Highlighted by a scenic setting beneath the highest peaks of the Flat Tops Mountains, this historic ranch has been owned by the same family since it was originally homesteaded. The 800± acre mountain retreat encompasses the headwaters of Cedar Creek and is marked by numerous aspen groves, irrigated meadows, sage pasture, springs and ponds. The ranch features back-door access into the adjacent White River National Forest and the Flat Tops Wilderness Area. This location and habitat make it an excellent wildlife property for elk, mule deer and pronghorn antelope. Modest improvements in the form of several rustic cabins and a barn are nestled into an aspen forest at the headquarters. The property is located between Steamboat Springs and the Vail Valley in an area known as Sunnyside, aptly named for its location on the south slope of the divide that runs between King Mountain and Dome Peak. From the Eagle County Regional Airport, the ranch is approximately 42 miles north via the Colorado River Road.
Just the Facts
- 800± acre historic mountain cattle and big game hunting ranch
- Available for the first time since being homesteaded
- Aspen groves, irrigated meadows, sage pasture, springs and ponds
- Back-door access to adjacent White River National Forest and nearby Flat Tops Wilderness Area
- Tremendous mountain vistas from the base of Dome Peak
- Abundant populations of elk and mule deer as well as seasonal pronghorn
- Modest improvements utilized for hunting operations and ranching
- Located between Steamboat Springs and Vail Valley
- 42 miles north of Eagle County Regional Airport via Colorado River Road
The ranch is comprised of stands of aspen, sagebrush, a willow-lined creek bottom with irrigated hay meadow, and intermittent stands of evergreen timber. Two ponds in the northern half of the property complement a series of small, seasonal creeks that flow through the property. The cabins are sited in a stand of aspen to the east of the property at an elevation of 9,000 feet. Elevations range from 9,000 feet at the cabins and along the creek bottom to over 9,500 feet along the national forest boundary to the north. The national forest can be accessed by foot or horseback directly from the property.
Located in southern Routt County, the property is ideally sited between Steamboat Springs and the Vail Valley. Steamboat, a 4-season resort town and recreational mecca, is 48 miles to the north. The I-70 corridor is a 33.5-mile drive on gravel roads to the south and west of the ranch. Beaver Creek is 54 miles to the southeast and the distance to Vail is 64 miles – also to the southeast. The Colorado River, popular with anglers and rafters, is 10 miles to the south. The ranch is accessed from the north and south by gravel county roads that provide seasonal access.
The Sunnyside area is typical of Colorado’s mountain climate in that it exhibits warm sunny days with low humidity and cool nights in the summer with snow accumulation in the winter months. Because of its south-facing orientation, Sunnyside typically experiences milder winter conditions and an earlier start to spring relative to other areas located at similar elevations. Average summertime temperatures reach into the high 70’s with lows in the 40’s. Winter temperatures range from the teens during the night into the 30’s during the day.
Acreage (Deeded & Leased)
Deeded Acres: 800±
Total Acres: 800±
Lowest Elevation: 8,920
Highest Elevation: 9,530
8.0 cfs Cabin Creek Basin Ditch
5.4 cfs Dome Ranch Ditch
The ranch is located between the resort communities of Vail, Beaver Creek and Steamboat Springs, and just a few miles above the Colorado River. The combination of activities available on the ranch, nearby resort communities, and neighboring public lands of the BLM, White River National Forest, and Flat Tops Wilderness provide unlimited recreational opportunities.
Big game hunting has always played an important role in the ranch’s operations. Commercial outfitting is no longer conducted on the property; however, ownership provides hunting access and lodging to hunters on a trespass fee basis. Most of the Owen-Skiles Sunnyside Ranch’s hunters are repeat customers.
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