An Elk River Ranch to call home |

An Elk River Ranch to call home

Elk River Ranch

Ranch ownership offers a special quality of life; however, it is rare that a ranch such as the Steamboat River Ranch in the Elk River Valley becomes available. There is not another piece of property in Steamboat Springs that has this location along the banks of the Elk River along with extraordinary amenities.

Steamboat River Ranch offers wildlife, ample acreage, river frontage and water rights, all within 5 miles of Steamboat, 30 minutes from the Hayden Airport and just 2 miles from the Steamboat Springs Airport. Wide, spectacular views of the ski area confirm your proximity to town.

The ranch, mostly hidden from the main road, has quick and private access.

Fish on! It is obvious that much thought went into the preservation of the ranch’s 490 acres for generations to come.

The water rights are significant and date back to 1888. The ranch is fenced for cattle, as well as for horses, and has multiple loafing sheds for the livestock.

This historic ranch is part of the Colorado Cattleman’s Agricultural Land Trust, and its easement was thoughtfully drafted to provide the owners with the opportunity to enjoy the open space, wildlife habitat and scenic qualities of the ranch as well as agricultural productivity. An owner can enjoy the ranch for its recreational opportunities, which include hiking, cross country skiing, snowmobiling, private hunting, horseback riding and fly-fishing, as well as a family homestead.

The multiple dwellings on the ranch are all equipped with modern, top-of-the-line appliances, and each allows guests to enjoy his or her own space. Built with weathered barn wood, old beams, reclaimed wooden floors and decorative Venetian plaster walls, each building contributes to the ranch’s rich western character.

The main house, called “The Ranch House,” has four bedrooms and four bathrooms and was constructed with reclaimed materials from the original May Ranch. The Ranch House has a river rock fireplace and a spacious kitchen that a seasoned chef would appreciate.

Nearby is a large enclosed barn that can open up to the beautiful Colorado sunshine during the summer months. There are multiple stalls with turnouts to the many corrals. The barn even includes a caretaker apartment as well as an office for business meetings or for fly fishing tackle.

The compound also includes two garages that are big enough to accommodate a Class A motor home, a full-sized tractor- trailer and a shop.

The ranch provides a rich ecosystem for plants and wildlife with rolling hillsides and meadows that are alive with Sand Hill cranes, geese, ducks, herons, elk and deer. The Elk River, which gently meanders along the ranch, provides an angler’s paradise where Rainbows, Browns and Cutthroats in the 12- to 18-inch range can be caught.

Steamboat River Ranch is the perfect place to enjoy the beauty of Northwest Colorado in all seasons with simple walks along the river, the sound of bugling elk in the fall and gorgeous sunset views from the hillside.

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