The Purgatoire River Ranch is an investment grade property offering a multitude of possibilities. The ranch offers premium big game hunting, outfitting possibilities, gravel reserves, mineral value, irrigated agricultural production, livestock operations, and valuable water rights. The ranch lies 20 minutes east of of Trinidad, Colorado along the Purgatoire River Valley. The ranch is comprised of rolling native grasslands, irrigated hay meadows and wooded river bottom.
The ranch improvements consist of a 1,000 square foot ranch home which was built in 1960. Upgrades could be made to the home and it could be ideally used as a ranch manager's residence or hunting cabin. The ranch has a productive well which is equipped with an automatic timer and delivers water through a pipeline system to various tanks throughout the ranch. The ranch also has network of gravel ranch roads offering easy access to all parts of the property. Water is delivered to the irrigated meadows through an upgraded and efficient gated pipe system.
The ranch boasts over 1/2 mile of Purgatoire River frontage and bottom lands with abundant hunting and recreational opportunities. This property is loaded with wild game including elk, mule and whitetail deer, antelope, upland birds, and waterfowl. Herds of elk have been seen on a regular basis moving through the ranch and trophy class elk and mule deer have been harvested regularly from the property. The ranch is private and secluded and is surrounded by 1,000's of acres of private ranch holdings which provide protection for resident game and minimal hunting pressure. The ranch is located in in GMU 141 and is eligible for landowner preference tags. The ranch also has ideal habitat for upland birds and waterfowl. The river bottom area provides good cover and water resources for game bird activity, including, turkey, pheasant, dove, duck and goose. The ranch could easily be used for equestrian purposes with plenty of room to ride and explore.
The ranch possesses unique and valuable water rights with an adjudication date of 1865. These water rights allow the owners to pump water from the Purgatoire River 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, and the rights are not regulated by a Water Conservancy District. These are among the most valuable water rights in this part of Southern Colorado and provide an abundance of reliable and consistent water, even during drought periods. Specific information about the water rights is available upon request.
The Ranch has approximately 120 acres under irrigation producing an average of 250 tons of alfalfa and alfalfa-grass mix each year. The property is a self-sustaining year-round livestock ranch operation carrying approximately 100 units. The ranch has a state permitted gravel pit with approximately 30,000 tons of stored crushed gravel that is included in the purchase price. In addition, there are vast quantities of untapped sand and gravel reserves on the property. The ranch has also been used in the past for guiding and outfitting operations, which would provide additional income to a new owner if desired.