Breathtaking Eagle Ridge Ranch
Eagle Ridge Ranch consists of 10,237 contiguous acres in beautiful Spanish Fork Canyon, Utah. This gorgeous ranch is bordered on the north by two and a half miles of the Spanish Fork River, has an eastern boundary of Thistle Creek, and a western boundary flanked by Loafer Mountain Wildlife Area. This ranch has very diverse topography as well as many creeks, springs and a private lake. Although Eagle Ridge Ranch is very secluded, it is within ten minutes of the city of Spanish Fork and the rapidly expanding Wasatch Front. Planning assessments have been prepared for the property covering several aspects of development.
A myriad of wildlife make itself at home at Eagle Ridge Ranch which is protected, for the most part, by the national forest and state wildlife management areas that surround it. The many facets of Eagle Ridge Ranch lend to future prospects that are unlimited in scope.
A strategic location in a growing economy, Eagle Ridge Ranch has quick and immediate access to the Wasatch Front. The north entrance to the ranch is located at the base of Spanish Fork Canyon, off of Highway 6, ten miles east and south of Spanish Fork and its access to Interstate 15. The north entrance to Eagle Ridge Ranch is approximately 20 miles from Provo and 55 miles from Salt Lake City.
Utah state officials are predicting a 67 percent growth along the Wasatch Front by 2040. The movement of large corporations such as Adobe Systems, doterra International, and Vivint Security assist in positioning the areas growth rate at 3 to 4 times that of the national average. With a job growth of 6.5%, compared to the national average of 2.0%, Utah rates fourth in the nation for job growth. This growth, combined with the favorable location of Eagle Ridge Ranch, provides strong marketing and developmental opportunities.
Planning assessments have been prepared for the property which cover several aspects of development including a residential development, a conservation easement and its tax benefits, and a private golf club and ski resort, to name a few of the potential uses.
The property is currently zoned as CE-2 allowing one home per 20 acres, but can be clustered into lots as small as 10,000 square feet. Preliminary slope studies indicate over 70 percent of the northern portion of the ranch is developable, having less than a 30 percent slope, and the southern portion of the ranch is comprised of even gentler terrain.
A plan for Eagle Ridge Ranch involving a partial conservation easement, while still developing sections of the ranch, suggests significant tax deductions. A conservation easement is a voluntary legal agreement between a landowner and a land trust, or government agency, that permanently limits uses of the land in order to protect its conservation values and can be taken as a charitable deduction.
Eagle Ridge Ranch is ideal for a high-end residential development nestled into a private golf course and ski resort. Starting near the top of Loafer Mountain at an elevation of 10,200 feet, the ranch has a continuous skiable vertical of 4,700 feet. The total lift served vertical from the highest upper terminal to the lowest loading terminal is 4,200 feet. The continuous verticals and lift served verticals of Eagle Ridge Ranch are comparable with numerous ski slopes including Aspen Snowmass in CO, and Sun Valley in ID.
Eagle Ridge Ranch was previously owned by the city of Spanish Fork, and the city developed the water resources on the ranch for its use. Springs and wells have been developed and extensive water distribution lines have been constructed throughout many areas of the ranch, and along its perimeter.
A private lake, ten acres plus in size, is visible from Highway 6 at the north entrance to Eagle Ridge Ranch. There are three active creeks on the ranch, Crab Creek flows year round, and Shurtz and Kyiek Creek surface intermittently. There are an estimated 100 springs on Eagle Ridge Ranch and they appear throughout the many draws and canyons of the ranch.
The water rights transferring with Eagle Ridge Ranch are sufficient for 350 homes, and additional water rights are available for purchase.
A diverse and abundant wildlife population makes itself at home at Eagle Ridge Ranch, including elk, mule deer, moose, wild turkey, black bear, mountain lion, small game species, and a myriad of feathered friends.
Eagle Ridge Ranch has participated in Utah’s CWMU program, managing its big game species for conservation and hunting. As a Cooperative Wildlife Management Unit the ranch will be allocated a number of private land hunting permits.
Eagle Ridge Ranch has previously received 9 private, rifle, mule deer buck permits through the Utah Department of Natural Resources. In exchange for these 9 permits, 1 public permit is issued on the ranch. Season dates run from mid September through mid November. The mule deer population on the ranch includes trophy bucks scoring up to 180 inches in size.
Eagle Ridge Ranch typically received 4 private rifle bull elk tags, and 1 public permit is issued on the ranch. Season dates run from the first of September through the end of October. Trophy bulls scoring as high as 350 to 380 inches have been harvested on the ranch.
A healthy population of turkey make themselves at home at Eagle Ridge Ranch. While the ranch has not historically participated in CWMU hunt for turkey applications could be submitted. Utah DNR offers both spring and fall turkey hunts.
Thistle Creek has an abundant population of brown trout and fly-fishing the private shores of the ranch is fun and exciting. The Utah DWR occasionally stocks Thistle Creek with catchable-sized rainbow trout. Spanish Fork River also holds brown trout and Diamond Fork, a tributary of Spanish Fork River, is home to browns, rainbows, and cutthroat.
Eagle Ridge Ranch has previously ran 300 cow/calf from spring to fall. The ranch is plentiful in grass and water and could easily support higher numbers.
Improvements on the ranch include a large barn on the north end of the property. The interior of the barn has a large loft area, and a small apartment has been roughed in with two bedrooms, kitchen, and dining/living area.
The twenty square miles of Eagle Ridge Ranch are comprised of high mountain alpine and subalpine forests, large areas of oak woodlands, flat un-forested steppes and meadows, riparian areas along the creeks and river, and lower sagebrush country.
Elevations that extend from 5,000 feet to 9,000 feet contribute to a diverse array of trees and vegetation ranging from, but not limited to, aspen, spruce, fur, and pine in the high country; oaks, maples, pinons, and junipers at mid elevation; and cottonwoods, gamble oaks and sage at lower elevations.
The northern, and parts of the southern, portion of Eagle Ridge Ranch join with the Uinta National Forest, while the full western boundary of the ranch is adjacent to the Loafer Mountain State Wildlife Management Area, providing access to tens of thousands of acres for hiking, biking, horseback riding, big game hunting, fly fishing, ATV’s, and more. Loafer Mountain Trail runs for 11.4 miles on its way to Santaquin Peak, the highest peak on Loafer Mountain at 10,700.