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Name:     DEEP CREEK RANCH
State: CO
Acres: ± 3880
Price: $16,500,000.00
Broker: Christy Belton
Website: www.SteamboatSpringsRanch.com
   
Highlights:
Barn
Deeded
Electricity
Fenced
Guest House
House
Irrigated
Water
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DEEP CREEK RANCH


DEEP CREEK RANCH

Offered for sale for the first time in 40 years, the 3,880-acre Deep Creek Ranch in the sought-after Elk River Valley north of Steamboat Springs is diverse with open grassland and alfalfa fields at the southern end of the ranch, irrigated meadows along the easily accessible county road and upland grazing at the northern part of the ranch. Ideally suited for a livestock operation, the ranch has very good cattle handling facilities, excellent fences and numerous ponds and springs. The ranch has been well managed over the last several decades to maximize the production capability without compromising the outstanding elk, deer and bear hunting. The seller has been deliberate about perfecting the water rights, which will convey. The ranch is accessed via year-round, county maintained and lightly traveled roads and has several modest homes and outbuildings–offering a clean slate for the next generation of ownership. Located less than 15 minutes from Steamboat Springs and its world famous ski slopes, Deep Creek Ranch is one of the largest offerings available in this resort area.

LOCATION:
The ranch is located 13 road miles north of the resort town of Steamboat Springs and is easily accessed via year-round paved and gravel county roads. Scenic Routt County Road 129 follows the Elk River through the lush river valley meadows. Along the way are several productive and conserved ranches; a living example of the value the citizens in the area place on ranching and agriculture. Clark, a 10 minute drive north, is a small community with groceries, a post office and a model K-8 public charter school. This area of the county is known for beautiful, protected landscapes and great year-round outdoor recreation.

AREA:
Deep Creek Ranch stretches for nearly 7 miles from the northern end at Buck Mountain to the southern end near the Elk River corridor. The ranch is within a few miles of the Routt National Forest which is over one million acres and extends into Wyoming. The Yampa Valley Regional Airport with daily flights to Denver International Airport is a 40-minute drive to the west. During the ski season, direct flights are available from major cities all over the country. Steamboat Springs, with a population of about 12,000, is a friendly resort community that features many amenities found in larger towns. The Yampa Valley Medical Center is an award-winning, full-service acute care hospital. The Bud Werner Memorial Library, recently constructed following an $11,000,000 voter-approved tax, is a 28,000 sq.ft. state-of-the-art facility. Colorado Mountain College, an established community college, continues to experience growth and success and recently added two 4-year degree programs. Clark is a small rural community 17 miles north of Steamboat that is anchored by the newly constructed LEED gold school and a volunteer fire and rescue department.

ACREAGE:
Deep Creek Ranch consists of varied terrain ranging from grassy, rolling hills to irrigated meadows to tree covered high mountain grazing land. Deep Creek flows through the middle section of the ranch, providing water for irrigation, livestock and wildlife. The northern section of the ranch is characterized by aspen groves, Gambel oaks, chokecherry and serviceberry bushes, forbs and grasses. Elevation ranges from 7,200 ft. near the county road to 8,700 ft. at Buck Mountain. The headquarters and the irrigated meadows are situated along the county road, providing easy access for trucks and equipment. The southern portion of the ranch consists of open meadows and some dryland hay ground. Known for their commitment to conservation, the sellers placed 1,000 acres of the ranch into a conservation easement held by The Nature Conservancy. In addition to an operating cattle ranch, this piece of land is a spectacular recreational opportunity: trails that lead up through tall aspens, giant ferns and pockets of evergreens reveal astonishing views down valley as far as the Flattops.

CLIMATE:
Summers are beautiful with long days and maximum temperatures in the 80s. The average temperature in January, typically the coldest month, is about 1 degree. Spring comes in April and May as the snow begins to give way to the grass. Fall is a treat for the senses with crisp air, bugling elk and vivid yellow and orange trees and brush. Annual precipitation comes mostly in the form of snowfall, roughly 300 inches per year.

IMPROVEMENTS:
The ranch has functional improvements in good condition. The main home was constructed in the 1930s and is typical of an old farmhouse. It has several bedrooms, 1.5 bathrooms, two levels and defined, comfortable living space. There is also a newer 3 bedroom/2 bath modular on a permanent foundation as well as a 630 sq.ft. frame cabin for employee housing. Outbuildings consist of another small cabin, heated shop area, enclosed equipment storage, covered hay storage barns and sheds. The entire ranch is fenced and cross fenced; the fences are in very good repair. The majority of the fences on the northern part of the ranch are new, lay-down fence.

OPERATIONAL CONSIDERATIONS:
The ranch supports a 314 head cow/calf operation. The ranch comfortably handles the livestock and there is plenty of forage for wildlife. The irrigated and dryland meadows together will produce 400-500 tons of hay in a normal year. The manager has been able to harvest as much as 700 tons in good years. The varied topography and the extensive series of ponds, springs and ditches have helped the manager maximize the ranch’s productivity. Ample spring and early summer grass is available on the southern reaches of the ranch. As summer rolls around, the cattle are moved to their summer range on the higher mountain grazing areas on the northern part of the ranch. Irrigated meadows provide excellent fall grazing after the hay crop has been harvested.

