SOLD - Owl Creek Ranch
Colorado Production & Recreation Ranch with 10 miles of river
Owl Creek Ranch is an impressive production and recreation ranch with ten miles of the Michigan River located in the ranching community of North Park. Consisting of 9,831 contiguous deeded acres, the ranch has grazing lands which include a 7,631 acre BLM lease and a state lease of 520 acres.* A superb cattle operation, the ranch will run 1,200-1,500 cow/calf pairs, 75 bulls and 100-200 replacement heifers and is well watered producing over 5,500 tons of premium mountain grass hay. There are seven locations of improvements which include a custom 5,451 sq. ft. main residence on the river, ten additional residences, multiple barns, four sets of cattle working facilities, one roping arena and equipment buildings throughout. There is abundant wildlife including elk, moose, deer, antelope and a host of small mammals with outstanding private fishing for trophy brown trout. Due to its many water resources, the ranch has an extensive bird population including waterfowl, game birds, raptors and songbirds.
Location and Area:
An easy commute via excellent, well-maintained County and Highway road systems, Owl Creek Ranch is 110 miles west of Fort Collins and 174 miles from Denver providing direct access to larger city amenities including state-of-the-art hospitals, universities, international air service as well as an endless variety of dining, retail and cultural activities. The small, family-friendly community of Walden rests on a high glacial plain at the headwaters of the North Platte River. Historically a favorite Ute hunting ground, Walden is just 20 miles from the Wyoming border, convenient to the remote Mt. Zirkel Wilderness and Routt National Forest which surround Walden and provide hunting, fly-fishing, cross-country skiing, camping and horseback riding opportunities. Walden has an excellent K-12 school system, an airport with a 5,900 ft. paved runway, medical services, shopping and dining. Steamboat Springs is located 58 miles west, Winter Park is 73 miles southwest and Laramie, Wyoming is 64 miles northeast.
Michigan River House (owner’s home) - Michigan River House, a luxuryhome, is located near what is referred to as “Ranch Headquarters” and consists of 5,451 sq. ft. on two levels with two bedrooms, four baths, office and library, three wood-burning fireplaces, wood stove, cedar and stone siding, hardwood floors, custom cabinets, marble countertops, radiant heat, elevator, and wet bar. A pedestrian bridge over the Michigan River provides a unique entry-way to the main residence’s front door and an exterior door from the lower level opens onto a balcony overlooking the river and main entrance.
Guest House - Built of similar materials as the main house, the Guest Home consists of 1,155 sq. ft. with two bedrooms, two baths, a central kitchen and sitting rooms. Lawns and gardens around the Main Residence and Guest Home are well landscaped with an irrigation system, mature trees, and planters. An outdoor entertainment area and barbecue with river improvements exists along three-fourth miles near this housing complex.
River Bend - The River Bend improvements consists of a renovated 800 sq. ft. home with two bedrooms and one bath, an 800 sq. ft. barn, an old cabin and a stocked fishing pond nearby.
Ranch Headquarters - The Ranch Headquarters operation consists of a 2,664 sq. ft., two-level manager’s home with four bedrooms and three baths with a detached, 672 sq. ft. two-story garage. In addition, there is an 860 sq. ft. bunkhouse with three bedrooms and two baths, a horse barn, shop, storage shed and a set of corrals.
Sage Hen Improvements - The Sage Hen improvements consist of a newer 2,910 sq. ft., two-level home with a charming wrap-around porch, three bedrooms and two and one half baths, as well as an 1,800 sq. ft. one-level home with three bedrooms and two baths - both landscaped overlooking a three-acre stocked fishing pond. In addition, there are two machine sheds, the large one is 4,000 sq. ft. and includes a calving stall component with heated tack room and a complete set of corrals with capacity for 350 head, hydraulic chute and automatic waterers.
North Ranch Improvements - The North Ranch improvements consist of two houses; a 1,944 sq. ft. split-level with three bedrooms, three baths and a 1,248 sq. ft. home with three bedrooms and two baths. In addition, there are two large hay sheds, one steel-frame machine shed with shop, three-sided steel shed, calving area shed and 400-head capacity steel corrals with hydraulic chute.
West Ranch Improvements - The West Ranch improvements consist of one, single-level 1,920 square foot home and 1,557 sq. ft. modular home. In addition, there is a large, 3,328 sq. ft. calving barn with electricity, warm room, office with full bath including shower, and a five-stall horse barn with tack room. At the west end of the West Unit is a 3,024 sq. ft. calving barn, two large steel-constructed machine sheds and steel/wood corrals for up to a 1,000 head with hydraulic chute, loading ramp, and a 20-ton scale.
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*State Lease Assignment: Owl Creek Ranch has a lease on 520 acres of adjoining State Trust Land. This lease may be assignable to the purchaser subject to the written approval of the State Land Board. The State Trust Land is not included in the purchase price nor is there any value in purchase price associated to the lease. The assignment of the lease is not guaranteed to the purchaser. The State Land Board may charge a fee for approval of the assignment.