Dramatized in books and film such as Lonesome Dove and The Sons of Katie Elder, Wildcatter Ranch is a 1,484-acre resort ranch, steeped in Texas ranching history that dates back to the establishment of Fort Belknap in 1851 when the pioneer era began in Young County.
Located about seven miles southeast of the city of Graham, Texas, and about an hour and a half drive from Fort Worth, Wildcatter Ranch is the epitome of rustic luxury, developed and owned by Anne Street Skipper — the great granddaughter of the founder of Graham. It serves as a fully operational ranch resort with western-themed cabin suites, upscale amenities, and permanently unobstructed views of the Brazos River and North Texas Hill Country.
“Wildcatter Ranch is truly a special place,” says listing agent Michael D. Crain of Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty. “It sits on almost 1,500 acres right on the Brazos River in Graham. You have a fully operational restaurant, the hotel, there is multiple event spaces including a huge event barn, conferences rooms galore, stables, and a stocked pond. It’s perfect for families, groups, and retreats, and offers a rare opportunity to own a piece of Texas history.
The property, which is currently listed for $14.975 million, includes luxuriously appointed cabin suites, a 16-room hotel, 15,346-square-foot main house, two horse barns, 25,000-square-foot restaurant, enclosed pavilion, therapeutic spa, and 25-miles of pristine walking, hiking, and riding trails.
Raved about in the New York Times, Modern Luxury, D Magazine, the Chicago Tribune and more, Wildcatter Ranch has long been a destination for travelers as far as Britain, the Netherlands, and Hong Kong. It’s the perfect getaway for people from all walks of life to experience the Texas farm and ranch lifestyle. It also makes for an incredible business venture for a serious buyer looking to own a piece of ranching history, or run a highly coveted resort.
You can read more about Wildcatter Ranch history here, which paints a colorful picture of the frontier era, and oil and gas days, offering gripping accounts of Indian raids, cattle drives, and the infamous Marlow Brothers.
In addition to endless Fort Belknap History, resort amenities include horseback riding, an archery range, sporting clay shooting range, world-class fishing, infinity-edge pool, hot tub, miles of trails for ATV rides, Jeep tours, canoeing, and of course the opportunity to dine on authentic Texan cuisine.
As for the views and iconic Brazos River location, they’re pretty tough to beat. “The proximity to Dallas-Fort Worth is very important for our guests because they are able to get here quickly,” shares Skipper. “When they arrive, they are surrounded by nature. We are far enough away to have good dark skies so we have nice stars, we have natural wildlife. A lot of guest ranches don’t offer all of those things at once, but we have it all in house.”
And there’s plenty of room for a buyer to add more trails, jeep rides, horseback riding, or to improve the cattle operation. Additionally, there are plans for a four-acre lake that could be put in, which may be of interest to future developers.
“I’ve really enjoyed working with my friend Anne Street Skipper on the Wildcatter Ranch,” adds Crain. “She took this on as a passion project, given all her history there in Graham, and really brought it to this level. She wanted to give people an authentic ranch experience close to the D/FW area and she did it.”
Buyers can expect a completely turn-key operation, that has been lovingly maintained for future generations to come. Whether you’re interested in the ranch’s income-producing potential, have always dreamed of owning a resort, or want to make your mark on Texas ranching history, Wildcatter Ranch affords all this and more.
“It’s prime real estate for commercial development activity,” says Crain. “You can develop more cabins, or residential. The potential is really limitless.”
Watch the latest Wildcatter Ranch video here for a deeper look at this rare, North Texas ranch offering.