According to listing broker, Ken Mirr, “This pristine property is practically surrounded by public lands with over 9 miles of common boundary with Zion National Park, Canaan Mountain Wilderness and BLM land. The future owner will pretty much be purchasing their own national park.”
Archive for January, 2011
As Mirr Ranch Group specializes in ranches for sale, many of our listings feature sporting opportunities. In addition to wonderful recreation available on the properties themselves, one element that adds value to the property, as well as additional sporting possibilities, is adjacency to public lands. New West is reporting that recreational groups and politicians in the Rocky Mountain states are encouraging the U.S Forest Service “to think about outdoor sports enthusiasts in the same way they think about species and habitat” in drafting new regulations. These new rulings, set to be finalized by November of this year, could redefine the role of the U.S. Forest Service “as the chief custodian of the country’s 155 national forests and 20 grasslands.”
The Trees Ranch, one of our Utah ranches for sale, was chosen as the cover story in the latest Farm and Ranch West. The article details the 2,066 deeded acre ranch, its history, the many homes with incredible architecture, the visionary conservationist owners, excellent water sources and rights, and ideal habitat for wildlife. The Trees Ranch is surrounded by the Zion National Forest near the charming town of Springdale, Utah. In addition to the link above, check out www.treesranchutah.com for more information.
Also, view the following video on Trees Ranch:
Mirr Ranch Group was recently named one of America’s top ranch real estate companies by the editors of the The Land Report. Honorees were chosen based on reputation, principles and sales. Thank you to the Land Report for the honor.
Here’s a transcript from Ken Mirr’s interview with the publication in November 2010:
Land Report: Who is your typical buyer?
Ken: Our buyers come from all over the US and some overseas. Most are high net worth individuals that are successful business owners, entrepreneurs, and hedge fund managers, and they all have a passion for the land. Typically they either want to work the land, or have a place to retreat and enjoy the outdoors.
Land Report: Why do your clients choose your firm? And what does your brokerage stand for?
Ken: Mirr Ranch Group offers marketing and buyer acquisition services for fine sporting properties and legacy ranches for sale throughout the American West. Our brokers are known for their expertise in public lands, conservation, hunting, fishing and other recreational pursuits in addition to their unsurpassed knowledge of ranch transactions. Our extensive experience with all things ranch, coupled with a passion for the West, is really what makes Mirr Ranch Group stand apart from the rest.
Land Report: What are your sales numbers for 2010, based on final listing prices?
Ken: To date, our sales are $27 million so far for 2010, with another $32 million projected to close before year’s end.
Land Report: Is there one impressive sale, listing, or statistic for 2010 – your “wow” of the year?
Ken: We’re very proud of closing the Robinson Canyon Ranch in Buffalo, Wyoming this year. The property has a conservation easement on it with The Nature Conservancy, and offers incredible privacy and some of the best hunting in the area. We sold the ranch to a conservation-sporting buyer willing to continue the high level of stewardship the seller has performed for years. This sale has lead to an assemblage of other properties creating a premier hunting area in the Big Horns. In addition, the sale of Robinson Canyon Ranch highlights our winning marketing strategy, as we are the most successful ranch brokerage company in the Big Horns.
Land Report: Do you have any general observations about the market you’d like to share?
Ken: While the land market has not returned to its peak of the mid-00s, it is looking more promising. Buyers are now feeling we have bottomed out and are willing to make offers, and sellers are willing to accept reasonable discounts. Deals are being made, and both buyers and sellers are walking away from the table happy.
One of our Colorado ranches for sale, the Dolores River Ranch, is home to 1.5 miles of both sides of the Dolores River, a classic mountain freestone fishery hailed as “one of the 50 best trout streams in America” by Trout Magazine.
The Dolores River was recently featured in an Assignment Earth segment on the Mother Nature Network, and explains why conservationists support designating a new national conservation area to protect several miles of the famous river. Watch the video below.
Mirr Ranch Group is pleased to announce the sale of one of our Wyoming ranches, Johnson Sheep Mountain Ranch. A 3,500+ acre diversified sporting ranch in the Laramie Mountains west of Wheatland, this property offers fly fishing along private stretches of the North Laramie River and world class hunting for mule deer and elk.
According to listing broker, Ken Mirr, “Johnson Sheep Mountain Ranch provides all that buyers are looking for: live water, good access, premier fishing and hunting, adjacency to public lands, and can be enjoyed year-round. The property is truly pristine and it has been an exemplary wildlife haven for many years due to excellent stewardship by its former owners. We are thrilled to have found a buyer that values those qualities.”
Johnson Sheep Mountain Ranch is home to an exceptional habitat. The ranch is designated as “crucial winter habitat” for big horn sheep and mule deer, and “optimal year-long winter range” for elk, mule deer and big horn sheep by the Wyoming Game and Fish Department. Varied western topography with rolling grassy hillsides, river bottom, steep canyon walls and rocky hillsides coupled with excellent access, also gives this property unprecedented value.
Due to the pristine wildlife habitat, the property is known for excellent hunting. It is located within Area 7 for elk hunting, which is considered the premier area in the state for trophy bull elk. Records reflect bulls in excess of 400 points in the area. Given the trophy quality of the unit, it is difficult to draw a tag. However, the State of Wyoming currently issues two landowner licenses to the owners for elk and mule deer, offering a rare hunting opportunity for the owner.
Johnson Sheep Mountain Ranch has two streams, Rabbit Creek and Spring Creek, and 12 springs situated around the property. The North Laramie River meanders through the property for approximately one and one-half miles before disappearing into the adjoining Medicine Bow National Forest. This river is a relatively undiscovered fishery producing some of the best fishing in the region with plenty of brook, brown and rainbow trout, many reaching 18 inches or more in length.
