Five Points Ranch has been a family-owned ranch since 1952. This marks the first time in over 70 years that this incredible piece of property has been made available to the public for sale. The most significant feature of this ranch is the combination of accessibility and privacy. It has highway frontage and county road access, but you cannot even begin to see what the property has to offer until you are inside the boundary.
The ranch is named ‘Five Points’ after the central hub of the ranch which is a spot in the trees where the roads fork and can take you in one of five different directions. Head one way and you wind through tall lodgepole pines, scattered with occasional aspen trees to the ranch’s upper entrance off of the Brush Creek Forest Road. A second road will take you down to the lush green creek bottom with irrigated meadows and willows surrounding neatly staggered beaver ponds. Take a third road and you will be walking or driving through dense timber way back into a very enchanting forest setting. Fourth, is the rocky hillside with the most open and spectacular view to the west. This is where the homesteaders chose to make their home, and it is obvious why they chose this location. And finally, the fifth road takes you all the way to the top of the property with a big open sagebrush park surrounded by pine trees. This point is also secluded, but a short walk through the trees will reveal stunning views in any direction.
The ranch has historically been used for seasonal cow-calf grazing through the summer and as a recreational property for the owners. Besides the irrigation infrastructure, this is a completely undeveloped piece of property. There are a multitude of unique places that would be ideal for a house, camping spot, picnic area, hunting blind, or just a place to take in the scenery. Rock outcroppings, large aspen groves, lodgepole and ponderosa pines, sagebrush hillsides, live water, marshy creek bottoms, and ponds create an extremely varied landscape. It is incredible how much land diversity is packed into this 523-acre ranch!
The ranch is located two miles from the town of Ryan Park, and 20 miles from Saratoga, Wyoming. Access is available to the west side of the property from Highway 130, and to the south via North Brush Creek Road. There is a seasonal closure gate 3 miles up Highway 130. This pass typically opens Memorial Day weekend in May and stays open through the end of October and into November as weather allows. For the rest of the winter, this closed highway has become one of the most popular snow machining attractions around.
Ryan Park, Wyoming is a very small town with a population of only 25 people. There are few amenities close by, but Ryan Park does have a self-serve fuel station. The Ten Mile Inn is a quarter mile from the property and offers fuel, a small bar menu as well as 5 guest rooms, 5 cabins, and 5 RV hookups. Medicine Bow Lodge is also nearby, offering lodging and guest adventures including horse trail riding.
Saratoga, Wyoming, with a population of 1,623 is one of Wyoming’s best-kept secrets. Saratoga’s blue-ribbon trout fishing is world renowned with the North Platte River running right through the middle of town. It boasts several incredible restaurants, shops, and summer activities that make this a desirable community to live in and a prime tourist location. There are two golf courses including the famous ‘members only’ Old Baldy Club and Saratoga Hot Springs Resort. Saratoga is home to the free mineral hot springs, known as the Hobo Pool which is open year-round and is a draw for locals and tourists alike. Outdoorsmen will appreciate the local Case IH and Polaris dealership that sells and works on many models of ATVs, side-by-sides, and snow machines. There is also a full grocery store and a 24-hour critical-access hospital.
Shively Field Airport (Saratoga Jet Center, KSAA) is located in Saratoga at 7,104 feet in elevation. The lighted runway is 8,801′ x 100′ and has a beacon that operates from sunset to sunrise. The runway can handle heavy aircraft including G6 and Global planes. The airport provides full-service fuel, a hangar, lav. cart, GPU, and rental-car services as well as a newly expanded aircraft apron. Contact Saratoga Jet Center at 307-326-8344 or [email protected].
ENCAMPMENT & RIVERSIDE
Encampment and Riverside, Wyoming are two small towns that combine to have a K-12 school, and a few great small-town restaurants including the Bear Trap, Mangy Moose, and The Divide. The towns sit between the Snowy Range Scenic Byway and the Battle Mountain Scenic Byway which are beautiful seasonal routes that attract many travelers in the summer months.
Laramie, home to the University of Wyoming, is a friendly college town with a population of approximately 32,000 and provides all the essentials with a modern hospital, multiple grocery stores, sporting goods stores, banks, agricultural supply, hardware and lumber stores, a movie theatre, modern restaurants, and an excellent public school system.
Laramie Regional Airport (KLAR) is located near Laramie, Wyoming, approximately 90 miles east of the property, at 7,283 feet in elevation, and handles several commercial flights to and from Denver each day. With a well-improved lighted asphalt/grooved runway of 8,502’ x 150’, flying into Laramie is the nearest commercial flight.
