Carbon Peak Ranch in Colorado Gunnison, Colorado | County: Gunnison
- 1,350 Acres
Carbon Peak Ranch is a spectacular sporting ranch property in the Ohio Creek Valley of Gunnison County. With 1350+/- acres, the ranch lies at the base of and part way up Carbon Peak. The property is flanked by the Anthracite Range and the Whetstone Mountains with breathtaking views of the “Castle Mountains” perched within the nearby West Elk Wilderness Area. The ranch features nearly a mile of Carbon Creek, a trout fishery that is heavily lined with willows and beaver ponds. Carbon Peak Ranch grades upward from its bottomland pastures and irrigated meadows into sagebrush uplands, aspen groves and dense stands of pine timber. The property has historically been a working ranch and is primarily now used for a variety of recreational pursuits and summer livestock grazing. The property is enhanced with ample irrigation and stock water rights along with numerous natural springs. Wildlife flourish on the property including mule deer, elk, moose, bear, sage and blue grouse as well as a variety of small animals such as beaver, badger and coyote. From a sporting ranch perspective, Carbon Peak Ranch is a mountain recreation mecca well suited for hunting, fishing, hiking, horseback riding, cross country skiing, biking, snowmobiling and 4-wheeling. The property is unimproved other than water developments, fences, corrals and an old residential site. There is plenty of open space on Carbon Peak Ranch for peaceful reflection and renewal, family outings or pure outdoor fun. The sheer beauty of the area with its mountain setting and views are true Colorado Rocky Mountain splendor.
The property is located approximately 18 miles north of Gunnison, at the upper end of the historic Ohio Creek Valley. Carbon Peak Ranch ranges in elevation from 8,500 to nearly 10,000 feet. Mountain pastures, upland sage, aspen groves and pine forests converge to form a variety of excellent wildlife habitats that support a large percentage of wildlife found in the Rocky Mountains. Carbon Creek, a mid-sized willow lined fishery, flows out of the surrounding mountain ranges and through the property for approximately a mile.
The property is a mere 20 minute drive north of Gunnison and can be easily accessed from Highway 135 north of Gunnison by taking County Road 730 for 12 miles and then taking the right hand fork onto County Road 737 for another 2 miles to the beginning of the property. Except for the county road, no other public access exists thru the property.
Gunnison County lies in the heart of Colorado’s “Western Slope.” Public Lands make up much of this large county, limiting the opportunity for ownership of deeded lands. Properties sometimes become available generationally, as is the case of the Carbon Peak Ranch, parts of which have been family-owned for over 80 years. Ranching and western traditions run deep in Gunnison where “Cattleman’s Days”, the longest continuous running rodeo in the USA, has been a community tradition since 1900.
As is the case for many mountain properties, silver, gold and coal mining were prevalent and an abandoned mine site lies on the property allowing one to peer back into the history of early day mining.
Gunnison County is a central hub for outdoor recreation with numerous opportunities for hunting, fishing, hiking, birding, camping, biking, skiing, boating and windsurfing, to name a few.
Gunnison is the county seat and home to Western State Colorado University, Gunnison Valley Health Hospital and Gunnison County Airport, with its 10,000-foot runway offering various flights to major airports. The nearby Blue Mesa Reservoir is the largest reservoir in Colorado offering a multitude of water recreation activities. Crested Butte also lies within the county and has acclaimed national status as a destination resort, both summer and winter. A good portion of West Elk Wilderness lies in Gunnison County and is accessible for world class hiking and camping. Ohio Creek remains relatively undisturbed from development due to many conservation protected ranch properties in the valley.
Carbon Peak Ranch contains approximately 1,350 acres of mostly upland mountain lands consisting of grass pastures, upland sage, aspen groves and pine forests together with irrigated and sub-irrigated lands, willow-lined streams and beaver ponds. The ranch has a variety of springs and ponds that provide water to livestock and wildlife. There is approximately 25 acres of irrigated meadow pasture that serves to enhance grass production and create productive habitat for a variety of big game, birds and small animals. Ample irrigation and spring water rights allow the owner to irrigate the fields and provide an important means to enhance the Carbon Creek fishery and construct water features. The opportunity for steam enhancement and restoration projects will enrich the fishery and provide habitat for larger fish.
The agricultural attributes consist of a grazing lease to a local cattleman who runs about 250 head on the property during the summer grazing season. The agriculture lease ensures the property has agricultural status necessary to maintain a lower tax rate.
Recreationally, the property offers the opportunity for family enjoyment along with big game hunting, trout fishing, exploring its natural wonders of wild flowers, birding and wildlife watching or as a personal retreat for peaceful renewal. As a sporting property, the ranch offers excellent big game hunting for elk and mule deer together with trout fishing through the summer and fall months. Winter recreation opportunity includes snow-shoeing, cross country skiing and snowmobiling. Hiking on Carbon Peak and the surrounding peaks provides unlimited opportunity. The property lies in Hunting Unit #54 and allows for elk and deer archery, muzzle and rifle hunting. Landowner permits are also available.
Carbon Peak Ranch is an open slate for your dream – from a private hunting and fishing property to a place for outdoor family gatherings or a serene private personal retreat location. Opportunities to own easily-accessible property of this size with diverse recreation values and income are rare and come about generationally in this region of Colorado. Carbon Peak Ranch represents a fine sporting property with a multitude of recreation options. The blend of agriculture and recreation create a true western feel and the scenic beauty is true Colorado splendor.
Co-marketed with Jim Nerlin
Broker: John Stratman