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Marietta Creek Ranch

$8,500,000 Hot Sulphur Springs, CO 1,512± Deeded Acres

Executive Summary

Encompassing a diverse mountain landscape flanking the Colorado River, this scenic 1,512± ranch offers outstanding hunting and fishing in a secluded setting, complemented by a comfortable five-bedroom log and stone home with two guest cabins, and convenient location only 40 minutes from Winter Park and two hours from Denver. Marietta Creek Ranch benefits from a private end-of-the-road locale that is surrounded on three sides by over 3,300 acres of BLM with limited public access. Larger blocks of BLM and Arapaho National Forest are within a mile of the ranch to the north and south. Despite its seclusion, however, the ranch is definitely not remote. Situated in Grand County between Granby and Hot Sulphur Springs, services, and supplies such as groceries and fuel are within 10 minutes of the property. Kremmling and its jet-capable airport are only 20 minutes away. Some of Colorado’s best skiing and mountain resorts are close by as well - Winter Park Resort and Grand Lake are only 40± minutes, and the Steamboat and Summit County ski resorts are less than 90 minutes. Denver and Denver International Airport are less than two hours.

Marietta Creek Ranch features a diverse mountain landscape with prime habitat for mule deer, elk, moose, black bear, and bald eagles. From the banks of the Colorado River at just under 7,800 feet in elevation, the ranch rises up over 1,400 feet to 9,200 feet at the highest elevation. Varied vegetation consisting of aspen groves, mixed conifers, willowed creek bottoms with beaver ponds, and sage hillsides results in excellent wildlife habitat that attracts game from surrounding public lands. Marietta Creek drains the upper half of the ranch, creating a large basin with plenty of water and the perfect combination of timbered north-facing bedding slopes and open south-facing feeding zones. A ridgeline in the center of the ranch is strategically located to create a number of great glassing points that can be accessed without detection. The Middle Park area surrounding the ranch is known for quality mule deer and elk, and the ranch benefits from herd migrations out of higher elevation public lands in the fall. Marietta Creek Ranch is located in Game Management Unit 28, which offers over-the-counter tags for elk during archery and two of the four rifle seasons. For mule deer, the ranch qualifies for two landowner applications to improve the odds of drawing tags. An extensive network of interior ranch roads makes it easy to drive a vehicle to access every part of the property.

The northeast corner of the ranch fortuitously crosses over the Colorado River, adding a coveted stretch of river with outstanding fishing for brown and rainbow trout. This private section features a broad riffle that flows into a deep hole, loaded with fish. This is not just an average stretch of the Colorado River, as it is one of only a handful officially designated as “Gold Medal” by Colorado Parks and Wildlife, as the highest quality trout fisheries in the entire state, determined by surveys of both fish quantity and quality. There is plenty of fishing for a half-day or more of bent rods right on the property, plus there are several additional Colorado River fishing access points nearby.

The owner’s home is perfectly sited to take advantage of scenic views of the high peaks of the Continental Divide in nearby Rocky Mountain National Park. This comfortable 5,615± square foot log and stone home has five bedrooms with four baths and two fireplaces. A large great room, dining, and kitchen areas are well suited for entertaining. The home features a heated three-car garage, and there is also a Quonset shop and storage building. In addition to the guest rooms in the main house, there are two rustic guest cabins for additional accommodations.

Just the Facts

  • 1,512± deeded acres
  • Bordering over 3,300 acres of BLM with limited public access
  • Diverse mountain landscape with excellent wildlife habitat
  • Heart of elk and deer migration corridor
  • Prime stretch of Colorado River with “Gold Medal” trout fishing
  • Five-Bedroom log and stone home with big peak views
  • Secluded but convenient location

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