Rust Ranch

$6,300,000 Julesburg, CO 6,059± Deeded Acres

Executive Summary

The Rust Ranch is a well blocked ranch located in the northeast corner of Colorado in Sedgwick County near Julesburg. This 8,110± acre hard grass ranch lies on the south banks of the South Platte River. Outstanding improvements, lush grass and hay, plus pivot irrigated and sub-irrigated crop makes this an outstanding ranch opportunity.

Just the Facts

  • 8,110± total acres - 6,059± deeded and 2,051± State Lease
  • All contiguous acreage
  • Property borders both sides of I-76
  • Corn and hay production and livestock operation
  • 120± sprinkler irrigated acres
  • 280± acres sub-irrigated meadows
  • 8-10 solar wells plus windmills and underground pipeline
  • Ranch style owner residence with 2,327 sq.ft. main level and 3,427 sq.ft. lower level
  • Two bunk houses
  • Background lot
  • Boarders the South Platte River on the north
  • Abundant upland birds and waterfowl

General Description

The Rust Ranch is easily accessed from I-76 to a nearly private County Road #28. The northern boundary joins the South Platte River with protection from the river for livestock, a beautiful view and good access to the river. Access to the large pasture located south of the improvements is available both from the main headquarters utilizing under passes (concrete tunnels) under I-76 as well as the county gravel road which is also available to the southeast corner of the property. Most all improvements are located on the north side of the county road including the two center pivots. The ranch is approximately four miles from north to south and four miles east to west. The ranch is all contiguous.

The primary crops for the irrigated cropland are corn and hay. Wheat, millet, dryland corn and sunflowers are primarily grown on dryland in this area. Water is plentiful in this area both for irrigation and domestic use. Livestock water is provided by four solar wells, five windmills, live water and underground pipeline. Irrigated acres from two wiper pivots total 120±. Water is supplied to the pivots from pumping the South Platte River. Both pivots are electric, one an eight tower the other is six towers. There are approximately 280 acres sub-irrigated meadows.Ogallala Livestock Market is located in Ogallala and has a very good reputation for selling large numbers of cattle from the area.

Broker's Comments

The Rust Ranch is a diverse property that lies in a reputation area for both crop production and livestock grazing. The livestock operation can be expanded to utilize crop residues and by-products. Management can take advantage of the current operating scenario or change to a method that more identifies with their operation. The ranch can easily run a large number of commercial cattle and is equipped to handle a purebred operation or can easily convert to an all yearling ranch.

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The Rust Ranch is located just west of the county seat of Julesburg on County Gravel Road #28. The ranch is split by I-76 with the majority of the grass on the south side of the interstate. Julesburg, located on I-76, supports a hospital, many commercial amenities, airport and an easy drive to Denver just over two hours away.


Julesburg, located just north of the South Platte River and Sedgwick County, is joined by Nebraska to the east. Ogallala, NE is thirty miles to the east on I-76 then I-80 and Denver is west on I-76. Sedgwick County is diversified with level to gently sloping terrain in the farming areas and rough terrain in the grassland areas. Most of Sedgwick County has access to the Ogallala aquifer.


Climatology maps reflect from 16 to 18 inches and a growing season of 145 days.

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Acreage (Deeded & Leased)

Sprinkler irrigated cropland: 120± acres

Sub-irrigated meadow pasture: 280± acres

Dry pasture, building sites, roads & waste: 5,459± acres

State lease dry pasture (#44202:)  1,731± acres

Dry crop: 200± acres

Dry pasture state lease (#46838): 320± acres

Deeded Acres: 6,059±
State Leased Acres: 2,051±
Total Leased Acres: 2,051±
Total Acres: 8,110±


Both the main dwelling at the east end of the improvements and the agricultural facilities at the west end are located along County Gravel Road #28. All facilities and improvements have been well- maintained. The older buildings have had all metal roofs installed and new paint on all buildings. The two sets of improvements are approximately one mile apart.

West livestock facilities:

  • 1,095 square foot house, poor condition, built in 1914
  • 42’X42’ livestock barn
  • 60’X40’ shop/garage w/overhead door
  • 40’X44’ storage building
  • 2 bunk houses
  • Calving sheds
  • Concrete feed bunks w/pipe/concrete
  • aprons and rod fencing (1,400± feet )
  • Hydraulic chute & working facilities
  • The main bunk house and second bunk house are used during calving as well as the vet room

East improvement:

Owner’s home is a ranch style 2,327 sf home on the main floor with 3,427 sf on the lower walk out level The home includes five bedrooms, five bathrooms, three fireplaces, 1,100 sf indoor swimming pool, hot tub and sauna room and a two-car garage. This dwelling was built in 1974.

Mineral Rights

Any and all Seller owned mineral rights appurtenant to the property are included in the sale.


Annual taxes are approximately $8,385.00.

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Wildlife Resources

The area is well known for the hunting, including goose and ducks, deer and upland game birds. However, the Division of Wildlife owns a majority of the hunting rights along the river which restricts goose hunting on the ranch.

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Leases and Permits

About 2,051± acres of additional land leased from the State of Colorado will pass with lease assignments. These leases include: Colorado State Leases #44202 & #46838.

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