Diamond Tail Ranch embodies the iconic image of an authentic Rocky Mountain ranch, encompassing a secluded valley at the base of snow-capped peaks, with a trout-filled river flowing through lush meadows and pastures dotted with abundant wildlife grazing alongside ranch livestock. The picturesque setting for this extraordinary ranch is the pristine upper Laramie River Valley in northern Colorado, an optimal locale where the river spills out of the high country into a broad valley ringed by mountains. Spanning the entire five-mile width of the basin, Diamond Tail’s 17,656± deeded acres ascend up the surrounding mountain slopes to wilderness, national forest and BLM boundaries.
Incredible amounts of water flow onto the property from all sides, highlighted by over 27 miles of live water and outstanding private trout fishing. The Laramie River, an excellent wild brown fishery, flows through the heart of the ranch for 11.5± miles. Two tributary streams, McIntyre and LaGarde Creeks, add 5.8± miles of additional trout fishing. A handful of smaller year-round creeks contribute another 9.8± miles of water for agriculture and wildlife. With all this live water flowing through the ranch, homesteaders began filing on the water for irrigation beginning as early as 1880. In total, an astounding 307.6± CFS of senior water rights are owned by the ranch, irrigating approximately 3,000 acres.
Rich riparian and production areas are complemented by rolling grassland prairies ideal for grazing. As they had done for centuries, a large bison herd still roams the ranch today. Diamond Tail is well known for its commercial bison, operating successfully for over 30 years. The 750± head bison herd is complemented by a ranch cattle herd of 350± head plus another 450± head leased during the summer grazing season. Grazing permits adjacent to the ranch add 20,225± acres of additional capacity, and a capable ranch manager and staff ensure an efficient operation.
The higher elevations of the ranch add attractive scenery as well as habitat diversity for abundant wildlife. Aspen groves and timbered hillsides provide bedding and cover to balance the water and feeding areas, attracting game from the surrounding Rawah Wilderness, Roosevelt National Forest and BLM lands. Resident species include prolific herds of elk, as well as mule and whitetail deer, moose, pronghorn, black bear, cougar, grouse and a variety of waterfowl. The sheer size of the ranch, combined with plentiful wildlife and Landowner Preference applications, make it an excellent hunting property.
Since 1979, Diamond Tail Ranch has been carefully stewarded by the Duncan family, owners of renown Silver Oak Cellars. A functional array of quality improvements are utilized for owner, guest and operational usage. Well-maintained buildings range from historic barns to modern owner’s homes and authentic guest cabins. Unique structures such as a dining hall and hilltop chapel help accommodate large groups comfortably. The ranch is outfitted with on-site employee housing, operational support buildings, livestock handling facilities, and even a private airstrip. Despite its secluded mountain valley locale, Diamond Tail is easily accessible 45± minutes from all services in Laramie, Wyoming, including the commercial airport, and only 2-3 hours from the Ft. Collins, Boulder and Denver metro areas.
Steeped in historical significance, natural resources and ecological importance, Diamond Tail Ranch is truly one of the most appealing and significant large-scale mountain ranches to become available in recent years. It is exceptionally rare to find a diverse ranch running on over 37,800 contiguous acres, spanning a beautiful river valley, and no existing conservation easement. Even more compelling is a successful ag component that supports the ownership of the ranch, without interfering with its recreation.
17,656± Deeded Acres
9,905± USFS Grazing Allotment Acres
8,400± BLM Grazing Lease Acres
1,920± State of Colorado Grazing Lease Acres
37,881± Total Acres
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