This Western Colorado Hunting and Recreational Ranch for sale near Montrose, Co is one of the finest on the market. It is situated in both Ouray and Montrose Counties. With over 2 miles of live water creeks and streams along with spring fed fishing ponds, this ranch is an outdoorsman’s dream. Wilderness Basin Ranch is located in Game Management Unit (GMU) 62 and is only 2 miles from GMU 61. This area is known across the nation for producing Elk scoring over 300”.
There are several factors that make this one of the best ranches available in Western Colorado. To find this much year round live water, diverse topography, views, Timber/Aspen and total seclusion you would have to purchase close to 2,000 acres in the middle of nowhere. To add to the privacy and seclusion, the ranch has NO easements serving adjacent landowners. No one passes through this property to access their land which is very uncommon on a property like this. Wilderness Basin Ranch possesses all of these highly sought after features in a conveniently located 880+/- acres that can be accessed from the Montrose Regional Airport in around 30 minutes. Other nearby towns include:
Telluride – 1 hr 45 mins
Ouray – 1 hr 15 mins
Grand Junction – 1 hr 40 mins
Elk Hunting – some of the best you’ll find anywhere! Many Trophy Bulls have been harvested from the ranch. Having such a tremendous water source on private land is the main reason this ranch holds so much wildlife. Being adjacent to over 900,000 acres of Uncompahgre National Forest and having other large neighbors that are covered in oak / brush country where these Trophy Elk come to feed make this ranch the obvious place for them to settle into.
Mule Deer – The Mule deer population here is strong with many trophy bucks roaming the land for the same reasons that the Elk love this ranch. The main attraction is the Elk Hunting, but you can just as easily harvest a Trophy Mule Deer.
**Every year the owners of this ranch receive “Landowner Vouchers” for Mule Deer from Colorado Parks and Wildlife.
Other Hunting/Fishing opportunities include – Merriam Turkey, Grouse, Bobcat, Mountain Lion, Bear, Coyote, various Waterfowl, Bass, Crappie, Cutthroat and Brook Trout.,
Activities on the ranch and surrounding areas:
Hunting, hiking, fishing, horseback riding, bird watching, 4-wheeling, photography, exploring, kayaking, skiing, jeeping, boating, shopping, fine dining and more.
Over 2 miles of streams and creeks. Most notable are Pryor Creek and East Fork Dry Creek (not dry) which converge on the Eastern Portion of the Ranch.
There are numerous springs located on the ranch as well as 14 ponds and areas that hold significant water. A couple of the ponds are great for fishing.
Roads and Access:
The property is accessed via a gated entry off of County Road 90. The entry road to the lodge is so good that even limousines have driven on it. Significant work has gone in to this road system and it is evident as soon as you start to drop down in to the heart of the ranch. The drive to the lodge couldn’t be more scenic and picturesque. As you enter the main gate, the Rocky Mountains are perfectly set as the back drop. The road continues to wind down through the ranch and along a steep bluff. In the bottom of the Ranch the road turns past the flowing creek and starts a winding and slow climb back up to the lodge.
The ranch roads throughout the property are better suited for ATV, UTV and horseback. Even the most remote areas of the ranch are accessible by the roads that the owners have strategically cut in.
The main lodge is a 2,597 sqft Rock and Barn Wood custom home built in 2007. The character in this home is second to none. The exposed beams throughout were harvested from a 100 year old barn from Ohio. The feeling you get from just standing in this lodge is pure Colorado. While the home is rustic in nature, it has appeal across the board. The main living area is wide open with soaring ceilings and a wall of windows facing east. The view is perfect overlooking the ranch valley below with the snow capped Rockies in the distance. The home would be considered a 2 bed 2.5 bath, however the owners designed it in such a way to sleep 10 or more guests.
Just off of the main living area is a large enclosed patio game room. This room is large enough for a poker table, pool table, 2 twin beds, seating and more.
Outdoor areas include two expansive porches front and back along with a fire pit behind the home. There is also an oversized 1,000 sqft garage.
Hunter’s cabin is located just below the main lodge and is 510 sqft. It has great charm and character inside and out. There is a small porch off the front of the cabin that also has the same breathtaking views as the main lodge.
– Both structures are on septic systems.
– Water well serves both structures. Well depth is 182’ and was drilled in 2006.
– Electricity is provided by a computer operated state of the art solar system with propane powered generator back up. The system is twice the recommended size for its usage.
Portions of the ranch have conservation easements with the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation to preserve the incredible Elk Habitat on these areas of the ranch. Easement documents are available upon request, but in general they are common sense and are not very prohibitive in nature. Building envelopes have been reserved in each section and ancillary farm and ranch structures can be constructed. If interested, we encourage you to review these documents.
Seller is a Licensed Real Estate Broker in the State of Colorado.
This ranch is offered in cooperation with The Real Estate Consultants, Inc. a Colorado Licensed Broker.
Mule Deer Hunting
Live Water Creeks and Streams
Fishing Lakes and Ponds
Mountain Lodge and Cabin
Totally Private and Secluded