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Goosewing Ranch

Sold: 2021 Goosewing Ranch Kelly, Wyoming

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Embrace the spirit of the valley and the beauty of wildness at Goosewing Ranch, an historic guest ranch encompassing nearly 45 acres along the wild and scenic Gros Ventre River and surrounded by more than 3.4 million acres of the pristine Gros Ventre Wilderness Area and Bridger-Teton National Forest. Here you’ll live alongside eagles, elk, bears, moose, and mountain sheep as you leave the rest of the world behind and align with that which is essential. Experience the romance of the American West and the lifestyle of freedom and fulfillment it represents. Here you’ll find beauty and autonomy with stunning virgin wilderness, a sophisticated guest operation, self-sufficient off-grid infrastructure, and an experienced staff blending luxurious amenities with upscale rustic living.

Experience the Beauty of Remoteness
The winding road leading to Goosewing Ranch is part of the adventure. This is no roadside attraction but a return to the natural world. Reaching that last turn in the road, the Goosewing itself unfolds like a revelation. It’s like finding the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow. Here you can imagine that you’re seeing this land for the first time, just like the native people, pioneers, and fur-trappers who first traveled through this spectacular terrain. This is the place where you can disconnect — from phones, screens, and the outside world — in order to reconnect with yourself and your companions on the journey.

Journey to the Heart of the Wild Life
Imagine sitting on your front porch and watching one of the four resident bald eagles fishing for cutthroat trout in the Gros Ventre. From the hot tub, you can watch elk and moose pick their way across the river when it’s running shallow at midsummer. Here you’ll listen to the wolves howl in the mountains and spot bears, golden eagles, osprey, mule deer, and pronghorn antelope framed against that big sky sunset and endless mountain views. Here you’ll experience the wildness in yourself, perhaps for the first time.

Recapture Your Spirit’s Freedom Amid the Drama of the West
Where can you go in the modern world and be truly free? At Goosewing Ranch, you’ll recapture a sense of freedom you haven’t felt since childhood, and share it with those you love most. Perched on the river bluff, you’re not even aware of the ranch — just the rushing of the water and the wide-open, panoramic natural vistas. You’ll find that openness inside yourself, as well. It’s the you that you used to be, the one that you haven’t heard from in a very long time.

In-holding Surrounded by 3.4 Million Acres of the Bridger-Teton National Forest
While your kingdom consists of fewer than 45 acres of land, it’s nestled amidst 3.4 million acres of public land in the Bridger-Teton National Forest, including the 317,874 acres of the Gros Ventre Wilderness Area. This is a sanctuary refuge where the only folks you’ll see are the cowboy who owns the grazing permit or the rangers who feed the elk on the feedgrounds. This is the ultimate in privacy and luxury — the luxury of endless space and unparalleled independence.

Located on the Wild and Scenic Gros Ventre River
The Gros Ventre River is a protected watershed and the recipient of the US Forest Service’s Wild and Scenic designation. It runs deep and rushing in the spring but knee-deep by July, so the fishing is stellar. The river is a spawning ground for our native fine-spotted Snake River Cutthroat trout and, because no commercial fishing is allowed, you’ll enjoy maximum privacy. With miles of walkable river frontage, there’s no need for a boat or a load of special equipment — just you, your fly rod, and all the time in the world.

Established, Turn-key Historic Guest Ranch
From its earliest days as a homestead, the special magic of Goosewing has enchanted its owners and those few personal friends who were privileged enough to share it. Since the mid-20th century, however, it has been shared with the world as a guest ranch, part of the proud western tradition of hospitality. Here you’ll find a staff that shares the current owner’s vision of a setting for adventure blended with sophisticated guest services. Here you’ll find elevated homestyle cooking from a curated menu balanced between rustic and five-star and an expert staff already in place, ready to facilitate a streamlined transition.

There’s an emphasis on off-the-grid self-sufficiency, both for its convenience and environmental impact. There are 11 private guest cabins — suitable for accommodating as many as 35 guests — featuring river and valley views, along with the main lodge and a new tack room. Activities include horseback riding for all experience levels along with permits for glamping, pack trips, and hunting. There’s a resort-style pool and spa perfect for travelers seeking a more relaxing getaway. With children’s activities, this is the perfect setting for a family retreat, while it’s also a popular destination for grownup adventure and girlfriend getaways.

Return to the Essential With This Rare Offering
All of this combines to give you the ability to own a guest ranch just 38 miles from the Town of Jackson, WY where you can live your western idyll while the guest operation pays the bills. With a sterling reputation plus permitting for horseback riding, glamping, hunting, and pack trips on the adjacent federal lands, with marketing collateral in place, as well as a well-defined staff culture and experienced resident manager, this is a truly unique opportunity that provides you with the potential to develop your own vision for Goosewing’s future while funding its current operations.

  • 38 miles from the Town of Jackson, WY
  • 11 private guest cabins
  • Nestled amidst 3.4 million acres of public land in the Bridger-Teton National Forest
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