Motherwell Ranch Profiled by Fly Fisherman Magazine

A couple years back Motherwell Ranch, a newly listed Colorado ranch for sale, was profiled by Fly Fisherman magazine in a story titled “Colorado Fishing Motherwell Ranch.” The ranch raises the bar as Colorado’s foremost multidimensional mountain ranch. Spanning an enormous block of contiguous deeded land, this 10,350+/- acre sporting paradise is distinguished by its unmatched combination of exceptional privacy, diverse landscape, abundant water, plentiful wildlife and ideal location.  Here are some excerpts from the story:

Atop the mountainous terrain that forms the horizon sits one of the country’s most luxurious fishing lodges. Right out its front door—at an altitude of 8,400 feet—is one of two superb trout lakes, the crown jewels of the 6,500-acre Motherwell Ranch. The ranch also has other smaller lakes and beaver ponds, and a 31/2-mile section of the Williams Fork of the Yampa River.

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Dream Lake (near the lodge front door) is a 20-acre lake stocked with brown, rainbow, cutthroat, and brook trout ranging from 18 to 24 inches. These thick trout eat adult damselflies in July, traveling sedges in August, and Callibaetis and midges on most ice-free afternoons. In late summer they cruise the grassy north and east shorelines looking for errant grasshoppers.

With so much food at or near the surface, these fish are extremely surface-oriented. Even when nothing appears to be going on, a Parachute Adams, Dave’s Hopper, or small Stimulator will pick up fish regularly. When the hatches are heavy, the normally calm surface of the lake boils with fish, and a more exact hatch-matching pattern can bring a strike on almost every cast.

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The real brutes of Motherwell Ranch are less than a mile away in the 30-acre East Lake. While drys will take fish at East Lake, most of the big fish are taken with subsurface patterns. This lake is filled with minnows and olive scuds, and obese rainbow trout weighing over five pounds are a common daily catch. Eight-pound trout will hardly raise an eyebrow. Woolly Buggers, Clouser Minnows, and olive scuds are the preferred patterns, and every boat is stocked with them.

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While you can wade the shorelines at Motherwell Ranch and cast to rising fish, most of the fishing is done from 12-foot prams with electric trolling motors. Guides give on-the-water casting lessons to those who need them, as well as operate the boats, tie on flies, and direct your casts.

The fishing is not difficult on the lakes, and even novice anglers can succeed with short casts and attractor drys, or by trolling a Woolly Bugger. It’s a good place to learn fly fishing, and the lodge has quality tackle to outfit guests.

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The Williams Fork of the Yampa River is a small stream (about 30 feet across) that flows through the ranch and has rainbows and Colorado River cutthroats from 14 to 22 inches long that ambush an Elk-hair Caddis or Turk’s Tarantula in river corners and riffles. The stream fishing is more difficult, but the fish are just as willing. The best time to fish the stream is after July 4, when snowmelt runoff subsides.While the Motherwell Ranch has excellent trout fishing, what sets it apart from other destinations is the service and accommodations. The ranch is one of many owned by Las Vegas construction tycoon Wes Adams—one of the biggest landowners in the West—and he spared no expense in building the ranch’s log cabins.

motherwell-092 The log-and-stone lodge has a great room, three deluxe suites, complete wet bar, dining area, game room, and TV area. While outside is a wild, sportsman’s paradise, the inside is almost too posh to be called a lodge. The daily cuisine is prepared by an experienced chef. The Grand Suite has a 50-square-foot shower built with imported Italian marble, a cast-iron bath, and two private balconies. The cabins have views of 100 miles to the north and east, and no lights can be seen after dark.

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For nonfishing guests, there is horseback riding, hiking, mountain biking, and sporting clays. More than 1,000 elk gather in the meadows below the lodge. In the fall, the ranch offers trophy elk hunts.

