Paradise Ranch on the South Fork Bench

Ririe, Idaho Swan Valley

307 Acres$1,600,000


  • 307 deeded acres overlooking the South Fork of the Snake River canyon
  • Bordered on 3 sides by Caribou-Targhee National Forest
  • Conservation Easement in place
  • World class fishing on adjacent national forest
  • Abundant big game and wildlife

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Property Details

The Paradise Ranch on the South Fork Bench is located towards the tail end of the famous canyon stretch of the South Fork of the Snake River.  Comprised of 307 deeded acres, and bordering Caribou – Targhee National Forest on all but one boundary, the ranch offers a diverse blend of rolling hills, agricultural grasslands, expansive aspen groves and conifers to sagebrush steppe and willow thickets along the various draws throughout the ranch.  The terrain transitions gently downhill to the steep, rocky cliffs overlooking the beautiful waters and vistas of the South Fork canyon.

Located in southeast Idaho’s Bonneville County, the Paradise Ranch is set in a mountainous region along the South Fork bench essentially surrounded by Caribou-Targhee National Forest with its 1.6M acres of public lands literally out your back gate. Idaho Falls is the nearest city and is a 35-minute drive from the ranch.  Jackson Hole, Wyoming, the gateway to Grand Teton and Yellowstone National Parks, is a scenic drive less than two hours from the ranch.

The South Fork of the Snake River Canyon remains relatively undeveloped thanks to various landowners, groups and agencies committed to preserving this precious corridor.  It has been designated as an Area of Critical Environmental Concern by the BLM due to its highly valued wildlife habitat, corridors and native fishery which is home to the highest concentration of Yellowstone Cutthroat Trout. There is an existing conservation easement in place on the Paradise Ranch with the Teton Regional Land Trust.  The easement allows for the continued operation of a viable farming and ranching operation along with the development of a residential building area not to exceed ten acres in size.  A copy of the conservation easement can be provided upon request.

Fly Fishing
The Paradise Ranch on the South Fork Bench overlooks the canyon stretch of this world-class fishery.  From the ranch, it is a short hike or ride down to the river with national forest in between.  The South Fork proudly holds the title as the top native Yellowstone Cutthroat fishery in the West thanks to continued efforts and management of Idaho Fish and Game, local outfitters and anglers who have adopted primarily catch and release ethics.  The river boasts a tremendous diversity of hatches throughout the fishing season with both aquatic flies and terrestrials.  Anglers will enjoy healthy populations of native Yellowstone Cutthroat trout, rainbows and browns ranging anywhere from 12” to as large as 27”.

Wildlife and Recreation
The ranch is home to a diverse mix of wildlife.  This area of the South Fork River canyon serves as a critical migratory corridor for elk and deer as they head to their winter range.  Some will stay on the ranch during the late-season migration as it offers great habitat, shelter and forage.  Wildlife which has been observed on the ranch includes elk, deer, moose, black bears and red fox.  Birds of prey are also abundant as they use the ranch’s cliffs and trees for nesting and hunting perches overlooking the river and fields below.  The ranch is surrounded by over 1.6M acres of national forest and BLM lands offering seemingly endless trails for year-round activities including horseback riding, hiking, biking or ATVs and snowmobiles.

The Paradise Ranch on the South Fork Bench offers an incoming owner the opportunity to own one of the few private inholdings along this coveted stretch of canyon.  A landscape rich in conservation and preservation, the ranch is a wild and scenic retreat for future generations to enjoy world-class wildlife, recreation and fishing on the South Fork of the Snake River.

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