COLORADO RANCHES FOR SALE
Mountain RanchesIf you are looking to find that perfect place to ranch in the mountains, ranches in Colorado offer lots of options. When looking at ranches in the mountains, you will want to make sure you ask about winter access as many mountain ranches do not have year round access.
Steamboat River RanchVIEW DETAILS
Colorado - Routt County - Steamboat Springs
Acres 490 |
Bordered by the Elk River, these 490 acres of prime irrigated and grazing land feature luxury improvements along a river corridor, access to national forest and nearly 2 miles of live water. With close proximity to quaint shops, fine dining and world class skiing, this ranch strikes a balance between productive ranchland, quality improvements and first-rate recreational amenities.
Pine Ridge RanchVIEW DETAILS
Colorado - La Plata County - Durango
Acres 700 |
Rarely do you find such a remarkable property as this with its end-of-the-road privacy, useable and scenic country, wildlife and custom designed improvements. Pine Ridge Ranch is both tasteful and practical in one of the most beautiful areas of Colorado.
Sweetwater Lake RanchVIEW DETAILS
Colorado - Garfield County - Gypsum
Acres 488 |
One of the few ranches in Colorado encompassing a large, natural lake. The convenience to the I-70 corridor and ski resorts and the extensive prior planning and engineering for the water rights make this an attractive offering with numerous hold and exit strategies. The spectacular setting and the adjacent national forest, year-round access and privacy are attractive qualities not easily found in the West.
Yampa River RanchVIEW DETAILS
Colorado - Routt County - Steamboat Springs
Acres 414 |
This 414-acre ranch on the banks of the Yampa River has year-round paved access and is 15 miles west of Steamboat. In pristine condition, the custom 5,600-square-foot Montana log home overlooks the river corridor. River improvements have been completed; this stretch is known for its monster browns. Bald eagles put on a spectacular display as they fly from nest to hunting perches in the cottonwoods that line the river. Near regional airport with private and commercial service and is an easy drive to Steamboat.
Boyer RanchVIEW DETAILS
Colorado - Custer County - Westcliffe
Acres 12,505 Total Acres |
Price $8,000,000 Reduced
The ranch consists of over 11,000 acres of deeded ground and 1,100+ acres of Colorado State lease for a combined total acreage of over 12,000 acres. The ranch is a well improved operation for cattle and horses and is situated in the Wet Valley of Colorado providing easy access to numerous activities and day trips to places such as the Great Sand Dunes, Royal Gorge and Monarch Mountain Ski Resort. The Wet Valley is a very picturesque area of Colorado surrounded by the Sangre de Cristos. Colorado Springs is a short 2 hour drive and Westcliffe with jet capable airstrip is 10 minutes.
Vista Ridge EstateVIEW DETAILS
Colorado - Jefferson County - Evergreen
Acres 19.25 |
This 19.25 acre luxury Colorado estate is located in a highly desirable area near Evergreen, Colorado; just minutes from downtown Denver. The property has a large 6,000+ sq ft rustic mountain home with large attached garage that is complimented by a workshop / RV garage with a 1,000 sq ft gym / studio above. The home has custom features throughout with attention to every detail. The property has end-of-the-road privacy and is bordered on 2 sides by national forest.
DEEP CREEK RANCH SOUTHVIEW DETAILS
Colorado - Routt County - Steamboat Springs
Acres 2,000 |
Price $6,999,000 Reduced
Deep Creek ranch consisting of over 3,800 acres is an easy drive to the mountian resort town of Steamboat Springs, Colorado with easy jet commercial air access at Hayden's Yampa Valley Regional Airport. The ranch is a rare large acreage ranch with good improvements and yet allows a new owner to shape the ranch to their liking. The ranch is well watered with extensive water rights allowing the ranch to irrigate and cut their own hay. With Deep Creek flowing through the middle of the ranch, the owners can enjoy many acitivities including fishing and hunting.
Meadow Green FarmVIEW DETAILS
Colorado - Boulder County - Longmont
Acres 179.15 |
Along the foothills with direct views of the twin peaks of Mt. Meeker and Longs Peak, this 179.15-acre country estate includes a 40-acre lake, custom home with attached three-car garage, one-RV garage with shop, landscaping with sprinkler system, mature trees, wraparound covered porch and entertaining/barbecue area. The farm has excellent water rights, produces 10,000 bales of premium grass hay and various outbuildings.
