Still owned by the family that homesteaded it nearly 100 years ago, the Jack Creek Ranch is an excellent high country ranch located on the western slope of Bighorn Mountains in north-central Wyoming. The 2,150 +/- deeded acre ranch offers exceptional big game hunting, access to the adjoining Bighorn National Forest, and summer grazing for livestock. With elevations ranging from 8,300 to 9,600 feet, the ranch has a varied landscape consisting of densely timbered hillsides, deep draws, rock outcroppings, and stunning mountain views and vistas over the Bighorn Basin.
Jack Creek Ranch has a varied landscape consisting of densely timbered hillsides, deep draws, rock outcroppings, and stunning mountain views and vistas over the Bighorn Basin. Several springs and numerous mountain creeks including Jack Creek, Crooked Creek, and Johnny Creek meander through the ranch providing water to both livestock and wildlife.
Jack Creek Ranch is situated on the western slope of the Bighorn Mountains overlooking the Bighorn Basin in north-central Wyoming. The Bighorn Basin is home to several quaint communities with a history deeply rooted in farming and ranching. The closest full service town is Greybull which offers all the amenities one would need including medical services, restaurants, and lodging. The largest community in the basin is Cody, and known for being the eastern gateway to Yellowstone National Park. Cody is also replete with cultural treasures including the Buffalo Bill Center of the West which won the 2017 Readers Choice Awards for Best Western Museum, Best Western Art Gallery (Whitney Western Art Museum), and Editor’s Choice Award for Best American Indian Collection (Plains Indian Museum).
East of the ranch on the other side of the Bighorn National Forest is the town of Sheridan which is a highly desirable community, and was recently selected as the #1 Western Town by True West Magazine. Sheridan boasts fine dining, shopping, arts, equestrian events, polo, professional rodeo, hospital/medical facilities, and world-class golf.
Just 20 miles from the small town of Shell, WY, the ranch is located approximately 8 miles south of Highway 14 via Forest Road 17. Accessibility in the winter months varies from year to year depending on the amount of snowfall.
This area receives approximately 22 inches of total precipitation per year, and there are generally 206 sunny days. High temperatures range from 70 degrees in July to 28 degrees in January.
- The property and surrounding national forest offers some of the best big game hunting in the state.
- Large numbers of elk and mule deer reside on the ranch year round.
- The ranch is located in Elk Area 41, and qualifies for two landowner tags each year.
- Other big game found on the ranch includes moose, black bear, mountain lion, and limited antelope.
- There is excellent upland bird hunting for blue grouse and sage grouse.
Fishermen will appreciate the abundance of exceptional fishing opportunities nearby in the Bighorn National Forest including the blue ribbon Tongue River, and numerous other streams and mountain lakes.
The abundance of public land in the area including the adjoining Bighorn National Forest and the nearby Bighorn Canyon National Recreation Area provide numerous recreational opportunities including horseback riding, hiking, snowmobiling, ATV riding, wildlife viewing, photography, marinas, boat ramps and campsites to name a few.
The ranch is currently leased for cattle grazing during the summer months, and operates through a BLM Management Agreement for the Jack Creek Allotment (permit #01502). The 2,610 total acre ranch is divided into three pastures with several springs and numerous mountain creeks providing water to both livestock and wildlife.