RULAND’S BEAR LODGE RANCH

3122 HIGHWAY 24 ~ 700 ACRES MOL DEEDED ~ $2,950,000.00
BORDERS OVER 85,000 ACRES USFS

A true master planned ranch property with generations of family maintaining consistency of forestry, water management and livestock within the homesteaded 700 acres  that is The Ruland Bear Lodge Ranch. The Ruland Ranch consists of 700 acres MOL that combines cattle ranching, equine, recreation, and premier hunting in the rural Crook County Wyoming. The perfect setting for the avid hunter or hunting club, even guest ranch with the benefits of a working cattle ranch which provides for maintaining the low Wyoming taxes. The ultimate ranch scape, a combination of multiple homesteads, grazing, naturally distributed water and stands of managed timber surrounded by over 85,000 acres of USFS and western scape Black Hills of Wyoming. This extraordinary 700 acres MOL has a long stretch of Little Beaver Creek, a historic barn and vintage  midcentury home, with state highway traversing the property. Highway 24 has some of the lowest traffic counts in the state and is a local commute route for the Thursday town turns, logging trucks and off the beaten path tourist traveller. The property is well timbered with Ponderosa Pines, Oak and Aspen with some rim rock which provide breathtaking vistas of The Ranch and the surrounding Bear Lodge and Black Hills.

MAPPING 

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Mapping reflects; 
North Ranch 440 acres MOL with Timber 276 acres , Tillable 164 acres. Water in 2 surface reservoirs, and at the Homestead Spring with numerous undeveloped springs.
South Ranch 260 acres MOL with Timber 100 acres, Tillable 160 acres. Water in 1.25 miles of Little Beaver Creek, Mary’s Pond, a quarter acre Reservoir, a moderately well developed spring serving, current Homestead with multiple undeveloped springs. 
Interior access is via numerous strategically placed gates, access roads, interior developed two tracks and logging roads. 

The grazing on the Ruland Ranch has been running, and more than adequately supports even in the droughty years, 75 cow/calf pairs on The Ranch June 10 thru October 15. They are rotated throughout three pastures over the course of the season, ending with turning them into the north side end of July to finish out the season. The Ranch is cross fenced, maintained by the Lessee, as well as salt and supplements. There is a crossing culvert underneath highway 24. 

HISTORY ~  CARRYING CAP EVAL. 70’S. A NOVELLA OF DOCUMENTS ARE HELD BY FAMILY, INCLUDING ORIGINAL LAND PATENT FROM HOMESTEAD IN VERY EARLY 1900’S.

THE OFFERING AND NOTICE ~ 700 ACRES MOL ASKING $2,950,000.00. VERIFICATION OF FUNDS REQUIRED. ONSITE CARETAKER. GRAZING LEASE THRU 2021. NO PERSONAL PROPERTY INCLUDED, NEGOTIABLE. TRANSFER OF WELLS AND SPRINGS. SHOWN BY APPOINTMENT ONLY, NOTICE REQUIRED. THE SELLERS RESERVE THE RIGHT TO ENTERTAIN MULTIPLE OFFERS AT A SPECIFIED GIVEN DATE, SHOULD THE CIRCUMSTANCE OCCUR. 

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RANCH WATER SYSTEM & SMALL WASTE WATER ~

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WYOMING FRIENDLY TAXES ~ AS PER CROOK COUNTY ASSESSOR

Geo Code: 18-5462-18-4-00-00400

Property address: 3122 STATE HWY 24, ALVA WY 82711
Legal: T 54N R 62W SEC 18 SESE; SEC 19
LOTS 2, 3, 4, NE N SE (LESS 4 ACRES
TO MARTENS), SWSE E W (LESS 10.27 AC
TO HWY COMM); SEC 20 W NW NWSW (
LESS 14.70 ACRES TO MARTENS) (LESS 6.43
ACRES TO U.S.A) TOTAL ACRES: 679.24
1958 RANCH STYLE HOUSE 1532 SQ FT
WITH FULL FINISHED BASEMENT CONCRETE
SLAB 6 X 8 1960 DETACHED GARAGE 24 X
26 1950 FLAT BARN 50 X 53 WITH LEAN
TO 16 X 38 1920 UTILITY SHED 20 X 28
WITH LEAN TO 1989 12 X 20 1900 CHICKEN
COOP 8 X 10 WITH LEAN TO 13 X 26 1890
BUNKHOUSE 444 SQ FT 1920 ONE SIDE OPEN
SHED 10 X 20

