White River Ranch

Riverfront Acreage in Western Colorado

The White River Ranch is 214 acres of riverfront acreage in western Colorado. Located between Rangely and Meeker, the ranch is convenient to both communities with grocery stores, fuel stations, and schools. Functional improvements are situated just off the banks of the White River, which winds through the middle of the property for about one mile. The ranch is ideally set up for livestock with hay storage, a barn, sheds and outbuildings. Water rights irrigate 75 acres plus 60 acres of sub-irrigated meadows. The entire northern and southern boundaries border tens of thousands of acres of public ground, providing access to the excellent hunting found in northwest Colorado.

The ranch is located along a paved road 45 miles west of Meeker and 10 miles east of Rangely. It is easily accessed via the year-round maintained road. State Highway 64 links the two communities and follows the scenic White River and its lush green meadows highlighted by the sandstone colored, sagebrush covered hillsides. Rangely, a small community of about 2,000 has all of the necessities. Grand Junction is just over an hour’s drive south; a city of over 100,000, it is the largest on the Western Slope of Colorado.

Rangely has restaurants, groceries, a K-12 school system, and a two-year college. It is home to a new medical facility designated a level IV trauma center. Colorado Northwestern Community College, a two year accredited college offering a variety of associate’s degrees, is known for its dental hygiene and aviation technology programs. Both Rangely and Meeker have county-owned airports. The Rangely airport is less than 10 miles from the ranch; it is at 5,278 ft. elevation with a 6,400 x 75 ft. asphalt runway and is attended 24 hours/day, 7 days/week. Five airlines provide scheduled flights around the west and Texas from Grand Junction, just over an hour south of the ranch.

Immediately surrounding the ranch are private ranches along the White River flanked by the vast expanse of public BLM lands to the north and south of the river. The White River Ranch consists of approximately 75 irrigated acres, 63 sub-irrigated acres and 79 acres of dry pasture. The majority of the property is located on the north side of the highway and south of the river. The south side of the highway is a juniper-covered hillside and the north side of the river is primarily sage. The remaining acreage consists of irrigated hay meadows and sub-irrigated grazing pastures. The ranch typically produces 40-45 tons of hay. Although two cuttings of hay is a reasonable expectation, the sellers preferred to turn cattle on to the meadows after the first cutting. The Sellers represent that the ranch will carry 35 mother cows on a year-round basis.

The White River Ranch is located in the western part of the state and experiences very mild winters. Summer days are very warm with cool air prevailing once the sun goes down. The high July temperature is typically about 90 degrees. Winters are generally sunny with an average high January temperature of 31 degrees. Average annual precipitation is approximately 11 inches.

Improvements on the ranch include a comfortable 3,100 sq. ft. ranch style log home with 4 bedrooms and 2 full baths. Recent upgrades include new cabinets, flooring and windows. The home, along with a detached 2-car garage, cement pad for RV parking, and fenced yard, is nestled in a grove of tall cottonwood trees near the river. Domestic water is supplied by an 18 ft. deep well. Several functional outbuildings include a tack shed, 2-stall log barn with hayloft, 75 ft. round pen, hay shed, tool shed and carport, and a newer 40’ x 60’ metal shop with concrete floor. Other improvements include pipe corrals, loading chute, squeeze chute and an irrigation pump.

Operational Considerations:
The ranch is leased by an area rancher for hay production and grazing. In the past the Sellers have also wintered yearling cattle, supplementing them with the hay produced on the ranch.

Water Resources:
An apportionment of the following total rights:

Name Amount Appropriation   Adjudication
Hammond Ditch 5.6 c.f.s.   June 1, 1886 Oct. 6, 1903

With the shared BLM boundary along the entire southern and northern ends of the ranch, access to the area’s big game hunting is excellent. Catfish and trout fishing is convenient in the White River which flows through the ranch for approximately one mile. GMU 21 is south of the river; GMU 10, known for trophy elk, is north of the river. The seller has taken a 7×7 bull elk and a large mountain lion from the property. Dinosaur National Monument is close by with rafting, fossil hunting and hiking. Kenney reservoir is about five miles west of the ranch and is popular for fishing and boating.

2013 – $1,403.92. The property enjoys agricultural tax status; they are comparatively very low.

Mineral Rights:
Seller believes no minerals are owned.