Sublette & Sweetwater Counties, Wyoming
1,044,566 +/- Total Acres
¨ The Big Sandy Ranch is comprised of 9,613 acres deeded; 20,273 acres State of Wyoming leases; 32,749 acres USFS Permits and 981,931 acres BLM permits for a total of 1,044,566 acres. The ranch currently runs both sheep and cattle as well as a small goat herd. The property ranges 170 miles from north to south. This is a working ranch with few fences and the belief in the transhumance (a practice of conserving the rangeland pastures and efficient production) of herding the livestock.
¨ Ranch has territorial water rights: irrigation water rights to 1,600 acres, however, ranch currently hays 435 acres.
¨ Ranch is rated at 2,800 animal units, running approximately 1,200 mother cows from the original Hereford stock, 800 yearlings and 8,000 Rambouillet ewes and a small herd of goats. At present the ranch crossbreeds cows with Angus bulls; the crossbred heifers are sought after by the local cattle ranchers as replacements.
¨ Cattle are trucked from the main ranch in the fall to winter pastures at Vermillion Creek. Sheep are trailed from their winter pasture on Vermillion Creek to the spring-summer allotments and Forest Service lands.
¨ Ranch has two dwellings at the headquarters along with two bunk houses, sheep shearing sheds, barns and corrals plus a typical set of ranch outbuildings. There are several working corrals and scales throughout the ranch. There are fifteen wells, of which twelve are artesian, on the ranch. The headquarters lie between two main river drainages (Big Sandy River & Little Sandy River). Big Sandy River flows southwest from the foothills of the Wind River Mountains then west to the plains of the Little Colorado Desert. The Little Sandy River flows into the Big Sandy River southwest of the junction of State Highways 28 & 191.
Owned by same family for over 100 years!
See attached Big Sandy River Ranch Brochure for additional information and maps of grazing allotments.
Detailed information may be obtained by contacting Theo Hirshfeld, Pearson Real Estate Co., Inc. at
307-684-9556 (O) or 307-217-0562 (C).