Rick Kusel


Rick has been involved with agriculture and the outdoors his entire life. He grew up in western Iowa on the family grain and livestock farm and has been successfully selling farms and ranches in Colorado, Kansas and Nebraska for over 18 years. After working a couple of years in the Wyoming oilfields, Rick was able to move back home to Iowa and purchase the family farm from his grandparents where he raised corn, soybeans, small grains, and alfalfa in addition to operating a 1500 head cattle feedlot, a farrow to finish hog operation, an 80 head cow herd, and a small trucking business. In 1994 Rick moved to Akron, Colorado where he ventured into the John Deere business and worked as a salesman and was soon promoted to General Manager of a very successful dealership where he worked until 2002. Rick received his Colorado Real Estate license in 2000 and soon after he decided to devote his attention entirely to the real estate and management industry. Rick graduated from Western College of Auctioneering in Billings, Montana in June, 2007 and has assisted several auction companies as either an auctioneer or ringman, as well as personally conducting many successful auctions. Rick has always been an avid outdoorsman and has filled many days either, hunting, fishing or trapping in several states and has a great appreciation for the majesty of the outdoors. Rick was also a volunteer fireman for 20 years. He served at both the local and state levels with the Iowa Cattleman’s Association as a board member and a director, and was named as one of the “Outstanding Young Cattlemen” in the State of Iowa in 1990. Rick is very active in his community and church. He and his wife Jessica were married in 2016 and they love to spend time with their children and grandchildren. Rick is currently a Broker Associate in Colorado and a Salesperson in Nebraska and Kansas, specializing in agricultural and recreational properties. He continues to operate his own cow herd and also consults for several farms and ranches in multiple western states. His life-long involvement in farming, ranching, agri-business and real estate coupled with the dedication he directs towards his clients makes him a great addition to Hayden Outdoors.
$14,750,000  •  22,450 acres
Rio Ro Mo is a rare opportunity to acquire a large, contiguous ranch, that has been owned by the same family for 3 generations. Located in northwestern Colorado and less than an hour and a half from historic Steamboat Springs. Rio Ro Mo spans across 29 square miles, a landmass larger than Manhattan Island. The ranch consists of rolling hills and canyons covered in native grasses, sagebrush and juniper trees, with Lay Creek meandering through a large section of the property. The ranch consists of 18,650 deeded acres with an additional 3,500 acres in BLM leases and one 300-acre private lease. Rio Ro Mo is not encumbered by any Conservation Easements.The owners of Rio Ro Mo have been excellent stewards of the land. It has the capability to run 1,000 plus head of yearling cattle during the grazing season, with an impressive average daily rate gain of 2 1/4 lbs. The ranch boasts ten fully-fenced pastures and two sets of working corrals, along with two extensive pipeline watering systems that run to multiple strategically placed large tire water tanks. Additional water is provided by springs, snow melt and wells with electric submersible pumps, some of which are solar powered. In addition to the tremendous livestock watering system, the ranch includes three irrigation pivots that provide quality hay for the livestock and great winter grazing for the wildlife. Due to its vast size, Rio Ro Mo is eligible for Colorado Parks and Wildlife's Ranching for Wildlife program. The ranch is situated in GMUs 3 and 301, and runs a very well managed hunting operation during the fall and winter months, with mostly returning clients. With the size of the ranch, it qualifies for 30 mule deer and 30 pronghorn private landowner voucher applications annually. Resident mule deer and pronghorn graze the ranch year round, while thousands of elk utilize the ranch during their spring and winter migrations and can be seen sporadically throughout the year. An array of small game, varmints, Mountain lions, bobcats, dove, sage grouse, geese, duck, golden and bald eagles all also call the property home. The ranch may have one of the largest greater sage grouse leks in the State of Colorado. Undoubtedly, Rio Ro Mo is an ecosystem of its own. Rio Ro Mo includes a modern 2,700 sq. ft., fully-furnished home with three bedrooms and two bathrooms, along with a 4,500 sq. ft. fully insulated shop and a 4,000 sq. ft. equipment storage shed.Easy access to Rio Ro Mo is provided by US Highway 40 and a well-maintained county road. Yampa Valley Regional Airport near Hayden, CO with commercial air service is approximately 1 hour from the ranch, and Denver is located 4.5 hours southeast of the ranch, while Salt Lake City, UT is 4 hours west of the ranch. Have an airplane or helicopter? The ranch has more than adequate space to build your own private runway or heliport with several suitable site locations. The Seller's are willing to market the Rio Ro Mo as a turnkey operation and will provide a detailed equipment list with pricing to interested parties upon request. If you would like to schedule a personal showing of Rio Ro Mo, please contact Rick Kusel at (970) 554-1762.
