Excellent Livestock Operation with Fishing and Hunting in the Elk River Valley
Deep Creek Ranch, 2,000+/- acres in the sought after Elk River Valley north of Steamboat Springs, Colorado has not been offered for sale in nearly 40 years. It is diverse with open grass land and alfalfa fields at the southern end of the ranch, irrigated meadows along the easily accessible county road and upland grazing at the northeastern part of the ranch. The ranch is ideally suited for a livestock operation; it has very good cattle handling facilities, excellent fences and numerous ponds and springs. Water rights will convey and the seller has been deliberate about adjudicating the water rights. The ranch is accessed via year round, county maintained and lightly traveled roads, is not over improved–a clean slate for the next generation of ownership to create — and has several modest homes and outbuildings. Located less than 15 minutes from Steamboat Springs and its world famous ski slopes, Deep Creek Ranch is one of the largest offerings available in this resort area.
The ranch is located 13 road miles north of the resort town of Steamboat Springs. It is easily accessed via year-round paved and gravel county roads. Scenic Routt County road 129 follows the Elk River through the lush river valley meadows. Along the way are several productive and conserved ranches; a living example of the value the citizens in the area place on ranching and agriculture. Clark, a 10 minute drive north, is a small community with groceries, a post office and a model K-8 public charter school. This area of the county is known for beautiful, protected landscapes and great year round outdoor recreation.
Deep Creek Ranch stretches for nearly 4 miles from the northern end at Routt County Road 56 to the southern end near the Elk River corridor. The ranch is within a few miles of the Routt National Forest which is over one million acres and extends into Wyoming. The Yampa Valley Regional Airport with daily flights to Denver International Airport is a 40-minute drive to the west. During the ski season, direct flights are available from major cities all over the country. Steamboat Springs, with a population of about 12,000 is a friendly resort community that features many amenities found in larger towns. The Yampa Valley Medical Center is an award-winning, full service acute care hospital. The Bud Werner Memorial Library, recently constructed following an $11,000,000 voter-approved tax is a 28,000 s.f. state of the art facility. Colorado Mountain College, an established community college, continues to experience growth and success and recently added two 4-year degree programs. Clark is a small rural community 17 miles north of Steamboat that is anchored by the newly constructed LEED gold school and a volunteer fire and rescue department.
Deep Creek Ranch consists of scenic terrain ranging from grassy, rolling hills to irrigated meadows. Deep Creek flows through the ranch from west to east, providing water for irrigation, livestock and wildlife. The headquarters and the irrigated meadows are situated along the county road, providing easy access for trucks and equipment. The southern portion of the ranch consists of open meadows and some dryland hay ground. Known for their commitment to conservation, the sellers placed 1,000 acres of the ranch into a conservation easement held by The Nature Conservancy. The opportunity exists to place the remaining acres into conservation.
Summers are beautiful with long days and maximum temperatures in the 80’s. The average temperature in January, typically our coldest month, is about 1 degree. Spring comes in April and May as the snow begins to give way to the grass. Fall is a treat for the senses with crisp air, bugling elk and vivid yellow and orange trees and brush. Annual precipitation comes mostly in the form of snowfall, roughly 300 inches per year.
Improvements on the ranch are in good condition and are at about 7,200 feet in elevation. The main home was constructed in the 30’s and is typical of an old farmhouse. It has several bedrooms, 1.5 bathrooms, two levels and defined, comfortable living space. There is also a newer 3 bd/2ba modular on a permanent foundation as well as a 630 sq. ft. frame cabin for employee housing. Outbuildings consist of another small cabin, heated shop area, enclosed equipment storage, covered hay storage barns and sheds. The entire ranch is fenced and cross fenced; the fences are in very good repair.
OPERATIONAL CONSIDERATIONS or GENERAL OPERATION:
The ranch supports a year-round cow/calf operation. The ranch comfortably handles the livestock and there is plenty of forage for wildlife. The irrigated and dryland meadows together will produce 400-500 tons of hay in a normal year. The varied topography and the extensive series of ponds, springs and ditches have helped the manager maximize the ranch’s productivity. Ample spring and summer grass is available on the southern reaches of the ranch. Irrigated meadows provide excellent fall grazing after the hay crop has been harvested.
Deep Creek often flows year round, providing irrigation water for area ranches before it feeds into the Elk River. Deep Creek Ranch has an extensive list of adjudicated ponds, springs and ditches. Several ponds and springs are located around the entire ranch and irrigation ditches supply over 16 c.f.s. of water to the hay meadows that are near the headquarters. Contact the listing agent for a detailed list of the water rights.
The entire ranch is easily accessed with via year round and seasonal county roads. Fall hunting for elk, deer, antelope and bear is good. Wide open fields provide excellent terrain for all levels of snowmobiling. Horseback riding opportunities are numerous both on and off of the ranch. This area of northwest Colorado is popular for recreation enthusiasts: National Forest lands, lakes and reservoirs, and groomed trails are only a few miles from the ranch.