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True Grit South

$2,565,000 Telluride, CO 418± Deeded Acres

Executive Summary

Located less than a thirty-minute drive from Telluride, Montrose, their respective regional airports and private FBO’s, True Grit South presents an opportunity to acquire 418± acres of recreational mountain land. This property offers privacy, several excellent building sites, and convenient access from Last Dollar Road. Surrounded by some of Colorado’s most famous mountains, the property enjoys absolutely spectacular panoramic mountain views. An aircraft hangar/studio complements the property and serves two maintained, permitted, and manicured small aircraft runways. This area of southwest Colorado is noted for its stunning scenery, rugged mountain ranges, access to vast amounts of national forest lands, and designated wilderness areas, all while affording the luxuries and lifestyle of one of the best mountain towns in Colorado.

Just the Facts

  • 418± deeded acres 
  • 30 to 40 minutes from Telluride, Telluride Ski Resort, and Telluride Regional Airport
  • 35 to 45 minutes from Montrose, Montrose Regional Airport, and Atlantic Aviation FBO
  • 15 minutes from Ridgway and 25 minutes to Ouray
  • Access provided from Highway 550 and designated Scenic Byway - Last Dollar Road 
  • Exceptional views of the San Juan Mountain range
  • Aircraft hangar offering 2,197 square foot indoor space and small living area 
  • Elevation ranges from 8,500 to 9,500 feet
  • Rolling foothills covered with Gamble oak, punctuated with aspen trees
  • Minutes from the Mount Sneffels Wilderness Area and Uncompahgre National Forest
  • Located in GMU 65 
  • Commonly seen wildlife include elk, mule deer, bear, coyote, and a variety of small game species. 

General Description

True Grit South Ranch is a secluded retreat, predominantly open with rolling native grasslands, expansive mountain meadows, and steep slopes. The ranch sits along one of the most scenic rural routes in Colorado with the winding county byway of Last Dollar Road near its eastern boundary. County road 59T connects the ranch to Last Dollar Road as well as to State Highways 62 and 145. Beautiful neighboring ranches and BLM and state preserves such as the Mount Sneffels Wilderness Area within the Uncompahgre National Forest surround the property.

The ranch is ideally situated among the rolling foothills of Hastings Mesa and covered with topographical transitions of robust native brush among colorful stands of Gambel oak, aspen and ponderosa pine trees. A healthy variety of native grasses and shrubs would make for excellent livestock grazing and hearty ground cover for recreational purposes. More than a mile of Alder Creek flows through the property, drawing a variety of wildlife from elk and deer to coyotes and other small game native species. True Grit South is geographically positioned to take advantage of some of the best panoramic views of Colorado’s famed San Juan Mountains. The property looks up from the base of the mountains toward stunning views of Mt. Sneffels, Whipple Mountain, Mears Peak, Dallas Peak, and more while featuring the more distant Abajo and the La Sal mountain ranges in the background.

Broker's Comments

If one is looking for a large acreage holding in a moderately developed area within the Telluride region, True Grit South offers just the right fit between convenient location, size, privacy, and views. It’s located just far enough outside of the Telluride bubble, yet close enough to Telluride that it feels like the right balance of accessibility, privacy, and location. Finding just the right property near Telluride can be challenging, taking into consideration the highly sought after destination that Telluride is. This property presents views of the San Juan Mountains that are simply world-class and rival any location anywhere else in the world. The land is large enough to afford a high degree of privacy and opportunity to build, while encapsulating an unapparelled viewshed. True Grit South presents a rare opportunity to purchase a true recreational piece of land ideally located in a highly desirable area.

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True Grit South is in San Miguel County, just a 30-minute drive southeast to the ski resort destination of Telluride or northeast to the mountain town of Ridgway. It sits at the end of county road 59T, approximately four miles east of State Highway 62. The location is ideal for scenic byway travel with the winding Last Dollar Road less than a mile to the east and the high mountain pass of Dallas Divide to the north. The property is situated on Hastings Mesa, a massive plateau in the foothills of the San Juan Mountains. The panoramic landscape features a close-up view of Mt. Sneffels within a rolling grassland marked by mountain creeks as well as aspen and pine trees.

Telluride, the nearby county seat, has a population of about 3,000 in addition to hosting a fluctuating number of tourists during the winter and summer seasons due to its world-class ski resort and famous music festivals. The Telluride Regional Airport is about a 30-minute drive from the ranch while the neighboring town of Montrose offers the Montrose Regional Airport and Black Jet Center within an hour’s drive. Ridgway is also about 30 minutes away for access to goods and groceries, while picturesque Ouray is less than an hour’s drive.


Not only does True Grit South Ranch neighbor the legendary ski community of Telluride, but it is surrounded by quintessential “old west” ranching communities that are rooted in agricultural life and values. San Miguel County is known not only for its classic Colorado scenery and thriving economy but also for robust outdoor activities that celebrate its wide open mesas and stunning mountains with skiing, hiking, fishing, and more.