Cherry Creek Valley RanchVIEW DETAILS
Colorado - La Plata County - Hesperus/Durango
Acres 1,856 |
This Colorado ranch is comprised of 1,856 acres located 25 minutes southwest of Durango in the Cherry Creek Valley. The ranch has 1.5 miles of Cherry Creek and borders state, BLM, and reservation land that is not accessible to the public. Improvements consist of a 6,732 sq ft home, 7 stall horse barn and indoor riding arena. The property offers unlimited potential and uses from a horse property to a recreational hunting ranch.
The Dolores River EstateVIEW DETAILS
Colorado - Montezuma County - Dolores
Acres 46.97 |
This unique Dolores, Colorado home on 46.97 acres features 1,044 feet of Dolores River frontage and is located on year-round, state-maintained Highway 145. The property lies 45 minutes from Telluride and Durango, 35 minutes from Cortez and only a few minutes from the charming town of Dolores.
Ed Joe RanchVIEW DETAILS
Colorado - San Miguel County - Norwood
Acres 1,020 |
This 1,020-acre sporting ranch is one of the best in southwestern Colorado. Just 35 miles from the world-class ski resort of Telluride, Ed-Joe Ranch features spectacular views of the San Juan Mountains, Uncompahgre Plateau, La Sal Mountains (Utah) and Wright’s Mesa own jewel – the 12,700 foot Lone Cone Mountain.
Hillside RanchVIEW DETAILS
Colorado - Custer County - Hillside
Acres 580 |
Price $2,800,000 Reduced
Located in the desirable Wet Mountain Valley of Colorado 2 hours from Colorado Springs, Hillside Ranch offers 580 +/- acres of good quality ranch land for raising cattle, horses, or even bison. There are also lots of recreation opportunities provided by the ranch such as horseback riding, hiking, snowmobiling, snowshoeing and much more. The property has a 7,000+ sq ft custom home with expansive views of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains, horse barn and stalls, round pen, and cattle facilities.
Camp Rock RanchVIEW DETAILS
Colorado - Clear Creek County - Evergreen
Acres 162 |
Price $2,525,000 Reduced
Camp Rock Ranch located just west of Denver near Evergreen, Colorado consisting of 162 acres is a uniquely situated property offering excellent recreation while being less than an hours drive from downtown Denver. The ranch is improved with a nice modernized hunting lodge. This area has excellent elk and mule deer hunting as well as good fishing. The property has Bear Creek running through to enjoy fly fishing for trout and many more miles of fishing is easily accessed from the property. Surrounded by national forest Camp Rock Ranch has tremendous potential for just about any activity one would desire; hiking, camping, hunting, fishing, horseback riding and much more.
Johnson RanchVIEW DETAILS
Colorado - La Plata County - Durango
Acres 240 |
Strategically located, this property enjoys a nice combination of trees and meadows with a large lake fed by springs and a meadow creek. The property enjoys deeded water right and tremendous development potential. Two custom homes include the main headquarters and a second home. In addition, there is plenty of storage for equipment, horse facilities and outbuildings. There are few ranches of this size in this area.
Nags Head West RanchVIEW DETAILS
Colorado - Fremont County - Cotopaxi/Westcliffe
Acres 385 |
Nags Head Ranch is located in the Wet Mountain Valley near Westcliffe, Colorado. Comprised of 385 acres, the ranch is set up as an equestian property with several miles of trails for riding horses. There is a custom log home, indoor riding arena, round pen, outdoor riding arena, cabins and barns. All improvements are well cared for and in good condition. The ranch adjoins national forest providing access to thousands of acres to enjoy hunting, fishing, horseback riding, hiking, camping and much more. Easily accesible, the property is less than 2 hours from Colorado Springs and Westcliffe has a jet accessible airport.
Steamboat Guest RanchVIEW DETAILS
Colorado - Routt County - Steamboat Springs
Acres 38 |
Price $1,525,000 Reduced
Bordered by the Routt National Forest on two sides, this 38-acre resort is only 20 paved miles from Steamboat Springs on easily traveled, year-round county roads and three miles from the quaint community of Clark. Currently operated as a commercial resort that can accommodate up to 14 guests, the ranch features paved road access, live water and public ground boundary. This Colorado ranch is ideal as summer/fall/winter resort or as a versatile residential mountain property.
