Wyoming Real Estate at Work

Driving around and showing real estate around Cody, Powell and Clark is always an adventure.  Sunday I was driving out the Northfork, west of Cody, on the way to Yellowstone to show a home.  I just had to pull over and admire the elk soaking up the sunshine.

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While driving around Clark, Wyoming and showing properties, I  drove back to the Clarks Fork Canyon where the Clarks Fork of the Yellowstone River flows into the valley.  Off to the right, up the mountain side, we were greeted by some Big Horn Sheep. Clarks Fork Canyon Clark Wyoming





A wonderful day’s work selling real estate in Wyoming and coming home to Clark.Clark Wyoming Real Estate

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Cody Wyoming ElkIn the realm of my everyday work, I see beautiful mountain views that change with the season.  Last week, I was out showing properties on the Northfork Highway, which is the highway to Yellowstone.  On the way, we passed a herd of elk grazing in a field. 

A little further down the road, just past Wapiti, a herd of Big Horn Sheep was crossing the highway. Cody Wyoming Big Horn Sheep


Cody Wyoming Big Horn Sheep



Cody Wyoming Big Horn Sheep





 Cody Wyoming Buffalo





And of course, there is always a buffalo or two.  What a day! 



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Christmas in the Canyon

Clark, WyomingEvery year, weather permitting, we take our 6 wheeler back into the Clarks Fork Canyon on Christmas day.  The  massive granite walls tower above  majestically reaching towards the blue sky.  Clark, Wyoming The Clarks Fork River moves through partially frozen veins of ice. 

Clark, Wyoming

Clark, Wyoming

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Fall in Wyoming

Fall weather can cover a wide range. Mother Nature usually give us a warning of what is around the corner with a cold snap and then we are usually back to an Indian summer with temperature in the 50’s and 60’s.  As the days get shorter, temperatures dropped as the sun goes behind the mountains.  Sunsets are brilliant.

 The Beartooth Highway usually closes by the first or second week in October.  Closures in Yellowstone is weather dependent.  Prior to the Beartooth Highway and the Park, we took one last drive through on 2 seperate days.  Colors along the Beartooth Highway were brilliant. The elk in the Park were majestic.  








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Hunting in Wyoming

The Absoraka Mountains,  Beartooth Mountains, Shoshone National Forest, and Bighorn Basin that surround Cody are prime locations for hunting this fall.  This area is renowned for its variety of wildlife, including some of the area’s best big game hunting opportunities.  In this picturesque area, elk, moose, bighorn sheep, bison, mule and whitetail deer, mountain goat, antelope, black bear, and even wolves can be scoped and targeted.

The area has an abundance of animals like whitetail and mule deer and pronghorn antelope; in fact, Wyoming has more antelope (specifically, the North American pronghorn) than anywhere on the continent.  Mule deer are also the state’s most populous and sought-after deer.  These graceful and agile deer can be found in the mountains or creek beds, so hunters have a variety of backdrops from which to choose when hunting mule deer.

However, the state has a limit for hunting animals like bighorn sheep, mountain goats, and bison.  Receiving a bighorn sheep tag is comparable to winning the lottery; the odds in a random draw are typically less than 1 percent, and once a hunter receives this license, he or she must wait five years to re-apply.  Similarly, drawing for a mountain goat tag requires a lot of luck, and hunting either of these animals requires a person to hike or climb in high elevations and often steep terrain.  In order to hunt bison in Wyoming, hunters have to apply for placement on the bison priority list.

Mountain lions are also hunted from September through early spring, and the fall and spring seasons are also open for black bear hunting.  For both of these animals, though, only one lion or bear can be “harvested” by a hunter during any calendar year.

Finally, upland and migratory game birds like the various grouse species (sage, ruffed, etc.), turkeys, pheasants, geese, and duck (just to name a few) can be hunted, as well.

Outfitters can provide expert advice for hunting in the area, and there are many outfitters in and around Cody.  For a full list of hunting outfitters and guides, check out http://codychamber.chambermaster.com/list/Category/outfitters-guides-133.htm.

For more information about hunting regulations or to apply for a hunting license in Wyoming, go to http://gf.state.wy.us or call the Cody BLM Field office at (307) 578-5900.


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Beartooth MountainsThe renowned Beartooth Highway (Highway 212), is a 65-mile route over the Beartooth Mountains with the Beartooth Pass at 10,947 feet, and is surrounded by the Gallatin, Shoshone, and Custer National Forests and sits in a million-plus acre wilderness. The Beartooth Mountains, east of Yellowstone Park, are part of the Yellowstone Ecosystem. This highway is renowned as one of the most scenic highways in America and offers visitors extraordinary views of a variety of ecosystems; a range from pristine alpine landscapes, lush forests, to grasslands sets the stage for over 400 plant species to grow, which is more flora than any other mountain range in North America.





 The Beartooths are home to over 300 pristine lakes and waterfalls, some 300 feet . Stockade Lake





The Beartooth Mountains are some of the planet’s oldest rock with some dating at nearly four billion years. The highway, itself, is the highest elevation highway in the Northern Rocky Mountains. Twenty of the surrounding mountain peaks tower above 12,000 feet; Granite Peak (the highest in Montana) stands at 12,799 feet. Much of the area is covered by glaciers with glacial rock spread across many of the surrounding plateaus. There are about 25 small glaciers that exist today in the Beartooths. The U-shaped valleys were once V-shaped before the massive glaciers slowly ripped through the rocks. The name of the mountain range comes from a rugged peak that has the shape of a bear’s tooth.

