Rabbit Mountain - Vacant Land

$2,300,000 Longmont, CO 119± Deeded Acres

Executive Summary

Rabbit Mountain - Vacant Land presents an opportunity to acquire a property to build a private residence or develop into smaller parcels. Contiguous to Rabbit Mountain Open Space, this 119± acre parcel of land is a rarity in today’s market. Direct access off Highway 66 and year-round County Road 64, the property is easily accessible and well located between Boulder, Longmont, Lyons, and Estes Park.

Just the Facts

• Acreage: 119± acres

• Elevation: 5,071 feet above sea level

• Zoning: Agricultural

• Mineral Rights: Seller's ownership of surface and sub-surface minerals is included in the sale

• Fertile soils

• Irrigation waterways

• Water rights

• Three potential building sites

• Adjacent to Rabbit Mountain Open Space

General Description

This property presents a blank canvas to build a dream home in a very private location or is suitable for development into smaller parcels. There are several home sites offering small hills that rise in elevation to capture increased viewsheds. The property offers immediate access to several hundred acres of adjacent public land, Rabbit Mountain Open Space. Water rights, one well, loafing sheds, pipe fencing, and corrals are the only improvements made to the property.

Broker's Comments

A rare opportunity to acquire a premier parcel of vacant land, bordering the 2,700 acre Rabbit Mountain Open Space. Exceptionally well located minutes east of Lyons, and in close proximity to Boulder, Longmont, Lyons, and Rocky Mountain National Park. Spreading across 114 acres, the land is not encumbered with a conservation easement and may be developed into smaller parcels and/or placed into a conservation easement. Additionally, several sites on the property commanding incredible views of the mountains to the west are suitable to build a new private residence. Direct access off Highway 66 and year around county road 64, the property is easily accessible. Offering water rights, two heavily lined irrigation canals with old growth cottonwood trees, irrigated land, miles of pipe fencing, small corrals, and loafing sheds; Rocking R - Vacant Land presents a highly unique opportunity to purchase a property with future upside.

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Just 25 minutes north of the city of Boulder, the Rocking R - Vacant Land lies between Highway 66 and the Rabbit Mountain Open Space with its hundreds of acres of protected lands and miles of hiking and riding trails. Located about 12 miles west of Interstate 25, the ranch is easily accessible year round. Less than ten minutes from the shopping, schools, hospitals and restaurants of Longmont and just five minutes from the quaint stores and restaurants of Lyons, Rocking R – Vacant Land is convenient to all the amenities of the city and still very much in the country, surrounded by farms and ranches, and contiguous to Rabbit Mountain Open Space. Estes Park and the entrance to Rocky Mountain National Park are just a half-hour's drive from the ranch.  Boulder County has two municipal airports, including the Lance Brand Municipal Airport near Longmont. The Denver International Airport is about 60 miles from the ranch via I-25 and the E-470 Tollway. Denver itself is equally close, with driving time less than an hour.


In northern Boulder County, the undulating grasslands of the Great Plains roll to a stop against the Front Range of the Rocky Mountains. The branches of the St. Vrain River converge and flow through the canyon, traveling south and east from the mountains, carrying pure snow melt and healthy trout. The soil is rich, the cottonwoods large and the wild grasses a dozen different hues. In the distance, Longs Peak juts above the purple frill of lower mountains to punctuate the western sky. Here, at 5,017 feet above sea level, the mysteries of the prairie meet the majesty of the mountains, and the wondrous natures of two very different worlds combine in a mix that is both exotic and familiar. Here, you will find The Rocking R Ranch, a property that, like its surroundings, is complex, nuanced and sublime.


Boulder County enjoys some of Colorado's most inviting weather with an average of 245 sunny days a year and year-round low humidity. The average high temperature in July, the hottest month, is 86 degrees while the January average low is 17 degrees. Though nighttime temperatures can dip below zero in winter, extended periods of extreme cold are not common. The area receives about 18 inches of rainfall and 77 inches of snow a year. Unlike the higher elevations, the snow rarely accumulates to significant depths.

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Acreage (Deeded & Leased)

Deeded Acres: 119±
Total Leased Acres:
Total Acres: 119±

Additional Information

Online Resources

Boulder County Open Space

Boulder County

Boulder County Weather

Boulder County Municipal Airport

Boulder Daily Camera

Boulder Valley School District

Rocky Mountain Metropolitan Airport

Boulder County Horse Association

Town of Lyons

City of Longmont

Rocky Mountain National Park

Eldora Mountain Resort

Acreage:  119± acres, includes 9± acres of irrigated land
Elevation:  5,071 feet above sea level.
Zoning:  Agricultural
Mineral Rights: Seller's ownership of surface and sub-surface minerals is included in the sale
Hay production
Fertile soils
Irrigation waterways
Water rights
Three potential building sites
Longs Peak Water District  to supply water tap for any development
Adjacent to Rabbit Mountain Open Space
Accessible from Highway 66
4 miles east of Lyons
16 miles north of Boulder
Agricultural buildings
- Loafing sheds
- Pens / Corrals
Electricity: City of Longmont
Natural Gas: Xcel Energy
Domestic water: Well for livestock use
Public water: Longs Peak Water District
Schools: Longmont, St. Vrain School District
Commercial aviation: Denver International Airport, 58 miles southeast of the ranch.
General aviation: Vance Brand Airport, Longmont
Rocky Mountain Metropolitan Airport, Broomfield (Denver)
Fort Collins/Loveland Municipal Airport
Boulder Municipal Airport

 * Some of the outstanding photography was provided by Mark Quentin /  (Contact information is available upon request.)

