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Shoshone Ridge Ranch

$3,200,400 Afton, WY 240± Deeded Acres

Executive Summary

The Shoshone Ridge Ranch is a recreational retreat located 62 miles south of Jackson Hole. The ranch features a 2,850± square foot six-bedroom, six-bathroom lodge sitting atop the landmark Shoshone Ridge, overlooking the Salt River, with sweeping views of the Salt River Valley, and Caribou Mountains and Bridger Teton ranges. While largely encompassing hillside uplands, the 240± acres offers two spring-fed creeks, that run year-round, and 110± acres of sub-irrigated meadows. The lodge is accessed from paved county roads that are open year-round and sits at the end of a mile-long private drive; offering privacy, yet with easy access to several rural communities in Star Valley. The ranch is within two miles of public access to float the Salt River and just over an hour’s drive from Grand Teton National Park and the South entrance to Yellowstone. Additionally, there are hundreds of thousands of acres of Forest Service lands within a few miles of the ranch, offering; hiking, big game hunting, horseback riding and ATV trails.
Co-listed with Ken Dunn of Sage Realty Group.

Just the Facts

  • Location – Nine miles north of Afton and 62 miles south of Jackson Hole. 
  • Acreage – 240± deeded acres.
  • Taxes - $2,826 estimated based upon past years.  
  • Acreage Breakdown – 110± sub-irrigated, 130± native range.
  • Water Resources – 1.5± miles of two spring creeks and a well for the main house.
  • Improvements – 2,850 square foot, six-bedroom six-bathroom main home – stunning views. 
  • Operation – Summer grazing is leased to a local rancher. 
  • Recreational attributes – Huge potential to develop spring creek for fishing and waterfowl. Moose, elk and deer pass through regularly and hiking, riding, four wheeling, and snowmobiling are all excellent.
  • Summary – Lovely lodge on a small but diverse parcel with potential to develop spring creek. 

General Description

Access to the Shoshone Ridge Ranch is from a paved county road that enters the west side of the ranch, just north of the unincorporated community of Auburn. A private drive heads east, from the county road, and immediately crosses a warm spring that flows into Tom’s Creek. This part of the creek is open year around and provides habitat for waterfowl and stock water. Continuing east, the private drive gains 140’ in elevation, as it traverses Shoshone Ridge, to reach the lodge that overlooks the valley. The 6-bedroom, 6-bathroom, 2,850 square foot lodge was built in 2000 and has sweeping views of the Salt River Range to the east and the Caribou Range to the west. While largely encompassing hillside uplands, the southern part of the ranch has a second year-round spring and 110± acres of sub-irrigated meadows.

Broker's Comments

The Shoshone Ridge Ranch is an appealing retreat property 62 miles south of Jackson Hole. The home will comfortably welcome large gatherings and is sited to capture the magnificent mountain views and long-lasting sunsets over the Caribou Mountain Range.  In addition to the Salt River, the Snake, the South Fork of the Snake and several other smaller streams/creeks nearby, the ranch offers easy access to some of the best fishing in the intermountain west. 

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Location

Located nine miles north of Afton, WY and 62-miles south of Jackson Hole, the Shoshone Ridge Ranch sits at 6,150 feet and encompasses a prominent ridge overlooking the Salt River just before it drops through the Narrows that divide the north and south halves of Star Valley. Commercial airline service is available in Jackson, with daily non-stop service to Salt Lake City and Denver, and seasonal direct service to major cities. Additionally, Afton Municipal Airport (AFO), home of the Aviat Husky manufacturing facility, is 12- miles away and offers a 7,025’ X 75’ asphalt runway for private aircraft.

Locale

Star Valley was settled by Mormon pioneers in the late 1870s and was named by one of the church’s general authorities as the “Star of all Valley’s” for its natural beauty. Agriculture has been a long-standing mainstay of the local economy and through the early part of the twentieth century, herds of dairy cows flourished in the area to provide milk for local creameries and cheese factories. Many of the dairy herds have left the valley but hay production and beef cattle remain an important part of the local economy. 

As Jackson Hole has grown to become one of the most sought after addresses in the west, the popularity of this southern neighbor has grown as well. The 40-mile long Star Valley has four incorporated towns and several smaller communities. While Jackson offers a quick trip for fine dining, museums and shopping, the local towns provide all of the basic necessities from hardware stores, sporting goods, banks, grocery stores and several good restaurants. Afton is also home to Star Valley Health, a 22-bed Critical Access Hospital serving the entire valley.  

The Salt River runs the length of Star Valley and is considered one of the great trout fisheries of Wyoming, producing some of the biggest Snake River fine-spotted cutthroat and brown trout in the region. It merges with the Snake River at the north end of the valley and forms Palisade Reservoir. Below the reservoir, the river is known as the South Fork of the Snake, to differentiate it from the Henry’s Fork of the Snake and is truly one of the best Cutthroat trout fisheries in the west. In addition to fishing, Star Valley is surrounded by national forest, providing easy access to hiking, backpacking, horseback and ATV trails and some of the best snowmobiling in the country. 

Climate

At 6,150’ ASL, on the west side of the continental divide, the Shoshone Ridge Ranch has cool summer nights and comfortably warm days. The typical summer night is in the low 50’s and days usually do not exceed the low 80’s. Winter months are cold, with highs below freezing and single-digit lows. The growing season is short with approximately 70 frost-free days.

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Acreage (Deeded & Leased)

Deeded Acres: 240±
Total Acres: 240±

Additional Information

SPECIAL NOTE

The owners of the Shoshone Ridge Ranch are also offering the 760± acre Worton Ranch, approximately a half-mile to the north. It brings an operating ranch component to the Shoshone Ridge Ranch while offering  private access to over a mile of the Salt River for fishing and hunting. In addition to adding a hay base and grazing, the Worton Ranch adds a significant amount of uplands with numerous private building sites overlooking the Salt River. The Worton Ranch and Shoshone Ridge Ranch together are offered at $6.5 Million.

Improvements

There is a six-bedroom, six-bathroom, 2,850 square foot lodge built in 2000 with an attached two-car garage. The home is serviced by well and septic. The entire perimeter of the ranch is fenced.

Mineral Rights

Sellers will convey 100% of the mineral rights that they own. The Buyer should plan to include a mineral right search as part of their due diligence since the owners do not know what mineral rights they own. 

Taxes

Based upon past years, the real estate taxes are estimated to be $2,826 per year. 

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Wildlife Resources

The ranch’s warm springs attract large populations of waterfowl, offering great birding and waterfowl hunting in the fall. Moose, elk and mule deer frequent the meadows and can been seen passing through the ranch at different times of year. 

Recreational Considerations

The ranch offers on-site horseback riding, four wheeling, cross-country skiing and bird watching. The ranch is located nearby Palisades Reservoir for water skiing and fishing, and with the Salt River, Snake River, South Fork of the Snake and numerous other stream/creeks close by, there are multiple options for outstanding year-round fishing. In addition, the Bridger Teton and Caribou National Forests surround Star Valley and offer multiple access points for hiking, backpacking, big game hunting, ATV riding and snowmobiling.

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General Operations

The current owner leases the ranch to a tenant, who combines the ranch with several others, to support a large-scale cattle operation. While new owners could continue this arrangement, the ranch is well set up to run 30-yearlings and several saddle horses for the summer. 

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