$412,500  •  275 acres
Borderline Birds & Bucks is an amazing 275 +/- acre parcel of recently expired USDA/CRP land located in southern Deuel County aproximately 1/4 mile north of the Nebraska & Colorado border on a paved highway with easy access from either I-80 or I-76.This property boasts a gently rolling topography with a good mix of well established grasses providing excellent cover for small game, pheasant, quail, the occasional turkey and both white tailed and mule deer.The Seller has applied to renew the USDA/CRP contract on Borderline Birds & Bucks and fully expects the new contract to be accepted. Terms of the new contract are not yet known with all future USDA/CRP payments going to the Buyer.Borderline Birds & Bucks is a great and affordable hunting property with tremendous potential and the additional benefit of providing a return on investment should the USDA/CRP contract be accepted.For more information, or to schedule a private tour of Borderline Birds & Bucks, contact Rick Kusel.
$748,000  •  152.14 acres
Republican River Retreat is a wonderful 152 +/- acre property adjoining the 480 acre St. Francis Wildlife Area in Northwest Kansas along the Republican River near the historic community of St. Francis. The Republican River Retreat is located 4 miles off US Highway 36, a short 30 minute drive to Goodland, KS and Interstate 70 and within 3 hours of Denver, CO.This property boasts a quaint 2 bedroom, 3 bath home with an open floor plan, an office, mud room, partially finished walkout basement and a detached oversized carport.The farm includes approximately 122 acres of dryland and sub-irrigated farm land and 28 acres of native grass pasture with a small live water pond. There is a nice shop/storage pole barn with a tack room and loafing area and an additional portable tool shed strategically located next to the shop. There is a newer well and septic system.Republican River Retreat would make a great permanent residence or the perfect getaway hunting lodge. It would also work well as an equestrian property or small cattle operation. This area is known for large White Tailed Deer, Mule Deer, turkey, pheasant and other small game.If you are looking for a nice property with many options close to a small community, excellent for social distancing, Republican River Retreat is the perfect place!For more information or to schedule a personal showing contact Rick Kusel.
