Regarded as one of the finest trophy big game hunting and recreational ranches in Colorado, Big Mountain Ranch is a true sportsmans paradise. This inspiring 3,549± deeded acre ranch is situated adjacent to the national forest on the west slope of the Flat Tops Mountains, providing a beautiful setting for outstanding improvements and a wide variety of sporting venues. The multi-faceted property encompasses a rich landscape varying from the rolling drainages of the Piceance Creek valley up to the aspen groves, dark timber and lush meadows of Big Mountain at nearly 10,000 feet. With nearly 10 miles of common boundary with White River National Forest and BLM lands, the diverse topography and vegetation of the ranch results in very scenic views and excellent wildlife habitat that not only support large numbers of elk and mule deer, but draws them from the adjacent public lands. The ranch encompasses historical elk rutting grounds and attracts trophy-caliber herd bulls every year. The luxurious custom stone and log main home and guest house are recently constructed with exquisite finishes and offer first-class accommodations for family and guests. An extensive internal road network and trail system links the improvements and a wide variety of recreational activities for multi-generational enjoyment including numerous trout-filled ponds, indoor/outdoor shooting range, sporting clays course, gaming lodge, snowmobiling, horseback riding, biking and hiking. Located midway between Meeker and Rifle, the ranch is accessible via good roads less than 20 miles from I-70 and an excellent airport. The current owners initially chose this location over a decade ago due to its captivating setting, privacy and wildlife. Over the years they have painstakingly expanded the boundaries and completed extensive improvements to make the ranch the amazing turn-key sporting paradise that it is today.
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Our Hall and Hall broker, Randy Shelton, kept us in the loop as though it were. Our sale hinged on that of larger surrounding parcels, and when an initial offer fell through, Randy went back to the drawing board and found a suitable buyer who shared our values. That meant a lot to us, as our property had been in the family for more than 100 years.
From the first time I walked through the door, I sensed Hall and Hall’s highest goals were to understand who I was and build a relationship, to understand what made my property special, and to find the buyer. Their discipline and focus was apparent. Throughout the entire process, their approach towards reality was different from the experiences I have had previously. Genuine would be the word I would use to describe everyone at Hall and Hall.
I interviewed 4 agents and selected Hall and Hall because of the agency’s reputation for expertise in high end ranch property and global marketing. I had the pleasure of working with Tim Murphy on the sale of a family property in the Paradise Valley, Montana. We believe he represented our family interests well and contributed to the integrity of the property by joining together buyer and seller and a shared love for this special place in our lives.
Bill McDavid was an outstanding and very patient partner in this sale. His expertise in the market and marketing of the property was excellent. I would use him again in a heartbeat to either buy or sell a ranch property.
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“When it was time to invest in a ranch for our family, we knew we needed to work with Hall and Hall. The expertise is unsurpassed.”
In 1988, Joel Leadbetter became a partner at Hall and Hall where he has been instrumental in completing complicated, high-profile deals such as the recent sale of Texas’ historic 512,000-acre Waggoner Ranch.
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I had been looking for the right property for several years and Elliott Davenport’s insight into the quail plantation market and his ability to think strategically was instrumental in helping me find our new place. Elliott was helpful on all technical aspects of contracting and due diligence. His post closing help with hiring and contractors made the process much easier as well.
I have purchased 4 ranches through Hall and Hall over the past 20 years, and there is simply no other team in the world like them. They have navigated complexity, professionally attended to every detail, operated with fairness and integrity, and demonstrated an unwavering commitment to me– whether representing me or the person on the other side of the deal.