Thunderhead Ranch

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Thunderhead Ranch

Wheatland, Wyoming

Owned by the same family for over 30 years, the Thunderhead Ranch offers a blend of ranching, wildlife, recreation, privacy and scenery. A wonderful set of improvements located in a very private setting on the ranch, and several ponds offering trout fishing opportunities, complete a unique offering for the discriminating buyer. The ranch combines aspen groves, timbered hillsides with large rock outcropping, open pastures and sub-irrigated meadows to offer great wildlife habitat including elk, mule deer and antelope.


The Thunderhead Ranch is located 27 miles west Wheatland, Wyoming on Palmer Canyon Road. The ranch headquarters are approximately 1 mile north on a private road, and all are located in Albany County, Wyoming. Denver is 190 miles from the ranch. The east side of the ranch joins the Medicine Bow National Forest and the west side of the ranch joins the Laramie Plains which are well known for summering thousands of yearling calves and producing tremendous weight gains.

From the headquarters, access is on a county road. The first 10 miles is on a winding county road and the next 17 miles is on hard surface. Time from the ranch to Wheatland is less than 1 hour. Winter access is dependent on weather conditions. From the west side of the ranch, travel to Rock River, WY is 43 miles via county road.


The ranch is in the Laramie Mountains, which are a range of the Rockies, encompassing the area from central Wyoming to north central Colorado. The northern section of Colorado’s Front Range stretches north-northwestward for 125 miles from the Wyoming-Colorado border, between Laramie and Cheyenne, to the North Platte River near Casper. Laramie Peak, the highest peak in the range, is 10,272 ft. above sea level. At the south end of the range, the nearest town is Laramie and at the center of the range, the nearest town is Wheatland. Elevation on the ranch varies from 6,500’ to almost 8,000’.

Wheatland is located in Platte County and is the county seat. Wheatland is 67 miles North of Cheyenne on Interstate 25. Cheyenne, a community of 60,000, is home to the world famous Cheyenne Frontier Days the last week of July, and is the state capitol of Wyoming. Wheatland has a population of 3,500 and is an agriculturally-based community. Laramie’s population is approximately 27,000 and includes the University of Wyoming with an enrollment of 10,000. Laramie is the county seat of Albany County, the county in which the ranch is located.

Wheatland’s Phifer Airfield (EAN) has a 5,900-foot runway. Cheyenne Municipal Airport offers multiple flights daily to Denver. Laramie (LAR) also offers daily flights to Denver.

Pine Mountain and Reese Mountain lay to the south of the ranch. Elevations on these run to over 8,300’. Britannia Mountain at over 7,900 feet is located to the northeast of the ranch. Ashley Creek runs through the east side of the ranch for over two miles.

General Description: 

The Thunderhead Ranch is an all contiguous ranch located adjacent to Medicine Bow National Forest. The area includes huge rock outcroppings interspersed with large ponderosa pine trees and valleys of beautiful aspen trees. Much of the area is used as summer range for yearling cattle. Neighboring ranchers are large land owners and have operated in the area for years. Albany County is famous for tremendous weight gains from summer grazing and the large number of yearlings trucked in and out each grazing season. The ranch is well-fenced and has good water for livestock. This includes 3 cemented rubber tire tanks on developed springs, ponds, and live water from creeks and springs. Palmer Canyon Road offers access through the center of the ranch and several private trails traverse through the ranch. The headquarters are just over 1 mile from the county road and are set in a very private setting, in a small valley in an aspen grove. 


4,426± Acres

Acreage Breakdown: 

Deeded Acres: 3,238± Acres
Wyoming state lease: 947± Acres
Private lease: 160± Acres
BLM Inholding: 80± Acres
Total Deeded, Leased and In-holding: 4,426± Acres

Leases & Permits: 
  • State of Wyoming Leases: 2 Leases on a total of 947± acres.  Additional information available upon request.
  • Private lease on 160± acres. Additional information upon request.

The home on the ranch consists of 2,655 square feet and was completed in 2001. It is an L-shaped ranch style house with a large overhanging porch and decks. Large boulders form a retaining wall and native rocks are placed for walkways and offer a natural feel as you approach the home. Underground sprinklers, bluegrass lawn and other wonderful landscaping complement the exterior of the house. Inside, the house offers a very nice kitchen and living room with fireplace, master bed and bath, second guest bedroom with bathroom, branding bathroom, laundry room and a very nice office/study. It is an all-electric house. Water is provided by an 80’ well near the house which provides wonderful sweet-tasting water. Aspen groves surround the home adding to the quiet, private setting. 

