Murphy Larsen Ranch

Colorado - Routt County - Clark

 | Acres 50 |

Price $600,000

Homesites Among 1,500 Acres of Spectacular Alpine Scenery

The Murphy Larsen Ranch is 1,500 acres of spectacular alpine scenery nestled in the quaint community of Clark, Colorado. It shares a border with the Routt National Forest. The ranch was thoughtfully developed by a family that deeply values conservation; in the 90’s, they entered into a local agreement with neighboring ranchers to protect and conserve thousands of acres in the Elk River valley. The results of that joint conservation effort are evident today with attractive working landscapes and ranches of the area. The 11 homesites each have direct views of the jagged Zirkel Range peaks towering above the verdant meadows across the valley. Most of the sites are covered with the aspen trees, whose white trunks provide a stark contrast to the green foliage on the forest floor. The improvements consist of a state-of-the art central water system, a simple cabin located near the forest boundary and Owens Cabin, a newly constructed meeting and recreation facility. An opportunity to join in the activities and use the amenities at The Home Ranch, a renowned Relais & Chateaux guest ranch is available to the homeowners at the Murphy Larsen Ranch.

The ranch is located 20 miles north of the resort town of Steamboat Springs. It is easily accessed via year-round paved and gravel county roads. Scenic Routt County road 129 follows the Elk River through the lush river valley meadows. Along the way is Clark, a small community with groceries, a post office and a model K-8 public charter school. 10 minutes from the ranch is the town of Hahn’s Peak with restaurants, a convenience store and a marina at Steamboat Lake. This area of the county is known for beautiful, protected landscapes and great year round outdoor recreation.

The Murphy-Larsen Ranch is bordered on the west by the Routt National Forest. The forest is over one million acres and stretches into Wyoming. The Yampa Valley Regional Airport with daily flights to Denver International Airport is about a 45-minuted drive to the southwest. During the ski season, direct flights are available from major cities all over the country. Steamboat Springs, with a population of about 12,000 is a friendly resort community that features many amenities found in larger towns. The Yampa Valley Medical Center, constructed in 1999, is a full service acute care hospital. The Bud Werner Memorial Library, recently constructed following an $11,000,000 voter-approved tax is a 28,000 s.f. state of the art facility. Colorado Mountain College, an established community college, continues to experience growth and success and recently added two 4-year degree programs. Clark is a small rural community 17 miles north of Steamboat that is anchored by the newly constructed LEED gold school and a volunteer fire and rescue department.

Murphy Larsen Ranch

Colorado - Routt County - Clark

Acres 50

Price $600,000




The Murphy Larsen Ranch consists of rolling hills covered in aspen groves with native mountain pastures and a few small coniferous forests. Cottonwood Creek flows along the eastern portion of the homesite parcel, feeding Owens Pond and providing water for livestock and wildlife. The eleven homesites are located on 661 acres with its extensive network of trails leading to National Forest and Wilderness lands—tens of thousands of acres literally at your back door. Homeowners have common ownership of the adjacent 875 acres, known as the North Murphy-Larsen. This piece of land is a spectacular recreational opportunity: trails lead up through old growth aspen, evergreens, and giant ferns, revealing astonishing long views down valley as far as the Flattops. This land has been placed in conservation easement and will never be developed.

Cool summers are typical with maximum temperatures in the 80’s. The average temperature in January, typically our coldest month, is about 1 degree. Spring comes in May as the snow begins to give way to the grass. Fall is a treat for the senses with bugling elk and vivid yellow and orange trees and brush. Annual precipitation comes mostly in the form of snowfall, roughly 300 inches per year.

Owens Cabin, named for Owen Murphy who originally homesteaded the present day Murphy Larsen Ranch, is a well appointed and refined tribute to simpler days. It serves as a gathering place for Murphy Larsen owners-a place to meet after a day in the saddle or a long hike in the forest. Pete’s Cabin, a restored historic one room bungalow overlooking the homesites, is a fantastic destination for a picnic during a day hike or ride. It was relocated to its present site and remodeled to provide a comfortable place to cool off in the summer or warm up in the winter.

Operational Considerations:
The ranch is currently used for summer grazing of the cattle. Sand Mountain Cattle Company, a long-time area cattle operation, has enjoyed a successful history with the Home Ranch and the Murphy Larsen Ranch, operating and maintaining thousands of acres in the immediate area. SMCC is well known for its outstanding land stewardship practices and quality grass-fed cattle.

Water Resources:
The Murphy Larsen Ranch has a central water system that is designed to accommodate household use as well as irrigation for landscaping. It is constantly monitored for both quantity and quality and water is available at each lot. With approximately 70,000 gallons of water storage, the water system provides peace of mind for rural land-ownership.

With the surrounding National Forest, access to area recreation opportunities is unlimited. Hunting is very good on the adjacent public lands. Hunting on the North Murphy Larsen can be arranged with a nearby hunting outfitter. Summertime hiking, riding and biking on the Ranch trails leads through tall grass hay meadows to aspen/fern forest to the cool shade of the evergreens. The crisp winter air and deep powder snow become tangible during a snowshoe hike or cross country ski trip up to Pete’s cabin.

Taxes: 2012-$475.00

Annual Dues: $4,400.00

Priced from: $900,000

Broker’s Comment:
The Murphy Larsen Ranch is a never-to -be-repeated opportunity to own a piece of one of Colorado’s unspoiled landscapes. The commitment to conservation shared by the area landowners has served as a model for modern conservation practices. The developers’ original idea to “live lightly on the land” is evident; they remain adjoining landowners and practice living lightly on the land every day. Their commitment to community and their decades-long demonstration that agriculture and recreation mutually benefit each other is on display in Clark. With the option to enjoy the Home Ranch amenities as well as the proximity to Steamboat Springs, the Murphy Larsen Ranch owners can be a part of a larger commitment to community and the environment while enjoying the outdoors in a pristine and protected setting.