- 26,056 total acres (20,502 deeded) -
- Trophy elk hunting, mule/whitetail deer, & antelope -
- Over 15 miles of trout fishing on the Laramie River & Bluegrass Creek -
- Two luxury homes, guest house, & staff housing -
- One hour from Laramie & three hours from Denver, CO -
“Magnificent” is the adjective that comes to mind when describing the Thunder River Ranch north of Laramie, Wyoming. With over 40 square miles to its credit (20,502 deeded and 5,554 leased acres), the Thunder River Ranch captures the best of Wyoming. Big game hunting and fishing opportunities are unparalleled, and its cattle heritage is as rich as its well-watered grasslands. Well-blocked and extremely private, the Thunder River Ranch is simply breathtaking in its scale and tradition as a true legacy property.
The topography of the Thunder River Ranch is “classic Wyoming.” Resting on the southern end of the Laramie Mountains at roughly 7000 feet, the ranch contains many square miles of natural grasslands, broken by picturesque rock outcroppings and scattered aspen and pine woodlands. Views of the rugged Laramie Mountains are visible from nearly every part of the ranch.
The Thunder River Ranch is blessed with ideal elk habitat, and it is located in Area 7, one of the nation’s finest trophy elk hunting areas. Bull elk scoring 380+ are common, and the size of the ranch allows hunters plenty of completely private elbow room. Herds in excess of 700 elk are regularly seen on the ranch. Other big game at home on the ranch include both mule and whitetail deer, antelope and black bear. Landowner tags are available for elk, mule deer and antelope. Other wildlife that captures the attention of serious hunters on the ranch includes mountain lion, turkey and a large variety of waterfowl.
Straddling an incredible 11 miles of the famed Laramie River, 3.7 miles of Bluegrass Creek and sharing three miles of shoreline with Wheatland Reservoir Number 2, the Thunder River Ranch is one of the best-watered ranches in this part of the state. The river and streams support wild populations of brown, brook and rainbow trout, some of which grow to the 20+ inch class. Bluegrass Creek is a particularly productive tributary that can keep the most avid flyfisher occupied for days. Other small tributaries on the ranch hold wild brook trout in abundance. Multiple ponds, springs and lakes exist throughout the property (some of which hold trophy trout) and many more could be developed. The Big Spring represents an 1892 water right that irrigates meadows west of the river and also offers huge fishery enhancement potential.
The Thunder River Ranch has a proven track record as a cattle business. Presently it is home to 1,500 yearling calves for summer grazing, and water rights are in place for 800 acres of irrigated grasslands. The entire ranch is perimeter and cross fenced, and a full complement of well-maintained ranch buildings supports the cattle operation.
Four homes grace this exceptional property. Two luxury homes sit near the Laramie River and are the headquarters for the owner and guests, complete with porches ideal for watching elk graze or simply soaking in the 100-mile views of the broad Wyoming horizon. The historic homestead house and classic old school house have been renovated, and make for abundant employee or guest housing. A fourth ranch homestead is located in the backcountry of the ranch, and serves well as a hunting and fishing base camp.
As a hub for recreational activities of many varieties, the Thunder River Ranch is unexcelled. Trophy hunting and fishing head the list, but the land is suited to much more. The Laramie River is a huge asset, and rafting, paddle boarding, and kayaking can all be enjoyed on different sections of its 11 miles on the ranch. Rock climbers could spend a