Private hunting preserves may be imagined to be features of nineteenth-century England, but an excellent one exists today in the foothills of the Wet Mountains, only 25 minutes southwest of Pueblo, Colorado. Almost unbelievably, in the midst of one of the fastest-growing sections of the Rockies, the Muddy Creek Ranch remains an undisturbed refuge of pines, streams and wildlife.
The Muddy Creek Ranch is unique in several respects that should capture the interest of sportsmen and investors alike. First, the ranch is a nicely-blocked, extensive tract of undeveloped land comprising 3,584 deeded acres, and 4,224 total acres. Second, its stands of ponderosa pine, Douglas fir and scrub oak are in prime condition and ideal habitat for mule deer, elk, bear and turkey. Third, water is abundant on the ranch, including three miles of Muddy Creek and several springs and ponds. Fourth, year-round access is amazingly convenient for such an unspoiled parcel. The pleasant residential community of Colorado City lies just beyond its eastern boundary, and Interstate 25 is only five miles distant, placing it within an hour of Colorado Springs and only two hours from Denver.
Due to its moderate elevation (by Colorado standards) of approximately 6000 to 7500 feet, the Muddy Creek Ranch is high enough to support extensive forests of healthy ponderosa pine, fir and scrub oak, but low enough to permit wildlife to survive well throughout the winter. Thus, resident herds of mule deer and elk grow to trophy size, with almost zero hunting pressure. Varied terrain of canyons, rolling hills and grass parks create a mosaic of habitat that is so vital to deer and elk. Bear and turkey flourish here, too, and provide additional hunting opportunities. The ranch qualifies for landowner deer and elk tags and turkey and bear tags are available for purchase over the counter.
Abundant water is one of the ranch's most valuable assets. Three miles of Muddy Creek, a small perennial stream, flow through a heavily-timbered canyon, and could be developed into a brown or rainbow trout fishery. Several ponds presently exist, one of which supports catfish, and other springs could be developed into ponds. Two municipal-class wells already exist on the property, and are capable of producing an impressive 275 acre/feet of water annually.
Given its proximity to several southern Front Range communities, the Muddy Creek Ranch holds great potential for careful housing development in conjunction with strategic conservation easements. Wooded homesites and mountain views are abundant, and access roads from nearby Colorado City could be improved. The Muddy Creek Ranch offers an opportunity to do development
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