Sold $5,200,000.00 Sold - Fly Fishing Property, Hunting Ranch
La Sal Ranch Utah: Towering over the vast redrock country in southeastern Utah near Moab, Utah, the La Sal Mountains form a green alpine refuge for mule deer, elk and even trout. The La Sal Ranch is arguably the finest ranch in this cool alpine oasis, and spans 1,878 acres of spruce forests, verdant meadows and aspen groves at elevations from 9000 to nearly 11,000 feet. As a wildlife-filled mountain hideaway in close proximity to some of the most dramatic desert scenery in the United States, La Sal Ranch simply has no peers.
The La Sal Ranch was homesteaded in the early 1900s, but few improvements were made. Thus, the ranch retains much of its undeveloped character, ideal as a refuge for wildlife. Trophy elk and mule deer hunting is excellent on the ranch and the adjoining Manti-La Sal National Forest, and the ranch is part of Utah’s Cooperative Wildlife Management Unit Program, which allows landowners yearly deer and elk tags for any weapon, and a minimum two-month hunting season. Elk recently taken in the area have scored over 380 Boone and Crockett points. Other wildlife thriving on the property for hunting or photography includes turkey, mountain lion, black bear, coyotes and bobcats.
Deep Creek, a delightful perennial stream, bisects the ranch for a mile and waters a rich riparian zone valuable to many species of birds and game. Deep Creek could be enhanced as a trout fishery, perhaps as a refuge for rare Colorado Cutthroat trout, found in nearby Roc Creek. In addition, several trout ponds could be created at several locales on the ranch, fed by reliable springs.
The possibilities for La Sal Ranch are as varied as the topography of southeastern Utah. It would make a superb base for a hunting operation, with fishing as an adjunct attraction. An exclusive recreational ranch or corporate retreat would be a great fit as well, given the array of outdoor recreation opportunities nearby. Of course, the ranch could easily make one of the most unique private mountain retreats in the nation, with the addition of one or more off-the-grid cabins. Conservation easements could help preserve the majority of the ranch as undeveloped, and provide a significant tax advantage.
Privacy is near the top of the list of this mountain hideaway’s assets. It is nearly surrounded by state and National Forest lands, and no through roads cross the property. In addition, much of the eastern side of the La Sals, including the seldom-visited timberline basins below Mount Tomasaki and Manns Peak can be reached easily only through the ranch.
Southeastern Utah is a recreational mecca, and hiking, four-wheeling, mountain biking, horseback riding, river rafting, photography and in the winter, snowmobiling and cross country skiing, can be enjoyed almost at every turn. Arches and Canyonlands National Parks are only an hour from the ranch, as is the bustling small city of Moab. The upscale, full-featured Gateway Canyons Resort is only 30 minutes down the road at Gateway, Colorado. The large commercial center of Grand Junction lies 90 miles to the northeast, and Telluride’s world-class powder skiing is only 100 miles distant.
Is there a mountain oasis in the midst of amazing desert topography anywhere in the nation that equals the La Sal Ranch? We at Harrigan Land Company think not. We’d be delighted to meet you at the incomparable La Sal Ranch and let you answer the question for yourself.
Originally homesteaded in the early 1900’s, the La Sal Ranch has remained essentially undeveloped since then, with the exception of a few historic cabins and two access roads. The potential for developing this remarkably scenic property into a guest ranch, hunting and fishing lodge or recreational retreat is excellent, or it could be preserved as virtual wilderness through means of a conservation easement. The wealth of possibilities for the La Sal Ranch is as breathtaking as its mountain setting.
Nearly completely surrounded on four sides by National and State Forest lands, the La Sal Ranch provides a critical piece of wildlife habitat in the La Sal Mountains ecosystem. The ranch controls the approach to much of the eastern side of the La Sals, and offers virtually private access to the lovely timberline basins below Mount Tomasaki and Manns Peak. The La Sals are renowned for both trophy mule deer and elk hunting, with some especially fine bulls and bucks taken each year. Wild turkeys, mountain lions, black bears, coyotes and bobcats also roam here. Rare Colorado River Cutthroat trout have been documented in nearby Roc Creek and may survive in the waters on the ranch as well, as Deep Creek is a tributary of Roc Creek.
Some of the most astounding scenery in the United States lies within an hour’s drive of La Sal Ranch, ranging from the windswept peaks above treeline to echoing redrock canyons. Thus, diverse recreational opportunities abound. Mountain biking, horseback riding, four-wheeling, snowmobiling and cross country skiing are all possibilities both on the ranch and nearby public lands. Moab, a bustling small city and the recreation center of southeastern Utah, is only a little more that an hour’s drive. Canyonlands Airport serves Moab, and renowned Arches and Canyonlands National Parks are nearby. To the northeast lie the Colorado communities of Gateway (30 miles) and Grand Junction (90 miles). Telluride, Colorado with world-class skiing, is about 100 miles away.