Conveniently located only an hour from Vail, Diamond C Ranch is the quintessential western ranch with lush irrigated meadows and cottonwood-lined creeks, all in a private valley surrounded by public lands. The ranch offers sweeping views of the Flat Tops and surrounding mountains, as well as generous water rights, and is just moments from gold medal fly-fishing and rafting on the Colorado River. With 1,341 deeded acres and a 17,286 acres BLM lease, Diamond C is one of the rare contiguous ranches of this size in Eagle County. The property boasts recently renovated homes, a bunkhouse, and equestrian facilities evoking the western lifestyle. The ranch offers all the amenities ranch owners are looking for, affording an opportunity to raise cattle and grow hay, as well as boundless opportunities to recreate and hunt on the ranch and adjoining public lands.
As you drive past the Colorado River and through a small canyon, you are met with grassy meadows strewn with sage brush. To the right, you will notice the Flat Top Wilderness looming in the distance and in front of you, Castle Peak. As you make your way down the dirt road to the entrance of the property, you pass two rotating pivots, tall cottonwoods, and tall rock walls to the north. The new barn sits atop a hill overlooking irrigated meadows and the main ranch headquarters is to the eastern side of the property. Indian paintbrush dot the high nutrient rich grasses, perfect for a small cattle operation. The southern end of the property abuts BLM ground and is heavy with rich alfalfa and timber, lending itself to prime mule deer habitat.
The Diamond C Ranch is one of the very few large acreage ranches available in Eagle County. The property sits just north of Castle Peak with unobstructed views of the Flat Top Wilderness to the west. The property is nearly surrounded by BLM ground and only a few minutes from the Colorado River just west of McCoy. The ranch is a short 40 minute drive from Eagle County Regional Airport, less than an hour from Beaver Creek, and just over an hour from Vail.
The Diamond C Ranch is located at approximately 6,500 feet above sea level. There is less snowfall at this location than Vail or Beaver Creek with an average of 85 inches a year and an annual rainfall average of 17 inches.
- Main Home
The main 2,125 square foot ranch home was originally built in the 1900s and stood as the main headquarters. The four bedroom home was wonderfully remodeled in 2013 with views of the Flat Tops from the first and second story porches. The home is situated at the eastern end of the property in the center of a well manicured lawn and expertly thought-out landscaping that includes a waterfall and is near the creek and large pond.
The home provides a respite for the working rancher or the family escaping the crowds of nearby resorts with an outdoor eating veranda, comfortable living room, large kitchen, office, dining room, and a large porcelain tub in the master bathroom. The main home comes fully furnished and has ample room for your next mount harvested on the surrounding BLM lease.
- Other Improvements
Near the main home is a new four bedroom 2,000 sqft. guest house for guests and staff, a unique bunkhouse carved into an adjoining hillside; pond house & fishing pier, dog kennel, and sporting goods storage cabin. There are also numerous operational improvements including a refurbished historic barn, new 4,000 sq. ft. equipment barn, tack shed and calving sheds, and working chute, cattle corral, and catch pens.
Just down the road from the headquarters is the newly constructed horse barn that was completed in May of 2019. Inside, the barn includes a studio apartment, office, twelve indoor stalls, a wash station, a tack room, a full bath, and a framed view of the Flat Tops as you look out the giant sliding doors. It includes four outdoor stalls, cutting horse arena, warm up arena, holding pens, viewing deck, and ample space for parking trailers along the perimeter.
For a complete list of all improvements please contact the broker.
The newly built barn, complete with 12 indoor stalls, four outdoor stalls, warm up arena, and outdoor arena, was built to meet the needs of any successful cutting horse operation. The barn has plenty of room for RV pull ups and a viewing deck for visiting spectators. The location of the ranch makes it accessible to cutting horse enthusiasts from the western slope, Eagle county, and further north towards Steamboat.
The ranch lies in the heart of GMU 35 and is nearly surrounded by BLM ground. The mix of high grasses and forest-edge meadows make the Diamond C Ranch a prime ranch for mule deer hunting. Large elk herds can also be found just on the outskirts of the property on the encompassing BLM ground.
The Catamount take-out along the Colorado River is only five minutes from the front gate. Due to its location on the Colorado River Road, this access point sees less traffic than most which only adds to the caliber of fishing you would expect on this stretch of the Colorado River. The stretch from State Bridge to Catamount is a perfect half day trip for the avid dry-flyer and there won’t be a long car ride home at the end of your trip! Owners of Diamond C Ranch can also fish at the fishing pond at the entrance of the property.
Skiing at Vail
World-class skiing can be found less than an hour away at Beaver Creek and a little over an hour at Vail Resorts. Vail is home to over 5,200 acres of high alpine skiing with seven bowls, over 190 ski runs, and unencumbered views of some of the most beautiful ranges in Colorado. Beaver Creek is even closer to the property and serves fresh-baked cookies at the lift every morning before you get ready to ski on more than 140 world-class ski runs!
Diamond C Ranch is a productive hay and alfalfa farm with room for 200 head of cattle annually on the deeded ground. The property has room for an additional 918 AUMs on the surrounding 17,286 acre BLM lease. There are two rotating pivots gravity fed from the nearby Grimes Ditch and the property is fully fenced for cattle. The average yield over the past three years has been 357 tons of hay with a total of 238 irrigated acres.
The property has substantial water rights including multiple ditches, springs, and some rights off of the Hurt Reservoir. The water rights on the property equate to more than 30 annual CFS with some dating back to 1907. There are two wells on the property fed by a groundwater tributary.