$5,950,000 • 1,388 acres
- 1,388 deeded ac. adjoining national forest -
- 250 irrigated ac., 1.5 miles of creek, & 2 ponds -
- Excellent elk & trophy mule deer hunting -
- Ranch house, manager’s house, bunkhouse, barn, corrals, & outbuildings -
- 40 minutes from Steamboat Springs & 1 hour from Vail -
One of Colorado’s best-kept secrets is the Upper Yampa River valley southwest of Steamboat Springs. Here, classic Western vistas sweep over lush grasslands that rise to the snow-fringed Little Flat Tops, which nourish this valley with abundant water. In the heart of all this magnificent scenery lies the Broken Bone Ranch, 1388 acres strong, and which embodies the best of this secluded valley. At Broken Bone Ranch, big game hunting, trout fishing and agricultural production create a property laden with possibilities as broad as the skies of northwestern Colorado.
Situated at about 8000 feet, Broken Bone Ranch is sheltered in the quiet valley of South Hunt Creek, about six miles west of the ranching community of Yampa, and only 40 minutes south of Steamboat Springs. Well-watered from over 17 CFS of water rights and 236 shares of Allen Basin Reservoir stock, Broken Bone Ranch is an emerald gem of rich irrigated grassland set beneath aspen- and sagebrush-dotted hillsides. With 250 irrigated acres, the ranch is a strong hay producer and cattle find excellent pasture on the rest of the ranch.
Big game find much to their liking at Broken Bone Ranch as well. Trophy mule deer and a portion of the nation’s largest elk herd frequent the rich bottomlands of South Hunt Creek or range freely in the adjacent hills. Since the ranch adjoins both BLM and USFS land, the hunting opportunities here literally stretch for miles. Elk tags are available over the counter and the ranch qualifies for landowner mule deer tags.
Broken Bone Ranch affords excellent potential as a fishing property. With six adjudicated springs, 1.5 miles of South Hunt Creek and four ponds, ample water is available for developing. South Hunt Creek is a small stream that could be enhanced with pools to hold larger trout, and one of the ponds already supports a trout population. A network of lunker-producing ponds can readily be envisioned at Broken Bone Ranch.
With a long history as a well-kept ranch, the ranch’s present improvements include a fine owner’s home, a guest or manager’s house, a rustic cabin, barn, shop and corrals. The views from all areas of the ranch are priceless, especially when fall lights up the aspens at the foot of the Little Flat Tops.
Recreational opportunities beyond the boundaries of Broken Bone Ranch are rich. Fishing is outstanding in numerous reservoirs on the Little Flat Tops, and the productive tailwater fishery of Stagecoach Reservoir is only minutes away. The adjacent Routt National Forest and nearby Flattops Wilderness Area offer hiking and horseback riding opportunities to last a lifetime. And not many ranches can boast not one, but two world-class ski resorts within an hour’s drive; Steamboat Springs is only 40 minutes to the north and Vail/Beaver Creek only 60 minutes to the south.
Broken Bone Ranch is easily accessed by State Highway 131 and county roads year-round. In addition, the jet-capable airport at Hayden is only about an hour distant, connecting with Denver International Airport and the rest of the world. At Broken Bone Ranch, “getting away from it all” is readily accessible!
Harrigan Land Company thinks that the Broken Bone Ranch is one of Colorado’s best all-around ranch prospects, with solid production, hunting, fishing and recreational potential. If you’ve missed a visit to this lovely part of state, we’d love to help you, too, experience the many charms of a secret place that others may have overlooked.