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.
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: