The Rocky Elk Ranch is situated in the heart of elk country in the western Black Hills of Wyoming. It offers live water, good wildlife habitat, diverse terrain, and year round access. The land lies in one contiguous block and extends from the valleys and creek bottoms along Oil Creek to the rugged mountainous country at Case Hill where the “top of the world” views are incredible.
Property and Current Operation:
The ranch consists of 7,361 deeded acres and has two adjoining leases. There is a 360 acre State Lease and an 80 acre BLM Grazing Permit, with the leases being fenced into the deeded land. In recent years the ranch has been utilized as a cow/calf operation, but would also be conducive to a yearling operation.
The widely varied landscape includes meadows along the foothills with wide valleys where the creeks flow through the ranch, which lead to hilly topography with deep draws, steep mountain tops and rimrock lined hills. Hay meadows wind through the draws and a mixture of trees are scattered through the property including pine, juniper, box elder and an assortment of wild shrubs. Many vantage points on the ranch offer amazing far reaching views. The elevations on the ranch range from 4,800 feet along Oil Creek to 5,700 feet at Case Hill. A good road and trail system runs throughout the property.
The property is very well watered for livestock and wildlife with an artesian well, three electric wells, one solar well, four spring developments with gravity flow water, two creeks, four reservoirs (some of which are seasonal), and several undeveloped springs. The wells and springs include some cisterns and several miles of pipelines to feed numerous water tanks. Oil Creek runs through the southern portion and Skull Creek through the north.
The headquarters is located on Oil Creek Road with good year round access. Buildings include a modest three bedroom ranch home, 40’ x 80’ shop, historic hip roof barn, several open front sheds and loafing sheds. A new set of holding pens and working corrals constructed with galvanized continuous fencing is also located at the headquarters. The property has many places to tuck in a hunting cabin or new home.
Wildlife & Recreation:
The wildlife habitat has been enhanced with the addition of new water sources and limited hunting. Area wildlife includes elk, mule deer, whitetail deer, turkey, mountain lion, bobcat, coyote, fox, beaver, hawks and eagles. This ranch should qualify for landowner elk tag. Many shed elk horns are typically found in the hay meadows each spring and 300+ class bull elk are frequently seen on the ranch.
Since 2012 when a wildfire burned through the ranch, the owner has made great efforts to restore the property. He has installed new perimeter fencing, new cross-fencing, planted trees along drainages, cut burnt trees away from fence lines and main roads, put in new tire water tanks, and rebuilt corrals. Also several new wells have been drilled, a new power line has been installed, roads graded, some roads graveled and new cattle guards installed.
Access & Location:
The ranch is located in northeastern Wyoming between Newcastle and Four Corners on the west side of the Black Hills. Oil Creek Road, a county maintained gravel road, provides year round access to the headquarters. It’s about 16 miles to Newcastle, 13 miles to Four Corners, 32 miles to Sundance and 50 miles to Deadwood, SD.