Area Attractions


Just 30 minutes south of True Grit South is the destination town of Telluride, home to a population of around 3,000. It is renowned for its status as a winter playground with world-class ski resorts that include all kinds of winter sports from snowshoeing and winter fly fishing to sledding and ice skating. Sitting within an immense box canyon, the distinguished western town is only eight blocks wide and 12 blocks long, surrounded by 14,000-foot peaks on each side. In 1964, the town was given the rare designation of a National Historic Landmark District by the United States Secretary of the Interior, preserving its traditional Victorian architecture and rich history. Its singular laid-back mountain charm is enriched with top-notch dining and lodging with Telluride Mountain Resort as well as unbeatable arts and culture programming. The spring and summer lineups attract some of the world’s best musicians, aficionados and filmmakers with events such as the Telluride Mountainfilm Festival, Bluegrass Festival, Jazz Festival, Wine Festival, Film Festival and more that draw visitors all year round.


Ridgway is around 15 miles north with an approximate population of 1,000 people. Known as the “Gateway to the San Juan Mountains,” the iconic town was used as the setting to shoot the 1969 classic film “True Grit.” Ridgway stays vibrant with tourism, boasting the best in outdoor activities with everything from hiking and fishing to river rafting and hot air ballooning. Just up the road from True Grit South, it offers robust arts, cultural, dining and shopping scenes while maintaining its small town charm. The picturesque Ridgway Reservoir is at the heart of Ridgway State Park, a local destination for boating, camping, fishing, and more. 

Last Dollar Road

Last Dollar Road is just to the east of True Grit South, winding under the valley’s deep blue skies and jagged San Juan peaks. True Coloradans find their way to the remote country bypass for its bright yellow aspen trees in the fall and blankets of alpine wildflowers in the spring. The road’s twisting bends and expansive meadow views make it an adventure through some of the most exemplary Colorado scenery in the state.

National Forests and Parks

True Grit South sits among the San Juan Mountains surrounded by the Uncompahgre National Forest, the San Juan National Forest, Gunnison National Forest, and federally protected lands that feature Mt. Sneffels, Whipple Mountain, Mears Peak, Dallas Peak, and more. The area’s natural playground teems with summer activities like hiking, rock climbing, and camping as well as winter activities like skiing, snowshoeing, backcountry skiing, and ice skating. Mount Sneffels Wilderness Area sits just south of the ranch and offers classic Colorado landscapes with steep cliffs and jagged peaks as well as brilliant fall foliage and mountain lakes. Bridal Veil Falls, located just east of Telluride, is the tallest free-falling falls in Colorado at 365 feet. There are many more attractions within 45 minutes of the ranch, including Ridgway State Park and Reservoir, the Ouray Hot Springs, Black Canyon, Box Canyon Falls, and Vestal Basin.

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True Grit South Ranch enjoys true mountain seasons marked by Colorado’s low humidity and more than 240 days of sunshine a year. The summers are pleasant and sunny, peaking in July with averages in the 80’s. The cold season brings a winter wonderland, peaking in January with temperatures averaging in the low 20’s with some extremes. The average annual snowfall in San Miguel County is around 118 inches, while the area receives approximately 21 inches of annual precipitation. The center of True Grit South sits at 9,000 feet. The terrain is mostly an open rolling landscape marked by rugged mountainous features, ascending by more than 200 feet to the north edge of the property. 

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Acreage (Deeded & Leased)

The ranch consists of 418± acres of gently rolling grasslands punctuated by steep slopes upon Hastings Mesa in the foothills of the San Juan Mountains. 

Deeded Acres: 418±
Total Acres: 418±


A custom-built 2,000+ square foot airplane hangar offers exceptional opportunities for sportsmen to access and enjoy True Grit South’s remote landscape. It holds up to three small aircrafts such as a Cessna 185 or 206, and current ownership recently obtained permission to land a small aircraft on the property using two manicured grass airstrips and a taxiway. The building is off the grid, dual powered by solar and wind using four 50-watt panels with a trace inverter to provide electricity as well as 5/6 amps of power from an AIR-503 wind generation system. The structure’s exposed post-and-beam, wooden construction with glass features sits among clusters of aspen trees, creating the perfect space to take in the majesty of the San Juan peaks. A cozy studio loft apartment with a personal sauna is attached to the hangar.

The property also presents opportunities for future owners to put their stamp on the land with further improvements on several excellent building sites. 

Water Rights

One water well and two earthen stock tanks exist on the property, and more than one mile of Alder Creek runs through it. Any and all seller-owned water rights appurtenant to the property are included in the sale.

Mineral Rights

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

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Wildlife Resources

Located in GMU 65, True Grit South Ranch draws a variety of wildlife from elk and mule deer to coyotes and bears as it is in close proximity to national parks and designated wilderness areas and has more than a mile of Alder Creek flowing through it. Small game native species typical for the San Juan Mountains include turkey, grouse, mourning dove, and various waterfowl species.

Recreational Considerations

The San Juan Mountains are known for their rugged and remote landscape, making the fall season in the Telluride area well-suited for turkey, elk, and deer hunters. The nearby Mount Sneffels Wilderness also allows big game hunting with applicable restrictions.

The Telluride area is prime for fly fishing with some of the best trout streams in the Rocky Mountains and a variety of lakes, ponds, and alpine creeks such as those that run through True Grit South Ranch. Fishermen gravitate to the nearby San Miguel River for brown and rainbow trout while boaters and kayakers enjoy the variety of whitewater classes for river trips.

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