Brown Ranch on the Elk River

$13,500,000 Steamboat Springs, CO 712± Deeded Acres

Executive Summary

Held by the same family since 1915, the 712± deeded acre Brown Ranch on the Elk River is a designated Centennial Ranch sited along the banks of the Elk River outside of Steamboat Springs, Colorado. This superb landmark holding possesses nearly .75± mile of private Elk River frontage with quality fly fishing, a privately held mountain, and borders national forest – all within a short drive of amenities and the Steamboat Ski Area.

With a notable Elk River Valley location, the Brown Ranch is known for its river frontage, diverse landscape, and panoramic views encompassing most of northern Routt County’s notable mountains and peaks. The ranch’s lower western flank incorporates willow and cottonwood-lined frontage on both banks of the trout-laden Elk River. The riparian corridor is in turn, encompassed by lush hay meadows and pasturelands. Improvements are modest and include a small, historic ranch house and outbuildings tucked amongst old-growth trees along the banks of the river. The eastern side of the ranch is unimproved and rises dramatically from the river bottom and into aspen groves and stands of pine before topping off at the privately held peak of Round Mountain. From the summit of Round Mountain, the acreage extends eastward and into a private valley. Elevation rises from the floor of this valley to the ranch’s eastern border with the Routt National Forest. Brown Ranch is not encumbered by any conservation easements, however it is a prime candidate for conservation. Notable ranches bordering the property have been conserved and as such, future owners of Brown Ranch are assured the Elk River Valley will carry its natural and agricultural integrity into the future.

Just the Facts

  • 712± deeded acre Centennial Ranch bordering national forest
  • Landmark holding under same family ownership since 1915
  • 3/4± mile frontage on both banks of the Elk River with private fishing
  • Ownership of privately held Round Mountain
  • Diverse landscape with exceptional viewshed 
  • Riverside ranch house
  • Unencumbered by conservation easements
  • 18± miles north of Steamboat Springs
  • 3/4 mile south of Clark

Broker's Comments

Offered for the first time in over 100 years, Brown Ranch on the Elk River is a landmark river property in the Steamboat Springs area with excellent fly fishing and a privately held mountain that borders national forest lands. Buyers will appreciate this holding’s natural beauty, big views, proximity to amenities and skiing, as well as its year-round access. This Centennial Ranch is especially notable given it possesses the highly desirable combination of frontage on an esteemed trout river and mountain terrain – all in one of Colorado’s most exclusive river valleys. 

Learn about the locale


The ranch is located in northern Routt County, midway between Steamboat Springs and Steamboat Lake. The tiny town of Clark and the well-known Clark Store sits three-quarters of one mile to the north. Clark is home to noteworthy working and luxury ranches. The four-season resort town of Steamboat Springs is less than 18 miles to the south. The local general aviation airport is located between the ranch and town. Commercial air service air and the local FBO are also close by at the Yampa Valley Regional Airport in Hayden, just over 20 minutes west of Steamboat. The ranch has year-round access off of paved County Road 129, with the ranch house located less than one-quarter-of-a-mile off of pavement on County Road 58. 

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