This recreational and hay production gem is located just outside the quaint mountain town of Collbran, Colorado. Bordering 12,000± acres of public lands, the Hawxhurst Ranch consists of 3,166± deeded acres including a 120± acre BLM inholding. Hawxhurst Creek and Buzzard Creek both meander through the property. The varied topography consists of tree-covered hills, lush hay meadows, and wooded draws. The habitat is perfect to draw in and hold varying big game species such as elk, mule deer, turkey, moose, mountain lion and black bear. Water rights are significant and ample for production. Approximately 600 acres of irrigated hay meadows produce about 450 tons of hay annually. The main improvements on the ranch include a main lodge and guest house, and a pond perfect for stocking your own private fishery! In addition, there are three other homes on the property for a ranch manager as well as rental properties, numerous agricultural outbuildings and a few historic buildings. The property is easily accessed only a couple of miles northeast from town on Buzzard Creek Road. The ranch is approximately 30 minutes from the Powderhorn Mountain Resort, 45 miles to the airport in Grand Junction, and an hour and a half to Glenwood Springs.
Just the Facts
- 3,166± acres of varying topography
- Elevations range from 6,100 feet to 7,600 feet against the BLM
- Prime big game habitat and food sources
- Over the counter elk unit and preference point deer unit
- 600± acres of side-roll and flood irrigated hay meadows
- Income from hunting opportunity, rental house and hay production
- Conservation Easement on 1,675 acres which allows ranching and recreation
- Mineral Rights are being retained by the seller
The Hawxhurst Ranch has the feel of a great Colorado hunting property with two separate parcels in terms of geographic separation. The main ranch has several sets of improvements for an owner, guests, ranch managers and rental properties. The acreage is easily accessed only a couple of miles northeast of Collbran. The terrain varies from gently sloping irrigated meadows and pastures to steep, rocky, mountain bluffs to the east. Pinon, large cottonwood and cedar trees are interspersed throughout the property. Current ownership irrigates about 600 acres of the ranch. Irrigated land is harvested as a mix of native grass and alfalfa hay. The ranch averages about 450 tons of hay production annually.
Hawxhurst Creek and Buzzard Creek run across the property. These attractive water features are fed by mountain springs, lakes and reservoirs from higher elevations. An irrigation reservoir, with potential for fishing, (the McCurry Reservoir) is located north of the ranch on national forest lands.
Located at the end of a county road and nearly surrounded by public lands provides privacy and seclusion for the ranch along with great panoramic views of valleys and mountains. The ranch is bordered by 12,000± acres of public land and includes a 120± acre BLM inholding that would be the ideal location for an additional hunting camp!
The Hawxhurst Ranch is one of the most scenic ranches currently available on the Western Slope of Colorado. The property is well improved and has excellent water rights. Much of the property is protected with conservation easements to ensure this large tract of land will remain undeveloped and will continue as an operating ranch for future generations. While the property is currently utilized for hay production and hunting, it also would make an excellent equestrian facility, or cattle ranch.
Learn about the locale
The Hawxhurst Ranch is located in the center of a region commonly referred to as the western slope of Colorado, just north of Collbran and 45 miles east of Grand Junction, Colorado. The property is situated in prime western ranch country, on the north side of scenic Grand Mesa. Grand Mesa has long been considered one of the most attractive recreation areas in the state.
The property can be accessed from Grand Junction by traveling east on Interestate-70 to the Grand Mesa exit (US Hwy 65) then proceeding east 21 miles on paved highway US 65 and US 330 to the small community of Collbran. The property is just a few minutes northeast of Collbran on county maintained roads.
Regular commercial air service is available at Grand Junction. The airport can also accommodate all types of private aircraft. The ranch is about a 45 minute drive from the airport.
The town of Collbran serves as one of the northern entrances to Grand Mesa National Forest, and is the gateway to Vega Reservoir State Recreation area to the east. Grand Mesa, a recreational paradise is one of the largest flat topped mountains in the world and covers 360,960 acres. Numerous streams and creeks support nearly 300 lakes and reservoirs. Roads over the Mesa are designated as Scenic Byways. Recreational activities such as hunting, fishing, biking, skiing, snowmobiling, and sightseeing abound in the area. Powderhorn Ski Area is located 20 miles southwest of the Hawxhurst Ranch.
Grand Mesa National Forest corners the ranch on the southeast. Grand Mesa National Forest contains over 360,000 acres and is adjacent to the Gunnison National Forest and White River National Forest. Literally millions of acres of public land are accessible from the Hawxhurst Ranch. The renowned resort community of Aspen is located just sixty miles directly east of the ranch. Vehicle travel to Aspen and Vail is about one and one half hours east on good year-round roads. Telluride is just over two hours to the south.
Neighboring properties consist of small to medium sized ranches used for elk, cattle, and hay production. As one enters the Plateau Valley, you get a sense of stepping back in time 40 years. Agriculture, hunting and fishing have been the primary vocation and recreation base in the community since the valley was settled over 100 years ago. Recent updating has occurred in the town of Collbran with improvements to the streets, new town shops, and a new City Hall. A recently constructed walk/bike trail winding over 20 miles along Plateau Creek and running through town introduces residents and visitors to the beauty of the area. Plateau Valley School grades K-12, located just west of Collbran, serves the entire community. Health care is nearby at Plateau Valley Clinic, providing general medical care as well as 24 hour emergency service.
