Multiple hold and exit strategies exist on this easily accessible and well-priced ranch located west of Steamboat Springs. The ranch consists of 1378+/- rolling acres on a year-round paved county road. Currently used for grazing and hunting, it is perimeter fenced with over 10 ponds scattered around the ranch. The ranch is one large block ranging in elevation from 6,700 feet at the stocked reservoir to 7,000 feet on the tree covered ridge top. Colorado Parks and Recreation leases and stocks the reservoir located along the county road. This ranch has water sources scattered throughout the draws and valleys, which is unique in the immediate area. A landlocked 40-acre BLM parcel is located at the southwest corner. The ranch is also bordered on the south and east side by 2,200 acres of Colorado State land. The ranch is not encumbered by a conservation easement and it can be subdivided. With easy access, public land boundaries, productive hay/grazing land and hunting/fishing aspects, this ranch is well priced in its category.
The ranch is located in Colorado’s northwest corner. Ranging from about 6,700 to 7,000 feet in elevation, the ranch is typical for the area with rolling hills and oak-brush covered hillside. Steamboat Springs, with a population of about 12,000 year-round residents, is about 25 miles east. The Yampa Valley Regional Airport, with direct flights to many cities around the nation and daily flights to Denver International Airport, is fewer than 10 miles from the ranch. State lands border on the south and east sides.
The land is in excellent condition. Much of the acreage has been enrolled in CRP for almost two decades. Grass is plentiful and nearly every draw has a stock pond for livestock and wildlife watering. The majority of the ranch consists of rolling, grassy hills; the northwest corner rises in elevation and is covered in dense oak brush. The ranch is fully fenced.
A 12-acre lake is located near the county road. It is leased by Colorado Parks and Wildlife which provides public access. CPW stocks the lake. Elk, deer, and antelope call the ranch home, as do a variety of small game animals and numerous species of birds.
Income from the CRP contract, hunting and fishing leases total approximately $26,000. The owners occasionally fence the non-CRP land with temporary fences for cattle grazing. The ranch has several well-dispersed ponds for livestock and wildlife water – a somewhat unique feature for ranches in this area.
The Earle Ranch combines sought-after features of fishing, hunting and grazing in a very competitively-priced package. It is very close to the regional commercial airport and FBO. Steamboat Springs, a friendly world-class ski resort, is a 25-mile drive on good, paved roads. The ranch is fully fenced and otherwise unimproved; it has numerous building sites with exceptional views of the surrounding mountains and meadows. The ranch has historically been used for recreation and grazing and also produces annual income from leases.