Cow Creek Mountain Ranch - Albany County, Wyoming
Deeded Acres: 3,331.46
Leased Acres: 4,124.67
Total Acres: 7,456.13
Asking Price: $3,600,000
SOLD — Very scenic Wyoming mountain property for sale with large, beautiful cabin located in outstanding elk hunting country in the Laramie Mountains and Medicine Bow-Routt National Forest.
- LOCATED 92 MILES NORTHEAST OF LARAMIE, WYOMING IN ALBANY COUNTY.
- SPECTACULAR MOUNTAIN SCENERY.
- ABUNDANT LIVESTOCK & WILDLIFE WATER.
- OUTSTANDING ELK HUNTING OPPORTUNITIES.
- BEAUTIFUL MAIN CABIN, GUEST QUARTERS & BUNK HOUSE
This Wyoming mountain property for sale offers excellent, year-around outdoor recreational opportunities away from the crowd, including hiking, horseback riding, photography, snowmobiling, fishing and big game hunting. Scenic views from the main cabin are spectacular. The cabin is “top-of-the-line” and offers all the comforts of home. The guest cabin and bunk house provide lots of comfortable space for family and friends while they enjoy the varied activities available on this magnificent property. Ranch is owner-rated aas a 100-110 animal unit ranch; however, due to the drought conditions over the past years, the owner has elected to instill a two-year, non-use management plan to prevent over-grazing.
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LOCATION Click To View
Situated in the beautiful Laramie Mountains in northeastern Albany County, Wyoming, the Cow Creek Mountain Ranch offers privacy and seclusion. The ranch may be accessed from Laramie by traveling north on U.S. Hwy 30 to Rock River, then proceeding northeast on the Fetterman Road, east on Garrett Road and then north on the Bear Creek Road to the ranch entrance. The ranch can also be accessed off I-25 from Wheatland at Exit 78 then west on Palmer Canyon Road to Bear Creek Road; or, from I-25 at Glendo Exit 111 then west on the Ridge Road to Esterbrook then southwest on Esterbrook Road to the north approach to the ranch.
The small nearby western town of Esterbrook offers limited town amenities; however, the uniqueness of this rustic mountain community is likened to a “little piece of heaven” tucked beneath the magnificent Laramie Peak and surrounded by lush alpine meadows that abound with many species of wildlife. The surrounding areas are great places for outdoor enthusiasts looking for fishing, hunting and other outdoor recreation. During the fall months the area becomes a haven for those wanting to hunt deer, elk, and black bears.
The closest, most easily accessible city to the Cow Creek Mountain Ranch is Laramie, the county seat of Albany County which, according to the 2010 census, has a population of approximately 30,816. Located on the Laramie River in southeastern Wyoming, the city is west of Cheyenne at the junction of Interstate 80 and U.S. Route 287. It is home to the University of Wyoming, Wyoming Technical Institute, and a branch of Laramie County Community College, making it a popular entertainment hub of educational, cultural, historical and sports activities as well as offering a wide variety of outdoor activities from fishing, camping, skiing, snowmobiling, and a beautiful mountain range to explore. Situated in the Laramie Valley between the Snowy Range and the Laramie Range, the city attracts many outdoor enthusiasts. The Laramie Regional Airport serves the area. In 2011, Laramie was named as one of the best cities in which to retire by Money Magazine due to its scenic location, low taxes and educational opportunities.
Casper, the Oil Capitol of Wyoming, lies 109 miles north and west of the ranch and offers excellent city amenities as well as a regional airport.
