Private Lifestyle Ranch West of Denver

The Indian Head Ranch in Golden, Colorado, is remarkably close to metro Denver for such a pristine alpine property. Less than two miles off State Highway 93 and minutes from either downtown Golden or Boulder behind an electronic security gate, lies one of the most secluded and private settings imaginable. Indian Head Rock is on the ranch and soars more than 1,000 feet above the spring-fed ponds and meadows at its lower elevation. A Jefferson County Wilderness Open Space Preserve surrounds the property on three sides. Views of the plains and Denver city lights enhance the experience of wild flower meadows, steep canyons, timbered forest and majestic rock outcroppings. A charming 4,592 sq.ft. owner’s home is situated to capture dramatic views. There is also a quaint caretaker or guest cottage.

The ranch is less than two miles on a private access road from the electronic security gate at Colorado State Highway 93. Historic downtown Golden, a suburb of Denver, is about eight miles distant and Boulder is twelve miles.

Acreage/square footage:
The 90.77-acre ranch lies at an elevation of 6,200 feet above sea level and enjoys temperate summers and mild winters. Various portions of the ranch take in forest, meadow, rock cliffs and city lights views.Improvements:
The charming owner’s home of 4,592 sq.ft. features extensive professional stonework and landscaping. A dramatic waterfall and lily pond enhance the patio area. The two story, two bedroom, cut stone, caretaker cottage was built in 1870 to serve as a stage coach stop along the route from Denver to mountain gold mining camps. The cottage has been modernized.

There are hiking and equestrian opportunities on and surrounding the ranch as well as fishing for trout in the spring-fed ponds. Rock climbing for the adventurous is spectacular. Deer, elk and other wildlife abound in the area, attracted by the springs, ponds and lush meadows. Miles of bicycle trails follow nearby Clear Creek in Golden. Major ski areas are less than an hour’s drive away.

Utilities and access:
Underground lines provide power and phone service. Propane serves the multiple zone hot water heating system in the main home. The home is served with cable and internet. Two domestic wells provide ample and pure water. There are also springs and livestock wells. There are two approved septic systems.

Zoning and Taxes:
Limited cattle grazing, leased to a neighboring ranch, maintains agricultural zoning and preferential property tax treatment. Real estate taxes are $2,552.36 per year.