Loveland Country HomeVIEW DETAILS
Colorado - Larimer County - Loveland
Acres 35 |
35 acre luxury Equestrian Estate located north of Denver in a highly desirable area near Loveland, Colorado. The property is set up for horse owners with riding arena, 7 stall horse barn, paddocks, and hay storage. A 4,865 sq ft 5 bed, 5 bath home freshly remodled in 2014 with pool, barbeque area, and hot tub provides plenty of room for entertaining guests. The property is an easy commute to Denver situated less than an hour from downtown and the Denver International Airport.
THE VIEW HOUSEVIEW DETAILS
Colorado - Pitkin County - Old Snowmass
Acres 1+ |
The View House enjoys sweeping mountain and ski-run views and has been completely remodeled throughout. Offering three bedrooms and two baths, as well as an attached two-car garage, the home is the perfect venue for expansive parties with family, friends and others guests. This very fun house on over an acre with a low maintenance yard is a must-see recreational delight!
Elk Tooth RanchVIEW DETAILS
Colorado - Pueblo County - Rye
Acres 110 |
110 acres of prime mountain land, Elk Tooth Ranch offers numerous possibilities. The property has an incredible custom home with detached garage and loft. The property is situated at 7,600 ft in elevation bodering national forest and is unique in that it has good flat usable land that can be used for horses, additional outbuildings, or even a lodge. The Little Saint Charles Creek flows through part of the property providing the tranquil sounds of a mountain stream. This property has potential to be used as a mountain recreational retreat, second home, horse property and more.
Sidney Peak RanchVIEW DETAILS
Colorado - Routt County - Steamboat Springs
Acres 50 |
This gated, shared-amenity ranch in a valley floor shares central water, groomed equestrian/hiking/biking trails, paved roads and a comfortable bunkhouse among the 32 owners. Only 7 miles from the slopes, the ranch features a professionally managed barn and indoor riding arena with on-site horse boarding. The site of a historic homestead, this 50-acre agricultural parcel offers panoramic views and irrigated hay meadows. Benefits include significantly lower property taxes.
Things to Consider When Buying a Ranch in Colorado
Owning a ranch or a piece of farmland can be an extremely rewarding experience. Rural living and fresh air can be appealing, but there are pitfalls to avoid. In this guide, potential buyers can learn about the problems they may experience when evaluating Colorado Ranches for Sale, along with some possible solutions.
Some buyers of Colorado horse property for sale overestimate the land’s carrying capacity and, in some cases, a seller may inflate the number of horses a parcel of land can support. Before buying ranch land, the potential buyer should visit the nearest Natural Resources Conservation Service office. This branch of the USDA can provide information on precipitation, soil type, forage conditions, and vegetation, which makes it easier for buyers to predict the land’s productive potential.
Many believe things will simply fall into place but, on a ranch, that’s not the case. Cattle, horses, and other animals require a substantial amount of care, and many people buy Colorado ranches for sale only to see that they spend most of their time managing the land. Other times, a buyer may not consider how long it takes to get to the property or to an outside job. By planning ahead and considering the time needed for ranch maintenance and animal care, buyers can learn how rural living will affect their lives and those of their families.
New buyers often pay too much for animals, buy low-quality stock, or both. In some instances, an inexperienced buyer may purchase genetically inferior animals that produce substandard products. This can be problematic on for-profit ranches. However, with advanced research, the development of a support network, and conversations with experienced livestock buyers, new ranch owners can learn enough to avoid losing money and wasting resources.
Knowing the Right Practices and People
Many land buyers significantly underestimate the sheer difficulty of ranching and farming, and some believe that anyone can do it. However, as many have found, this is far from true. Ranch and farm owners must know about topics such as:
- Fertilization and grazing management
- Management of the genetics, nutrition, and health of livestock
- Business management (taxes and accounting)
Furthermore, a rancher or farmer needs a reliable source of information. Many landowners get advice from the wrong places, and to make matters worse, some offer assistance in hopes of making a sale or taking advantage of a buyer’s inexperience. Potential ranchers should learn about the process before making a decision. Cooperative extension meetings are a great place to start, and they can put new landowners in touch with experts who can provide real advice and help.
Some landowners run into issues when they overestimate their annual production’s value. Cattle and other livestock are agricultural commodities, and prices may fluctuate based on the world or national supply and demand. Therefore, gross income can vary significantly. The average weaned calf is worth anywhere from $250-$400. If breeding failure, herd replacement, and mortality are considered, an owner may gross $200-$350 per breeding cow per year. To prevent disappointment and losses, it pays to be conservative when estimating the potential for gross income.
