Brinker Creek Ranch
Scenic Colorado Working Ranch
Located at the base of the Flattops Range in the Steamboat/Vail corridor, Brinker Creek Ranch consists of 1,451 acres 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. The headquarters are located adjacent to the State Fish Hatchery and at the end of the well-maintained county road. Tucked into the Brinker Creek drainage and in good working condition are a 2,300 sq.ft. ranch manager’s home, large equipment/hay storage building, barn, corrals and numerous outbuildings. A new 1,000 sq.ft. log cabin with covered porch overlooks the ranch with long views down the Yampa Valley.
Brinker Creek Ranch is situated at the base of the geographically unique Flattops Wilderness Area, the second largest such area in the state, characterized by wide steep faces that rise up to an expansive plateau. The ranch is about 1 ½ miles off of State Highway 131 on very good year-round gravel roads. The county plows the road to the ranch entry. The headquarters of the ranch are just inside the ranch gate; access is surprisingly easy. The improvements are clustered in a scenic creek valley in close proximity to the Finger Rock Fish Hatchery. The hatchery, always impeccably maintained, is owned and operated by the State of Colorado. The Town of Yampa, with a café, elementary school and convenience store/fuel stop, is about 4 miles north of the ranch. Steamboat Springs is 30 miles north of Yampa and Vail is 60 miles from the ranch. Commercial air service is at the Yampa Valley Regional Airport about 30 miles northwest or in Eagle, 50 miles south.
This area of the state is well known for its outstanding year-round recreational activities set against a historical agricultural backdrop. Rural values are still alive and well; people are friendly, crime is almost non-existent and a deep appreciation for the outdoors is evident. The 235,000-acre Flattops Wilderness, with hundreds of high mountain lakes and streams, is a short ride or drive. The Green Ridge area of the over one million-acre Routt National Forest is just east of the ranch. World class skiing, great dining and shopping are an hour away in either Vail or Steamboat Springs. These resort communities enjoy amenities often found only in larger communities (concerts, seminars, speakers, summits, etc.) along with a wide variety of shops, restaurants and activities.