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Welcome to Harrigan Land Company’s ranch blog, designed to keep you up to date on what’s happening in the dynamic world of hunting and fishing properties throughout the Rocky Mountain West. Here we share our knowledge of “secret corners” of the Rockies overlooked by many, the ins and outs of conservation easements, current news relevant to the ranch real estate market and our own hunting and fishing tips that may turn your next trip into a spectacular success. At Harrigan Land Company, we’re dedicated to serving you. Through this blog, we hope that our seasoned knowledge of hunting, fishing and the great ranches of the Rockies will increase your love for these things, too, and enable you to “dream big” about that special piece of the West that’s in your future. Explore and enjoy.

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National Western Stock Show attendance illustrates interest in ranch life
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January 30, 2024

National Western Stock Show attendance illustrates interest in ranch life

This year’s annual National Western Stock Show in Denver attracted just shy of 700,000 visitors. Attendees came from all 50 states and dozens of foreign countries to experience the show, even as temperatures for the event neared record lows.  The take-away message for ranch real estate investors? Our Western heritage is strong. There’s worldwide interest… Read more »

Why buy a ski house near your ranch?
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January 23, 2024

Why buy a ski house near your ranch?

If you own ranch real estate that’s close — but maybe not close enough — to your favorite ski mountain, buying a ski house near your Colorado or Wyoming ranch may be something to consider.  This seems to be a growing trend as finding a large ranch for sale close enough to the slopes can… Read more »

How to build healthy trout habitat to improve winter survival
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January 10, 2024

How to build healthy trout habitat to improve winter survival

Do you have healthy trout habitat on your private ranch? If so, are you doing everything you can do help your fish endure a Rocky Mountain winter? Many large ranches boast generally healthy trout streams. Fishing is culturally vital in the West. And fly fishing for trout has a cult following that ensures good habitat… Read more »

Ranch real estate investors who love to ski have some great options
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December 27, 2023

Ranch real estate investors who love to ski have some great options

The ranch real estate market continues to remain hot. Investors are on the prowl for property that boasts great on-site assets, like trout water and good wildlife habitat. But some are taking location into consideration when considering a purchase. One question many investors ask when taking a look at ranch real estate? “How close is… Read more »

Winter is busy on the ranch for both work and play
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December 23, 2023

Winter is busy on the ranch for both work and play

Winter on a Rocky Mountain ranch might be considered a slow time for some. With livestock close to home and access to distant pastures difficult due to snow, it might be tempting to kind of hibernate and wait out the season. But owners of ranch real estate know that the work never really stops on… Read more »

Ranch real estate market remains red hot
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December 8, 2023

Ranch real estate market remains red hot

Higher mortgage interest rates are slowing overall real estate sales growth across the country. But one pillar in the market isn’t slowing down at all: high-end ranch real estate is still a hot commodity. “Overall, demand remains extremely high for high-end ranch property,” says Hunter Harrigan of Harrigan Land Company. “There is still an abundance… Read more »

Readying your ranch for the holidays
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November 27, 2023

Readying your ranch for the holidays

There’s nothing wrong with getting into the holiday spirit if you own ranch real estate. Decorating for the holidays is a good way to foment goodwill among your local community. It’s also a great way to showcase your ranch to prospective buyers. Often, large ranches, particularly legacy ranches, are sources of pride among locals. Working… Read more »

How to keep property taxes in check for ranch real estate
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November 17, 2023

How to keep property taxes in check for ranch real estate

Across the West, ranch real estate prices and valuation remain quite robust. Thankfully, taxes on ranches and agricultural land in the West are based on their agricultural values, not their real property value. But there are things that owners of ranch real estate can do to reduce their tax burden, even when property assessments rise.… Read more »

Is a 1031 exchange good for you as an investor?
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November 6, 2023

Is a 1031 exchange good for you as an investor?

With the right qualified intermediary and a knowledgeable ranch broker, it can be a great way to defer capital gains taxes Large ranch real estate has appreciated greatly over the last several years. That means prospective sellers could be looking at significant capital gains taxes once a sale is complete.  But, if you, as a… Read more »

Ranch real estate owners can earn tax incentives from conservation easements
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October 27, 2023

Ranch real estate owners can earn tax incentives from conservation easements

What is a conservation easement? In the simplest terms possible, conservation easements are development restrictions placed on a property in exchange for tax benefits that can be utilized by the grantor.   What kind of sacrifices should ranch real estate owners expect to make in order to achieve these tax incentives? In a typical conservation easement… Read more »

How to get your ranch property ready for winter
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October 17, 2023

How to get your ranch property ready for winter

We’ve enjoyed a typically gorgeous fall so far throughout the Rockies, but Mother Nature is fickle. Truth be told, we’re on winter’s doorstep, especially in high-elevation locales. It’s time to prepare your ranch real estate for the cold and snow that will be here before you know it.  Here are several tasks that ranch real… Read more »

Fall fishing can be great on Colorado ranches
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October 17, 2023

Fall fishing can be great on Colorado ranches

While many ranch real estate owners and investors have their eyes on wildlife assets for potential hunting during the fall months, savvy Colorado landowners and potential buyers are keeping an eye on the trout water that flows through ranch property.  Fall is perhaps the best time of the year to fish private water in the… Read more »

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