Hunt & Fish on Colorado Cattle Ranches for Sale
Discover Colorado legacy real estate for production and recreation. Hunt and fish on peaceful Matheson Ranch, one of today’s best production and cattle ranches for sale. Matheson Ranch lies in the heart of Middle Park. Held for five generations in the same family, this 1928-acre beauty comes with extremely valuable water rights and immediate access to exceptional hunting and fishing. The epic property, boasts excellent potential as a first-class fishing and hunting headquarters. Price: $7.5 million.
Cattle and Hay
Generations of stewardship preserved the rich production of cattle and hay on Matheson Ranch. The extensive acreage is divided into two deeded sections which are connected by a BLM lease. The “river section” includes 800 acres. The river section is made up of the valley bottom with grass meadows surrounded by rolling sagebrush hills. Troublesome Creek flows through for a mile. The ranch features excellent rights to this water as well as 1074 acre-feet from Matheson Reservoir. In addition, Matheson Ranch is the highest ranch in the watershed resulting in minimal irrigation draw-downs.
On the ranch, the mile of 10- to 12-foot wide Troublesome Crk supports a robust population of fat brown trout. Partially willow lined, the creek features several rock structures; more could be added. Fishers lure 12- to 16-inch trout along with a few lunkers. Considering the cold-water flows and the stream’s large stonefly, caddis, and mayfly population, additional rock placement could have further dramatic effect. There are also four ponds on the ranch. Matheson Reservoir has produced record-breaking brook trout. It is upstream on public land.
Big game thrives on the ranch and nearby public lands. The second section of the ranch is referred to as the “Antelope Creek section.” It is on the west side and includes 1120 acres, mostly surrounded by public land. This area includes three ponds and is under conservation easement that allows for a building envelope. It is prime habitat for elk, mule deer, and moose.
Matheson Ranch features a new 3680 sqft log home with four bedrooms and 2.5 baths. From the deck of this wonderful lodge, relax on the south facing deck with breathtaking vistas of Eagles Wilderness. Other buildings include a two-story log home (circa 1905), barns, outbuildings, and fencing. Again, there is also a building envelope set aside in the conservation easement.
History – Matheson Cattle Ranches for Sale
In the 1880s, a family homesteaded the Matheson Ranch in Colorado Territory. Succeeding generations continued working the land for over a century. The property has supported the grazing of approximately 150 pair of cattle year-round. It has produced 700-900 tons of hay by irrigating 450 acres of native grasses.
The ranch enjoys an end of the road location across from protected lands and near Matheson Reservoir. It is easily accessible to Denver via I70 and US 40. Minutes from the ranch is the Kremmling private jet airport.
The ranch is about an hour from alpine skiing. Steamboat Springs Ski Resort is an hour west and Winter Park an hour east of the property. Wolford Mountain Reservoir is a great place for fishing and Arapaho National Forest is loaded with hiking and horseback riding trails.
Request more information about Matheson Ranch, the legacy ranch lies midst some of the best recreational, production, and cattle ranches for sale anywhere. Contact Dave Harrigan or Hunter Harrigan at Harrigan Land Company at (800) 524-1818. Specializing in large ranch and recreational properties in Colorado, Wyoming, New Mexico, and Utah.