South Ute Pass Ranch is 595 +/- glorious acres directly adjacent to the town of Divide, Colorado. Hwy 67 frontage plus Highway 24 frontage. Twin Creek runs through this property and there are seasonal small springs as well along the creek bed. Historically used for cattle grazing, good grass and bottom ground makes this a great horse property with lots of level area for out buildings or an arena. Large portions are heavily treed and there can be good access from Highway 67. Pikes Peak views from this parcel are amazing. Some commercial potential may exist along the highways.
Broker(s): Kem Winternitz
Near the summit of Ute Pass (elevation 9,165 feet), the ranch borders both Highway 24 and 67 and starts just on the west edge of the town of Divide. Divide is 26 miles west from Interstate 25 in Colorado Springs and 8 miles from Woodland Park. Divide and Woodland Park are bedroom communities for Colorado Springs and used for summer getaways and recreational pursuits. The property is in Teller County and the county seat of Teller County is Cripple Creek, CO which lies southwest of Divide and accessed by Highway 67.
HISTORY & LOCALE
Ute Pass was first used as a trail between the prairies and the mountains by the Ute people, who depended on the resources of both areas to support their nomadic lifestyle. In the 1860s, the Ute trail became a wagon road connecting Colorado City to the mining camp of Leadville. Travelers through the pass brought prosperity to the region.
Starting in 1888, the Colorado Midland Railway ran tracks through Ute Pass in to the mines at Leadville, Aspen, and later Cripple Creek. With the coming of the railroad, tourism flourished. Hotels, cabins, and small lakes were built to serve the crowds of summer guests and expanded the local economy that had previously relied on ranching and lumber mills. Mining declined over the years and the railroad stopped running, but tourism continued to flourish in the mountain towns. Today, the railroad tracks are gone, and the old wagon road is a four-lane U.S. highway.
Many of today’s residents are employed in the City of Colorado Springs. While general services are offered in nearby Woodland Park, Colorado Springs is the metropolitan area where most of the commercial support facilities are found for this area. The greater metropolitan Colorado Springs population is estimated at 678,000. Colorado Springs economy is driven primarily by the military, the high tech industry and tourism. With its close ties to defense, the aerospace industry also influences the Colorado Springs economy. Military components are represented by Fort Carson Military Base, Peterson Air Force Base, NORAD, Schriever Air Force Base and the U. S. Air Force Academy. Leisure and tourism activities provided by the Rocky Mountains provide locals and visitors world class skiing, river-related activities on the notable South Platte River system and the Arkansas River and countless other recreational mountain venues including lake fishing at Spinney Mountain Reservoir, Eleven Mile Reservoir and Antero Reservoir.
Colorado Springs offers a multitude of arts, events and attractions including Broadway touring shows, nationally acclaimed dance companies, top jazz artists, internationally recognized performers and the regions own Philharmonic Orchestra. Many notable venues are offered including the Broadmoor, a 5 star hotel, Cheyenne Mountain Zoo, Pikes Peak International Raceway and the U. S. Olympic Complex.
Within Divide there is a relative new retail commercial center that includes grocery store, restaurant, post office, gift shop and a local brewery. Mueller State Park adjoins the south end of the ranch and offers over 5,000 acres of natural splendor.