Bow Fiddle Ranch

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Bow Fiddle Ranch - Recently Sold

$6,425,000
Centennial, Wyoming

Owned by the same family since 1961, the 3,600± deeded acre Bow Fiddle Ranch offers a scenic blend of ranching, recreation and wildlife. Tucked into the base of Sheep Mountain and the Medicine Bow National Forest, the ranch is bisected by 3 freestone miles of the Little Laramie River.  Combining quality trout fishing with working improvements, this productive ranch is a distinct offering located minutes from the picturesque mountain town of Centennial and the amenities of Laramie, Wyoming.  Comprised of old-growth cottonwood and willow river bottoms, native rangeland, and irrigated and sub-irrigated pasture, the Bow Fiddle Ranch provides habitat to resident deer and antelope herds, as well as elk and moose.

Location: 

The Bow Fiddle Ranch is located 23 paved miles west of Laramie and 4.5 miles east of historic Centennial, Wyoming on Highway 130.  Denver is 170 miles from the ranch and drive time from the ranch to Laramie is 20 minutes.  The southern boundary of the ranch joins the Medicine Bow National Forest.  Access to the ranch is year-round as the property includes several miles of highway frontage. 

Locale: 

The ranch is adjacent to the Medicine Bow National Forest and offers private access to Sheep Mountain. The 2.2 million acre Medicine Bow/Routt National Forest is comprised of a portion of the Rockies extending nearly 100 miles through northern Colorado and southern Wyoming. The Medicine Bow National Forest sits west of the town of Laramie, is located in Albany and Carbon Counties, and is home to the Snowy Range Ski Area. Located at the eastern end of the range is the mountain community of Centennial, which also serves as the gateway to the Snowy Range Mountains. The highest peak in the Snowy Range is Medicine Bow Peak, reaching 12,013 ft. above sea level. This massive expanse of public land is well known for its hunting, fishing, and lengthy trail system for both summer recreation and tremendous snowmobiling.

Centennial is an historic community located 27.5 miles west of Laramie in Albany County. With a population of 200 residents, the town’s museum and restaurants are popular with tourists and outdoor enthusiasts. Laramie’s population is nearly 30,000 and includes the University of Wyoming with an enrollment of 10,000. As a major university town, Laramie enjoys a variety of arts, as well as athletic and social amenities that cater to the students, guests and alumni of the school. Laramie is also the County Seat of Albany County. The Laramie Regional Airport offers daily flights to Denver and can accommodate large private jets.

General Description: 

The Bow Fiddle Ranch is an all contiguous ranch spanning 5.5 miles east to west and 2 miles north to south. Mature cottonwoods, aspens, and willows line the property’s lush river corridor. Winding river bottom rises into gently rolling native range and irrigated and sub-irrigated pasture. Well fenced, the property provides abundant water for livestock, including several spring-fed dirt tanks and a shallow lake. From its location on the banks of the Little Laramie River, the ranch offers views of the Snowy Range and is minutes from Centennial. Elevation on the ranch varies from 7,600’ to nearly 7,800’, with the adjacent peak of Sheep Mountain North rising to a height of 9,560’. The Little Laramie River riparian zone has been thoughtfully protected through decades of careful grazing practices and the river’s runs, riffles, side-channels, stream structure, and deeper holes provide habitat to a healthy and private population of rainbow and brown trout.

The Centennial Valley provides outstanding recreational opportunities and productive agricultural land. Highways 130 and 11 provide access through the center and southern portions of the ranch, with several private trails providing access throughout. The barn and loading corral are easily accessed from the highway.

The owner’s ranch home is privately sited in the river bottom, approximately one mile off Highway 130.  The log home is located on the banks of the Little Laramie, but on the opposite side of the river and downstream from the main residence.  Access to the log home is from Highway 11.  A large pole corral was recently erected, along with nearly 3/4 mile of beautiful log buck fence.  

Acreage: 

3,600± deeded acres

Improvements: 

The ranch buildings are not fancy, but serve current ownership well.  The main house is an older but well kept ranch-style home with 3 bedrooms and 1 bathroom.  The log home is an older dwelling.  Outbuildings are a mixture of old and new, very suitable to this property.  

