Bar Cross Ranch

Property Map

Bar Cross Ranch - Recently Sold

$8,500,000
Cora, Wyoming

The Bar Cross Ranch operates on over 20,000± acres with breathtaking views of the Wind River Mountain Range 13 miles north of Pinedale and an easy one-hour drive from Jackson. The headquarters of this historic ranch sits along the banks of the New Fork River providing easy private access to over two-miles of outstanding wade fishing with strong populations of brown, rainbow and cutthroat trout. Over 1,000 acres of productive irrigated native hay meadows provide a base for a ranch that has historically run 400± mother cows plus bulls and replacement heifers. In summary, the Bar Cross Ranch is an exceptional operating and sporting ranch offering extensive world-class fly fishing on one of Wyoming’s renowned fisheries, easy private access to big game hunting, and a viable balanced livestock operation.

Location: 

Located in Sublette County, 65 miles south of Jackson Hole and 13 miles north of Pinedale, the Bar Cross Ranch sits at 7,440 feet along the banks of the renowned New Fork River, less than 15 miles downstream of its headwaters in the Wind River Mountains. The ranch entry gate is on paved County Road 352 just south of its intersection with Forty Rod Road, directly across from the historic Green River Drift, the stock trail that has been used since 1896 to move cattle from the southern end of the county to summer range on U.S. Forest Service allotments in the upper Green River Valley.

The Sublette County Airport (Ralph Wenz Field- KPNA) is located just 17 miles to the southeast and can handle most private aircraft on its 8,900’ x 100’ runway. Commercial airline service is available in Jackson Hole, which is serviced daily by Delta, United, American and SkyWest airlines.

Locale: 

The Bar Cross lies among other large operating ranches generally considered to be in strong hands. Interestingly, some remain in the hands of successful multi-generational families and others – like the Bar Cross – have moved into the equally strong hands of wealthy individuals and families who are perhaps even more dedicated to maintaining the traditional ranching values so coveted by many. The area’s considerable recreational and scenic amenities have increasingly attracted nontraditional ranch owners, especially those who have been attracted to Wyoming’s favorable tax climate and have chosen to establish residency in Sublette County or, more often, in Jackson. A ranch like the Bar Cross gives Jackson residents a convenient escape during the summer tourist season in Jackson.

Known as the gateway to Teton National Park and the southern entrance to Yellowstone National Park, Jackson “Hole” is an easy 65-mile drive from the ranch along scenic state highways. Jackson embodies the romantic cowboy heritage of years gone by and is one of the country’s most popular destinations for outdoorsmen and tourists alike. Here you will find plentiful fine dining options, five-star hotels, museums and cultural offerings, rodeos and recreation options that rival anyplace in the west.

Pinedale, WY, is only 13 miles south of the Bar Cross along a well-maintained state highway. This cowboy town is the gateway to the Wind River Mountain Range, which boasts 48 summits higher than 12,500 feet and 19 of Wyoming’s 20 highest peaks. It is also home to the Museum of the Mountain Man and offers amenities such as an aquatic park and an ice arena. From hardware stores, to grocery stores and banks, to restaurants -- Pinedale can easily meet a variety of basic shopping needs.

General Description: 

The log entry gate to the Bar Cross Ranch is accessed along its western boundary where it fronts paved County Road 352, about one hour southeast of Jackson Hole. A dead-end county road traverses the Bar Cross from west to east, beginning on an elevated bench with sweeping views of the ranch lands, its winding river corridor and the spectacular Wind River Mountains beyond.  Heading toward the center and northern portions of the ranch, you quickly descend from this elevated bench crossing the New Fork River and enter the ranch headquarters. The headquarters compound sits along the banks of the New Fork River at the edge of over 1,000 acres of irrigated native hay meadows boasting picturesque views of the Wind River Range to the east. Immediately north of the headquarters is a leased Wyoming state section with additional irrigated hay meadows and rows of cottonwood trees lining the arterial irrigation canals. The southern portion of the ranch consists of expansive irrigated hay meadows giving way as elevations rise to the north and east to classic rolling sagebrush steppe crossed by smaller drainages that make up the balance of the ranch. The BLM and U.S. Forest Service permits lie a few miles to the west and a few miles to the northeast respectively.  Cattle can easily be trailed to them. 

