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Less than 20 miles to the airport in Hailey via a summer road, this stunning 3,060 acre recreational and wildlife ranch is easily accessible to the amenities of Sun Valley, yet feels a world away. Bordering public lands managed by the Sawtooth National Forest, Bureau of Land Management (BLM), and State of Idaho, the property is part of a vast expanse of mountainous backcountry encompassing the Pioneer, Boulder and White Cloud Mountains. The ranch and surrounding lands provide critical elk winter and summer range and support an array of other wildlife including mule deer, moose, antelope, grouse, and chukar patridge.
Four different creeks wind their way through the property and connect with the property. Restored Baugh Creek and its network of beaver ponds stretch for nearly 4 miles through the heart of the ranch and are home to a sizeable population of brook trout. The upper Little Wood River is easily accessible on adjacent state and national forest lands and is nearly impossible for the general public to access. This classic freestone stream offers excellent fishing for wild rainbow trout with some very large fish making the run up from the Little Wood Reservoir during the spawning season.
Roads, trails and bridges provide access to building sites along Baugh Creek and overlooking the Little Wood River. The ranch is thoughtfully protected by a conservation easement with The Nature Conservancy allowing a future split of the property and providing the next owner with flexibility to add improvements and infrastructure. Conservation easements on adjoining private ranches ensure the solitude and undisturbed setting of the upper Little Wood River Valley.
A property of this size, scope and beauty is a rare find so close to Sun Valley. With restoration and the essential access improvements complete, Little Wood Headwaters Ranch is ready for a new owner to enjoy and steward. Over time, substantial value could be created through the aggregation of adjacent properties to create a ranch that is even more expansive and diverse.
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