Tarryall Creek Ranch

$2,300,000 Lake George, CO 460± Deeded Acres

Executive Summary

Tarryall Creek Ranch is an exceptional fishing retreat featuring over one mile of a completely private tailwater fishery. The 534± acre ranch is nearly surrounded by National Forest and elk, deer and bighorn sheep abound. The property offers a rich balance of topography and vegetation, including irrigated meadows, aspen groves and timbered hillsides with rock outcroppings. The ranch features convenient access in a secluded setting, located an easy drive from Denver, Colorado Springs or Breckenridge.

The water on the property attracts a variety of wildlife from the surrounding national forest. Elk, mule deer, and pronghorn are common as well as lesser numbers of black bear and mountain lion. The Tarryall area is home to a large herd of Rocky Mountain bighorn sheep that frequent the property.

The property has been used primarily as a family retreat. Income is currently generated from hay production and limited grazing, a lease on the second home, and from a fishing access lease. A resident ranch manager is not necessary for this property.

The Tarryall Creek Ranch is a diverse property, featuring riverfront, irrigated meadows, aspen groves, ponderosa covered hillsides, rock outcroppings and boulder fields. The ranch includes land surrounding three drainages: Tarryall Creek, Marksbury Gulch and O’Brien Gulch. Each of these areas of deeded land includes both sides of the watercourse, the adjacent valley floor and extends into the hillsides to varying degrees. Approximately 75% of the boundaries is shared with the Pike National Forest and the remainder with a few neighboring private parcels. Elevations of the deeded land range from 8,230 to 8,650 feet.

The Tarryall Creek valley is a classic western landscape, characterized by a meandering stream flowing through valley-bound meadows used primarily for growing hay and raising cattle. It offers the rare combination of convenient access yet quiet location.

The property is directly accessed from paved County Road 77. CR-77 links US-24 and US-285, yet most traffic from Denver continues on 285 just as the traffic from Colorado Springs keeps heading west on 24, leaving the Tarryall Creek valley in a relatively sleepy state. The valley also lacks the substantial subdivision development that has become a characteristic of many Colorado mountain areas.

Tarryall Creek Ranch lies within the boundaries of the Pike National Forest. Homesteaded ranches dot the Tarryall Creek valley floor, while most of the upper elevations where later designated national forest. A number of ranches in the valley have been preserved in perpetuity with conservation easements. Overall the area is very scenic, with excellent views of the river valley and surrounding mountains from virtually anywhere.

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Acreage (Deeded & Leased)

Deeded Acres: 460±
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Total Acres: 460±

Water Rights

The geography of the stream and meadow area means that the meadows receive a substantial amount of irrigation though subsurface flows. In addition to this subirrigation, there is an irrigation ditch fed by Marksbury Gulch that irrigates the meadows.

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