Apishapa River Canyon Ranch
Historic Colorado Cattle Ranch
The Apishapa River Canyon Ranch is situated along several canyons and the Apishapa River in southeast Colorado only two hours from Denver. The ranch consists of over 13,000 total acres and is the location of several late prehistoric villages which date back to 1200 AD. For years, the ranch was known as the Munsell Ranch, operated by Howard Munsell whose family moved there in 1928. Over the years, Howard would bring folks through to see the ancient ruins set along the Juan Baca, Bass, South, Berry, Buck and Hudson Canyons. The ranch is fenced and cross-fenced into eleven pastures with eight wells, windmills and solar power, including a new well with water storage-generator backup and underground pipeline system. In addition, the ranch has several springs and seasonal ponds along with water from the Apishapa River. The ranch has been a year-round cow/calf operating ranch running 250 to 300 pair and has excellent cattle handing facilities.
Location and Climate:
The Apishapa River Canyon Ranch is located approximately two hours south of Denver via Interstate 25 to the city of Pueblo (97 miles), southeast to Fowler (35 miles) and then 30 miles south to the ranch via paved roads except for the last 17 miles. The ranch is located primarily in Las Animas County with a small portion in Pueblo County. Several town services are available in the rural community of Fowler including banks, schools and restaurants with expanded services in Pueblo located 38 miles northwest. The region’s average summer high temperatures are in the upper 90’s and average summer low temperatures are in the low 50’s. Average winter high temperatures are in the upper 40’s and average winter low temperatures are in the teens. Snowfall in and around Fowler averages 15-20″ during the winter season; November through February. Annual average precipitation ranges between 12-15″ with a 160-day growing season and an average of 258 sunny days per year.