Acreage: 

5,007± deeded acres

Acreage Breakdown: 
  • 4,007± acres of deeded native range and riparian areas
  • 1,000± acres of deeded irrigated meadows
  • 5,007± acres deeded
  • 10,972± acres of the New Fork Boulder Forest Service Grazing Permit
  • 3,587± acres of BLM
  • 640± acres of Wyoming state lease
  • 15,199± acres leased
  • 20,206± total acres
Improvements: 

Modestly improved, the ranch headquarters includes a historic two-story 3,850± square foot home, a manager’s home, two bunkhouses, a barn, shop, equipment shed and two calving barns. An additional home for hired hands is located in a separate location on the ranch’s eastern boundary. Reflecting well upon the ranch’s cow/calf operating history, the pasture and border fences are well maintained, as are the windbreaks and drop pens around the calving paddocks. 

Climate: 

With a base elevation of 7,440 feet in the low-lying meadows of the Green River Basin, the Bar Cross Ranch experiences a full four seasons of weather. Average summer highs are in the upper-70s, with most mornings requiring a jacket as the low temperatures range into the low-40s. Wintertime lows get well below zero and average 2 degrees Fahrenheit, while winter highs average in the upper 20s. The ranch sits just twenty miles west of the continental divide and typically enjoys more than 225 days of sun each year, and receives about 70 inches of snowfall and 11.5 inches of rain annually.

General Operations: 

While the Bar Cross has historically been run as a cow/calf operation, the current owners sold their cowherd a few years back and now run a combination of yearlings and short-term purchased cows to fill the U.S. Forest Service and BLM permits. The ranch manager, a seasoned professional, has been on the ranch 15 years and runs a small herd of his own cows as well.

With a substantial hay base of over 1,000 acres of irrigated native meadow hay, the Bar Cross puts up on the order of 1,500 tons of hay per year. Irrigation is easily managed by flood irrigating with ditches and dams, and surface irrigation water is plentiful with priority dates as early as 1898.

Range for the Bar Cross cowherd consists of the New-Fork Boulder Forest Service Permit calling for 511 cows from the 12th of June through the 20th of September, and a BLM permit for 217 AUMs used in early spring. Additionally, there is on the order of 4,000± acres of deeded range and 475± acres of Wyoming state lease range. The ranch’s cowherd can be trailed from the low-lying deeded ground to U.S. Forest Service permitted summer mountain country by virtue of an agricultural access easement, for the benefit of the Bar Cross, through the neighbor’s deeded land. This easement also provides personal recreational access to the national forest for the ranch owner, his or her family, and their guests. The Bar Cross is rated to run 400 mother cows plus replacement heifers and bulls, with the calves sold each fall.

Water Resources: 

The New Fork River, whose headwaters are just one mountain pass south of the headwaters of the Green River, flows through the Bar Cross Ranch for over three miles, two miles of which are on deeded land along both sides of the river. The New Fork is known to be a productive fishery with outstanding wade fishing and strong populations of brown, rainbow and cutthroat trout. The seller has hired highly reputable stream bank restoration firms to improve the fish habitat and has fenced all of the deeded land riverbanks. The ranch also boasts very early and extensive irrigation rights. Its broad expanse of lush meadows is the envy of many who pass by the ranch.

Wildlife Resources: 

The Bar Cross is home to year-round populations of pronghorn, sage grouse, moose, coyote, eagles and hawks. Additionally, the Red Desert-to-Hoback mule deer migration route traverses the area bringing hundreds, if not thousands, of mule deer through the region annually. The ranch also has a private easement from the ranch through a neighbor to access the national forest in an area not readily accessible to the public. This offers excellent big game hunting in addition to what is available on the ranch itself. 

