Flying W Cattle Ranch is in a historic location about 90 miles west of Oklahoma City near Elk City, Oklahoma. Situated in the path of the Great Western Cattle Trail where cattle were driven to market in the 1800s, this 1,500 +/- acre cattle ranch has good soil that will produce excellent grazing for cattle and horses. The topography is that of gently rolling grassland with cottonwood tree-lined ravines. Views from the hill tops are for 50 miles in every direction, and it is easy to see why Native Americans came here to hunt buffalo. There are several entrances to the ranch off county roads and the interior of the ranch has a good road system. The owner would consider selling in sizeable parcels or if a buyer would like more land the adjoining 500+/- acre guest ranch is also available for purchase.
Location: The ranch is located about 90 miles west of Oklahoma City, less than 15 minutes west from Elk City, Oklahoma, just a few miles north of I-40 on a well-maintained hard surface road in Beckham County.
Area: Elk City, Oklahoma, has a population of approximately 10,500 and is the principal center of trade for Western Oklahoma and much of the Texas Panhandle, with a 60-mile trade radius that serves more than 50,000 people. Petroleum, agriculture, wind energy, transportation, tourism, manufacturing, and healthcare all contribute to Elk City’s economy. Elk City also has strong ties to agriculture with beef and dairy cattle production plus cotton, alfalfa, wheat and other grains. The city has complete shopping facilities, recreational facilities, public library, community civic center, college and vo-tech school and an outstanding regional medical center.
Acreage: Flying W Cattle Ranch consists of 1,500 +/- acres of gently rolling grassland with cottonwood tree lined ravines. Views from the top of some of the hills are as far as 50 miles in every direction. The adjoining 500 +/- acres owned by the same seller and used as a guest ranch is also available for purchase. See Flying W Guest Ranch
Improvements: Water is supplied to the ranch by community tap water, windmills and electric powered water wells. This 1,500 +/- contiguous acres has access to more than one county road, and the interior of the ranch has a good road system throughout. The fencing on the ranch is in fair condition.
General Operation: The soil is ideal for producing good grass, and the ranch has been used as a cattle and horse ranch for many years. The grasslands of this ranch with proper management in a normal precipitation year should accommodate one cow calf unit per 20 to 25 acres, and with a little winter help could possible support one cow calf unit per 15 acres.
Recreational and Wildlife Resources: Turkey, dove, quail, antelope and white-tailed deer can be found on and around the ranch. A number of historical, educational, recreational and wildlife viewing opportunities are nearby. Black Kettle National Grassland, home to the Comanche and other nomadic Indian tribes who camped and hunted in the area, and the Washita Battlefield National Historic Site are about 20 miles north of the ranch. Foss State Park is located northeast of the ranch on Foss Lake. Recreational activities include hiking, biking, horseback riding, fishing, boating, swimming and camping. Southeast of the ranch, the 400-acre Great Plains State Park located in the Wichita Mountain foothills provides miles of mountain biking and hiking trails. Just east of the Great Plains State Park, the 59,020-acre Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge provides habitat for large native grazing animals such as American bison, Rocky Mountain elk, and white-tailed deer. Texas longhorn cattle also share the refuge rangelands as a cultural and historical legacy species. More than 50 mammal, 240 bird, 64 reptile and amphibian, 36 fish, and 806 plant species thrive on this important refuge. Visitors to the refuge can enjoy wildlife watching, hunting, fishing and special events.
Climate: The Elk City area experiences a humid subtropical climate with cool, dry winters and hot, much wetter summers. The average high temperature in July is 92.6 degrees F and 46.8 in January. The average low temperature in January is 22.1 degrees F and 68 degrees in July. Average annual precipitation is 28.79 inches.
Historical Information: The Great Western Cattle Trail used by cattlemen long ago to drive their herds north from Texas to the rail heads at Dodge City, Kansas, passes through the area. The adjoining 500 acre Flying W Guest Ranch, also for sale, has within its acreage a buffalo jump site documented as the largest and most complex bison kill site by Indians on the Southern Plains. At this site, the Plains Indians stampeded herds of bison over a cliff and into a canyon as an efficient means of slaughter. Archaeologists from the University of Oklahoma oversee the exploration and excavation at the Flying W Guest Ranch kill site, revealing the remains of an estimated 800 bison. The site is dated as being used by Native Americans between 300 BC and 300 AD.
Water Resources and Mineral Rights: Water is supplied to the ranch and improvements by community water tap, windmills and electric powered water wells. No minerals are owned.
Taxes: Property Taxes for 2012 were $2,784.