Improvements include:

  • Main house - 3 bed, 1 bath
  • Log home - 3 bed, 1 bath
  • Historic log barn with loft
  • Newly erected corral
  • Original outbuildings, all in working condition
  • 4- and 5- strand fencing, all well maintained
  • Other historic ranch outbuildings

 

Climate: 

Because of its elevation, Wyoming has a relatively cool climate.  The average daily summer temperature in Laramie is just over 70 degrees.  Average daily winter temperatures are below 40 degrees.  Average temperatures drop rapidly as elevation increases. Summer nights are almost invariably cool even though daytime readings may reach temperatures in the 80s.  High temperatures rarely reach 90 degrees on the ranch.  In the wintertime, it is characteristic to have rapid and frequent changes between mild and cold spells.  Average annual precipitation at Centennial and the ranch is just over 10 inches.  Snow does accumulate at the ranch, however Highways 130 and 11 are well maintained for year-round access to the Bow Fiddle. 

General Operations: 

Irrigated and sub-irrigated pastures fed by abundant water resources and native rangeland provide excellent grazing on the Bow Fiddle, with the ranch summering an average of 900 yearlings a season.  The ranch has been a yearling operation for many years. Decades of careful grazing practices have insured the future of the Bow Fiddle’s cattle operations.

Water Resources: 

The Little Laramie River runs year-round through the heart of the ranch.  Stock ponds and a spring-fed shallow lake also hold water throughout the year with irrigation ditches watering several pastures.  The ranch benefits from good water rights utilized for irrigated pasture. (Additional information available upon request.)

Fishery Resources: 

Roughly 45 miles in length, the Little Laramie River is the main headwater for the Laramie River and runs through the ranch for 3± miles.  Angling privileges have been strictly limited on this property for many years and the highly intact native freestone habitat and healthy trout are testament to decades of thoughtful management.  With miles of runs, riffles and holes, this fishery is a very private fly-fishing retreat. Approach and presentation can be perfected on every stretch of river.

Predominantly a naturally producing brown trout fishery, the Bow Fiddle’s meandering waters are beautiful and easily waded.

Located in the upper reaches of the Little Laramie River, the Bow Fiddle’s river flow is relatively unaffected by downstream irrigation.  Additionally, there is no immediate public access to the river with the adjacent upstream and downriver waters privately held.  

Recreational Considerations: 

The Bow Fiddle enjoys a unique location adjacent to the Medicine Bow National Forest.   With its excellent water sources, productive pastures and rich river bottom, the property provides habitat to a wide variety of wildlife species.  Mule deer, antelope and elk are frequently found on the Bow Fiddle, as well as the occasional moose and bear. Because this section of the Little Laramie flows through private lands, it is not heavily fished and the trout grow to maturity.   With its proximity to the national forest, highway frontage, and quality angling, the Bow Fiddle’s recreational considerations are limitless. 

Taxes: 

Taxes for 2012 were $3,623.42.

Wyoming has no state income tax.

Mineral Rights: 

The Seller will convey one-half of Seller’s appurtenant mineral rights with the sale of the ranch.  The ranch also includes an operating gravel and sand pit that produces highway-grade gravel.

Broker Comments: 

Well rounded productive and recreational ranches seldom come on the market, much less a ranch offering the scenery and convenience of the Bow Fiddle.  From a ranching side, this ranch is well suited for either yearlings or cow/calf pairs from late spring through early fall.    From a recreational standpoint, the Bow Fiddle ranks highly, especially considering the ease with which the ranch can be accessed.  The improvements allow for a comfortable residence or weekend retreat, all within an easy drive from Denver, Cheyenne and other front-range communities.  The sellers have chosen not to create a conservation easement, so the Bow Fiddle can be creatively conserved or enhanced in many ways by a future owner.  A delightful trout stream less than 30 minutes from a college town and only 2-½ hours from Denver without the I-70 traffic congestion is a rare opportunity. 

The Facts: 
  • 23 miles west of Laramie & Laramie Regional Airport
  • 170 miles to downtown Denver
  • 4.5 miles east of picturesque Centennial
  • 3,600± deeded acres
  • Same owner since 1961
  • Productive spring and summer pasture for cow/calf pairs or yearlings
  • Private fishing on 3± miles on both banks of Little Laramie River
  • 1± mile of riverside channels
  • Mixture of native rangeland, irrigated and sub-irrigated pasture, old-growth cottonwood and willow river bottom
  • Adjacent to Medicine Bow National Forest and Sheep Mountain
  • Seller will convey water rights and ½ of owned mineral rights
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.

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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.

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  • perform the terms of any written agreement made by the Intermediary with any party or parties to the transaction;
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  • 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; 
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  • disclose to the parties any interests the Intermediary may have which are adverse to the interest of either party;
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  • that you may be willing to agree to a price different than the one offered;
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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.