 While the majority of the Beartooth Mountains are protected as wilderness, part of the range lies outside the wilderness boundary. This unprotected area provides an incredible trail system to hikers, horseback riders, and climbers. Because of the abundance of wildlife ranging from elk to grizzly bear, it is important to take all safety precautions when venturing into this area. It is an incredible area and is right in our back yard.


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Springtime Cattle Drive

Springtime is the time that many ranchers will move herds of cattle around to different pastures and on to BLM leases.  A neighbor and friend of ours asked for some help this year.  We have done this trail many times and it is always a gorgeous ride.  This Saturday, we moved about 100 head approximately 8 miles.  It was perfect weather for the ride.  Everything went smoothly and all of us had a wonderful time and a wonderful ride.

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Spring Awakening in the Rocky Mountains

This winter was very mild and spring arrived early this year.  Our horses started shedding in February.  They must have know something we do not.  After a sleepy winter, there are other subtle signs of an awakening spring. One of the first signs is the yucca turning green. The yucca or soapweed yucca plant is found in the dryer areas of Wyoming. It has a beautiful white flower which blooms every 3 years. The sage  gradually turn color and green sprouts of grass appear across the prairie.  The blue birds have come back and I heard my first meadow lark sing this past weekend.  You will often see smoke rise as the farmers prepare for planting and burn  the irrigation ditches in preparation for water being turned on sometime in April. This will vary with irrigation districts.  Plowing has started in Yellowstone National Park and roads will open up in late April and early May.

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This fabulous home is situated on 20 acres with grand views of the dramatic Beartooth and Absaroka Mountains. The large great room has a wall of windows that capture and frame these mountain views. Ceilings in the great room are pine tongue and groove and vaulted. A pellet stove adds coziness and warmth. The kitchen is open to the great room with an eating bar that seats four. Off the kitchen is a breakfast nook and laundry room. There are 2 guest bedrooms and guest bathroom. The master bedroom has patio doors looking out into the garden area and Heart Mountain. The shop/garage is the perfect place for hobbies and storage. $219,000 MORE INFORMATION

Horse Lovers Dream – This property has it all for the horse lover. The home features 3120 square feet of living space. The main floor features an open great room. The kitchen has a large eating bar with offer good working space. The breakfast nook has windows on 3 sides offering great views of the Big Horn Mountains. There are 2 bedrooms and 1 bath on the main living level. On the lower level, there is family room with a moss rock gas fireplace, bedroom, office, ¾ bath, and laundry and storage room. Heat is forced air propane with central air conditioning.The roping arena is 18,000 square feet measuring 60 feet by 300 feet. MORE INFORMATION

 Situated on 20 acres, this 2400 square foot home features an open floor plan with 3 bedrooms and 2 ½ baths. The kitchen has good work space and is open to the great room. The great room is spacious with 2 sets of French doors and windows that take in the impressive views. There are ceiling fans in every room with speed controls and dimmers. Ten foot ceilings give a spacious feeling to the home. Heating is forced air with central air conditioning. A wrap around deck offers a place for quiet relaxation while enjoying the magnificent mountain views. The shop is divided into an insulated work shop, storage room and enclosed parking for 2 vehicles. Gentle rolling terrain offers contour and interest to the property. It is a short drive down the road to fishing on the Clarks Fork of the Yellowstone River. Or take the horses and ride forever from the property onto the BLM which connects to the National Forest and the Clarks Fork River. $225,000

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We often get asked about water rights or irrigation.  In the State of Wyoming, all water is owned by the State and has been adjudicated through a priority system dating back to territorial dates to certain lands.  If a property has adjudicated water rights attached to the legal description, those water rights stay with the land when it is sold.  Wyoming is a high desert, semi-arid climate with average rainfall being 6 to 10 inches per year.  Supplemental water is needed to grow crops or  a landscaped yard.  Irrigation rights on smaller parcels are usually part of a larger water right and are generally shared with neighboring smaller parcels.  In many cases, there are irrigation districts that cover a larger area and oversee the water rights in that district.  There is a yearly charge for the delivery of water.  That assessment covers the maintenance of the canals and ditches in that district.  Fees vary from district to district.  Many times in a neighborhood with small parcels, there will be an association with a water master.  For more detailed information, visit http://seo.state.wy.us/PDF/living_small_acreage.pdf.  Water is gold in Wyoming.  From the fertile ground, lush crops can be produced.

23 Acres with Alkali Creek being the north border located between Cody and Powell. Utilities along the road.




If you are looking at land for sale that does not have irrigation or just looking for a home site, you most likely will be drilling a well.  This is done by obtaining a permit from the State Engineer’s office.  The cost is $50 for the application.  When the well is complete and hooked up to a power source, a Completion Statement is filled out and sent into the State Engineer’s office.  They will then adjudicate the water right to that property and assign a number.  A domestic well allows for watering of one acre around the home site. 







For additional information on water rights in the State of Wyoming, contact the State Engineer’s Office, http://seo.state.wy.us/index.aspx


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