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Weekly Updates / Colorado Ranches for Sale – 3/26/15

March 26th, 2015

CENTRAL COLORADO RECREATION AND HUNTING RANCH:
ranches for sale Currant Creek Valley Ranch – Canon City, CO:  This scenic recreation and hunting property is ideally located 19 miles northwest of Canon City, Colorado, in a beautiful rural valley setting. Currant Creek Valley Ranch consists of 191+/- deeded acres plus an adjoining BLM allotment of approximately 1,000 acres and an additional private grazing lease. The ranch boasts some of the best deer hunting in the county and has a seasonal stream running through the property providing irrigation water, stock water and excellent habitat for wildlife. Improvements consist of a nice brick ranch home, livestock corrals and barns. For additional information, go to rmabrokers.com.  $899,000.  Contact Duane Daskam


WATCH THE VIDEO:
ranches for sale Pronghorn Ranch – Westcliffe, CO:  This luxurious recreational estate with a Tuscan-styled home is in a beautiful rural mountain setting on 40 private acres. Nestled in the scenic Wet Mountain Valley just over three miles from Westcliffe, this modern estate is designed for those seeking perfection. With approximately 4,000 sq.ft. of artful design and elegant features, the home has custom and top-of-the-line finishes throughout and is near the two-million-acre San Isabel National Forest providing unlimited recreational opportunities nearby. For additional information, go to rmabrokers.com. $1,195,000.  Contact Duane Daskam or Ron Morris


BROCHURE NOW AVAILABLE:
ranches for sale Nags Head West Ranch – Cotopaxi/Westcliffe, CO This western lifestyle equestrian ranch is located on 385 pristine mountain acres just 20 minutes north of the town of Westcliffe in the Wet Mountain Valley. The ranch offers over five miles of groomed equestrian trails, a 3,942 sq.ft. ranch-style custom cedar log home, a 110-year-old authentic miner’s cabin, indoor arena and horse facilities for up to seven horses. The ranch is near the two-million-acre San Isabel National Forest and surrounded by BLM lands, providing unlimited recreational opportunities both on and off the ranch. $1,750,000. Contact Ron Morris. Download the brochure at rmabrokers.com

Weekly Ranch Updates 3/19/15

March 19th, 2015

NEW LISTING – GRAPE CREEK HAY RANCH

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Westcliffe, Colorado: Grape Creek Hay Ranch is a luxurious farm and ranch property offering the best attributes of southern Colorado. Located in the ultra-scenic Wet Mountain Valley just five miles south of the picturesque mountain town of Westcliffe, this very productive 162-acre irrigated hay farm has a modern and elegant stucco and stone ranch home with over 2,800 sq.ft. of attractive living space designed to capture the natural beauty of this scenic setting. The ranch has abundant water resources with Grape Creek running through the property, deeded irrigation water rights and spring-fed water for livestock. Other improvements include a newer hay storage barn and several 100-year-old rustic, well maintained barns and outbuildings. Grape Creek Hay Ranch is a rare balance of scenic beauty, highly productive land, excellent water rights and first-class improvements. For additional information, go to rmabrokers.com. $1,750,000

Contact Duane Daskam or Ron Morris


PRICE REDUCTION: TEXAS EXOTIC GAME RANCH

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Yoas Ranch – Del Rio, TX:  3,112 acres with 2 miles of highway frontage located only a few minutes southeast of Del Rio in Val Verde County. Eight species of exotics, trophy white tail deer and turkey are within the 3,112 acres of high game fencing. Live water features include 2.7 miles of Sacatosa Creek, 1.4 miles of Turkey Creek, many ponds and tanks, a number of artesian springs plus, in normal times, a 30-acre lake. The headquarters has a water well, electricity, two 10,000-pound grain silos and storage sheds. A superior road system, easy access and trophy hunting are big pluses for this ranch. Adjoining 2,561-acre Marshall Ranch (below) is also available. For additional information, go to rmabrokers.com.  $4,619,098  NOW $3,722,076.  Contact Happy Broussard


