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Skyrider Wilderness Ranch

Tabiona, Utah, USA

The start of Skyrider Wilderness Ranch

The Skyrider Wilderness Ranch—nestled in the hills of Tabiona, Utah, and home to abundant wildlife and stunning vistas—held a special place in Young Living Founder D. Gary Young’s heart. The ranch occupies over 17,000 acres in one of the largest pinyon pine forests in the world. It’s also home to 8–12 beehive colonies that pollinate the plants and help maintain a healthy ecosystem.

Young Living Founder D. Gary Young and Co-Founder Mary Young purchased the ranch in 2017. At the time, the property was—and still operates as—a working livestock ranch. The region has always held a special place in their hearts and serves as Gary’s final resting place. “I like to tell people, if you didn’t get a chance to know Gary in person, come to the Skyrider Wilderness Ranch,” says Ranch Manager Skyler Olson. “Everything about the place is Gary.”

The last hunt

As of September 2021, Skyrider Wilderness Ranch has ended its hunting outfitter operations. Conservation has always been at the core of the Skyrider ranch’s hunts, and it will now move the ranch in a new direction. In a first-of-its-kind partnership with the state of Utah, the ranch has ended its hunting operation and converted the high-fence elk space to be habitat for a nursery herd of desert bighorn sheep, relocated from Nevada.

Einkorn highlight

At this ranch, Young Living grows einkorn—an ancient grain and one of the first plants cultivated by early farmers. Whole-grain einkorn, an ancient grain that even today retains its original, unhybridized DNA, offers remarkable nutrition and very little gluten. This precious grain is considered by many to be one of the most nutritious grains ever grown.

Did you know?

The elevation where the main lodge sits is at 6,800 feet (2,072 meters) above sea level.
It’s common for several feet of snow to fall overnight during seasonal storms.

Our focus on conservation

Championing nature conservation. The ranch is also the site of the D. Gary Young Wildlife Sanctuary, a conservation easement held by The Nature Conservancy that spans about 10,880 acres (17 square miles). The donation of this land was the largest in the Utah chapter’s history.

Protecting the local wildlife. The sanctuary is part of an area called the “Utah Serengeti” due to the large herds of elk and deer that migrate through the area. The ranch maintains plots of land specifically to help the animals through the harsh winters. Additionally, it serves as Utah’s first nursery for vulnerable desert bighorn sheep through a partnership with the states of Utah and Nevada.

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