The Weiser Creek Ranch totals 2,021± acres, with 581± deeded. The ranch is conveniently located 14 miles south of Lander in the rolling breaks along the east end of the Wind River Range, just off of South Pass Highway. The heart of the ranch is made up of Weiser Creek, a small spring-fed tributary that flows northeast through the property. From the creek bottom, the ranch climbs up to sagebrush ridges and rocky outcroppings, with larger vistas. Unimproved, except for modest livestock facilities, the ranch offers a clean slate for a new owner to build what they desire.
Just the Facts
- Location: 14 miles south of Lander, WY adjacent to large tracts of BLM
- Acreage: 2,021± total; 581± deeded, 1,160± acres BLM and 280± acres of State of Wyoming lease
- Improvements: Mostly unimproved with modest yet practical livestock working facilities
- Water Resources: Weiser Creek winds through the ranch
- Wildlife: Both deer species, turkey, mountain lion, elk, bobcats, ducks, geese, falcons, golden and bald eagles
- Summary: A rare, mostly unimproved offering just 15 minutes from the desirable community of Lander
The Weiser Creek Ranch is located 14 miles south of Lander, off of South Pass Highway 28, below Weiser Knoll- a prominent feature west of the ranch. The entrance to the ranch is at its high point, along the western boundary. This is where the cattle working facility is located as well as a truck load-out and a few ranch outbuildings. The ranch entry overlooks a small grassy meadow with Weiser Creek running along one side of the meadow. The ranch follows Weiser Creek northeasterly for the length of the ranch and is defined by sagebrush steppes and rocky outcroppings on either side of the creek that rise as much as 200’ in elevation. Smaller grassy parks line the creek bottom for the length of the ranch. There are two springs that supplement the flow of Weiser Creek and it typically provides stock water throughout the year.
The Weiser Creek Ranch offers easy access to a wide array of recreational options, a charming nearby rural community and a ranch large enough to operate on a small scale.
The Weiser Creek Ranch is located in Freemont County, at the south end of the Wind River Mountain Range, 14 miles south of Lander. Accessed from WY State Hwy 28, the ranch is within 20 miles of Sinks Canyon State Park- considered one of the country’s best climbing areas and just 10 miles from the north Red Canyon Overlook; one of the most scenic vistas in Wyoming.
The Hunt Field Airport (LND) in Lander offers a 5,000’X75’ paved airstrip capable of handling light aircraft and commercial air service is available in Rock Springs or Casper, both about two hours’ drive from the ranch. Additionally, there are public charter flights out of Riverton (40 miles north of the ranch) that service Denver, CO.
The Weiser Creek Ranch sits at 6,000 feet, on the east side of Weiser Knoll, and is surrounded on three sides by BLM and Wyoming State grazing lands. The Nature Conservancy’s Red Canyon Ranch lies on the west side of Weiser Knoll and is one of several larger ranches in the general area.
Lander, population 7,800, was settled in 1869 as a military post providing protection to immigrants and was named after General Frederick W. Lander, a famous explorer and engineer that supervised the first federally funded road in the west, called the Lander Cutoff, an attempt to improve the Oregon Trail. Lander is said to be the first place a paid rodeo was held and is now home to a private four-year college and provides easy access to camping, horseback riding, fishing, hiking, climbing and hunting in the renowned Wind River Range- the range boasts 48 summits higher than 12,500 feet and 19 of Wyoming’s 20 highest peaks. Backpacker Magazine has referred to this recreation wonderland as “America’s Best Kept Secret.” The city center of Lander has all of the conveniences one could hope for including several good restaurants, lumber and hardware stores, banks, coffee shops and general shopping.
This is high desert country, with vibrant green springs, long summer days with lots of sunshine and cold winters. The ranch sits at 6,000’ in the southeastern foothills of the Wind River Mountain range and receives, on average, 12.6 inches of rainfall and 92 inches of total snowfall. Average summertime highs are in the low 80s with lows in the 50s. The shorter daylight hours of winter bring winter highs in the mid-30s and lows in the mid-teens.
Acreage (Deeded & Leased)
· 581± acres deeded
· 1,160 acres of BLM lease, providing for 108 AUMs from 5/1 to 5/31 and 81 AUMs from 10/16 to 11/15
· 280 acres WY State Lease, providing for 68 AUMs.
Deeded Acres: 581±
State Leased Acres: 280±
BLM Leased Acres: 1,160±
Total Leased Acres: 1,440±
Total Acres: 2,021±
Highest Elevation: 7,200
The ranch has good working facilities for cattle but is not encumbered by any homes or significant structures, providing a buyer with a clean slate to develop the ranch as they choose.
Sellers will convey 100 percent 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.
Based upon past years, the real estate taxes are estimated to be $3,334 per year.
The Weiser Creek Ranch is estimated to run 100 AU and is currently leased and running cows with calves. While the upper meadow could be hayed, it is likely more productive to use it in conjunction with the balance of the ranch for grazing. Weiser Creek is generally considered a reliable source of stock water, but there is not any water on the BLM or state leased ground. The ranch is ripe for developing some stock ponds, which would increase the carrying capacity and ease management of the ranch.
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