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.
The same features that make this ranch attractive to elk also contribute to a superb mule deer population. Hunters have been thrilled with taking several bucks with 30-inch-wide racks in the past, serious trophies by any standard. Other species that flourish here include pronghorns, black bears, mountain lions and grouse. Elk tags are available over the counter, and the ranch qualifies for 19 landowner deer applications.
Water on the ranch is plentiful. The East Fork of the Williams Fork River runs through the ranch for a short distance. Several of the ranch ponds could be improved to hold trout that could fatten up to several pounds. Those who enjoy float fishing can experience some of the best in the state, only minutes away on the Yampa River, where 18- to 24-inch browns and rainbows are common.
A “bardonmiumium” has been newly constructed on the ranch and encompass jaw-dropping view, living quarters, and equipment storage. A network of well-maintained roads on relatively gentle terrain offer superb vehicular and ATV access to nearly every section of the ranch. As a result, hunting and recreating on Lonesome Bear Ranch is not an endurance march.
With over 14,000 deeded acres, plus 2050 leased BLM acres, the ranch is perfect for many recreational activities requiring plenty of elbow room. An extensive network of trails throughout the ranch invites hiking, four-wheeling and mountain biking in the summer and fall, and snowmobiling, ski touring and snowshoeing in the winter. At any season, of course, the wildlife photography opportunities are second to none.
Steamboat Springs hardly requires an introduction to anyone who skis or snowboards. The city has all the amenities of lodging, entertainment, galleries, shops and fine dining equal to any ski resort in the world, yet is only 30 minutes from the ranch at any season. What’s more, Yampa Valley Airport in Hayden with direct flights all across the United States, is only a ten minute drive from the ranch.
No, the Lonesome Bear Ranch is no myth. It’s a very real opportunity that we at Harrigan Land Company believe to be a perfect find for someone who has a passion for world-class hunting and fishing combined with the world-class features of one of the best ski towns in the nation. Contact us at any time for a visit, for spring, summer, fall or winter, this remarkable ranch shines with legendary possibilities.