Lying in the heart of the upper Yampa River Valley in northwestern Colorado, the 570-acre Hartford Ranch is a well-located mountain property offering solid agricultural and recreational values. Positioned just outside of the small town of Phippsburg, the ranch is characterized by its rural surroundings and varied topography consisting of upland sage pasture, irrigated meadows, riparian creek, and sloping hillsides. Hartford Ranch has been historically run as a small self-sustaining cattle ranch supporting up to 50 head year round (or 100 seasonally), and produces up to 100 tons of grass hay with 4 CFS of water rights. Recreational pursuits on the ranch and in the surrounding area are numerous and the ranch’s higher draws provide excellent refuge for elk and deer. While the property has traditionally been run as an agricultural operation, the appeal of the locale and landscape create an attractive mountain retreat.
At elevations ranging from 7,400 feet to just over 8,000 feet, Hartford Ranch is an ideal mountain ranch with a diverse topography and landscape. The ranch adjoins a small section of BLM land on the southwest corner, but is otherwise surrounded by large private ranches. The lower areas of the property are gently sloping and bounded on the south by County Road 15. This area is comprised of approximately 100 acres of lush meadow, a riparian area around Hunt Creek, as well as the headquarters, handling facilities and corals. Reaching up to the ranch’s higher ground, the terrain becomes steeper and is characterized by sage and oak brush hillsides and draws with thick cover and mature aspen groves. The top of the property features a high elevation plateau of upland sage pasture and 360-degree vistas. A classic turn of the century homesteader’s cabin still stands in a protected draw overlooking the town of Phippsburg.
The current set of improvements on the ranch are modest, built for basic working use. There is a 1,263 square foot cottage with two bedrooms and one bath. A detached storage garage is near the house and can accommodate two cars. There are two other agricultural outbuildings and a small storage barn that together total around 3,500 square feet.
Hartford Ranch is located in the upper Yampa River Valley just one mile outside the town of Phippsburg and 5 miles south of Oak Creek, CO. The property lies just off of the scenic corridor of Highway 131 and is easily accessed year-round by County Road 15. The Yampa River Valley is one of the most picturesque mountain settings in Colorado and is known for its rural character, recreation, and scenic western backdrop against the Flat Tops Wilderness Area. Hartford Ranch is within a 25-mile reach of the quaint resort town of Steamboat Springs with all its modern amenities, ski resort, restaurants, and top notch medical facilities. The small community of Oak Creek is just five minutes up the road and offers basic services like grocery and retail stores, along with local cafes and watering holes. The ranch is found in the heart of the high country with the Routt National Forest to the west, Sarvis Creek Wilderness and the iconic Gore Range to the east, and nearby proximity to Stagecoach Reservoir and Stagecoach State Park.
This region is known for cold winters and cool summers with 245 sunny days per year. July is typically the warmest month and average temperature is around 77 degrees. The average winter low in January is 7 degrees. The area usually sees about 21 inches of rain and 182 inches of snowfall per year.
Located within GMU 131, Hartford Ranch offers good big game hunting for both elk and mule deer and qualifies for landowner vouchers. A large elk herd is typically found moving through the valley in the fall, and they often take up refuge within the higher ravines on the property. Other big game hunting opportunities in the surrounding National Forest and other public hunting areas are amongst the best in the state.
Skiers will appreciate year round enjoyment with Steamboat Ski Resort just a half hour away. Other winter pursuits include snowmobiling, snowshoeing, and cross country skiing.
Other recreation includes hiking, mountain biking, rock climbing, white water rafting, and boating.
Hartford Ranch is surrounded by gold medal fishing resources. The Yampa River is known as one of the best trout fisheries in the state, and the tail-water section below Stagecoach Reservoir is a prized area. Stagecoach itself is also a great stillwater fishery for trout and northern pike. Additional streams in the area include the Elk River to the north and Colorado River to the south. Finally the Flat Tops Wilderness Area has some 110 lakes and ponds and 100 plus miles of fishable streams.
The property is well suited to be developed for horses, with ample pasture and nearby riding trails.
Hartford Ranch has been traditionally run as a small self-sustaining cattle operation. The property comfortably supports around 50 head year-round or 100 head for seasonal grazing. Numerous springs are found throughout the property and serve as stock watering sites. There are approximately 100 acres of flood irrigated hay meadow that can produce upwards of 100 tons of grass hay annually. The headquarters compound has a working set of corrals as well as cattle handling facilities and squeeze chute.
Located in Colorado Water Division #6, Hartford Ranch is watered by 4 CFS of historic water rights diverted from Hunt Creek through the North Hunt Creek Ditch. Current operators have improved the water delivery system with metal piping to the irrigated meadow.
All mineral rights owned by the Seller will be conveyed upon closing.