The Famous Ellicottville Rodeo and Nightmare Hayrides For Sale


A Western New York famous and award-winning property, the home of the Ellicottville IPRA Championship Rodeo and Nightmare Hayride business is for sale.  For over thirty-two years this property has called 25,000 visitors per year from near and far to enjoy the summer rodeo and fall haunts of the nightmare hayrides. The backdrop for this scenic and iconic destination are the ski slopes and golf links of Holiday Valley and Holimont ski resorts less than four miles away.  If you grew up anywhere near Buffalo, you probably have been here at least once and would know this is a special place. This listing is for an established and turnkey business. Note: The listing price reflected is for the realty only.  Contact the listing agent Paul Vaicunas for more details on the investment and business opportunity bundled with this listing. The inventory is extensive and the opportunity is an exciting conversation for a new owner that has vision, creativity and energy to expand on an already wildly successful model. The property would best be described as having a farm component, and a business component.  Both are linked to supporting each other. Central to this farm and business is a custom-built six bedroom 5,700 square foot home featuring a sunken 21’x 21’ great room with 27 foot high ceilings with views out of every window overlooking meadows, mountains and fields of some portion of the farm. A large and bright 19.5’ x 12.6’ country kitchen with a huge island with sink is a central feature of this room that any large family or chef will appreciate.  The 16.6’ x 15.4’ Master bedroom has a walkout private deck and large ensuite bathroom creating a wonderful sanctuary to retire too.  The bedroom deck is kept company with a beautiful white birch tree providing shade while you have your coffee and look over your farm. Rolling pastures and vista views of the Ellicottville ski country are your morning sunrises and evening sunsets.  There is literally no room that wouldn’t make you pause and look out of a window at a wonderful canvas four-season splendor.  East and west of the home are ten green pastures that support the farm and generate over $25,000 of annual hay income. The northern borders of the farm tower with a timber stand full of mature Maple, Oak, Cherry and Ash trees.  Much of it is ready for a $30,000+ timber harvest now.  Over 11 miles of groomed trails wind, weave, climb and dip through a magical stand of timber, providing access to every corner and hidden hollow of the property.  The trails are meticulously groomed for ATV, horseback, snowmobile or hiking pleasures, with each trail looping back to the central destination of the main driveway and heart of the farm. The farm would include the 5,700 square foot custom-built home, a 40’ x 120’ barn with 46 horse stalls, new roof, silo and a loft that can hold 15,000 bales of hay.  A 48’ x 120’ steel tractor barn houses eight Farmall M and Super M tractors (1939-1955), two Case International 7110 tractors, with a shop to maintain the farm equipment, and a front office for admissions to the haunted barn.  A 40’ x 40’ steel round bale shed that holds 360 round bales, and a 30’ x 24’ covered pole shed make up the agri-business buildings.  Although the farm supports the Ellicottville Rodeo and Nightmare Hayrides, the business additionally has their own dedicated buildings. The Rodeo business has a large footprint with a lighted 210’ x 105’ rodeo arena with north and south bleachers that seat over 900 fans, overflow bench seating and lawn seating comfortably holds an additional 2000+ guests with room to expand, an announcer’s booth, three food concession buildings, a 48-foot refrigerator trailer, an ice cream building, a business office, and two ticket office trailers. Deer hunting here is exceptional, with selective harvest producing trophy bucks year after year.  Apple trees, food plots, sanctuary cover and secluded mountain fields provide all of the right components to hold impressive numbers and a trophy age class of deer on the farm. If you are the entrepreneur or farmer that wants to continue the 32 year legacy of the Ellicottville Rodeo and Nightmare Hayrides and discuss expanding the opportunities for more and other venues here, call the listing agent to schedule a meeting to explore being the lucky owner of this very unique and special property.

Property Details

  • 5,700 sq ft Custom built home
  • 212 +/- acres
  • Home of the Ellicottville Championship Rodeo
  • Home of the Nightmare Hayrides
  • 25,000 visitors per year
  • Tillable hay income $25,000+
  • 10 pastures
  • 11 +/- miles of trails
  • 2 barns
  • ¾ acre pond
  • Exceptional deer hunting
  • Approx 2.8 miles from Ellicottville
  • Approx 3.9 miles from Holiday Valley Ski resort
  • Approx 1 hour south of Buffalo
  • Approx 2.5 hours south of Toronto, ON
  • Approx 1.5 hours east of Erie, PA
  • Approx 2.5 hours West for Rochester, NY
  • Estimated Annual Taxes $9,378

6319 Sommerville Valley, Lot#WP001
Ellicottville, New York 14731