Cattle

Castle Rocks State Park is offering pasture for cattle grazing from June 3 through September 3, 2021, for 165 animal unit months (AUM). The state park contains remnants of one of the oldest ranches in the Almo Valley, which has included cattle on the landscape since the 1870’s. The park’s master plan calls for this continued historic practice, and to utilize lease fees to offset over $7,000 in annual operational costs.

Depending on conditions and the availability of feed, the AUM may be increase to 190 AUM. This will be evaluated prior to the final quarterly payment.

Up to 55 cow/calf pairs occupy pastures east of the granite rock formations and generally do not conflict with recreational activities such as hiking and climbing. Cattle are excluded from manicured landscapes and the orchard surrounding the lodge, buckhouse, and picnic area, as well as the trout fishing pond and designated wetlands.

Persons interested in leasing the pasture are encouraged to contact the park for bid procedures and other requirements. Sealed bids are being accepted until 3 p.m. Monday, March 08, 2021 and will be opened publicly on that date at the Visitor Center in Almo.

For more information please contact Wallace Keck at (208) 824-5911.

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