V Heart Ranch in Colorado Sanford, Colorado | County: Conejos
- 1,940 Acres
The V Heart Ranch is a productive well rounded Colorado Cattle Ranch, offering excellent water rights and recreation opportunity along with a profitable cattle and hay operation. Located in the southern San Luis Valley two miles southeast of Sanford, or 18 miles south of Alamosa Colorado, the ranch consists of 1,940 deeded acres and 676 private leased acres, a combination allowing for the operation of 450 to 500 Animal Unit equivalent. The V Heart Ranch has 310 shares of the Cumbres-La Manga Cattle Association for grazing 310 pairs during the summer season, a tremendous resource for running an efficient cattle ranch. Improvements include two homes, a shop, well-situated corrals and barns, and an abundance of wildlife along with 2.5 miles of the Conejos River. The ranch lands are irrigated with plentiful water rights from both surface water and well water allowing it to be largely drought proof, consistently productive and easily managed.
The V Heart Ranch is 250 +/- miles South of Denver, 127 miles traveling north on highway 285 out of Santa Fe New Mexico, and roughly one-hour from Taos. The San Luis Valley sits at an elevation of approximately 7,600 feet and offers a four season climate with mild summers and winters. Average high temperature in July is 81 degrees and the average high in January is 32 degrees. Small towns and wide open farms and pastureland characterize the area that is generally agricultural in nature. The area is generally agricultural in nature and is bordered by high mountains and plateaus such as the stunning 13,000 foot San Juan Mountains.
ACREAGE AND OPERATIONS
The ranch consists of 1,940 acres of deeded lands with 918 acres of irrigated cropland, 140 acres are under a center pivot with newly planted alfalfa. The balance of the ranch is comprised of unimproved pasture and riparian bottomlands accentuated with large stands of cottonwood trees along both side of the Conejos River. In addition, the ranch holds 676 acres of leased ground under a term lease which is largely irrigated and sub-irrigated lands. The ranch produces alfalfa/grass mix or alfalfa/dairy hay with average production near 2,000 tons per year. Once the hay has been harvested, the meadows are kept for winter grazing that lasts into the winter season. Any excess hay is sold to dairy or horse hay accounts (depending upon quality). Carrying capacity is owner estimated at 450-500 Animal Units. An important asset is the 310 shares of the Cumbres-La Manga Grazing Association that the ranch owns. This allows the ranch to move 310 pairs of cows to the association owned grazing property in the summer. This grazing association manages the 55,000-acre grazing permit and the cattle who are grazed there during the summer months.
The San Luis Valley is rich in its supply of water. Two natural underground aquifers recharge by runoff from heavy snowfall in the surrounding mountains offers plentiful irrigation and water well sources. Water rights in Colorado are important and are enviable assets. The V- Heart has an abundance of water supplied from mountain snow melt for all irrigation needs. Water is derived direct from the Conejos River under excellent decreed priorities. Irrigation water comes from the canals served by both the Conejos River and from strong artesian wells, including two 12-inch wells registered to 1850 and 1985 GPM, four 4-inch wells and 30 small artesian wells. There is also one 140-acre pivot sprinkler on the Ranch. (Please contact listing agent for water summary.)
The ranch headquarters consist of a five-bedroom, five and ½ bathroom, 4,287 square foot owner’s home and a separate updated three-bedroom manager’s home. There is also a 19,410 square foot barn and a 6,384 square foot cattle shed with working cattle facilities planned out with pipe working pens, scales, water tanks, and chutes. A commodity barn, liquid feed storage and overhead bake bins have recently been added. An office, tack room, oil room, are located in the 1,153 square foot work shop.
WILDLIFE AND RECREATION
Wildlife is abundant on and around the ranch, due to the habitat provided by the lake, the wetlands and the river frontage. Some of the best duck and goose hunting can be enjoyed right out the back door; mallards, cinnamon teal, Canadian geese and snow geese are some of the species you will find on the ranch. Big game hunting for elk and deer is another option on the ranch, along with The Conejos River and high mountain lakes offering good trout fishing. V Heart is located approximately 1-hour from the ski areas in Taos and Wolf Creek Pass.
This excellent ranch property has been well maintained and offers a “water rich” resource involving a nice combination of agriculture production and recreation opportunity. The operation at capacity will generate over $1.1 million of gross revenue with estimated expenses of less than $600,000 providing an excellent return on the property. Please contact the listing agents for further information.
(Please see listing broker for operation, water rights, and field summaries.)