Bella Vista Ranch

The 54.82-acre Bella Vista Ranch is located in the Wet Mountains just outside of Rye, Colorado, about 1 1/2 hour south of Colorado Springs. Historically used as a dairy farm, the ranch is situated near the San Carlos Trailhead, Lake Isabel and San Isabel National Forest, offering many outdoor recreational opportunities. With Table Mountain, Gleason Canyon and 70-mile views from the front porch, Bella Vista Ranch lives up to its name which translates to “Beautiful View.” Improvements include a 3 bedroom, 2 bath home and five barns. The ranch consists of two irrigated hayed meadows and a stocked one-half acre fish pond with giant Ponderosa Pines shading the remaining 25% of the ranch. Wildlife is abundant with elk, deer, turkey, and bear frequenting the area. Bella Vista Ranch is accessible year-round via county road, is within 45 minutes of the Pueblo airport, and also has a helicopter pad on the ranch near the house.
Location:
Bella Vista Ranch is located just a few minutes west of the town of Rye in Pueblo County, CO. Rye is just off of I-25 about one hour south of Colorado Springs only 4 miles from Bella Vista Ranch headquarters. The larger town of Colorado City is 10 miles east, Pueblo is about 35 miles north and Colorado Springs is approximately 75 miles north. The Pueblo Airport is an easy 45 mile drive, and the ranch also has its own heliport. Old San Isabel Road, which passes in front of the house, is maintained throughout the winter for the local school system providing year-round accessibility. Rye is said to have a very good school system.
Area:
Situated in the heart of the Wet Mountains and San Isabel National Forest, the area around Bella Vista is the standard for beauty in the state of Colorado. The ranch has breathtaking panoramic views of Table Mountain, Gleason Canyon and 70-mile views from the front porch of the house. The 12,322 ft. Green Horn Mountain can also be seen from the ranch. Numerous recreational and scenic opportunities are nearby including the San Carlos Trail, Lake Isabel and the San Isabel National Forest. Hwy 165, a Colorado Scenic Byway, passes close to the ranch. The area is also known for good hay production due to its average rainfall and snow melt in normal times.

Acreage:
Bella Vista Ranch sits at an elevation of 7,600 ft. and consists of a 54.82–acre rectangular shaped parcel that slopes gently to the east. The property at one time was used for a dairy farm, but is now used for beef cattle grazing, hay production and recreation. Situated in the heart of the Wet Mountains and San Isabel National Forest, the ranch has breathtaking panoramic views. A maintained county road divides the property into two equal pieces. The east hayed meadow is fenced on all four sides with one stock tank. The west pasture, fenced on three sides, includes the improvements, pond and two wells. The ranch’s acreage has 25% in giant Ponderosa Pines and the remaining 75% in excellent grazing or hay pasture. Soils are good for high hay production or grazing. The property has very few rocks, and the few there are boulder-size. A conservation easement placed on the ranch provides two building envelopes. The original homestead’s acreage is on one of the envelopes and the second envelope site can be determined by the new owner.
Climate:
Bella Vista Ranch’s location, east of the Continental Divide in the Wet Mountains, provides four season enjoyment and good moisture on an average year. The climate is ideally cool with average winter lows of 14 degrees and average winter highs of 44 degrees with 69 inches of annual snowfall. Low summer temperatures average 47 degrees and average highs 80 degrees. The area has plenty of sunshine with an average of 300 days of sunshine per year. Bella Vista Ranch’s elevation ranges from 7,500 to 7,700 ft.
Improvements:
The ranch has a 3 bedroom/2 bath 1,862 sq. ft. living area ranch house originally built in 1905 and completely remodeled in the 1980s. The house has a 290 sq. ft. front deck and a 171 sq. ft. covered side porch. It has been immaculately maintained. The house has two antique wood burning stoves and a master bedroom fireplace. The property has a milking barn (416 sq. ft.), one livestock barn (1,050 sq. ft.), implement shed (1,280 sq. ft.) and two storage sheds (576 sq. ft. and 80 sq. ft.). Two of these barns are part of the original homestead, one made from hand-cut logs. The log structures are in great condition giving the property a rich history. Located at the property’s entrance is a loading chute and a panel corral that are in working condition.
Operational Considerations:
Bella Vista Ranch has been used by the current owners as a second home and as a place to relax and recreate year around. They have leased the acreage to neighboring ranchers for grazing and hay production. With cool summers, good soil, year-round access, and convenience to the San Isabel National Forest and all of its recreational offerings, Bella Vista Ranch is an ideal cattle grazing/hay production operation and recreational property. The size, location, and climate would also make an ideal equestrian property – enabling professional horse trainers, breeders, or horsemen to get their horses out of the heat of lower elevations during the summer months.
Water Resouces:
The ranch has two wells, one which supplies the house and headquarters with water. The property also has an adequate share of the Ashbough Ditch for irrigation purposes and for maintaining the level of the fish pond.
Recreation and Wildlife:
Bella Vista Ranch has its own half-acre fish pond stocked with fish, and wildlife is abundant with elk, deer, turkey, and bear frequenting the area. Numerous recreational and scenic opportunities are nearby. The trailhead for the San Carlos Trail – used for camping, hiking and horseback riding – is within 3.5 miles of the ranch. Lake Isabel, 7.5 miles away, is open to fishing year around and is regularly stocked by the Colorado Department of Wildlife. Registered as a Colorado Scenic Byway, Colorado State Hwy 165 runs near the ranch and passes through the Wet Mountains. This highway is one of Colorado’s most scenic highways with spectacular views of the San Isabel National Forest, Bishops Castle, and Lake Isabel.
Taxes:
Taxes paid for 2012 were $2,459. The property is currently taxed as residential but taxes could possibly be reduced substantially due to an agricultural discount that the property may qualify for.