Approximate distances to nearby towns are as follows:
|Ryan Park, Wyoming
Laramie, Wyoming (winter)*
Steamboat Springs, Colorado
Cheyenne, Wyoming (winter)*
Denver, Colorado (winter)*
*Winter: December through the end of May, the Snowy Range Scenic Byway is closed due to seasonal closure.
Approximate distances to other areas:
|Medicine Bow National Forest
Snowy Range Snow Machine Lots
Borders the property
Five Points Ranch stands out with its vast topographical range covering a total of 523 deeded acres. There are approximately 140 acres of moderate to heavy timber, 210 acres of grass and riparian area, with the balance in open sagebrush, and scattered or open timber. There are also numerous beaver ponds, rock outcroppings, and live water features that add to the charm and diversity of the ranch.
There are two small streams that run through the property that create abundant water for livestock and keep the ponds full. The irrigation ditches also run water for the majority of the summer.
Trees on the ranch include lodgepole pine, quaking aspen, ponderosa pine, cottonwood, and willows. These trees provide incredible protection and habitat for all local wildlife. The green and riparian areas have a variety of grass as well that provide feed for both livestock and wildlife.
The ranch has historically been a summer grazing operation for 150 cow/calf pairs for the months of June, July, and August.
The ranch is located in the Kennedy Peak Area 12 for elk, and Area 79 or Region D for deer hunting. The terrain, dense cover, and natural wildlife trails on the ranch make an incredible habitat for all kinds of big game animals, as well as small game, birds, and predators. Elk, mule deer, whitetail deer, moose, black bears, mountain lions, and coyotes have all been seen and routinely inhabit the property. The Medicine Bow National Forest borders the ranch on the north and south ends. This continuous tract of public land consists of over 22,000 contiguous acres of additional hunting and recreation. One of the best secrets of the ranch is the viewing and exclusive access to parts of the national forest that cannot be easily seen or accessed by the general public.
Highway 130 is part of the Snowy Range Scenic Byway. Passing through the Medicine Bow-Routt National Forest, this 29-mile stretch of road is known for its incredibly scenic views. This includes Lake Marie, a majestic mountain lake that sits just under the summit of Medicine Bow Peak which reaches 12,000 feet in elevation at its summit. There are dozens of roads, hiking trails, camping spots, and lakes to fish all over this area.
In the wintertime, this road is closed to automobile traffic but opens up access to snow machines only and is one of Wyoming’s premier winter attractions. Five Points Ranch would make an epic rendezvous point to enjoy this snowmobile haven or have your winter wonderland and private snowmachine trails right on the ranch.
Snow machining has become very popular in the area. All winter, sledders from several surrounding states come to spend many days traveling through the incredible fresh powder and varying slopes that make this area so desirable.
North Platte Valley is home to some of the best blue-ribbon trout fishing anywhere in the world. There are several public access points along Encampment River and North Platte River within minutes of the ranch. Whether you are a serious fisherman or just like to enjoy the tranquil scenery of a quiet raft float, it is hard to beat the river recreation of this area.
Just a short 7-mile journey from Five Points Ranch lies the renowned Lodge and Spa at Brush Creek Ranch, where guests indulge in a multitude of genuine ranch adventures. The breathtaking scenery of this luxury resort enthralls visitors from around the world, and unquestionably, Five Points Ranch boasts an equally impressive natural beauty. Sharing the same vicinity allows you to explore the very same nearby attractions that draw travelers from far and wide.
The seller will convey with the property 50% of whatever mineral rights they actually own, subject to reservations by previous owners. The seller makes no representation as to the quantity or quality of any mineral or other subsurface rights appurtenant to the property.
Electrical poles are near the property edge. There is good cell phone service from Union Wireless on the property. Propane would be a good option for a gas heat utility. There are no wells currently on the property. A well permit can be applied for through the Wyoming State Engineer’s Office.
The 2023 real estate taxes are $865.
There are no improvements on the Five Points Ranch. This leaves a clean slate for anyone wanting to build their dream home here. There are remnants of older cabins from the homestead era of the 1800s. When you see the locations, you will quickly see why they built these structures where they did! There seems to be no end to the incredible building sites on this ranch. Whether you want a lofty view or a completely secluded place surrounded by trees, there are numerous homesite options available.
The property is fenced on the north, east, part of the south, and part of the west. Two boundaries on the northeast corner are open to the forest. There are surveyed forest boundaries in place. The current grazing leaseholder on Five Points Ranch also has the grazing lease on the forest permit.
