This 2,656± deeded acre mountain ranch is set up great for summer and fall grazing seasons. The property features good big game hunting, extensive water, and grazing land. The western portion of the ranch is open with rolling irrigated meadows, pockets of aspen, oak brush, mountain mahogany and other trees. The eastern part of the ranch has higher elevations with mostly aspen trees and varying colorful brush species. The ranch also borders extensive BLM including access to Red Mountain. Perimeter and cross-fencing allows for efficient rotational grazing on six pastures. The property is currently not used for hay production, but pastures are flood irrigated for improved grass. A small, modest set of working facilities are located on the ranch for load in and load out operations. Traditionally the grazing tenant has 250-300 pairs on the ranch with as many as 500-600 during peak grazing times. The property is well-watered for cattle. Little Creek and Grove Creek flow through the ranch. Wildlife habitat on the ranch and in the adjacent BLM is very good. Elk and deer frequent the ranch as sanctuary from public land hunters and to graze on the lush pastures. Modest improvements on the property include an owner’s home, ranch manager’s home, a couple of rental units, and agricultural outbuildings.
Just the Facts
- 2,656± acres of varying mountain terrain and open pastures
- Great cattle ranch with six pastures for rotational grazing
- Good habitat and food sources for big game
- Over-the-counter elk unit and preference point deer unit
- Spectacular panoramic views of the surrounding mountains and the Plateau Valley
- Located near the recreational paradise of Grand Mesa, one of the largest flat-topped mountains in the world
- Income from cattle grazing lease and rental units
- Conservation Easement
- Mineral Rights are being retained by the seller
Land use includes approximately 1,000± acres of irrigated pasture/meadow. The balance of the property is used for grazing on land covered with a variety of grass, trees and brush. Bureau of Land Management property forms most of the east boundary along the western side of Red Mountain.
Access is from a paved county road, running along the west boundary of the property. Views from the ranch are spectacular with a panoramic scope containing snow capped rims, forested slopes, irrigated meadows, and multihued cliffs.
Native wildlife is abundant on the ranch and surrounding areas. Deer, elk, turkey, mountain lion and a variety of other wildlife contribute to the serene setting found on the YT Ranch.
Year-round access is excellent. Specifically, the property can be reach from Grand Junction by traveling east on Interstate-70 to the Grand Mesa exit (US Hwy 65), then proceeding east 21 miles on paved highway US 65 and US 330 to the small community of Collbran. YT Ranch is just a few minutes southeast of Collbran on paved county roads.
Regular commercial air service is available at Grand Junction. The airport, which is approximately a 45 minute drive from the ranch, can accommodate all type of private aircraft.
Grand Mesa National Forest contains over 360,000 acres and is adjacent to the Gunnison National Forest and White River National Forest. Literally millions of acres of public land are accessible a short distance from the YT Ranch. The renowned resort community of Aspen is located just sixty miles directly east of the ranch. Aspen and Vail are about an hour and a half drive east of the ranch on good year-round roads, and Telluride is just over two hours to the south.
This area is well known as a productive ranching area that includes outstanding recreational amenities. Plateau Valley lies on the north side of Grand Mesa. Community properties consist of small to medium sized ranches used for wildlife, equine, cattle, and hay production.
Upon entering the Plateau Valley, one gets a sense of serenity and relaxed lifestyle. Agriculture, hunting and fishing have been the primary vocations since the valley was settled over 100 years ago.
Collbran has quaint community with town shops and services. A newly constructed walk/bike trail winding over 20 miles along Plateau Creek and running through town introduces residents and visitors to the beauty of the area. Plateau Valley school grades K-12, located just west of Collbran, serves the entire community. Health care is nearby at Plateau Valley Clinic, providing general medical care as well as 24-hour emergency service.
Acreage (Deeded & Leased)
YT Ranch is protected by two separate conservation easements which encumber the majority of the ranch. The easements are held by Mesa County Land Conservancy. In general, the easements allow continued agricultural and recreational uses of the property. The principal restrictions are subdivision, additional buildings, signs and billboards, surface mining, new utility lines, new roads, use for retail, commercial or industrial activity, and disposal of hazardous materials. The easements do allow for two additional building sites near the existing improvements.
The Scott Loop (My-Way Ranch) Conservation Easement allows for four buildable lots and Lot 47 Correction Plat for My Way Ranch Phase 1 Subdivision also is a buildable lot and not encumbered by the Scott Loop Conservation Easement. The Amended and Restated Deed of Conservation Easement (MyWay Ranch) allows for two additional building sites near the existing improvements. A complete copy of the easements are available upon request.
Consisting of 3,724± square feet, the owner’s residence is a modern ranch style home on a landscaped lot with lawn and underground sprinkler system. The north end of the house features an open living space with four separate sitting areas. The kitchen and dining room are also open to this area. Two bedrooms served by two full baths and a utility room are down the hall. The master suite is situated at the opposite end of the house. It includes a large bathroom, walk in closets, private sitting room and separate office. An outside entrance on this end of the home provides access to one of the wood decks and the outdoor hot tub. Many built-in features, including a large rock fireplace and wood burning or gas stove, hot water baseboard heat and cooling system make this a very comfortable home.
The second dwelling is a three bedroom, two bath ranch style log home. This home is separated from the main owner’s compound for a bit more privacy. The house is currently used as a rental. The home contains 1,700± square feet according to the Mesa County Assessor.
At the owner’s compound is a larger two story building. This building serves a number of functions. It contains a comfortable guest apartment with two bedrooms, full bath, kitchen and living area. The upstairs apartment also has a fireplace and air conditioner. A one bedroom apartment with full bathroom and kitchen area is also upstairs and is well suited as the caretaker’s quarters. The lower level of this building contains an oversized two car garage, shop and equipment bay, three stables, hobby room, tack room, storage and large fireproof closet.
Adjacent to the large building is a set of corrals designed primarily for equestrian use. Nearby is the open sided hay barn and equipment storage shed. A graveled trailer pad with full electrical, water and sewer hookups round out the owner’s compound.
Gas is supplied via propane.
Household water to improvement sites is provided by the Micale Commercial Well (a domestic well) located in the NW/4 of the NW/4 of Section 18, Township 10 South, Range 94 West of the 6th P.M. This 40 acre tract is not covered by the two referenced Conservation Easements.
Water resources also include reservoir storage. The large 160 acre feet YT Reservoir is adjudicated up to 450 acre feet when in full compliance with the State Engineering Department.
Livestock water is primarily supplied by surface sources such as springs, creeks and ditches.
A complete list of water rights is available upon request from Hall and Hall.
Seller has an innovative master surface use agreement with the largest owner of mineral rights on the ranch. This agreement gives the surface owner a good deal of protection in the event of future production. A copy of this agreement is available for interested parties.
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