Located 15 minutes north/east of Rawlins, Wyoming, the 61 Bar Ranch is easily accessible by Highway 287. Rawlins is the primary trade town in the area as well as the county seat for Carbon County. It has a charming atmosphere of small boutiques, first class restaurants, casual eateries, beautiful parks, schools, banks, and agricultural services. Area economics are related to ranching, recreation, wind and carbon based energy development and government services. With the abundance of large ranches in the area it retains a very western heritage.
Rawlins is an arid, cool climate. Annual precipitation at the airport is nine inches. This increases at the higher elevations of the ranch. The warmest month of the year is July with an average daily high temperature of 84°. The coldest month is January with an average high of 31° and lows of 13°. Humidity is quite low. Average yearly snowfall is 52 inches. Elevation runs from 6,400 feet at the river to 7,700 feet at the highest point on the property.
Created in 1868 by Dakota legislature, the county’s name was derived from extensive coal deposits found in the area. Originally covering the entire width of the Wyoming Territory, Carbon County was reduced in size by the creation of Johnson County in 1875 and Natrona County in 1888. Historically, it has been traversed by the Overland Trail, Oregon Trail, Mormon Trail, and both the original route of the Union Pacific Railroad and the Lincoln Highway. Interstate 80 is now the trail of choice for most travelers through the county, although several scenic back roads and byways offer pleasant alternatives.
ACREAGE AND DESCRIPTION
The southern portion of the ranch features the North Platte River, which is the source of water for irrigation throughout the hay meadows and pastures. The eastern side offers the majestic Haystack Mountains, which has a mix of broad grassy drainages, protected valleys and rocky slopes and creates a good environment for livestock grazing and desirable habitat for deer and elk. The center of the ranch is a wide valley with a higher concentration of sagebrush and arid vegetation types with cottonwood-lined banks that are good coverage for livestock and wildlife habitat. The northwestern and western area of the ranch contain a set of sloping to rolling hills which support productive summer and fall range as they have good grass cover and are at a higher elevation.
Deeded: 29,000 +/- Acres
BLM: 40,960 +/- Acres
Private lease (Anadarko): 23,527 +/- Acres
State lease: 2,960 +/- Acres
Total: 96,447 +/- Acres
LEASES AND PERMITS
The BLM permit allows for an estimated 4,000 AUMs of grazing on BLM land and an additional 5,000 AUMs on deeded, private lease and State lands. The permit numbers may be subject to adjusting upon the transfer of the permit.
The BLM land and private lease are checkerboard ownership. BLM grazing rates for 2012 are $1.35 per AUM for an approximate annual fee estimated at $5,400. The private lease, which is approximately 23,527 acres, is from Anadarko Land Corp. As a result of the checkerboard ownership, the holder of the BLM permit manages the grazing on the Anadarko lease. This lease is renewed annually but has been with 61 Bar Ranch for many years. Annual lease cost for the Anadarko land is $11,455. Cost of this lease has been the same for at least 10 years. Wyoming State lands lease features 2,960 acres and are intermittent through the property and cost approximately $3,000 per year. An additional 700 acres are fenced in with the property and currently no lease is being paid for these acres.
The 61 Bar Ranch is a well-known as a cow-calf ranch, with an arid climate and natural protection allowing for range calving. Pairs are turned out onto the northern portion of the ranch at the beginning of April and remain on the ranch through November. The cows are wintered on the southern portion of 61 Bar Ranch.
Supplemental feeding requirements vary on the winter conditions and hay is typically fed from late December until the end of April. Those requirements are typically 1.5 to 2 ton per head.
The ranch has approximately 700 acres of river bottom, of which approximately 300 acres are under irrigation producing yields of 500 to 600 ton. There is room for additional improvement to the irrigated meadows.
WILDLIFE AND RECREATION
Numerous big game species can be found on 61 Bar Ranch and include antelope, deer and elk. Antelope are commonly located on throughout the ranch but are concentrated on the central and western portions of the ranch due to terrain, vegetation and climate. Deer frequent the Haystack Mountains and can also found along the river. Elk roam throughout the property, with a small resident herd. Transitory populations can be found on 61 Bar Ranch during the fall and winter. Combined with the high mountain deserts and the riparian areas along the river this property provides habitat for a wide variety of wild game species.
The North Platte River runs through the property for five miles, offering opportunities such as fishing, rafting and wildlife habitat. The river frontage provides a secluded atmosphere with no public roads or public shore access and is only occasioned with some float traffic. Numerous species of fish can be found in the North Platte River and include brown, rainbow, cutthroat trout and walleye. This long secluded stretch of river offers a tranquil setting and is a very attractive feature of the ranch. The rivers’ cottonwood lined banks are good cover for livestock and outstanding wildlife habitat.
Water right permits include:
Permit # 22431, Peterson No. One Ditch, diverts of 6.08 cubic feet per second (ds) for irrigation and livestock use on 425.4 acres. Irrigation water for hay meadows and pasture is primary pumped from the North Platte River.
Permit # 22426, Leo Sheep No. 1 Ditch allows for diversion of 2.05 csf of irrigation and stock use on 143.2 acres.
Permit # 17808, Cairns Ditch comes from Sugar Creek and has diversion of 1.90 cfs for stock and irrigation of 88 acres. The land for this water right has to be developed.
Livestock water is provided by a six solar wells, numerous springs, 30 earthen tanks and the North Platte River. The earthen tanks are filled by runoff and precipitation and are located throughout the ranch. Water for the headquarters and feedlot is provided by the Sinclair refinery at a very reasonable cost and is of high quality. Currently, livestock water provides for the needs of the ranch as it is operated. Additional livestock water is currently being developed.
MINERAL AND WIND RIGHTS
Oil, gas and coal mineral rights are believed to be reserved by prior ownership. Wind potential along the Haystack Mountains has attracted attention from wind developers. While having been approached for development rights by a number of firms, the property remains free of any leases or options. Wind rights will be transferred to the buyer at closing.
The 61 Bar Ranch improvements include two labor homes, excellent calving/vet barn, horse barn, 2,000 permitted feedlot, machinery shed and other storage sheds. The buildings are efficient and low cost and provide an ease-of-operation cattle facilities. The feedlot has about 1,400 feet of concrete bunk with good water to each pen.
TAXES: Approximately $3,000/year 2012
The 61 Bar Ranch presents an opportunity to own a large resource based ranch with nearly 100,000 acres involved an estimated carrying capacity of 1,100 animal units. The significant range resource combined with the plentiful water rights and top quality improvements make this a worthwhile ranching endeavor. The wildlife resources and fishing opportunity enhance the property value as well. This is certainly a ranch worth taking a closer look at.