Realizing Tax Savings From Agriculture
People often believe that buying agricultural land will bring them significant tax savings. Oftentimes, bad management decisions are made in efforts to cut taxes. Before buying Colorado hunting property and ranches for sale, it’s important to review the plans with an agricultural tax expert.
Buying Things Other Than Livestock and Land
In their excitement, buyers of Colorado hunting ranches for sale may buy too much or the wrong kinds of equipment. Some believe it’s necessary to buy a new truck, tractor, trailer, ATV, and more. While buying these things can be exciting, they can also increase production costs and eat into profits. On bigger ranches, an owner may also fail to consider expenses for hired labor. The solution is to carefully consider each purchase and to ensure it’s really necessary for the operation of the ranch. If something is needed, the owner should find out whether it can be borrowed or rented instead of being purchased. Ranch owners have many qualities, but frugality is one of the most desirable.
Estimated Spending Per Year
Owners frequently underestimate the cost of ranch life. While bills are paid at various times throughout the year, sales typically occur much less frequently. If there’s no land debt and the rancher is efficient, the annual cost per breeding cow may be $200 or less. However, it’s more likely that the cost will reach $300 or $400 per year. Avoid significant losses and other pitfalls by planning for the worst, developing a workable budget, and working with knowledgeable financial experts.
Owning ranch land in Colorado can be the realization of a lifelong dream, but it’s not without its share of risks. By following the tips above, planning carefully, and working with the right team of advisors, even a new landowner can be successful.
What to Look For in Different Types of Colorado Ranches for Sale
Colorado has always been considered something of a last frontier when it comes to usable land. While much of the rest of the country gives way to cities and suburbs, the state continues to boast large tracts of wilderness for hunting and numerous ranching properties. Whether a buyer's interest specifically lies in fully operational colorado cattle ranches for sale or simply finding some recreational land on which to hunt, fish, or keep horses, it's important not to just buy the first property that sounds good sight unseen. Buying land is a serious investment, so buyers should give some thought to the property's current and intended uses to ensure they are in line with their personal and financial goals.
What to Look For in Cattle Ranches
Buying a cattle ranch can be a fantastic business venture. Raising cattle takes a lot of work, but it pays off in a return on the initial investment when it is done correctly. Even if potential buyers stumble on what seems like the perfect investment, it's important to take a look at how the ranch is doing financially and figure out how much additional investment would need to be made to make it sufficiently profitable. Purchasing Colorado Ranches for sale from a company that specializes in ranches and recreational land makes this challenge much easier.
How to Choose a Horse Ranch
Horse ranches are very different. Most people purchasing Colorado horse property for sale are less concerned about the bottom line and more concerned about having enough space to enjoy equestrian activities. The needs of horses are also very different from those of cattle, so be sure to find a property that already has well-constructed and currently usable stables and grazing fields. If the intent is to turn it into a business, the presence or absence of existing structures like ranch houses and guest houses on any given piece of property can make the decision a little bit easier.
Buying Hunting Land
Passionate sportsmen care less about existing structures and pastures for grazing than they do about game. A Colorado hunting property for sale should be sufficiently remote to allow a wide variety of local game, such as deer, elk, and upland game. This is often the first priority of avid hunters who are just as happy to construct a small cabin and live simply miles from civilization as they are in a classic ranch house with modern amenities. Although hunting certainly can be profitable most buyers consider the thrill of the hunt a reward in its own right. Buy through a company that works with hunting enthusiasts and can help them find what they need.
Finding Fly Fishing Ranches
Those looking for Colorado fly fishing ranches for sale have very particular needs and should absolutely take a careful look at the water supply on any property they are considering for purchase. While the value of a cattle ranch is obvious more or less throughout the year, it only makes sense to buy a property for fly fishing after it has been evaluated during fly fishing season. Put that enthusiasm on ice until spring.
Your Dream Home is Waiting on One of these Colorado Ranches for Sale
Owning the Colorado Lifestyle
Some would like to make a permanent move to Colorado and continue the adventure of their lives surrounded by the beauty of the Rockies, enjoying a retreat from a hectic routine. The dream may include owning a place where they can pursue their passion for hunting, fishing, or horses. Picture yourself relaxing on the porch with a cool drink at the end of a full day and watching a glorious sunset slowing fading behind the backdrop of the Rockies.
