$1,400,000 • 211 acres
The Miller Elk Island Ranch consists of 211+/- acres located just east of Del Norte, Colorado in Rio Grande County with year-round access to the property via U.S. Highway 160 frontage. With exceptional Trout fishing in the river and good hunting for Deer, Elk, Turkey and Waterfowl, this place is a sportsman’s paradise. Area amenities include South Fork, Colorado being within a 20-minute drive to the west via U.S. Highway 160, famous for its championship Rio Grande Club golf course and powder skiing at Wolf Creek Ski Area. The Ranch sits at an Elevation of around 7880+/- feet in the Rio Grande river valley characterized by its towering stands of Cottonwoods, thickets of Willows and Alders, and lush hay meadows. The Miller Elk Island Ranch boasts 1.25+/- miles of the famed Rio Grande River with approximately ¾ of a mile of both sides of the south channel of the river and approximately a ½ mile of the north channel of the river. A diversion dam at the top of the ranch splits the river into a north and a south channel which then bend and meander through the property, making trout fishing opportunities abundant on the ranch. The majority of the ranch sits on an island which gives the property its namesake. A private bridge in the heart of the property provides access over the south channel to the island. Improvements on the property are limited but quality perimeter fencing and flood irrigation infrastructure is quality making this property ready to go for someone looking to build a recreational paradise. A Conservation Easement through Rio Grande Headwaters Land Trust blankets the property protecting the ranching heritage and its sought-after hunting and fishing grounds. However, a 5-Acre building envelope allows for one to build any additional improvements in the designated area. Also of note, is an 8+/- Acre parcel with Highway 160 frontage that was excluded from the easement which is included in the total acreage but could be excluded from the sale of the property. A copy of the conservation easement report can be provided upon request. There is an existing off-grid cabin inside the building envelope boundaries in good condition ready to go for the future owner.
WILDLIFE RESOURCES: The Miller Elk Island Ranch sits in the heart of the luscious wildlife filled river bottom of the Rio Grande River. Resident populations of Elk, Deer, Turkey, and a multitude of waterfowl species call this area home. The property itself contains a perfect mixture of Cottonwood, Willow, and Alder stands with lush hay meadows of quality native grasses and forbs for wildlife. This property is in Colorado game management unit 79 which offers over the counter tags for archery Elk and draw licenses for Elk Rifle seasons. The property qualifies for landowner Elk and Deer licenses with quality numbers of both species on the property. The Elk rut during September in this river bottom is hard to beat with very comfortable low pressured Elk going about breeding activities and bugling without interruption from hunting pressure. There is a constant influx of new bulls traveling the river corridor due to the strong populations of resident cow Elk. The Mule Deer population is exceptional and good hunting can be found throughout the ranch. Overall, the hunting resources on this piece are very rare for a 211+/- acre property that is so close to town.
WATER: Perhaps the Miller Elk Island Ranch’s greatest asset is the 1.25+/- mile stretch of the Rio Grande River that meanders through the property. This stretch of river is only a few river miles downstream of the famed gold-medal stretch of Rio Grande River and produces more than enough sizable rainbow and brown trout. River Structure on the property is exceptional with cut banks, riffles, runs, and pools making ample habitat for Rainbow and Brown trout of all sizes with numerous 20+ inch trophy-sized wild fish being documented. Steady hatches throughout the summer months can keep a fly-fisherman entertained on this property for days upon end. With thousands of acres of public lands and thousands of miles of streams within a mornings drive from the property, there is no shortage of fishing opportunities in the area surrounding the Miller Elk Island Ranch. The property contains two water wells, and sufficient water rights to irrigate the hay meadows. Hay production is exceptional on the property and is sufficient to maintain a small income stream.
Overall, this property is a blank canvas for a recreational paradise with year-round activities in a desirable location. Call for a private showing today!