$1,850,000 • 240 acres
The 45 Ranch is a wilderness inholding that lies in the heart of the magnificent Owhyee Canyonlands of southwestern Idaho. Simply known as the “Owhyees,” this is an immense, sparsely populated region spanning portions of Idaho, Nevada and Oregon where sheer canyon walls swell to broad sagebrush plateaus that roll across one of the largest intact and undeveloped expanses of public land remaining in the Lower 48. Consisting of 240± deeded acres, the property is encompassed by the Owhyee River Wilderness Area managed by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) and represents the only developed property for over 40 miles in any direction. Access to the “45” is either from the air, utilizing the property’s private 2,000± foot grass airstrip, or by vehicle from highway 225 and the small community of Owhyee, Nevada, located approximately two hours southeast of the ranch over BLM roads.
The South Fork of the Owhyee River flows north through the ranch for nearly a mile, supporting native redband trout and smallmouth bass along the way, before joining the East Fork of the Owhyee River six air miles downstream. The upper Owhyee River, including its primary tributaries, the South Fork and East Fork, is regarded as one of the region’s great wilderness river systems. For a couple of months each spring when river flows are optimal, the upper Owhyee becomes a destination for hearty, self-sufficient kayakers, canoeists, and rafting parties seeking solitude and adventure in a secluded canyon environment.
For over a century, the 45 served as the headquarters for a remote ranching operation that spread across the southwestern corner of the state. Today, the ranch is used and managed as a four-season wilderness retreat with an emphasis on wildlife and backcountry recreation. The property features a comfortable three-bedroom owner’s cabin, caretaker’s home, and several ranch buildings, including a stone house that dates back to the homestead era. The buildings are serviced by a reliable, easy-to-operate, solar-powered electrical system with back-up generators. A satellite internet system ensures ease of communication with the outside world. A row of poplar trees planted by an early owner of the 45 overlooks the ranch compound and an adjacent half-acre, year-round pond fed by river water. A gazebo sits next to the pond and features an Argentinean-style outdoor grilling and dining area.
The surrounding Owhyee River Wilderness offers miles of hiking, horseback riding, hunting, fishing, and other non-motorized pursuits in a landscape where it is the rare exception to come across another human. Blessed with abundant wildlife, the ranch is home to California bighorn sheep, elk, mule deer, and numerous coveys of chukar and quail. An extensive wetland restoration effort involving the ranch’s original hayfield has resulted in an even greater concentration of wildlife on the property.
From a cultural perspective, the Owhyees hold a profound significance for Native Americans who have called the area home for thousands of years. Evidence of their existence can be found in the many pictographs, petroglyphs, and artifacts that these original inhabitants left behind. Cattle ranching has a long history in the region as well, and remnant structures from the early days of the Idaho cowboy dot the side canyons and river bottoms. As a bonus, night skies at the ranch are among the darkest in the nation offering stargazers unimpeded views of the galaxy.
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~ 240± deeded acres located in a unique canyon setting
~ Owhyee River Wilderness Area surrounds the ranch
~ South Fork of the Owhyee River flows through the property for nearly a mile
~ Furnished owner’s cabin with easy-to-operate, off-grid power and communications systems
~ 2,000± foot private, grass airstrip provides ease of access
~ Water rights for irrigation and wildlife use
~ Excellent big game and upland bird hunting and fishing for redband trout and smallmouth
~ Located in Idaho hunt unit 42 and the Owhyee-South Hills elk zone
~ Conservation easements in place to preserve the ranch’s unique wilderness attributes
~ Elevation is approximately 4,300 feet
~ Located 100 air miles from Boise, ID and Elko, NV
~ Annual property taxes are approximately $1,800