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$15,900,000  •  3,526 acres
The Porter Ranch—Colorado Legacy Ranch for sale near Aspen & Glenwood Springs Large acreage Western Colorado ranch with abundant water rights for sale Large ranches in the Aspen/Vail/Grand Junction triangle do not often come up for sale, but the Porter Ranch, located just a few miles south of the town of New Castle, is now on the market. The ranch has excellent assets, including 3,526 deeded acres, superior water rights, beautiful year-round climate, irrigated hay meadows, world-class hunting, easy access to I-70 and airports, and a blank slate for future development. Quick Details:  3,526 Deeded Acres  885 Irrigated Acres 1,175 Acre-Feet of Water Trophy Bull Elk Hunting, Mule Deer, Turkey, Bear, & More Working Corrals 120x50' Hay Shed 80x40' Machine Shop Manager's Home: 2015 Modular Pressurized Irrigation Systems Historic Cattle Ranch  A historic legacy Colorado cattle ranch and hunting ranch is offered for sale The Porter Ranch is one of the most historic ranches on the Western Slope, as the forebears of the Porter family gathered up a herd of cattle near Denver in 1880 and drove the herd all the way across the mountains to the Grand Valley on a 3-month cattle drive. It was one of the earliest settled ranches on the Western Slope. The Porter Family has held the ranch for the past 5 generations, raising hay, running cattle, and outfitting hunters on the ranch. Centrally located on the I-70 corridor between Grand Junction, Aspen, Vail, and Glenwood Springs The Porter Ranch is easily accessed from Exit 105 on I-70, which parallels the Colorado River as it flows through New Castle and then down to Rifle and Grand Junction. From I-70, it is a short 11-minute drive up Alkali Creek, or County Road 312, to the ranch gate. Glenwood Springs, with its famous Hot Springs Pool, Fairy Caves, and tourist attractions, is just 15 minutes further up I-70, and Aspen is a total of 1:15 from the ranch. Vail is 1:17 from the ranch. Grand Junction, with its regional airport, Colorado Mesa University, Country Jam, world-class hospitals, and excellent concert venues, is about 1:25 down I-70 from the ranch gate. There are four different airports in fairly close proximity, including Aspen, Vail (which is actually Gypsum, under an hour from the ranch); Grand Junction; and Rifle airport, which doesn’t have connecting flights, but can land large jets. Rifle airport is less than half an hour from the Porter Ranch. The Porter Ranch is located at a pleasing elevation for year-round enjoyment Many Western ranches are located at high elevation, where heavy snowfall can make life difficult. Winters are long and frozen, involving feeding hay to hungry animals, plowing snow, and waiting for spring. Fall comes too quickly and it’s winter again. With the Porter Ranch headquarters at 6,000 feet in elevation, the ranch has an enjoyable year-round climate. Spring comes earlier, fall arrives later, and the ranch enjoys a long growing season. The upper reaches of the ranch top out at 7,800 feet, so there are zones that have a longer winter, but generally speaking the weather is pleasant on the Porter Ranch. Water resources on the Porter Ranch for sale—excellent water rights for ranching or future development As the saying goes in the West, “whiskey’s for drinking; water’s for fighting,” because water is such a precious resource. The Porter Ranch has several different diversion points from local creeks to water the ranch, as well as a large reservoir situated on the top of a ridge overlooking the basin below. Fed by mountain snowmelt, the reservoir holds 1,175 acre feet of water that is entirely dedicated to the ranch. Further, the Porter family installed a network of underground water pipelines to irrigate close to 800 acres of the ranch with gravity-fed pressurized sprinklers, which makes for an easy job of irrigating and results in quality hay production. There are 4 large center pivots and an array of big gun sprinklers to reach the best areas on the ranch for hay production. Colorado GMU 42 Private Ranch Big Game Hunting for Trophy Elk, Mule Deer, Bear Serous big game hunters will love the hunting opportunities on the Porter Ranch, which is famous for outstanding hunting for elk, trophy mule deer, and bear, as well as turkey and grouse. The ranch is in the heart of Colorado GMU 42, which has been known as one of the top producers of trophy mule deer bucks since the Boone & Crockett club was organized in the late 1880’s by Teddy Roosevelt and his cohorts. In fact, TR stayed in the famous Hotel Colorado in Glenwood Springs and his guides took him up Alkali Creek to hunt on the Porter Ranch and adjacent properties for mule