$1,595,000  •  160 acres
Olathe Hunting, Farm & Feedlot is a terrific opportunity to purchase a very diverse 160 +/- acre combination pasture and irrigated farm with amazing views of the Grand Mesa and surrounding mountains in Western Colorado, lying west of the wonderful community of Olathe, home to famous Olathe Sweet Corn, 1 hour south of Grand Junction and 20 minutes northwest of Montrose, both cities offer commercial air service. This farm offers approximately 60 +/- acres of flood irrigated land, 80 +/- acres of rolling pasture with trees and 20 +/- acres of improvements, feeding pens, trails and roads.The farm is well watered and includes 86 shares (1.6 CFS) of Uncompahgre Valley Water Users Assn. water and three Tri-County Water taps. The Sellers have done extensive upgrades to the irrigation system over the past 2 years.The tillable acres have normally been used to grow corn, sweet corn, alfalfa, feed crops and wheat, all of which optimize the traditionally used backgrounding feedlot.The pastures are equipped with automatic waterers being supplied with water via a pipeline system and have average to good fences. Historically the Sellers have run 30 to 35 cow/calf pairs in the pastures and on the farmland in the Fall cleaning up the after-feed.The improvements include a modest older and recently remodeled 3 bedroom, 1 bath house with a detached 2 car garage, a feedmill, cattle processing barn, shop, grain bins, bunker silo, livestock scale, corrals and several feeding pens. There is also a large area for equipment and hay storage.The hunting on this property is very good to excellent, located less than a mile from thousands of acres of BLM land, the property attracts huge mule deer, bear, turkey, varmints and a variety of upland birds. In addition to the lush irrigated crops there are several mature tree rows for cover and also the "Candyland" row of apple trees.The Olathe Hunting, Farm & Feedlot property definitely offers the potential Buyer a variety of opportunities. With some work and improvements it could be a great hunting property, it has potential as a fully operational backgrounding lot close to several livestock markets, it would also be an excellent location for a smaller purebred or club calf operation, or possibly an equestrian facility. There are also several wineries in the area. The opportunities are endless!For more information or to schedule a personal tour of the property, contact Rick Kusel
$685,000  •  457 acres
Possibly a once in a lifetime opportunity! Portions of this farm have been held by the same family for over 80 years. Don't miss your chance to purchase some of this property, it may not come back on the market ever again.Lynde Farms consists of 4 parcels of quality dryland farm ground in the Fowler, Kansas area and is being offered in 4 separate tracts; Parcel 1 - Tracts in 1/31S/27W 457+/- acres @ $1500 $685,000.00Parcel 2 - Tracts in E1/2 6/31S/26W 67+/- acres @ $1300 $87,100.00 - Sold Parcel 3 - NE1/4 N of Hwy 21/31S/27W 99+/- acres @ $1500 $148,500.00 - Sold Parcel 4 - Tract in N1/2 22/31S/27W 223+/- acres @ $1300 $289,900.00 - Under Contract These dryland farms with good soils are located along well maintained gravel county roads and/or paved highways allowing for easy access of farm equipment and trucks.Parcel 1 has over 2 miles of seasonal Crooked Creek meandering through it with great habitat for deer, turkey, small game and upland birds. An ideal investment for a person looking for a hunting property with income potential.If you are looking to add quality land to your existing farm or wanting quality ag land in your investment portfolio, Lynde Farms is the perfect opportunity.Call Rick Kusel for more information or to schedule a personal showing.
