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
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 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.
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.
Acreage (Deeded & Leased)
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.
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.
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.
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