Historic Susie Q Ranch, located in the heart of south central Idaho’s unique high desert spring-fed Silver Creek ecosystem, is one of the great ranch properties in the prestigious Sun Valley area. Silver Creek, world renowned for its blue ribbon trout fishery, abundant wildlife and magnificent scenery, is protected in perpetuity by the nearby 900-acre Silver Creek Preserve and an additional 10,000 acres in conservation easements.Although this exceptional ranch property is only a short distance from a commercial airport, large hospital, and the famous year-round Sun Valley resort area with its skiing, PGA golf courses, fine dining, art, concerts, and shopping, Susie Q Ranch stands apart. Offering complete privacy in a peaceful rural setting, this 537-acre classic western working and recreational ranch has retained its old west charm throughout.Attention to detail in design, construction and furnishings (many custom-made for the ranch) is evident everywhere in the elegant 5,800± sq. ft. owner’s lodge done in a classic western style.This rambling single-story log home has five bedrooms, four full baths, a gourmet kitchen featuring an antique stove, a large stone fireplace in the great room, a conference room, outdoor fire pit, and an adjoining outdoor heated swimming pool. Other houses on the property include a separate fully-equipped guest house, the original farm house built around 1900, a rustic river cottage for entertaining, and housing for a caretaker and ranch workers.Susie Q Ranch, a cultivated oasis nestled against spectacular, rugged rocky buttes, is one of the oldest ranches in the Silver Creek area and has had only two previous owners. The ranch features traditional wood fencing along its main drive, well maintained historic barns and equipment sheds, a 12,000± sq. ft. indoor riding arena and an outdoor arena. The barn and stable headquarters area were used as a scenic backdrop for the movies “Bus Stop” starring Marilyn Monroe and “The Dark Horse” with Mimi Rogers.Fenced and cross fenced with 37 individual horse paddocks, the ranch includes 222.5 acres of irrigated pasture land. The property can accommodate summer grazing for approximately 250 cow/calf pairs and 50 horses on a year-round basis, if desired. Susie Q Ranch has excellent water rights, covering irrigation of 222.5 acres of its own pastures plus an additional 177.5 acres of a nearby property, whose owner currently leases the excess water rights. When all is said and done, the defining feature of Susie Q Ranch is Silver Creek. One-and-three-quarter miles of this crown jewel of trout streams, with its clean gravel bottom, deep runs, and undercut banks, meander through the ranch in a corridor of mature river birch and cottonwood trees, some approaching 100 years in age. This shady, park-like setting provides both a relaxing riverside entertainment venue and exceptional rainbow and brown trout fly fishing, with brown trout reaching up to ten pounds.
Just the Facts
- 537± acres working and recreational ranch, 39 miles south of Sun Valley, Idaho.
- 1.8 miles of Silver Creek. Considered to be some of the best spring creek fishing in the U.S.
- Located in a protected valley focused on the protection of Silver Creek featuring The Nature Conservancy’s 900± acre preserve and attendant 10,000± acres of protective scenic easements on adjoining lands.
- Improvements include: 5,800± sq. ft. lodge, 3 residential buildings, creekside entertaining home, 12,000± sq. ft. indoor equestrian center and numerous agricultural buildings.
- Agriculture: consists of 225± irrigated acres that produce hay, grain and pasture. Summer grazing for 250 cow/calf pairs.
- Recreation: Superb private fly fishing, upland bird hunting, big game (mule deer & elk), and horseback riding. The ranch is adjacent to federal lands that provide access to thousands of acres of unspoiled open space. There is an equestrian facility that can handle up to 50 head of horses. The Sun Valley Resort complex is a 40 minute drive. Hailey, the Blaine County seat, is a 20 minute drive and also the location of the Sun Valley regional airport.
- Location & Climate: The elevation of the ranch ranges from 4,800 to 5,300 feet. This is high desert country merging into sub-alpine climate. The ranch receives approximately 9 – 10 inches of precipitation annually and enjoys over 300 sunny days a year.
- Personal property: All irrigation equipment, “on road” rolling stock from machinery and equipment are included in the sale.
Acreage (Deeded & Leased)
CONSERVATION EASEMENTConservation easements protect approximately 97 acres on the ranch, including much of the creek corridor and pastures to the north between the river and Highway 20. These easements do not include any of the existing buildings or developed areas. The balance of the ranch is not restricted from development currently but could be considered for additional conservation easements.PERSONAL PROPERTYAll irrigation and farm equipment, vehicles and most home furnishings (fine art, some home furnishings, and a few personal items excepted) are included in the offering.
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