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El Dorado Preserve

$8,120,000 Golden, CO 812± Deeded Acres

Executive Summary

The 812± acre El Dorado Preserve presents a significant amount of raw, undeveloped and recreational land within 35 minutes of downtown Denver and less than an hour’s drive to Denver International Airport. Located only eight miles from Golden, this property is easily accessible off Crawford Gulch road. A combination of expansive mountain meadows, an abundance of heavily timbered land, diverse and undulating topography, rock outcroppings, seasonal stream, small lake, and exceptional views of Denver. As the Front Range and population of Colorado continues to expand, large acreage holdings like El Dorado Preserve with its proximity and accessibility to Denver and area attractions are increasingly rare to find.

Just the Facts

  • 812± deeded acres
  • Equipment shop/barn
  • 8 miles or 15 minutes from downtown Golden, off Crawford Gulch Road via a private road
  • Less than a 30 minute drive to Downtown Denver, 35 minutes to Boulder, and 35 minutes to Blackhawk
  • Less than an hour from Denver International Airport and Rocky Mountain Metropolitan Airport at Broomfield
  • Located between Golden Gate Canyon State Park, Ralston Creek State Wildlife Area, and White Ranch Park
  • Within two hours of several major Colorado ski resort
  • Views of Downtown Denver, Pikes Peak, and Continental Divide
  • Abundant wildlife includes elk, deer, bear, and turkey
  • Elevation ranges from 6,500’ to 9,200’ featuring tremendous topographical diversity
  • Abundant dark timber, pine, spruce, and aspen trees with vast open meadows and wildflowers
  • Spring fed lake and seasonal stream
  • Water rights
  • Development and/or conservation easement potential or executive retreat
  • Private internal and developed trail system

General Description

For the avid outdoorsman, few land offerings compare to the sheer size and untapped natural beauty of El Dorado Preserve. Nestled in a pristine alpine mountain setting, you’ll feel worlds away, yet close to it all with nearby city amenities of Golden, Denver, Boulder, and Evergreen. 

Minutes from Whole Foods, state parks, ski resorts, and the gambling towns of Central City and Blackhawk, El Dorado Preserve is a once in a lifetime legacy ranch with limitless potential – ideal for conservation easement and/or use as an executive retreat or development. 

Elevation ranges from 6,500 to 9,200 feet featuring tremendous topographical diversity and iconic views of Mount Tom. The black timber habitat of the ranch attracts a variety of species of wildlife including elk, deer, bear, and turkey. This results in exceptional trophy hunting. 

There is also access to Ralston Creek State Wildlife Area adjacent to Golden Gate Canyon State Park with 12,000± acres of forest and trails for hunting, hiking, horseback riding, and mountain biking. 

The property includes a large 40’ x 120’ metal barn with concrete floor.

Broker's Comments

As the Front Range and population of Colorado continues to expand, large acreage holdings like El Dorado Preserve with its proximity and accessibility to Denver and area attractions are increasingly rare to find. El Dorado Preserve is unspoiled natural beauty at its finest, cradled amidst 812± pristine acres of towering pine and aspen trees with unsurpassed views of downtown Denver, the Front Range, Pikes Peak, and the Continental Divide. In addition to abundant wildlife and miles of private nature trails, it presents optimal trout fishing and an unbelievable location. Few Colorado land holdings preserve the privacy of an alpine mountain setting this close to the city.

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Ideally positioned between Golden Gate Canyon State Park, Ralston Creek State Wildlife Area, and White Ranch Park sits El Dorado Preserve. It is just eight miles from the town of Golden, and less than an hour’s drive from Denver International Airport and Rocky Mountain Metropolitan Airport. Sweeping views of the downtown Denver skyline, Pikes Peak, and Continental Divide are appreciated from the property’s idyllic vantage point.


El Dorado Preserve offers unprecedented access to the coveted Rocky Mountain lifestyle with unmatched privacy and convenience. The property is easily accessible via a private road off Crawford Gulch Road, eight miles from the city of Golden along the Colorado Front Range. Home to a lively downtown, scenic beauty, and area attractions like Lookout Mountain and Coors Brewery, Golden is more than a convenient spot to fill up on gas, refresh supplies, or grab a bite to eat. 

