SANGUINE CREEK RANCH
Established Dude Ranch in Fairplay, Colorado
Perfectly situated in the spectacular mountain valley of South Park at 9,000 ft. in elevation with a mild year-round mountain climate and surrounded by exciting alpine recreation opportunities, the 1,640-acre Sanguine Creek Ranch is an ideal ranch investment for those wanting flexibility for a variety of uses in a sought after convenient central Colorado location. Enjoying a successful 27-year history as a popular dude ranch, the property offers fishing, horse-back riding, convention, wedding, reunion retreats and much more. Named 'sanguine' for its characteristic tranquil and scenic location and year-round Trout Creek traversing the property, Sanguine Creek Ranch has many excellent attributes for a variety of investors. The property borders thousands of acres of public land and is only one hour from Denver, five minutes from Fairplay, a popular recreation spot for outdoor thrill-seekers, and 30 minutes from the Arkansas River and Breckenridge for outstanding skiing, shopping and dining. The owner will reconfigure the ranch by splitting a portion of the acreage with the improvements off of the total acreage which would provide flexibility for a buyer to undertake dude ranch business operations quickly. In addition, the ranch has been plotted in 35-acre tracts with individual wells for the potential of subdividing the property. Sanguine Creek Ranch features many improvements including a main lodge with a dining hall capable of accommodating over 100 guests, twelve-room motel, several individual rental cabins, a main residence, employee housing, multiple outbuildings, an entertainment/party barn, horse and tack barn and much more. Partially zoned commercial and close to Denver International Airport and larger metropolitan cities allows a new owner to improve, create or grown an already existence lucrative business.
Only five minutes from the ranch, the expanding town of Fairplay is the County Seat and center of Park County Government. A charming and historic family-friendly town with approximately 1,000 full-time residents, Fairplay and the surrounding Park County is a wonderful safe, hometown place to live and conduct business and offers most daily conveniences a full or part-time resident or guest would need including public schools (elementary, middle and high schools), medical facilities, post office, restaurants, markets and grocery store, gas stations, hotels and motels, and numerous small specialty businesses.
From the main part of the ranch, spectacular views abound in every direction. The ranch is situated in a high mountain valley with a small meandering stream traversing it. There are two large ridges on both sides of the ranch that reach over a 1000-foot higher than the valley floor. Looking north from the ranch, one can enjoy picturesque, unobstructed views of the massive and nearly 14,000 tall Mt. Silverheels Peak and Little Baldy Mountain. Looking south on clear days, the beautiful Sangre De Cristo Mountain Range is in full view. Although the ranch itself is mostly situated on the grassy meadow in the valley, there are parts of the ranch reaching up onto the tree covered ridges characterized with mixed pine and thick aspen groves which would offer wonderful additional building sites. There are three springs on the ranch providing additional water sources for livestock and wildlife.
Sanguine Creek Ranch encompasses approximately 1,640 acres comprised of 403 deeded acres, 640 State Lease acres* and 600 BLM lease acres. The ranch's unique shape of a flag pole blocks all of the public access to the BLM and state land on its eastern boundary providing, privacy and quiet tranquility. Approximately 27 acres of the deeded acreage is zoned commercial which allows the ranch to operate in an income-producing capacity. Currently and for the past 27 years, Sanguine Creek Ranch has operated as a thriving dude ranch.
The seller is willing to divide the ranch for a buyer who desires to continue the dude ranch operation for less money up front. In addition, the ranch acreage could be split to separate 140 acres containing the main ranch operations improvements including all structures except the main residence. This would allow the buyer full access to the state & BLM lands and would include a portion of Trout Creek.
A fully operating dude ranch capable of accommodating hundreds of dining guests and dozens of overnight guests, the fenced and cross-fenced property has a variety of improvements including a modest 3,400 sq. ft main residence with three bedrooms, two baths and an unfinished lower level with two finished baths, a main lodge with restaurant, commercial kitchen, large dining room with a restaurant license, saloon with a full liquor license, game room, and twelve guest rooms with two double beds in each room. The lodge also has a three-bedroom guest suite.
Close to the main lodge, an entertainment barn offers over 8,000 sq. ft. with over a 200-person capacity and features a dance floor, musician's stage and plenty of tables and chairs for socializing, eating and drinking. Directly behind the main lodge are six rustic yet comfortable two-bedroom, one-bath cabins and one one-bedroom, one-bath cabin ideal for guests who want their own quarters away from the lodge.
Two additional modest homes on the property with six additional bedrooms provide plenty of housing for seasonal or fulltime staff. A portion of Sanguine Creek Ranch is zoned for a campground and improved with one commercial well capable of servicing thirty-five RV hook ups with additional space for many more RV sites that don't need external water. Additional improvements include various equipment and storage buildings and shelters near the main headquarters for storing tack, equipment, hay and other ranch operations tools.
Horse amenities include several covered three-sided loafing sheds near the main headquarters, open box stalls and two outdoor riding arenas.
Sanguine Creek Ranch has approximately three quarters of a mile of Trout Creek, a year-round stream which bisects the property along with a small stocked trout, three springs, two good producing commercial wells and one domestic well.
*State Lease Assignment: This property has a lease on 640 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.