Big Colorado hunting ranches:A massive, wildlife-rich ranch situated within minutes of one of the finest ski resorts in the world sounds like a nearly unbelievable find in the twenty-first century, but the Lonesome Bear Ranch, a short drive from world-class skiing in Steamboat Springs, is no myth. This ranch, comprised of over 21 square miles of amazingly productive elk and deer habitat, is the real deal and is undeniably one of the finest remaining large wildlife ranches in all of Colorado.
Many features bless the Lonesome Bear Ranch as a veritable paradise for elk. Diverse habitat comprised of rolling grassland hills broken up with stands of aspen and oakbrush provide the variety of cover and grazing that a large elk herd requires. Water sources are abundant, including many springs and seeps, ponds, drinkers, eight wells and the perennial East Fork of the Williams Fork River. With elevations ranging from 6900 to 7900 feet, winters are relatively mild compared with most of the Rockies, permitting the herd to thrive. Finally, 1052 acres on the north side of the ranch are managed for dryland farming and serve as an effective big game magnet.