Wyoming Agriculture and Recreation Ranch for Sale
The Eagle Creek Ranch totals 6,642± acres, with 2,201± deeded acres and 4,442± BLM lease acres. The Wyoming ranch has a diverse topography that expands from open rangeland to deep and dramatic canyons flowing easterly out of the Bighorn Mountains. Further up the canyons, the bottoms and walls are heavily timbered and provide refuge to resident herds of Elk, Mule Deer and Blue Grouse. As the canyons and streams flow towards the east end of the property, they open up into lush alluvial bottoms that provide exceptional wildlife habitat with streams that are full of native, wild trout. On the eastern side of the Eagle Creek Ranch is a gentler, rolling topography that hosts many species of game such as Pronghorn Antelope, Mule Deer, Chuckars, Hungarian Partridge and Sage Grouse. The property is fenced into six pastures that provide good rotational grazing for livestock. The property is well watered with two live streams and developed stock watering systems that aids in keeping the livestock off of the creek bottoms. The Eagle Creek Ranch is a unique offering that is rugged, remote and full of endless opportunities.
The Eagle Creek Ranch and the surrounding area is filled with the history of the American Indian and the notorious outlaws. The Hole-in-the-Wall Gang, a name given to a gang in the American Wild West, took its name from the Hole-in-the-Wall Pass located adjacent to the Eagle Creek Ranch. Members included such outlaws as Jesse James, Frank James, Butch Cassidy, the Sundance Kid, Kid Curry and his brother Lonny Curry, "Laughing" Sam Carey, Black Jack Ketchum, Elzy Lay, and George "Flat Nose" Curry, along with others. No lawmen ever successfully entered the “Hole in the Wall” to capture outlaws during its more than fifty years of active existence. The area operated with a steady stream of outlaw gangs rotating in and out from the late 1860's to the early 20th century. However by 1910, very few outlaws used the hideout and it eventually faded into history. One of the cabins used by Butch Cassidy still exists today, and was relocated to Cody, Wyoming, where it is on display to the public. On July 22, 1897 the Eagle Creek Ranch was the site of the Hole in the Wall Fight. A plaque, donated by the Outlaw Trail Ride, has been placed at the site to record this conflict between lawmen and rustlers. The historic Red Cabin is also located on the property. Throughout the ranch there is evidence and artifacts from the earliest settlers thought to be Plains Indians.
Historically the Eagle Creek Ranch has been used as a summer grazing allotment for sheep and cattle. Most recently, the ranch has been running approximately 350 pairs for four months during the summer. The current owners have worked “hand in hand” with the Bureau of Land Management to implement and maintain grazing practices that are beneficial to the land and its abundant population of wildlife. The ranch has been improved both with water developments and an increased number of pastures. There are currently six pastures on the ranch providing a good system for rotational grazing. The Eagle Creek Ranch has three water pipelines that provide drinking water to wildlife and livestock throughout the range. This has helped to decrease the amount of grazing of livestock along the riparian areas of the ranch. In turn, this has improved stream habitat and allowed for more wildlife forage along the creek corridors.