Billy Long


Purchasing farm and ranch properties requires special knowledge and skills: livestock and farm production, management, land values, laws, water rights, forest service and government lands and most importantly, intimate knowledge of areas that will fit your lifestyle. Billy Long has been helping clients find that lifestyle for 29 years and has gained a reputation for creative marketing that will help you sell your property. Known for his creative marketing campaigns, Billy’s love of the land started early while growing up on a third generation cattle ranch in Northwestern Kansas before his family moved to Colorado. “All I ever wanted to be was a Cowboy. I feel extremely fortunate having grown up on a ranch and being exposed to the western values that have endured all my life.” A former professional skier and active in rodeo and ranching, Billy has an intimate knowledge of the west and the western lifestyle. Currently commuting between a small ranch in Southern CA and longtime residence in the Roaring Fork Valley near Aspen, he is enjoying sharing his love of Ranching and Skiing with his wife and three sons. Billy brings a wealth of experience marketing exclusively farm and ranch properties and has developed a well-regarded reputation in the brokerage community over the last 29 years. He began his real estate career in Beverly Hills, as Director of Ranches for an entertainment based real estate firm where he was exposed to creative marketing techniques and an early adapter to the internet. He later formed Mason & Morse Ranch Company in Aspen, Colorado before co-founding Ranch Marketing Associates in 2004. Billy represents Buyers and Sellers primarily in the Western US through his network of Brokers. He is currently the managing broker of RMA and licensed in WY, CO and CA. Knowledgeable and conversant in all aspects of ranch transactions, his experience in dealing with the entire spectrum of purchasing or selling large ranch and recreation properties and buyer/seller clients – from local ranchers to international business executives – plus his understanding of the territory, gives him a unique balance in the ranch marketplace. Put his expertise, integrity and knowledge of the marketplace into finding or marketing that special Farm, Ranch or Recreational Property for you.
$2,900,000  •  395 acres
Located on spectacular Specie Mesa just 45 minutes from Telluride, this 395 acre alpine paradise features one mile of common border with the Uncompahgre National Forest and adjacent Lizard Head Wilderness. Spectacular views of 13,000 and 14,000 foot peaks, lush meadows, wildflowers, numerous springs and ponds among pine and aspen forests attract numerous species of wildlife including large herds of elk and deer. Improvements include the original homestead cabin, large rustic barn, corral, one bedroom cabin and storage sheds. The ranch offers seclusion with all the amenities of Telluride including world class skiing, golf, fishing, innovative dining and the arts. Location: Nix Ranch is located approximately 28 miles from Telluride, Colorado on Specie Creek Road 9 miles from State Highway 62. Ridgeway is 27 miles northeast. Specie Road is a county maintained road. In the winter months the road is maintained within two miles of the ranch entrance. Private and commercial air service is available from Telluride and dependable year round service is available at the Montrose Regional Airport, which offers a 10,000 foot commercial and private jet runway within an hour of the ranch. Grand Junction, the largest city on the western slope is 50 miles northwest of Montrose. Area: Specie Mesa offers seclusion with huge panoramic views of 13,000 and 14,000 foot peaks, adjoining the Uncompahgre National Forest. Specie Mesa has predominantly retained an agricultural feel with the surrounding properties a mixture of both larger ranches and smaller recreational properties. In the world famous mountain town of Telluride you'll find the magnificent and breathtaking San Juan Mountains offering exhilarating natural beauty, an abundance of winter and summer activities and festivals, and charming downtown dining and boutiques. Telluride’s Mountain Village features world class skiing, a championship 18 hole golf course, luxury accommodations, the highly acclaimed Golden Door Spa, and innovative mountain cuisine. Climate: In the winter season an average of over 350 inches of annual snowfall blanket the slopes. Blue skies and sunny winter temperatures are typical with over 300 sunny days annually. The climate is surprisingly mild in southern Colorado, with average daytime temperatures in the 20’s and 30’s (degrees F) during