Lytle Creek Ranch - Crook County, Wyoming1,160 acres - $3,480,000
A hidden gem in the western Black Hills along Lytle Creek. This scenic mountain ranch lays adjacent to the National Forest on the west slope of the Bear Lodge Mountains. It offers live water, an incredible setting, and abundant wildlife in an end of the road location. The Lytle Creek Ranch has been in the same family for over 100 years and offers 1,160 deeded acres. The entire east side of the ranch borders the Black Hills National Forest. A portion of the property extends east into the Forest Service and borders public land on three sides.
The property encompasses a striking mixture of topographical features creating outstanding scenery and panoramic vistas. Pristine pine covered hills, steep canyons with rock bluffs, open parks, aspen groves, high plateaus with unobstructed views, rolling hay meadows, pretty creek bottoms and bur oak draws provide an exquisite landscape. Birch, box elder, chokecherry, service berry, Oregon grape, currant, wild rose, juniper, buffalo berry, horsemint, wild raspberry, purple coneflower and many other native bushes and wildflowers complete the backdrop. Hay is produced on approximately 215 acres. The mature stands of ponderosa pine timber were cruised by the Wyoming State Forestry, who determined that the ranch has a good amount of marketable timber. Several spots on the ranch provide a view of Devils Tower and the Missouri Buttes.
Almost two miles of Lytle Creek meanders through the south end of the ranch. Beaver have taken advantage of the environment along the creek and constructed some ponds. The ranch also has several springs, with one of the larger spring developments supplying water for the improvements and several stock tanks.
The headquarters sits on a wide plateau in the north central part of the ranch and is accessed from a county road. This plateau is between the Blacktail Creek Valley and the Lytle Creek Valley. A comfortable three-bedroom home plus a hunterï¿½s cabin, several barns, machine shed, shop, and corrals make an adequate set of working improvements. Beautiful views can be enjoyed in every direction near the headquarters. Colorful sunsets are a frequent display on the western horizon. On a clear day the Big Horn Mountains may be seen in the distance.
Forest Service Road #847 runs through the south side of the property. Bear Lodge District Snowmobile Trail E lays southeast of the ranch. It connects with other trails that lead deeper into the Bear Lodge.
The diversity of terrain, the feed base and access to water make excellent wildlife habitat on the ranch. Many species of wildlife frequent the area including Whitetail deer, elk, turkey, beaver, fox, coyote, mountain lion, eagles, and hawks.
Located in northeastern Wyoming, the property is just 20 minutes southwest of Hulett. Other nearby Wyoming destinations are Devils Tower, Sundance, Moorcroft, Gillette and Keyhole State Park. To the east several South Dakota towns are within a one to two hour drive from the ranch, they include Spearfish, Deadwood, Sturgis and Rapid City. The Black Hills and northeastern Wyoming are renowned as a year round outdoor recreation and hunting destination.
A truly rare find, this property has almost everything you could wish for in a Black Hills ranch. The combination of majestic vistas, a picturesque countryside, live water, privacy, wildlife and access to public lands make the Lytle Creek Ranch a place you'll want to enjoy for a lifetime. $3,480,000. Visit www.eRanches.com for more information or call listing broker, Jim Pederson at Arnold Realty, Inc. 307-746-2083.