Though the ranch feels secluded, it’s easily accessed year-round from I-70 by well-maintained county roads. It’s an easy 45-minute drive into Eagle or Glenwood Springs for goods and groceries, a little over an hour to Beaver Creek and Vail, and less than two hours to Aspen. Glenwood Springs features a new state-of-the-art hospital, Eagle a large health clinic and the Eagle County Regional Airport, with non-stop jet service to many cities in the winter and year-round daily service to Denver. Even driving to downtown Denver is an easy 2.5 hour day trip from the ranch.
The L Quarter Circle Ranch is surrounded by public lands or fellow ranchers, protecting its stunning mountain viewshed. It sits just south of Sweetwater Lake and at the base of the Flat Tops Wilderness Area, Colorado’s second largest expanse of open wilderness.
L Quarter Circle is a uniquely remote and thriving parcel tucked beneath the stunning Flat Tops Wilderness Area within the Sweetwater Creek region of Garfield County, Colorado. Surrounded by other working ranches and protected forestlands, the ranch is part of a tight-knit community that celebrates the secluded and quiet origins of ranching life in Colorado and still gathers in the old Sweetwater schoolhouse for holiday parties and potlucks. The Sweetwater area is known for all the best hiking, fishing, hunting, and outdoor recreation that Colorado mountain life has to offer.
The ranch is easily accessed year-round from I-70 up the well-maintained Colorado River Road and Sweetwater Road. Its location offers an authentic rural lifestyle within an easy drive to all the benefits of world-class destinations in nearby Beaver Creek, Vail and Aspen.
Vail and Roaring Fork Valleys
An hour and 20 minutes east of the ranch, Vail is known for having one of the best alpine resorts on one of the largest ski mountains in the world, boasting 5,289 skiable acres. The town was founded as a ski resort and has grown a thriving community around iconic cobblestone villages known for events, live music, and festivals, as well as world-class dining, lodging, and shopping. The neighboring Beaver Creek community also features a luxury ski resort and alpine village known for hosting premier ski events. Aspen, one of the first and most prestigious ski resorts in the Rocky Mountains, is an hour and 45 minutes south of the L Quarter Circle.
Just a 45-minute trip southwest, Glenwood Springs is best known for its historic thermal spring, considered the world’s largest mineral hot springs pool and one of the hottest in Colorado. Visitors enjoy the Hot Springs Resort for its spa and lodge, as well as taking in the healing natural waters. The national natural landmark, Hanging Lake, is a rare geological wonder located in Glenwood Canyon. Backcountry hikers consider it a destination for its incredible scenery and waterfalls.
White River National Forest
The White River National Forest borders the ranch to the north and preserves abundant wildlife, an incredible viewshed, 160 miles of trails, over 100 miles of streams, and hundreds of lakes and ponds. It’s home to the steep volcanic Flat Tops, also known as the “Cradle of Wilderness,” that rise dramatically above the ranch to the north. The Flat Tops Wilderness area is the first public land to be designated as such, and is among Colorado’s largest wilderness reserves with a varied topography ranging from bluffs and cliffs to tundra and plateaus. A little more than a mile up the road from the ranch, Sweetwater Lake is considered a regional treasure. It’s one of the largest lakes in Colorado with clear mountain water surrounded by rocky bluffs. The area just came under public ownership for preservation of its abundant wildlife and water resources, as well as increased access for community use.
The L Quarter Circle Ranch enjoys true Colorado seasons as well as its famous year-round sunshine. Winters are snowy and quiet with plenty of snowfall on the hillsides for snowshoeing along the ranch’s miles of private trails. In the summertime the valley turns green and vibrant with thick native grasses that flow in the breeze like a sea of undulating green. The autumn season is the most spectacular as the aspen trees cascade into waterfalls of yellow and orange down the hillside toward the residences and barns. The area sees around 15 inches of rain and 47 inches of snow a year. Summers see a high of about 84 degrees with winter lows around 11 degrees. The property ascends into hills on all sides, ranging from 7,500 feet to 8,200+ with about an 800 foot gain from the valley floor up the hill south of the residences.