TEXAS HIGH FENCED GAME RANCH

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Marshall Ranch – Del Rio, TX:  2,551 acres located 20 minutes southeast of Del Rio in Val Verde County with State Hwy 277 and Spur 317 frontage and adjoining Laughlin Air Force Base on one side. The ranch is perimeter high game fenced and stocked with exotics, trophy white-tailed deer and turkey. Beautiful Turkey Creek runs through the ranch for about 2.2 miles. The ranch headquarters serviced by a water well and electricity includes a double wide manufactured home, manager’s home, hunter’s cabin, barns, storage sheds, metal cattle pens and horse stalls. Adjoining 3,112-acre Yoas Ranch (above) is also available. For additional information, go to rmabrokers.com. $2,909,351. Contact Happy Broussard


Weekly Ranch Updates – 3/12/15

March 12th, 2015

HORSE LOVER’S ESTATE – Chaney Ranch

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New Castle, Colorado: The 20+ acre Chaney Ranch is every horse lover’s dream. The entire property is surrounded by white panel fencing (5,000 feet) that shows off the four irrigated pastures and improvements which include a historic brick farmhouse with veranda porches on three sides; bright red classic barn with loft, vet clinic, wash rack, stallion stall and pen; new 10-stall metal barn with turnouts; hay barn; outdoor arena and round pen. Also on the property are a guest house and manager’s home with office. Excellent senior water rights, two wells and pond irrigation storage give this property vibrant vegetation all year around and support the many gardens and 100-year-old trees that surround the farm house. Conveniently located in Peach Valley, world-class amenities and airports of Aspen and Vail are within one hour of the property. The world famous Glenwood Hot Springs Pool and Spa is within a 15-minute drive, adding to the pampered lifestyle that this ranch offers. For additional information, go to rmabrokers.com. $1,495,000 Contact Mike Deer


SOLD

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X Lazy V Ranch – Raton, NM:  Located in the beautiful Kiowa Valley twenty five miles southeast of Raton, New Mexico, the 1,880-acre ranch is the ideal working cattle operation in an easy to access, scenic and functional setting. It is capable of running 180 yearlings or 75 cow/calf pair depending on moisture conditions and is easily maintained in hardy Blue Grama Grass which is drought resistant and high in protein. Improvements consist of a remodeled adobe and timber home and rustic barn with working corrals, squeeze and loading chutes, tack room and hay storage. For additional information, go to rmabrokers.com.  Listed at $940,000.  Contact Jason Legler


SOLD

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Peaceful Valley Ranch – Hartville, WY:  The scenic and private 407.5-acre ranch is characterized by a variety of terrain from tree-covered hill tops to flat-bottom draws, valleys, and grass-covered pastures and is fenced with four-strand barbed wire. Electricity is in place and there are several ideal home sites offering outstanding views. The ranch has good, year-round access and close proximity to the Glendo Reservoir offering boating and fishing opportunities along with easy day-trips to local attractions. Peaceful Valley Ranch is the ideal small land holding for livestock with space to build a home with privacy and expansive views in a no-state-income tax state. For additional information, go to rmabrokers.com. Listed at $295,000. Contact Ron Morris


Inyanga Ranch: Pristine. Private. Perfect.

March 5th, 2015

INYANGA RANCH – Glenwood Springs, Colorado

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A sublime parcel of the American West, Inyanga Ranch consists of over 530 acres of beautiful river frontage, ponds, meadows and historic cabins at the end of a box canyon, protected by steep granite cliffs that rise up to the Flat Tops Wilderness in western Colorado. Named after a national park in the owner’s native Zimbabwe, Inyanga is bordered on three sides by National Forest Land and BLM, and accessed by a narrow road for maximum privacy, tranquility and security. Two miles of Canyon Creek flow through the ranch providing an excellent natural fishery and abundant source water for nine acres of spring-fed ponds that teem with three species of trout. Mana, a jewel box of a house by award-winning Colorado architect Jack Snow of RKD Architects, was carefully created in a simple palette of metal, cut granite and cedar to echo the surrounding cliffs and merge into the environment.