Tax Year:  2020      Parcel #:  000000004490
Status:  Current
Type:  RE
Owner:  RULAND MARY C ET AL
Tax Breakdown: 
Stat# Kind Description 1st Half 2nd Half
3018 COUNTY COUNTY FAIR $4.41 $4.41
3018 COUNTY COUNTY GENERAL FUND $142.55 $142.55
3018 COUNTY COUNTY LIBRARY $27.10 $27.10
3018 COUNTY MUSEUM DISTRICT $14.50 $14.50
3018 OTHER WEED & PEST $14.50 $14.50
3018 OTHER LEAFY SPURGE $14.50 $14.50
3018 OTHER COUNTY MEDICAL SERVICES $58.02 $58.02
3018 SCHOOL COUNTY SCHOOL $87.03 $87.03
3018 SCHOOL BOCES $7.25 $7.25
3018 SCHOOL SCHOOL OPERATING $362.62 $362.62
3018 STATE STATE SCHOOL $174.06 $174.06
1st Half Total: $906.54
2nd Half Total: $906.54
Total Tax: $1,813.08

Geo Code: 18-5463-24-4-00-01400

Property address: STATE HWY 24, ALVA WY 82711
Legal: T 54N R 63W SEC 24 SESE TOTAL
ACRES: 40.00

Tax Year:  2020      Parcel #:  000000004579
Status:  Current
Type:  RE
Owner:  RULAND MARY C ET AL

Tax Breakdown: 

Stat# Kind Description 1st Half 2nd Half
3083 COUNTY COUNTY FAIR $0.09 $0.09
3083 COUNTY COUNTY GENERAL FUND $2.81 $2.81
3083 COUNTY COUNTY LIBRARY $0.53 $0.53
3083 COUNTY MUSEUM DISTRICT $0.29 $0.29
3083 OTHER WEED & PEST $0.29 $0.29
3083 OTHER LEAFY SPURGE $0.29 $0.29
3083 OTHER COUNTY MEDICAL SERVICES $1.15 $1.15
3083 SCHOOL COUNTY SCHOOL $1.72 $1.72
3083 SCHOOL BOCES $0.14 $0.14
3083 SCHOOL SCHOOL OPERATING $7.16 $7.16
3083 STATE STATE SCHOOL $3.44 $3.44

 

1st Half Total: $17.91
2nd Half Total: $17.91
Total Tax: $35.82

GRAY PLAT ~

AERIAL

TOPO

LAT AND LONG ~  44? 20′ 03.68″ N  104? 20′ 46.21″ W

ELEVATION RANGE ~ 4308 – 4680 MSL 

Old Homestead. 104 acres MOL
Located on the northern flat, it  is surrounded by Aspen grove, rich grasses and lush canyons. The original hand set stone root cellar/foundation remains at a prime location for elk to linger at the salt block. A grave is noted, however unknown to owners. Large cottonwoods shade the area. Across the road is the vintage apple orchard, still producing but could benefit from pruning and nutrient supplements. Local elk, deer and turkey utilize the food, mineral and salt sources on the ranch. Area predators include mountain lion, coyotes, fox and the smaller varieties that are quite common. 
 
North Rim. 148 acres MOL
Accessed off of a USFS road to private, a large meadow bordered by rim rock looking over the valley. A reservoir provides water, many mature stands of deciduous and conifers make up the canopy. The apple orchard can be found here. 
 
North Pasture. 148 MOL
Accessed by 2 gates at highway 24 ROW, the fringes of the lower walls of rim rock at littered with undeveloped springs and drainages, Mature stands of trees. The meadow, while tillable, but dry land hay fields are currently grazed. Water source by drainage and reservoir. 2021 is a known drought year, with little precipitation and poor snow accumulation for melt in winter of 2020-2021, all reservoirs and springs developed on The Ranch are with water. 
 
Little Beaver Creek Pasture.  50 acres MOL
With 1.25 miles of Little Beaver Creek meandering across the south side of The Ranch, more water for livestock as well as the wildlife it attracts. There are multiple widened oxbows and old beaver damn areas holding larger pools of live moving water. Weed management has been annually addressed and is routine care of the preservation of the grasses and grazing with weed management. 
 
