Rodeo Grounds Ranch

Rodeo Grounds Ranch, ID
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Courtesy of Sawtooth Interpretive & Historical Association

The 157-acre Rodeo Grounds Ranch, located just 5 miles from the historic town of Stanley, served as the historic Custer County rodeo grounds for many years. With its stunning views of the entire Sawtooth Range, the property was extremely vulnerable to subdivision and development. The property—one of only three remaining unprotected large parcels in the Sawtooth National Recreation Area(SNRA)—provides extraordinary fisheries and recreational and scenic resources. With substantial frontage along Valley Creek, an important tributary of the Upper Salmon River, it provides critical habitat for Chinook and Sockeye Salmon, Steelhead, and Bull Trout all listed as threatened or endangered species.

Now protected with a conservation easement, the ranch will carry on under private ownership, with its natural values and recreational access permanently protected. Rodeo Grounds is one of eight completed conservation projects by The Trust for Public Land in the Sawtooth National Recreation Area, from a 1-acre property in Stanley to a conservation easement on the 1,800-acre Piva Ranch.

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