$699,000  •  11.81 acres
Top Notch at Lake Mac is the perfect weekend get-away, vacation home or permanent residence! This beautiful 3 bedroom, 2 1/2 bath "Barndominium" with an exquisite shop for all your toys is located only a few minutes from several beaches and boat ramps, and is built on 12 +/- acres of "Deeded" property with amazing views of Lake McConaughy.Top Notch at Lake Mac boasts both a beautiful home and a terrific toy shed all in one, with almost 2400 square feet of finished living space and over 2000 additional square feet of finished storage area. Every detail was thoughtfully considered during the 2018 construction of this amazing Barndominium, from the 20' ceiling in the great room to the 6" spray foamed walls throughout the home and shop for energy efficiency and sound barrier, to the bright epoxy flooring and white steel lining in the shop/storage area.This property is located on Hwy 92, providing easy access to the entire area and only 35 minutes into Ogallala and Interstate 80. The property includes its own well and septic. The luxury living quarters are kept very comfortable with forced air heat and central air conditioning, while the shop is so well insulated that it stays cool in the summer and warm in the winter. The 12+/- acres has a live spring and tremendous habitat for the local wildlife that frequent the property, you will likely see small game, turkey and deer on a daily basis. The seller has also set up a nice shooting range on the property.Just imagine a long day on Lake McConaughy enjoying all that the lake has to offer and being able to be back at your home in a matter of minutes taking in the amazing sunset on your covered deck with family and friends.Lake McConaughy, the recreational mecca of western Nebraska is the largest lake in the state with over 100 miles of shoreline, 35,700 surface acres of water, 24 miles long, 4 miles wide, and is famous for its white sand beaches.In addition to Lake McConaughy which is fed by the North Platte River, you have Lake Ogallala at 320 surface acres "the little lake" nestled below Kingsley Dam (the 2nd largest earthen dam in the world). These two bodies of water provide endless opportunities for anglers of any skill level, young and old. The vast variety of fish you can catch between these two lakes include; Walleye, White Bass, Stripers, Wipers, Catfish, Northern Pike, Smallmouth Bass, Yellow Perch, Rainbow & Brown Trout. Lake McConaughy can accommodate virtually every type of watercraft you can imagine.Lake McConaughy and the North Platte River Valley also provide tremendous opportunities for hunters. This area is famous for duck and goose hunting. In addition to waterfowl hunting there is small game, varmints, White Tailed Deer, Mule Deer, and Pronghorn in the area.Top Notch at Lake Mac is truly a Sportsman's Paradise!Contact Rick Kusel for more information or to schedule a private showing.
