LOCATION & AREA
To access the ranch from I-25 at Walsenburg, go west on Highway 69 approximately 25 miles, then north on County Road 630 about six-miles to County Road 627, then north on County Road 628. The property is three to three and one-half hours from metro Denver and two hours from Colorado Springs. Santa Fe, New Mexico is three hours away via I-25 South. Walsenburg and Westcliffe are both located about 30 minutes from the ranch and Trinidad or Pueblo is an additional 20-30 minutes. All four towns offer medical services, grocery shopping, restaurants, hardware stores, and various other necessities. In addition, Pueblo and Trinidad have numerous “Big Box” stores. This area has 300+ days of sunshine with average winter temperatures between 10 and 44 degrees and summer are between 52 and 85.
The views on this ranch are truly amazing. To the south you can see Big and Little Sheep Mountains, Mount Maestas, and a part of West Spanish Peak. To the west and southwest are the majestic Sangre de Cristo Mountains with ten 14,000 foot peaks and several dozen over 13,000 feet. Greenhorn Mountain, in the Wet Mountains, takes up most of the view to the north and east.
• The charming, mountain house is beautifully sited above Turkey Creek, a year-round, free stone stream. With a total of 3,840 square feet (1,920 finished) the house is laid out for easy, warm, very comfortable living and is totally private.
• The open floor plan with cathedral ceiling takes in the kitchen, living room and dining area.
• The living room has a pellet stove (heats up to 3,200 square feet) and a wood burning fireplace. Floors are tile and walls are tongue and groove pine. A wall of south facing windows provides ambient light and wonderful mountain views. The large room has two ceiling fans.
• The kitchen has a large island for casual dining and storage, custom made hickory cabinets, tile countertops and backsplash, gas stove with a warming drawer, and a walk-in pantry.
• The master bedroom has a large walk-in closet and direct access to the covered porch and deck thru French doors. The master bathroom has an oversized whirlpool bath, walk-in shower, and custom tiled floors and walls.
• There are two guest bedrooms and a second bathroom. All three bedrooms have ceiling fans and dark hand-turned oak floors.
• The 1,920 square foot full basement is unfinished and has a wide outside drive in access for storing small garden tractors or recreational machines, four wheelers, snowmobiles, etc.
• The 888 square foot partially covered deck is at the front of the house with excellent mountain views, sounds of the gurgling stream, and a garden of wildflowers.
• Lush hay meadows can be seen in the front and on one side of the house.
• The house has a central air conditioning and heating system.
• At the rear of the house is 616 square feet carport.
The ranch is used primarily for the production of quality mountain grass hay consisting of alfalfa, timothy and brome grasses. The hay meadows can support limited grazing (of the after-growth) once the hay is harvested.
Water rights dating back to 1870 support this hay growth by providing water to irrigate approximately 100 to 120 acres. Domestic water is supplied by a spring, which runs year-round and feeds into a 1,500-gallon underground cistern. The spring has been tested and was said to produce between 95 to 100 gallons per minute (gpm). Using approximately two miles of underground pipeline the spring water is also used to fill five stock tanks around the ranch.
RECREATION & WILDLIFE
The ranch and nearby San Isabel Forest and Greenhorn Wilderness Area provide thousands of acres for horseback riding, snowmobiling, four-wheeling, cross-country skiing, hiking, hunting and fishing.
The spring that provides domestic water also fills a series of ponds, which in the past have been stocked with trout. Turkey Creek, which runs thru the property also has potential to be enhanced to provide fly fishing. The ranch has an abundance of big game animals on and in the surrounding area. The ranch provides excellent habitat for elk, mule deer, whitetail deer, turkey and black bear. Big horn sheep and mountain lion may also be found in the area. The ranch and the nearby National Forest are in Game Management Unit 84.