Glade Park is one of western Colorado's best-kept secrets as an ideal ranch location, and the Mahoney Ranch is one of the finest properties on Glade Park. Located 45 minutes southwest of Grand Junction, the Mahoney Ranch is one of the original homesteads in this unique setting.
TOPOGRAPHY AND SETTING: The ranch is accessed via the spectacular Rimrock Drive that follows the canyon rim of the gorgeous Colorado National Monument southwest of Grand Junction. From Rimrock Drive, DS Road bears southwest all the way to the Utah border, a distance of some 30 miles. The ranch is located only half a mile east of the Utah border, and is in a supremely private and quiet location, bounded on both the north and south by stunning sandstone cliffs and BLM public lands. Coates Creek flows through the property on the north.
CLIMATE: Grand Junction is at a low elevation, only 4,400 feet, and can get hot in the summers, often 105 degrees or more. The ranch on DS Road, in contrast, is at 6,300 feet, which offers an ideal climate for cattle ranching and hay growing. February calving temperatures are on the mild side, and summer temps for growing hay are ideal.
ACREAGE: The Mahoney Ranch is comprised of 588 acres--200 acres of grazing land on the south side of the road and 388 acres of hayfields and ranch land on the north side of the road. The hayfields are broad and almost flat, with a gentle slope to the north for excellent flood irrigation. This is productive soil, and when properly farmed these fields can produce a bountiful yield of hay. The current owners have expressed a desire to keep the un-irrigated grazing land on the south side of the road, leaving the opportunity for a buyer to purchase all the irrigated ground and the improvements on the north side of the road at a steeply discounted price.
WATER AND IRRIGATION: The Mahoney Ranch has a large water right--5.76 cubic feet per second from Coates Creek dating from 1916; a spring for domestic use and wildlife; and a well for domestic use at the home. Typically 1 cubic foot per second can irrigate between 40 and 80 acres, depending on how it's applied, so the ranch has ample water to irrigate the hayfields. At this point, the fields are irrigated by earthen ditches and flood irrigation, but an application for cost-sharing and irrigation improvements has been made to the National Resource Conservation Service, which typically pays 75% of the cost of irrigation improvements, including pivot sprinklers and sideroll sprinklers.
IMPROVEMENTS: The original homestead log home of the Mahoney ranch was built in the 1880's using logs freighted from the highlands of Glade Park above the ranch. The current owners spent a considerable sum of money remodeling and updating the 3-bedroom, 3-bath ranch house to its current 4,240 square feet. Custom touches abound, including granite countertops with travertine backsplashes; distressed log interior; 24-foot fireplace in the great room; solid wood floors; custom tile; and a huge upstairs master suite. Across the headquarters area is a very nicely maintained 2001 modular home with 3 bedrooms and 2 baths, making an ideal home for a manager, caretaker, or guest quarters. The 40x60 shop building is metal sided and of relatively new construction, and there is a well-built 30x140 open-sided machine shop. Finally, the ranch has an outstanding set of metal livestock corrals built of 3" pipe, complete with a sorting tub and loading chute.
WILDLIFE AND TROPHY ELK HUNTING: Colorado's Game Management Unit 40 is widely known as one of the best trophy elk hunting units in the state, with the opportunity to harvest truly trophy-class elk scoring above 400 B&C. Most of the unit is private land, but the Mahoney Ranch is bounded on both sides by BLM land, leading to thousands of acres of hunting access. Though it may not seem like classic elk habitat, the ranch has yielded huge bull elk scoring in the neighborhood of 400 points, as well as some terrific trophy-class mule deer bucks. In addition, the ranch has lots of wild turkey and there are native cutthroat trout in Coates Creek on the ranch.
CONSERVATION EASEMENT IN PLACE: The Mahoney Ranch has been placed in a conservation easement to protect it from further development, and that's the primary reason why it's priced significantly less than other Glade Park ranches. However, the conservation easement allows for the sale of the 200 acres on the south side of the road and also allows the construction of an airstrip for private planes.
PROPERTY NUMBER: 05022-10060