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Birch Creek Ranch

By RonS - Posted on 27 March 2019

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  • Site # 3
  • GPS Coordinates: N 43.2151800021529 W 117.502969997003
  • Elevation: feet
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  • Ride Difficulty: 2


Nestled among cream and chocolate colored hills, barren red cliffs, and towering rock spires lays a secret oasis: the Birch Creek Historic Ranch. Established in the early 1900s, the ingenuity and determination of a Basque sheepherder and a West Virginia cattle rancher are still evident at the site today. Stone walls built in the Basque tradition still ascend the mesa. Remnants of a waterwheel hint at the lush alfalfa fields fed through the gravity irrigation system. Nineteen buildings and structures at the ranch contribute to the property's designation as a historical rural landscape on the Department of the Interior's National Register of Historic Places.

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Posted by KaptSlow on 2019-05-05 09:21

 Many thanks to Dustry Trail for a great day of riding!

Posted by billbart on 2019-05-08 10:00

 #3 Birch Creek Ranch

Posted by sage on 2019-05-13 08:03

 Nice ride to the river.

Posted by englund on 2019-06-14 15:51

 The Gate was closed about two weeks earlier than posted.

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