Beaver Meadows Ranch encapsulates a remarkable stretch of land in Park County, Colorado. This parcel occupies 713± acres of mountain pasture and recreational open space ranging from high mountain timber to wide-open meadows. Spanning elevations from 9,086 to 9,940 feet, Beaver Meadows Ranch sits between national forest land, quiet neighboring parcels, and also an easement that allows access into a stunning state park. Named for the beaver populations that once inhabited the ponds and North Elk Creek, Beaver Meadows is exceptional for its privacy, serenity, and beauty — especially considering its proximity to Colorado’s cosmopolitan capital city.
Arrive here and explore the grassy meadows teeming with wildflowers in spring and summer. Hike up to the rocky granite crags and find unmatched views of distant peaks and sun-dappled hills. Catch sight of mule deer and elk alongside grazing cattle, and watch as the sun sets from the cozy dwelling in a peaceful meadow. Time seems to slow down here.
Beaver Meadows Ranch is ideal for a buyer who wants the best of both worlds: the culture and energy of the city and the private quietude of mountain living. Beaver Meadows represents a rare chance to straddle metropolitan access and mountain paradise on a peaceful property with plenty of potential.
On a beautiful piece of land between national forest land and a state park, Beaver Meadows Ranch represents some of the best in beauty and privacy when it comes to land for purchase on Colorado’s Front Range.
Beaver Meadows Ranch spans more than 700 acres of varied terrain, from low-lying meadows to forested pastureland to craggy granite outcroppings. Located in Park County on the southern border of Pike National Forest, Beaver Meadows Ranch touches North Elk Creek on the northeast side and connects to Staunton State Park on the southeast corner. All of the land lies within 9,200 to 9,800 feet in elevation, with foliage and flowers that transform throughout four distinct seasons. Lush stands of pine, fir, spruce, and aspen trees create habitats for squirrels, wild turkeys, foxes, bobcats, all matter of birds, and the occasional bear. Wildflowers burst into vibrant color in the spring and summer, and aspen leaves shimmer golden in the fall. With Colorado’s almost daily sunshine, the land beckons even in winter. An ongoing lease agreement with a local cowboy cements the agriculture tax benefit as well as the perk of controlling growth and mitigating fire danger through responsible grazing.
There are wide-open spaces for watching the elk and cattle graze or exploring the forests and meadows. The untouched nature of this property is part of its appeal, and an existing single family dwelling offers the perfect launchpad for a new adventure. Only 6 miles from Hwy 285, Beaver Meadows Ranch is easily accessible, yet feels worlds away from the Denver-metro area with a stunning sense of peace, privacy, and beauty.
The option of purchasing an extraordinarily private, gentleman’s ranch flanked by national forest and with immediate access to Staunton State Park, all while located less than an hour from downtown Denver, is rare and an obvious driver of value. This property is incredibly scenic, easily accessible, offers terrific views, a small creek and ponds, has its own private mountain, 80% heavy timber, opportunity to build to suit, supports abundant migratory wildlife, and presents a terrific opportunity for a conservation easement, long term hold, and/or possible development.
Beaver Meadows Ranch is located just 6± miles north of Pine Junction and 46± miles from downtown Denver, Colorado. This pristine and private 713± property is nestled between national forest land, a state park, and other private property, making it a quiet and undisturbed mountain paradise. One of the benefits of this location is its proximity to Denver, Boulder, and other cities on the Front Range.
The property rests on a piece of land bordered to the north and west by Pike National Forest.
North Elk Creek babbles through the northeastern corner of the property, making its way to Elk Creek farther south. Private parcels hug the eastern and southern borders, and the southeastern tip of the property connects to Staunton State Park, where a deeded easement provides vehicular access to and through the park.
Wide-open meadows are interspersed with thick forests, rolling hills, and craggy outcrops. The property features owner-maintained roads from Hwy 285 all the way to the property’s single-family dwelling.
One reason Beaver Meadows Ranch is so remarkable is its pristine privacy without sacrificing proximity to the Front Range. Life on Beaver Meadows Ranch means enjoying the wide-open spaces Colorado is known for, as well as the chance to experience Denver’s many diversions.
Even from the remote and private beauty of Beaver Meadows Ranch, the draw of downtown Denver is easily accessible. Just over an hour’s drive away, the state’s capital city is a nearby destination for cosmopolitan creature comforts like art museums, concerts and theater, professional sporting events, and high-end shopping. Denver International Airport is less than two hours away.
Staunton State Park
One of Colorado’s newest state parks is just a stone’s throw from Beaver Meadows Ranch.
Opened to the public in 2013, this 3,828-acre area (which encompasses the namesake Staunton Ranch) traces its history through the centuries as homesteads, ranchland, a logging operation, and a sportsman’s club. Today, mountain bikers, hikers, tent campers, and rock climbers flock to the area to enjoy the varying terrain, including low meadows, wetlands, and rocky cliffs.
Guanella Pass Road is known on the Front Range as a must-see drive for viewing fall foliage. From Beaver Meadows Ranch, it’s just over an hour to the pass and a three-hour loop through Georgetown and back down through Evergreen.
Beaver Meadows Ranch sees four distinct seasons and plenty of sunshine during each one. Summer temperatures average in the high 70s, while winter averages hover in the high 40s.
The northern edge of the property descends to 9,200 feet in elevation near North Elk Creek and climbs to 9,800 feet on a rocky crag boasting mountain views in all directions.
Acreage (Deeded & Leased)
Beaver Meadows Ranch spans 713± acres of grassy meadows, pastureland, and spruce, fir, and pine forests interspersed with aspen groves.
A 1,732-square-foot, two-story dwelling sits on the property, inviting a future owner to make it their own. The two-car garage provides ample secure parking and storage. The main finished living spaces consist of a kitchen, dining, living room, two bedrooms, and bathroom on the main level, plus a master suite and bedroom upstairs. Original finishes include carpet, hardwood floors, glazed tile, and wood cabinets. Electric baseboard heat, as well as a wood burning fireplace, offer cozy warmth in the colder months. A wood deck on the south side of the dwelling is an ideal place to absorb afternoon sunshine.
Any and all seller-owned water rights appurtenant to the property are included in the sale. Beaver Meadows Ranch includes two small ponds, approximately a quarter mile of both banks of North Elk Creek, and well water on the property.
Any and all seller-owned mineral rights appurtenant to the property are included in the sale.
Property taxes are estimated to be less than $3,000 annually based upon past years.
Beaver Meadows Ranch, located in GMU 46, is a natural habitat for all types of wildlife. Mule deer and elk graze among the wooded forests of pine trees, fir trees, blue spruce, and quaking aspen. Occasional foxes and coyotes, as well as a rare black bear or bobcat, migrate through the property.
Beaver Meadows Ranch is an untouched paradise for the outdoor enthusiast. Spring and summer bring vibrant wildflowers bursting with color across the meadows. Stroll through the aspens in the fall and find yourself surrounded by quaking golden leaves. Don cross country skis in the winter to take in the land over a sparkling blanket of snow. Hiking opportunities abound in the forests, and the private entry into Staunton State Park offers access to and through a hiking, mountain biking, and rock climbing mecca.
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