WATER RESOURCES:
Deep Creek often flows year-round, providing irrigation water for area ranches before it feeds into the Elk River. Deep Creek Ranch has an extensive list of adjudicated ponds, springs and ditches. 10 Ponds totaling nearly 55 acre feet and 11 springs are located around the entire ranch and irrigation ditches supply over 16 c.f.s. of water to the hay meadows that are near the headquarters. Contact the listing agent for a detailed list of the water rights.Recreation:

The entire ranch is easily accessed with good ranch and two track roads. Fall hunting for elk, deer, antelope and bear has been successful with good sized bulls and bucks taken from the ranch every year. Wide open fields and the steep, north face of Buck Mountain provide excellent terrain for all levels of snowmobiling. Riding opportunities are numerous with the ranch roads and game trails that link the series of ponds and springs. This area of northwest Colorado is popular for recreation enthusiasts with national forest lands, lakes, reservoirs, and groomed trails only a few miles from the ranch.

TAXES: 2014-$7,369.40

BROKERS COMMENT:
Deep Creek Ranch is a rare, large acreage ranch just north of the world-renowned resort of Steamboat Springs, Colorado. As a result of development pressure, much of the land lying close to Steamboat has been split up into smaller parcels and very few parcels of this size exist. The ranch is priced very well compared to other larger acreage ranches in the Elk River Valley area. Deep Creek Ranch is a unique opportunity to own a pristine piece of land that has been carefully managed during the seller’s 40-year tenure of ownership. The ranch is a working cattle ranch with outstanding recreational attributes and numerous hold and exit strategies.

AREA:
Deep Creek Ranch stretches for nearly 7 miles from the northern end at Buck Mountain to the southern end near the Elk River corridor. The ranch is within a few miles of the Routt National Forest which is over one million acres and extends into Wyoming. The Yampa Valley Regional Airport with daily flights to Denver International Airport is a 40-minute drive to the west. During the ski season, direct flights are available from major cities all over the country. Steamboat Springs, with a population of about 12,000, is a friendly resort community that features many amenities found in larger towns. The Yampa Valley Medical Center is an award-winning, full-service acute care hospital. The Bud Werner Memorial Library, recently constructed following an $11,000,000 voter-approved tax, is a 28,000 sq.ft. state-of-the-art facility. Colorado Mountain College, an established community college, continues to experience growth and success and recently added two 4-year degree programs. Clark is a small rural community 17 miles north of Steamboat that is anchored by the newly constructed LEED gold school and a volunteer fire and rescue department.
 
ACREAGE:
Deep Creek Ranch consists of varied terrain ranging from grassy, rolling hills to irrigated meadows to tree covered high mountain grazing land. Deep Creek flows through the middle section of the ranch, providing water for irrigation, livestock and wildlife. The northern section of the ranch is characterized by aspen groves, Gambel oaks, chokecherry and serviceberry bushes, forbs and grasses. Elevation ranges from 7,200 ft. near the county road to 8,700 ft. at Buck Mountain. The headquarters and the irrigated meadows are situated along the county road, providing easy access for trucks and equipment. The southern portion of the ranch consists of open meadows and some dryland hay ground. Known for their commitment to conservation, the sellers placed 1,000 acres of the ranch into a conservation easement held by The Nature Conservancy. In addition to an operating cattle ranch, this piece of land is a spectacular recreational opportunity: trails that lead up through tall aspens, giant ferns and pockets of evergreens reveal astonishing views down valley as far as the Flattops.
 
CLIMATE:
Summers are beautiful with long days and maximum temperatures in the 80s. The average temperature in January, typically the coldest month, is about 1 degree. Spring comes in April and May as the snow begins to give way to the grass. Fall is a treat for the senses with crisp air, bugling elk and vivid yellow and orange trees and brush. Annual precipitation comes mostly in the form of snowfall, roughly 300 inches per year.

IMPROVEMENTS:
The ranch has functional improvements in good condition. The main home was constructed in the 1930s and is typical of an old farmhouse. It has several bedrooms, 1.5 bathrooms, two levels and defined, comfortable living space. There is also a newer 3 bedroom/2 bath modular on a permanent foundation as well as a 630 sq.ft. frame cabin for employee housing. Outbuildings consist of another small cabin, heated shop area, enclosed equipment storage, covered hay storage barns and sheds. The entire ranch is fenced and cross fenced; the fences are in very good repair. The majority of the fences on the northern part of the ranch are new, lay-down fence.



Listed by:

Christy Belton
Ranch Marketing Associates
Phone: 970.734.7885
Email: christy@rmabrokers.com
www.SteamboatSpringsRanch.com
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