Climate in this area is outstanding with warm summer days followed by cool evenings. Winter climate is quite temperate for a mountain location. Elevation for the property is 6,200 feet to 7,800 feet, allowing year-round use. Annual precipitation is estimated at 12 to 18 inches. While winter snow is common, the lower elevations of the ranch are typically snow covered for relatively short periods during the winter months. The surrounding higher elevations often exhibit several months of snow cover providing views of snow capped peaks from the property. Growing season averages an estimated 140 days at the lower elevations.
Learn more about the property
Acreage (Deeded & Leased)
Deeded Acres: 3,166±
Total Acres: 3,166±
Hawxhurst Ranch has been protected by two separate conservation easements. The easements are all granted to Colorado Parks and Wildlife. In general, the easements allow continued agricultural and recreational uses of the property. The principal restrictions are subdivision, additional buildings, signs and billboards, surface mining, new utility lines, new roads, use for retail, commercial or industrial activity, and disposal of hazardous materials.
There are two additional predefined five acre building sites that are not encumbered. The owner is also allowed to build a new residential building as well as make additions and improvements to existing ranch buildings on the easement property. A complete copy of the easements are available for inspection upon request to qualified buyers.
Hawxhurst Ranch is well improved with comfortable quarters for owner and guests as well as a number of buildings suitable for ranch use. The primary improvements are located on the southeast part of the ranch. Other improvements are located throughout the ranch.
The main improvements contain a log lodge with 3,164± square feet. The lodge is a modern home on a landscaped lot with lawn and underground sprinkler system. The north part of the house is occupied by mostly open living space with four separate sitting areas. The kitchen and dining room are also open to this area. Two bedrooms served by two full baths and a utility room are down the hall. At the south end of the home is the master suite which also contains a large bathroom, walk in closets, private sitting room and office. A separate outside entrance at this point in the house provides access to one of the decks.
Many built in features, including a large rock fireplace and wood burning stove, forced air and electric baseboard heat make this a very comfortable home.
There is also a log guest house that is 2,390± square feet. It is a three bedroom with three and one half baths. This home is separated from the main owner’s compound for a bit more privacy. The manager’s house is 2,904± square feet with three bedrooms and two and one half baths. The manager’s house is on Black Hills Energy and the main house and guest house could also be placed on Black Hills Energy.
There are two other homes on the ranch that are currently used as rental properties. One of the homes is 1,344± square feet with four bedrooms and two baths. The other home is 1,623± square feet with three bedrooms and one bath.
Agricultural outbuildings consist of a 1,400± square feet shop/storage building, a barn with 2,592± square feet and a 5,080± square foot horse barn.
Hawxhurst ranch has an abundance of pre-1922 Colorado River compact water resources. These are utilized primarily for irrigation on the ranch meadows and pastures. Ranch water rights are considered to be far better than typical for the area. A complete list of water rights is available upon request from Hall and Hall.
Briefly, irrigation water is provided by a number of adjudicated rights from creeks flowing through the ranch. Water is typically diverted from the creeks and distributed throughout the ranch by an extensive system of ditches. The ranch has a number of storage reservoirs which insures adequate water supplies throughout the irrigation season. These reservoirs include the McCurry reservoir located at higher elevations within the National Forest.
Livestock water is well distributed through the ranch. Sources include the creeks, ditches and reservoirs mentioned above. A number of springs and small ponds are scattered about the property, used by livestock which also attract a variety of wildlife.
Domestic water to the main improvements and barn is provided by domestic wells.
All mineral rights are severed from the subject property and as such will not transfer with the sale of the ranch. There are currently producing gas pads with seven active gas wells on the property. The wells are camouflaged and do not present any significant detraction either visually or operationally to the ranch. Seller has an innovative master surface use agreement. This agreement gives the surface owner a good deal of protection in the event of future production. A copy of this agreement is available for interested parties.
Learn about the recreational amenities
One of the most significant legacies in the Grand Mesa and Collbran area is the abundance of big game and other wildlife. Elk and deer are year round residents on the property, and it serves as a refuge for wild turkey, geese and ducks. It is not uncommon to see herds of elk grazing on the meadows in the early morning dawn. Eagles, hawks, as well as mountain lion, coyote and an occasional black bear can also be observed. Trout fishing could be further developed in McCurry Reservoir, the Hawxhurst pond and there are abundant nearby lakes and streams on Grand Mesa.
Learn about the general operations
In recent history the ranch has been used primarily for hay production and recreational purposes. The property averages 450 tons of hay annually. The owner does not run any cattle on the property currently. The ranch could certainly be used to run cattle. Capacity on the ranch would be highly dependent on management style and preference. A new owner should independently evaluate ranch capacity to suit their own management style. The owner has run the ranch with one full time ranch manager. Some additional labor may be required during irrigating and haying season.
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