Luxurious Wyoming ranch promises a connection to nature in the shadow of the Teton Range.
Nestled next to the Snake River and Grand Teton National Park, Jackson Hole Ranch is a rare property, offering owners an exquisite connection to nature while maintaining easy access to the amenities of downtown Jackson.
“The Jackson Hole Ranch places you in the heart of what the area offers: wildlife out your windows, powerful, close-up views of the Teton Range and life along the Snake River,” says listing agent Latham Jenkins.
“Yet, it is just 12 minutes from downtown Jackson Hole and four miles from the airport.”
The 233-acre property features two homes and is currently the most expensive on the Wyoming market at $35 million. Jenkins says it’s rare for a property of this size, in this location to come on the market.
“You drive through Grand Teton National Park to get to the property. It lives as an extension of the park,” he says. “Over 96 percent [of the land] is in conservation, yet it’s comprised of six lots and three of the lots still have full building entitlement,” says Jenkins. He explains this equates to more than 28,000 square feet (up to six homes) of additional development, which would enable the buyer to build out a family compound.
“I like the fact that the two existing homes give the next buyer the immediate benefit of enjoying the property, versus if it was just vacant land,” says Jenkins.
Built to service this landscape, construction of the main house and cabin utilized river rocks and logs from the property. The main house is 4,800 square feet and features five bedrooms and six bathrooms. It was built in 2001. The charming cabin is 2,070 square feet with four bedrooms and two bathrooms. Perched on the edge of a pond and facing the Tetons, it was built in 1982.
Both houses have spaces with views of the Tetons, Sleeping Indian, and Jackson Hole Mountain Resort, and multiple patios encourage outdoor living at different times of the day.
While the new owners won’t have to share their sanctuary with the crowds that visit Teton National Park, they will share it with abundant wildlife, including a 600-head elk herd that moves onto the Jackson Hole Ranch after wintering on the nearby National Elk Refuge. “The conservation easement on the property was done to protect the elk herd,” says Jenkins. “The previous owners removed the river dike to facilitate the ability of the elk to come and go from the river bottoms to the meadowlands.”
Jenkins says the resident elk herd is one of his favorite things about the property.
“It’s like the American Serengeti living here. At dinnertime they filter out from the trees, almost as if they’ve been let out of a pen,” he says.
In addition to the elk, a nesting pair of bald eagles watch over the property, and sandhill cranes court in the sagebrush meadow in front of the main house. Black and grizzly bear, moose and wolves also wander through and depend on the ranch’s protected habitat. The beautiful property also offers an array of recreational opportunities, including hiking and horseback riding trails, fishing, camping, cross country skiing, snowshoeing, and star-gazing.
Living on the Jackson Hole Ranch is a magical existence, promising a connection to nature with a touch of cowboy cosmopolitan. Jenkins says, “You pinch yourself because it’s hard to believe this is real.”
Photography: Latham Jenkins and Aaron Craft