History: 

The Bar Cross Ranch is one of the historic Wyoming ranches named for its cattle brand. The Bar Cross brand originally belonged to P.W. Jenkins, a mathematician and astronomer, who had studied, taught and was working on his doctorate at Columbia University before becoming ill in the early 1900s. When diagnosed with a terminal disease and expecting to die before long, P.W. and his wife moved to Big Piney to live with his wife’s uncle. However, after a few years, his ailments subsided and he started buying small homesteads and putting together what became the Bar Cross Ranch. When considering brands, his mathematics background yielded the simple, one-iron brand: - + (bar, cross). P.W. Jenkins went on to become a member of the Wyoming House of Representatives and in 1921 introduced a bill to create the county of Sublette. It was one of the first counties to be defined by a watershed. The county would have been exclusively determined this way had P.W. not thought to include Bondurant in the county as well, in order to assure that he had enough votes to get Pinedale made the county seat. Apart from Bondurant, the county consists exclusively of the upper Green River drainage.

P.W. Jenkins’ grandson, John Perry Barlow, while raised on the Bar Cross Ranch, was sent away to boarding school at the age of 14. While away at school he met Bob Weir, who would later join the Grateful Dead music group. The two became fast friends and although John Perry Barlow ran the Bar Cross Ranch for 17 years, he also participated in writing lyrics for the band throughout his life.

In 1987, John Perry Barlow sold the ranch and was quoted as saying the following when discussing why he sold the brand with the ranch; “I wanted it to have its own independent identity so that a variety of people could pass through there, and it would be the Bar Cross. And it was hard for me to give the brand up, you know, for sentimental reasons, but I felt like the one thing that I wanted to do was to gift that institution with some of its own identity if I could.” And so, the Bar Cross Ranch traded out of the family and became an institution unto itself.

Taxes: 

Based upon past years, the real estate taxes are estimated to be $10,680 per year. 

Mineral Rights: 

Sellers will convey 100% of the mineral rights that they own. The Seller will provide the Buyer with a Mineral Ownership Report prepared 7/24/2006. However, it is the responsibility of the Buyer to conduct a mineral right search as part of their due diligence to assure they are satisfied with the true ownership of the minerals that convey at closing. 

Additional Information: 

Conservation Easements
To further their conservation efforts, the owners of the Bar Cross Ranch placed three conservation easements on the ranch with the Green River Land Trust, now managed by the Jackson Hole Land Trust. The easements cover all of the deeded land and allow nine 60-acre building sites throughout the ranch, and each easement allows the property to be divided into as many parcels as there are building sites, for a total of nine. Call any Hall and Hall office for additional details about the easements.

Broker Comments: 

The Bar Cross Ranch is a highly productive operating ranch with an outstanding private fishery less than an hour from Jackson Hole. It offers what many buyers are looking for: an operating ranch that is sound, well blocked, has low inputs, and is in an area with some of the country’s most spectacular scenery that includes outstanding fishing, hunting and recreation.

The Facts: 
  • Location: 65 miles south of Jackson Hole and 13 miles north of Pinedale
  • Acreage: 5,007± deeded acres and over 15,000 acres of forest, BLM and state leases
  • Production: 1,000± acres of irrigated native hay meadows, and estimated to run 400 mother cows plus bulls and replacement heifers
  • Fishing: excellent fishing along three+ miles of the New Fork River, two miles of which are on deeded land along both sides of the river
  • Improvements: a historic two-story 3,850± square foot home sits at the ranch headquarters along the New Fork River; additionally, there are two additional homes, a barn, shop and equipment shed
  • Key features: excellent on-site fishing, close proximity to big game hunting via private national forest access, productive hay meadows, range to support year-round cow/calf operation, breathtaking views of the Wind River Mountain Range, and easy access to Jackson Hole
Additional Services: 

