Grove Creek Ranch Colorado: The nation’s largest flat-topped mountain, Grand Mesa, a Shangri-La of big game and trout, rises literally out the back door of Grove Creek Ranch near Collbran, Colorado. Located at the end of the road, this remarkably private 1720-acre refuge adjoins Grand Mesa National Forest for 2.5 miles, giving it a rare “edge-of-the-wilderness” feel, yet is readily accessible year-round to Interstate 70 and the Western Slope metropolis of Grand Junction.
Grove Creek Ranch presents superb habitat for big game. At elevations from 7100 to 9400 feet, the ranch supports vegetation varying from the dark timber of spruce/fir forest, to stands of aspen, to healthy expanses of oakbrush, the latter a favorite habitat of trophy mule deer. Add in access to seldom-reached sections of the National Forest, and Grove Creek Ranch has the potential to be a private or commercial hunting basecamp of the first order. In addition to mule deer and elk, hunters can find black bear, turkey, moose and mountain lion on and around the property. The ranch qualifies for landowner deer tags, and elk licenses are available over the counter.