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Swan Land Properties
Recreational and Working Wyoming Ranch
Carbon County


  • Saratoga, Wyoming

  • 9,436 Total

  • $2,500,000

McCarty Canyon Ranch is an excellent recreational and working ranch located on the northern end of the Sierra Madre mountain range and equidistant from the towns of Saratoga, Baggs and Rawlins, Wyoming.  With 9,436± total acres, including 1,160± deeded, 5,172± State lease, 3,104± BLM lease, there is plenty of room to explore, hunt and hike.  Encompassing the headwaters of Little Savery Creek and McCarty Creek, live water meanders through the lush grass meadows and willows providing water for both livestock and wildlife.  Used as a summer unit for many years, the hard grass puts excellent gains on cattle.  The Ranch offers excellent mule deer, elk, antelope, bear and mountain lion hunting and direct access to thousands of acres of public land.


The Ranch is located approximately 39 road miles south of Rawlins, Wyoming, via Highway 71 (16 miles), Sage Creek Road (14 miles), and McCarty Canyon Road (8.5 miles).  McCarty Canyon Road, a seasonally-maintained county road, transects the property.

Approximate distances to other nearby towns are as follows:
Saratoga, Wyoming
Baggs, Wyoming
Rawlins, Wyoming
Laramie, Wyoming
Denver, Colorado
Salt Lake City, Utah
37 miles
38 miles
39 miles
138 miles
267 miles
328 miles

Shively Field Airport (Saratoga Jet Center, KSAA) is located in Saratoga at 7,104 feet in elevation. The lighted runway is 8,801’ x100’ and has a beacon that operates from sunset to sunrise.  The airport provides full-service fuel, hangar, lav. cart, GPU and rental-car services.  Contact for Saratoga Jet Center: 307-326-8344 or Laramie, Wyoming, east of the Ranch on Interstate 80, has commercial air service with connecting flights to Denver International Airport.

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 Inn.  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.  Livestock producers will appreciate the local Case IH and Polaris dealership, and local feed store.

Rawlins, Wyoming with a population of 8,600, has many essentials and local amenities.  There are two grocery stores, including Walmart, several fast food and dine-in restaurants, sporting goods, two ag supply stores, plus hardware and lumber stores. Rawlins also has a hospital, movie theatre, recreation center, 18-hole golf course, and is home to the Carbon County Fair and Rodeo.

Baggs, Wyoming is the main hub of the Little Snake River Valley.  The valley includes three smaller towns with a total population of just over 700. The friendly area has many family ranches and is surrounded by great hunting and fishing opportunities.


The Ranch is home to a variety of wildlife including elk, mule deer, antelope, black bear, and mountain lion.  With a healthy riparian zone of willows and abundant grass, many species of wildlife are attracted to this area for food, water, and cover. The High Savery Reservoir is only 15 miles from the property and provides an excellent fishing opportunity and several fish species for the avid angler.  The reservoir is home to the native brook and rainbow trout and has been stocked with Colorado cutthroat trout, tiger trout, and Kokanee salmon.

The Ranch is located within the following hunting areas:

Elk Hunting Area: 21
Deer Hunting Area: Resident 82
Deer Hunting Area: Non-Resident  Region W
Antelope Hunting Area: 53

General tags (no draw necessary) are available for resident elk and resident deer.

The terrain of McCarty Canyon Ranch is remarkably diverse.  The riparian zone along McCarty Creek and Little Savery Creek is bordered by willows and shrubs and transitions to sub-irrigated meadows beneath deep valleys and coulees leading up to big sagebrush-covered basins ornamented by thick aspen groves. Not only is this country known for putting excellent gains on cattle, but wildlife thrives here as well.  In years past, hay was produced on the Ranch on the irrigated meadows and used for winter feed. McCarty Canyon Ranch has proven to be very drought resistant with the combination of sub-irrigated meadows, a high-elevation climate of cooler temperatures, and ample livestock water.

Acreage Breakdown
Total Acres: 

Wyoming State Lease:  
Bureau of Land Management:  

Sub-Irrigated Meadows:  
Native Pasture, Aspen Groves and Sagebrush:  

9,436± acres

1,160± acres
5,172± acres
3,104± acres

219± acres
9,217± acres

McCarty Canyon Ranch is ideally suited for a summer grazing operation with 3,041 total preference AUMs which includes the BLM (00421 McCarty Canyon Allotment) of 821 AUMs and the State Leases (# 3-8471 and #3-7088) of 1,765 AUMs, and the remaining AUMs of 455 on deeded lands.

BLM Lease:  $947.70 (2019 amount based on actual use of 702 AUMs)
2020 State Leases:  $10,378.20

Historically the Ranch has been able to graze approximately 1,000 yearlings for three months but would also be an ideal summer grazing unit for cow/calf pairs.


A tabulation of irrigation water rights appurtenant to the lands under the control of McCarty Canyon Ranch is available to review in the Offering Brochure or contact Kirby Berger or Scott Williams for additional information.

McCarty Canyon Ranch encompasses the headwaters of Little Savery Creek and McCarty Creek.  With some development of the water resource, a small fishery could possibly be developed.

The Ranch is well watered by Little Savery Creek, McCarty Creek, numerous springs, and a stock water pipeline that services the higher elevations of the Ranch.

The Seller will convey with the Ranch 100% of whatever mineral, oil, gas, geo-thermal, hydro-carbon and gravel 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 sub-surface rights appurtenant to the Ranch.

The Ranch elevation ranges from approximately 7,350 to 8,150 feet above sea level.  The Saratoga and Baggs area experience a semi-arid climate with cold winters, wet springs and moderate summers.  The average annual precipitation in nearby Saratoga is approximately 11 inches.


The Seller hereby makes known that there may be variations between the property boundary lines and the location of the existing boundary fences on McCarty Canyon Ranch.  The Seller makes no warranties with regard to the location of the fence lines in relationship to the property boundary lines, nor does the Seller make any warranties or representations with regard to specific acreage within the fenced property lines.

The Seller is selling McCarty Canyon Ranch 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 therein is not guaranteed nor warranted.


Improvements on the Ranch are minimal and typical of many mountain grazing camps. The Ranch does not have electricity but would lend itself to an off-grid electrical setup.


The cabin appears to be an original structure from the homestead era and consists of log construction. When you step into the cabin there is a distinct perspective of days gone by.  The possibility of refurbishing the cabin may appeal to the new owner.



The small workshop provides space for miscellaneous tools and supplies.


Horse Barn

The horse barn is in disrepair and would require significant work to bring back to functionality.



The wooden corrals provide a unique look while also providing function for handling livestock.

House furnishings and personal property located on the Ranch may be available and negotiated outside of the real estate transaction.


The 2019 real estate taxes were $1,354.47.

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Kirby A. Berger
I was raised on my family’s ranch outside of Saratoga, Wyoming, where I gained experience in every aspect of the ranching operation, from riding my pony as a toddler to full-time work after graduating college. Throughout my time on the ranch, I developed a passion for every level of work and play offered, particularly the ...
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Swan Land Agent, Kirby Berger
Scott M. Williams
Land has always been a passion for me as long as I can remember. I think back to my beginnings, where we learned to enjoy the satisfaction in a hard day’s work, the feeling of responsibility as we cared for livestock through blizzard and drought, and the reward in finding practical solutions to day-to-day problems. ...
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Swan Land Agent, Scott Williams

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