rafter 7 ranch ~ SOLD

Listing Price: $9,250,000

Location: Lyon County, NV

Acreage: 3,200 Deeded Acres

The Rafter 7 Ranch is one of those unique ranch properties that become available once every 25 years or so! Very private, located near Yerington Nevada, 80 miles southeast of Reno, the deeded land runs along both sides of the East Walker River. Seven miles of riverfront enhance the picturesque grandeur of the surrounding mountain vistas, including Mount Grant, abundant meadows, pastureland and the pristine beauty of Nevada’s high desert! Approximately 1,500 acres of the ranch land is water righted and can be irrigated, with approximately 700 acres currently in production. The ranch has exceptional Nevada water rights from the East Walker River with Decreed Priority Rights dating back to 1865, 1874, 1875 and 1880. Also, there are approximately 1,000 acre feet of storage rights in the Bridgeport Reservoir and valuable underground rights, permit numbers 66592, 66593, 66717, 66718, and 46781. There are 2 productive irrigation wells and an efficient underground conveyance pipeline system. Rafter 7 Ranch also includes all mineral rights including existing mining claims on the adjoining BLM land. Historical silver mines still exist on the ranch and there are active mining operations on the ranch properties along the East Walker River.
Improvements at the ranch headquarters are exceptional, especially when compared to most working ranches. Rafterhouse, the main ranch home is in excellent condition with an open floor plan and consists of approximately 6,500 sq. ft. The Rafterhouse also includes a game room with wet bar, exercise room with sauna, private den, dining area and open country kitchen. The historic rock guest cottage, approximately 1,500 sq. ft., has been completely restored. Additionally there are 5 manufactured homes, a large bunk house, sheep management facility (100’ X 216’) including mechanical shop and offices (big enough for an indoor arena), equipment sheds, hay barns, horse stable, storage buildings, bunk houses, and other miscellaneous ranch structures all in excellent condition. Grounds around the ranch headquarters are “park like” immaculately landscaped and well maintained with rolling lawns, mature trees (including century old fruit trees), and trimmed driveways. The pasture land is fenced and cross fenced, ideal for grazing rotation for sheep, cattle, or horses.
There are grazing permits from the BLM and U.S. Forest Service on approximately 105,000 acres with both allotments providing for 4,535 AUM’s with grazing periods extending from June 15th through March 15th. The carrying capacity is 825 Animal Units (AU’s).
Rafter 7 Ranch conducts a Sheep Breeding Operation to enhance the quality and increase production of range sheep in the western United States. There are currently approximately 4,200 merino sheep on the ranch.
Rafter 7 Ranch has been owned by the Edwin L. Wiegand Trust for the past 23 years. The Trust purchased the property in 1989 to facilitate charitable programs. The Ranch headquarters has been extensively renovated over the years. The spacious Rafterhouse can accommodate several guests with its well-appointed living area and picture windows offering a panoramic view of the ranch and Mount Grant. Ranch headquarters has been recently used as a retreat for Roman Catholic priests and nuns from Nevada and Northern California. The ranch is also carrying out a scientific research program with the Utah State University, College of Agriculture.
The acquisition of the Rafter 7 Ranch offers many opportunities for highest and best use. Own one of the most prestigious, private, productive, scenic, recreational (hiking, fishing, horseback riding etc.), and rare river front ranches in the tax friendly State of Nevada! Whether continuing the 4,200 head sheep operation, running a 1,000 head of cattle (historical use), developing a pristine fly fishing retreat, various corporate or wellness resorts, executive retreat, movie set possibilities, joint venture/shared ownership opportunities for agriculture and recreational use, a working dude ranch, family legacy investment property, etc. etc. The Rafter 7 Ranch is truly a one-of-a-kind, once in a lifetime acquisition opportunity. All valuable rights the discriminating investor/buyer would expect still remain with this unique, quality ranch property.
The Rafter 7 Ranch is offered for the first time in a quarter century for $9,250,000.