Colorado ranches for sale: The 10,000-plus acre Motherwell Ranch can rightfully lay claim as one of Colorado’s legendary properties. It would, in fact, be hard to custom design a finer piece of land that is better suited for a combination of cattle, horses, big game hunting and trophy trout fishing in a package that is only 20 minutes from a commercial airport, and 45 minutes from the world famous ski area at Steamboat Springs.
Situated on the north side of the Beaver Flat Tops mountains, the ranch boasts over 2500 feet of gradual elevation drop, and thus includes habitat ranging from dark timber spruce, to aspen, oakbrush, grasslands and sagebrush. Large resident herds of elk and mule deer thrive here, migrating up and down slope with the seasons. Hunting for these species is superb, as well as for black bear and mountain lion. Over three miles of the mid-sized Williams Fork River brim with wild cutthroat and rainbow trout that rise readily to a fly, and six lakes, up to 16 acres, offer trophy stillwater fishing.
Carefully developed and managed for both recreation and cattle, the Motherwell boasts 500 production acres of hay and alfalfa, and the ability to support about 500 head of cattle year-round. Equestrian facilities are top notch, and include a 16,000-square-foot, 42 stall barn and large roping arena, which have been valuable for years for rodeo training and competition.
Well-blocked, with no private inholdings, the Motherwell Ranch is sixteen square miles in size with a superb internal road network that connects its 6,000-square foot lodge on the shore of Flat Top Reservoir, historic owner’s residence and three additional guest cabins. With recreational opportunities ranging from trophy fishing and hunting, wildlife viewing and photography, horseback riding, skiing and snowmobiling, or just relaxing in mountain solitude, visitors to the Motherwell simply have no reason to be bored.
The Motherwell Ranch is easily accessible year-round to the commercial Hayden Airport, just 20 minutes away, and Steamboat Springs, 45 minutes away. Steamboat Springs offers all the advantages of a small city, and stands out as a cultural and ski mecca of world-class calibre.
Decades of history have proven that quality runs in the blood of the Motherwell Ranch. With careful management and a love for the land, its remarkable quality is certain to endure.
Harrigan Land Company represented the buyer.