The current owner has surveyed out approximately 40 acres on the southwest side of the ranch. The owner does not have it fenced at this time. There are survey markers in place for the boundaries on this part of the property.
The seller hereby makes known that there may be variations between the deeded property lines and the location of the existing fence boundary lines on the property. The seller makes no warranties regarding the location of the fence lines in relationship to the deeded property lines, nor does the seller make any warranties or representations regarding specific acreage within the fenced property lines.
The seller is selling the property in its “as is-where is” condition which includes the location of the fences as they now exist. Boundaries shown on any accompanying maps are approximate. The maps are not to scale and are for visual aid only. The accuracy of the maps and information portrayed thereon is not guaranteed nor warranted.
There is a significant amount of water on this ranch including live creeks, irrigation supply ditches, and irrigation water specifically for the ranch.
North Brush Creek crosses the property on the northeast corner for a short stretch. The ranch also has two small tributary streams that cross the length of the property from southeast to northwest, where they empty into North Brush Creek.
The Stuart Ditch runs across the whole length of the property on the east side. This carries a significant amount of water in the spring but also can have water at any other point throughout the year. The ranch’s irrigation comes from this ditch. There is also a short section of a smaller supply ditch that cuts across a corner on the west.
There are 410 acres of appropriated surface irrigation water rights on the ranch. Of these acres, 315 are dated 1900 and 1902, putting the majority of the ranch in the top priority when it comes to receiving the water. This means the ranch has the right to turn water on sooner and use it later than other ranches with later dates of appropriation. Also, being the highest ranch on the creek has the advantage of making sure the owner gets their water.
This irrigation water comes out of the Stuart Ditch that traverses the property for almost a mile and a half on the east side of the ranch. The gravity flow ditch requires no utility input to operate. The previous owners have put in several other lateral and supply ditches that carry this water throughout the rest of the ranch to greatly enhance the feed volume that the ranch produces. It does take some labor to maintain; however, in recent years, the grazing leaseholder has been responsible for maintaining the flow and disbursement of this water.
The elevation of the property at the highway entrance is approximately 7,920 feet and rises to 8,160 feet at the highest elevation of the ranch.
The Saratoga and Ryan Park areas experience a semi-arid climate with cold winters, wet springs, and moderate summers. The average annual precipitation in nearby Ryan Park is approximately 17.3 inches. At the foot of the Snowy Range Mountains, the Ryan Park area can accumulate significant amounts of snow in the winter.
Historic family ranches do not become available often. This one has been in the same family for over 70 years and has been used and enjoyed by four generations. The unique terrain, diversity of landscape, and easy access make it hard to compare to anything else on the market. This type of property is a hidden gem. Within seconds of pulling off the highway, you have enough privacy to feel like you are the only one in the world. It is very hard to find a property with both easy access and seclusion, but that is exactly what this ranch offers. Once you are inside the fence and on the ground, you can begin to see all the opportunities that await. Five Points Ranch is finally up for sale to the public and its next legacy is about to begin!
Five Points Ranch, as described herein, is offered at US $7,500,000.00 Cash.
The Conditions of the Sale are as follows:
- All offers to purchase must be in writing and accompanied by an earnest money deposit check in the amount of 3.00% of the Purchaser’s offering price;
- All Offerors must demonstrate to the Seller’s satisfaction unquestioned financial capability to purchase the Ranch prior to scheduling a showing;
- Earnest money deposits will be placed in escrow with First American Title, Rawlins, Wyoming;
- The Seller will provide and pay for a standard owner’s title insurance policy issued by First American Title Company. Title to the real property will be conveyed by special warranty deed;
- 50% of the Ranch’s mineral rights appurtenant to the property and currently owned by the Seller will be transferred at Closing;
- Buyers’ Brokers are welcome and invited to contact listing agent Kirby Berger with Swan Land Company for additional information and to set up a private ranch tour.
TERMS OF INSPECTION
A 48-hour notice is requested to make proper arrangements for an inspection.
Swan Land Company has been authorized by the Seller to act as their Exclusive Real Estate Broker on the sale. Since 2002, we have focused on the brokerage of significant ranches, farms, and recreational properties throughout the Rocky Mountain West.
This Offering is based on information believed to be correct; however, it is subject to errors, omissions, prior sale, and change or withdrawal without notice. Information contained herein has been provided by the Sellers or obtained from other sources deemed reliable. The Agent does not, however, guarantee accuracy and recommends that any Prospective Buyer conduct an independent investigation.