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4 Essential Questions to Ask Yourself Before Buying a Ranch

We receive the call daily. On the other end of the line is a hopeful ranch buyer wanting to get started on his ranch search. He’s been thinking about buying a ranch for a long time as owning land is … Continued

7 Smart Investment Properties on the Market Today

Investing in land has always been a wise investment strategy since the creation of property ownership. As the great John D. Rockefeller once said, “The major fortunes in America have been made in land.” Owner/Broker at Mirr Ranch Group, Ken Mirr, … Continued

Winter Access on Mountain Ranches

Ranches in the Rocky Mountain West are often times located at high enough elevations where snow accumulation can make vehicular access a real challenge during winter months. For those properties that are off the beaten track or not directly on … Continued

Ranching the Northern Great Plains: Holistic Planned Grazing

The Cinch Buckle and Antelope Springs Ranches are stellar examples of the significant positive impact that holistic planned grazing can have on ranches’ capacity, profitability, resiliency, and overall ecological health. Grasslands LLC, the manager of both ranches, has not only … Continued

Sold: Sandstone Ranch Sells to Douglas County Open Space

Iconic Property to Be Protected as Open Space Sandstone Ranch, a scenic 2,038 property between Denver and Colorado Springs, was recently acquired by Douglas County Open Space. This unique landscape, with its brilliantly colored red rock formations, creeks, irrigated meadows, historic … Continued

Cattle Ranches for Investment-Minded Buyers

When purchasing a legacy ranch, most investment-minded buyers are focused solely on the land’s appreciation potential. By harnessing the expertise of experienced brokers, buyers are able to understand markets and analyze trends with the age-old goal of “buying low”, and … Continued

Landowner Hunting Tags Explained

When purchasing a big game hunting property in the West, the availability of landowner tags can be an important factor. Landowner programs were established to acknowledge the contribution of private lands to support wildlife and provide a form of compensation … Continued

Montana & Mirr Ranch Group

It is with great pleasure and excitement that we are expanding Mirr Ranch Group’s representation in the Montana ranch real estate market. Having grown up in Bozeman, the landscapes of Southwest Montana were the backdrop of my youth and are what … Continued

An Alternative to the 1031 Exchange?

Recently, the United States Congress has considered many different strategies for cutting taxes as well as ways to recover lost revenue from those cuts. One of the possible measures to get the boot may be the 1031 exchange. Section 1031 … Continued

Sold: Cielo Vista Ranch Marks Largest US Ranch Sale in 2017

Mirr Ranch Group is proud to announce the sale of Cielo Vista Ranch. With over 80,000 deeded acres encompassing life zones ranging from foothills to alpine—including Culebra Peak (one of Colorado’s fourteeners) and eighteen 13,000 peaks–Cielo Vista is one of the … Continued

The Economic Return of Conservation Easements

Colorado State University (CSU) has come out with a new study that focuses on the economic return of conservation easements funded by the Easement Tax Credit Program and Great Outdoors Colorado (both state-based conservation easement incentive programs). The study concluded … Continued

Sale of Fundo Los Leones, Future of Market in Patagonia

We are pleased to announce the sale of Fundo Los Leones located in the Aysen Province of Chile.  Once owned by Douglas and Kris Tompkins, this ecological jewel rests between the Palena River, Pitipalena Fjord and the Pacific Ocean and … Continued

Wilderness Area Adjoining Singing Elk Ranch is a Boundless Playground

One of the premier features that today’s recreational ranch buyers are looking for is adjacency to public lands. Sharing a border with National Forest, BLM, or State owned lands can drastically increase the value and usability of a recreational property. … Continued

Tompkins’ One Million Acre Donation in Chile

This past month, Kris Tompkins donated 1 million acres to the country of Chile, one of the largest private donations of land in the country’s history. With this donation, along with a 9 million acre donation made by the Chilean … Continued

Winter Fly-Fishing at Deckers

Only eight miles from Lazy Bones Ranch, Deckers offers some of the best fly-fishing in Colorado. One of the things that makes Deckers incredible is its’ year-round accessibility and warmer water temperatures. Deckers is found directly downstream from Cheesman Reservoir along … Continued