A secluded getaway nestled amongst quaking aspens — perfect for relaxation.

Also close to the house is a nice metal barn with steel panels and stalls. A large storage container is set into the hillside behind the house for storage of lawn equipment and yard furniture. An excellent set of all-steel corrals, including sorting alleys, working and loading chutes, are located on the ranch adjacent to the county road, a few miles from the headquarters. Finally, improved springs provide dependable stock water (and water for wildlife) to multiple pastures. 


Because of its elevation, Wyoming has a relatively cool climate. The average temperature in the summer at Laramie is 64 degrees and the average low is 34 degrees. With increasing elevation, average temperatures drop rapidly. Summer nights are almost invariably cool even though daytime readings may be in the 80s at times. 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 Wheatland is just over 13” and 16” at the ranch. Snow at the ranch can be considerable and limit travel to the ranch in the winter. Although it is not predictable, the elevation of the ranch assures some serious snowfalls in winter which can reduce the accessibility to the ranch.

Water Resources: 

Britannia Mountain lays to the northeast of the ranch and rises to almost 8,000’ in elevation. As spring melt begins, the runoff and several springs will feed Ashley and other creeks that flow through the ranch. Several smaller creeks also run either year-round or in the spring with appropriate snowfall. There are no water rights that are associated with the ranch and none are required for livestock water.

Wildlife Resources: 

The Thunderhead Ranch enjoys an unusual location with the Medicine Bow National Forest as its neighbor. With its unique and diverse topography, proximity to the national forest and abundant wildlife habitat, a large number of wildlife species can be found on and around the property. These include mountain lion, elk, mule deer, antelope, Rocky Mountain Bighorn Sheep, blue grouse and an occasional turkey. Bears have been spotted. Trout fishing is available from ponds on the ranch. The Thunderhead Ranch has the potential to be one of the better sporting properties of its size in the Laramie Mountains. With the size and location of the ranch, the recreational considerations are endless. With the access to the national forest, there is no limit.

The Wyoming Game and Fish Commission maintains a large elk feeding ground just a few miles west of the ranch.  For additional area recreational information please visit the Wyoming Game and Fish Department website ( 


Taxes for 2012 were $2,797. Wyoming has no state income tax.

Water Rights: 

No water rights are included in the sale of the property.

Mineral Rights: 

No mineral rights are included in the sale of the property. 

Broker Comments: 

Ranches seldom come on the market today, and especially a ranch that wears several hats like this one does. From a ranching side, this ranch will accommodate either yearlings or cow/calf pairs from late Spring through the early fall (October). From a recreational side, it just doesn’t get any better. The improvements allow a very comfortable summer and fall residence or a weekend retreat, all within an easy drive from Denver and other front-range locations. The sellers have not created a conservation easement. The ranch is a prime candidate for a tax advantage conservation easement. 

The Facts: 
  • 3,238± Deeded acres, 947± Wyoming State Lease, 160± acres private lease
  • Just 27 miles west of Wheatland, WY
  • Private road access to the ranch headquarters
  • Adjacent to Medicine Bow National Forest
  • Located in the heart of the Laramie Mountains
  • 2,655 square foot ranch-style owner’s home
  • Excellent set of steel corrals, sorting alleys and chutes
  • Well fenced
  • Good livestock water resources
  • Live water from several creeks and springs
  • Trout fishing available on ponds located throughout the ranch
  • Elk, mule deer, antelope, Rocky Mountain Bighorn Sheep, blue grouse and other area wildlife
  • Outfitted for use as a cow/calf operation
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 Randy Clavel at (308) 534-9000 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 or Jerome Chvilicek at (406) 656-7500 are available to describe and discuss these services in detail and welcome your call.

AUCTIONS - Hall and Hall Auctions offers “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 over 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.

SPECIALIZED LENDING - Over the past 59 years Hall and Hall has created a legacy by efficiently providing capital to the intermountain west. 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 strong relationships with our lenders allows us to quickly tell you whether we can provide the required financing.

Competitive Pricing • Flexible Terms • Efficient Processing
In-House Appraisals • Common Sense Underwriting
Dave Roddy • (406) 656-7500
Mike Hall or Judy Chirila • (303) 861-8282
Randy Clavel • (308) 534-9000
Monte Lyons • (806) 698-6882


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