Heart Mountain Hay Farm is a high quality irrigated operation with excellent location in northwestern Wyoming near Cody, featuring irrigated land with Alkali Creek traversing through the property. This property consists of 330+/- acres, excellent building sites along the creek and great hunting opportunities, offers both lifestyle and livelihood elements. The irrigated lands are largely planted to alfalfa and setup for wintering cattle with a new exterior bounty fence and a small feedlot system.
Heart Mountain Hay Farm provides the very best in lifestyle and livelihood with a great home site along the creek, a nicely remodeled manager’s home and a complete working farm.
Broker(s): Jacque Zurcher
Located northeast side of Heart Mountain between Cody and Powell, Wyoming, the farm sits off a paved highway, but still only 20 minutes from Powell. The farm sits at an elevation of 5200 feet and has 360-degree views of Heart Mountain, the Beartooth Mountain range, and the Pryor and Big Horn Mountains. Cody, Wyoming is only 35 minutes and offers many cultural events and dining attractions. Billings, Montana is located 1½ hours north and is the major service center for Wyoming, Montana, North and South Dakota.
ACREAGE AND OPERATIONS
A majority of the deeded acreage is irrigated totaling 285 acres, 93 acres under a 2016 Valley pivot, with the balance of the deeded being creek bottom and homesite. The current owner has operated the farm as a combination of a row crop and hay operation with winter cattle grazing. The current operator is averaging six-ton/acre of alfalfa. The acreage is perimeter fenced.
Billings is also a major retail shopping destination for many and is also known for its outstanding medical facilities. The Logan International airport is just north of Billings. Powell, Wyoming is considered the “friendly spot” whether your visiting friends and family, shopping, on vacation, or looking to relocate. Nestled in the Big Horn Basin of northwest Wyoming, surrounded by the Pryor and Absaroka Mountain ranges, Powell is a recreational paradise with many big town amenities. The Park County School District #1 encompasses a large geographical area and includes Powell, Clark, Garland and Ralston.
The District operates with seven schools, which include Clark Elementary School, Parkside Elementary School, Southside Elementary School, Westside Elementary School, Powell Middle School, Powell High School, and Shoshone Learning Center. Powell Wyoming High School is ranked 3rd in the State of Wyoming based on ACT assessments, graduation rates and college readiness. Current K-12 enrollment is 1,700+ students. Cody Wyoming is considered “one of the best small towns in America” and is just 50 miles from Yellowstone National Park’s east gate and 85 miles from the northeast gate. Cody was created with the help of Buffalo Bill Cody and still retains that western charm and flair. Enjoy the many adventures in Cody by visiting the Buffalo Bill center of the West Museum, or hop the Cody Trolley tour, attend the Cody Nite Rodeo. Cody is the county seat of Park County, Wyoming.
The climate in the region varies depending on the location from the Mountains. The area is classified as a modified continental climate with the valley floors receiving annual precipitation of approximately 14-19” while the mountains receive up to 40”. Based on NRCS/USDA soil surveys, the region experiences 110-150 frost-free days allowing for crops such as hay, small grains and sugar beets to be grown.
WILDLIFE AND RECREATION
Northwest Wyoming and Yellowstone Country is renowned for a natural gathering place for wildlife. Deer, moose, mountain sheep, elk, grizzly bears, black bears, eagles and more can all be found in the Northwest Wyoming corridor with the owners receiving the right to purchase two landowner permits for one of the most sought after areas for elk and antelope. The ranch was originally designed as a bird hunting preserve with the pivots being planted with rings of berry bushes, habitat trees and shrubs. It’s not uncommon to see pheasant, grouse, Hungarian partridge and chuckars on the ranch. Buffalo Bill Dam, Big Horn Lake, and the Shoshone River provide the angler with premier fisheries. And just a short distance away, lies the gateway to Yellowstone National Park with unlimited hiking, fishing and wildlife viewing opportunities. The Ranch also borders thousands of acres of public lands including BLM, Bureau of Reclamation and State of Wyoming ground with access continuing onto the Shoshone National Forest. Elk, deer and antelope frequent the property in early morning and evening while spending the remainder of the day in the steep and rugged terrain offered by the adjoining Bureau of Land Management and Bureau of Reclamation lands.
WATER RIGHTS AND RESOURCES
Irrigation water is supplied by the Heart Mountain Irrigation District canal. The Heart Mountain Irrigation District is comprised of 31,120 irrigable acres north of the Shoshone River from Cody, Wyoming to about seven miles north of Ralston, Wyoming. The Heart Mountain Canal provides water for the Heart Mountain division. The canal begins at the inlet to the Shoshone River Siphon, which spans the river below the Shoshone Canyon conduit outlet; the canal has an initial capacity of 914 cubic feet per second and a length of about 28 miles. About 140 miles of distribution laterals and 145 miles of open and closed drains also serve the Heart Mountain division. The facility was built by the Bureau of Reclamation in the late 1940’s with water deliveries starting in the early 1950’s. Around 1960 the operation and maintenance was turned over to the Heart Mountain Irrigation District. (From Heart Mountain Irrigation District Website.) Please contact broker for a complete list of Irrigation Equipment.
The improvements on Heart Mountain Hay Farm are complete and functional for a farm/ranch operation and include a remodeled 1,200 square foot home. The manager’s home and corrals can be found just a short distance from the creek.
The Heart Mountain Hay Farm provides the very best in lifestyle and livelihood with a great home site along the creek, a nicely remodeled manager’s home and a complete working farm. The property is well located with spectacular views of Heart Mountain and easy access to Powell or Cody.