This ranch is located in southern Colorado just north of the New
Mexican border and east of the Sangre de Cristo mountains (a southern
extension of the Rocky Mountains).
The two mountain peaks you see in the picture above are the Spanish Peak,
which are two extinct volcanoes. This land is roughly 70% covered with
Ponderosa pine. The rest is a mixture of meadows, lush canyon bottoms
usually with water moving through (see picture below), large rock formations and
The wildlife is plentiful in this area of Colorado with Elk, black bear,
mule deer, large Russian turkey, tufted eared squirrels, bobcats, lynx, coyotes and
much more rarely, cougar may be heard, along with their sign being found.
To be more specific, there are no other areas in Colorado that have a higher State
rating in regard to the density of wildlife. It's a good hunting ranch. There are lots
of elk roaming around on this ranch, and you will see their tracks everywhere.
I've walked upon to groups of elk all over this property at various times of the
year. If there is water and vegetation, they have no reason to leave and move
into the high country. I've run elk and bear off the same area on the same day.
The turkey seem to like the area of the valley bottoms around western boarder. If
you plant oats, which I did one year, they will never be far away.
This land has a number of alternative energies available. There is several life times
worth of standing trees that need to be thinned just to enhance the distance between
healthy trees. Secondly, you have passive solar. Thirdly, you have wind power for
running a wind mill to pump water out of your well into a cistern. Augment this with a
propane tank and you will have little use of the electric company. Wood could be used
for cooking year around (outside during the warm months and inside during the cooler months).
And wood could be used for all HEATing needs during the winter. Passive solar could be used
for a lot of your electric needs. This could be very low cost foot print to operate,
including property taxes, which are very low, due to the AG exemption.
Cuchara and the "Highway of Legends" are just over Cordova Pass at 11,000 feet.
Excellent trout fishing and alpine hiking can be found between the pass and the Sangre
de Cristos, northern New Mexico, or north or west of the San Luis valley. There
are many centers of activity within a few hours of this area in just about every
direction, including within northern New Mexico: Colorado Springs, Cuchara, Le Veta,
Blue Lake, Bear Lake, Denver, Raton, Red River, AngelFire, Taos, Sante Fe,
Pagosa Springs, Durango, Royal Gorge,..., and dozens more. This area is very rich
in history and interesting places to visit.
This is a great forested investment with a number of areas of large mature trees.
There are some amazing mountain views from a number of possible building sites.
The roads on and to this ranch are kept open year around. This investment would
make a great ranch for horses or cattle. There are a lot of interesting places
to ride horses in the area. You would have almost 2000 acres to ride on nearby,
contiguous to this place. There are some very good locations for a horse barn
near the house, with a small meadow next to the barn that could be used for
occasional grazing for the horses.
A small number of cattle could be run on the northern section
to maintain the existing ag exemption or it could be leased to a nearby
neighboring cattle rancher, along with other boarding neighbors for that
The weather on this ranch is moderate, with milder winters than
further north or at higher altitudes and with beautiful summer days with cool
evenings. The elevation on this ranch is between 7,200 and 6,900 feet
above sea level. The distance between those two extremes is almost a mile.
That's quite mild by Colorado standards. Much of the land is almost level
and is quite easy to walk, ride your horse or hike around on.
(See the topographic map below.)
This 338 acres has a ranch road just on the northwestern corner of
the property and then pulls away as it heads northeasterly.
A second ranch road comes to the western boundary and enters
the property. This road is just there to access this land, i.e. it's
not a through road. A county road (CR 44.0) just touches the southeast corner.
However, there are no roads along the length of any boundaries, so the
native wildlife are not disturbed by the occasional passing vehicle
along the northwest or southeast corners. This ranch is very private.
(See the topographic map below.)
The buyer is responsible for their own well and septic systems. Other
known wells in the area have been around 300-360 feet.
This is the nicest
area within the whole county, and there are some beautiful lands in this county,
though most are within a National Forest or are in areas which are not kept open
year around. The roads that provide access to all of this land is currently rocked.
In addition, the ranch roads are graded during the winter months and kept clear of
The entrance into these lands from the ranch is fenced & gated and the gates
are kept closed. Even in times of heavy snows, the county roads
have been kept open year around.