RANCHING OPERATION Click To View
At elevations between 7,000’ and 8,400’, the Cow Creek Mountain Ranch sits along the southwestern foothills of the magnificent Laramie Mountains and the Medicine Bow-Routt National Forest. The terrain consists of open mountain meadows with some sagebrush — to canyons with beautiful groves of aspen, pine and cedar — to spectacular rugged rock formations – all providing the perfect habitat and natural cover for a variety of wildlife including trophy elk and deer. Owner-rated as a 100 – 110 animal unit (AU) ranch, the Windy Peak unit at the higher elevation is best utilized as summer pasture and, in a typical year, can accommodate approximately 298 head of brood cows with calves for a 4-month grazing period. Due to the drought conditions over the past years, the owners have elected to instill a two-year non-use management plan to prevent over-grazing and allow the natural forage to recoup. Approximately 683 acres on the northern portion of the ranch (off the Esterbrook Road) were purchased from the Wyoming Game & Fish Commission and are under development restrictions. Buildings are limited to two, 10-acre single-family cabin sites that must be approved by the Wyoming Game & Fish Commission before construction can take place. Cow Creek and Antelope Creek are the main sources of livestock water. Other smaller creeks flow through the property including Deer Creek, Willow Creek, Owl Creek, and Muddy Ford Creek. There are several seasonal springs throughout the ranch. There are two developed (stocked with fish) ponds: one on Antelope Creek and one on Willow Creek. There is a windmill near the Willow Creek pond. A well supplies domestic water to the cabin. According to the Natural Resource Conservation Service (NRCS) 30-year average, the annual precipitation in the area is 18 inches with 80 to 100 frost-free days.
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The Cow Creek Mountain Ranch offers excellent, year-around, outdoor recreational opportunities away from the crowd.
The renowned “Elk Hunt Area 7” is centered around Laramie Peak in the Laramie Mountains, an eastern Wyoming mountain range that is known for its trophy elk and is home to some of the best bulls in America. Cow Creek Mountain Ranch lies within Area 7, making it an outstanding opportunity to own a private, big-game hunting ranch. Another outstanding feature as owner of the ranch is the allotment (by the Wyoming Game & Fish) of two landowner elk permits and two mule deer permits each year in Hunt Area 7.
An abundance of natural cover for shelter, along with numerous water sources, ideal forage and unspoiled wide open spaces combine to make the Cow Creek Mountain Ranch the perfect habitat for many varieties of wildlife.
Cow Creek and Antelope Creek are the two larger creeks that flow through the property. There are several other smaller streams including Deer Creek, Willow Creek, Owl Creek, and Muddy Ford Creek, some of which provide fishing opportunities for brook trout. Fishing ponds have been developed on Antelope Creek and Willow Creek and both have been stocked with rainbow trout.
In addition to hunting and fishing, other recreational activities on and near the property include hiking, horseback riding, photography, 4-wheeling, camping, snowmobiling, rock climbing, wildlife watching, and backpacking.
IMPROVEMENTS Click To View
The improvements on the Cow Creek Mountain Ranch are well-built and well-maintained structures that offer family and friends truly unique “mountain camping” experiences in a very pristine and private setting.
The beautiful main cabin is situated in very scenic setting with spectacular views of the surrounding area. The 1½ story, 1,460 sq. ft. log structure has 3 bedrooms and 2½ bathrooms and was built in 2000. This is a “top-of-the-line” mountain cabin with outstanding features — nothing has been spared. The double fireplace between the living room and master suite provides warmth and coziness to both rooms. Large windows throughout the attractive cabin frame the picturesque vistas and “invite the outdoors indoors” to be enjoyed at all times.
The 560 sq. ft. guest cabin above the 2-car garage sleeps four and has a 3/4 bath.
Nestled in a small, scenic canyon a short distance from the main cabin, the 1,080 sq. ft. bunk house (with attached shed/barn) is basic with a small kitchenette off the sleeping quarters that accommodates 6 people. An outhouse is located nearby.
The 414 sq. ft. barn located off the Esterbrook Road was built in 1920 and is now in the process of being remodeled and restored.
The improvements are powered by an off-grid system with a solar panel and batteries. There is a 1,000-gallon propane tank near the main cabin and a 500-gallon propane tank near the guest cabin. The cabins have electric baseboard heat.