Huerfano River Canyon Ranch
Location: Walsenburg, Colorado
Acreage: 10,130 +/- Acres
Elevation: 5,500 to 6,146 feet
Property Description: Large ranch assemblage with historical and ecological significance in southern Colorado. Stunning scenery that includes picturesque canyon, 11 miles of the Huerfano River, buttes, ridges, cliffs, wooded hills and draws, hidden valleys, and native grasslands. Operational livestock ranch with natural water resources and water pipeline and tank system. Premium big game hunting including elk, mule and white tail deer, antelope, turkey, black bear, and mountain lion. Ideal candidate for a conservation easement with high quality conservation values.
Property InformationThe Huerfano River Canyon Assemblage represents an opportunity to own a ranch in Southern Colorado which is reminiscent of the large ranches of the old west. Land holdings of this size and nature are extremely rare! The assemblage encompasses two large private ranch holdings and includes over 11 miles of frontage along the Huerfano River and Canyon. Remnants of prehistoric art, rock shelters, and fire rings are seen in this picturesque canyon. Historically, the land has been operated as a working cattle ranch for generations, but also offers premium hunting, horseback riding, and other recreational opportunities. It is easily accessible to the Front Range cities of Denver, Colorado Springs and Pueblo, Colorado. The ranch offers diverse geographic characteristics including a scenic and wild river canyon, wooded ridges and buttes, hidden valleys, mesa land, rock formations, springs, and native prairie. When you reach the top of this ranch you can see the entire southern ranges all the way to New Mexico. The views are stunning and include the Spanish Peaks, the Sangre De Cristo Range, Greenhorn Mountain and Pikes Peak. The high point of this ranch known as Turkey Ridge is one of the most prominent mesa formations in Southern Colorado. Tree cover includes pinon, cedar, juniper, oak brush, cottonwoods, and other riparian vegetation along the river. The ranch encompasses 760 acres of BLM land and with no public access, has private use of these lands as additional hunting and recreational ground. This property is extremely unique and there are many possibilities here including a family legacy ranch, hunting ranch, future development, corporate retreat, conservation easement, cattle ranch, or horse property.
Improvements and Land Attributes
Building Improvements: Three-bedroom, two bath modular ranch home built in 1996 with approximately 2,000 square feet of living space and two car attached garage. In addition, there is a 40 x 50 Cleary built barn with attached 12 x 50 pole shed and corrals. The home will need some renovation work and could be upgraded to serve nicely as a headquarters or hunting camp for a new owner or serve as a residence for a ranch manager.
Wells, Water, Fencing: 11 +/- miles of winding Huerfano River Canyon along the western boundary of the ranch. This river drainage is ecologically diverse with sub irrigated grounds, riparian plant and animal life, and is a protective haven for bird life and big game. The ranch includes a productive well which feeds the home and miles of underground pipeline servicing livestock tanks throughout the property. A live spring also supplements the livestock water system. The steel tanks dispersed around the ranch have provided consistent water resources for wildlife and livestock management. The ranch is fenced and cross fenced.
Current Utilities: Electricity runs into southern portion of the ranch servicing the home and well.
Acreage: 10,130 +/- acres by legal desciption. Completely encompassess 760 acres of BLM land. Additional BLM and State lands border ranch.
Land Attributes: River, riparian land, deep canyons, cliffs, rock walls, mesa land, thickly wooded areas, bluffs, buttes, rock outcroppings, valleys and native grassland.
Topography: River bottom, rugged canyons, hills, flat mesa, and rolling valley areas.
Recreation: Hunting, Shooting, ATV, UTV, Hiking, Camping, Horses
Nearest Town(s): Walsenburg, Colorado
Access: Huerfano County Roads 120 and 103
Location and Accessibility
The ranch is located approximately 18 miles northeast of Walsenburg, Colorado and is accessed via a gravel county maintained road and boasts end of the road, locked gate privacy. The Ranch is easily accessible from the major Colorado cities without crossing mountain passes. Denver is 3 hours – Colorado Springs is 2 hours – Pueblo is 1 hour.
Income and Tax Advantages
The Ranch is currently leased and this lease could be extended to provide a consistent yearly income to a new owner. The property could also be leased for hunting to local outfitters. There are no conservation easements on this property, however, this property would be an ideal candidate for a conservation easement and has high quality conservation values. The Ranch is also a prime candidate for a wind energy project and close to electric line corridor.
Recreational and Hunting
The ranch is located in Game Management Unit 128 which is a Plains Unit and is accessible during all seasons. The Huerfano River is an active big game corridor. The terrain, water resources, forage, and protective bedding areas on this ranch combine to create outstanding habitat for elk, mule deer, white tail deer, antelope, and bear. Turkey hunting is at a premium along the river drainage. A resident elk herd is present on the ranch and is seen often moving in and out of the river bottom. Unit 128 offers an extended OTC season for bull elk from mid-October to mid-November and numerous leftover “C” tags for cow elk are available for this unit each year. This area of southeast Colorado is known for producing large mule deer and pronghorn and many are seen regularly on the ranch. The ranch has been enrolled in the Landowner Preference Program (LPP) and has received multiple vouchers for mule deer and pronghorn in past seasons. Equestrians, ATV, or off-road enthusiasts would love this property as there are miles of old roads and trails running through most of the ranch.
Zoning and Taxes
Agricultural Zoning – Taxes based on 2023 estimated assessments are $4,500 per year.
- Contact: Jeff Switzer
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