deer and bear in 1905. The ranch is classic mule deer and elk habitat, with sagebrush and pinyon-juniper forests in the lower elevations and oak brush mixed with aspens at the higher elevations. The ranch provides critical wildlife habitat, as numerous does and fawns can be spotted while touring the ranch, and herds of elk live on the ranch year-round. Bulls scoring up to 360” have been taken on the property, and many bucks scoring 180”-200” have been harvested on the Porter Ranch, including several Boone & Crockett record-book entries. Outstanding future development property—the Porter Ranch is one of the last big ranches in the Roaring Fork Valley Growth and development has accelerated in the Aspen corridor and property values are high. The average home price in Carbondale, just 25 miles to the southeast, is over $1,600,000, and Aspen home prices averaged $14 million in 2022. This ranch is basically a blank canvas for development, with high demand in the I-70 corridor for new homesites, especially in a private ranch setting. The ranch has more than adequate water to serve new development, and Garfield County is receptive to new projects. There are literally hundreds of gorgeous homesites on the Porter Ranch, from which there are only a handful of other homes within eyesight. Limited improvements on the Porter Ranch, leaving a blank slate for the new owner Many Western ranches have been highly improved over the years with improvements that are not necessarily to the taste or function of new ownership. The Porter Ranch has few improvements and those structures on the ranch are utilitarian. Aside from the small historic ranch home, there is a 4-bedroom, 2-bath modular home (built in 2015) that would serve well as a ranch manager’s home; a 40 x 80 machine shop; a 50 x 120 hay barn; and a set of cattle pens. There is no grand lodge or set of cabins or trophy custom home. It is basically a blank slate for a new owner to come in and design the next role for the property. An Outstanding Buy-and-Hold Strategy for the Wise Investor Looking for a Western Ranch With its unique combination of assets, the Porter Ranch offers a wise investor a very good buy-and-hold strategy for land banking. Every investor knows that the stock market may not be the best place for their money, and land has appreciated steadily in value over the decades. The development potential of the Porter Ranch cannot be overlooked—it will only appreciate in value. Its water rights alone are worth millions. However, the ranch can serve as a legacy family property for decades to come, hosting family and visitors for vacations, big game hunting, and learning about agriculture, while the development potential is always there. Listing ID: 05022-16093
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$6,970,000  •  2,131 acres
$7,020,000
Phillips Creek Yampa Ranch has an array of landscapes difficult to find in a single land holding. From 1.5 miles of high-country hunting territory bordering Routt National Forest, to “fishable” Phillips Creek, to lush grass covered grazing pastures and irrigated hay meadows - Phillips Creek Yampa Ranch hits the high notes! This ranch allows you to "cast and blast" in the same day. Cast your line in Phillips Creek surrounded by pristine meadows near the base of Eagle Rock, then head east to higher elevations and blast an elk in the dark timber and aspen covered mountains. The year-round recreational opportunities are complimented by 241 acres of irrigated grass hay and pasture land with plentiful water rights for irrigation, livestock and wildlife. Additionally, a 1,600-acre portion of Phillips Creek Yampa Ranch is under the protection of a conservation easement, ensuring it remains pristine in perpetuity. Agricultural improvements consist of functional barns, corrals, well-maintained perimeter and cross fencing, and hay sheds. Residential improvements include two modest modular homes and a newer hunting cabin, with potential to create an updated recreational ranch headquarters specific to your needs. Considering the variety of landscapes and its Yampa, CO location, an area rich with outdoor recreation, ranching heritage, and central proximity to both Steamboat Springs and the Vail Valley, Phillips Creek Yampa Ranch is an exceptional ownership opportunity. www.PhillipsCreekYampaRanch.com
$14,500,000  •  2,020 acres
The Lazy ET Ranch is a beautiful property overlooking the Colorado River basin just outside the small mountain town of McCoy, Colorado. Rich in history, this legacy property combines multiple old homesteads and still has preserved cabins and remnants from the late 1800s while bringing modern comforts and amenities to this first-class, turn-key working mountain ranch.