Holidays at Lazy Bones Ranch

When one thinks of the holidays in Colorado, they imagine a warm log home surrounded by pine trees with loved ones nestled inside. Scents of honey baked ham and cranberry waft through the rafters as fire places blaze. Family and friends’ … Continued

Four Elements of the Ideal Waterfowl Property

For waterfowl hunters, there’s nothing quite like owning your own private hunting oasis. But what makes a good waterfowl hunting property? It is crucial for buyers to understand what criteria makes for the most value when considering the purchase of … Continued

Investment and Conservation Opportunity in Crested Butte

Crested Butte and Gunnison County have recently been on the forefront of Colorado’s land conservation movement, thanks in part to several large-scale, public-private conservation projects. In early 2015, Crested Butte Land Trust purchased Snodgrass Trailhead (a Mirr Ranch Group listing), … Continued

Back in the Creek

Written by ranch broker Woody Beardsley as he discusses moving water on his ranch this summer. It’s the middle of July and in our neck of the woods that means it’s time to put the water back in the creek. A relative luxury … Continued

Climbing Cielo Vista’s 14,047-foot Culebra Peak

Anyone with the goal of climbing all of Colorado’s 54 14,000-foot mountains knows that Culebra Peak can be one of the more difficult “14ers” to check off the list. For experienced climbers, the hike to the 14,047-foot summit is not … Continued

Changing Seasons in Crested Butte, Colorado

As the valley meadows begin to slowly green up and the tops of the surrounding peaks are still covered in a heavy layer of wet spring snow, we’re entering the time of year affectionately known in the Rockies as “mud … Continued

Springtime and the End of Cabin Fever

Ranch broker Jim Whalen couldn’t wait for some spring fishing in Wyoming last weekend, and he shares his experience with us here, as well as some good advice on where you can fish on private Wyoming fishing properties. After a long winter … Continued

Silver Mountain Ranch: A Recent Winter’s Day

Silver Mountain Ranch has the best of both worlds: an income-producing working cattle operation and exceptional trophy big game hunting. On our last visit, ranch hands were busy feeding cattle and calving season was in full swing. Long days and nights are the norm right … Continued

Turkey Fever at Cougar Canyon Ranch

It was still 2 to 3 months before the spring rut, but I was thrilled to find two large “bachelor bands” of Toms and Jakes (no hens) not even 100 feet from the house at Cougar Canyon Ranch. Strutting and displaying for … Continued

A Reunion at El Palenque in Argentina

Our final stop in Patagonia was at Estancia El Palenque, a historic ranch situated just outside the small town of Corcovado, Argentina. Our family had been here ten years previously, so we were excited to revisit the property. The ranch manager … Continued

The Appeal of a Turnkey Ranch

Like any real estate asset, ranches come in all shapes, sizes, and conditions.  Some ranches are “fixer-uppers”—rundown properties bought on the cheap that require an additional investment of cash and hard work to get them to a reasonable level of … Continued

The Upside of Ranch Investment in Eagle County

With its miles of private fishing, trophy big game, water rights, productive agricultural operations, adjoining private land, and nearby ski resorts, the 1,540-acre Hardscrabble Mountain Ranch is, by any standard, a once-in-a-lifetime ranch offering.  However, all of these desirable recreational, … Continued

Fire on the Ranch: A Ranch Broker’s Experience

This post is written by Woody Beardsley, Ranch Broker for Mirr Ranch Group. In the day-to-day “quiet enjoyment” that is the great privilege of the rural landowner, it is easy to forget that fire is an integral part of the … Continued

Greater Sage-Grouse Will Not Be Listed as Endangered Species

This past week, Secretary of the Interior, Sally Jewell announced that with a combined effort between the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS), western landowners, and state governments, a new landscape-scale conservation effort to protect the “Sagebrush Sea” will be … Continued

Hardscrabble Fishing Report

Up in the high country, the very first signs of fall are in the air – mornings are cooler, aspens and cottonwoods are showing hints of fall color, and days are getting much shorter. My favorite time of year. On … Continued

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