Clark Ranch

Historic Cattle, Horse and Recreational Ranch

The historic and beautiful 855-acre Clark Ranch was first settled upon in the 1860’s near a small thermal artesian spring. The original settlers as well as their livestock and wildlife could find flowing water here all winter long. The original cabin built in 1873 is still on the property. The Ranch Headquarters has many structures including 3 homes all of which have been recently remodeled.
Being one of the most well-known and scenic ranches in Teller County, Clark Ranch will surely catch your eye as you drive by it on State Hwy 24. The ranch is 23 miles Northwest of Colorado Springs and conveniently located between the towns of Woodland Park and Divide.
The views from the ranch of Pikes Peak and its summit 5,000 feet above the ranch are spectacular. Over the years the ranch with Pikes Peak in the background has been used as a setting for many TV commercials as well as magazine advertisements for well known products. To preserve the ranch with its natural beauty previous owners put the ranch into a conservation easement as did adjoining ranch owners.

As well as TV and magazine settings the ranch has been used for many other purposes over the years from horse and cattle ranching to dairy, lettuce and potato farming. For more than 30 years the ranch was used as winter pasture for the 60+/- horses used by the Garden of the Gods’ stables. A Colorado Midland Railroad spur was brought onto the property in the 1920’s to transport produce from the ranch. The 8+ acre Coulson Lake located on the property was developed in 1929 for ice production by erecting a dam where two creeks came together on the property. Ice was cut from the lake and stored in a five story ice house during the winter months. At harvest time the ice was used to refrigerate box cars loaded with lettuce and other produce from the property that would be railed away as far as New York City. Two wooden box cars are still on the ranch as a reminder of those long ago days.Clark Ranch’s Coulson Lake is still there and provides water to livestock and wildlife as well as recreation to the owners. The lake was last stocked in 2005 with rainbow and cutthroat trout. Colorado’s 7th largest rainbow trout at the time it was caught was hooked and landed from the bank of Coulson Lake. In addition to providing good fish habitat Coulson Lake provides excellent habitat for migrating and nesting waterfowl as well as neotropical migratory songbirds. Rule Creek and Redner Creek flow through the property and keep Coulson Lake full of water year round, and at another location on the ranch a taped into artesian spring keeps at least one livestock water trough constantly flowing with fresh water. A ½ acre pond on the opposite side of the ranch is fed by yet another spring. The Ranch Headquarters is supplied with water from two water wells.The property has an abundance of ducks, geese, elk, mule deer and turkey making hunting here easy to be selective. Clark Ranch has three elk calving beds. The Colorado Division of Wildlife says the ranch falls within the migration path of the elk as they seasonally move from the north and west toward Pikes Peak and the Colorado Springs watershed. Black bear, mountain lions, coyote and other mammals can also be found on the property. Two bald eagles, two golden eagles and many hawks are often seen visiting the ranch.Elevations on the ranch range from 9,060 feet above sea level at Coulson Lake to 9,461 feet above sea level at its highest ridge. About 75 % of the ranch’s surface is composed of gently rolling high prairie grasslands, creek bottoms and lakes with the remaining 25% of the ranch in timber. The trees are mostly aspen, ponderosa pine, blue spruce and Douglas- fir.   The ranch is perimeter fenced and cross fenced into many pastures with a good cattle rotation system in place. All fences are in excellent shape. This ranch will easily support 50 yearlings or 30 cow calf units. The 15 acre Ranch Headquarters has a set of corrals, cattle working pens, horse stalls, livestock sheds, implement sheds, hay storage barns, two water wells and the three recently remodeled houses. Power lines supplying the buildings of the Ranch Headquarters with electricity are all buried underground.Location:
The ranch is 23 miles Northwest of Colorado Springs on State Highway 24 in Teller County and is conveniently located between the towns of Woodland Park and Divide.

