Homesteaded in the early 1880’s, the property now known as Red Mountain Ranch, has historically been a ranching operation with the main activities being livestock grazing and hay production. When the importance of preserving the ranch was realized, a conservation easement was put into place in 2006.
Red Mountain Ranch boasts scenic values, is home to a variety of wildlife and maintains a strong agricultural legacy. The diverse landscapes, including irrigated hay fields and meadows, cottonwood groves, Big Laramie River Corridor, and rangeland offer a haven for a variety of wildlife species. Big game species include elk, deer, moose and antelope, and non-game species include raptors, wild turkeys, mountain lions, fish species and more.
Red Mountain, Jelm Mountain, and Ring Mountain are all visible from the ranch. Several Native American tribes were known to pass through Jelm and Woods Landing, sometimes using a buffalo jump found on the border of the Red Mountain Ranch. Buffalo jumps were historically used to hunt and kill mass quantities of bison at a time. Herds of buffalo would be strategically charged off the edge of a cliff, their carcasses then collected below. Neighboring mountain range, Ring Mountain, is said to be named after teepee rings that have been found across it. In addition to this rich native history, Red Mountain Ranch also sits west of the historic Overland Trail wagon route.
Today, Red Mountain Ranch is a family run cattle and hunting operation. The Nunn family’s dedication to stewarding this land ensures that the agricultural production, history, and important wildlife habitat remains intact for future generations.