J C Cross Ranch

Colorado operating grass hay production ranch and horse property

The J C Cross Ranch, an operating grass hay production ranch and horse property with 255 acres of irrigated farm ground, is located on the northern Colorado Front Range with unobstructed Rocky Mountain views. 185 acres are irrigated by two pivot sprinklers producing an average of 500-550 tons of hay annually, depending on moisture conditions. A 1 1/2 story, three-bedroom, two-bath Cape Cod farm house built in 1998 has 2,156 sq. ft. of open-concept living space and additional improvements include a 50′ x 120′ x 18′ steel building with a 16′ lean-to which is currently used for hay storage, 49′ x 120′ x 18′ steel hay storage building, 60′ x 104′ Cleary building with 24′ lean-tos off each side with tack room and space for vehicle and equipment storage, indoor and outdoor arenas, 36′ x 40′ Cleary building with a one-bedroom bunkhouse with kitchen, living room and bath, two round pens, and working cattle facilities. J C Cross Ranch owns 260 acres of Henrylynn Irrigation District providing approximately 104 acre feet of allocated water, has an additional 5-acre building site and 250 acres of the 255 total acre ranch in a conservation easement which allows the home to double in size.

Location and Climate:
J C Cross Ranch is located in Keenesburg, Colorado, approximately 40 miles northeast of Denver, 20 miles east of Ft. Lupton, 30 miles southeast of Greeley and 30 minutes from Denver International Airport. The ranch is close to endless entertainment, shopping, and dining opportunities in and around Denver and is a quick drive to the best hospitals, medical centers, schools and universities available in Northern Colorado.

A charming small town proud of their community involvement and rich in a agricultural heritage, Keenesburg has a population of 1,100 and is the ideal rural, front range location to own and operate a ranch and agricultural production business while enjoying a quiet country lifestyle.

Keenesburg average summer temperatures are in the 70s and average winter temperatures are in the 20s. The warmest month of the year is July with an average high temperature of 88 degrees Fahrenheit and the coldest month of the year is January with an average low temperature of 12 degrees Fahrenheit. The temperature variations between night and day can be relatively big during the summer and winter months with a difference up to 30 degrees Fahrenheit. The annual average precipitation at Keenesburg is 14 inches. Rainfall is fairly evenly distributed throughout the year but the wettest month is May, producing approximately 2 – 2.5 inches. Northern Colorado receives 250 – 275 sunny days per year.

Ranch Improvements:
The J C Cross Ranch is the ideal cattle operation and agricultural production ranch located just five miles from Interstate 76 in Keenesburg , Colorado. Less than one hour from Denver International Airport and downtown Denver where choices for entertainment, dining, and shopping is endless, the J C Cross Ranch is the ideal investment property that currently operates to provide a comfortable, country living lifestyle with big city conveniences close at hand.

Main Residence – J C Cross Ranch features a 2,156 sq. ft. 1 1/2 story farm house with traditional Cape Cod architectural influences including symmetrical floor-plan with a New England-styled red brick, gas fireplace in the main living area allowing even distribution of heat throughout the home, steep steel roof with simple side gables designed to withstand wind and rapidly changing weather conditions and control snow accumulation, dormers that provide additional space, light and ventilation, hardwood floors and simple exterior ornamentation. A charming covered front porch leads to an open-concept living and dining area featuring vaulted pine ceiling and plenty of windows. An updated kitchen with an entertainment island has open access to the family/entertainment room and provides plenty of space for food prep and entertaining with granite countertops, gas stove, center island/breakfast bar, and copper sinks. The master suite, located on the second floor, features a large walk-in closet, spacious five-piece master bath complete with a two-sink vanity, stand up shower and separate bathtub. Two additional bedrooms and a bathroom are located on the ground level and a two car attached garage is located off the laundry room and kitchen. The back of the home features an enclosed, mud room with many windows and French doors that lead to the back yard where an in-ground, 5 ft. deep swimming pool and fire pit, both surrounded by brick pavers, are located. A built-in sprinkler system surrounds the home.

Equestrian, Cattle Operations and Hay Production – J C Cross Ranch is the perfect cattle, horse, and agricultural production property. With grass hay production and equestrian recreation at the heart of operations and lifestyle, the property is perfectly equipped to accommodate hay storage and livestock maintenance. J C Cross Ranch includes an outdoor arena, 40 ft. round pen, 50 ft. round pen, a 50′ x 120′ steel building with five partially covered paddocks located under 16 ft. lean-tos off the side of the building. There is an additional 49′ x 120′ steel building used for hay storage. Both steel buildings have 18 ft. walls to accommodate a hay stack wagon.

A 60′ x 104′ Cleary building with 24 ft. overhangs has an indoor arena, tack room, 8 paddocks located off the south wall under a 24 ft. overhang and vehicle and tractor storage under the north wing of the 24 ft. overhang. An additional 36′ x 40′ Cleary building functions as a workshop and garage and includes a bunk house with one bedroom, kitchen, living room and bath that can be used as ranch hand quarters or ranch management office and additional storage. The shop area has concrete floors and overhead doors for easy vehicle, machine or equipment maintenance. Cattle facilities include working cattle pens with loading and unloading chutes and a wind break.

The J C Cross Ranch is sprinkler/pivot irrigated with 185 acres under pivot. A large pivot irrigates 135 acres and a smaller pivot, purchased in 2008, irrigates 50 acres. The ranch owns 260 acres of Henrylynn Irrigation District which equates to 104 acre feet at 25%-35% allocation, in addition to any direct water. In addition to these water resources, the ranch rents 87 acre-feet of water when precipitation levels are low and there is a holding pond on the property capable of storing 7 acre feet of water.

Hay Production:
Since 2003, J C Cross Ranch has grown and sold high quality orchard/brome grass hay to Colorado clients throughout the state. The grass hay produced is scientifically tested and fertilized to produce the highest quality product capable of growing on the property. In 2010, the J C Cross Ranch began producing Colorado State Certified weed-free grass hay.

J C Cross Ranch is offered to qualified purchasers for $1,400,000 exclusive of current crop, hay inventory and equipment.