A Lazy A Ranch
The 1188 acre A Lazy A Ranch, sits just 6 miles south of Crawford in the beautiful pine ridge country of northwest Nebraska. Descending into the ranch you are greeted by two large hay meadows and a charming homestead utilized as the caretaker's quarters. At the center of the headquarters you find the well-designed cattle working facilities, large open barn, and Quonset for equipment storage. As you move further into the interior of the ranch you will find the keystone of the property nestled in a secluded canyon. The meticulously crafted, custom-built log home offers 2416 square feet on the main floor and 1050 square foot in the basement. The 3-bedroom, 3 bath home includes many custom finishes including hickory plank flooring, large open kitchen and living area with and a fantastic stone fireplace framed with historic barn beams. The main floor has a large master suite with two private decks. Downstairs is a large family room, bar and two non-conforming bedrooms. The horse barn also boasts many custom touches, including 5 large stalls, and a custom-built bar and tack room. The A Lazy A offers the sportsman and the grazer a turnkey opportunity for cattle and hay production as well as top shelf hunting. World class elk call the ranch home, and the current owner has taken a bull elk on the property that scores an astounding 443 Boone and Crockett.
The ranch is home to a good number of mule deer, whitetail deer, turkey, and very high-quality elk. Located in the Hat Creek Unit, the ranch qualifies for resident limited landowner elk tags. Landowner tags are also available for deer, however OTC deer tags are unlimited in this unit. The terrain on the ranch consists of rolling grass hills and hardwood creek bottoms with dramatic ponderosa pine ridges running through property. The combination of excellent cover, high-quality feed and plenty of water sources keeps the wildlife on the ranch and plentiful.
Currently the ranch runs 150 cow calf pairs year-round as well as 250 stocker cattle for approximately 150 days. Hay production has averaged 300 tons annually and varies with grazing strategies. The ranch currently holdes a Forrest service grazing lease on the adjacent 640 acres on the southwest border of the property. The good mix of warm and cool season grasses give the grazer the opportunity to utilize the multiple pastures throughout the year with proper rotation.
A Lazy A is a well-watered property that boasts 11 tire tanks on a pipeline utilizing solar, submersable and windmill. Another bonus is the live water on the A Lazy A. Cherry Creek runs a little over a mile on the west and Bozle creek runs a quarter of a mile on the east side of the ranch. The opportunity to lease the pasture and hay production also makes for an opportunity for the new owners to produce income from the ranch.
History and Attractions
Fort Robinson State Park which can be seen from just about anywhere on the ranch is one of the most visited destinations for families in the country and avid history buffs. The Agate Fossil Beds National Monument sits just a short drive south of the ranch and is an incredible destination to see dinosaur fossils, Native American history, and artifacts as well as many other western items. The Hudson-Meng Research and Educational Center offers the opportunity to see a massive bison burial site with the remains of over 600 bison preserved in the mass grave. Toadstool Park is also just a stone's throw from the ranch. It has many fascinating geologic formations and unusual rock formations. Other attractions include the Old West Trail Days Prca Rodeo over the 4th of July, Peabody Hale Fiddle Contest as well as many other events.
The area also has excellent fishing in Box Butte Reservoir, Lake Whitney and the White River. Access to thousands of acres of public land is also available in the Ponderosa Wildlife Management Area, Soldier Creek Wilderness Area and the Oglala National Grasslands.
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