This Sutton Livestock Company holding is a contiguous 1,120 acre property located at the northern end of Indian Valley in the foothills of West Central Idaho’s scenic West Mountains. Indian Valley is picturesque and diverse farm and ranch country surrounded on three sides by mountains. Millions of acres of National Forest, State of Idaho and BLM lands stretch for miles encompassing widely varied terrain accentuated by the dramatic elevation divergence of 8,000 foot Council Mountain and Hell’s Canyon on the Snake River, the deepest river gorge on the North America continent. Mountain streams, springs, lakes and reservoirs throughout the area contribute to rich riparian corridors and an incredible variety of wildlife from song birds to big game. The distinct four season climate is year around living at is best. From gardening to skiing, hiking, horseback riding, fishing, hunting, snowmobiling and 4 wheeling, the territory offers rich recreational and life-style diversity.
The Subject Property is located 20 minutes south of Council, the Adams County Seat. Council is a small Idaho town with a big sense of community that offers a variety of shops and services, professional and medical, K-12 schools, a 9-hole golf course and a small airport. 350 acre C. Ben Ross Reservoir is a beautiful facility, ideal for fishing and boating, only about 15 minutes south. 40 miles north is McCall on Payette Lake, one of Idaho’s most popular summer and winter resort and recreational areas. Less than 50 miles southwest is the Snake River Canyon with excellent reservoir fishing and boating above Brownlee, Oxbow and Hell’s Canyon Dams. Idaho’s Capitol City of Boise and Boise International Airport are little over a two hour drive from the property via state and interstate highways.
This 1120 Acre Deeded Property is comprised primarily of gentle to moderate west facing grassland slopes and wide draws that produce healthy pasture stands of Intermediate Wheat, Mtn. Brougham, Bulbous Wheatgrass and native species. Year ‘round North Grays Creek drops out of the West Mountains before running a full mile and a quarter through the 1120 acres along the entire southern boundary. Brushy draws, occasional scattered Ponderosa Pines, a few small timbered pockets and a densely wooded stream channel lining North Grays Creek add immeasurable intrinsic and aesthetic value. Live water and springs scattered throughout the property provide adequate stock water and contribute to diverse habitat. The property is well-positioned, benefiting from foothills elevations ranging from about 3500’ to 4200’ and a west-facing general orientation. Elevation and orientation result in higher average precipitation and earlier warm spring temperatures, respectively, conditions conducive to improved grass and rangeland.
Property is perimeter fenced and cross fenced into 3 large pastures with “out-the-gate” access to substantial “permitted” forest and state grazing. Multiple fenced pastures allow the Operation to control movement of livestock from one pasture to another, beginning at the lower elevations. Fenced pastures allow for a more managed breeding program ideally allowing cows to be bred before turn-out onto the forest.
All fences are maintained in a condition of good repair with some relatively new fences. The Payette National Forest borders the property for 1 ¾ mile along the entire eastern boundary; BLM Lands form the entire southern boundary. Live water and springs scattered throughout the property provide adequate stock water and contribute to diverse habitat. North Grays Creek Road which follows the creek line is a seasonally maintained county road that becomes a forest service road at the east boundary line of the Subject Property.
There are desirable eligible cabin sites, including some along North Grays Creek with road access. Other locations would require bridging the creek and driveway access development. A notable landmark is a grand, old growth apple tree near the forest boundary that has survived many years of ideal seasons and also, no doubt, seasons with natural and man-made conditions more challenging. There are currently no buildings on the property; a livestock catch-pen has been installed not far from the old apple tree.
The property is exceptionally well-suited for spring, early summer and fall cattle grazing which has been its predominant historic use. It stands on its own observable merits as a recreational property credit to its unique picturesque beauty, the diversely scenic surrounding territorial landscape, live water, public lands borders and abundance of established wildlife habitat.
Pasture Management and Rehabilitation: Following the September 2007 Grays Creek Fire which swept across the Subject Property, Sutton Livestock Company captured the opportunity to aerial seed an estimated 1,000 acres of the property to Intermediate Wheat Grass and Mtn. Brougham. The seeding succeeded bountifully, testimony to which are healthy stands of both varieties as well as Bulbous and native grassland/rangeland species.
Stewardship complemented with deliberate range and grassland grazing management practices are evident. As is increasingly the case, private holdings of this caliber are seldom offered; the availability of two substantial grazing permits coupled with the deeded ground represents a considerable opportunity for a livestock operation.
3500 ft. to 4200 ft.
TOTAL DEEDED ACREAGE
1120 Acres Deeded
$377.38 (2021 with Ag Exemption)
This information is from sources deemed reliable but is not guaranteed by the agent. Package is subject to prior sale, prior change, correction or withdrawal.