Area:
The ranch is located in a highly scenic area of Colorado. Views from the ranch of Pikes Peak are spectacular. The area is just a little east of the exact center of the state. The ranches adjoining Clark Ranch to the east are in conservation easements and the ranch to the south is in a wildlife conservation easement. The Casino Town of Cripple Creek is within the same county as the ranch, Teller County. The Cripple Creek Mining District is one of the richest gold mining districts in North America. Gold was first discovered here in 1890 by cowboy and part time prospector, Bob Womack. The value of the gold mined in Teller County is greater than all other gold mining operations ever conducted in the United States combined. The State Highway 24 that passes in front of Clark Ranch follows the old Ute Pass Trail, named after the Ute Indians. This important route historically offered passage from the front range of the Rockies for Native American tribes, buffalo, explorers, prospectors, cowboys and their cattle. Later the first railroads into the center of Colorado came through this pass and along this route.

Acreage:
884.88 Acres
Improvements:
1.    Single Family Residence: 1,944 Square Feet ranch style, new metal roof, concrete slab foundation, 3 bedrooms, 2 baths, two dens, dining, kitchen, one moss-rock fireplace and one brick fireplace, gas forced heat, two car garage; all new appliances consisting of: electric stove and oven, double sink with food disposal, dish washer, refrigerator; built in 1974, remodeled in 2012.
2.    Single Family Residence: 1,670 Square Feet raised ranch style, metal roof, 5 bedroom, 3 baths, wood fireplace, gas forced heat, humidifier, gas stove and oven, refrigerator, dish washer double sink with food disposal, built 1922, remodeled in 2012.
<p>3.    Single Family Residence: 1,284 Square Feet, 1 ½ stories, metal roof, 3 bedrooms, one bath, built in 1873, remodeled in 2012.</p>

4.    Barn: 1,120 Square Feet, built 1974

5.    Barn: Log, built 1890

6.    Tool Shed and Garage: 672 Square Feet, Log, built 1890

7.    Implement Shed: built 1965

8.    Recreational Room With Deck: built 2005
General Operation:
This is a horse and cattle ranch that can be used for many recreational purposes.
Utilities:
Electricity = IREA (Intermountain Rural Electrical Association) – Underground
Gas = Propane stored in tanks. Each residence has its own propane storage tank.
Sewage = Septic
Water Resources:
Clark Ranch has two water wells that provide water to the Ranch Headquarters. The ranch has at least two creeks, an 8+/- lake and a ½ acre pond. The property also has a number of artesian springs, and one has been taped into to provide constant water flow into a livestock trough.
Timber Resources:
The 855 acre ranch is 25% +/- covered with a healthy forest of aspen, ponderosa pine, Douglas-fir and blue spruce trees.
Wildlife and Fishing Resources:
The property has an abundance of ducks, geese, elk, mule deer and turkey making hunting here easy to be selective. Clark Ranch has three elk calving beds. The Colorado Division of Wildlife says the ranch falls within the migration path of the elk as they seasonally move from the north and west toward Pikes Peak and the Colorado Springs watershed. Black bear, mountain lions, coyote and other mammals can also be found on the property. Two bald eagles, two golden eagles and many hawks are often seen visiting the ranch.
Coulson Lake on the property is 8 + acres and was restocked in 2005. Colorado’s 7th largest rainbow trout at the time it was caught was hooked and landed from the bank of Lake Coulson.
Grazing:
In most years the ranch can support 50 yearlings or 30 cow calf units.
Historical Information:
This historic property was first settled upon in the 1860’s near a small thermal artesian spring. The original settlers as well as their livestock and wildlife could find flowing water here all winter long. The original cabin built in 1873 is still on the property. Over the years the ranch has been used as a horse and cattle ranch, dairy farm and a lettuce and potato farm. Coulson Lake was developed in the 1920’s on the property and a 5 story ice house was built near the lake. In winter ice was cut from the lake and stored in the ice house. A railroad spur to the lake and ice house was laid, and the ice was used to refrigerate wooden box cars. At that time lettuce, potatoes and other produce from the property was shipped by rail as far as New York City. Clark Ranch has also been used as a setting for many TV commercials and magazine photos used to advertise automobile, Marlboro cigarettes and sporting goods.
Taxes:
2012 Year Tax = $2,293
The acreage is zoned agricultural.
Mineral Rights:
All mineral rights are owned and will convey by the Seller, but the Conservation Easement will not allow any exploration or production.