MANAGEMENT SERVICES – Hall and Hall’s Management Division has a very clear mission–to represent the owner and to ensure that his or her experience is a positive one. Services are customized to suit the owner’s needs. They often begin with the recruiting and hiring of a suitable ranch manager or caretaker and are followed by the development of a management or operating plan along with appropriate budgets. Ongoing services include bill paying, ranch oversight, and consulting services as needed. Even the most sophisticated and experienced ranch owners appreciate the value of a management firm representing them and providing advice on local area practices and costs. Wes Oja and Jerome Chvilicek at (406) 656-7500 or Justin Bryan at (325) 260-5883 are available to describe and discuss these services in detail and welcome your call.

RESOURCE ENHANCEMENT SERVICES – Increasingly the value of a ranch is measured by the quality of each and every one of its resources. Coincidentally, the enhancement of a ranch’s resources also increases the pleasure that one derives from the ownership of a ranch. Our management services have included the assessment of everything from wildlife habitat to bird habitat to water resources and fisheries and the subsequent oversight of the process involved with the enhancement of these resources.Wes Oja, Jerome Chvilicek or Dan Bergstrom at (406) 656-7500 or Justin Bryan in our Abilene office at (325) 260-5883 are available to describe and discuss these services in detail and welcome your call.

AUCTIONS - Hall and Hall Auctions offer “Another Solution” to create liquidity for the owners of Investment-Quality Rural Real Estate.  Our auction team has experience in marketing farmland, ranchland, timberland and recreational properties throughout the nation.  Extreme attention to detail and complete transparency coupled with Hall and Hall’s “Rolodex” of more than 40,000 targeted owners and buyers of rural real estate help assure that there are multiple bidders at each auction. In addition, the unique Hall and Hall partnership model creates a teamwork approach that helps to assure that we realize true market value on auction day.  For more information on our auction services contact Scott Shuman at (800) 829-8747.

APPRAISALS - Staying abreast of ancillary market influences in ever-changing economic conditions requires a broad professional network to tap into. Finding an appraiser who not only understands the numbers but also the differences in value from one area to another is a critical part of making an informed decision. The appraisal team at Hall and Hall, formed entirely of Accredited Members of the American Society of Farm Managers and Rural Appraisers (ASFMRA), has that critical network of brokers and lending professionals. This professional network coupled with diverse experience across multiple regions and market segments allows our appraisal team to deliver a quality product in a reasonable timeframe.  For more information contact our appraisal team at (406) 656-7500.

SPECIALIZED LENDING - Since 1946 Hall and Hall has created a legacy by efficiently providing capital to landowners.  In addition to traditional farm and ranch loans, we specialize in understanding the unique aspects of placing loans on ranches where value may be influenced by recreational features, location and improvements and repayment may come from outside sources. Our extensive experience and efficient processing allows us to quickly tell you whether we can provide the required financing.

Competitive Pricing  |  Flexible Terms  |  Efficient Processing
Dave Roddy • (406) 656-7500 
Mike Hall or Judy Chirila • (303) 861-8282
Monte Lyons • (806) 698-6882
J.T. Holt • (806) 698-6884

Disclaimer: 

IMPORTANT NOTICE
Hall and Hall Partners, LLP
(Name of Brokerage Company)
REAL ESTATE BROKERAGE DISCLOSURE

When you select a Real Estate Brokerage Firm, Broker or salesperson (all referred to as "Broker") to assist you in a real estate transaction, the Broker may do so in one of several capacities. In accordance with Wyoming's Brokerage Relationships Act, this notice discloses the types of working relationships that are available to you.

Seller's Agent. (Requires written agreement with Seller)

If a Seller signs a written listing agreement with a Broker and engages the Broker as a Seller's Agent, the broker represents the Seller. On properties listed with other brokerage companies, the Broker may work as an agent for the Seller if the Seller agrees to have the Broker work as a subagent. As an agent or subagent for the Seller, the Broker represents the Seller and owes the Seller a duty of utmost good faith, loyalty, and fidelity in addition to the obligations enumerated below for Intermediaries. Wyo. Stat. § 33-28-303(a). The Seller may be vicariously liable for the acts of the Seller's Agent or Seller's Subagent that are approved, directed or ratified by the Seller.

