Northwest Colorado Hunting,Fishing and Recreation Ranch

The Rafter 5 Snake River Ranch is 741 acres of high desert rangeland located in the northwest corner of Colorado. Approximately one mile of both sides of the Little Snake River winds through and along the eastern edge of the ranch. A newer log cabin with wrap-around porch sits on a high plateau overlooking the long river valley. The ranch is remote and located in and near some of the best big game hunting units in the state.

The ranch is located just off of well-maintained county roads. It is accessed via a seasonal county road that terminates just beyond the southern boundary of the ranch. Maybell, with a convenience store and fuel stop, restaurant and an elementary school, is 22 miles to the east. Craig with a population of about 9,000 is another 30 miles east. Commercial air service in Hayden is approximately 70 miles east. Steamboat Springs and its world-class skiing is under a two-hour drive east. This particular area of Colorado is known for trophy bull elk, wild-west history and vast expanses of public lands.

The majority of this part of the state consists of BLM land interspersed with private cattle and sheep ranches located mainly along the irrigated meadow bottoms of the Yampa and Little Snake Rivers. Much of the drive from Maybell to the ranch takes in the scenic contrast between the light, sand colored hills and the brilliant green fields straddling the river. The ranch is located in Game Management Units 2 and 11; both are tightly managed, highly sought after areas for trophy elk and mule deer hunting. Dinosaur National Monument is within 15 miles of the ranch as is the Sandwash area that is home to several herds of wild horses. Craig, Colorado, has two grocery stores, a new hospital offering a full range of emergency care and medical services, and an accredited two-year college. Commercial air service is located in Hayden, Colorado with daily flights to Denver International Airport as well as several direct flights all over the country during the ski season.

The acreage on the ranch is predominantly juniper-covered canyons and ridges on the higher elevations interrupted by the lush green lowlands that flank the Little Snake River. The elevation ranges from 5,650 ft. at the river up to 6,400 on the higher reaches. Several small valleys and relatively rugged terrain provide cover for elk and deer and the hunters who pursue them. The acreage is also well suited for excellent mountain lion hunting. The ranch is surrounded by nearly 1 million acres of public ground.

The Rafter 5 Little Snake River Ranch is located in the northwestern corner of Colorado. Summer days are very warm with cool air prevailing once the sun goes down. The high July temperature is typically about 87 degrees. Winters are very mild with an average high January temperature of 33 degrees. Average annual precipitation is just over 12 inches.

Improvements on the ranch include a custom built log cabin constructed in 2011. It is 1,400 sq. ft with 3 bedrooms, 1.5 baths and a covered porch with panoramic views of the Little Snake River corridor as it winds its way down to the confluence with the Yampa River. The cabin is comfortably furnished and features vaulted, open beam ceilings, hickory cabinets and stainless appliances. The sellers installed a large refrigerator for big game meat storage. The ranch is completely off-grid with an impressive propane powered battery system and generator as well as solar photovoltaic panels. Domestic water supply is from an 18 g.p.m. well drilled in 2010.

Operational Considerations:
The ranch is used exclusively for big game hunting, fishing, and recreation. An adjoining neighbor acts as a caretaker and keeps close watch over the ranch and the cabin.

Water Resources:
The ranch has over 1 mile of both sides of the Little Snake River, providing easy access to fishing and boating.

With BLM land completely surrounding the ranch, access to big game hunting is excellent. Fishing is convenient in the Little Snake River which flows along the eastern edge of the ranch for approximately 1 mile. The majority of the ranch lies in GMU 2 which is known for enormous bull elk. The unit is actively managed by the Colorado Parks and Wildlife for giant bulls and licenses are very limited. A small part of the ranch extends into GMU 11. Dinosaur National Monument is close by with rafting, fossil hunting and hiking. The Sandwash basin is northwest of the ranch and is home to several herds of wild horses.

2013 – The property enjoys agricultural tax status.

Mineral Rights:
Seller will convey any seller-owned minerals.