Colorado Ranch For Sale – On Top of Colorado, Own a View of the Castles

August 6, 2012 by Haley Leave a reply »


Majestic is simply one of the ways to describe this 325-acre property. It presents the rare opportunity to own one of the best views in Colorado, build a luxurious getaway On Top of Colorado and experience some of the most dramatic vistas the state has to offer. This property arguably has one of the best building sites in all of Colorado. The views are exquisite.  The current owners have done a significant amount of work to get it prepared for a dream home to be built. At the prime building site On Top of Colorado there is a 500′ water well with a pre-excavated foundation of 2,800 sqft, and the potential for a 1,200 sqft walkout level. The current owners have the floor plans of the log home they had intended to build, designed at +/- 4,800 sqft. Other improvements include a buried 1,500 gallon septic tank and large leach field, a buried 500 gallon propane tank, a 30×40 concrete slab suited for a shop building to store toys, gear and equipment or utilize as a heli-pad.  A small pond is also onsite. The property is completely surrounded by protected conservation easement lands held by the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation. Astounding views surrounding the property include Mount Baldy, West Elk Peak, Storm Pass, Castles, Roosters Nest, Storm Ridge, Beckwith Peak, Ohio Peak, Mount Owens, Purple Peak, Garfield Peak, Mount Emmons, Mount Axtell, Mount Carbon, Whetstone Mountain, Red Mountain and Flattop Mountain.

Located 18 miles from commercial air service in Gunnison and 45 minutes from the resort town of Crested Butte, the area offers excellent amenities. Accessed off County Road 730 north of Gunnison, On Top of Colorado has a great combination of lush meadows, aspens and dark timber. The property is suitable for horses, and the ranch is bordered by Gunnison National Forest and the West Elk Wilderness. The area offers exciting recreational opportunities, unique cultural experiences and shopping. Crested Butte has the small mountain town feel with no traffic lights or chain stores, yet resort-laden amenities including boutiques and fine dining. The Gunnison Valley has a fascinating history and is known as one of the West’s most beautiful mountain regions. Located on the western slope of Colorado, the Gunnison Valley includes high alpine valleys and parks with some of the finest hunting and fishing in the nation. With 14,000-foot-high mountains and a rich past of mining, cattle and recreation, the Gunnison history provides ample mountain charm. The population of Gunnison is estimated to be 5,500 people and Crested Butte’s population is approximately 1,600.  In addition to Crested Butte, other outdoor explorations can be found in Curecanti National Recreation Area, Blue Mesa Reservoir, Hartman Rocks, Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park and Taylor Reservoir.

There is no question that this property hunts a lot bigger than the acreage. With direct access to the West Elk Wilderness, hunters can track as far and long as desirable. The property is located in Game Unit 54, and this area is considered by many experts to be one of the best elk and Mule deer hunting regions in the state. Well known for big Mule deer bucks, hunters travel to Gunnison from around the world every year to stalk Mule deer. Serious hunters looking for the trophy hunt of a lifetime rated this area at the top of their list. Elk hunters also flock to the Gunnison area. Colorado is the only state where elk licenses are available over-the-counter right up to the day of hunting season, and over-the-counter bull elk tags are available for second and third season for this property.

There are two springs, four seasonal ponds and two reservoirs along the Highline Ditch on the property. On Top of Colorado has fishing opportunities both on the ranch and within walking distance. Castle Creek and several great fishing reservoirs and ponds in the national forest are adjacent. The ranch has very good water rights and the following water rights will be conveyed with the sale.

On Top of Colorado provides endless summer and winter activities on the ranch as well as limitless pursuits accessible through the nearby national forest. In summer, fishing, hunting, hiking, horseback riding, four-wheeling and camping are enjoyable. In winter, snowmobiling and cross-country skiing are available. The Gunnison Valley and nearby Crested Butte also offer many recreational activities. Crested Butte has alpine skiing, snowboarding, cross-country skiing, as well as a wealth of backcountry terrain for ski adventurers. If you are not a skier, enjoy sleigh and horseback rides, snowshoeing, ice skating, and more.  During the spectacular summers, enjoy activities such as mountain biking, hiking, fishing, climbing, horseback riding, river rafting and kayaking. Crested Butte is also known as the Wildflower Capital of Colorado. Set in spectacular scenery, the magnificent mountain backdrop and countless flowers make Gunnison-Crested Butte the perfect Colorado summer vacation destination. Incredible displays of wildflowers are made possible with abundant moisture in the surrounding area. Crested Butte is home to the Wildflower Festival and the Wildflower Mountain Garden, thus clear evidence that On Top of Colorado has an abundance of stunning wildflowers.

To say this property is one-of-a-kind is an understatement.  The breathtaking views alone rank it as one of the best available offerings on the market in Colorado.  On Top of Colorado is positioned for enjoyment of a rich history, verdant landscape and towering peaks.  The recreational lifestyle also brings about a sound investment. Offering price is $2,900,000 reduced from $3,900,000

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