Renegade Ranch is located at the foot of the Pioneer Mountains in the lower Wood River Valley just outside of the small ranching community of Picabo, Idaho and 45 minutes southeast of the famous mountain resort of Ketchum/Sun Valley. From Picabo and US Highway 20/26, access to the ranch is via all-season county roads. The town of Hailey, county seat for Blaine County and 12 miles south of Ketchum, is 25 minutes northwest of the ranch and offers a full range of services and amenities. Friedman Memorial Airport in Hailey offers commercial air service through Delta, United, and Alaska/Horizon Airlines as well as a fix-based operation, Atlantic Aviation, that services and accommodates all sizes of general aviation aircraft. Picabo offers a variety of goods and services, including groceries, fuel, hardware, ranch supplies, sporting goods, and outfitting services. A grass airstrip suitable for small propeller aircraft is located in Picabo adjacent to the general store. Estimated driving distances to major regional communities are as follows: Boise, 125 miles to the west; Idaho Falls, 130 miles to the east; Twin Falls, 60 miles to the south; Jackson Hole, 230 miles to the east; and Salt Lake City, 270 miles to the southeast.
With Renegade Ranch, an owner enjoys a foothold in two communities. As part of the larger Sun Valley area, an owner has easy access to one of the country’s finest year-round resorts. Top-rated golf courses and tennis facilities, fine dining and cultural opportunities, mountain biking and hiking trails, and world-class downhill and cross-country skiing are all minutes away from the ranch. At the same time, the property is situated on Silver Creek, one of the most sought-after locations in Blaine County. Among other features, the Silver Creek area is famous for blue-ribbon trout fishing, flights of ducks and geese cross-crossing the sky, protected open spaces, working farms and ranches, and a low-key, rural lifestyle. With a Silver Creek address, an owner truly enjoys the best of everything Sun Valley has to offer.
Silver Creek and its tributaries are the lifeblood of this unique part of Idaho. Rising from a series of springs south of the town of Bellevue and gaining size from feeder streams such as Loving Creek and Grove Creek, Silver Creek slowly meanders from west to east across the valley before joining the Little Wood River south of Renegade Ranch. Along the way, Silver Creek serves the dual purpose of providing irrigation water for the area’s farms and ranches as well as supporting rich habitat for a variety of wildlife, including an unmatched trout fishery.
Key to understanding and appreciating the Silver Creek area is the extensive conservation work that has been completed there. Beginning with the acquisition of the Sun Valley Ranch on upper Silver Creek in 1976, The Nature Conservancy, with the cooperation of local property owners and other partners, spearheaded efforts to protect Silver Creek and the agricultural lands that depend on it. More than 40 years later, over 10,000 acres of private land in the Silver Creek watershed have been protected from subdivision and unchecked residential development. Many agree that this work represents the finest example of open space protection and freshwater conservation in the Northwest, if not the nation. As a result of these efforts, landowners and visitors alike enjoy a rural, uncluttered setting with high-quality fish and wildlife resources only minutes away from Blaine County’s more populated communities.
The elevation of the ranch is approximately 4,750 feet. The climate for the Picabo area is best described as semi-arid with an annual precipitation of 12 inches and over 300 sunny days per year. Summers are warm with the temperatures reaching into the low 90s and cooling to the mid-40s at night. Winters are generally cold, with an average maximum temperature from November through February of 36 degrees and an average minimum temperature during the same period of 12 degrees.