Goose Creek Ranch is one of the most recognizable ranches in Northwest Colorado’s Elk River Valley. It consists of 35 productive acres with Elk River frontage and two stream-fed ponds. The ranch has been immaculately maintained with periodic updates to the historic buildings. The house is situated in a park-like setting with tall shade trees, a small brook and beautiful landscaping. The pastures are irrigated with water rights and, like the buildings, are in pristine condition.
Goose Creek Ranch typically produces between 20 and 45 tons of native grass hay. A neighboring rancher harvests the hay and income is approximately $1,500 annually. Hay sales in good years will exceed $2,000. Water rights irrigate the meadows and sub-irrigate the pastures. The pastures, also meticulously maintained, are fenced and cross-fenced.
At one time a B&B, Goose Creek Ranch has a traditional farmhouse with 3 bedroom suites on the main level plus two bedrooms, a full bath and a sitting area upstairs. A tastefully finished rec building with high ceilings features 1.5 bathrooms and additional laundry. The quaint studio guest cabin has long views across the valley to Pilot’s Knob. The historic 100-year-old barn with wide plank wood floors and a huge hay loft, is fully functional with stalls and a tack room. The dairy barn, also in excellent condition, provides shelter for livestock.
Fishing along approximately 1,200 feet of the Elk River is prized. Stairs lead down to the confluence of Goose Creek with the Elk River for easy access. Hunting, riding and hiking is nearby in the Routt National Forest; this part of the forest is roadless and provides access to over a million acres of beautiful alpine land.
The ranch typically produces between 20 and 45 tons of native grass hay. A neighboring rancher harvests the hay and income is approximately $1,500 annually. Hay sales in good years will exceed $2,000. Water rights irrigate the meadows and sub-irrigate the pastures.
Steamboat Springs, 8 miles south of Goose Creek Ranch, is located in northwest Colorado, approximately 160 miles northwest of Denver. Known for its friendly, western hospitality, the area has preserved its deep agricultural roots while a world-renowned ski area emerged and prospered. The Yampa Valley Regional Airport with daily flights to Denver International Airport is under an hour’s drive from The Home Ranch. During the summer and winter seasons, direct flights are available from major cities all over the country on United, American, Delta, Alaska, Via and Jet Blue airlines. Steamboat Springs, with a population of about 12,000, is a resort community that features amenities and attractions only found in larger towns. The UC Health/Yampa Valley Medical Center is an award-winning, full service acute care hospital. The Bud Werner Memorial Library is a 28,000 sq. ft. state of the art facility. Colorado Mountain College, a long-established community college, continues to experience growth and success and offers several 4-year degree programs. This area of the county is known for beautiful, protected landscapes, welcoming residents, and great year-round outdoor recreation.
Fishing along approximately 1,200 feet of the Elk River is prized. Stairs lead down to the confluence of Goose Creek with the Elk River. Hunting, riding and hiking is accessible nearby in the Routt National Forest; this part of the forest is roadless and provides access to over a million acres of beautiful alpine land.
Goose Creek Ranch is a well-rounded offering with live water, paved road access, productive land and appealing improvements. Loaded with character, the ranch is one of the most scenic in the area. The proximity to town and the nearby trailheads, lakes and public land lend an element of convenience not often found in quality rural properties. Goose Creek Ranch provides a wide range of opportunities for a buyer looking for the combination of completely usable, productive land and on-ranch recreation.