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2518 Monument Rd, Unit B
Grand Junction CO 81507

Office: (970) 256-9700,
(877) 967-9700
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Colorado Mountain Ranch Retreat For Sale

Off-grid 522-acre Mountain Ranch Retreat Property
Overlooking the North side of the Gore Range in north-central Colorado is the Aspen Ridge Ranch, a 522-acre mountain getaway that is centrally located between Steamboat Springs, Winter Park, and Vail. At 8,400 feet, the ranch was conceived as a location for a remote mountain retreat. Aspen Ridge Ranch is newly designed and constructed with cutting-edge technology to live comfortably off the grid in a mountain setting. Currently the property features a custom 3,000-square-foot 4-bedroom home, a beautiful 1-bedroom cabin with loft, a yurt with its own solar power system, and a large 40x80 insulated shop building. However, the infrastructure has been put in place to build a very large lodge or retreat facility that can house many guests.
The property has a 25,000-gallon underground water storage tank fed by a 525-foot well that produces 10+ gallons per minute. The well has backup systems in place to ensure that water will always be available for domestic use. In turn, lines have been engineered to provide service to the 4-bedroom home, the yurt, and the cabin, and water is available via a 6-inch underground line to serve the large 20-bedroom lodge that has been designed for the property but not yet built. The project has been so carefully planned that there are actually charged fire hydrants installed!
For complete energy independance, a quiet-running micro-turbine electrical power generator powered by propane has been installed in the large shop building. A backup generator of the exact same type is standing by in the event that the primary generator should go down, and as a second backup, there are large battery banks to provide power for significant periods of time.

The solar system at the yurt is rated at 2,250 watts average. The 24-volt system has 18 12-volt deep-cycle batteries for storage, which could provide an average of three days’ use for a family of five. The yurt has a backup propane generator that can provide an equal amount of power if the batteries run down in a cycle of cloudy weather.

There are a total of 17,500 gallons(about a year supply) of underground propane storage on the ranch for power generation and heating. It would be relatively simple to add more solar power panels and battery capacity to make the property very close to self-sustaining without the use of propane. Additionally, there is ample dead wood available on the property and nearby that could be used for wood-burning steam turbines that could also be harnessed for electrical power supply on the ranch.
Live off grid and enjoy reliable in-house phone system, cell phone booster, as well as your own high-speed internet servers, to provide clean and consistent communication.
Situated between 8,500 and 9,100 feet the ranch is in a setting of open mountain meadows, aspen groves, and small stands of lodgepole pine. While mountainous, it is not radically steep and can easily be hiked or accessed by horseback or ATV. In the winter, it is superb snowmobiling terrain. With the exception of an 80-acre parcel on the southeast corner of the ranch, it is surrounded on all sides by the Arapahoe National Forest. While many properties in the northern Colorado Rockies suffer from an infestation of pine beetles in the vast lodgepole pine forests, the total acreage of lodgepole pine on the ranch is not more than 10-15% of the property. The Forest Service has permitted logging of beetle-killed pines, creating open hillsides that are beginning to regenerate into grassy meadows, aspen groves, and new pine forests. Wildfire danger to the ranch structures and the ranch in general is fairly minimal.

The balance of the acreage is open grassy meadows, drainages with beaver ponds and creeks & aspen groves. Blacktail Creek has several small tributaries that merge together at the bottom of the valley.
Hay Production, Water Rights
Historically, the Aspen Ridge Ranch was used for hay production and summer cattle grazing. Using the several different creeks that originate on the ranch, the original homesteaders dug ditches and diverted the snowmelt to irrigate several meadows. The water rights add up to over 18 cubic feet per second, which is a huge amount of water! However, the decrees are somewhat junior, having been filed between 1910 and 1925, and the water sources typically dry up sometime around mid-July/mid-August. A thorough analysis of the water rights is available and it’s the engineer’s opinion that 75 acres of the ranch could be irrigated with the current water resources. Currently the ditches are in disrepair, although the water rights are in good standing. An engineered irrigation system using pipe & sprinklers would be highly recommended.
Elk Hunting, Deer Hunting, Fishing
When we walked onto the meadow in front of the cabin several elk were calling to each other in the aspens only yards away. During the fall hunting seasons, elk hunters come from all over the country for the prime hunting in nearby Arapahoe National Forest. The ranch is located in Colorado Game Management Unit 15, and is close to the boundary of GMU 27. As well, the ranch is very close to the Blacktail Wildlife Area owned by the Colorado Division of Wildlife, which offers autumn hunting and winter wildlife habitat for the abundant game in the area.
When it comes to fishing, there are small brook trout in the creeks on the ranch and we suggest investigating the construction of trout ponds. When it comes to fly-fishing, however, the Colorado River near Kremmling is a world-famous trout stream. It takes less than half an hour to drive down to excellent fishing for Rainbows and German Browns.
A world of recreation is right outside the door. Hiking & horseback riding on the ranch is superb. A network of ATV trails offer access to all parts of the ranch, and through several gates access onto adjacent National Forest lands. There are several wide-open meadows where families race each other making loops in the meadows during winter snowmobiling. There are several benches that create cornices to make alley-oops and jumps. If you tire of riding on the ranch, there are hundreds of thousands of acres of National Forest nearby. Whitewater rafting on the Colorado River near Radium is spectacular, and the Gore Canyon is known for its Class V whitewater.
The ranch comes complete with a $250,000 Tucker snowcat with a variable angle blade that can seat six people and plow it’s way into any snowbound location.
Equipment List Available

PROPERTY NUMBER: 05071-12057        PRICED AT: $3,200,000.00

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