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Top Colorado Equestrian Property Reduces Price

Rocking R Ranch is the preeminent equestrian property for sale in Boulder County today. Contiguous to several hundred acres of Boulder County open space, the property offers 235± acres, irrigated Brome grass hay meadows, abundant water rights and is conveniently located within twenty minutes of Boulder and less than five minutes from Lyons, Colorado off paved Highway 66. Extensive improvements punctuate the ranch and include four homes, a 36,400± sq. ft. indoor arena, horse barn, equipment shop, two hay sheds, multiple loafing sheds, outdoor arena, supplement agricultural buildings, and miles of piped fencing throughout. Four large, live water irrigation waterways lined with old growth cottonwood trees traverse through the property, adding a beautiful aesthetic element. In an area of Colorado nationally recognized for its equestrian influence, the Rocking R Ranch is a turn-key opportunity. PRICE REDUCED TO $12,900,000!!

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Independence Day on a Colorado Ranch For Sale

By: Cody Lujan

Few things in life are as memorable as celebrating Independence Day with family and friends on a Colorado ranch. While we all love small-town parades, rodeos and fireworks, nothing is more patriotic than enjoying big views, wildlife and wildflowers – whether on public or private lands.

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I was recently reminded of how thankful I am to spend time in beautiful country while photographing wildlife on the newly-listed Mosca Pass Ranch – a thoughtfully conserved 5,000+ deeded acre ranch in south central Colorado. Home to abundant wildlife, the ranch serves as a sanctuary between the Rio Grande National Forest and two large neighboring ranches that are renowned for trophy big game hunting. Mosca Pass Ranch also serves as a core wintering ground for herds of several hundred elk that migrate out of the national forest and on to the property each fall.

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Beautiful and expansive, the ranch enjoys excellent views of Blanca Peak (the eighth highest peak in the contiguous United States) and the surrounding jagged peaks comprising the southern end of the Sangre De Cristo Range. Located to the south of the property, these incredible and jagged peaks can be enjoyed by anyone.

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In addition to its unmatched views, Mosca Pass Ranch is distinguished by the fact that it offers a large block of Colorado land for sale less than two miles from the Great Sand Dunes National Park. The ranch is also less than one half mile from the Mosca Pass Trail –  the ranch’s namesake and an historic mountain pass that provides walk-in access to the national park.

As the 4th of July weekend nears, make certain to show your appreciation and patriotism by spending time in the outdoors and enjoying the limitless benefits of public and private land stewardship. Be safe and enjoy a happy Independence Day.

Located 15 miles west of Gardner, Colorado, the Mosca Pass Ranch is a new Colorado ranch for sale. Additional information regarding this scenic property will soon be available on the Hall and Hall website.

Colorado Ranch For Sale is Wall Street Journal House of the Week

Cottonwood Springs Ranch, an exquisite 525± acre equestrian estate within 30 minutes of the La Plata County Airport and Durango, CO was recently named The Wall Street Journal’s House of the Week.

The owners, Floyd Miller, 56, and Michael Moynihan, 42, purchased the Colorado property in late 2005, adding a roughly 20,000-square-foot horse barn with  21 stalls and adjoining paddocks. They also added a 2,000-square-foot office space, a hay barn, a cattle facility, and new infrastructure, like ponds and wells.

Additional improvements include a  2,300± sq. ft. guest home,  and an authentic 1890’s homestead cabin. A 5,000± sq. ft. operations center (with manager’s apartment), show arena, 50 total stalls, 13 loafing sheds, 120’ round pen, and seventeen separately fenced pastures with seven paddocks. It is one of the finest Colorado ranches for sale.

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The ranch is adjacent to BLM land and trailhead access to 2.5 million acres of the San Juan National Forest.

Steamboat, Colorado Ranch For Sale Featured in Robb Report

Round Mountain Ranch is the centerpiece of a feature story on Steamboat, Colorado in the September/October issue of Robb Report Exceptional Properties.  The Colorado Ranch for sale is located only 20 minutes from Steamboat and is considered to be perhaps the finest property for sale in the region. To view the entire article, click this link. HH_RobbReport_SeptOct2011