Sand Point Ranch

Scenic High Mountain Ranch near Steamboat Springs

Sand Point Ranch is just over 3,000 acres of varied alpine terrain located 35 miles south of Steamboat Springs, Colorado. Straddling the Routt and Rio Blanco county line, the ranch has a long National Forest boundary and consists of mixed forest, open parks and dramatic overlooks. Traditionally used for hunting and sheep and cattle grazing, Sand Point Ranch also has irrigated grass hay meadows and appurtenant irrigation water rights.

The ranch is located 35 miles south of the resort town of Steamboat Springs. It is easily accessed via year-round paved and gravel state and county roads. Scenic Routt County Road 29 follows Trout Creek and is flanked by steep canyon walls for several miles then opens up into wide, fertile meadows shadowed by Sand Point. Oak Creek, a small community with groceries, fuel stop and public schools is about 6 miles from the west side of the ranch.

Immediately surrounding the ranch are several high mountain ranches. The adjacent Routt National Forest is over one million acres and stretches from Wyoming in the North to the White River National Forest south of the property. The Yampa Valley Regional Airport with daily flights to Denver International Airport is about a half hours drive. During the ski season, direct flights are available from Atlanta, Chicago, Dallas/Ft. Worth, Houston, Newark, New York City, Minneapolis, and Los Angeles. 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.

Sand Point Ranch consists mostly of treed mountain pastures perfectly suited for livestock and big game. The forests are interspersed with open, grassy parks and Oak Creek meanders through the Ranch. Beaver dams along the creek have resulted in large pools connected by the cascading creek. Healthy stands of aspens provide cover for the elk, moose, deer and bear in the area. The acreage along the creek is lined with willows and provides excellent habitat for the wildlife and birds.

he ranch can be available in several configurations. The Kellogg Parcel consists of 400 acres in a gorgeous alpine setting with dramatic views of Sand Point. Oak Creek flows along the southern boundary. The location of the county road below a slight rise in the parcel makes the access very easy while keeping the entire parcel hidden from view. The land has high mountain parks surrounded by aspen and pine forests and is bordered on three sides by national forest.

The Middle Parcel is 320 acres with characteristics very similar to the Kellogg Pasture. It has direct views of Sand Point to the south and views of the irrigated meadows below Pinnacle Peak to the north. It is also surrounded on three sides by national forest.

The Greek Pasture at the southeastern end of Sand Point Ranch, has a public ground boundary and consists of gently sloping sagebrush hillsides. It also consists of a large aspen grove, a small pine covered valley with spring fed ponds, and a picturesque rock-faced point rising above a secluded basin.

The remainder of the ranch, north of the county road, consists of a long ridge with tree covered hillsides sloping down to the irrigated meadows. This portion of the ranch produces native grass hay and provides excellent grazing for livestock and wildlife.

Steamboat has four distinct seasons, each with its own display of color. Summers are mild and green with the average maximum temperature just below 85 degrees. The average temperature in January, typically our coldest month, is about 1 degree. Spring comes in April as the rivers swell with melting snow and flowers and tree buds emerge. Fall has a brilliant display of gold colors, attracting visitors from all over. Annual precipitation averages 24 inches and comes mostly in the form of snowfall, roughly 167 inches per year.

No improvements exist on the ranch; it is a clean slate. State statute requires 35 acres per residence and there are a variety of different settings to establish homesites or ranch headquarters.

Operational Considerations:
The ranch is leased by two area ranchers for cattle and sheep grazing. The sheep typically move through the ranch in the early summer and sometimes in the fall on their way to and from their summer range. The ranch can produce approximately 100 tons of hay on average. Because the property is operated in conjunction with the adjacent public land, only portions of Sand Point Ranch are fenced.

With the shared National Forest boundary along the southern end of the ranch, access to the Routt National Forest, the Flattops Wilderness and the White River National Forest is convenient. Hunting (Game Management Unit 131) is excellent both on and off of the ranch. The Flattops Wilderness is an unusual departure from the typical jagged peaks in the Rockies. It is a range that features a broad, level top reaching 12,000 feet in elevation. The area has hundreds of miles of hiking and riding trails, high mountain streams, and over 80 alpine lakes.

2012 – $2,767.04

Mineral Rights:
The Seller owns minerals in both counties. Some minerals have been severed. The Seller will convey all Seller-owned minerals.

Water Resources:

Name Amount Appropriation Adjudication
Alpha Ditch 4.7 cfs 9/17/1890 9/21/1897
Rich Ditch 3.26 cfs 1/1/1924 7/12/1948
Chapman Res. 159.9 af 8/30/1926 3/30/1964
Chapman Res. Enl. 86.6 af 8/1/1945 3/30/1964
Lowry Res. 20 af 06/22/191 6/22/1921
Pinnacle Peak Spg #1 .22 cfs 12/31/1966 12/31/1997
Pinnacle Peak Spg #2 .033 cfs 12/31/1966 12/31/1997
Alpha Ditch Enl. 2.8 cfs 3/31/2000 12/31/2000
Pinnacle Peak Ponds 7.6 af total 3/31/2000 12/31/2000