Location: The Rome Hill Ranch is located in Wyoming’s Big Horn Basin in Washakie County on the west slope of the Big Horn Mountains. The ranch lies approximately 12 miles southeast of the charming little cowboy town of Ten Sleep, Wyoming. This area is known for its true western heritage and lifestyle. Mixed with Native American and ranching history, Ten Sleep’s fertile soils, abundant artesian wells and various creeks, rivers and waterways provide the ideal Wyoming setting for ranching and raising livestock. Additionally, the sporting lifestyle is prevalent here. The Rome Hill Ranch is conveniently accessed year round by maintained county roads leading to the ranch’s main entrance.
Acreage: The Rome Hill Ranch acreage is as diverse as Wyoming’s varied landscapes. Controlling over 20,000 acres, of which 9,342 is deeded and contiguous; the ranch’s varied terrain makes this property unique. The ranch goes through a transformation from its lower acreage to its high country pastures. The base elevation at 4,800 feet is comprised of 400 irrigated acres of meadows, creek, spring-fed lush pastures and wetlands. It rises to hillsides, rock outcroppings with junipers and dense dark timber at 7,500 feet. One of the ranch’s most notable natural resources is the canyon; this particular region of Wyoming is well known for its abundance of natural aquifers and limestone canyons. The ranch’s Spring Creek and its canyon are dramatic and breathtaking. Rome Hill Ranch boasts private ownership and controls this precious resource. The creek originates out of the canyon walls and is supplemented by several springs as it makes its way through this steep rugged corridor. The creek’s flow slows to create the ranch’s peaceful and pastoral setting.
Improvements: Built and designed under current ownership, the main home and guesthouse were strategically placed on 5 acres that are beautifully manicured and landscaped. The owner’s compound is fenced and gated, complete with underground sprinkler system and newly-enhanced and stocked trout pond between the two homes. The setting is slightly elevated, providing dramatic views of the ranch in every direction. The main home was completed in 1997 by a well known log home builder out of Montana using custom, oversized lodge pole pine logs. The meticulous art of wood-chinking add to this 6,600 sqft, four-bedroom, four-bath masterpiece. Complete with custom-designed light fixtures throughout and an impressive hand-carved western scene on the front doors, the home boasts 30-foot vaulted ceilings showcasing the impressive log trusses. The large river rock fireplace acts as the centerpiece creating a true western lodge feel. The large picture frame windows provide tremendous views.
Live Water: The Rome Hill Ranch is very unique, as it offers something special for anglers. For the fisherman, the ranch includes approximately 7 miles of meandering, private Spring Creek with populations of brown, cutthroat and brook trout. The top end of the creek flows through a large, dramatic canyon offering pocket-water fishing in between the towering walls. The lower meadow section has many twists, turns and undercut banks holding larger fish. There are many springs that feed the creek as it descends through the property, keeping the water clear and cool throughout the year. There are also a few stocked ponds on the ranch that contain large trout. Two of these ponds are connected by Jacob’s Creek and are supplemented by an artisan well. One pond is located by the ranch manager’s home, which recently yielded a large brown trout measuring over 26 inches. Finally, there is a small developed trout pond by the main home, offering a place for friends and family to practice casting to healthy and willing rainbow trout.
Wildlife and Hunting: The abundant wildlife of Rome Hill adds magnificent value to the overall experience on the ranch. Herds of elk, Mule deer and antelope are practically present year round. The average elk herd has ranged from 300 to 800 animals. In 2010, it is said that a game warden counted upwards of 1,200 elk on the property. The genetics of the herd coupled with the prime habitat of the ranch provide the ideal situation for large bull elk. This is also a tribute to the management of the herd. The hunting on the ranch in the past has been managed and patrolled by 2 outfitters to ensure quality animals. In 2011, a heavy 7×7 bull was taken by a local high school student. Trophy Mule deer and antelope are also a common sight, especially along the Spring Creek corridor and surrounding pastures. Upland birds such as pheasants, Sage grouse, Hungarian partridge and wild turkey thrive here. The pheasants, partridge and turkeys are normally found around lower Spring Creek, while grouse can be found in the higher sage ground. Many species of waterfowl are found on the ranch, especially on the lower pond and associated wetlands complex. Other wildlife such as mountain lion and birds of prey can also be seen on the ranch.
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