Talmage, Utah | 70 Acres | $775,000
ROCK CREEK FISHING RETREAT represents a rare opportunity to own one of only five private parcels along the isolated twenty four mile stretch of Rock Creek as it flows from the High Uinta Mountains, through sacred Ute Tribal Lands to its confluence with the Duchesne River. The part of Rock Creek that borders this property is deeply entrenched in Tribal Lands and is arguably the most remote and inaccessible section of the entire stream. The owner enjoys the only private access to fish this stretch known for its thriving population of HUGE BROWN TROUT, some over 5 lbs! An exhilarating ride down a private ATV trail (with 14-switch backs) drops you into the stunning isolated canyon 600 feet below. There among the towering cottonwoods, an angler can work the bends and undercut banks of Rock Creek for weeks without seeing another soul. The land here is considered sacred due to its rich history. Rock Creek is the setting for many fantastical legends of lost Spanish gold mines. Hidden Conquistador gold is said to be cursed and protected by the Native Americans in the area. One of the earliest Spanish missions was located just upstream from the subject property. There are many books and testimonials of early immigrants who found evidence of the early Spanish occupation. Bronze church mission bells, Spanish helmets, and swords, and many other artifacts have been discovered and documented. The most credible accounts come from the Ute Indians themselves who maintained an oral history that substantiates the brutal Spanish conquest for gold. We can attest that there is indeed gold in them thar' hills: if you fish Rock Creek in the fall during the spawn, you will catch elusive browns with bellies that sparkle with golden color. And, you'll likely be the only prospector on the river. What about hunting? You wouldn't typically classify 70 acres comprised of mostly rocky cliffs as a great place to hunt, but there are unusual circumstances at play that make this parcel a fantastic hunting spot. Small bands of mule deer frequent the abundant hay fields to the east. During the fall, the bucks pull back into the forest on the eastern rim of the property. The bigger bucks head over the edge to bed down along the property's high rock ledges above the river. A wise mule deer buck could not ask for a safer, more desirable habitat. The expansive Ute Indian lands west of the property contain one of the largest herds of elk in the Northeastern Utah. The early tribal hunts proceed the Utah State elk hunt and drive elusive bull elk to cross the river onto the listed property to gain access to the same steep ledges that the wisest of bucks occupy. There are only a few spots where elk can cross because of the steep cliffs, and this property is one of them.
ASKING PRICE: $775,000 LOCATION: Talmage, Utah. Google Maps coordinates to gate: 40.3580, -110.4781 ELEVATION: 6400 to 7000 feet WATER RIGHTS: Available SELLER FINANCING: Yes. Terms will depend on offer. RIVER FRONTAGE: 1/2 mile of Rock Creek frontage UTILITIES: Power nearby, Septic, and well for water GREENBELT: Yes ACTIVITIES: Elk and deer hunting, fly fishing, rock climbing, ATV and horseback riding PROPERTY TAXES: $109.41 ZONING: Agricultural
Is the property accessible year round? Yes Is the road down to the river suitable for a car? No. The road was cut for access by ATV and horses. We estimate it would cost around $10-$20k to make the road safe for cars and trucks. Can I fish the River that is not on the property? Yes. You can the entire stretch of Rock Creek with the purchase of a Tribal Permit which costs $40 for a year. Can I build a cabin on the property or is it too steep? At first glance, the property seems way too steep and rugged for building. Upon closer examination, you'll discover there are multiple suitable locations throughout the different cliff terraces where you could build a cabin or home with red rock cliffs at your back and the panoramic river valley below! How can I get water? The area is open to new appropriations for water through the State Engineer's office. Once you apply and receive a water right and well permit you will need to drill a well.