Pass Creek Ranch & Wolford Mountain Ranch

Shared Amenity Ranch Community in Kremmling, Colorado

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Pass Creek Ranch & Wolford Mountain Ranch is located in northwest Colorado on the east side of Gore Pass between the world-renowned resorts of Vail, Winter Park and Steamboat Springs. Near the rural sportsman’s town of Kremmling, the 900-acre private, shared amenity ranch is located just off State Highway 134, three miles west of US Highway 40 along the Gore Range. The ranch has a half mile of Pass Creek along its west and north side as well as a small pond. The ranch is characterized by open parks and Evergreen and Aspen tree-covered hills providing excellent wildlife habitat and has outstanding views in every direction.

Location: Pass Creek Ranch & Wolford Mountain Ranch is located eight miles northwest of Kremmling off State Highway 134, 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 44 miles northwest of the ranch, Vail is 70 miles south, and Winter Park is 50 miles east. The ranch is located on the north end of the shared amenity Grand River Ranches which are of similar size or larger and borders state land on the north and is only three miles from the 1.5 million-acre Arapaho National Forest and close to the Sarvis Creek Wilderness area.

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 waters for fishing, rafting and water sports along with trophy big game herds. All of the ranches around Pass Creek Ranch & Wolford Mountain 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.


The community of Kremmling offers many modern services and is a recreation paradise for the winter or summer outdoor enthusiast. Kremmling hosts 26 annual community events, providing entertainment for families and visitors of all ages and activity preferences. Kremmling Days (held in June) and the Annual Wolford Mountain Ice Fishing Tournament (held in February) represent two of the more popular ones. Kremmling has two banks and a credit union, kindergarten – high schools, grocery store, hospital with emergency room, library, coffee shops, diner, restaurants and saloons. A private jet-accessible airport (McElroy Field Airport) is only minutes from Pass Creek Ranch & Wolford Mountain Ranch and two commuter/commercial airports are within a 1.5 hour drive of Kremmling; the Yampa Valley Regional Airport (HDN) and Eagle County Airport (EGE). The town of Silverthorne, just 38 miles south of Kremmling, provides access to more dining and shopping opportunities as well as home improvement stores, larger super markets and general service/maintenance retailers.

Acreage: Pass Creek Ranch & Wolford Mountain Ranch wraps the corner of some state trust land and has direct access off State Highway 134, where it begins its route over Gore Pass to the town of Toponas. The 900 acres are comprised of gently sloping hillsides with groves of Evergreen and Aspen tree stands. Pass Creek flows through the ranch along its northwestern side and the property has views of Wolford Mountain Reservoir, the Never Summer Range and 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 1,550-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.

Recreational Considerations: Pass Creek Ranch & Wolford Mountain 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 topographic privacy and groves of trees on the property give it excellent recreational value. Just three miles west begins the Arapaho National Forest which surrounds the 46,000-acre Sarvis Creek Wilderness area with high-mountain fishing lakes and streams, 15 hunting areas and access to 20 miles of trails for exceptional summer hiking and mountain biking excursions and winter snow mobiling and cross-country skiing opportunities. Pass Creek & Wolford Mountain Ranch and adjacent ranches are professionally managed and patrolled to maintain security and mitigate trespassing.

Grand River Ranch: Pass Creek Ranch & Wolford Mountain 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 would be a great consideration for any new owner. Pass Creek Ranch 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 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.

Climate: Elevations average 8,200 feet at the Pass Creek Ranch & Wolford Mountain Ranch which features 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.

Improvements: There are no structures or buildings on Pass Creek Ranch & Wolford Mountain Ranch but there are several excellent building sites throughout the property. The ranch provides for six home sites allowing the construction of six residences and related accessory buildings. The ranch borders County Road 14, just off Highway 40 and is partially perimeter fenced.

Operational Considerations: The ranch would make a wonderful horse property, private getaway, hunting camp, or winter/summer recreation retreat. 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 Pass Creek Ranch & Wolford Mountain 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 stock water from Pass Creek, and there is one small pond on the property. 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 six 70-acre home sites along with related barns and other outbuildings (a main house and guest house plus outbuildings on each site). 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.

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Pass Creek Ranch – Kremmling, CO