West Rim. 112 acres MOL
Accessed from the current Homestead, it is entirely encompassed on the south side of Little Beaver Creek.  A creek crossing would benefit this portion of The Ranch.  A large rolling meadow with stands of mature forest. Mature Pines have been harvested within last ten years, with cyclic harvesting in management of grasses and healthy stands of trees reflecting sound forestry and grazing management. 
 
Ruland Park. 20 acres MOL
Ruland’s Park, located on the South, was a community gathering place in the 1930’s forward for hosting the Pioneer Picnic by The Ruland’s. It is a 20 acre flat bench next to Little Beaver Creek, that was a lush green park with canopy of trees. The decadent growths have been thinned, however it is a premier park, a natural gathering place for wildlife, turkeys, deer, and elk or hosting of your corporate retreat or community picnic. 
 
South Rim. 52 acres MOL
This area adjoins USFS by private access. The large developed spring that feed the entire current homestead and its building. Overflow feeds what is known as Mary’s Pond and a multitude of bogs that readily could be developed into more surface water tanks. The area is also steeper in grade and is notable of springs drainages and mature timber. 
 
Current Homestead. 4 acres MOL
The current Homestead is accessed by an idyllic 300 yard sweeping driveway and across a steel frame plank deck bridge over Little Beaver Creek.The improvements are set in a stand of towering Ponderosa Pine, choke cherry, wild plum, and other ornamentals, Half century old Spruce was planted when the ranch house was built and tower over the lawn.  It encompasses roughly 4 acres and includes original 1890 bunkhouse, albeit lesser than livable condition, cabins used for hunters visiting, the vintage midcentury ranch home, and two car garage, a two story ranch storage building with workshop beneath at grade of driveway, two+ story barn with lean-to, 50×53 and the caretakers home.
 
The midcentury is untouched of design by time or man, and truly defines midcentury ranch architecture. It has been well maintained and if walls could only talk, oh, the generations of family history they would tell of. It is a 2 bedroom one bath with oversized entry utility, oversized large eat in ranch kitchen, big living room with picture window over the vistas of the creek bottom. The bathroom is just vintage. An oversized two car garage is just outside yard fence and is solid in construction and condition. The bowl located to the south and west of the Ranch House is a common gathering of evening and morning wildlife observation. 
 
The barn is 2 plus stories in height and is constructed of rough sawn local wood. A moderate lean-to is the “processing area” for hunters bounty. An amazing structure. 
 
The unaccounted for acreage is roughly 62 acres about the right of way and terrain that is directly around that area, 42 acres on north, 20 on south. MOL, acreages are not guaranteed and are estimates for the purposes of defining spaces within the ranch. 
 
Located between Alva, WY and Alladin, WY on the west side and top of what is known as the Bear Lodge. The Ranch has not been out of the family for generations, added to, and never broke up. Lets talk about USFS… using the natural division of Highway 24. The north has a road that is accessed off the highway at the peak. While the public has no right to cross the ranch to gain access, the ranch does border USFS and the road does lead to the boundary and beyond. The beyond and border of USFS is access to roughly 19,000 acres of USFS with 2 school sections on the north side. The distance is 2.75 miles bordering USFS. The south side of The Ranch is privately bordering a half a mile of USFS, That USFS is a contiguous tract of over 66,000 acres. There are other ranches with access, however, public is limited to the main USFS designated roads. There are multiple resident herds of elk within this vast USFS. This area is dominated by rolling to steep topography of the Black Hills.  Most elk occur in areas dominated by Ponderosa pine and aspen with natural or agricultural openings.   During both the early and late portions of the hunting season, large groups of mostly cow and calf elk may be associated with agricultural lands and their surrounding uplands.

 

Family history: A Life of Community Service ~ Dillon Ruland of Ruland Ranch

PHOTOGRAPHIC TOUR OF THE RULAND RANCH

NORTH RIM

OLD HOMESTEAD

NORTH PASTURE

CURRENT HOMESTEAD

MID CENTURY RANCH HOME

GARAGE

RULAND PARK

SOUTH RIM

LITTLE BEAVER CREEK PASTURE

WEST RIM

 THE BARN

RULAND FAMILY PHOTOS COMPLIMENTS OF MR DAN RULAND