Customer. (No written agreement with Buyer or Seller)

A customer is a party to a real estate transaction who has established no intermediary or agency relationship with any Broker in that transaction. A Broker may work either as an agent for the Seller treating the Buyer as a customer or as an agent for the Buyer treating the Seller as a customer. Also when a Buyer or Seller is represented by another Broker, a Broker may work with the other Buyer or Seller as a customer, having no written agreement, agency or intermediary relationship with either party. A Broker working with a customer shall owe no duty of confidentiality to a customer. Any information shared with Broker may be shared with the other party to the transaction at customer's risk. The customer should not tell the broker any information which the customer does not want shared with the other party to the transaction. The Broker must treat the customer honestly and with fairness disclosing all material matters actually known by the Broker. The Broker owes the Customer the obligations enumerated below for Intermediaries which are marked with an asterisks. W.S. 33-28-310(a).

Buyer's Agent. (Requires written agreement with Buyer)

If a Buyer signs a written Buyer Agency Agreement with a Broker, the Broker will act as an agent for the Buyer. If so, the Broker represents the Buyer and owes the Buyer a duty of utmost good faith, loyalty and fidelity in addition to the obligations enumerated below for Intermediaries. The Buyer may be vicariously liable for the acts of the Buyer's Agent that are approved, directed or ratified by the Buyer. As a Buyer's Agent, Wyoming law requires the Broker to disclose to potential Sellers all adverse material facts, which may include material facts regarding the Buyer's financial ability to perform the terms of the transaction. Wyo. Stat. § 33-28-304(c). As a Buyer's Agent, Broker has duties to disclose to the Buyer certain information; therefore, the Seller should not tell Broker any information which the Seller does not want shared with the Buyer.

Intermediary. (Requires written agreement with Seller and/or Buyer)

The Intermediary relationship is a non-agency relationship which may be established between a Broker and a Seller and/or a Broker and a Buyer. A Seller may choose to engage a Broker as an Intermediary when listing a property. A Buyer may also choose to engage a Broker as an Intermediary. An Intermediary shall not act as an agent or advocate for any party and shall be limited to providing those services set forth below. Wyo. Stat.§ 33-28-305.

As an Intermediary (Non-Agent), Broker will not represent you or act as your agent. The parties to a transaction are not legally responsible for the actions of an Intermediary and an Intermediary does not owe the parties the duties of an agent, including the fiduciary duties of loyalty and fidelity. Broker will have the following obligations to you:

  • perform the terms of any written agreement made by the Intermediary with any party or parties to the transaction;
  • exercise reasonable skill and care; 
  • advise the parties to obtain expert advice as to material matters about which the Intermediary knows but the specifics of which are beyond the expertise of the Intermediary; 
  • present all offers and counteroffers in a timely manner; 
  • account promptly for all money and property Broker received; 
  • keep you fully informed regarding the transaction; 
  • obtain the written consent of the parties before assisting the Buyer and Seller in the same real estate transaction as an Intermediary to both parties to the transaction;
  • assist in complying with the terms and conditions of any contract and with the closing of the transaction; 
  • disclose to the parties any interests the Intermediary may have which are adverse to the interest of either party;
  • disclose to prospective Buyers, known adverse material facts about the property; 
  • disclose to prospective Sellers, any known adverse material facts, including adverse material facts pertaining to the Buyer's financial ability to perform the terms of the transaction; 
  • disclose to the parties that an Intermediary owes no fiduciary duty either to Buyer or Seller, is not allowed to negotiate on behalf of the Buyer or Seller, and may be prohibited from disclosing information about the other party, which if known, could materially affect negotiations in the real estate transaction.
  • disclose Buyer's intent to occupy property as primary residency.

