Step Rock Ranch
Productive and Scenic High Mountain Colorado Ranch
The 835-acre Step Rock Ranch is located 30 miles south of Steamboat Springs, Colorado, along the banks of Trout Creek with a National Forest boundary and surrounded by large area ranches. The ranch is situated in a long, wide valley with aspen covered hillsides and willows that line the creek. Traditionally used for hunting and grazing, Step Rock Ranch is also ideally set up for horses with a 4 stall barn and hay loft, fenced paddocks, irrigated grass hay meadows and a comfortable 3,400 sq.ft. home.
The ranch is located 30 miles south of the resort town of Steamboat Springs and 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 15 minutes from the ranch.
Immediately surrounding the ranch are large acreage, productive 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 a just over 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.
Step Rock Ranch consists of a nice balance of irrigated and sub-irrigated native grass hay meadows with over a mile of Trout Creek that meanders through the property. Large stands of aspens provide cover for the elk, moose, deer and bear in the area. Much of the acreage along the creek is lined with willows and provides excellent habitat for the wildlife and birds.
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 the 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.