For additional photos, information and to download a brochure, visit rmabrokers.com

Contact Billy Long,  970.948.1333
billy@rmabrokers.com

Weekly Ranch Updates – 2/28/15

March 2nd, 2015

NEW LISTING – Pronghorn Ranch

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Westcliffe, CO – Pronghorn Ranch is a unique opportunity to own a luxurious recreational estate with a Tuscan-styled home in a beautiful rural mountain setting on 40 private acres. Nestled in the scenic Wet Mountain Valley just over three miles from the quaint mountain community of Westcliffe, Colorado, this modern estate is designed for those seeking perfection. With approximately 4,000 sq.ft. of artful design and elegant features, the modern home has custom and top-of-the-line finishes throughout and is situated to take advantage of unobstructed views of massive 14,000′ peaks of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains. The property is near the two-million-acre San Isabel National Forest providing unlimited recreational opportunities nearby. Pronghorn Ranch is convenient to the Silver West jet-accessible airport and under a two-hour drive to Colorado Springs and its big city amenities. For additional information, go to rmabrokers.com. $1,195,000

Contact Duane Daskam or Ron Morris


WYOMING FISHING AND RECREATION RETREAT

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Clear Creek Retreat – Buffalo, WY:  Four miles west of the charming town of Buffalo with a mile of Clear Creek meandering through the property, the 68-acre retreat is at the end of a private road and bordered by a large ranch. Improvements include a 4,500 sq.ft. main house with a guest apartment and a separate 1,550 sq.ft. home nearby. The main house reflects the mid-century modern design esthetic with its free-flowing linear simplicity, natural beauty, spaces zoned for separate public and private functions, and indoor-outdoor living. For additional information, go to rmabrokers.com.  $1,595,000.  Contact Matt Johnston or Ron Morris


SCENIC COLORADO WORKING RANCH

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Brinker Creek Ranch – Yampa, CO:  Located at the base of the Flattops Range in the Steamboat/Vail corridor, the 1,451-acre ranch is ideally suited for high country grazing and native grass hay production. Traditionally worked as a cattle operation, the ranch has both dryland and irrigated hay meadows interspersed among several draws and small plateaus that provide excellent forage for cattle and wildlife. Tucked into the Brinker Creek drainage are a 2,300 sq.ft. ranch manager’s home, equipment/hay storage building, barn, corrals and outbuildings. A new 1,000 sq.ft. log cabin overlooks the ranch with long views down the Yampa Valley. For additional information, go to rmabrokers.com. $2,400,000. Contact Christy Belton or Ron Morris


Bureau of Land Management Raises Grazing Fees

February 25th, 2015

In an article published online last week, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) announced an increase of grazing fees on public lands by the maximum amount of 25%. Effective March 1, 2015, fees will increase from the minimum fee of $1.35 per AUM in 2014 to $1.69 per AUM. (AUM is the amount of forage needed to sustain one cow and her calf, one horse, or five sheep or goats for a month.)

The BLM administers about 245 million acres of public lands in twelve states and manages livestock grazing on 155 million acres of those lands. Nearly 18,000 permits and leases are issued to ranchers who graze livestock – primarily cattle and sheep – at least part of the year on more than 21,000 allotments. BLM permits and leases are for ten years and are renewable if the conditions of the expiring lease are being met. In addition, the US Forest Service (USFS) issues 8,000 permits on 193 million acres in 44 states.

Historically, grazing management was designed to increase productivity and reduce soil erosion by balancing forage demands with the land’s carrying capacity. In 1934, congress passed the Taylor Grazing Act to prevent overgrazing of land and unintended damage to soil, plants, and water. The act led to the creation of regulated and apportioned grazing districts.