Water Resources

With its secure water rights, the Rocking R - Vacant Land has an abundance of water rarely found on property on the northeastern plains of Colorado. Too pretty to be called ditches, an irrigation waterway course through the property, it's high banks are lined by mature cottonwoods and willows. The waterway run full from April through October, delivering ample water for sub-irrigation and sprinkler systems. The ranch also has one well that provide water for horses and cattle year round. 

Water Rights

  • 0.5 shares of Supply Ditch
  • 3 shares of Northern Colorado water

*Additional shares of Northern Colorado water could be purchased separately.

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Recreational Considerations

It's no accident that Boulder and Longmont regularly make the lists of the most livable and healthiest cities in the United States. The weather is terrific, the outdoor activities are endless, locally sourced organic foods are plentiful, and culture, art and music abound. Having the spectacular Rocky Mountain National Park just up the road doesn't hurt either.
Home to the University of Colorado, which boasts five Nobel laureates and numerous nationally recognized academic departments, Boulder has been a magnet for learners, seekers, artists, musicians and entrepreneurs for more than a century.  With a population of about 100,000 people, the city has the feel of a small town and the amenities and sophistication of a larger city. Scientific and spiritual organizations co-exist in an atmosphere of tolerance and open-minded learning. Naropa University, a secular Buddhist-oriented school founded by Allen Ginsberg and Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche, is here. So are the National Institutes of Standards, home to the atomic clock, and the Technology and the National Center for Atmospheric Research.
The spectacular Flatirons, mountainous rock formations of conglomerate sandstone, frame Boulder's western edge, beckoning outdoor enthusiasts. The region is rich with hiking, mountain biking and horse trails, as well as sporting activities of every kind. The Pearl Street Mall, a pedestrian avenue of shops and restaurants, pulses with activity throughout the seasons. And perhaps no city in America has more places that sell healthful, organic food and homeopathic remedies.
Over the years, Boulder has been named "best running city;" "thinnest city;" "No. 1 green & clean city;" a Seventeen magazine "Top 10 place for teens;" a Redbook "top ten great cities for working mothers;" a Men's Journal "best overall" city;" and one of Outside magazines "Best Outside Towns."
Lyons - Gateway to the Rockies
Rivers and roadways converge in historic Lyons, the self-named "Double Gateway to the Rockies."  More than just a quaint town en route to Estes Park and the Rocky Mountain National Park, Lyons is a charming and vibrant village with health food stores, homeopathic medicine shops, artists and live music performances. The town's historic district boasts 15 original sandstone buildings, built with rock quarried from the area. The North and South St. Vrain Creeks come together to form the St. Vrain River, a superb stream for fly-fishing, rafting and tubing.  St. Vrain Canyon and Button Rock attract rock climbers of all levels, while some of the best mountain-biking trails on the Front Range are here, as well. Free live music is a way of life in Lyons where impromptu fiddle sessions are legendary and the annual Planet Bluegrass Musical Festival is a down-home, good time for music lovers of all stripes.
Longmont is the practical sister to Boulder's New Age maven and Lyon's arty charmer, but the town is no less loved by its residents, outdoor enthusiasts and business developers.  With a population of about 86,000 people, Longmont has grown from an agricultural community to a hub of modern technology with Seagate, DigitalGlobe, Amgen and General Electric's energy control solutions business. A Federal Aviation Administration complex also is located here. The town has comprehensive shopping, good public schools and convenient health care.
Estes Park
The town of Estes Park, nestled at the eastern edge of Rocky Mountain National Park, is one of Colorado's most popular summer tourist destinations. With 6,000 permanent residents, Estes Park has a thriving art and music scene and stellar restaurants. The luxurious Stanley Hotel, a 1909 Edwardian retreat made famous (or infamous) by Stephen King's The Shining, attracts guests from around the world.
Rocky Mountain National Park
The eastern entrance to Rocky Mountain National Park is about a half-hour drive from the Rocking R Ranch. Inarguably one of the nation's most spectacular preserved wildernesses, Rocky Mountain National Park encompasses 415 square miles of jagged peaks, alpine meadows, pristine mountain lakes, rivers, streams and abundant wildlife. Trail Ridge Road, which crosses the park, is the highest continuous vehicular road in the United States, running for more than eight miles at 11,000 feet above sea level and peaking at an exhilarating 12,183 feet. The park abounds with wildlife and has numerous campsites and backcountry trails.
Eldora Mountain Resort
"Friends don't let friends drive I-70," or so they say at Eldora Mountain Resort. Just 21 miles west of Boulder in the foothills near Nederland, Eldora Mountain Resort offers great skiing without the hassles of Interstate 70 traffic. The base area is 9,200 feet above sea level with the peak elevation at 10,800 feet above sea level. The resort receives an average of 300 inches of snow a year and also has one of Colorado's best snowmaking systems. Its famously groomed runs range in difficulty from beginner slopes to double black diamond trails.

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General Operations

Development Options

The property has no conservation easement and may be immediately subdivided into three additional 35-acre parcels. Several sites on the property are suitable for a new owner's home.

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