For Sale $5,750,000.00 - Cattle Ranch, Horse Property, Hunting Ranch
Elk Highland Ranch Colorado: Colorado cattle and recreational ranches of the stature of Elk Highland Ranch in Park County seldom come on the market. Containing over 2,145 deeded acres and nearly 12,000 additional permitted acres, Elk Highland Ranch is a large operation capable of being a profitable cattle producer in its own right, yet offers so much more. While cattle can be a mainstay here, hunting, fishing and development opportunities sweeten the pot of possibilities.
Located astride Colorado Highway 9 approximately 17 miles southeast of Hartsel, the ranch is readily reached by pavement year-round. “Unspoiled terrain” well describes this property, which at about 9000 feet is largely rolling country with a mix of grasslands, aspen groves and pine and spruce forests. Postcard-perfect views surround the property, including Pikes Peak to the east, the rugged Sangre de Cristo Range to the southwest, and the Sawatch Range to the west. Unlike many parts of the state, you’ll have room to breathe here as the property is surrounded by three sides by the Pike National Forest, and is not wedged in between condominiums and golf courses.
Big game thrives in this uncrowded part of the state. The ranch is blessed with excellent elk habitat, and at times hundreds of elk can be observed on the property. Mule deer, antelope and black bear thrive here as well, and the hunting possibilities are excellent. As a member of the Colorado Parks & Wildlife Landowner Preference Program, the ranch owner receives yearly big game tags for multiple species. As Elk Highland Ranch is located in Colorado Game Unit 58 (a draw only unit), hunting quality is at the top of the list.
Two permanent streams grace the ranch, including two miles of Currant Creek and two miles of its tributary. Although small, these coldwater streams could be improved to contain ponds capable of growing bragging-sized trout. Numerous spring-fed ponds on the ranch support trout as well, and could be easily enlarged.
The ranch headquarters is a recently remodeled two-story, three-bedroom house that was built in 1885 and lends a classic historic feel to the property. A log cabin near the main house was renovated in 2008 and serves as a guest house, with a kitchen, living area, one bedroom and bath. Both houses are beautifully done, blending their historic character with all the modern conveniences, including off-grid solar and wind power. Cattle operation improvements include nine miles of fenced perimeter, a log barn and steel corrals. Hay is harvested from sub-irrigated meadows.
Although it is a prime property as-is, Elk Highland Ranch is well situated for the investor looking for creative development opportunities. It has a total of eight wells permitted to serve 28 residences, and the property is not encumbered by conservation easements. A visionary owner could carefully add some residential/recreational housing while still maintaining the unspoiled character of the ranch.
Elk Highland Ranch is very well situated in the center of Colorado. Gold medal fishing can be found on the Arkansas River, just 30 miles south, and the famous Dream Stream section of the South Platte is only about 10 miles to the north. World class skiing takes place at Breckenridge, just an hour to the north up Colorado 9. For those needing an occasional “urban fix”, Colorado Springs and its airport are only about 90 minutes distant.
Here at Harrigan Land Company, we find it refreshing when historic ranches like Elk Highland Ranch become available. If you have a taste for blending a rich ranching heritage with equally rich recreational and development possibilities, we recommend a serious look at Elk Highland Ranch soon. Opportunities like this just don’t show up every day.
- Adjoining National Forest
- Adjoining Public Land
- Annual Big Game Tags
- Black Bear
- Caretaker's House
- Cross Country Skiing
- Fully Fenced
- Guest House(s)
- Horseback Trails
- Live Water
- Mineral Rights
- Mule Deer
- Owner's Residence
- Ranch House
- Stillwater Fishing
- Trophy Hunting
- Wildlife Photography
- Year-round Access