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Rock Creek

Talmage, UT 84073

Duchesne County, Utah

80 Acres
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Rock Creek Ranch has always been known for a stretch of river closed off for many miles by the Ute Indian Tribe. The name Rock Creek is misleading indeed, for this is most definitely not a creek. This is a shallow river that is wide with a strong current. There are deep holes at every twist and turn. This premier blue ribbon trout fishery is especially fantastic along a four mile section in the middle of this property, yielding a thriving, large population of 8-12 lb. Rainbow and German Brown Trout. This property has the only private access to fish this part of an incredibly scenic and isolated canyon. This is a one of a kind! The Ute Tribe also stocks the river regularly across the river from this location. Old growth pinion and juniper forest dotted with sage cover the entire property, but especially so on the high, East rim and one mile East from the county road. From here East, are irrigate hayfields for many miles into a rolling lush-hay farming community. Many small bands of mule deer frequent the surrounding area and during the fall, the bucks pull back into the forest on the rim of the property and the bigger bucks go off the rim and bed down in the high ledge rock above the river. There is not a safer, more desirable habitat for the wisest and biggest of mule deer bucks anywhere for many miles around. Additional hunting acreage behind this locked access is also a possibility.  You would not normally view this 80 acre property as a place to hunt elk, but unique circumstances deem it quite the opposite. The Ute Indian lands to the West, contain one of the largest herds of elk in the Northeastern Utah. The early tribal hunts that proceed the Utah State elk hunt, drive elusive bull elk to cross the river onto the listed property and gain access to the same steep ledges that the wisest of bucks occupy. There are few places for elk to cross the river because of steep cliffs. This property access from the West by elk leaving protected Indian lands.  The history of Rock Creek is very rich in the earliest cultures of conquest for riches and expansion; the Spanish. Early stone carvings indicate 1650 when they first arrived in Northern Utah. Rock Creek was the site of one of their earliest church missions and there are many books and testimonials of early immigrants who found evidence of that early occupation. Bronze church mission bells, Spanish helmets and swords and many other artifacts have been documented from this area in Rock Creek. The most credible history comes from testimony of Ute Indians themselves who maintained an oral history of that earlier time and substantiate the cruel occupation of Spanish conquest for gold.  In addition to the above, J/L Ranch Outfitters & Guides, Inc. has been guiding pack trip hunting and fishing trips in the High Uintah Mts. since 1987. The Ashley National Forest/Vernal Ranger District special Use Permit covers a 57,000 acre high alpine area from 8,000 to 10,500 feet, with over 80 natural lakes. This Special Use Permit shall be priced at Family Pack Trips and fishing trips Horseback trail rides J/L Ranch will work with a new owner to help stage high country trips, and offer overnight accommodations to clients. Three trailheads and multiple base camps give an outfitter the opportunity to provide multiple party drop camps spread out over a vast area.

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