Star Hill is an end-of-the-road ranch tucked up into the Shoshone National Forest about 30 miles west of Cody. It is situated where Big Creek, a tributary of the North Fork of the Shoshone River, exits the national forest. It offers tremendous views of the Absaroka Range and is totally private lying in its own valley buffered by the national forest on both sides and within yards of the wilderness boundary. It boasts an excellent set of classic improvements and furnishings in a turn-key offering. The buildings were refurbished by famed architect Jonathan Foote with highly regarded construction firm OSM doing the construction. They are both charming and comfortable while maintaining the authenticity of a bygone era. An ideal family retreat, this ranch enjoys an owner’s compound, Four Seasons Cabin, horse facilities and a ranch manager’s home. Essentially the property is a strategic parcel of deeded land extending into the Shoshone National Forest, which in this area forms a protective barrier along the east boundary of Yellowstone National Park less than 30 road miles to the west. It essentially controls access into amazingly wild country that offers some of the finest big game hunting in the area. It widens or fans out as it extends from a narrow intimate valley southerly onto an irrigated bench above Big Creek which wends its way towards its confluence with the Shoshone River. Cody with daily commercial air service and multiple cultural and social amenities is a thirty-minute drive to the east - yet a world away. This is a classic historic guest ranch converted to a family retreat that is being offered turnkey and ready to enjoy immediately.
Just the Facts
- LOCATION: 30 miles west of Cody
- ACREAGE: 313.77± Deeded Acres
- LEASES: On/Off permit on 31 acres of USFS land. 120 AUMs on USFS
- ACREAGE BREAKDOWN: 80 acre approx. of irrigated meadows plus nice riparian along the creek.
- IMPROVEMENTS: 6 classic refurbished cabins and lodge plus all season cabin and managers home. Also barns, tack shed, etc.
- DESCRIPTION: End of road ranch tucked into Shoshone National Forest in its own valley. Very private and big views to Absaroka Mountains.
- WILDLIFE: Most major species are seen on ranch regularly from cougars to both species of bear to wolves, coyotes, and of course elk, antelope and deer.
- SUMMARY: Amazing private family retreat within easy drive of Cody and Yellowstone Park.
The North Fork Valley is an expansive valley dominated by high mountains on the south and cliffs, mountains and incredible rock structures on the north. The central part of the valley has seen sporadic development both for tourism and because of its proximity to Cody. However, the tributary valleys and there are perhaps half a dozen at the most have remained absolutely pristine and are home to some of the most desirable and beautiful ranches in the Rocky Mountain West. They combine complete privacy, stunning scenery, and amazing wildlife with easy access into Cody and more importantly into Yellowstone National Park and the massive wilderness ecosystem of protected lands that surround it. Star Hill Ranch is one of those jewels in the crown of the Yellowstone Ecosystem and indeed of the North Fork Valley specifically.
Acreage (Deeded & Leased)
In addition to the main compound, there is a manager’s home, the Four Seasons cabin and older horse barns. The manager’s house is approximately 2,000 square feet and was built in 1985. The caretaker cabin is around 1,000 square feet and was built in 2005. The horses are accommodated with three barn/shed type buildings all centered around the corrals and a new hay barn built in 2017. There is also an open-faced equipment shed and a separate shop building with a poured concrete floor that round out the working buildings.
The main ranch operation involves spreading water on 70 to 80 acres of meadows, looking after the horses, purchasing 30 to 40 tons of hay for winter feed, and most importantly looking after family and guests during a 6-month season. The ranch does have a 30 head cattle permit on the national forest which is on a long-term nonuse program. When it was active, it involved buying and bringing in 30 yearlings in the spring, maintaining the fences over the grazing season and then gathering them in the fall to be resold. This activity was thoroughly enjoyed by the family but did not normally yield much of a profit.
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