COUTANT CREEK RANCH

SHERIDAN, WY
2,253± ACRES
$7,950,000

Boasting trophy-size mule deer, multiple meandering creeks, high-producing hay meadows complete with reliable irrigation infrastructure, plus a custom newly built home, Coutant Creek Ranch is a multifaceted cattle operation that sits beneath sweeping views of the Bighorn Mountains in the highly coveted area of Sheridan, Wyoming.

COUTANT CREEK RANCH

ABOUT COUTANT CREEK RANCH

Located just 16 miles northeast of historic Sheridan, Wyoming, the Coutant Creek Ranch offers a serene setting with sweeping views of the Bighorn Mountains completed by two meandering creeks, well-watered and high-producing hay meadows under sprinkler irrigation, summer grazing pastures, a custom newly built home plus guest quarters, and habitat for upland birds, waterfowl, and trophy class mule deer, pronghorn antelope, and white-tailed deer.
 
The ranch irrigates just over 300± acres of highly productive creek bottom with 3 center pivots, 5 wheel lines, and additional flood irrigation. The ranch has substantial water rights from Lower Prairie Dog Creek and can easily irrigate 2 cuttings of hay, with potential for a 3rd cutting if an owner desires. In 2023, the ranch produced 1600 tons of grass/alfalfa mix hay over 2 cuttings. The current owner runs a commercial cow/calf operation and rates the ranch at a 250 AU carrying capacity. The ranch would lend itself nicely to a yearling operation or a winter hay base to a larger operation. The balance of the ranch boasts a rich riparian area, rolling native hill country, plus captivating juniper and cottonwood trees. The summer pastureland is watered by a buried pipeline and numerous reservoirs making the entirety of the ranch usable and accessible. Built in 2021, the 4 bedroom, 3.5 bathroom custom home is situated to absorb mountain and pasture views with vaulted ceilings and a desirable open floor plan and rock fireplace. A shop with an apartment above, cattle corrals, and shelters round out the improvements which enables immediate livestock support. 

Property Highlights:

  • 2,173± contiguous deeded acres
  • 80± acre BLM lease
  • 16 miles NE of Sheridan, WY
  • 3+ miles of Prairie Dog Creek, which flows all year
  • 2+ miles of Coutant Creek
  • ¼ of a mile to the Tongue River
  • 405± acres of surface irrigation water rights | 6.951 CFS
  • 2023 hay crops produced 1,600± tons of alfalfa grass mix hay with 2 cuttings
  • 3 center tower pivots and 5 wheel-line sprinklers
  • Owner-rated 250 AU carrying capacity
  • Trophy mule deer hunting plus an abundance of upland birds and waterfowl
  • 4 bed, 3.5 bath custom new home with attached garage
  • 2 bed, 1 bath guest apartment
  • A 2,520± sq ft insulated metal shop with concrete floors
  • 27 ft x 68 ft wood framed metal calving shed
  • Finished with cattle corrals, shelters, and exterior and interior fences

LOCATION & ACCESS

Coutant Creek Ranch sits 16 miles NE of Sheridan, Wyoming, and is accessible all year on a well-maintained gravel county road. All necessary amenities can be found in Sheridan, plus a lively and active restaurant scene.

SHERIDAN
Named for Civil War General, Philip Sheridan, the town of Sheridan was incorporated in 1884—settled mostly by farmers migrating from the Midwest. Sheridan’s population and economic status quickly grew with the arrival of the Burlington and Missouri River Railroad, a booming coal mining industry just north of town, and plenty of opportunities in agriculture and ranching. 
 
As the frontier town expanded, so did the Western culture in Sheridan. In the early 1900s, Buffalo Bill Cody of the famed Wild West show invested in and lived at the Sheridan Inn—frequently the site of auditions for his show. Guest ranches such as Eaton’s Ranch, the oldest dude ranch in the United States, began welcoming visitors, and in 1931 the WYO Professional Rodeo was established after residents saw the success of the PK Rodeo nearby. The Sheridan WYO Rodeo is now part of the PCRA Rodeo Tour and still draws a large crowd today.