$485,000  •  35.68 acres
Serenity at Spanish Peaks is a fantastic property situated on 35.68 acres in the Spanish Peaks Ranch Estates and is unrestricted by any HOA's or covenants. This property offers everything imaginable for the outdoor enthusiast; hiking, mountain biking, birding, snowshoeing, cross-country skiing, hunting and fishing opportunities just to mention a few surround you. If you love Nature and serenity, this is the perfect property for you!Serenity at Spanish Peaks features a beautiful 2 bd, 2 - 3/4 bath modern home with loft that is only 5 years old, a 1 bed, 3/4 bath rustic log cabin (The Cabinista) and a quaint studio with 1/2 bath, boasting breathtaking views of the Spanish Peaks, The Sangre de Cristo Mountains, the eastern plains and Fisher's Peak near Trinidad.The property is accessed by well maintained county and private roads and is located west of the community of Aguilar. The picturesque drive as you travel the famous "Highway of Legends", a Colorado Byway on your way to Cordova Pass and Serenity at Spanish Peaks passes through several conifer and aspen forests, past stone dykes (a unique geological formation) and lush mountain meadows.The Spanish Peaks country known for the twin mountains that rise up from the plains (East Peak is 12,684' high and West Peak is 13,631' high) is rich in history and has drawn explorers, settlers, artists, hunters and visitors for centuries. The nearby San Isabel National Forest which encompasses a staggering 1,120,233 acres contains 19 of the state's 53 fourteeners (peaks over 14,000'/4,267m high) and is also home to the Spanish Peaks Wilderness, a 19,226 acre designated wilderness area protected and managed by the U.S. Forest Service.Serenity at Spanish Peaks and the surrounding area is home to elk, deer, bear, turkey and small game for the hunting enthusiast and nearby Trinidad Lake and Monument Lake as well as several streams and rivers provide excellent fishing. Serenity at Spanish Peaks is located in CO GMU # 85Contact Rick with any questions or to schedule a private showing.Special features of Serenity at Spanish Peaks include:Mountain Home:- Million-dollar views (from front / back composite decks and through large picture windows) of the West and East Spanish Peaks, and over a dozen ridges for 30 miles- Two large Bedrooms with two separate bathrooms with granite countertops- Master bedroom has a balcony with views of the West & East Spanish Peaks- Complete kitchen with granite countertops, island, and under-cabinet lighting- Spacious loft which can accommodate a sleeping couch- High ceiling and ceiling fans throughout the house- Bonus Room on the 3 rd floor, 18' x 36' semi-finished- Spray foam insulation throughout the 2" x 6" constructed home- Large wood burning stove with fan- Top-of-the-line home electric heating system- Electric baseboard heaters in each bedroom- Timed heat lamps in both bathrooms- LED / CFL lighting- Engineered Wood and Luxury Vinyl Tile floors- Downstairs bathroom has both a handwashing sink and oversize stainless-steel sink- Large basement, which is entered from the outside with work benches, lighting, electricity, and storage big enough for a 4-wheeler and many extra items- Dedicated electrical lines for a portable generator- Integrated radon mitigation systemLog Cabin "Cabinista":- Beautiful Rustic Log Cabin, 16' x24' for three-plus seasons of privacy and enjoyment- Insulated and interior stained-wood paneling- Beautiful solid Oak kitchen cabinets- Fully furnished- Bathroom with a hot shower- Wood stove with blower- Electric baseboard heater- Redwood deck with lovely views of a tree-covered pine and Aspen ridge and small valley- Wood storage shed- Driveway and parking- Dedicated electrical power and septic systemStudio / Cottage:- Newly remodeled 12' x 16' building with insulation, wood paneling and trim, for three-season use- Usable as a bedroom suite, studio or office- Private toilet - Sink and counter for making coffee or an afternoon libation- Mini Refrigerator and microwave- Entry deck with great views of the West Spanish Peak- Picture window with a nice view down the valley- Electrical breaker box, cold water (Pex) and septic linesWater System: Upgraded well equipment, Pex lines, electric wiring, pitless pump; and a 3,000-gallon storage tank
$899,000  •  360 acres
Hog Heaven Ranch is a 360 +/- acre ranch nestled in the beautiful Sangre de Cristo Mountains, located just northwest of the LaVeta Pass Summit on scenic Pass Creek Road with breathtaking views of the Wet Mountains to the north.This wonderful sportsman's ranch is home to trophy elk, mule deer, black bear, turkey, and includes over a mile of Pass Creek. Mother Nature sometimes may seem cruel, as portions of the Hog Heaven Ranch were burnt during the 2018 Spring Creek Fire, but then Mother Nature does what she does best! The revegetation process has already begun and wildlife in the area appears to be thriving. Fortunately some portions of the ranch were spared from the fire. In the area near the building site and along the driveway, the majority of the existing trees and meadows remain intact. The beauty of the area and what it will be again is evident through this remaining ecosystem.The Hog Heaven Ranch boasts a 2000 square foot shop which includes a 12.5 kw diesel backup generator, there is electrical service on site, also a domestic well and septic system. The foundation of the house that was destroyed in the fire is still in place and could possibly be used to construct a new home. This property offers the potential buyer multiple opportunities to enhance several aspects of this ranch; your new dream home, streambed improvements and wildlife habitat just to mention a few.The ranch is situated in 2 different Colorado GMU's with CR 572 (Pass Creek Rd) splitting the ranch between GMU #861 and GMU #85, the Seller in the past has been able to receive a landowner mule deer tag in each unit and both GMU's offer OTC elk tags for 2nd and 3rd season.Qualified Buyers can contact Rick Kusel to answer any questions or to schedule a personal showing of the Hog Heaven Ranch.