But by the 1960s and 1970s, the public’s expectations of public land management brought about new policies including the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969, the Endangered Species Act of 1973 and the Federal Land Policy and Management Act of 1976. As a result, the BLM’s role increased from management of grazing districts to management and protection of riparian areas, threatened and endangered animal and plant species, and cultural/historical concerns. This resulted in modified terms and conditions for grazing permits and leases along with improvement projects for public rangelands.

Currently, the BLM’s objective is to create environmental benefits as well as maintain the long-term health and productivity of public lands. In administering public land, the BLM provides livestock-based socio/economic opportunities in rural communities. Together, public lands and private ranches contribute to open spaces, provide wildlife habitat, offer recreational opportunities and preserve the character of the rural West.

The Federal grazing fee applies to public lands managed by the BLM and USFS in 16 western states. Adjusted annually, the fee uses a formula originally established by Congress in the Public Rangelands Improvement Act of 1978. Under this formula, the grazing fee cannot fall below $1.35 per animal unit month (AUM) and any fee increase or decrease cannot exceed 25% of the previous year’s level. The 2014 fee was $1.35 per AUM. The grazing fee for 2015 is $1.69 per AUM.

The federal grazing fee is market-driven; it increases, decreases or stays the same based on market conditions. The fee is computed on a base value of $1.23 per AUM and then adjusted annually according to three factors: current private grazing land lease rates, beef cattle prices, and the cost of livestock production.

*In Fiscal Year 2014, the BLM spent $79.2 million on its rangeland management program and approximately $10 million on its Range Improvement Program, for a grand total of $89.2 million. Of that figure, the agency spent $32.8 million on grazing permit administration. The other $56.4 million covered such activities as weed management, rangeland monitoring (not related to grazing administration), planning, water development, vegetation restoration, and habitat improvement. In 2014, the BLM collected $12,117,000 in grazing fees (see section on grazing fee below). The receipts from these annual fees, in accordance with legislative requirements, are shared with state and local governments.

* From DOJ: BLM Livestock Grazing

Weekly Ranch Updates – 2/19/15

February 19th, 2015

NEW LISTING: BOYER RANCH

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Westcliffe, CO – 12,505-acres (11,380 deeded and 1,125 state lease) rimmed by the Sangre de Cristo Mountains and located 1.5 hours from Colorado Springs. The ranch features 18 CFS senior water rights, seasonal streams, artesian wells and stock wells. Historically running 500-550 cow/calf pair, the ranch has recently been used as a hay/grazing ranch putting up 1,200 tons of premium native grass hay and running 1,000 yearling cattle. Valuable water and mineral rights and ideal conservation easement candidate. For additional information, go to rmabrokers.com. $8,500,000

Contact Ron Morris


NEW LISTING: TURNKEY EQUESTRIAN RANCH

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Nags Head West Ranch – Westcliffe, CO:  This western lifestyle equestrian ranch is located on 385 pristine mountain acres just 20 minutes north of the town of Westcliffe in the Wet Mountain Valley. Situated between the Sangre de Cristo Mountains and the Wet Mountains, the ranch offers over five miles of groomed equestrian trails, a 3,942 sq.ft. ranch-style custom cedar log home, a 110-year-old authentic miner’s cabin, indoor arena and horse facilities for up to seven horses. The ranch is near the two-million-acre San Isabel National Forest and surrounded by BLM lands, providing unlimited recreational opportunities both on and off the ranch. For additional information, go to rmabrokers.com.  $1,750,000.  Contact Ron Morris


PRICE REDUCTION

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Cripple Creek Ranch – Cripple Creek, CO:  152 prime mountain acres with luxury improvements near one of Colorado’s top recreational destinations and only 40 miles west of Colorado Springs. a sprawling custom log home totals nearly 5,000 sq.ft. and has 6 bedrooms and 4 bathrooms. A second home is used as a rental and a recorded campground with 24 existing sites provides extra income. The land is extremely scenic with timbered mountain hills and open meadows and borders Pike National Forest. For additional information, go to rmabrokers.com. $1,570,000  NOW $1,450,000. Contact Duane Daskam


