In the twilight years of the William H. Taft Administration, Richard Gallin filed for patent with the General Land Office of the United States. Gallin’s patent laid claim to 160 acres of premiere Colorado real estate, and his virgin parcel would sit atop the Cimarron Ridge, peering down on the fertile Uncompahgre Valley. Even 111 years after Gallin laid stake, the rationale of his decision shines radiantly. With mature quaking aspen, broad alpine meadows, and a crisp Colorado breeze, who wouldn’t lay claim? Today’s Montrose Alpine Ranch boasts a portion of Gallin’s original patent, alongside all the attributes that drew him to Southwestern Colorado. This spectacular 782 +/- acre parcel vaunts a flourishing aspen forest interspersed with open meadows, spring-fed ponds, and budding wildflowers. With abundant water, feed, and cover, the Montrose Alpine Ranch is brimming with potential – whether early-season elk hunts, grass-fed beef, or a high-altitude getaway. Elk, bear, and turkey licenses are available over the counter (game unit 65), and substantial public land and fishing is only short UTV drive away. Boutique dining, shopping, and regional air service can all be found in downtown Montrose, making Montrose Alpine Ranch one of the most proximate mountain paradises available. Gallin was no fool when he laid his claim in 1912, and this ranch is living proof. Towering aspens, bountiful springs, and the thundering echo of an elk’s bugle – could there be a better place to plant your Ebenezer?