William “Buffalo Bill” Cody knew a good thing when he saw it, and when he first saw the Bighorn Basin in 1894, he definitely knew he had encountered a good thing. Shortly thereafter, he and a group of investors founded a town that would soon bear Cody’s name, and which became the hub of a region incredibly rich in wildlife, agriculture, and scenic beauty. Today, the Rocking JR Ranch, just 35 minutes southeast Cody, exemplifies the best of what Bill Cody loved about this part of Wyoming. With over 16,000 acres (2,795 deeded) in its domain, the Rocking JR Ranch is a strong, diversified agricultural operation with significant bonuses of wildlife and a fishery as icing on the cake.
The Rocking JR Ranch has been a meticulously maintained agricultural operation for years. With abundant water rights that date back to Wyoming’s territorial days, it boasts of 1,373 irrigated acres that grow a rich diversity of crops including alfalfa, seed hay, timothy, orchard grass hay, barley, oats, sunflower seeds, beans, and corn. Crop rotation, and six irrigation pivots ensures continued productivity and a steady source of income.