J-B Ranch

Colorado - Jackson County - Walden

A family operated ranch for over 83 years, the J-B Ranch is one of the best production ranches in the area, consisting of 3,684 deeded acres, 7,369 acres BLM lease and 155 acres state lease. 11,208 total acres, bordering the Arapaho National Wildlife Refuge for ten miles. The ranch controls two miles, both sides of the Illinois River, 230 CFS worth of water rights dating back to 1887 and 15 active water wells, “one artesian”. The ranch puts up 2,800 to 3,000 tons of high protein grass hay and will support 800 to 1,000 cow/calf pair depending on the year. There is a resident elk herd with fishing for rainbow and brown trout in the river. A great working ranch in North Park with wildlife, water, and production amid great scenery.

The J-B Ranch is located in North Park, Jackson County, just 14 miles south of Walden, Colorado on Highway 125. The ranch is 110 miles west of Fort Collins and just over 2 and one half hours northwest of Denver. Walden, the county seat, has an excellent K through 12 school system, an airport with a 5,900 ft. paved runway, medical services and convenient shopping. Steamboat Springs is 58 miles west and Winter Park is 73 miles southwest.

Climate and Topography
The North Park area is a semi-arid mountain setting receiving 250 days of sunshine per year, annual precipitation of 9-14 inches and a growing season from the middle of May to September 1. Summer temperatures are typically in the 70 to 80 degree range. The J-B Ranch is at an average elevation of 8,200 ft. and includes some of the most productive hay meadow and irrigated pasture land, river bottom, wetlands and much more. From the Illinois River the ranch slopes up to Owl Ridge along its eastern side. To the north is the wildlife refuge and west is the Hebron Waterfowl Area and just off the southwest corner is MacFarlane Reservoir. The ranch is 7 miles northwest of the Routt National Forest and 16 miles from the Mount Zirkel Wilderness and the Continental Divide.

Ranching Operations
The J-B Ranch has been family operated for 83 years as a cow/calf operation. The owner has operated the ranch running between 800 to 1,000 pair, back grounding their calves in the ranch’s own feedlot, then selling off calves less replacement heifers. The ranch traditionally carries up to 30 to 45 bulls, and approximately 20 to 30 saddle horses. The ranch is fenced into nine pastures for ideal livestock rotation and works well with the ranch’s permits which go from June 1st through September 15th for a total of 802 AUM’s. The ranch irrigates 2,000 acres of native grasses and clover putting up between 2,800 to 3,000 tons of hay, without fertilizer. In addition, the ranch has 1,434 acres of irrigated pasture land. There is excellent stock water on the ranch from two water gaps on the river, and 15 active wells along with the network of ditches. Along with the ranch’s own 800-900 head feedlot, there are two sets of working corrals, livestock scales and livestock loading area suitable for any size of truck.


The J-B Ranch has two main owner homes, one at 2,200 sq. ft. four bedrooms and two baths, the other 1,780 sq. ft. three bedrooms and one bath. The bunkhouse can accommodate four cowboys, cookhouse which also has two bedrooms, and an office trailer. There are several barns, a 50’X90’calving barn, 50’X100’ steel shop (half of it with a concrete floor) and, at the northeast corner of the ranch an old homestead with barn.

Water Rights

The J-B Ranch has excellent water rights, with surface irrigation water rights dating back to 1887. Primarily from the Illinois River, the ranch has over 193.5 CFS from the Midland Ditch, 21 CFS from the Everhard Baldwin Ditch and over 15 CFS from several other ditches for a total of over 230 CFS. In addition to stock water on the Illinois River, and the network of ditches throughout the ranch there are 15 active wells on the ranch, 11 on deeded land and 4 on the BLM. Listing Broker can provide a detailed list of water rights to interested parties.


There are unlimited outdoor recreational opportunities throughout North Park. Over half of Jackson County is National and State Forests, National Parks or Federal and State Wildlife Refuges. Alpine skiing is available in the nearby resort towns and cross-country skiing and snowmobiling throughout the area. North Park has the state’s largest moose herd along with trophy sized elk, deer and antelope. The J-B Ranch provides for the ideal wildlife setting, bordering the Arapaho National Wildlife Refuge for over 3 miles on its deeded border. Along with the other neighboring wildlife areas, and significant public lands, the water and feed resources on the J-B Ranch attract wildlife. Fishing is available on the ranch’s own two miles of river with plenty of fishing opportunities on nearby rivers or the many lakes and streams in North Park.

Real Estate Taxes, Utilities, and Lease Permits

Real estate taxes on the J-B Ranch for the most current year are $6,358.50. Electric is provided by Mountain Parks REA, propane by Amerigas, and telephone by Centurytel. Water at the housing area is by an artesian well that produces 15-35 gallons per minute. Sewage is by septic with leach field, total of 4. The ranch’s permits, BLM #07004-Allard, 802 AUM’s, State of Colorado #AG 42173.

The J-B Ranch is available for $6,900,000.00, inclusive of all real estate, improvements, water rights, mineral rights-subject to any prior reservations, and Sellers cooperation to transfer the leased land permits. Livestock, equipment available for purchase through private treaty with Seller.