The Sierra Madre Ranch is located just inside the Medicine Bow National Forest along the Sierra Madre Mountain Range, 4.1 miles southwest of the small town of Encampment via Water Valley Road. Consisting of 320 acres with 160 acres irrigated from the Ernest Ditch, the ranch is bordered on two sides by national forest and the other two sides by BLM lands. The property includes three streams and two small irrigation ponds with a variety of terrain that includes native grass meadows with forty percent of the ranch in lodge pole pine and quaking aspen. The ranch provides winter range for bighorn sheep and elk and includes mule deer, moose, black bear, dusky grouse and wild turkey. There are brook trout in the creeks with excellent fishing for brown and rainbow trout in the nearby Encampment River. The ranch has a one room restored cabin near the center of the ranch with several old homestead cabins still remaining. Water rights include 4.47 cfs with a priority date of 1918.
Sierra Madre Ranch
Wyoming - Carbon County - Encampment
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Location and Area
Sierra Madre Ranch is located in south-central, Wyoming, 4.1 miles from Encampment just thirty minutes to Saratoga, 1 ½ hours west of Laramie, and 2 hours from Steamboat Springs, Colorado. Some services are available in Encampment with expanded services in Saratoga including the prestigious member’s only Old Baldy Club; offering a championship, 18-hole golf course, blue-ribbon trout fishing and superior accommodations. Just one mile southwest of Saratoga is Shively Field Airport for private jet aircraft which has an 8,800’ x 100’ lighted runway with a Fixed Base Operation providing aviation and jet fuel with NDB and GPS instrument approach systems. Commercial service is available from Denver International Airport, four hours by car or shuttle service from Laramie, Wyoming.
Wyoming has some of the most favorable tax and asset protection laws in the nation with no individual state income tax, business income tax or inheritance tax. Wyoming’s population statewide is 563,626 which rank it 50th as one of the least populated states in America. Cheyenne, with a population 57,478, the state capital, is located at the crossroads of I-25 and I-80 and is host city of Cheyenne Frontier Days, the largest outdoor rodeo in the United States, and Warren Air Force Base, the oldest continuously operating US AFB. The City of Laramie, with a population of 30,816, is one of the highest elevated cities in the United States at 7,165 ft and home to the University of Wyoming.
To get to the Sierra Madre Ranch from Encampment – 6th Street and MacFarlane Ave., head southwest toward 7th Street for 0.5 miles. Turn left onto CR 353/Finley Hill road which turns into Water Valley Road. Continue down Water Valley Road for 2.1 miles, the ranch gate is on the right.
Currently there is a one room restored cabin of 600 sq ft located near the center of the ranch along with some old homestead cabin structures and barns. The only maintained road is the Water Valley Road which crosses the northeast corner of the ranch with two track roads leading to the cabins. There is power available on the property and the perimeter of the ranch is fenced in four strand bare wire.
Property Description and Water Rights
Sierra Madre Ranch is in the Medicine Bow National Forest of the Sierra Madre Range, surrounded by publicly managed rangeland and forest. The area provides stunning views of the Sierra Madre Range and the North Platte River Valley. The ranch consists of 320 acres of which 160 acres are flood irrigated from the Ernest Ditch which ends on the ranch. Most of the irrigated land is found on moderate slopes towards the center of the ranch made up of brome, redtop, white clover and several native grasses. The ranch has two man made ponds and three streams including the north and south fork of Miner Creek and Hell Creek. The ranch has water rights for 4.47 cfs which date back to 1918. There are intermittent stands of lodge pole pine trees and aspen tree groves spread throughout the ranch. Elevations range from 7,770 ft where the North Fork of Miner Creek leaves the northeast corner to 8,258 ft in the southwest corner.
Wildlife and Recreation
Due to its location and the extensive amount of public land that surrounds Sierra Madre Ranch, there are significant wildlife populations including elk (GMU 21), mule deer (GMU 82), bighorn sheep (GMU 21), moose (GMU 41) and black bear (GMU 9). Portions of the ranch are considered critical winter range for elk and bighorn sheep. In addition there are ever present populations of wild turkey and dusky grouse. Fishing for trout in the area is excellent, brook trout are found in the creeks and beaver ponds on the ranch along with trophy gold metal fishing for brown, rainbow and cutthroat in the nearby Encampment and North Platte Rivers. Fishing at high mountain lakes and creeks are available by foot or horseback directly from the ranch.
Comments and Conclusion
Sierra Madre Ranch is a rare find with its location, topography, resources, wildlife and scenic beauty. The ranch is ideal for the sportsman and or conservationist with a perfect opportunity for a Buyer to place this ranch in a conservation easement protecting it for generations with an attractive charitable tax deduction. Whether for a family ranch, hunting getaway or sound land investment, Sierra Madre Ranch is one of those uniquely located ranches that is rarely available.