Our nation was built on the backs of those who worked the land to feed the hungry masses. Between breeding and raising livestock and cultivating crops, farmers, ranchers, and producers are the reason you have food on the table. Here is our list of intriguing agricultural properties on the market today in the Rocky Mountain region.
This ranch is a value play for a hay production ranch in western Colorado with great water rights, as it’s rare to find one under $5 million in this pricey region. Plus there is terrific hunting on this parcel too! This ranch has historically been a well-known cattle/hay operation, with the current owner more recently leasing the hay production and grazing to a local producer. Most of the valley floor portion of the ranch is irrigated meadow, with hay production occurring on approximately 400 acres with the 9.2 shares of Niblock Ditch water the ranch controls (over 22 cfs). Approximately 800 tons of hay is produced annually on this ranch in most years.
Beckwith Ranch / Seven Diamonds Ranch | Westcliffe, Colorado – $4,000,000 / $2,950,000
A unique opportunity exists to combine two neighboring ranches in Colorado’s storied Wet Mountain Valley: the Seven Diamonds Ranch and the historic Beckwith Ranch. More than forty years ago, the two properties were once part of the Clevenger Ranch, which was broken up in the 1970s. Separated only by the state highway, the combined ranches would control over 4,000 contiguous acres (fee simple and leased ground), include extensive hay production with upwards of 600 acres of irrigated ground, and control the most significant senior water rights in the valley operating on the same ditch/drainage system. Putting the two ranches back together would unify and expand combined agricultural production on the two properties, centralize ranch headquarters improvements, while affording ownership extended resources and greater management flexibility.
Located on the northeast side of Fisher’s Peak, the 8,672 +/- deeded acre Sandoval Ranch includes substantial senior water rights that irrigate up to 300 acres. The property will easily accommodate 300 pair during normal and light moisture years. There are two sets of working corrals on the property, and there is plenty of stock water available through earthen tanks, steel (pipeline) tanks, and several creeks. The property also includes an adjoining 640 acre state lease.
This is an outstanding large working ranch located in south-central Wyoming. The ranch totals approximately 98,424 total acres with approx. 5 miles of river frontage along the famed North Platte River, providing excellent fishing and riparian habitat for wildlife, along with a significant irrigation source for productive hay ground. The ranch is currently at the beginning of the fourth year of a five-year grazing lease with a solid tenant. For the investment minded buyer, the grazing lease income alone will show a significant ROI based on the current asking price.
A historic and scenic working ranch with miles of trophy fly-fishing and extraordinary water rights, the Double R Ranch consists of approximately 5,815 +/- deeded acres, with 10,550 +/- acres of adjoining public land leases. With a carrying capacity of 925 cow/calf pairs, and valuable water rights that irrigate 3,150 acres of hay ground, Double R includes numerous well maintained improvements that fit the scale and needs of an operating cattle ranch, perimeter fencing with good interior roads, wells, access to utilities, and direct access to public roads. This ranch has it all!
The 53,238-acre Antelope Springs Ranch is a historically profitable cattle ranch located in the heart of eastern Montana’s grazing country. Using holistic ranch management techniques, the ranch currently supports more than 1,000 year-round cow units, as well as 700+ sheep during the summer months. Thanks to its abundant water rights, pipelines, and recently improved water infrastructure, the ranch has remained productive even during recent drought years. The ranch is fully equipped with all necessary agricultural improvements, including managers’ homes, large equipment sheds, shops, loafing sheds, calving barns, scales, and corrals.
The Porcupine Ridge Ranch is a classic Colorado mountain working ranch situated in the Yampa River Valley just south of Steamboat Springs at the base of the Flat Tops Wilderness Area. The 9,177 +/- deeded acre ranch offers an incredible investment opportunity to own one of the largest blocks of privately owned senior water rights in the Colorado River and Yampa River basins. The pastoral property is over 9 miles long and includes 50 miles of streams, reservoirs, wetlands, lush irrigated hay fields, grasslands, treed hillsides and sagebrush range.
An ecological and geological jewel, the Lower Ranch at Cross Mountain near the entrance to the Dinosaur National Monument in Moffat County. Part of the incredible Cross Mountain Ranch, this portion of the overall ranch consists of 27,566 deeded acres that adjoin and are intermixed with over 113,000 of acres of Bureau of Land Management and State land, on which they hold grazing permits for sheep and cattle. Currently a well balanced sheep operation with livestock handling facilities and grazing of 7,900 AUM’s on neighboring public lands, the Lower Ranch is home to incredible water resources with approximately 12 miles of the Yampa River and 6 miles of the Little Snake River.
The Cottonwood is a 105-square-mile ranch situated in the shadow of three mountain ranges in the Upper Green River Valley of northwest Wyoming, just 70 miles south of Jackson. Offering 11,138 deeded acres and 55,800 acres of adjoining public lands, the ranch is in one block with 40 miles of meandering rivers and streams. Through pioneering conservation efforts, the owners have enhanced and conserved miles of rivers, riparian corridors, wetlands, wildlife habitat, and open spaces, while also improving the ecological and economical sustainability of the overall ranch. A well-balanced cattle operation with a capacity to run 2,000 cow/calf pairs or 5,500 yearlings, this is an exclusive investment opportunity with 6,310 acres irrigated/sub-irrigated lands and over 76.9 cfs of historic water rights.
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