Offering agricultural value as well, the southern reaches of the ranch stretch into rolling grasslands providing feed and water resources for livestock. The ranch has traditionally been a cow/calf operation and many of the surrounding properties are large historic ranches that are still operating as cattle and agricultural properties.
“The sale of Johnson Sheep Mountain Ranch adds to the great success Mirr Ranch Group has experienced in the Wheatland, Wyoming area. Starting out with the Cottonwood Land and Cattle ranch some years back, we have been involved with a number of unique ranches including Devil’s Washtub Ranch and the sale of Squaw Mountain Ranch just last year. We are also seeing a lot of activity with our current listings, Dakota Ranch and Brush Creek Ranch, and we are preparing to announce new listings in the area soon,” concluded Mirr.
Like trophy elk hunting? Then check out the Thunder Ranch, one of our hunting properties for sale adjoining Dinosaur National Monument on the border of Utah and Colorado at the base of Split Mountain in Jensen, Utah.
Priced at $16.2 million, the 36,200 +/- acre ranch is currently owned and operated by Thunder Enterprises, based out of Chattanooga, Tenn.
According to listing broker, Ken Mirr, “The Thunder Ranch offers a rare combination of unrivaled trophy hunting, major hay production, and cattle operation, all next to the historic Dinosaur National Monument and only 15 minutes from the conveniences of Vernal, Utah.”
The headquarters unit, situated in Jensen, Utah with over 2,000 acres of irrigated alfalfa fields, serves as an oasis and private reserve, attracting game from miles around. Wildlife on the ranch includes elk, mule deer, antelope, wild turkeys, waterfowl, and sandhill cranes.
“Deer and elk need three things in order to survive and thrive: water, food, and cover, and Thunder Ranch has all three in great abundance. Simply, the animals never need to leave the property, and usually they don’t, even with hunting pressure. Thunder Ranch offers the exceptional combination of readily available tags, great genetics, gentle topography and long-standing owner management policies aimed at perpetuating herd quality,” explains Jeff Hubbard, listing broker and former outfitter.
In addition to trophy hunting, Thunder Ranch is a productive farm and ranch operation. With historic water rights, the property directly pumps out of the adjoining Green River, feeding underground pipes connected to 17 large pivots that annually produce an average of 8,000 tons of high protein alfalfa hay and a substantial income. The ranch has also run a year-round cow/calf operation in the past with an annual capacity of approximately 500 head.
“When I bought Thunder Ranch ten years ago, I had certain criteria for the ranch of my dreams. It had to have plenty of wildlife and terrific hunting opportunities, great proximity to world class fly fishing, a revenue stream that would allow the ranch to pay its own way, and an airport close by for great access. I found all four at Thunder Ranch. The land is simply the most magnificent and unique of any of the vast properties out there,” said John Thornton, CEO of Thunder Enterprises.
To view a video of this ranch for sale, and also see Thornton hunt with Jimmy Houston on Thunder Ranch, visit Mirr Ranch Group on YouTube.
Photos: (Top) An everyday sight on the Thunder Ranch, a herd of elk is grazing. (Bottom) Ken Mirr after a long day’s hunt on the Thunder Ranch.
As you may know, Mirr Ranch Group specializes in conservation properties and consulting. Our owner and one of our brokers, Ken Mirr, is a former public lands attorney, and is currently President of the Board for the Colorado Coalition of Land Trusts (CCLT). Few in the ranch broker industry are more qualified to help you buy or sell your ranch when conservation values are involved.
To that end, we want to update you on the latest in conservation legislation. At the end of 2010, Congress passed H.R. 4853, which renews tax incentives for conservation easements. According to CCLT, once signed into law, this legislation will:
The incentive, which now applies to donations in 2010 and 2011:
- Raises the income tax deduction a landowner can take for donating a conservation easement from 30% of their income in any year to 50%;
- Allows farmers and ranchers to deduct up to 100% of their income; and
- Increases the number of years over which a donor can take deductions from 6 to 16 years.
If you have any questions about these tax incentives, want help determining if a conservation easement is right for you, or simply need assistance in buying or selling ranch land with conservation values, please contact us.
According to the Billings Gazette, now is an interesting time to raise cattle. Beef prices are at an all time high, and traditional cattle ranchers are aging and contemplating retirement. While some are reluctant to increase their herd size because of the fluctuating economy, some experts believe now is the right time to go after this market.
Bull Mountain Ranch is also an excellent sporting property. Allowing the owner the chance to participate in either state’s landowner licensing program, the ranch offers elk, mule deer, pronghorn, black bear, moose, mountain lion and turkey. Sportsmen can also appreciate 11 miles of border with tens of thousands of acres of national forest and other public land, in addition to the 47 acre Rice Reservoir, the large trout in the 1.3 miles of Spring Creek and 7+ miles of other mountain streams that flow through the property.
As one can see, Bull Mountain Ranch presents a unique opportunity for the diverse sportsman and rancher.
2010 brought many good things to Mirr Ranch Group. First of all, we moved to 915 South Pearl in Denver, making it much easier for our clients, prospects and friends to stop by!
We also had several closings, capping the very last week of the year with the sale of Pikes Peak Sporting Retreat, formerly one of our Colorado ranches for sale. Pikes Peak Sporting Retreat is located in Park County, Colorado and offers 1,000 +/- acres, prolific fishing in the numerous spring fed ponds and creeks that meander through the property, trophy hunting for elk and deer, close proximity to the South Platte River, and adjoins Pike National Forest. A grand timber and rock main home with large covered deck offers views of Pikes Peak and the Continental Divide, and an additional two-story home is nestled next to the fishing ponds, barn and historic homestead.