SCENIC CATTLE RANCH WITH TROUT STREAM AND ELK HUNTING
A rare offering in a highly desirable location in Johnson County, WY near Buffalo. Productive irrigated hay meadows are balanced with range land cattle grazing. Trout fishing on Rock Creek and elk hunting on deeded lands in the Big Horn Mountains.
- Located ~12 miles northwest of Buffalo, WY on Rock Creek
- Irrigated hay meadows and range land combination ranch with mountain & stream recreation
- Historically the ranch was used for cow-calf pairs, horses, & irrigated alfalfa hay production
- Located on Rock Creek and Mowry Creek with year-round live water
- Remote mountain land is surrounded by National Forest and Wyoming State lands
The Evitt Ranch is being offered for the first time in nearly 50 years! The Evitt Ranch is located in a tightly held ranching community on Rock Creek. Known in part for its scenic beauty the area also is home to the iconic HF Bar Ranch, the second oldest guest ranch in the country. The Evitt Ranch is close to the classic western communities of Buffalo and Sheridan; both are gateways to the Big Horn Mountains via Highway 16 West or Highway 14 West. Buffalo and Sheridan offer a full calendar of events including rodeos, fairs, music festivals, mountain races, polo tournaments, theater, farmers markets, and more. In the last few years, Buffalo has been the home of “Longmire Days“, a 3-day celebration of Craig Johnson’s character and television series based on Buffalo as the fictional Absaroka County.
The Evitt Ranch’s headquarters has been operated as a working cattle ranch for many years. Lush irrigated hay meadows produce hay for winter feed. The hay meadows are irrigated by water from Mowry Reservoir, Rock Creek, the Hallie Ditch, and shares in the Rock Creek and Piney Reservoir and Ditch Company. The ~760+/- acres of deeded lands are augmented by 640+/- acres of Wyoming State lease lands for additional range land grazing. The ranch headquarters offers two homes, a large pipe roping arena and cattle working facilities, and older ranch outbuildings.
The Evitt Ranch’s mountain parcel has been reserved for private recreation and elk hunting for the past 15 years or so. The ~1,069+/- deeded acres border the Big Horn National Forest and are surrounded by Wyoming State lands on the remaining three sides. The mountain property is a remote, private retreat on the east slope of the Big Horn Mountains with a cabin built in about 1975.
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Rock Creek Ranch Headquarters Click To View
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.
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)
Ranch Improvements Click To View
The primary home is a 4,015+/- square foot historic home built in the late 1800’s (per Johnson County Assessor’s Office). The home is constructed 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 the 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 create an open, sunny atmosphere within the home and frame beautiful views of the mountains, meadows and nearby Mowry Creek. A walking bridge across Mowry Creek makes a quick trip between the house and the historic barn and horse corrals. The detached double garage contains a workshop area and a walk-in cold storage locker.
The second 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 2.5 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 two large wood stoves upstairs and downstairs. The layout of the home is very open and inviting.
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.