Colorado ranch & farm property with irrigation rights, gravel deposit
The 1,200-acre Huerfano Ranch, located southeast of Pueblo, Colorado has is a multiple-resource property with long-term income potential. The property straddles both sides of the Huerfano River, which provides valuable irrigation water to 400 acres of the property. In addition to the irrigated land, the ranch has a huge proven reserve of high-quality gravel, estimated to be at least 20 million tons. Existing gravel pits near Pueblo are close to being depleted.
Colorado irrigated hemp property, irrigated farmland, hay ground
Demand for irrigated arable land is skyrocketing in Colorado with the ever-increasing demand for hemp production. Suitable properties are hard to find, but this property has both the water resources and climate to succeed. The ranch has 400 arable acres, 6 wells, a center pivot sprinkler irrigating 90 acres, and 830 shares of 4,000 shares in the Wilton Ditch. Other water users have made very serious offers to buy the ranch’s ditch shares. The ranch is also able to access many acre feet of water from nearby Pueblo Reservoir.
Improvements on Colorado farm for sale
Improvements on the Huerfano Ranch are modest. An old farmhouse, built in the 1800’s, is still functional as a ranch manager’s house. A huge hay barn—80’ x 160’ x 42’ tall—provides space to park machinery and store hay. A new and modern 40’ x 60’ shop building provides a good workspace.
Incredible wildlife populations—deer, elk, antelope, ducks, geese, quail, turkey
The Huerfano Ranch has an incredible diversity of wildlife. A year-round, spring-fed slough on the east side of the river attracts large flocks of migrating ducks and geese during the fall and winter months. Both whitetail deer and mule deer live on the property year-round, with numerous trophy bucks of both species harvested on the premises over the years. Additionally, elk and pronghorn antelope are known to migrate through, with decent chances to harvest both species on the ranch. Upland bird species include quail and turkey in good numbers.
Fascinating history on a Colorado ranch property
The Huerfano Ranch is at the crossroads of history. Certain sectors of the ranch evidence long-term occupation by ancient tribes as they camped along the river, most likely during winter months. It’s very common to find arrowheads, manos and metates (grinding stones and basins), and even old campfire rings. The old Taos Trail, diverging north from the Santa Fe Trail, hugs the river terraces along the river. An old Pony Express station is in severe disrepair, but still standing. The Pony Express station was subsequently turned into a trading post and cavalry station, where Kit Carson signed the guest book. A gravesite for a cavalry colonel and his family occupies a knoll above the river.
Gravel resources with incredible income potential from gravel mine
The Huerfano Ranch has incredible gravel reserves, with proven reserves of over 20,000,000 tons of high-quality gravel only 20 or so miles from Pueblo. There are extensive engineering studies proving the reserves. Existing gravel pits along the Arkansas River are running out of reserves. Buyers should know that the current owners have twice made application to the local planning commission to develop a gravel mine, and have been denied after shrill protests from neighbors. However, new strategies are recommended, and it’s hard to keep a valuable resource like this from reaching the market.
Ranch rehab project—a great buying opportunity
The Huerfano Ranch needs a big re-set from savvy investors. The main power circuit for the 6 ag wells was struck by lightning, blowing out all the well pumps. A main reservoir across one of the river channels provided ag water to the irrigation system, but was blown out by a flash flood. The property is basically in disrepair, not in production, and needs a capital infusion to get going again. It’s not a huge amount of money, but capital that the current owners are unwilling or unable to invest.
Colorado farm & ranch for sale
irrigated farm land for sale
Colorado hemp property
400 irrigated acres, ag wells
incredible Colorado history
20 million ton gravel reserve
excellent hunting deer ducks
Colorado Broker Gary Hubbell