This is it! If you run cattle, like to rodeo and love recreation, this property can do it all. Sitting just 15 miles west of Laramie and 2.5 hours from Denver in the Little Laramie River Valley at the base of the Snowy Range Mountains, this is a tremendous working cattle ranch with plentiful water and ample hay production. The current owner has run 240 pair all summer and 560 yearlings on the ranch. The ranch has produced hay yields totaling 1,000-1,200 tons annually. The 42,154 square foot indoor arena has hosted ranch rodeos, team roping, cutting events, clinics, horse sales, weddings and events. The historic homestead lodge has been restored and features beautiful amenities with the Little Laramie River flowing right outside the back door. Rocky Mountain Anglers has leased the fishing on the property for the Little Laramie and Mill Creek due to the trophy fishing that exists. The ranch has senior water rights for hay production, irrigated and sub-irrigated pastures.
The ranch has ample improvements but is not over-improved. The Fishing Lodge parcel includes a beautiful 1,800 sq ft log home with 2 bedrooms that sits right on the Little Laramie River. There is an original homestead 300 sq ft cabin that is now used as the Fish House on Boomers Pond and a great place to have a cocktail and entertain or relax and drown a worm. There is also a guest cottage next to the main lodge with two guest rooms, two bathrooms, storage room and garage. There is a brick ranch-style Managers House that was completely remodeled in 2012 with 2,200 square feet, three bedrooms, three bathrooms, Quonset shop 37 x 100, large metal barn, calving shed and numerous loafing sheds and a great set of working corrals.
The Homestead Barn is western nostalgia at its best! Photographers have traveled from all over to take pictures of the remodeled original barn.
The Arena Parcel features one of the nicest horse arenas in this area of Wyoming. The 45,000 square foot arena is climate controlled and contains all of the features needed for a performance horse breeding operation, ranch rodeos and events. The arena features an observatory deck upstairs, apartment, 20 indoor horse stalls with outdoor turnouts, tac room, lab/pharmacy room, two breeding rooms, hay storage, outdoor paddocks, multiple loafing sheds and oversized garage. This parcel also includes employee housing. A 1,876 sq ft three bedroom, two bath house and a 864 sq ft garage.
The North Parcel consists of the current owners main house. The 1,998 sq foot house sits on the side of a hill overlooking Mill Creek below and the Little Laramie Valley with the Snowy Mountain Range in the distance. The home, which was built in 1994, has four bedrooms and three bathrooms. There is also a 3,840 sq ft pole barn, a 1,608 square foot utility shed, horse stalls and outdoor pens.
The ranch is easily accessed off of I-80 just 15 miles west of Laramie, WY and lies in the picturesque Little Laramie River Valley. To the west the ranch is 10 minutes to the Snowy Range and Medicine Bow Mountains and 20 minutes to the Snowy Range Ski Resort.
The city is about 50 miles west of Cheyenne, Wyoming, and 130 miles north of Denver, Colorado. Laramie lies along U.S. Route 30, Interstate 80, and U.S. Route 287, and it remains an important junction on the Union Pacific Railroad line.
The population of Laramie is approximately 30,000 and is home to the University of Wyoming. Laramie is also the County Seat of Albany County. May of 2018 marked the 150th Anniversary of Laramie, known as the Gem City of the plains. In that same year of 1868 Wyoming Territory and Albany County were also formed. The city draws outdoor enthusiasts due its abundance of outdoor activities. In 2011, Laramie was named as one of the best cities in which to retire by Money Magazine, which cited its scenic location, low taxes, and educational opportunities. Laramie is loaded with western tradition and history. As a result of having a first rate university the city is also culturally diverse and offers great dining, shopping, entertainment and all needed services.
Laramie is on a high plain between two mountain ranges, the Snowy Range, about 30 miles to the west, and the Laramie Range, 7 miles to the east. The city’s elevation is about 7,165 feet. The Laramie River runs through Laramie toward its confluence with the North Platte River east of the Laramie Range.
Laramie’s total precipitation averages about 11 inches a year, with an average of 86 rainy days a year. The city experiences a day that is 90 °F or warmer 2.2 times a year. The average temperature in December is 21.1 °F, and in July it is 64.0 °F. Annual snowfall averages 48 inches. Because of the high elevation, winters are long, and summers are short and relatively cool.
As noted above, the Laramie River Valley is rich with outdoor activities throughout the year and this ranch is no exception with excellent trout fishing on multiple streams, hunting and equestrian activities on site.
If you’re a fly fisherman this property will make you pause and take notice. The cream of the crop on the ranch is the Little Laramie River which flows and meanders through the property for over a mile! Historically leased by Rocky Mountain Anglers, who have reported the fishery as excellent! Trout species include Rainbow, Brown and cutthroat with an occasional Brook trout. The fishery is a meandering free-stone creek bottom with ripples, deep holes and well sodded and willow lined banks set among large Cottonwood groves and framed underneath the Snowy Range Mountains.
The sleeper fishery is Mill Creek, which was also leased by Rocky Mountain Anglers. Mill winds through the North Parcel for just under 3 miles. Even though it’s not as touted as a reputation fishery the creek produces monster brown trout. Additional work could be done to improve the habitat and structure of the creek and make it an even better fishery!
An indoor arena of this quality with all of the amenities it has is a rarity to say the least! Whether you want to have your own private facility, breed performance horses or hold events for participants from all over the country, this facility can do it all. In addition to luxurious riding in a climate controlled indoor arena, you have picturesque riding on the ranch and you are just a short trailer ride away from endless riding in the National Forest.
The valley has a good population of pronghorn antelope, mule deer and elk in that like to migrate to the valley during the colder winter months. The current owners have had good success hunting on the ranch. The area and the nearby Medicine Bow National Forest are loaded with diverse wildlife including waterfowl, elk, deer, antelope, moose, bear, mountain lions and turkey. The Medicine Bow National Forest is over a million acres and is readily accessible from the property. Additional fishing as well as boating is available at Rob Roy Reservoir in the national forest.
Historically and currently the ranch has been operating as a working cattle ranch, very productive hay farm and performance horse breeding operation. The current owner puts the stocking rate at 40 acres a cow/calf. However as a result of the impressive hay production ranging from 2.5 – 3 tons an acre, the current owner has been able to run significantly more cattle. The existing operation has run 560 yearlings and 240 pairs all summer. Ranches of this capacity and production are a rare find in this part of Wyoming.
Total annual hay production on the ranch ranges from 1,000 to 1,200 tons. In addition, there are 1,787 acres of irrigated and sub-irrigated pasture on the ranch. Grass pasture makes up the approximately 1,200 acre remainder of the ranch. Working facilities include updated barns, outbuildings, corrals, paddocks, shipping facilities and other amenities.
A good set of cattle working facilities exist on the west parcel for calving and working cows that include chutes that are covered and heated.
In the West Water is King and this ranch has it! With historic priority water rights dating back to 1882 and 1887 there are ample rights to irrigate more than 2,000 acres of hay meadows and irrigated/sub-irrigated pasture. Extensive water rights and well information is available to qualified buyers.
The current owner owns 100% of the minerals on the north parcel and the south pasture. Those mineral rights will transfer with the sale. The current owner does not own any of the mineral rights on the fishing lodge parcel or the arena parcel.
Due to its history as a cattle ranch and fishing/wildlife habitat the property could be a prime candidate for a conservation easement. The ranch is currently unencumbered.
The ranch elevation is approximately 7,200 feet.