The former gold rush town sits at the foothills of the Rocky Mountains and is steeped in history. Here you will find The Colorado School of Mines Geology Museum, the famed Clear Creek White Water Park kayaking course, Buffalo Bill’s Grave and Museum, and the Colorado Railroad Museum, featuring vintage trains and a 1800s-style railroad depot.

Situated only two hours from several major ski resorts, including those in Vail, Winter Park, Breckenridge, and Keystone, world-class Colorado skiing is but a day trip away. A little closer to home there is an abundance of outdoor recreation, including trophy hunting, miles of private nature trails for traversing on foot or horseback, and an onsite trout stocked pond. Area lakes, rivers, and streams offer a variety of gold medal fishing.


Golden, Colorado gets 19 inches of rain on average, per year, compared to the US average of 39 inches of rain per year. Golden averages 66 inches of snow per year, while the US average is 26 inches of snow annually. Summer highs tend to sit around 86 degrees in July, with winter lows averaging 18 degrees in January.

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Acreage (Deeded & Leased)

Deeded Acres: 812±
Total Acres: 812±

Additional Information

Development Potential
While there is vast development potential for El Dorado Preserve, conservation easement and/or use as a corporate, family, or recreational retreat has its appeal. This would protect the land for future generations while allowing owners to retain many private property rights while living on and/or using their land for recreational purposes.

Additional proposed development of a total of 13, 35-acre estate lots on the lower portion of the ranch is available. Capturing spectacular city and mountain views, each owner would have access to the three-mile private trail system, and would be responsible for drilling their own water well and constructing a septic system. 

Existing power to the El Dorado Preserve’s ranch cabin is provided by United Power. Internet is provided from Wild Blue and television via Direct TV. Phone service is from Comcast. Propane is provided by Ferrel Gas. 

Water Rights

Water Case No. 90CW005 – 0.013 cfs 
Water Case No. 90CW006
Water Case No. 90CW007 – 0.017 cfs 
Water Case No. 90CW008 - Koch Spring Well No.1


As per the Jefferson County Appraisal District, taxes on the tract are relatively inexpensive as the ranch is being worked with cattle and qualities for an agricultural exemption. Taxes paid to Jefferson County total approx. $3,286.00 per year. 

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Fishery Resources

Anglers enjoy world-class fly fishing in neighboring rivers and alpine lakes. The “Golden Mile” of fly fishing begins in the town of Golden and extends up Clear Creek Canyon, known for brook, cutthroat, brown, and rainbow trout biting year-round. These home waters offer 20-miles of access. Other great fisheries close by include Bear Creek, near the historic town of Morrison offering beautiful scenery and a stream and Blue River in Summit County. Blue River is where the colossal fish hide with reported catches of 25-inchers in this river. There’s also potential for a Grand Slam--rainbow, brown, brook, and cutthroat. Within a 2.5 hour drive, South Park offers a variety of fishing including deep, cut banks, tailwater, and inlet fishing for spawning trout and the occasional salmon. North Fork of the Platte in Pike National Forest has rainbows and browns coupled by exceptional forest views.

Recreational Considerations

Golden is perhaps the gateway to experiencing “where the west lives.” With renowned trout and salmon fishing, mountain getaways in Golden Gate Canyon State Park, and the ability to explore the forested wildlife of your own secluded 812± acre parcel, nothing compares to El Dorado Preserve. 

If it is year-round recreation you’re after, there is no better place than the Rocky Mountains. Numerous peaks soar above 14,000 feet, met by aspens and evergreen, racing streams, crystal blue rivers, and wildlife. From fly-fishing and summer hiking, to mountain biking, and white water rafting, to winter skiing and snowboarding through deep powder snow, there is no shortage of ways to embrace nature. 

A total of eight ski resorts can be reached within a 35 to 75-minute drive, including Echo Mountain, Eldora, Loveland, Breckenridge, Keystone, Copper Mountain, Winter Park and Vail. These resorts offer some of the best skiing conditions and terrain in the world. 

There are 21 picturesque golf courses in Jefferson County including Fossil Trace, a premier public golf course designed by notable golf course architect Jim Engh. The Foothills Golf Course, named “Most Family Friendly Golf Course” in Colorado by Avid Golfer Magazine offers 36-holes of championship golf. 

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