The Lower Elk River Valley Ranch

122-acre Residential Estate or Horse Ranch near Steamboat Springs

Colorado – Routt County – Steamboat Springs

The Lower Elk River Valley Ranch is 122 acres (consisting of 90 acres of irrigated meadow and about 32 acres of dry cropland) of prime level, useable land, cornering on the beautiful Elk River just north of Highway 40 and only just 6 miles from downtown Steamboat Springs and 9 miles from the Steamboat Ski Area in northwest Colorado. This ranch has incredible potential as simply a residential estate or horse ranch or it could be divided into three separate 35+ acre parcels. There is significant conservation easement potential that could dramatically reduce a buyer’s after tax basis as well as permanently lock in the minimal agriculturally-based property taxes.

Steamboat Springs is approximately 150 miles northwest of Denver and features two airports. Steamboat Springs Airport is located between The Lower Elk River Valley Ranch and Steamboat Springs offering private service, charter service, air ambulance and FBO. The Yampa Valley Regional Airport (HDN) offers commercial flights and private service and is located 22 miles from Steamboat Springs with direct flights to Chicago, Dallas/Ft. Worth, Houston, Newark, Minneapolis and Denver. Yampa Valley Regional Airport is host to four major airlines: American, Continental, Northwest and United and commuter service is provided year-round to and from Denver by United Express.

Steamboat Springs is one of the most popular resort towns in Colorado and features all of the big city conveniences including hotels/resorts/spas, restaurants, hospital and medical facilities, shopping, golf courses, theater/festivals, and convention/meeting centers in a very charming mountain environment. With five Nordic ski areas within a 30-mile radius, in addition to back country trails within the 1,126,346 acres of Routt National Forest, Steamboat Springs is considered the Nordic center of the Rockies and is a recreation paradise providing endless four-season enjoyment.

Steamboat Springs Overview:
Steamboat Springs, nestled in Colorado’s beautiful Yampa Valley, is a truly remarkable community to live in. The town, with an elevation of 6,695 feet above sea level, received its name in the mid 1800’s when fur trappers ventured over the Continental Divide and heard the gushing sound of mineral springs, reminding them of the sound of steamboats. Once a gold mining, coal mining and ranching community, winter and summer tourism is now the mainstay of Steamboat’s thriving economy. Though called Ski Town USA and known for its world-class skiing facilities, Steamboat Springs was originally a summer resort. Visitors would come in the summer months to take advantage of the many natural hot springs and vast hunting and fishing opportunities. Today, summer activities span the spectrum with two championship golf courses, indoor/outdoor tennis center, endless biking, kayaking, hiking, snowmobiling, horseback riding, flyfishing, whitewater rafting, tubing and so much more available right from town.

With a current population just over 10,000 residents, Steamboat Springs doubled its population over the past two decades but still retains its small-town values and ambiance. The town lies against the western ridge of the Continental Divide and is nearly surrounded by National Forest and Wilderness area. The Yampa River, which begins in the Flat Tops Wilderness, flows through downtown Steamboat Springs and eventually meets the Green River in Dinosaur National Monument. Two ski areas, four state parks, hot springs, lakes, rivers and endless trail systems cater to a plethora of outdoors activities.

Steamboat Springs has an excellent public school system and several private schools with reasonably sized classes. The local community college offers opportunities for continuing education and two-year Associate of Arts degrees. There are two elementary schools (K-5), one middle school (6-8), one charter school (K-5) and one high school (9-12). All offer the latest in educational materials and technology to serve the best interests and development of local youth.

Steamboat Springs’ summers are mild, cool and dry with low humidity. July is the hottest month with an average high of 82 degrees and low of 41 degrees. On average, Steamboat Springs Ski Area receives 310 inches of snowfall annually and downtown Steamboat Springs receives 173 inches of snow annually.

Wildlife and Recreation:
For the avid sportsman, the resort and surrounding forest/wilderness has elk, mule deer, bear, and bobcat along with a variety of raptors, waterfowl and other bird species. The property offers year-round outdoor entertainment and recreation from hiking, kayaking and horseback riding in the summer to snowmobiling, snow-shoeing, cross-country and downhill skiing in the winter. Steamboat Springs is less than 30 minutes from the resort offering 3,000 skiable acres of terrain, intense tree skiing, wide open meadows, long bump runs and groomed cruisers. The glade area of Sunshine and Storm Peaks are Steamboat’s particular claim to fame with champagne powder skiing at its best.