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Brunelli Ranch

Gulnare, Colorado (Las Animas County)
$4,990,000Sold
2,212 +/- Deeded Acres

Just west of the historic towns of Aguilar and Gulnare, Colorado, and located along the Apishapa River with the Spanish Peaks towering to the northwest, lies the diverse Brunelli Ranch. This 2,212 +/-  acre property contains a unique and rare blend of farm, ranch and recreational opportunities.

A Unique and Rare Blend of Farm, Ranch and Recreational Opportunities
Featuring
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  • 2,212 acres (135 acres irrigated)
  • Two homes, barn, shop and storage shed
  • Extensive watering system provides reliable water sources for livestock and wildlife alike
  • Two fish ponds
  • Farm equipment
  • Elk, mule deer, black bear, Merriam’s turkey, mountain lion hunting available
  • Easy access to San Isabel National Forest, Spanish Peaks and Sangre de Cristo Range
Introduction
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Just west of the historic towns of Aguilar and Gulnare, Colorado, and located along the Apishapa River with the Spanish Peaks towering to the northwest, lies the diverse Brunelli Ranch. This 2,212 +/-  acre property contains a unique and rare blend of farm, ranch and recreational opportunities. With the combination of irrigated hay lands surrounded by gently sloping timbered hillsides, meadows and canyons, wildlife abounds on this property. This is a turnkey operation including farm equipment.

Lay of the Land
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Near the southern base of the Spanish Peaks and close to the headwaters of the Apishapa River, this ranch offers a rare combination of well maintained irrigated lands serviced by historic water rights, and hillsides and canyons that are predominantly covered with a mix of spruce, pine, fir, and Gambel’s Oak. These mountainous areas are easily accessible by a good network of roads and trails.

Improvements

This Brunelli Ranch is a very functional property with modest but well maintained improvements that include two homes, barn, equipment shed / workshop, equipment, and a significant watering system that provides a reliable water source for both livestock and wildlife.

History

This region of Colorado has a very rich and colorful past. The Apishipa River, which flows through the Brunelli Ranch, is a tributary to the Arkansas River, and the area was inhabited by early Native Americans. It’s not known for sure, but archeologists believe these “Apishipa Phase” people inhabited this region between 1050 and 1450 AD and are ancestors to the modern day Pawnee Tribe. The mid-1800s brought the railroad and coal mining along with significant growth to the area.
In more recent times, the Brunelli Ranch has been family owned and operated as a working ranch for the past several decades.

Location

The ranch is less than 15 minutes west of I-25 via County Road 46. C.R. 46 is paved to within a mile of the ranch. Trinidad, Colorado, with a hospital, restaurants and stores, is less than an hour to the south. While to the north, Denver International Airport is slightly more than 3 hours away, Colorado Springs is 2 hours away, and Pueblo is approximately an hour away.

Climate

This area of southern Colorado enjoys a relatively mild climate in both summer and winter months.
  • Average rainfall – 20″
  • Average snowfall – 95″
  • Average January low temperature is 18° Fahrenheit
  • Average July high temperature is 84° Fahrenheit
Sporting Features
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Hunting

There is a healthy big-game population on the ranch which includes, elk, mule deer, black bear, mountain lion and Merriam’s turkeys. This ranch lies in Colorado big game hunting unit 85. This unit is considered a prime trophy hunting unit. Licenses for all species are readily available during archery, muzzleloading and 4 rifle seasons. Specific season and licensing information can be found through the Colorado Parks and Wildlife website and brochures. There is common boundary between the Brunelli Ranch and the renowned Twin Peaks Ranch, which is known for its trophy deer and elk hunting.

Fishing

In addition to the hunting, there are two ponds on the ranch that have had sustainable populations of warm water species, particularly large mouth bass.

Recreation

With easy access to the San Isabel National Forest, Spanish Peaks and Sangre de Cristo Range, the ranch lends itself to endless vistas and opportunities for hiking, biking or just enjoying nature and the outdoors.
Ranch Attributes
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Ranch Operations

A turnkey opportunity, ranching improvements and equipment include:
  • Ranch working facilities include a 24′ x 48′ 3 sided shed with closed tack/storage room.
  • 66′ x 30′ equipment storage building with closed workshop. (three-sided equipment storage area is 43′ x 30′. Closed in workshop area with concrete floor is 23′ x 30′.)
  • Tractors, swather and baler along with other miscellaneous equipment. (A complete list of equipment can be provided upon request.)

Water Rights

With 135 +/- acres of irrigated hay lands serviced by direct flow water from the Apishapa River, irrigation water is distributed by ditch and gated pipe. Reliable water sources for both livestock and wildlife is serviced by the ranch’s main well. From this well, water is pumped and stored in a 9,000 gallon tank and distributed by over five miles of water-lines servicing eight watering tanks throughout the ranch. In addition to this extensive system, there are two operational windmills and several dirt tanks.

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