$750,000  •  12.32 acres
Big Springs Commercial is a 12.32 +/- acre developable parcel located adjacent to the Eastbound on ramp to Interstate 80 at Exit 107, Interstate 80 is the most traveled Interstate in the U.S. running from New York to California. Exit 107 is the first exit east of the I-80 and I-76 interchange near the Nebraska and Colorado border, making it a very popular exit for the thousands of travelers crossing Nebraska and heading to or from Colorado. Big Springs Commercial is a very level lot with city water and electrical service running along the property. This busy intersection is the perfect location for a truck stop, a convenience store, an RV park, a Hotel and/or restaurant, the possibilities are endless.For more information on Big Springs Commercial contact Rick Kusel
$1,250,000  •  1.84 acres
Location, Location, Location - The three most important factors in determining the desirability of a property/business, a cliche used by many real estate experts.Stetson's Corner Store, located at the intersection of Hwy 61 and Hwy 92, is by far the best "Location" at Lake McConaughy, just north of Kingsley Dam and between Martin Bay and Arthur Bay, two of the most popular campgrounds and busiest boat ramps at the lake. Lake McConaughy, the recreational mecca of western Nebraska is the largest lake in the state with over 100 miles of shoreline, 35,700 surface acres of water, 24 miles long, 4 miles wide, and is famous for its white sand beaches. Each year, thousands of boaters, campers and outdoor enthusiasts make the Lake McConaughy area their destination for fun! In addition to Lake McConaughy which is fed by the North Platte River, you have Lake Ogallala at 320 surface acres "the little lake" nestled below Kingsley Dam (the 2nd largest earthen dam in the world). These two bodies of water provide endless opportunities for anglers of any skill level, young and old. The vast variety of fish you can catch between these two lakes include; Walleye, White Bass, Stripers, Wipers, Catfish, Northern Pike, Smallmouth Bass, Yellow Perch, Rainbow & Brown Trout. Lake McConaughy can accommodate virtually every type of watercraft you can imagine. Lake McConaughy and the North Platte River Valley also provide tremendous opportunities for hunters. This area is famous for duck and goose hunting. In addition to waterfowl hunting there is small game, varmints, White Tailed Deer, Mule Deer, and Pronghorn in the area.Stetson's Corner Store is one of the few year-around businesses in the area, it is a well established and thriving business situated on 1.84 acres +/- and is being offered turnkey including the real estate. Stetson's Corner Store is more than your typical convenience store. Offering a wide variety of items, including; snacks, groceries, beverages, liquor, beer, wine, ice, firewood, beach toys, swimwear, swim gear, beach wear, beach towels, clothing, sunglasses, toys, souvenirs, gifts, artwork, pet supplies & toys, automotive supplies, camping supplies, towables for watercraft, fishing gear, lures, live bait, hunting supplies, ammo, Lottery & Scratch Tickets, Nebraska Hunting & Fishing Licenses, Nebraska Parks Passes, Diesel Fuel, Regular and Premium (both non ethanol) Gas, a propane fill station, and rentals of kayaks, paddle boards and Craig Cat watercrafts.Stetson's Corner Store is your opportunity to own an amazing business in the best "Location" in western Nebraskas' premier playground!For additional information or to schedule a personal showing, contact Rick Kusel
$669,000  •  720 acres
Opportunity awaits in the Historic San Luis Valley!The Haberkon Ranch located approximately 4 miles northwest of Antonito and nestled between the Conejos River and thousands of acres of BLM lands is truly a diamond in the rough.This 720 acre +/- farm/ranch has approximately 640 acres +/- tillable land and includes seventy four (74) & 64/100ths Shares of water from the Mogote-Northeastern Consolidated Ditch Company, this combination flood and pivot irrigated farm/ranch offers the potential Buyer tremendous opportunities for improvement and increased value. The Haberkon Ranch has traditionally raised a mix of grass and alfalfa on the tillable acres and has also provided grazing for cattle. The ranch also offers excellent hunting, whether small game and varmint or large game with deer, pronghorn and elk passing back and forth between the Conejos River valley and the vast BLM lands to the west.There are currently two (2) pivot irrigation sprinklers on the property; one 7 tower Lockwood, and one 7 tower Pierce, the pivots are in good structural condition but unfortunately both have recently been vandalized, having the wiring removed, the wiring was cut and not torn out so repairing the pivots should not be terribly complicated.The farmstead has unfortunately also been vandalized, leaving the 2 trailer houses and 2 outbuildings beyond repair. However there is a newer domestic/stock water well and septic system at the building site that would accommodate future building.The Haberkon Ranch has 1 additional domestic/stock well on the property.The farm/ranch is easily accessed by well maintained county roads.The Sellers realize that the property is in need of repair and have priced the property to sell!If you have any questions or would like to schedule a personal showing of the Haberkon Ranch please contact Rick.
Hayden Outdoors

Rick Kusel
501 Main St. #A
Windsor, CO 80550

Mobile: 970-554-1762