The subject property is one of Wyoming’s most scenic recreational ranches that also functions as the Touchstone Angus ranch, a well recognized purebred cattle operation. Consisting of 3,043 deeded acres just 12 miles north of Lusk, Wyoming, the ranch is nestled in the beautiful Hat Creek Breaks region. Hat Creek Break ranches rarely become available and they don’t last long and this is one of the finest in the region.
Few properties anywhere possess the diversity of wildlife you will discover on this ranch including, elk, whitetail deer, mule deer, antelope, turkeys, sharp-tail grouse, sage grouse and Hungarian partridge. Among the big game species, the genetics and habitat are excellent for producing trophy size animals.
The custom home boasts spectacular views of the Hat Creek breaks and is located 2 miles beyond the end of a county road on an elevated and graveled private road - offering unparalleled seclusion and privacy. Quality, style and harmony with the natural environment describe this 5,000 sq.ft. finished home. The home is positioned to offer breathtaking views from the great room featuring large triple paned Pella windows that dominate almost the entire west facing wallStepping out the large glass Pella doors from the great room to the 1,100 sq. ft. maintenance free deck, one can enjoy the view outside with the family or entertain over 40 guests with a scenic dinner they won’t soon forget. From the large well appointed kitchen is the easily accessed deck or the Elkhorn chandeliered dining room. A large walk-in pantry compliments the kitchen with an abundance of room for discreet storage.
The home has 4 large bedrooms each with walk-in closets, 4.5 bathrooms, exercise room, game room, 2nd downstairs kitchen, large office, crafts room, storage rooms, extra deep 3 car garage and finished walk-out basement,Additional amenities include oversized geothermal heat/cooling system with water heater assist, 7100 Quadrafire fireplace, large whirlpool bath in master suite, electronic gadget capable in 7 rooms including; CATV 5 high-speed internet cable, 2 speaker wiring for central sound system and cabling for TV, generator throw out switches for house, barns and original homestead facilities, metal clad exterior triple pane Pella windows and doors with enclosed mini-blinds, centralized hot & cold water shut-off valves for all water outlets, insulated quiet floors, super efficient 8 inch exterior wall insulation sealed with thick plastic wrap behind interior finish walls and ceilings, fireproof low maintenance masonry siding (looks like cedar), steel soffits and roof, French drains around entire foundation, large game fenced orchard and garden area consisting of northern hardy peach, pear, apple, cherry and plum trees on a drip-line.
This operating ranch has 2 cattle working facilities including a 72 x 108 ft Morton building that serves as an indoor cattle working facility, with 4 indoor horse/calving stalls with exterior runs. Each run has heated automatic Ritchie waterers. The building is also used as the site of the annual Touchstone Angus bull sale capable of seating 150 plus people on removable bleachers with a removable sale ring and auction block. The cattle working facilities and corrals at the headquarters is outfitted with all steel pipe professionally saddle welded for strength. This facilities design, strength and function are truly a marvel.
The ranch is divided into 9 pasture averaging approximately 285 acres. There are 7 domestic/stock wells and 3 miles of pipeline on the ranch. There are 3 ponds on the ranch that hold water in normal rainfall years. Much of the internal cross fencing is new with 4 wires on steel posts and every 5th a wood post. The pasture layout is designed for rotational grazing. Many of the pasture have water points on opposite ends of the pasture to further move cattle within the pasture by turning off one of the 2 water points. The 850 acre winter pastures were fenced to prevent cattle access to pine trees. The calving pasture at the new facility has abundant protection with deep and wide cottonwood lined draws. There are 2 separate 80 acre dry land hay fields. One has just been interseeded with Falcata alfalfa, a self-maintaining, and non-bloat variety for dryland. These hayfields are county rated at ¾ ton per acre but the Falcata has the potential to add 70% in tonnage due to the nitrogen added by itThe ranch in pre-historic times a desirable camping and hunting site for the Lakota Sioux. There was water, abundant game and sources of flint that was apparently mined on the ranch. Many artifacts have been found on the ranch as well as a few fossils.
The original headquarters on the west end of the ranch is located on a newly rebuilt county road. There is an old home which serves as storage, an older small barn, working corrals with new Highqual tub and alley, 2 automatic and heated 4 hole Richie frost free waterers. The far west bull pasture has a new 16 x 90 steel loafing shed with steel continuous fencing corral and trailer load out area.
***Seller is a licensed Wyoming Real Estate Sales Person.