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Battlement Mesa, CO
Western Colorado Colorado GMU 42 Hunting Ranch for Sale Property Assets: 390 Total Acres / 20 Irrigated Acres w/Gated Pipe 1,744 sq ft main home 70x50 Shop with 2-Bed / 1-Bath Apartment 300 sq ft historic 1 Bedroom Cabin 97x30 ft steel greenhouse 50x30 shop building Historic Hay Barn 50 ft loafing shed for horses & animals High-producing domestic water well (25 gpm) .37-acre spring fed pond Decreed Spring Providing water to property Cottonwood Creek Frontage Mountain atv road & trails to access hunting land & National Forest Western Colorado mountain ranch for sale--Holmes Mesa Ranch Situated in the Grand Valley of Colorado, the Holmes Mesa Ranch is just a short drive from the I-70 corridor. The ranch sits in a secluded mountain setting with impressive improvements. The ranch has a multitude of uses with the assets included. Irrigated hay ground & loafing sheds accompanied by miles of trails and National Forest access make this property ideal for equine recreation. The mountain acreage south and up the slope of the mountain provides excellent hunting. Trophy mule deer, large bull elk, bear, and other wildlife have repeatedly been harvested on the property itself, although it backs up to National Forest and BLM lands for additional hunting access. The outbuildings are immaculate. A large detached shop contains an additional apartment, car lift, and storage bay. Other outbuildings store hay equipment, hay, large equipment, and more. The large greenhouse on the property is top-of-the-line construction with metal walls, polycarbonate roof, heating system, and filtered water system for producing incredible vegetables. There’s even a historic one-bedroom cabin ideal for short-term rentals or guests. Colorado country estate for sale with historic remodeled farmhouse The main home on the Holmes Mesa Ranch for Sale is a beautifully remodeled 1930's historic home. The current owners undertook a complete overhaul in 2012, and the craftsmanship is stunning. Historic refurbished logs and wood accents throughout the house accompanied by stylish flooring, wood cabinets, granite counters, and rustic finishes provide for a cozy home heated by a wood stove and hot water baseboards. The home is a total of 1,744 square feet, with 3 bedrooms and 2 ½  bathrooms. Impressive Ranch Improvements, Shop, Greenhouse, Hay Barn, Loafing Shed Welcoming all recreation and any projects, the additional outbuildings on the ranch are capable for housing guests, storing equipment, and undertaking automotive & maintenance projects. The main outbuilding is a 50x70 shop, equipped with a 2-bed 1-bath apartment with kitchen, large storage bay with loft storage, and two large work bays for auto storage and repairs. There is currently even a car lift equipped in one of the bays. The entire building is well insulated and heated by the forced-air furnace for all zones. Additionally, there is a 50x30 storage shed behind the building, which houses hay equipment and large machinery. A historic hay barn near the loafing shed stores the mountain grass hay produced on the property. A large 97x30 greenhouse with steel frame & walls comes equipped with a polycarbonate roof, heating system, cooling system, filtered water system, lights, and gravel floors. Lastly, there’s a small 300-square-foot historic cabin adjacent to the home that needs work, but would make for an ideal studio cabin for guests. Ranch with Pond, Water Rights & Irrigated Acreage Water rights can determine the productivity and usage of a mountain ranch. The Holmes Mesa mountain ranch has an impressive array of water assets appurtenant to the property. Irrigating almost 20 acres of hay ground, water rights are diverted out of Cottonwood Creek which flows through the property. This allows for typically 2 good cuttings of hay per year, and lush pasture for horses, cattle, and other livestock. The domestic water is fed by a 80-foot-deep high production water well. The well produces 25 gallons per minute, an incredible amount of water which is utilized for the domestic water, greenhouse, and other needs. A spring has been developed up the mountain on the property, and piped to the pond & hydrants around the property. The 1-acre pond has been stocked with all kinds of fish, including smallmouth bass and trout. Mountain Hunting Ranch, Colorado Mule Deer, Elk, Bear & More Mountain hunting land coupled with productive hay fields naturally draws game to the Holmes Mesa Ranch. The owners of the ranch have successfully harvested countless large bull elk, mule deer bucks, healthy bears, and Merriam's turkeys on the property. The mountain acreage to the south is easily accessible by the ATV road and provides for a haven for the wildlife to avoid public land hunters. Quiet access leads to successful hunts & easy recoveries on the ranch. The ranch directly borders National Forest and GMU 42, as well as trailheads to GMU 421 nearby.

The Porter Ranch - Legendary Colorado Hunting…

New Castle, CO
The Porter Ranch—Colorado Legacy Ranch for sale near Aspen & Glenwood Springs Colorado Trophy Elk and Mule Deer Hunting on GMU 42 Private Ranch 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 scoring between 220-240 inches. Western Colorado ranch with Large acreage and 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 Legendary historic Colorado hunting and cattle 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 between Grand Junction, Aspen, Vail, and Glenwood Springs on the I-70 corridor 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. At 6,000 feet, Porter Ranch is enjoyable year-round. 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 four (4) large center pivots and an array of big gun sprinklers to reach the best areas on the ranch for hay production. The Porter Ranch is one of the last big ranches in the Roaring Fork Valley with Outstanding future development property. 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. the Porter Ranch has limited improvements on 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. A Western Ranch with An Outstanding Buy-and-Hold Strategy for the Wise Investor 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. United Country Colorado Brokers, UC Hunting Properties and UC Ranch Properties combine to offer The Porter Ranch The Porter Ranch is offered as a team effort by the brokers and agents of United Country Colorado Brokers (UCCB), UC Ranch Properties, and UC Hunting Properties. Loren Williams, Jake Hubbell, ALC, Brooke Snyder, and Gary Hubbell, ALC, are the listing agents for the Porter Ranch. Gary Hubbell is the managing broker, auctioneer, founding member, and Accredited Land Consultant with UCCB. Jake Hubbell, ALC, is a top agent within the United Country franchise system, having sold ranches, hunting land, wineries and vineyards, and farms all across Colorado and Wyoming. Loren Williams is an active hunting outfitter and specializes in selling hunting land, ranches, and outfitting businesses on the Western Slope of Colorado. Brooke Snyder is a granddaughter of the Porter family and is emerging as a top agent in her own right, listing and selling ranches, mountain property, hunting land, and custom homes in Western Colorado. She runs her own herd of Angus cattle with her father, famed outfitter Trent Snyder, and she has guided many hunters on successful elk and mule deer hunts.