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Why Not Ranch

Sold: 2014 Why Not Ranch Jackson, WY

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Anglers and horse enthusiasts alike will adore the Why Not Ranch; it can only be described as a very special place. This hidden gem lies at the entrance to the Hoback Canyon, surrounded by majestic mountains and bordered for nearly 2/3 mile by the vastly scenic Hoback River. The ranch combines a comprehensive horse facility with fabulous private fly fishing and a custom character-rich home. The ranch is hidden from the road, yet only 20 minutes from the famed Town Square of Jackson Hole.

The Why Not Ranch is a unique property that truly has it all. For the equestrian, the ranch combines a large sand riding arena, a 4-stall cedar barn and a large cedar equipment and hay storage building with acres of fenced pasture and access to endless miles of national forest riding trails. For the fishing enthusiast, every summer this section of the Hoback comes alive, overflowing with cutthroat trout eager to put even the most astute angler’s talents to the test. If the fish aren’t biting, the river offers many spectacular vistas for outdoor relaxation and enjoyment. The property boasts a beautiful custom home that compliments the natural beauty of the ranch. Hidden from the road by stately fir trees and situated near a peaceful riverside meadow, the home features 5BR, 4BA, rock fireplaces and a large guest apartment. In addition to the attached 2-car garage, there is a 1,000 sqft heated 4-car garage with car lift and shop.

Comprised of 44 acres of variable terrain, the Why Not Ranch is comprised of sweeping pasture, rolling sagebrush and heavily treed river bottom. Incredible views of the Hoback River, Wyoming Range and Hoback Canyon give the property a wonderfully picturesque 360-degree panorama. The ranch is easily accessed year round from Highway 191 with Hoback Junction only 5 minutes up the road for everyday groceries and gas.

National Forest lands adjoin the Why Not Ranch with a trailhead across the road offering direct access to miles of public trails. With 44 acres, the ranch qualifies for a 30,000 sqft Planned Residential Development that could include a 10,000 sqft indoor riding arena.

The Hoback River, making up the entire southern border of the property, is named after John Hoback, the lead explorer with the Astor expedition of 1810-1820. With its headwaters high in the Wyoming Range, the river travels for 55 miles before flowing into the Snake River. The Hoback joins the Why Not Ranch just as it exits the dramatic Hoback Canyon. Here at the ranch, the river slows to offer anglers excellent wade fishing. Typically, the spring runoff starts to close toward the end of June during the tail of the salmon fly hatch, resulting in tremendous fishing. It is probably no coincidence that John Hoback and the Indians before him selected this area, now occupied by the Why Not, as the site for their base camp.

The Why Not Ranch truly has it all. Ride, fish, or just kick back, relax and enjoy the tranquility, wildlife and natural beauty of this special property.

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SOLD at:$5,250,000
44 Acres
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Ranches for sale in Wyoming, in particular properties located in Jackson Hole and surrounding resort counties, not only provide unmatched access to the plethora of recreational opportunities in the area, but offer excellent real estate investment opportunities as well. With such close proximity to Grand Teton and Yellowstone National Parks, these properties range from expansive fly fishing and hunting ranches to classic working cattle properties. Wyoming resident tax advantages and ranch value appreciation make investing in ranch real estate here a smart buy-and-enjoy strategy.

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