Elk Mountain Ranch
Recreational Estate with Privacy and Views in Westcliffe, Colorado
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Elk Mountain Ranch is a very private 70-acre ranch centrally located in Custer County, just 1.5-hour drive from Colorado Springs and 2.5 hours southwest of Denver. The property lies in the Wet Mountains 15 minutes southeast of the charming town of Westcliffe and has unobstructed views of the awe-inspiring Sangre de Cristo Mountain range. There is a stunning 6,500-square-foot, custom-built home and workshop on the property. It is at the end of a county-maintained road offering both privacy and year-round access. Additional acreage with a second home could be included in the sale for an additional cost.
Location and Area:
Elk Mountain Ranch sits just 12 miles southeast of Westcliffe, on the east side of State Highway 69 and south of highway 96. Pueblo is accessed via State Highway 96 and is east of the ranch 60 miles. Denver is a 2 1/2 hour drive from the property and Colorado Springs is only a 1.5-hour drive away. The property lies at the end of a year-round county maintained gravel road. The jet-accessible Silver West Airport in Westcliffe is located just 15 minutes to the west of the ranch and features a 7,000’ x 55’ paved runway at 8,300’ elevation and offers private jet charter transportation.
Custer County is centrally located in Colorado, east of the Continental Divide in what is known as the Wet Mountain Valley surrounded by the majestic Sangre de Cristo Mountain peaks to the west and the Wet Mountains to the east. Westcliffe, the County Seat, is a rural community of 4,000 residents with a thriving art scene, historical attractions and numerous shops and restaurants.
Elk Mountain Ranch consists of 70 deeded acres, the property is generally square shaped and is surrounded by much larger ranches to the north, west and south with a covenant controlled non-hunting mountain community to the east. This uniquely located property is home to large numbers of wildlife including mule deer, elk, bear and numerous small game animals. The ranch is nestled along the west side of the Wet Mountains and consists of rolling mountain valleys with mixed ponderosa pine, aspens and grassy meadows. The property has no restrictions, no HOAs or covenants and can be divided for future development.
The property sits at 8,852 ft. east of the Continental Divide in the Wet Mountain Valley, providing four-season enjoyment and good moisture on an average year. The climate is ideal with plenty of summer and winter sunshine, averaging well over 300 days of sun per year with daytime highs in the summer months averaging 78 degrees and lows around 40 degrees. The winter average highs are 43 degrees with lows averaging 10 degrees. Despite the ranch’s higher elevation, the winters are fairly mild because of the semi-arid area, mostly sunny days, low humidity and average annual precipitation of 14-15 inches per year.
Elk Mountain Ranch offers privacy and tremendous views. A spectacular custom-built cedar-sided home with 7,400 sq. ft. under roof is situated near the center of the property in a well-planned location. The home has 4,376 sq. ft. of space on the main and second level with six bedrooms and four bathrooms along with an attached 952 sq. ft. three-car garage. The open floor plan has plenty of storage space, hardwood floors, tile and carpet throughout, a large kitchen and dining area plus a formal dining room.
From the main level of the home you walk out onto a 1,300 sq. ft. trex deck that overlooks – along with all the west facing doors and windows – spectacular views of the Sangre de Cristo Mountain range. An additional 2,254 sq. ft. (about 65% finished) walkout basement includes a game room, theater and wet bar and opens out to a 1,200 sq. ft. custom stamped concrete patio with a hot tub.
Just a short distance from the main home is a 1,600-square-foot insulated and heated metal building with 12’ walls and two oversized roll-up doors. Previously used as a caretaker’s/guest home, there is a second home on additional acreage at the northern end of the property that is also available; price TBD.
The ranch is heavily traveled by wildlife, including large numbers of mule deer, elk, bear, turkey and numerous small game species.