The Canyon Creek Ranch in San Miguel County has 3,247± contiguous deeded acres and excellent big game hunting, all just 25 miles from Telluride, one of Colorado’s most charming resort and ski communities. From atop the East Iron Springs Mesa, the ranch boasts spectacular views of the Sneffels Range of the San Juan Mountains. About two-thirds of the ranch is comprised of gently rolling pastures and meadows, with the remainder in aspen groves, ponderosa pine and oak brush--excellent habitat for the large elk, deer, bear and wild turkey that abound here. Bordered for more than three miles by the Uncompahgre National Forest, the property is both secluded and easily accessible year around via a paved county road. Spring-fed ponds provide necessary water for livestock and big game. Improvements are functional and include a caretaker’s home, guesthouse, several outbuildings, and working corrals. The perimeter and some pastures are fenced. There is no conservation easement on the property.
Three thousand-plus acres is considered a large holding in San Miguel County, and rarely does one of this size become available so close to Telluride, and almost never without a conservation easement. The Canyon Creek Ranch presents the discerning buyer with distinct opportunities in one of the most sought-after areas of Colorado.
Just the Facts
- 3,247± deeded acres
- 25± miles to Telluride
- Less than an hour from Montrose Regional Airport and Black Canyon Jet Center
- Adjacent to Uncompahgre National Forest
- Spectacular views of the Sneffel’s Mountain Range
- Mild terrain and gentle topography situated on top of East Iron Springs Mesa
- Mixture of meadows, open pasture land and heavily timbered areas
- Year-round county road access
- Modest improvements include two homes and outbuildings
- Located in GMU 61
The terrain of the ranch itself is mostly level to gently rolling, with about two-thirds of the acreage in meadows and pastures. The remainder of the land is forested with aspen groves, ponderosa pine and oak brush.
Commercial carriers serve the Montrose Regional Airport with flights to Denver, Dallas-Fort Worth, Houston, Chicago, and Phoenix. The Black Canyon Jet Center, also in Montrose, is regarded as one of the best FBO facilities in the country.
The Telluride Regional Airport supports general aviation and commercial flights on seasonally-adjusted schedules.
The adjacent Uncompahgre National Forest encompasses almost a million acres and three distinct alpine wildernesses. And then there is Telluride (pop 2,303), a storied small town that lives a lot larger than it is. The historic 19th century mining community has earned a well-deserved international reputation for its star-studded Telluride Film Festival, superb ski resort, (recognized by U.S. News as one of the best ski destinations in the world), and eclectic restaurants, shops and boutiques.
Elevation on the ranch ranges from about 8,260 to 8,850 feet above sea level, with most of the terrain gently rolling or relatively flat.
Acreage (Deeded & Leased)
There is no conservation easement on Canyon Creek Ranch. However, because of development potential in the area, the property could be a candidate for conservation protection.
The Telluride Ski Resort offers more than 2,000 acres of skiable terrain with its longest run more than 4.6 miles. While 41% of the trails are rated advanced or expert, the varied terrain presents plenty of opportunities for beginners and intermediate skiers.
The Telluride Film Festival, celebrating its 43rd season in 2017, premiers films (Juno, Brokeback Mountain) that routinely garner both critical and box-office success.
Ouray, which calls itself the “Switzerland of America,” hosts a winter ice-climbing festival and offers a wealth of summer outdoor activities. The former mining town is about a 50-mile drive from Telluride, though only 10 miles north as the crow flies.
Home to two of America’s most famous national parks, Moab is less than two hours west of Canyon Creek through the Paradox Valley and over the La Sal mountains.
Arches National Park, located just five miles north of Moab, boasts the world’s largest concentration of natural sandstone arches—more than 2,000 in all—along with an awe-inspiring variety of natural geological formations.
The vastness and amazing diversity of Canyonlands National Park, 32 miles from Moab, boggle the mind and offer endless opportunities for hiking, camping and whitewater rafting through Cataract Canyon.
The Black Canyon of the Gunnison near Montrose is, as the National Park Service notes, “big enough to be overwhelming and still intimate enough to feel the pulse of time.” With its steep cliffs and rock spires, the canyon tests hikers while fishermen, boaters, and kayakers find challenges on the river.
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