the ski season. The mid-day temperatures during the summer season are typically in the 70’s. Acreage: The Nix Ranch is approximately 395 acres of alpine high country ranging in elevation from 9,000 to 9,800 feet. The ranch is a mix of aspen, spruce and fir trees with lush meadows teaming with wildflowers. The northern border is County Road M44. The improvements are situated in the middle of the ranch at the edge of an aspen grove and nearby spring fed pond. Rising in elevation to the southern border is one mile of boundary with the Uncompahgre National Forest. Water: Nix Ranch has approximately 16 adjudicated springs and 13 water storage rights and an approval for a plan of augmentation. Not all of the ponds have been completed and the expansion of some of the ponds is approved but not completed. Additionally, there is 1.5 cfs of irrigation water from Flying H ditch for irrigation of approximately 100 acres. A copy of the adjudicated water rights is on file and is available to interested parties. Improvements: The improvements are beautifully placed in the middle of the ranch near an aspen grove and a spring fed pond. The ranch house is a two bedroom homestead cabin. There is power to the cabin and the water is from a cistern fed by a nearby spring. The cabin has modern plumbing and an oversized septic suitable for building a larger home. There is a wonderful historic log barn and adjacent corral, small one room cabin and storage shed near the main cabin which has served as headquarters for a cattle operation and is now used as a summer retreat and hunting camp. Operational Considerations: Currently, the Nix Ranch is utilized as a small cattle operation and hunting property. The ranch will carry approximately 80 to 100 AU’s through the summer grazing season. The grazing is leased out to a neighboring rancher. The ranch could be optimized as a beautiful horse ranch. Currently there is a beautiful rustic barn and corrals on the property. Hunting has traditionally been reserved for family and friends, however the commercial hunting potential is an option. Recreation: Wildlife populations abound on and around the Nix Ranch including a large resident elk herd. The ranch offers excellent hunting or viewing for elk, mule deer, black bear, mountain lions, grouse, and turkey to name a few. The pine and aspen forests provide excellent shelter and habitat for the prolific wildlife. There is an opportunity to expand the personal or commercial hunting potential. With 13,000 and 14,000 foot peaks surrounding you, there are spectacular views wherever you go. The fall and summer seasons offer great hiking, camping, and horse back riding. Brokers Comment: The Nix Ranch has the charm of a gentleman’s ranch offering location, views, hunting, recreation, National Forest access, and usable improvements. The scenic alpine ranch offers privacy and convenience located just 45 minutes from all the amenities associated with the world class resort of Telluride.
$3,250,000  •  19.02 acres
Welcome to The Lodge at Lake Mary Ronan. Situated on nearly 20 acres on the shores of the secluded Lake Mary Ronan in Proctor, MT, The Lodge boasts a breathtaking scenery with Lake Mary Ronan frontage and sprawling woodland. This historic, resort style property features 7 guest cabins with gorgeous lake views, a beautifully remodeled main lodge that includes a full bar and commercial kitchen, and a darling lakeside general store and a fitness center that opens to the lake. The property includes 8 RV lots with 50-amp power for Class A motorhomes, dual pickle-ball courts, 2 private docks, a 4-hole golf course, as well as a large deck overlooking the lake. Conveniently located in the heart of Northwest Montana, near Flathead Lake and Glacier National Park.
Contact for Price  •  24,633 acres
One of the largest ranch property offerings available in California, Elliott Land and Cattle ranchlands stretch contiguously from the north fork of the Kaweah River westward through stunning scenery and mountainous grazing land to the rolling country of it’s western border along highway 245.
$1,050,000  •  80 acres
With its signature historic homestead structures, Tract 2 at the Specie Wilderness Ranch offers a glimpse into a bygone era on Specie Mesa. It can be subdivided into 2 distinct approximately 40-acre parcels and there are no existing conservation easements. Diverse view corridors include the La Sal Range in Utah, Lone Cone Mountain, the St. Sophia Ridge, ski runs of the Telluride Ski Area and Wilson Peak (one of Colorado's most iconic 14'ers), A creative buyer could incorporate some of the existing historic structures into a future residential plan.
