Double R Ranch

Walden, Colorado (Jackson County)
$13,500,000
3,676 +/- Deeded Acres

Double R Ranch is a reputable cattle ranch with extraordinary water rights located in a scenic northern Colorado valley known as North Park in Jackson County, Colorado.

A historic and scenic working ranch with infinite recreation
Featuring
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  • 3,676 +/- deeded acres with adjoining 9,570 acre +/- BLM lease and 640 acres State lease
  • Approximately 2,350 acres of irrigated hay meadows and 908 acres of irrigated and sub-irrigated pastures 
  • Historic water rights consisting of 164 cfs and 936-acre feet of storage in Butte Reservoir
  • Excellent fly-fishing along 4.4 miles of the North Platte River and adjoins Gold Medal waters on three separate lakes within the Delaney Butte Lakes State Wildlife Area
  • Currently focused on hay production with a  5-year average of approximately 3,000 tons of good quality grass hay.
  • Numerous functional improvements with primary residence, new shop,  two-story owner/manager’s home, manufactured homes, historic barn, two new hay barns, outbuildings, and corrals
  • Situated just 7 miles from Walden along county-maintained roads and easy access to world-class skiing, including one hour from Steamboat Springs, 1.5 hours from Winter Park, and just under 3 hours from Denver, Colorado
  • Level topography along the North Park valley floor situated at an average of 8,000′ above sea level
  • Conservation easement with The Nature Conservancy
Introduction
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A historic and scenic working ranch with infinite recreation, the Double R Ranch consists of 3,676 +/- deeded acres, 9,570 +/- acres of BLM , and 640 acres of State lease lands (total 747 AUMs). The ranch has abundant water rights that irrigate 2,350 acres of hay ground, and the ranch produces a mixture of timothy grass and clover and is renowned for its quality.  Fly fishermen will enjoy frontage on 4.4 miles of the North Platte River. Double R includes numerous well-maintained improvements that fit the scale and needs of an operating cattle ranch, perimeter fencing with good interior roads, wells, access to utilities, and direct access to public roads.

Lay of the Land
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Double R Ranch is a reputable cattle ranch with extraordinary water rights located in a scenic northern Colorado valley known as North Park in Jackson County, Colorado.  It is only 7 miles southwest of the authentic western ranching community of Walden, just a little over an hour from either Steamboat Springs or Winter Park, and only 3 hours from Denver.  

This productive ranch is nestled in a protected valley against the base of the Routt National Forest and the Park Range with its dramatic 12,000-foot peaks. The adjoining 9,570-acre BLM lease and 640 acres of State land further enhance the cattle operations, creating a large contiguous ranch that is laid out perfectly for a hay and cattle operation.

Improvements

Double R Ranch is a classic working cattle ranch with numerous improvements, including modern residences, historic barns, and functional cattle handling facilities. The structures on the property strengthen the ranch’s historic integrity.

The headquarters comprises the main home, guest cabin and lodge, manager’s home, brand new shop, a historic barn, outbuildings, employee housing, two new storage barns, and handling facilities. The 3,121-square-foot owner’s home was built in 1939 and has been substantially upgraded recently with hardwood floors, wood-clad windows, oak-sawn doors, plaster walls, and a spacious and modern owner’s suite. Nearby is the lodge pavilion and log home for guests and entertaining; a 3,160 sq. ft. manager house constructed in 2011 with an attached garage; and one manufactured home for guests or employees. The main yard revolves around a 4,485 sq. ft. historic red ban with a gambrel roof constructed in 1918 with a hay loft and numerous stalls. A new heated shop with concrete floors, additional barns, sheds, piped corrals, hydraulic chute, gathering pens, bulk and grain bins, and a Quonset hut complement it. Utilities include Mountain Parks Electric, well water, septic, and propane.

Locale

The property is in North Park, Colorado, a glacial valley between snowy mountain ranges of the Rocky Mountains in north-central Colorado. The valley has a rich grassland climate supporting large ranches and a wide selection of big game. Numerous rivers and creeks provide incredible fly-fishing opportunities.