Weekly Ranch Updates – 2/5/15

February 5th, 2015

NEW LISTING – WESTCLIFFE VALLEY RANCH

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Westcliffe, CO – Westcliffe Valley Ranch is a quality horse and cattle property in the scenic Wet Mountain Valley, just 3.5 miles outside of the charming mountain town of Westcliffe, Colorado. The 160-acre ranch has a nice 2,784 sq.ft., 5-bedroom, 2.5-bath home built in 1998 with a 2-car attached garage. A perfect set up for horses or a small herd of cattle, the ranch has a 36′ x 50′ horse barn with 3 stalls, a tack room and lots of hay storage plus a 40′ x 60′ Quonset barn and 12′ x 32′ loafing shed in the livestock corrals. The land is productive and divided into four pastures with a center windmill watering site. Forty acres are hayable on most years. This 160-acre ranch is complemented by an additional 172 acres of prime mountain grazing and hunting pasture just twelve miles away and available for an additional $195,000. Both properties are enrolled in a conservation easement program. For additional information, go to rmabrokers.com. $899,000

Contact Duane Daskam or Ron Morris


SHARED RANCH HOME SITES

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Murphy Larsen Ranch – Clark, CO:  1,500 acres of spectacular alpine scenery, Murphy Larsen Ranch is nestled in the quaint community of Clark and shares a border with the Routt National Forest. The eleven 50-acre home sites each have direct views of the Zirkel Range and share a state-of-the-art central water system, a rustic cabin located near the forest boundary and a new meeting and recreation facility. Property owners can join in the activities and use the amenities at The Home Ranch, a renowned Relais & Chateaux guest ranch. For additional information, go to rmabrokers.com. Priced from $900,000. Contact Christy Belton


EQUESTRIAN DEVELOPMENT OPPORTUNITY

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Stillwater Ranch – Redding, CA:  This tranquil 507-acre exclusive retreat is seven minutes from Redding and near fishing, water and snow skiing, hiking, and hunting. The topography, riparian corridor, and trail system on the property offer opportunities that range from an executive compound to a large lot gated equestrian community, or as a development site for a subdivision with common amenities and views of Mt. Lassen. For additional information, go to rmabrokers.com. $3,000,000.   Contact Billy Long


$220,000 PRICE REDUCTION

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Sunshine Cattle Company – Redding, CA:  A rare 375-acre development opportunity bordering the city limits of Redding, this ranch features end-of-the-road privacy with old growth trees, a private reservoir and seasonal stream. Located near the Sacramento River and gold medal fishing, recreational opportunities abound. The ranch supports 30-35 cattle year around and has 30 acres of irrigated pasture from the private Reese Reservoir. For additional information, go to rmabrokers.com. $2,200,000  NOW $1,980,000.   Contact Billy Long


NAMED “FABULOUS RANCH RETREAT” by COWGIRL MAGAZINE

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Vista Verde Guest Ranch – Steamboat Springs, CO:  Recently featured online as a “Fabulous Ranch Retreat” by Cowgirl Magazine, the 587-acre guest ranch borders national forest and includes over 90,000 sq.ft. of upscale improvements offering adventure, outstanding cuisine and indulgence to guests from around the world. The guest ranch is located 30 minutes north of Steamboat Springs and is convenient to the regional airport. For additional information, go to rmabrokers.com. Offered turnkey with talented staff in place at $19,900,000.  Contact Christy Belton


Wyoming’s Aging Ranching Landscape

February 2nd, 2015

People are looking to the future to determine the fate of farming and ranching in the state of Wyoming and other agriculture-heavy states. A study completed by the Society for Range Management (SRM) and published in the December issue of their journal, Rangelands, addresses the issue of the aging ranching and farming communities. The study compiles about 90 years of census data and found it has become increasingly harder for the ranching and farming community to pass down the land and responsibility. Agriculture only consists of 2% of today’s workforce, when it once employed almost half of the nation’s working population.