$2,900,000  •  518 acres
Hacienda los Gauchos Ranch is located in Northwest Costa Rica, about 30 miles from the Pacific Coast and Liberia International Airport and features nearly a square mile of beautiful tropical mountains with frontage and excellent fishing on the crystal clear Cano Negro River. Enjoy excellent views of the Vieja, Miravalles and Tenorio National Park as well as Lake Nicaragua from this productive cattle ranch.
$3,500,000  •  1,020 acres
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.
$17,800,000  •  113 acres
In a crowded landscape of gated communities, there exists Hollister Ranch, an unparalleled lifestyle experience with a convergence of surf, ranch and recreation lifestyles. Situated along a pristine stretch of private coastline, this enormously private enclave is a hidden gem to a select group of (knowing) homeowners who enjoy vigorously active passions.  A Hollister Ranch owner enjoys abundant sea life, wildlife and natural landscape, a rarity in the crowded landscapes of the California coastline.
$4,450,000  •  551.8 acres
Recreational Colorado Ranch with National Forest Border and Stunning Mountain Vistas Rarely does a ranch of this magnitude come to market on the mesas surrounding Telluride. The rolling meadows and aspen glades of the 551.80 acre ”Specie Wilderness Ranch” have almost a full mile of direct border with U.S. Forest Service land, offering a whole world of recreational opportunities and gated privacy to its owner. The ranch is offered with two domestic water well permits and water decrees for 4 one-acre ponds of 11.5 acre feet each using the property’s interest in the J&M Hughes Ditch. For the conservation-minded buyer there are no existing conservation easements. The ranch is also being offered as two individual large parcels – the 329.18 acre ”South Parcel A” with an asking price of $3,690,000 and the 222.62 acre ”North Parcel B” with an asking price of $2,475,000. North Parcel B With a 24 foot wide horseback and walking access easement to the U.S. Forest Service land, the 222.62 acre ”North Parcel B” of the Specie Wilderness Ranch offers a whole world of recreational opportunities and gated privacy to its owner. A domestic water well permit and water decrees to construct 2 one-acre ponds of 11.5 acre feet each using the property’s interest in the J&M Hughes Ditch are included in the sale. For the conservation minded buyer there are no existing conservation easements. The Specie Wilderness Ranch being offered as two individual large parcels – the 222.62 acre ”North Parcel B” with an asking price of $2,475,000 and the 329.19 acre ”South Parcel A” with an asking price of $3,690,000. It’s also offered whole (551.60 acres) with an asking price of $5,950,000. South Parcel A Almost a full mile of direct border with U.S. Forest Service land! The 329.18 acre ”South Parcel A” of the Specie Wilderness Ranch offers a whole world of recreational opportunities and gated privacy to its owner. A domestic water well permit and water decrees to construct 2 one-acre ponds of 11.5 acre feet each using the property’s interest in the J&M Hughes Ditch are included in the sale. For the conservation minded buyer there are no existing conservation easements & Agricultural tax status. The Specie Wilderness Ranch is being offered as 2 individual large parcels – the 329.18 acre ”South Parcel A” with an asking price of $3,690,000 and the 222.62 acre ”North Parcel B” with an asking price of $2,475,000. It’s also offered whole (551.60 acres) with an asking price of $5,950,000
$7,900,000  •  5,329 acres
Currently a nature preserve and working cattle ranch, this distinguished ranch belongs to Steven Seagal. These 5,329 hidden acres offers a recreational paradise with numerous lakes, plentiful wildlife and waterfowl; massive log residence; breathtaking mountain views and “off-the-grid” dependability. There is an additional home nearby with a guest house, barns and corrals. The nearby town of Mt. Shasta offers excellent cuisine, art galleries, golf and the hospitality of one of the nicest resort towns in the West.
Ranch Marketing Associates

Billy Long
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Ojai, CA 93023

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