Highland Springs Ranch is a beautiful property overlooking the Colorado River basin just outside the small mountain town of McCoy, Colorado. Rich in history, this legacy property combining 6+ old homesteads still has preserved cabins and remnants from the late 1800'S all the while bringing modern comforts and amenities to this first class, turn-key working mountain ranch.
Views from this ranch are astounding because it is mostly secluded and surrounded by long range mountain landscapes. The Main Lodge is tucked back off the main road and overlooks the valley of hay fields, a spring fed pond and open skies.
Highland Springs Ranch has all the classic landscapes of a special mountain property. Here the Rocky Mountains can be seen in every direction. Mountain springs, a large irrigation ditch, and creeks flow through the property allowing the trees, hay, alfalfa and vegetation to flourish.
Hunting & Fishing
Whether it's hunting private land loaded with game or the adjoining BLM land this ranch lives really big. Great Mule Deer, Elk and many small varments including coyote, badger, grouse, and ground squirrel inhabit this fine property.
The ranch has an amazing small cabin in a perfect location to some of the best hunting. Located in Colorado Game Unit 15, this ranch boasts excellent numbers of elk in an over the counter unit for archery, 2nd and 3rd rifle seasons. Landowner vouchers are attainable and transferable from owners to hunters. Deer tags on the ranch are available via a voucher or draw system. Additionally, Black Bear, bobcat, mountain lion, moose, fox, and turkey have been spotted on the property and in the area.
The ranch has a small pond that has been stocked with trout in the past and provided great fishing. BLM land that divides the deeded property provides access to small trout fishing on Rock Creek. Additionally, the Colorado River is a short drive for those looking for more fishing opportunities.
Buildings & Improvements
Highland Springs Ranch has everything desired for a working cattle ranch operation along with the amenities of a luxury mountain getaway. This property has multiple homes & living quarters, a lodge, equestrian facilities and 10 outbuildings providing plenty of storage.
The Main Lodge and compound features a custom home with excellent quality and craftsmanship. Remodeled in 2009, the lodge has a classic mountain cabin feel with an open concept kitchen and entertaining area is perfect for large groups to comfortably dine and relax. There are 6 guest bedrooms and 7 bathrooms along with a wet bar area, multiple fireplaces, loft area and separate game room. Large windows showcase the mountain views and the expansive outdoor patio allows access to the outdoors comfortably just as you step outside. Attached to the Lodge is the beautifully finished Owner's Quarters that was completed in 2015. With approximately 1600 square feet of space, it includes a large master suite, open kitchen and dining area, fireplace, office, pantry, laundry room and private deck. It allows for privacy with all the amenities of home when guests are visiting the lodge. The current owners have great pride of ownership and they have paid a great amount of attention to detail on this fine home. Well thought out architecture is displayed throughout the lodge with the large custom kitchen, rock fireplaces, the private owners quarters, window views and large deck spaces. The fireplaces were constructed from rock found on the property. Every amenity and detail has been thought of to insure your friends and family enjoy this amazing retreat.
The Garage & Stable workshop is over 7000 square feet of heated space with a well thought out interior. There are 5 garage bays with plenty of rooms for tractors, RVs, Atv, snowmobiles and all the toys and tools with an additional lofted storage area as well. The meat processing room is complete with commercial features including a walk in refrigerator, stainless steel tables and sink. The main floor also boasts 5 horse stalls, a tack room and a 90' drive through creating a beautiful and convenient equestrian facility. Above, on the second floor is a beautiful 2 bed/1bath caretaker's apartment with a full kitchen, open great room and 2 deck/patios with beautiful views. Attached to the caretaker's apt is a very large heated bonus room.
The Ranch Manager's House on the western section of the ranch includes a 3 bedroom 1 bath home, an older horse barn and corral and a large metal storage building for tractors and equipment.
The Cabin heated by a wood stove, was originally homesteaded in the late 1800'S and has been restored with some modern conveniences. The 2 bedroom, 1 bath cabin cabin is powered by a portable generator providing electricity, running water, and kitchenette. There is a nearby bunkhouse with a wood burning stove.
Cattle & Ranch Operation
Highland Springs Ranch is a working cattle ranch. Currently there are grazing leases on neighboring BLM & Forest Service lands totaling approximately 16,500 acres. The ranch has excellent senior water rights of the Kayser Mutual Ditch and operates approximately 220 acres of irrigated alfalfa that is good for the cows and wildlife.
There is a great historic barn and managers home that is also fitting for the needs of the ranch operation. The current owner has a lease for agriculture and grazing with an excellent tenant and neighbor. This long time family in the area knows their business and it shows on the ranch.
Location & Area Amenities
Highland Springs Ranch is located just 45 minutes to I-70 Vail Airport. With all the Vail amenities within an hours drive, this location is built for year round recreation. To the North, Steamboat Springs is just about an hour drive as well. Both Steamboat Spring and Vail are known for fantastic restaurants, shopping, and of course world class skiing. Other outdoor activities in the area include mountain biking, hiking, camping and more.
Turn key ranches like this one seldom hit the market within reach of world class destinations like Vail, Colorado and Steamboat Springs, Colorado.
Please Call Dax Hayden for your private qualified showing of this fine offering.