“A community in which ranching, recreational, and preservation interests work together to protect and enrich the great agricultural heritage and landscapes of the American West.”
Steve and Ann Stranahan built The Home Ranch in 1980, on 560 acres. They were eventually able to acquire adjacent properties, and at one time owned parcels of land totaling over 4,000 acres that touched National Forest lands on both the east and west borders.
Over the years, much of the land has been placed into conservation easements, and strong relationships were formed with other large landowners who share the desire to protect the valley. As a result, most of the upper Elk River Valley is protected by permanent conservation easements created among trusting neighbors. This wonderful land can only be minimally developed – if at all. Steve and Ann’s appreciation for the valley will allow future residents and visitors to enjoy the beautiful area, just as they did.
In 1992, the Stranahans made a covenant with the neighbors who shared their mission of preservation:
“None of us will build homes that are easily visible from the valley floor. This covenant with our neighbors and with the Land Trusts is to preserve the integrity of the Elk River Valley, one of the most beautiful and unspoiled alpine ranching valleys still existing in America.”
The Murphy-Larsen Ranch is a direct product of this vision. Over 800 acres of the ranch are under a conservation easement, ensuring that the land be free from development and available for agriculture and recreation use. Each homesite at the Murphy-Larsen is at least 50 acres, making it the lowest density ranch development in the area. The carefully constructed ranch covenants and design guidelines ensure all homeowners share the same vision and appreciation for the land. The agricultural operator on the ranch continues the rich tradition of ranching on the land. Keeping land stewardship a priority, the agricultural operator encourages a practical cattle operation while fostering a healthy agricultural based community engaged in low impact recreational activities.
Live Lightly On the Land
Hallie Myhre & Christy Belton
(970) 846 1687 | (970) 734 7885