Sawmill Creek Ranch is truly a “jewel in the crown” of Idaho’s collection of wilderness ranches, and it is the rare exception to find one of such beauty and quality as this property. Located in its own mountain valley surrounded by the peaks of the Lemhi Range, the ranch comprises two distinct homestead parcels totaling 295± deeded acres fully encompassed by the Salmon-Challis National Forest. Access is either from the air utilizing the property’s private 2,500± foot grass airstrip or by seasonal gravel road from the nearby Little Lost River Valley.
The cold, clean waters of Sawmill Creek originate high in the mountains above the ranch and flow for approximately two miles through the property and a lush riparian corridor of aspen, willow, and Douglas fir. Sawmill Creek is home to a robust trout fishery with wild rainbow and brook trout and even an isolated population of native bull trout that thrives in the creek’s upper reaches. Ideal for fly anglers of all skill levels, Sawmill Creek is an intimate and inviting freestone stream that offers a trout-filled pool, riffle, or undercut bank around every turn.
The ranch is immaculately maintained and features an excellent set of residential improvements ideal for off-the-grid living and hosting large gatherings. The primary buildings lie in a private setting tucked against an aspen-covered hillside with excellent views across the ranch. The main cabin serves as the property’s central gathering place and features a master bedroom and bathroom, large kitchen, dining area, living room with river rock fireplace, four-season enclosed porch, and wrap-around deck. Two smaller, “duplex” cabins, each with two bedrooms and en-suite bathrooms, are located near the main cabin and provide additional guest accommodations. Adjacent to the main cabin is a two-car garage with utility and laundry rooms plus a storage shed.
Two other guest cabins are located west of the primary buildings near Sawmill Creek. The first cabin features a single bedroom with bathroom plus a living room and full kitchen, while the second has two separate bedroom suites with private bathrooms. A rustic, one-bedroom log cabin with screened porch is nestled in the trees alongside the creek downstream from the other buildings. The southern homestead parcel features a two-bedroom cabin with a kitchen, bathroom, living area, and an adjacent two-car garage and separate storage building and is well-suited for an onsite caretaker or ranch manager. The ranch is serviced by domestic wells, septic systems, and reliable, easy-to-use solar-powered electrical systems with back-up propane generators.
Sawmill Creek Ranch is the ideal basecamp from which to enjoy the area’s unlimited recreation opportunities. There are miles of hiking, trailing riding, cycling, ATV riding, and snowmobiling on national forest lands right from the ranch and fishing on Sawmill Creek and other nearby streams and alpine lakes. Wildlife is abundant and includes elk, mule deer, antelope, moose, mountain goat, grouse, and chukar. The closest community is Mackay, Idaho, a 45-mile drive or ten-minute flight from the ranch. The resort community of Sun Valley, with world-class skiing, fine dining, and excellent golf courses, is 75 air miles northeast of the ranch and a two-hour drive or 30-minute flight.
Just the Facts
- Outstanding set of furnished residential improvements with 10 total bedrooms and reliable, off-the-grid power systems
- 2,500± foot private, grass airstrip provides ease of access
- Excellent trout fishing in two miles of Sawmill Creek
- Ranch holds a single water right irrigate 84± acres
- Miles of hiking and riding right from the ranch plus big game and upland bird hunting
- Located in Idaho hunt unit 51 and the Lemhi elk zone
- Elevation is approximately 7,000 feet
- Annual property taxes are approximately $4,375
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