L Cross Ranch
La Garita Colorado production ranch
The beautiful L Cross Ranch is nestled into the foothills of the La Garita Mountains, part of the Rio Grande National Forest, on the west side of the San Luis Valley. This reputation ranch consists of 6,200 deeded acres together with 60,515 acres of grazing permits and runs 500 pair of black baldy cattle and up to 450 yearling cattle depending on the year. Abundant water from Carnero and La Garita Creeks provides over 147 cfs of water rights and 100 cfs of winter recharge rights dating back to 1869 in priority along with 6,400 gpm on four irrigation wells. Four center pivots put up 2,000 tons of alfalfa with an additional 2,500 acres flood irrigated and 300 acres in native grass hay. A very balanced ranching operation self sustained with its own feed base. Improvements consist of a 4,000 sq.ft. main residence newly remodeled in 2009, 1,500 sq. ft. log home, shop, horse barn and ranch office situated in a beautiful valley on Carnero Creek. The working facilities are located at the northeast section of the ranch and have a manager’s home, bunkhouse, calving barn, livestock sheds, 500 head feedlot and a complete set of corrals and scales.
The L Cross Ranch is located near the small community of La Garita, Colorado. The ranch lies at 8,000 feet on the west side of the San Luis Valley with a spectacular view of the Sangre De Cristo Mountain Range. The ranch is approximately 190 miles or 3.5 hour’s drive southwest of Denver via US Highway 285. The general area is known as the San Luis Valley and is located in south central Colorado about 60 miles north of New Mexico state line.
Other towns in the general area of La Garita are Center which is approximately 15 miles southeast and Del Norte which is approximately 12 miles south. Monte Vista and Alamosa are 24 and 45 miles away respectively. Each of these towns has a grocery store, bank and hardware store and general services. Alamosa is the largest town in the San Luis Valley and is the location for a variety of shopping, restaurants, hospitals, four year college and assorted services, all accessible via good paved highways. Grade school and high school is available in Center, Del Norte or Monte Vista with the ranch located within the Center school district.
The L Cross Ranch is located within two hours of three major ski areas. Wolf Creek, which historically has more snow than any ski area in Colorado, is the closest and can be reached in less than one hour. Monarch Ski area is approximately 90 minutes from the L Cross and Crested Butte ski area is about two hours away.
The Great Sand Dunes National Park is located about an hour to the east and can be viewed from the ranch. The La Garita Wilderness area is located just a few miles to the west of the ranch and is reachable in a couple hours by horseback.
Saguache County has two airport facilities. The first is located west of the town of Saguache and has a dirt surface. The other is known as Leach Airfield and is located just a few miles north and east of Center. It has a 7,000 ft. newly paved runway with automatic landing lights.