Story, WY, USA
LEK Ranch represents one of those very rare occasions when a significant property becomes available between Buffalo and the Montana state line on the eastern front of the Bighorn Mountains. Like LEK, most of these mountain front ranches are protected by conservation easements. This is one of the most tightly held areas in Wyoming. LEK consists of approximately 1,359 deeded acres in a solid contiguous block that backs up to a large parcel of State of Wyoming land that directly adjoins the Bighorn National Forest, offering direct private access to hundreds of thousands of acres of wild and beautiful mountain land. LEK is a nicely balanced small ranch with around 75 acres currently dedicated to irrigated pasture and hay production, and the balance is open to partially timbered foothill range. The comfortable, expansive 3-bedroom owners home is tucked into a private valley, and the barn, shop, and caretakers apartment are located just below near the ranch entrance. Abundant wildlife such as deer, elk, bear, and upland birds are at home here where a live creek and multiple spring-fed drainages make their way through the ranch.
~ Location: Three miles south of Story, approximately 26 miles south of Sheridan and 16 miles north of Buffalo. The ranch fronts on a good county road.
~ Acreage: 1,359+/- deed acres in a contiguous block with 75+/- acres used for irrigated hay and pasture.
~ Terrain: Tucked into a series of small valleys and gulches at the base of the Bighorn Mountains.
~ Improvements: Tasteful and well planned three bedroom home with big stone fireplaces and extensive patios and outdoor spaces. ~ ~ Also horse barn, shop, caretakers apartment, outdoor arena, and additional storage buildings.
~ Water: Two lakes and multiple springs and flowing streams.
~ Operation: Leased out to the neighbor to summer 120 cows and put up hay on shares.
~ Access: Excellent year-round access just off a well-maintained county road.
~ Views: This is a lush and intimate ranch that lies in its own valleys and looks up at the Bighorn Front
~ Wildlife: Deer, elk, black bear, moose, coyote, and mountain lion are all permanent or occasional visitors to this diverse property that fronts on the Bighorns.
~ Summary: Easily accessible, beautiful, comfortably improved private retreat with a modest livestock operating component.