Slash H Creek Ranch

Sportman's Ranch for sale on Michigan Creek

Nestled in a beautiful high mountain valley about one hour drive southwest of Denver and thirty-five minutes to world-class skiing in Breckenridge is this 268-acre hidden jewel called the Slash H Creek Ranch. A year-round sportsman’s paradise, this ranch includes a near-new 3,000+ sq. ft. custom home, huge equipment storage barn, approximately one mile of a classic Colorado trout stream with strong populations of browns, brooks and a few rainbows; four sub-irrigated grass hay fields producing 60-90 tons of hay per year. It is fenced & cross-fenced for grazing livestock and is home to large herds of traveling elk and resident herds of antelope. The ranch is less then two miles from State Highway 285 and only fifteen minutes northeast of Fairplay; a small western town with all the amenities including medical facilities, schools, hotels, restaurants, grocery stores and much more. Just bring the fishing poles – the home is furnished and the equipment barn is complete with a 47hp tractor and implements.

Slash H Creek Ranch is located on Litmer Road approximately 17 miles northeast of Fairplay and 52 miles southwest of Denver. Fairplay, founded in 1867, is an easy fifteen-minute drive from the ranch; it is also the County Seat and the home of Park County government offices. Included in this historic town is a library, post office, many restaurants, medical facilities, public schools, a grocery store, hardware stores, several gas stations, hotels & motels, numerous small business and much more.
Just thirty-eight miles from the ranch is world-class skiing at Breckenridge Ski Resort, fifty-three miles to the Arkansas River for some great whitewater rafting, and some of Colorado’s finest gold medal trout waters surround the ranch including over 1 mile of Michigan Creek which bisects the ranch. Just up the road is Pike National Forest for some of the finest big game hunting in the world.

One of the features of this ranch is its location – not only the close proximity to town but the privacy as the property adjoins two of the largest ranches in Park County. From any location on the ranch you will enjoy uninterrupted views of the surrounding 14,000 ft. peaks, including the Continental Divide, Mt. Evans and Pikes Peak in the distance. The ranch is located in South Park which is known as the “fly fishing capital” of Colorado, providing not only a private fishing paradise, but unlimited fishing on some of Colorado’s finest rivers and streams is just minutes away. Four world-class reservoirs (Antero, Tarryall, Spinney Mountain and Eleven Mile) and the largest natural lake in the state, Jefferson Lake, are all within 30 minutes or less of the ranch and offer superior lake fishing as well.


The ranch consists of 267.71 acres and sits at 9,300 ft. elevation with over a mile of Michigan Creek that meanders through the middle of the property. Most of the ranch is sub-irrigated and grows on average 60-90 tons of hay annually. The high altitude summer climate of South Park, with cool nights and warm days, produces some of the most superior and nutritionally valued hay in the state. In 1876, South Park was known as one of the principal hay producing regions in Colorado.Climate:
Park County weather can be delightful with summer days in the 70s and cool, crisp nights. The average high temps in January are just below 30 degrees. At these high elevations and clear skies, the sun’s rays are more direct and with over 300 sunny days a year and low humidity, it makes both high and low temperatures more comfortable, especially in the sun. The annual precipitations in South Park is 14 inches and average snowfall is near 84 inches.Improvements:
Included is a 3,000+ sq. ft. custom home built in 2006 with several upgrades including a partially covered wrap-around Trex deck, 25 yr. Hardi-Board siding, interior 9′ ceilings, upgraded carpet, five-piece bath in master bedroom with a jetted tub, custom stone fireplace, gourmet kitchen with stainless steel GE Profile appliances and a custom western chandelier hanging above the dining room table. The home is offered furnished with all furniture in new or near-new condition.

There is a large equipment shed which includes a 47HP Branson tractor (with only 100 hours) trailer and all implements owned, including a Front End Loader, Box Scraper, Rear blade, Chain Harrow, 1 Bottom Plow, Landscape Rake, and JD Brush Hog Mower.

Also on the property are a few older sheds and a historic old homestead house.

Operational Considerations:
The current owner leases the ranch through the winter, running an average of 90 head. There are four main sub-irrigated pastures producing on average 60-90 tons of hay per year and there is a possibility to lease additional water from the adjacent South Park Water Storage Facility to improve hay production. The property is already divided into six separate lots, which would allow a new owner to sell portions of the ranch and/or drill additional wells and build more homes if desired.

Water Resources:
Slash H Creek Ranch has abundant water including a spring on the property along with over a mile of Michigan Creek. Michigan Creek is one of the best fisheries in South Park with unsurpassed fishing opportunity; there are strong populations of browns, brook trout and a few rainbows. The Rocky Mountain Angling Club (RMAC) currently leases the water for catch and release fly-fishing only using barbless hooks. This is also a source of good income if a new owner desires.

Wildlife Resourses:
In addition to fly-fishing on and near the Slash H Creek Ranch, South Park is home to one of the largest elk herds in Colorado. Large herds of elk are routinely seen on the property along with a resident herd of antelope that make this area their home. Priority landowner tags are available from the Colorado Division of Wildlife for this Trophy GMU Unit 50. Just minutes from the Ranch are over a million acres of the Pike National Forest with unlimited acres of unspoiled and untamed rocky mountain lands.

Taxes for 2012 are $1,950.26

Brokers Comments:
This nearly 300-acre ranch offers a tremendous fishery with over one mile of amazing trout fishing opportunities. Located just an hour’s drive and easy commute from Denver, the Slash H Creek Ranch is a great fulltime residence or an ideal weekend getaway. A very clean ranch, brand new home, outbuildings, hay producing, fenced and crossed fenced for livestock, furnished, abundant wildlife, income producing, astonishing views in all directions and close to Denver – this is truthfully a one-of-a-kind ranch. When looking for the perfect property, one should consider that, “You can plant a tree, you can build a structure but you cannot build a trout stream, location or a view.”

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Slash H Creek Ranch – Jefferson, CO