The ranch includes a 1,800 sq. ft. 4-bedroom, 3-bath modular home that currently serves as the manager’s residence and headquarters for the ranch. A second 1,500 sq. ft. clear story loft style residence (originally designed as a painter’s studio) located on the upper, north end of the property serves as a guest house. Both homes are served by the local domestic water service and separate septic systems. The other miscellaneous out-buildings on the ranch include two open-sided hay barns/sheds, an open-ended quonset hut serves as a shop, a historic guest cabin, and a remote 200 sq. ft. hunting cabin with electric service, but no plumbing.
Balcony Farm is located in western Colorado atop Stucker Mesa in the North Fork of the Gunnison River Valley between the small farming towns of Paonia (4 miles east) and Hotchkiss, CO (5 miles west). Situated on the south slope of the Grand Mesa at an average elevation of ~ 7,000 ft. (6,800-7,500), the ranch borders U.S. Bureau of Land Management (BLM) land on two sides.
- Rainfall (in.): 14.4
- Snowfall (in): 47.4
- Avg Annual Precip.: 15.7 inches (rain equivalent)
- Sunny Days: 295
- Avg. July High: 87°
- Avg. Jan High: 42°
The North Fork of the Gunnison is spectacularly scenic country that is graced with a number of quiet towns including the agricultural communities of Paonia and Hotchkiss.
The area is rich in history, originally settled for coal, cattle, and fruit when in 1902 the railroad was extended into the valley, with huge impacts for all three industries. Though coal has struggled in recent years, the area is well known for its remarkable fruit with local orchards growing a wide variety, including apples, peaches, cherries, and wine grapes, to name a few.
Balcony Farm is located at the foot of the Grand Mesa and the West Elk Mountains with the wild North Fork of the Gunnison running through the heart of it. The Gunnison National Forest and West Elk Wilderness are nearby.
The regional office of the Bureau of Land Management also offers an unlimited amount of public resources.