Cochetopa Dome Ranch Colorado
Southwest Colorado hunting, fishing, and cattle ranch for sale. 1612 deeded acres with contiguous 589 acre BLM grazing lease. 12 miles of the ranches boundary borders BLM and National Forest on 3 sides providing direct access to literally endless BLM and National Forest land for hunting, hiking, and four wheeling. Year round West Pass Creek snakes through the entire ranch for over 4 miles providing livestock water and fishing from one end of the ranch to the other and fills two reservoirs and two year round ponds on the ranch providing excellent fishing, waterfowl habit, irrigation storage, and natural beauty. An abundance of irrigation water rights are included along with a move in ready 3 bedroom, 1 bath log cabin and a massive insulated shop.
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The hunting on this ranch is consistently first rate year after year. Located in GMU's 551 and 67 there are over the counter options and the ranch is currently enrolled in the Land Owner Preference Program and drew 4 elk tags, 3 deer tags, and 2 antelope tags last year. Cochetopa Dome Ranch sits in a valley at the foot of The Cochetopa Dome and the base of North Pass, or locally known as Cochetopa Pass. This ranch is the nearest irrigated hay pasture to The Dome and mountain ranges to the north and east. You hunters know what that means. This is where the wildlife goes to feed. Elk and deer stay near the ranch and trespass often to take advantage of the available grass and water. Bear, antelope and other wildlife frequent the lush green pastures and they all share the ponds on the ranch with ducks, geese and other migratory birds.
Currently holds 250 pair from May thru September. Has historically held 400 pair for summer grazing. Over half of the irrigated land is left untouched after June when the cattle are moved to the western half of the ranch leaving hay for bailing or additional grazing. Over 13cfs in surface water rights, a 600gpm artesian well, and multiple springs currently irrigate approximately 300 acres of the property. Historical ditches are in place to significantly expand the irrigated acreage on the west end of the ranch.
West Pass Creek flows across the entire 4 mile length of the ranch. Following the oxbows and bends the stream miles are almost double that creating an opportunity to develop 6-8 miles of private fishing. Two large year round ponds are loaded with trout and hold decent numbers of ducks and other waterfowl. Dome Lakes SWA, 6 miles from the ranch, offers additional fishing and waterfowl hunting along with nearby Cochetopa Creek, Saguache Creek, Archuleta Creek and dozens of other mountain creeks and high mountain lakes in the area.
Comfortable 1300 square foot log cabin was built in 1993 but looks and feels much newer. Open floor plan with large living room, full kitchen, laundry room, 3 bedrooms, one full bathroom and a large covered deck. Expansive views of the ranch, The Cochetopa Dome, and surrounding mountains from inside and out.
Additional improvements include a few rustic log cabins, a large underground root cellar, loafing shed and corrals, and a massive 40 x 100 insulated shop with a concrete floor providing ample room to store hay, park equipment, trucks and toys, and still have room for an indoor archery range. Property is fully perimeter fenced and cross fenced into multiple pastures. The entire ranch including the improvements and fencing is tight and right. This isn't a fixer upper or a project ranch.
Year round access on paved state highway. 31 miles to Gunnison, 39 miles to Saguache, 65 miles to Salida, 45 miles to Monarch Ski Area, 60 miles to Crested Butte Ski Area. Nearest airports are Gunnison/Crested Butte Regional Airport - 32 miles, Montrose Regional Airport - 2 hours. Colorado Springs Airport - 3.5 hours.
- big game
- mule deer
- public land access