The Parlin Darlin Ranch is a recreational and agricultural property and consists of 210 acres. The ranch is being offered in two configurations, with and without the building complex.The lands are comprised of mostly irrigated hay meadows with excellent water rights and the building site. In addition, the ranch holds adjacent BLM and Forest Service grazing permits allowing the ranch to carry 200 head on a year-round basis. Tomichi Creek flows through the ranch for two miles on the meander and provides seasonal fishing opportunities. The adjacent BLM lands and nearby Gunnison National Forest provide a multitude of big game hunting. The ranch is enrolled in the Colorado Landowner voucher hunting program.

Parlin Darlin Ranch is a rare offering with a variety of elements that allow ongoing operations for cattle ranching, equestrian activity, fishing and hunting as well as other activities such as cross-country skiing and snowmobiling.

Broker(s): John Stratman


The Parlin Darlin Ranch is located 12 miles east of Gunnison along the south side of US Highway 50 allowing excellent access. The buildings are located just south of the intersection of Highway 50 and County Road 43 and accessed off of County Road 43.


Gunnison is in south western Colorado on U S Highway 50 just west of the Continental Divide and Monarch Pass. Gunnison is home to Western Colorado University, a small but unique 3000-student university. Academically, Western has renowned programs in Environment & Sustainability, Biology, Geology, Energy Management, Exercise & Sport Science, Business and Recreation & Outdoor Education. In 2018 an alumnus, bestowed a large gift to Western to create its new School of Computer Science & Engineering. Nearby Crested Butte is a destination resort for winter skiing and summer recreation pursuits and has recently been purchased by Vail Resorts, Inc. Gunnison is served by the Gunnison-Crested Butte Regional Airport which provides commercial jet service as well as an FBO for private jets and small aircraft. In addition to the immense Gunnison National Forest lands, recreation activity is afforded by Blue Mesa Reservoir and the multitude of live fishing streams that make up the Gunnison River Headwaters. These facets and others ensure the long term vibrance that make up the “Gunnison Country”.

Gunnison County is the 5th large county by land mass in Colorado and much of the land is public. Of the deeded lands a large part is already developed or protected from development. This fact limits the amount of land available otherwise and serves to keep the values strong in the communities.

The Parlin Darlin is part of a unique ecosystem in the Tomichi Creek Valley that is protected by over 15,000 acres under conservation easements. The protected status ensures the ecosystem will remain largely as it is and overtime enhancing its value.


The 210 acres is comprised of four parcels as follows:

Ranchland (2 assessment parcels):
203.65 acres – includes Tomichi Creek, irrigation water rights, meadows, livestock working corrals
0.9 acres involves a triangular sliver along side of the 203.65 acres and has a highway access
204.55 acres total Ranchland

The Parlin Darlin Ranch operates as a cattle ranch, equestrian operation and private fishing and hunting location. The irrigated lands are served by riparian water rights from Tomichi Creek a spread by ditches with numerous steel irrigation diversion structures. The lands produce about 200 Tons of native hay annually with one cutting. The Irrigation Water rights include 12.09 CFS in Water District 28, Division 4 out of Tomichi Creek from the Hannah J. Winters #2 Ditch with an Appropriation date of July 1, 1881. These would be considered excellent water rights typically providing all the water needed for the hay crop except for extremely dry years when supplemental hay may be needed.

The ranch operation includes federal grazing permits that allow 200 head of cattle from May 15th thru November 4th annually. The first 30 days, the cattle are turned out on the BLM range known as the Cabin Alder Creek Allotment # 16301, which is connected at higher elevation to the Taylor Park Forest Service grazing permit # 90036 from June 16th thru October 30th. Taylor Park is a grazing pool and the cattle are tended by ‘pool riders’ during the grazing season who move the cattle around the allotments rotational plan. The owners assist from time to time but are free otherwise to conduct their normal activities of irrigating, haying and preparing to have the cattle returned for the winter months. The cattle move back across the BLM permit from November 1st thru November 4th on their return to the ranches deeded meadows where they graze the ‘aftermath’ from the summers haying operations. The cattle are fed during the winter with the hay produced on the ranch during the prior summer. The cows give birth to their calves in the spring and the cycle begins again.

The 203.65 acres are encumbered with a conservation easement that prohibits the land from being subdivided. There is a 5-acre building site where a residence may be built, and which can be sold separately from the remainder of the 203.65 acres. The 5-acre site is where the working corrals and a solar well are presently located. The conservation easement ensures the valuable natural characteristics will remain intact and does not interfere with the agricultural operations. A second well is located on this parcel near the highway.

The owner has constructed 8 levee control structures along the old river channel which allows water to be held back providing excellent waterfowl habitat.

Mother Nature created a masterpiece when she designed the trout habitat on Tomichi Creek as it winds and ribbons through the ranch. This freestone fishery offers consistent temperatures, a mild gradient, diverse insect population and self-supporting trout habitat that is home to Rainbows, Brook and Brown trout. The late season fishing for large Brown trout is exceptional.
Game Management Unit 551 provides exceptional big game hunting for elk, deer and antelope and Landowner vouchers are available for the property owner.

Residential Site (2 assessment parcels):
5.36 acres – includes the Residence and all the buildings as set out below
0.234 acres – adjacent to 5.36 acre building site and contains a rentable highway billboard
5.594 acres total Residential Site


The residential improvements consist of the following:
Main Dwelling is 1,296 square foot modular, built in 1977, with three bedrooms and two bathrooms on one level with a crawl space on a concrete foundation. The home has numerous interior upgrades as well as a front deck, a back porch and attached 384 square foot garage. There is also a charming rustic one-room summer cabin with a bathroom contains 392 square feet.

Various outbuildings include shop, equipment and storage garages, barn, 45x50 riding ring. Other improvements include horse corrals, round riding pen, outdoor riding arena. The residential site has two wells, natural gas service and Tomichi Creek flows past the two homes.


The Parlin Darlin Ranch is a rare offering with a variety of elements that allow ongoing operations for cattle ranching, equestrian activity, fishing and hunting as well as other activities such as cross-country skiing and snowmobiling. The property has excellent location and access off a US Highway close to a small mountain town that has a lot to offer. The Parlin Darlin is offered in its entirety as well as without the residential site.

204 Acre Ranch - $1,200,000
210 Acre Ranch and Buildings - $1,600,000