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Saddlehorn Ranch

$5,166,000 La Veta, CO 2,520± Deeded Acres

Executive Summary

The Saddlehorn ranch is located four miles west of La Veta, an hour south of Pueblo and Pueblo Memorial Airport and a three-and-a-half-hour drive from Denver, CO. Of the 2,520± deeded acres, approximately two thirds of the ranch is rugged mountain terrain, complemented by massive rock outcroppings, steep hillsides, and numerous drainages that transition into lower valleys. The eastern one third of the ranch is mild topography featuring a gentle rolling gradient interspersed with gamble oak, an abundance of grassland, and open meadows. Adjacent to the San Isabel National Forest and BLM land, and within a short drive of the Spanish Peaks Wilderness Area, the property is a natural fit for migrating and abundant big game and small animal species. Minimally improved, there is a current manager’s residence and operational corrals. Additionally, there are numerous building sites to choose from when studying a desirable location for a primary residence. The views from nearly anywhere on the ranch are exceptional and include the mighty Spanish Peaks, Silver Mountain, Mount Mestas, Rough Mountain, and the infamous Sangre de Cristos. After the unfortunate 2018 Spring Creek fire, roughly 75% to 80% of the ranch was damaged. The owner took immediate action and has invested over $600,000 in complete mitigation efforts to manage the damage via aerial seeding, mulching, removal of timber, planting grasses, repairing roads and waterways, while also constructing new roads. The regrowth is tremendous and there is still ample amounts of heavy timber in various areas throughout the ranch. We have put together a pricing model reflective of the diminution of the fire and well below a retail per acre value. The buyer for this ranch must be willing to take a long term perspective while regrowth takes place. This presents an opportunity to acquire an extraordinary recreational property with a significantly less barrier to entry in terms of its market devaluation while also presenting an opportunity for long term appreciation and witnessing mother nature work her magic.

Just the Facts

  • 2,520± deeded acres 
  • Adjacent to BLM and the San Isabel National Forest 
  • Located four miles west of La Veta, CO
  • An hour’s drive to Pueblo and Pueblo Memorial Airport 
  • Three-and-a-half hours’ drive to Denver and DIA 
  • Manager’s home and corrals 
  • Abundant wildlife including elk, deer, antelope, bear, turkey, and small game animals
  • 7,800 to over 9,000 feet 
  • Extremely private and easily accessible 
  • Remarkably diverse topography 
  • Extraordinary views of the Sangre de Cristos, Spanish Peaks, Mestas, Silver, and Rough Mountains 
  • Numerous private buildings sites
  • Four wells and six springs
  • Oak and Indian Creek are seasonal creeks traversing portions of the ranch
  • Significant percentage of ranch burned in 2018 Spring Creek Fire
  • Owner has invested in excess of $600,000 in mitigation efforts
  • Extensive new vegetation growth
  • New road construction and water bars 
  • Priced with consideration for fire damage

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