As Intermediary, Broker will disclose all information to each party, but will not disclose the following information without your informed consent:

  • that you may be willing to agree to a price different than the one offered;
  • the motivating factors for buying or selling the property;
  • that you will agree to financing terms other than those offered; or
  • any material information about you, unless disclosure is required by law or if lack of disclosure would constitute dishonest dealing or fraud.

Change From Agent to Intermediary -- In-House Transaction

If a Buyer who has signed a Buyer Agency Agreement with Broker wants to look at or submit an offer on property Broker has listed as an agent for the Seller, the Seller and the Buyer may consent in writing to allow Broker to change to an Intermediary (non-agency) relationship with both the Buyer and the Seller. Wyo. Stat. § 33-28-307.

An established relationship cannot be modified without the written consent of the Buyer or the Seller. The Buyer or Seller may, but are not required to, negotiate different commission fees as a condition to consenting to a change in relationship.

Designated Agent. (requires written designation by the brokerage firm and acknowledgement by the Buyer or Seller)

A designated agent means a licensee who is designated by a responsible broker to serve as an agent or intermediary for a Seller or Buyer in a real estate transaction. Wyo. Stat. § 33-28-301 (a)(x).

In order to facilitate a real estate transaction a Brokerage Firm may designate a licensee as your agent or intermediary. The Designated Agent will have the same duties to the Buyer and Seller as a Buyer's or Seller's Agent or Intermediary. The Broker or an appointed "transaction manager" will supervise the transaction and will not disclose to either party confidential information about the Buyer or Seller. The designation of agency may occur at the time the Buyer or Seller enters into an agency agreement with the Brokerage Firm or the designation of agency may occur later if an "in house" real estate transaction occurs. At that time, the Broker or "transaction manager" will immediately disclose to the Buyer and Seller that designated agency will occur.

Duties Owed by An Agent But Not Owed By An Intermediary.

When acting as the agent for one party (either buyer or seller), broker has fiduciary duties of utmost good faith, loyalty, and fidelity to that one party. A broker engaged as an intermediary does not represent the buyer or the seller and will not owe either party those fiduciary duties. However, the intermediary must exercise reasonable skill and care and must comply with Wyoming law. An intermediary is not an agent or advocate for either party. Seller and buyer shall not be liable for acts of an intermediary, so long as the intermediary complies with the requirements of Wyoming’s brokerage relationships act. Wyo. Stat. § 33-28-306(a)(iii).

This written disclosure and acknowledgment, by itself, shall not constitute a contract or agreement with the broker or his/her firm. Until the buyer or seller executes this disclosure and acknowledgment, no representation agreement shall be executed or valid. Wyo. Stat. § 33-28-306(b).

No matter which relationship is established, a real estate broker is not allowed to give legal advice. If you have questions about this notice or any document in a real estate transaction, consult legal counsel and other counsel before signing.

The amount or rate of a real estate commission for any brokerage relationship is not fixed by law. It is set by each Broker individually and may be negotiable between the Buyer or Seller and the Broker.

On (date), I provided (Seller) (Buyer) with a copy of this Real Estate Brokerage Disclosure and have kept a copy for our records.

Brokerage Company; Hall and Hall Partners, LLP

 

BY_____________________________________

I/We have been given a copy and have read this Real Estate Brokerage Disclosure on (date) ________________ time _______________ and hereby acknowledge receipt and understanding of this Disclosure.

Seller's Signature _______________________________

NOTICE: Offering is subject to errors, omissions, prior sale, change or withdrawal without notice, and approval of purchase by owner. Information regarding land classifications, acreages, carrying capacities, potential profits, etc., are intended only as general guidelines and have been provided by sources deemed reliable, but whose accuracy we cannot guarantee. Prospective buyers should verify all information to their satisfaction. Prospective buyers should also be aware that the photographs in this brochure may have been digitally enhanced.