Have you been scouring the internet fora parcel of land that gives you easy access to otherwise remote, difficult to reach places? How about a ranch that puts you less than 1/2 mile away from isolated canyons and draws in the West Elk Wilderness which is known for huge bull elk and world-class mule deer?What about a property that gives way to excellent live water fishing in the secluded West Elk Creek drainage and other local tributaries for rainbow,cutthroat, brown and brook trout? Lastly, what if you could add the Blue Mesa Reservoir which is the largest body of water in Colorado as the backdrop to this piece of real estate? Then look no further as you have finally found it! Bighorn Ranch is the ultimate outdoor enthusiasts recreational property!
Located over 2 miles behind a locked gate you'll enjoy easy seasonal access to over 1 million acres of public land that is otherwise extremely difficult for the general public to access. Bighorn Ranch is completely surrounded by Curecanti National Recreation Area, Gunnison National Forest and West Elk Wilderness. That's right, no neighbors! This parcel of ground would be a prime candidate for a conservation easement! Although the ranch feels extremely remote, access is relatively easy as the owner spent countless hours creating exceptional 4x4 trails both to and throughout the property. Worried about being too isolated? The town of Gunnison, CO which has a regional airport, groceries, etc. is less than 1 hr. away and there are a few small stores and a marina which are located even closer!
Recreational hunting opportunities in Game Management Unit 54 include hunting for elk, mule deer, bighorn sheep, black bear, mt. lion,turkey and the occasional displaced antelope roaming around the unit. You can check the record books, the Gunnison Basin is synonymous with trophy caliber big game! There are always several 200 inch mule deer and numerous trophy elk taken annually in GMU 54. Although the unit 54 is a hybrid draw for elk and completely limited draw for mule deer, elk tags are relatively easy to obtain in the state draw (contact us for more details on the elk tags). Typically there are numerous leftovers elk tags available. Additionally, since the ranch is 160 contiguous acres, the property can qualify for mule deer landowner vouchers.
Other recreational opportunities include fishing for Lake Trout and Kokanee Salmon in the Blue Mesa Reservoir, boating, camping, hiking, snowmobiling, cross-country skiing, wildlife viewing, horseback riding and of course fly fishing in the nearby streams and creeks.
Improvements include a 400+ sq. ft. historic cabin that has been kept in great shape and makes for a fantastic base camp, a loafing shed/garage and a locked storage building. The ranch has excellent perimeter fencing and has been crossed fenced as well. There are two springs located on the property which is great source of water for both wildlife and domestic animals. Note, there are always elk and deer tracks around both springs! There is also 10 cfs water rights with a#1 priority which could be used to irrigate hay for grazing a few head of cattle and attracting even more wildlife!
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