The basin is approximately 35 miles wide and 45 miles long, encompassing approximately 1,600 square miles, more than one million acres, and the elevation ranges from 7,800 feet on the valley floor to nearly 13,000 feet on the surrounding peaks.  It is the northernmost of four such “parks” in Colorado and is known locally as North Park. North Park opens north into Wyoming and is rimmed on the west by the Park Range, on the south by the Rabbit Ears Mountains, on the southeast by the Never-Summer Range, and the east and northeast by the Medicine Bow Range. Numerous slow, meandering streams are interspersed on the basin floor and eventually come together to form the headwaters of the North Platte River, which flows through the ranch. Most of the floodplains along the streams are irrigated meadows, while the low rises adjacent to the floodplain and the higher rises on the refuge are characterized by sagebrush grasslands.

Climate

  • Average annual precipitation: 10.8 inches
  • Average annual snowfall: 57.5 inches
  • Average January temperatures: High 28 Low 4
  • Average July temperatures: High 78, Low 40
Sporting Features
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The Double R Ranch offers world-class fishing and year-round outdoor recreation. With plentiful snow-pack draining the surrounding mountains, small high-country creeks combine to create tributary streams that flow out of the foothills and into the valley floor. As the gradient reduces, the water slows and begins meandering through willow-lined hay meadows.  The meandering streams from the Park Range combine to create a world-class fishery: the North Platte River. The headwaters of the North Platte River flow for over 4.4 miles through the headquarters. The North Platte offers classic wide riffles, deep runs, braids, and plentiful native Browns, Rainbows, and Brookies. Outstanding water rights will enable the buyer to further enhance the exceptional fishery habitat. 

Still Water Fishing

In addition to the private fishing on the ranch, there is excellent still-water fishing in the adjoining Delaney Butte Lakes State Wildlife Area. These three lakes provide some of the best still-water fisheries in the state for trophy Cutthroat, Rainbows, and Browns. The North Delaney Buttes Lake is one of only two Gold Medal Lakes in Colorado.

Hunting

The area also offers big game hunting with record-class moose, antelope, elk, and mule deer. Nearby is the Arapaho National Wildlife Refuge, which provides nesting and rearing habitat for migratory birds.

Ranch Attributes
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North Park is one of the premier ranching communities in the West, with some of the finest operating ranches in Colorado.  Numerous rivers, streams, and creeks flow down from the surrounding mountains, providing the necessary water to irrigate the lush hayfields.  Ranches cover much of the valley floor ringed by forested hillsides, mountains, and National Forest lands.

Ranch Operations

The Double R Ranch is a historic working ranch that has operated as a traditional cow-calf cattle ranch for over a hundred years. More than ample water rights that irrigate 2,350 acres of hay ground that produces some of the finest grass hay in the region.  In addition, there are about 908 acres of irrigated and sub-irrigated pasture.  With thousands of acres of adjoining BLM and State grazing land, Double R Ranch is a successful working ranch that can be self-sustaining or leased out for haying operations and cattle grazing.

Mineral Rights

The owners will convey all the mineral interests it possesses.

Water Rights

The ranch has substantial and valuable water rights consisting of approximately 164 cfs that date back to the 1880s and 936 acre-feet of storage rights. These rights irrigate 2,350 acres of hay meadows and 908 acres of pasture, with the balance and adjoining public land leases dry land vital to the existing cow-calf operation. A breakdown of these water rights can be provided to qualified prospects. The ranch produces a mixture of timothy grass and clover and is renowned for its quality.

Conservation Values

The ranch has significant conservation values, particularly the montane aquatic ecosystem along the riparian areas, including the North Platte River. A conservation easement with The Nature Conservancy allows additional building envelopes, new residences, and an indoor horse arena. The remaining ranch is an ideal candidate given the numerous conservation values, including scenic, wildlife, and historic agricultural uses.

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