The strikingly beautiful and extremely private Gwin Springs Ranch is located in its own red rock canyon totally surrounded by federal land managed by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM). The ranch consists of 560± deeded acres including 240± acres of dryland hay. Running the length of the ranch, Thorne Creek originates from springs at the head of Thorne Creek Canyon and provides water to four trout ponds on the property. There are deeded water rights from Thorne Creek, ground water wells and several developed springs. Improvements are well cared for and include a 3,820± sq. ft. owners lodge, 1,000± sq. ft. guest house, 1,700± sq. ft. barn with storage and shop area, as well as loafing sheds, corrals, and additional equipment storage. Wildlife abounds and features elk, mule deer, pronghorn, sage grouse, pheasant, and chukar partridge. The community of Gooding, Idaho, with a population 3,700, is a 15-minute drive south of the ranch on all-weather State Highway 46 and is home to most retail and commercial services. Gooding also features a new state-of-the-art hospital as well as a general aviation airport and private fixed base operation with a paved and lighted 4,745± x 75± runway. World renown Sun Valley Resort and its commercial airport are approximately an hours drive northwest of the ranch. Most furnishings and farm equipment are included with the offering.
Just the Facts
560± deeded acres surrounded by BLM
The ranch stretches for almost two miles within its own rimrock valley
Live year-round stream running length of property feeding four trout ponds
1 hour from Sun Valleys airport and 15 minutes from Gooding, Idaho
Impeccable improvements feature a 3,820 sq. ft. log home, 1,000 sq. ft. log guest house, and 1,728 sq. ft. barn and storage building
240± acres of dryland hay along with deeded surface and groundwater rights
BLM grazing permit (sole permittee) for 62 animal unit months (AUMs)
Abundant big game includes elk, mule deer, antelope, and cougar
Upland birds include pheasant, sage grouse, and chukar
Upland game bird preserve permit with the State of Idaho
Annual real estate taxes are $4,865
Ranch sits at an elevation of 4,900 feet
Most furnishings and all farm equipment included in the offering
Acreage (Deeded & Leased)
Incorporating a seamless blend of quality round log and board-and-batten construction, this handsome 3,830± sq. ft., two-story home, custom-designed to blend into the beauty of its surrounding, was built in 1998 and expanded in 2007. The main floor features distressed hardwood flooring, a stone fireplace, a spacious kitchen with granite countertops, and a large, open dining and living area. Also on the main floor are four bedrooms and four and one-half baths, including his-and-her baths associated with the master suite. Most of the home furnishings, some of which were custom made to match the rustic interior, are included with the sale. A door off of the living room opens onto a covered porch offering unobstructed views southward across the ponds and lower end of the ranch. The area around the home is fenced and landscaped, and adjoining lawns are equipped with underground sprinklers.
Also built in 1998, the two story, 1,000± square foot log guest cabin forms an integral part of the well-arranged ranch compound and provides a cozy, private retreat for guests apart from the main house. The furnished cabin features one bedroom and one bath, kitchen, breakfast nook, and propane fireplace.
Barn and Outbuildings
Completing the compound is a 1,700± sq. ft. modern barn built in 2001 with workshop and indoor parking/storage space. With six modular horse stalls that can be configured to suit the owner’s needs, there is also ample room to park personal vehicles, horse trailers and smaller equipment such as ATV’s and snowmobiles. Horse stall flooring is comprised of well-drained gravel but can be covered with heavy duty neoprene to provide a level floor to accommodate parking/storage. Outside of the barn, there are horse pens, a loafing shed, and additional covered storage where two full-sized farm tractors (one equipped with a large rotary snow plow) are housed. The tractors and associated implements are included with the sale. Level ground surrounding the barn is well suited for an outdoor arena, round pens, or other horse training facilities.
Gwin Springs is energy independent with electricity provided by a state-of-the art solar and battery system augmented by a small wind turbine and backed by a large propane generator to insure a reliable power supply. Primary telephone service to the ranch is provided by a sophisticated repeater system, while celluar coverage can also be obtained at the ranch compound and on portions of the property. Standard satellite television and internet service round out the communications package.
Gwin Springs Ranch is utilized by the owner for private sporting opportunities, seasonal cattle grazing, and dryland hay production covering approximately 200 acres. An upland game preserve permit from the State of Idaho comes with the ranch and enables the owner to plant upland game birds, such as pheasant and chukar partridge, for an extended hunting season. The surrounding area is well known for trophy elk and deer. There are four stocked ponds on the property fed by Thorne Creek which add aesthetic value to the ranch and provide excellent fishing and wildlife habitat.
The ranch is well-suited for a horse operation as the property provides ample grazing for horses in season and offers the added advantage of hay production to augment winter feeding as required. In addition to the existing barn, adjoining corrals and loafing shed, level ground within the ranch compound can accommodate construction of an outdoor arena, round pens, or other training facilities. The wide open nature of the surrounding area makes it ideal for trail riding without the necessity of trailering horses to remote locations.
Depending on the owner’s preference, portions of the ranch can be leased to local livestock operations for cattle grazing. In addition to the deeded acreage, Gwin Springs Ranch holds a 44-day fall grazing permit for 110 cow/calf pairs on adjacent BLM lands.
An experienced caretaker is well-acquainted with the ranch’s solar power generating system and provides snow plowing and general oversight for the owner.
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