Mesa Meadow Ranch

Shared Amenity Ranch Community in Kremmling, Colorado

Mesa Meadow Ranch is situated in northwest Colorado’s high country wonderland between the world-renowned resorts of Vail, Winter Park and Steamboat Springs. Near the rural sportsman’s town of Kremmling, the 835-acre private, shared amenity ranch is located just off US Highway 40 up against the Gore Range. Sheep Creek flows through the property along with water from two ditches and the Jones Reservoir providing plenty of water to irrigate the ranch’s expansive meadows.

Location: Mesa Meadow Ranch is located two miles west of Kremmling off County Road 14, less than a two-hour drive west of Denver. The historic ranching community of Kremmling has a population of 2,000 residents and offers most services including a private jet-accessible airport just minutes from the ranch. Conveniently located, Steamboat Springs is 52 miles northwest of the ranch, Vail is 67 miles south and Winter Park is 46 miles east. The ranch is surrounded by other Grand River Ranches of similar size and borders the shared Equestrian Center, is near the Sporting Clays Shooting Range and is situated north of the Grand River Ranch Lake Fishing Camp.

Surrounding Area: The area around Grand River Ranch has traditionally been a rural ranching community – rich with an authentic western ranch culture and not affected by the ski resort influence. Of equal stature, the area is well known for its gold-medal fishing waters, rafting and water sports along with trophy big game herds. All of the ranches around Mesa Meadow Ranch are controlled and in strong hands providing a vast permanent open landscape that is rare in mountain areas with high scenic and recreational values. Several of the larger ranches in the area are already protected from development by conservation easements and are under stable long-term ownership.

Acreage: Mesa Meadow Ranch is three and one-half miles east to west and approximately one mile wide. Located just west of US Highway 40, the 835-acre ranch is comprised of irrigated hay meadow that graduates from several hundred feet of elevation change to grass and sage covered hillsides that lead to the Grand River Ranch Lake. Sheep Creek flows through the ranch for three miles winding its way to the Colorado River. Spectacular 360-degree views unfold in every direction; north to the Park Range, east to Wolford Mountain, south to the Gore Range and the 133,000-acre Eagles Nest Wilderness and is surrounded by the 19,000 acres that comprise the Grand River Ranches.

Wildlife and Fishery Resources:
The shared Grand River Ranch Fishing Camp, below Wolford Mountain Reservoir and the Grand River Ranch Lake, contain rainbow trout, brook trout, creek chubs and fathead minnows. Aquatic habitat, both for fish and for waterfowl, has been substantially enhanced. Exceptional fly-fishing is also available on several gold-medal streams and rivers that are within an easy drive including the nearby Colorado River, Eagle River, Frying Pan River, Roaring Fork River, North Platte River, White River and numerous North Park streams. Additional lake fishing, water-skiing and sailing is available just across the highway on the 1,500-acre Wolford Mountain Reservoir or south on the 2,125-acre Green Mountain Reservoir.The ranch is inhabited by elk, mule deer, pronghorn antelope, coyotes, black bears, red foxes, bobcats, pine martens, and beavers, and numerous small mammals such as snowshoe hares, marmots, long-tailed weasels, ermine, muskrats and chipmunks. Ducks, geese, blue grouse, great blue heron, hawks, owls and eagles frequent the property and moose occasionally migrate through the property and through Grand River Ranch.

Recreational Considerations:
Mesa Meadow Ranch is surrounded by world-class ski areas including Steamboat, Winter Park, Keystone, Breckenridge, Copper Mountain, Arapahoe Basin, Vail and Beaver Creek. These well-known resorts also offer endless year-round recreation and entertainment opportunities including golf, tennis, water sports, hiking, biking, and culinary, art and music festivals and a plethora of other winter and summer alpine activities. The nearby Colorado River offers fishing, kayaking, and rafting. Hiking, climbing, camping, and mountaineering can be found in every direction from the property and road cycling is a popular summer activity with an ever-expanding network of dedicated cycling paths. In addition, mountain biking, off-road motorcycling and ATV trails exist on the ranch and in the nearby mountains and hills.

The open areas and the topographic privacy of the property give it excellent recreational value. The scenic vistas and the adjacent Equestrian Center, Sporting Clays Shooting Range and Fishing Lake are very convenient. There are millions of acres of public land nearby if one chooses to venture beyond the ranch borders. Mesa Meadow Ranch and adjacent ranches are professionally managed and patrolled to maintain security and mitigate trespassing.

Grand River Ranch:
Mesa Meadow Ranch is a part of the Grand River Ranch that features nineteen individual ranches on 19,000 acres, each with shared ranch amenities, its own character and carefully planned with reasonable covenants and guidelines aimed at safeguarding its history and resources. Conservation easement potential remains intact and Mesa Meadow Ranch borders the Lake Fishing Camp, Equestrian Center with Outdoor Arena and Sporting Clays Shooting Range, shared ranch amenities available to other Grand River Ranch owners. The property offers an extraordinary opportunity to own a ranch with shared ranch amenities including a Private Lake with Day Cabin for lake fishing and non-motorized boating, a Day Cabin and Overnight Cabin on a first-class fly fishing stream, Sporting Clays Shooting Range, Equestrian Center with Outdoor Arena and the full-service Grand River Ranch Lodge providing overnight accommodations, fine dining and entertaining area.

Elevations range from 7,300 feet to 7,900 feet at the Mesa Meadow Ranch featuring the attractive Colorado mountain climate – warm sunny days with low humidity and cool nights. Average summer temperatures are in the upper 70’s with lows in the 40’s. Winter is typical of the conditions at the base of some of Colorado popular ski resorts with pleasant day temperatures ranging from the teens at night to 30’s during the day and snow cover of approximately 100 inches per year from December through April.

There are no structures or buildings on Mesa Meadow Ranch but there are several excellent building sites throughout the property. The ranch provides for three home sites allowing the construction of three residences and related accessory buildings, is perimeter fenced, and borders County Road 14 – just off Highway 40.

Operational Considerations:
The ranch has been operated as a hay meadow and pasture and would make a wonderful horse property, private getaway, or winter/summer recreation retreat in conjunction with livestock grazing. All land is owned in fee and there are no public land grazing permits associated with the ranch. Currently, the Grand River Ranch leases out the majority of the ranch for summer cattle grazing which can continue on at Mesa Meadow Ranch if desired and which would preserve the agricultural status of the property and the consequent low property taxes. Should a new owner wish to place a conservation easement on the property, there will no longer be the need for grazing to maintain agricultural status.

Water Rights:
Both further surface and well water rights may be developed. The ranch has water from the West End Ditch, Nos. 1 and 2 along with the Jones Reservoir Nos. 1 and 3 for irrigation and stock water from Sheep Creek. Typically, private wells are established to provide water for domestic use and limited livestock consumption.

Special Conditions:
The property is zoned as agricultural/forestry by Grand County. The Grand River Ranch property owners association has restrictions over the ranch which limits development to three 70-acre home sites along with related barns and other outbuildings. The opportunity to forgo one or two of the home sites through a conservation easement could yield a significant non-cash charitable donation and associated tax savings.