Braun Peak Ranch

Idledale, Colorado (Jefferson County)
220 +/- Deeded Acres

There is a hidden ranch just behind Red Rocks Park with sunlit meadows climbing towards vast blue skies. This ranch nestled in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains has the solitude, privacy, and unencumbered views of a mountain retreat with the proximity to Denver’s amenities only 30 minutes away.

Foothills Retreat Only Thirty Minutes from Denver Bordering Open Space
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  • Accessibility to I-70 and ease of getting to front range or western slope
  • Solitude of a mountain ranch but only thirty minutes from Denver with dramatic views of the Front Range
  • Proximity to world famous Red Rocks State Park
  • Sweeping natural grass meadows for grazing, rock outcroppings, and healthy timber
  • Existing ranch house and operational improvements
  • Home to elk, deer, turkey and other bird species
  • Agriculturally zoned and unencumbered by a conservation easement
  • Borders Jefferson County Open Space’s Matthews/Winters Park to the south
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There is a hidden ranch just behind Red Rocks Park and Amphitheatre with sunlit meadows climbing towards vast blue skies. This retreat nestled in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains has the solitude, privacy, and unencumbered views of a mountain retreat with the proximity to Denver’s amenities only 30 minutes away. The Braun Peak Ranch was primarily used as grazing land for a large cattle operation and has since become a respite from the burgeoning front range. Idledale is more affordable than similar sized properties in Evergreen or Genesee and has less development pressure. At Braun Peak Ranch, you will not be facing subdivisions but instead surrounded by incredible 360-degree views of the Front Range and Jefferson County Open Space bordering you to the south.

Lay of the Land
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When you arrive at Braun Peak Ranch, you will feel like you have entered the high country, yet it will only take you 30 minutes from Denver to get there.

The property borders 2,475 acres of open space at Matthews/Winters Park to the south with views of an additional 2,248 acres of open space at Mt. Falcon Park and is almost an earshot of Red Rocks Park and Amphitheatre to the east.


Braun Peak Ranch offers rolling meadows, hayfields, and unencumbered views of the front range. The property is surrounded on three sides by large ranches which offer total security and seclusion. At 7,100 feet above sea level, you will have great views of Mount Falcon and the rest of the Rocky Mountain Range in the distance.


The property is home to a few ranch outbuildings, equipment sheds, and a historic farmhouse built back in the early 1900s.


The property is at 7,100 feet in elevation and has a very similar climate to Denver.

  • Average Annual Precipitation: 18.8 inches
  • Average Annual Snowfall: 84 inches
  • Average July High: 82° F
  • Average January Low: 10° F
  • Sunny Days: 245
Sporting Features
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The bordering Jefferson County Open Space is home to numerous hiking and biking trails. Some of the most notable hikes can be found on Mount Morrison and Mount Falcon.Take a hike, mountain bike to incredible views, or take the road bike out to nearby reservoirs or up Bear Creek Canyon.

The nearby world-famous Red Rocks Park and Amphitheatre is only a short drive from the property. Some of the greatest music acts in the world make their way to Red Rocks Amphitheatre every summer to play underneath geological wonders at the rocks.

Ranch Attributes
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Ranch Operations

The property was once run as a cattle operation. There is great hay on the property for horses, a fenced pasture, and multiple ranch outbuildings to store tack, hay, or other ranching equipment.

Investment Value

Idledale has incredible development potential. While the neighboring communities of Genesee and Evergreen have already been developed, Idledale is untouched. The Braun Peak Ranch is one of the largest and diverse tracts available this close to Denver. The property has multiple homesites, all with spectacular views of the surrounding foothills. The property’s entrance can be found right off of a county road, there are two wells, and it runs on the grid so a new owner could begin building immediately without significant infrastructure expense.

Ranch History

The same family has owned the larger Braun Peak Ranch since 1908.The ranch was once a lucrative cattle operation and spanned over 2,000 acres. The great grandfather of the current owner built the original farm house in the early 1900s and the family has since built on to it.

Conservation Value

The property is completely unencumbered by conservation easements. Given the development pressure along this section of the I-70 corridor, large acreage properties like Braun Peak Ranch are highly coveted by both local and statewide land trusts and conservation groups. Should a buyer decided to conserve part or all of the property, significant state and federal tax benefits may be available.

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