Crawford, Colorado Hay Farm, Mountain Ranch, Hunting Property With Beautiful Improvements
2111 Black Canyon Road, Crawford, CO200 acre mountain ranch6,300-square-foot custom home w/4 BR, 4 BA, 4 car garageNew barn, equipment sheds, outbuildings3 BR 2 BA modular ranch manager's home112 acres of irrigated hayfields in high game fencing400-500 tons/year hay productionNew 5-wire fence around entire property5 sideroll sprinklers, pressurized irrigation water5 miles from quiet townStunning 270-degree mountain viewsOutstanding mule deer hunting7,000 feet in elevation
Productive Farm, Immaculate Condition
Sparkling clean and immaculate--those are the first words that come to your mind when you visit the Black Canyon hay farm. Located just 5.6 miles southwest of Crawford, Colorado, the 200-acre property sits on Fruitland Mesa, a broad mesa dotted with productive hay farms, ranches, and cabins. Just 8 miles south of the ranch is the dramatic and stunning North Rim of the Black Canyon. At 7,000 feet in elevation, the ranch enjoys sunny, cool summers and relatively mild winters. The area is known for growing outstanding grass/alfalfa horse hay that is prized all over the country for discerning horse owners.
Gorgeous Improvements On Top-Quality Colorado Farm
This isn't a trophy ranch with ostentatious gates, pillars, and bubbling fountains. It is a working farm with an outstanding set of improvements, starting with the 6,300-square-foot home. Built in 2003, the owners built it to LAST. For example, who else would put in 1.5-inch decking on the floors? The 2x6 frame walls are all sheeted with 5/8" wallboard for extra smooth finish, rigidity, and fire protection. The home has 4 bedrooms, 4 baths, a huge family room, and a large basement. There is a spacious 4-car garage, a 60x80 machine shop, 40x112 hay barn, and a 1680-square-foot 3 BR 2BA modular home for a caretaker or ranch manager.
Quality Water Resources On A Colorado Ranch Property
Water is everything in western Colorado, from domestic water taps to irrigation water. This ranch is served by three domestic water taps with two large cisterns to capture and store overflow for up to 3 months' use. The ranch has 3,800 shares of Fruitland Mesa irrigation water to serve the five sideroll sprinklers and 112 irrigated acres.The water is gravity fed and the ranch has its own headgate. Irrigation water is delivered at 65 PSI for reliable hay irrigation. For those of you unfamiliar with hayfield irrigation, pressurized water is highly efficient and is very preferable to outmoded gated pipe and earthen ditch flood irrigation.
Wildlife And Views
Fruitland Mesa is known for outstanding mule deer hunting, producing trophy-quality bucks. This farm is in the heart of Unit 63, some of the best hunting in western Colorado. The north end of the farm has favored pinyon-juniper bedding habitat that attracts mule deer. On occasion, elk inhabit the ranch, particularly during the winter months, but sometimes during hunting season as well. The ranch has stunning views of the nearby West Elks mountain range to the east, as well as the Grand Mesa to the north and the Uncompaghre Plateau to the west. Snow coverage is fairly light during the winter, but the nearby mountains provide good irrigation water through most of the summer and sometimes as late as mid-September.
Hay Production, Horse Pasture, Sheep & Goats
This farm has excellent soils, good water rights, and is set up to FARM. The current ownership is producing between 400 and 500 tons of top-quality smooth brome grass hay per year on 100 acres, which is fenced with 8' game fencing to avoid game damage. Currently the owner rotates one 12-acre field into wheat production each year. Hay is stored in a 40x112 hay barn. Separate from the hayfields is the horse pasture and the goat and sheep pastures. There is a 12x40 lambing shed and a 12x12 shed for the goats. Historically, hay from this farm would easily sell for $150-180 a ton. However, as the southwest experiences drought, this hay could sell for $270-$300 a ton. 2014 snowpack at the time of this writing is 75% of normal, with the snowy months of March and April still ahead. 2014 hay production is looking good.
Hay And Farming Equipment Included
The farm comes with a complete set of farming equipment available at private treaty and the property boundaries are newly fenced with a 5-wire perimeter fence, as well as the 8-foot game fence around the hayfields. The 5 sideroll sprinklers are included as well.
For more information, call listing agent Gary Hubbell at 970 988 2122.
PROPERTY NUMBER: 05022-12017