming – A very private 320 acre inholding in the heart of the Medicine Bow National Forest that offers multiple fishing creeks, 600sf cabin, irrigated pasture, and rolling hills all beneath glades of aspen, pine, spruce, and fir trees. With unmatched wildlife habitat, stout fishing capability and 160 irrigated acres, the ranch is a solid agricultural property with one-of-a-kind recreational qualities and potential.
Location - Located just 5 miles outside the town of Encampment WY via Water Valley Road, Sierra Madre Ranch sits at about 8200 feet in elevation overlooking both forks of Miner Creek. Saratoga WY and Walden CO are within 40 mins, Steamboat Springs within 2 hours, and Colorado’s Front Range within 3 hours. Saratoga offers superior amenities including an 18 hole championship golf course, good restaurants, and Shively Field Airport which includes a 8,800’ x 100’ lighted runway equipped to accommodate private jets.
Water & Livestock – The water on this property is truly remarkable, with over 4.47 CFS of water rights the ranch offers a dynamic ditch system which flood irrigates much of the pastures. The rich pastures are currently made up of Brome, redtop, white clover, and several native grasses which the livestock & wildlife love. The current owners run about 80 cow/calf pairs in the summertime. The pastures are very productive and could also be hayed.
Land & Wildlife – Large grass meadows separated by live water streams surrounded by aspen and dark timber patches best describes the ranch. The wildlife habitat is truly unsurpassable. The balance of water, feed, and cover gives big game animals the ultimate home. Fall is an incredible time of year at the ranch. In early September the aspen leaves being to change color and the hunting begins. In the months following you will encounter an unforgettable elk (Sept/Oct) and mule deer (Nov) rut. The ranch qualifies for 2 landowner tags per species each year. Additional tags can be drawn through the Wyoming Draw. Elk (GMU 21), mule deer (GMU 82), bighorn sheep (GMU 21), moose (GMU 41) and black bear (GMU 9). Live water along miner creek offers a good foundation and plenty of water to support a healthy fishery. These creeks can be enhanced or left natural, and currently offer good brown and brook trout fishing. In addition, snowmobiling, hiking, horseback riding and ATV trails are endless in this area.
Improvements – Complementing the incredible property, a restored 600 sf cabin sits smack dab in the middle of the property. The cabin offers a comfortable place to come back to after a long day of enjoying all this area has to offer. Additional improvements include; quality barbed wire fencing along the perimeter, a ditch irrigation system which maneuvers water all over the ranch, and 2 holding ponds which could be enhanced to hold trout.
The ranch is ideal for sportsmen and/or conservationists, and is a good contender for a conservation easement that would protect it for generations and include an attractive charitable tax deduction. Sierra Madre Ranch is a rare find and is truly incredible. Call Zack to schedule a showing.