In Wyoming specifically, the Rangelands report evaluated the current status of the state’s farmers and more than half are over 55 years old. There has been a drop throughout Wyoming in people aged 34-54 operating farms and ranches, as well.

The report draws some conclusions based on their results and the numbers do not get better. There will be no farmers younger than 35 by 2033 and most of the farmers will be 60 by 2050. The loss of interest in farming is attributed to the alluring coal and oil industries. Farmers and ranchers are having a hard time instilling interest and passion in their children and grandchildren.

The state of Wyoming and other agriculture-rich states are looking for ways to turn heads away from the big oil companies and get the youngsters into farming. They are proposing internship and school programs to ensure the distillation of information from old to young. There is thought of conservation easements and other monetary persuasions to prevent farmers from losing their land. Ultimately, it is essential for the state of Wyoming and other similar states to change the demographic trends in farming and ranching operations in order to continue the tradition.

Weekly Ranch Updates – 1/29/15

January 29th, 2015

LAVA LAKES RANCH

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Montague, CA – Located in the presence of 14,000 foot Mt. Shasta in northern California’s Shasta Valley, Steven Seagal’s 5,329-acre Lava Lakes Nature Preserve is a hidden and private paradise. Its seven beautiful lakes are home to numerous species of waterfowl, deer, bass and upland birds that thrive year-round in the safety and privacy of the ranch. The acreage is a beautiful mix of lush irrigated meadows, wild wooded uplands and spectacular rock formations. The massive 14,063 sq.ft. Tennessee white pine square log residence overlooks Barton Lake and has imposing views of Mt. Shasta. The impressive gated estate contains 9 bedrooms and 10 baths, an extensive water system and a backup generator for off-the-grid dependability. There is an additional 4,200 sq. ft. 3-bedroom, 3-bath home nearby with 2-bedroom, 2-bath guest house, barns and corrals. Lava Lakes Ranch is currently operating as a nature preserve and working cattle ranch that supports 200+ pairs year-round. The nearby town of Mt. Shasta offers excellent cuisine, art galleries, golf and the hospitality of one of the nicest resort towns in the west. For additional information, go to rmabrokers.com. $12,000,000

Contact Billy Long


LOWEST PRICED RANCH IN STEAMBOAT SPRINGS AREA

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Little Trout Ranch – Oak Creek, CO:  Located 20 miles south of Steamboat Springs, the 3,397-acre prime hunting ranch consists of grazing and recreational land with varied topography, meadows, 100-mile vistas and plenty of cover for wildlife. Over 40 bull elk were spotted on the property during the 2013 muzzleloader season. At $1,750/acre, it is one of the best priced ranches in the area. Can be combined with adjoining property for over 6,000 contiguous acres. $5,950,000. For additional information, go to rmabrokers.com. $5,950,000.   Contact Christy Belton


NORTHERN COLORADO RECREATION RANCH

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Trout Creek Ranch – Oak Creek, CO:  323-acres located seventeen miles southwest of Steamboat Springs, Colorado, along the banks of Trout Creek. The ranch straddles the creek, encompassing most of the wide valley, and is characterized by open, grassy meadows with aspen covered hillsides and willows that line the creek. Traditionally used for recreation and sheep grazing, the ranch also borders several hundred acres of BLM land. Adjacent property recently sold for $7K/acre. For additional information, go to rmabrokers.com. $1,499,000.   Contact Christy Belton


RECREATION PARADISE NEAR SKI RESORT

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2R Cow Camp – Steamboat Springs, CO:  23-acre private retreat bordering the Routt/Medicine Bow National Forest offering comfortable style in a pristine setting. Includes a romantic carriage house, guest cabin, gazebo, barn. The property is perimeter fenced and has direct access to fishing, hiking, riding and snowmobiling from the property. You own the ranch headquarters, the adjacent National Forest comes along for free! For additional information, go to rmabrokers.com. $1,490,000.   Contact Christy Belton, Ron Morris or Carl Luppens