$5,000,000  •  677 acres
Development, water rights, production, and a substantial option purchase agreement all wrapped into one tremendous investment opportunity! Located 1 mile from the main Silt/I-70 exit coupled with over one mile of paved CR 311 frontage! The 677 +/- acre farm overlooks interstate I-70, the Colorado River, and the town of Silt, making the farm one of the most attractive investments on the market!
$9,950,000  •  306.5 acres
Nestled in the heart of Colorado, just 5 minutes from downtown Granby, Strawberry Creek Ranch spans 306.5 acres and offers an authentic Colorado ranch experience. It features lush pastures, live water, and stunning views of Granby Ranch Ski Resort and whitecapped mountains, enhancing its rustic charm.
$9,950,000  •  306.5 acres
Nestled in the heart of Colorado, just 5 minutes from downtown Granby, Strawberry Creek Ranch spans 306.5 acres and offers an authentic Colorado ranch experience. It features lush pastures, live water, and stunning views of Granby Ranch Ski Resort and whitecapped mountains, enhancing its rustic charm.
$885,000  •  129 acres
The Colorado River Retreat is a picturesque property located in the heart of the Colorado Rocky Mountains. This property consists of 129 diverse acres along the Colorado River. There are multiple opportunities here for the next outdoor enthusiast looking for a wonderful place to call home or escape to.
$1,500,000  •  37 acres
Anchored by 1,400± feet of frontage on the south bank of the Eagle River, this 37.55± acre holding provides the opportunity for riverside ownership within the exclusive 10,000± acre Diamond Star Ranch. Eagle River Meadows is ideally located adjacent to the Diamond Star equestrian center and comprised of lush hay meadows and a trout-laden stretch of the Gold Medal designated Eagle River. This holding’s setting makes it a prime candidate for those seeking an ideal homesite or those who simply wish to enjoy the benefits of ownership within Diamond Star Ranch. Diamond Star Ranch is a gated shared amenity ranch community located within close proximity to Vail, Beaver Creek, and the limitless amenities and recreational resources found in Colorado’s Eagle Valley. The ranch is easily accessed and sits seven miles east of the Vail Valley Jet Center and Eagle County Regional Airport. Improvements on Eagle River Meadows include a recently constructed 4,250± square foot garage featuring exposed trusses, five bays including a pull-through bay, paved floors, paved exterior driveway, and parking area, LED lighting, and propane heat. The garage was constructed to meet demanding standards and will serve as an asset to new ownership moving forward. A modest 1,950± square foot barn is also located on the property and can be utilized as desired. Seclusion and privacy are paramount at Diamond Star Ranch. Access to Diamond Star is controlled by an electronic security gate and a bridge crossing the river. Owners here have access to numerous amenities, including an equestrian center, lodge with guest suites and pool, excellent big game hunting on thousands of acres of private land, roughly three miles of private angling on the Eagle River, as well as miles of developed horse and OHV riding trails. Showings and additional information are all available upon qualified written request. Offered in cooperation with Jared Saul, Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Colorado Properties. The Facts: ~ Highly desirable Eagle River location in Eagle County, Colorado ~ Seven miles to Vail Valley Jet Center and Eagle County Regional Airport ~ Only 27.5 miles to Vail and 18 miles to Beaver Creek ~ 37.55± deeded acres ~ 1,400± feet of frontage on the Eagle River with excellent fly fishing ~ Private access to an additional three miles of Eagle River ~ Recently constructed 4,250± square foot garage/toy barn ~ Ownership within and access to the exclusive 10,000± acre Diamond Star Ranch with amenities including an equestrian center, lodge with guest suites, excellent big game hunting and trout fishing, as well as miles of trails for horseback or OHV riding
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