RECREATION

BIGHORN MOUNTAINS

Sheridan is just a stone’s throw away from the nearby Bighorn Mountains, offering plenty of opportunities for hiking, hunting, fishing, and wildlife viewing. The Bighorn National Forest stretches over 1M acres, varying in elevation from 4,000 ft to 13,000 ft. Hikers can explore the dense alpine forests and pristine lakes along hundreds of miles of hiking trails. Discover Cloud Peak Wilderness Area for majestic mountain views in the most remote and “wild” preserved area of the Bighorn National Forest. Enjoy a gentle hike around one of the hundreds of serene alpine lakes, or challenge yourself to summit Cloud Peak at 13,167 ft.

TONGUE RIVER RESERVOIR

Just 20 minutes from Sheridan, Tongue River Canyon is popular for both hiking and fishing, including black bullhead, brook and rainbow trout. The hiking trail runs alongside the Tongue River as it cascades through limestone outcroppings on its way down from the Bighorn Mountains. Serving up scenic mountain vistas right from the trailhead, the area offers great hiking year-round and is home to wildlife such as black bears, deer, elk, birds and the occasional moose.

HUNTING

Coutant Creek Ranch has all of the necessary attributes and habitat that contribute to quality deer and bird hunting. Mule deer and white-tailed deer flourish off the irrigated hay meadows with the year-round and high-quality food sources available with adjacent rolling hills serving as ideal bedding grounds. Similarly, the riparian area is a rich habitat for upland birds and waterfowl alike. A local turkey population also calls Coutant Creek Ranch home. A local outfitting company has historically leased a portion of the ranch each fall to guide hunters and even hosted a show in 2018 to showcase the quality of animals harvested during archery season. The current owners maintain a heavy agriculture focus, but the potential for habitat and food source improvement for upland birds is prolific. Enhancements to the deer hunting habitat could be made by planting a crop species to attract additional deer from the greater surrounding area.

 

IMPROVEMENTS

Headquarters of Coutant Creek Ranch boasts a custom-built 4,442 sq ft new home completed in 2021 with 4 bedrooms, 3.5 bathrooms, and captivating views of the Bighorn Mountains and rolling hill lush pastures. The ideal and open floor plan is completed with a centrally located rock fireplace, vaulted ceilings finished with eye-catching artistic wooden beams, wood floors, and crisp tile work in the bathrooms and kitchen backsplash. The finished walk-out basement provides ample space for a large family or hosting visitors while the fully fenced yard provides a safe space for pets of all kinds or a summer garden plus plenty of storage room in the two-car garage. Take in views from the front porch and enjoy the serenity the ranch offers.

An additional 1,128± sq ft guest apartment sits above the garage, with 2 bedrooms and its own bathroom. A 2,520± sq ft insulated metal shop with concrete floors, a 27 ft x 68 ft wood framed metal calving shed plus a set of cattle working corrals round out the entirety of the ranch improvements, making Coutant Creek Ranch ready to immediately support a new owner and livestock.

OPERATIONS

The ranch headquarters is nestled in a valley surrounded by captivating juniper and deciduous trees with 3± miles of the Lower Prairie Dog Creek and 2± miles of Coutant Creek winding through the hay meadow acreage. The upper portion of the ranch is used primarily for grazing during the summer months and the operation is owner-rated at a 250 AU carrying capacity. The ranch is currently a fully functioning cow/calf operation, but it could serve a sizeable yearling operation or an additional hay base to an existing nearby operation. Perimeter and interior fences are in place, and the pastures are accessible throughout the ranch with livestock water tanks strategically placed. The abundant and productive irrigated hay base gives a new owner multiple options to tailor the property to their needs. With two cuttings, 2023 produced 1,600± tons of alfalfa grass mix hay over 2 cuttings, and a third cutting could be harvested if desired.

  • 2,173± contiguous deeded acres
  • 80± acre BLM lease
  • No covenants or deed restrictions on the property
  • 405± acres of surface irrigation water rights | 6.951 CFS |
  • 7 groundwater permits on the property
  • No fees for the surface irrigation water
  • 2023 hay crops produced 1,600± tons of alfalfa grass mix hay with 2 cuttings
  • 3 center tower pivots and 5 wheel-line sprinklers
  • Owner rated 250 AU carrying capacity
  • 3+ miles of Prairie Dog Creek, which flows all year
  • 2+ miles of Coutant Creek
  • Situated with cattle corrals, shelters, and exterior and interior fences

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Caleb Campbell

Broker
(406) 589-4160
caleb@westernranchbrokers.com

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