Hot Springs Creek Ranch
Leases, Taxes & Climate
The Hot Springs Creek Ranch east of Gunnison, Colorado is a scenic, productive hay farm and ranch with immense recreational opportunities. There are approximately 1,535 +/- deeded acres and the ranch has historically held Forest Service and Bureau of Land Management leases totally over 11,553 acres. Hot Springs Creek flows through the property near the existing improvements and provides ample water to the irrigated acreage. The property has produced an average of 350 tons of grass hay annually from approximately 600 irrigated acres. In addition to the hay production, the property has historically supported 100 cow-calf pairs year-round. The adjudicated water rights are further supplemented by additional shares of water from Hot Springs Reservoir which is located on State of Colorado Lease land lying several miles north of the property.
The ranch, with the exception of 40 +/- acres, is protected from further development by a conservation easement held by The Nature Conservancy. The existing improvements on the property can be repaired and replaced, in addition to the potential for an owner to build without any easement restrictions on the unencumbered 40-acre tract.
Access to the property is provided by County Road 887, which is a maintained, year-round, gravel county road. The property is surround by Bureau of Land Management land connected to the Gunnison National Forrest providing access to incredible mule deer and elk hunting, fishing, hiking, camping, and ATVing etc. The landowner has historically qualified for mule deer licenses through the Landowner Preference Program in GMU 551 and the area has Over-The-Counter license seasons for elk.
This property is co-listed with M4 Ranch Group, LLC
The ranch borders thousands of acres of public land and provides access to Bureau of Land Management land and the 1.7 million acre Gunnison National Forest land. The Fossil Ridge Wilderness, Curecanti National Recreation area and multiple large reservoirs are all nearby recreational attractions.
Gunnison, Colorado is 20 miles from the property and is the nearest town offering year-round dining, shopping, a hospital, and Western State College.
The town of Crested Butte is less than 30 miles north of Gunnison, 50 miles from the ranch and offers additional recreation, dining, and shopping amenities. Crested Butte Mountain Resort is a popular skiing destination and is located only 50 miles from the ranch with 121 runs known for their extreme terrain. In addition to the well-known ski area in Crested Butte, Monarch Ski Area is a family-friendly resort located ten miles east of the ranch on the Continental Divide at Monarch Pass and has 54 different ski trails.
Private and commercial air service is available in Gunnison at the Gunnison-Crested Butte Regional Airport (GUC) with a 9,400' long runway. Throughout the year, there is a rotation of daily flights to Denver, Dallas and Houston. Denver International Airport is four hours from the ranch via Highway 285 east.
The property is located in proximity to the following towns:
- Gunnison Colorado (20 miles)
- Crested Butte, Colorado (50 miles)
- Salida, Colorado (50 miles)
- Montrose, Colorado (89 miles)
- Leadville, Colorado (104 miles)
- Aspen, Colorado (130 miles)
- Colorado Springs, Colorado (158 miles)
- Denver, Colorado (187 miles)
Hot Springs Creek flows through the meadows on the property and provides water to healthy populations of mule deer, moose, and elk for most of the year and provide great big game hunting opportunities. The landowner participates in Colorado’s Park and Wildlife Preference Program (LPP) and currently qualifies for deer landowner deer vouchers. The property is located in GMU 551, which also offers Over-the- Counter elk tags for the second and third seasons.
Situated along the foothills of Tomichi Dome, the ranch provides unparalleled access to thousands of acres of Gunnison National Forest and Bureau of Land Management public land. Hot Springs Reservoir is located immediately northeast of the ranch.
Gunnison National Park, Fossil Ridge Wilderness Area and Curecanti National Recreation area are also easily accessibly within minutes of the ranch.
The towns of Gunnison, Crested Butte and Salida are some of the best-recognized destinations in Central Colorado. The cultural atmosphere, thriving tourist seasons, and variety of recreational amentites make the area a popular destination with a multitude of shops, restuarants, and museums as well as quality hospitals and schools.
Western State College is an accredited four-year institution located in Gunnison. There are multiple world-class ski resorts within close proximity to the property as well as the family-oriented Monarch Ski Area only ten miles from the ranch.
Crested Butte Mountain Resort is a popular, well-renowned skiing destination only 50 miles from the ranch with 121 runs known for extreme terrain. Monarch Ski Area is a family-friendly resort located ten miles east of the ranch on the Continental Divide a Monarch Pass and has 54 runs.
The fishing and live water recreation in the area is incredible from Hot Springs Creek flowing through the property, to the Gunnision River, Taylor River, East River and the gold-medal Arkansas River, there is no shortage of opportunities to catch quality trout.
Leases, Taxes & Climate
LEASES & TAXES
The property is benefitted by two Bureau of Land Management lease consisting of 1,750 +/- acres and two Forest Services leases, one adjoining the property and one to the southeast, totally 8,850 +/- acres.
The grazing lease dates for the BLM lease range from 5/23 - 7/10 for 25 AUMs. The lease dates on the Forest Service span from 6/1 - 9/30 for 200 AUs.
The 2023 property taxes for the Pleasant View Ranch total approximately $5,500.
The Hot Springs Creek Ranch graces an elevation ranging from 8,000 along the meadows to 8,700 along the foothills of Tomichi Dome, bestowing upon it a truly unique alpine climate. The elevation not only lends itself to a comfortable climate but also contributes to the breathtaking scenery. From vantage points on the ranch, you can gaze upon sweeping vistas of the surrounding valleys and peaks, providing a front-row seat to the changing colors of the seasons.
The temperature on the ranch averages 11 degrees in January and 55 degrees in July.
The average precipitation is 16.25 inches.
The average annual snowfall at the ranch is 88 inches.
The ranch, with the exception of 40 +/- acres, is protected by a conservation easement held by The Nature Conservancy. The existing improvements on the property can be repaired and replaced, in addition to the potential for an owner to build without any easement restrictions on the unencumbered 40-acre tract. This portion of the property practically could not have been developed anyway due to the heavy irrigation of the meadows and floodplain along the creek. A copy of the conservation easement is available upon request.