Colorado's Weather is as Great as the Lifestyle
Many people don't realize it, but Denver boasts more sunny days than San Diego and is much cooler and more comfortable. Of course, there is snow in the winter, making possible the world-class skiing in Vail, Aspen, and other locations that Colorado is famous for. Although winters can be snowy, Denver's temperatures tend to be milder than might be expected.
During the spring and summer, wildflowers provide bright highlights in the valleys and along streams. While riding, expect the occasional sighting of bison or elk calves, bear cubs, or perhaps even an elusive mountain lion.
Cattle Ranching and Raising Horses in Colorado
It's impossible to think of Colorado without including horses and cattle. Some of the world's finest are bred and raised on the horse and cattle ranches for sale in Colorado. While most ranches and farms have at least a few horses for personal use, some properties are superb for the business of horse breeding or cattle ranching on a large scale.
The state's naturally cool and dry climate creates the perfect environment for horses and cattle. Running a guest ranch expands the possibilities of land ownership in Colorado beyond traditional ranching. If it's time to turn your ranch dream into reality, you'll find what you're looking for in Colorado.
Colorado Farms and Vineyards
Farming is not the first thing that comes to mind when thinking of Colorado, but there are many beautiful, flourishing farms in the state. There are not as many Colorado farms for sale as other types of properties, but they do exist. As most people are aware, water rights have been an issue throughout the western states. Many of Colorado's most successful farmers now use modern technologies to deliver only the water needed to crops, producing flourishing fields of corn, sugar beets, onions, and other crops.
Another of Colorado's surprises is the excellent wine produced in the state. While most vineyards are found on the western slopes of the Rockies, wineries are also springing up on the Front Range.
Hunting and Fishing in Colorado
Fishing enthusiasts eagerly anticipate the opportunity to fly fish for the elusive rainbow trout in one of Colorado's 6,000 miles of streams. Walleye can be found in many of the more than 2,000 lakes and reservoirs. In all, Colorado offers the opportunity to catch more than 35 different fish species while enjoying some of the world's most spectacular scenery.
Trophy trout fishing can be found in many lakes and streams. One of the particular pleasures about becoming the proud owner of a colorado ranch for sale is the opportunity to fish for the big one without leaving your own property.
Anyone searching for the perfect Colorado hunting property for sale probably already knows that only in Colorado is it still possible to obtain over-the-counter bull elk tags. For hunters, Colorado is truly a dream come to life, creating some of the world's best hunting experiences. Hunting in Colorado takes place on both private property and public land.
Proper land management is the reason behind Colorado's flourishing wildlife. The Colorado Department of Parks and Wildlife (CPW) partners with many landowners to ensure that Colorado's wildlife and resources are protected. Landowners who choose to participate profit from the partnership while preserving ecological excellence on their property. The CPW considers that the abundant wildlife and rich opportunities for fishing and hunting would not exist without the support of private landowners. Colorado contains more than 36,000 ranches and farms, totaling about 11.5 million acres.
Colorado is home to more elk than anywhere else in the world, making elk the most sought-after big game animal. There are ten other species of big game animals found in Colorado including black bears, antelopes, mule deer, bighorn sheep, and moose. The number of animals available to hunters is calculated each year based on the animal density in a particular GMU (Game Management Unit). The most current information can be found online at "Post-Hunt Population Estimates by Unit." The USDA Forest Service also posts a map of the state's many GMUs and the hunting availability and requirements for each.
Private landowners with a minimum of 160 acres can register with the Colorado Division of Wildlife for special vouchers. Ranchers with 12,000 acres or more have the option of partnering with Colorado's Division of Wildlife to provide hunting opportunities on their land as part of the overall game management program.
Finding the Perfect Property for You
Ranch Marketing Associates is the premier broker of ranches and horse properties in the American West. Their knowledgeable brokers live the ranching lifestyle, understanding all the ins and outs of the various properties for sale. Clients interested in investment properties, recreational uses, or taking advantage of the many sporting opportunities will be presented with properties that fulfill their requirements.
Some properties include fully furnished homes with an abundance of grazing acreage while others are more rustic. While cost and location are always important factors, the brokers at Ranch Marketing Associates will ensure that your new property is just what you've been searching for.