The North Lodge Trail land is 526± total acres of Wyoming land for sale, beautifully nestled in a lush and beautiful drainage just off the Lodge Trail in the Bighorn Mountains foothills. The property is excellent for hunting, hiking, horseback riding or any outdoor recreation you can imagine. This land has very diverse topography and has thick vegetation lining the draws with abundant berries and cover for wildlife. This land sits just to the North of the Lodge Trail Ridge and descends along Jenks Creek in the upper Prairie Dog Creek watershed. The 206± deeded acres, along with the adjoining State Land grazing lease of 320 acres combines for a really interesting 526± acre recreation paradise, small ranch and future new homesite on the deeded land. The beauty of this property is accompanied by some fascinating pre-Wyoming history dating back to Red Cloud, Crazy Horse, the Plains Indians, the western European expansion along the Bozeman Trail and the many confrontations.
Historically, the Lodge Trail was a heavily used trail by the Crow, Lakota Sioux, Northern Arapahoe and Cheyenne Indians. It provided them a view over the valleys of Piney Creek and Prairie Dog (formerly Peno) Creeks where they could observe game, and later, the European settlers as they traveled north along the “Bloody” Bozeman Trail to the gold mines from Fort Phil Kearney. As the European advancement became more prevalent, the Plains Indians resented it and finally made war. One of the bloodiest battles in the western frontier occurred just over the Lodge Trail where Fetterman brazenly defied orders to not go north of the Lodge Trail from the fort. His mistake cost him and all his soldiers their lives in what became known as the Fetterman Massacre. The monument for the massacre is just a mile to the East.
From the top of the Lodge Trail Ridge, one can view historical Tepee rings- evidence of a strong Plains Indian presence in the area.
North Lodge Trail land is extremely scenic, offering views north along the beautiful Bighorn Mountain front and East to the Powder River Basin. It has a very nice pond, above which would make a beautiful building site for a new home. Wild flowers are absolutely stunning on this land during the Spring and you’ll find numerous chokecherry trees and wild plum trees in the draws, which make nice habitat for numerous species of wildlife. You can expect to see pronghorn antelope, white-tail deer, elk in addition to occasional bears and lions. If you like upland birds, you’ll find sharp-tail grouse and Hungarian partridge for your enjoyment.
The current owner has installed an irrigation system to irrigate some small improved fields that have been planted to alfalfa/grass mix. The irrigation system is comprised of 9 big guns that are remotely controlled and use gravity fed water from a ditch above. This system is quite sophisticated and makes irrigation very easy on about 6 acres; however, everything under the ditch (approximately 90% of the deeded land) has an 1885 water right and could be irrigated if one wanted to do so.
North Lodge Trail land has multiple logical and potential building sites if someone should want to situate a new home in a lovely Bighorn Mountain foothills location. From any of the potential sites, one will enjoy an intimate and private setting, while also having a view that will encompass the plains beauty and all the sunrises and sunsets.
Access to the property is right off paved State Highway 193, which extends from US Highway 87. This paved road will take you right into Story, WY (just over the hill), or into Sheridan or Big Horn.