Sold $5,950,000.00 Sold - Cattle Ranch, Horse Property, Hunting Ranch, Sold Ranch
Colorado Cattle Ranches For Sale: The White River Country near Meeker, Colorado has long been known as some of the finest ranchland in the state for producing quality hay and quality big game, and the W Spear Ranch excels in both. Investors looking for a proven working cattle ranch with a sideline of trophy mule deer, elk and antelope hunting will want to take a serious look at this 1480-acre Colorado ranch for sale.
Nearly half of this Colorado cattle ranch has been carefully groomed for decades for high-yield hay production, with approximately 600 irrigated acres with substantial and very senior water rights. Capable of producing over two tons of hay per acre, the W Spear has been described as perhaps the best- producing ranch in northwest Colorado. In addition, the ranch has been wintering 350 head of cattle, or could easily run over 150 head year-round. Between the hay and cattle production, a steady income stream keeps the ranch self-supporting.
Located at the end of a county road and adjacent to the nearly 10,000-acre Oak Ridge State Wildlife Area, the W Spear Ranch is also a haven for deer, antelope and elk. Although trophy specimens of all three species can be hunted on the ranch, the mule deer are particularly spectacular, with bucks on the ranch that score 190 and above. Hunting in the Oak Ridge State Wildlife Area is limited to foot and horseback, making portions of this area best accessible from the ranch itself. The ranch qualifies for landowner deer and antelope tags.
Water resources on this Colorado mountain ranch are some of the best in the valley, including nearly 40% of the shares of the Oak Ridge Park Ditch. One pond, fed by a small year-round stream, exists on the ranch and has excellent potential to be developed as a trophy stillwater fishery. One of the best trout rivers in the state, the White, flows just south of the ranch, and a particularly productive 2.5 mile public stretch is only 3 miles distant. The White is famous for its hard-fighting 16- to 24-inch rainbows, cutbows and browns.
Included on the ranch is a large log home with four bedrooms, 2.5 baths and a study, and a manager’s home. Ranch improvements include two barns, two shops, a loafing shed, hay storage area and new welded steel pipe corrals with loading chute and sorting corrals. Many other building sites can be located on the ranch, all with broad views of the surrounding hay country and the White River National Forest beyond. The W Spear Ranch is accessible year-round via maintained county roads.
Meeker is one of the last authentic ranching communities left in western Colorado. The historic Meeker Hotel once hosted Teddy Roosevelt on a hunt and now holds a collection of some of the finest elk mounts in the West. A featured event each September is the Meeker Classic, a world-class sheepdog competition. Meeker has a general aviation airport, Coulter Field, and lies less than an hour’s drive north of Interstate 70, only two hours from Grand Junction and 90 minutes from Steamboat Springs. Energy development in the region is currently creating an economic boom for Rio Blanco County, adding to the already-solid ranching base.
Harrigan Land Company believes that the W Spear Ranch would be an excellent investment for its proven hay and cattle production and water rights alone, and the hunting and fishing potential only adds to its value. Contact us for more information on this well-kept ranch with potential as rich as its hay meadows.