SOLD— SCENIC CATTLE RANCH FOR SALE – LIVE WATER AND MOUNTAIN VIEWS
A rare offering on Rock Creek near the famed HF Bar Guest Ranch and the Big Horn Mountains
- Located ~12 miles northwest of Buffalo, WY on Rock Creek
- Irrigated hay meadows and range land combination ranch
- Historically used for cow-calf pairs, horses, & irrigated alfalfa hay production
- Located on Rock Creek and Mowry Creek with year-round live water
The Evitt Ranch is being offered for the first time in nearly 50 years! Located in a tightly held ranching area, the Evitt Ranch – Rock Creek Headquarters features two homes and ranch improvements, irrigated hay meadows, and a sweeping view of the Big Horn Mountains…all on Rock Creek. Together, the ‘Rock Creek Headquarters’ unit and the ‘Big Horn Mountains Elk Camp’ comprise the entire Evitt Ranch. Offered as individual parcels or together as the ranch stands today.
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ROCK CREEK — Rock Creek originates at an elevation of ~8,000’ in the Bighorn National Forest near the Cloud Peak Wilderness. The year-round stream flows through nearly one mile of the deeded acres and then continues across the Evitt’s State grazing lease for another 0.6+/- miles. Small brook trout and rainbow trout keep the fly-fishing challenging. Other activities include swimming and tubing in the summer and ice skating in the winter.
MOWRY RESERVOIR — This stream-fed reservoir lies above the main home on Mowry Creek. While built primarily to provide stored irrigation water, the reservoir has been stocked with trout and provides yet another fishing and recreation opportunity.
WILDLIFE — Whitetail deer, mule deer, antelope, and turkeys are the main game species on the ranch.
STATE GRAZING LEASES — The deeded portions of the Rock Creek Headquarters parcel are connected by two State of Wyoming grazing leases. Lease #2-4022 is a 160 acre lease with a permitted 90 AUMs and lease #2-3928 is a 480 acre lease with a permitted 171 AUMs. The leases were recently renewed and will not be up for renewal again until 02/01/2024.
WATER RIGHTS and IRRIGATION — The Evitt Ranch owns 7 shares (98 Acre-Feet) in the Rock Creek and Piney Reservoir & Ditch Company. The annual cost of this water has typically run about $100 per share. Other permitted water rights include 25 acres from the Jenny Mowry Ditch, a diversion off of Rock Creek (Proof #2141), 75 acres from Hallie Ditch (Permit 1323), and an unregulated number of acres from Mowry Reservoir (Permit #6652). With a lessee in place, the estimated current number of irrigated acres (estimated from an aerial image) ranges from 180-210+/- acres. The historical number of irrigated acres is closer to 265+/- acres. The ranch has a high ratio of irrigable acres (347 of the 760 deeded acres), according to the Johnson County Assessor’s office. Irrigation improvements to fully utilize the irrigable acres would greatly increase the ranch’s production capability, particularly on the north end.
OTHER BUILDINGS on the ranch include a circa 1901 hip-roof style barn, a 1,200+/- sq. ft. steel shop building built in ~1979, a number of open-faced machinery storage structures, an original calving/lambing shed, and various other livestock structures. The corrals and large outdoor roping arena are constructed of repurposed heavy duty oil field pipe.
PROPERTY TAXES – The 2014 property taxes were $6,920 (Johnson County Assessor’s website).
LOCAL SCHOOLS – The closest schools are in Buffalo but Wyoming does allow students to attend school in the district of their choice. Public schools located in Buffalo include Meadowlark Elementary, Cloud Peak Elementary, Clear Creek Middle School, and Buffalo High School. (www.jcsd1.us/schools)
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The primary home on the Rock Creek Headquarters is a 4,015+/- square foot historic home built in the late 1800’s (per Johnson County Assessor’s Office). The home is built from stone and stucco and in recent years has been sided with rough-sawn lumber and brick. A stone fireplace with a modern insert is a central feature of the living area. The home has a large master bedroom with a west facing bump-out sitting area and an en suite master bathroom. About 20 years ago an addition was added and purposed as a hot tub room. The large windows provide beautiful views of the mountains, meadows, and Mowry Creek and create a sunny atmosphere. A walking bridge across Mowry Creek makes a quick trip between the house and the historic barn and horse corrals. There is a detached double garage which contains a workshop area and a walk-in cold storage locker.
The manager’s home was built in 1985 and has 1,664+/- square feet of living space on the main floor and another ~1,664 sq. ft. of finished living space in the basement. This spacious home has 6 bedrooms and 2 full bathrooms. A large mudroom has an easy-access water closet, laundry hook-ups, and utility sink. In addition to hot water heat, the home has a large wood stove upstairs and one downstairs. The layout of the home features a very open design on both levels.
The ranch improvements include a circa 1901 hip roof style barn, a 1,200+/- sq. ft. steel shop building built in about 1979, a number of open-faced machinery storage structures, an original calving/lambing shed, and various other livestock structures. The large outdoor roping arena and working corrals are constructed of repurposed heavy duty oil field pipe.