The cornerstone of the last pristine ranching valley in proximity to Aspen, Jeff Gordon’s Coulter Valley Ranch encompasses 1,930 acres, 524 on the lower parcel (Coulter Creek Tract) and approximately 1,406 in the upper portion (Mountain Tract). The lower parcel comprises much of the expansive and dramatic Coulter Valley, with a couple miles of the spring-fed, oxbow meadow-meandering Coulter Creek coursing through it, and the upper parcel being home to terrific hunting and the high country above Glenwood Canyon. In between these private deeded parcels is another approximate 1,000 acres where the Gordon property controls a BLM grazing permit for 150 AUM’s. This unimproved working/sporting ranch controls 30% of Consolidated Reservoir, an 860 acre-foot capacity reservoir, along with a variety of other surface water rights and springs and well. The ranch boasts awesome snow-capped Elk Range views and no conservation easement, along with over 200 acres of irrigated ground.
Available in its entirety for $8,500,000, or as two separate parcels, as follows:
- Coulter Creek Tract (524 +/- acres): $6,500,000
- Mountain Tract (1,406 +/- acres): $2,500,000
Jeff Gordon’s Coulter Valley Ranch is the centerpiece of this largely unknown gem of a mountain valley, Coulter Creek Valley, which sits just 15 minutes from two terrific Colorado mountain towns, Carbondale and Glenwood Springs, and only 45 minutes from Aspen. The ranch not only comprises the largest portion of one of the biggest expanses of agriculturally-productive, irrigated meadow in the greater Roaring Fork Valley, but also, very strategically, upper alpine wildlife habitat and grazing lands that serve as one of the only access points to beautiful national forest lands high above Glenwood Canyon. This means the Gordon property owner largely controls even more acreage up above that is terrific hunting ground for elk, deer, bear, and moose. All together, the Jeff Gordon property showcases the best of both worlds, lower elevation attributes such as lushness, live water, and agricultural productivity, and high country elements such as great wildlife habitat, hunting, trails, a cabin, and dramatic canyons and forests.
Currently only some old corrals and sheds and one traditional farmhouse that is rented exist on this largely unimproved property, as well as one small high country hunting cabin, so it holds the potential to be almost whatever one envisions. Nearly every part of the ranch has amazing views of the snow-capped Elk Range, centering on dramatic Mt. Sopris that looms over the region, so a new owner has many choices on where to locate a new residence and any ranch operations.
Summertime temperatures are in the 70s and 80s. Fall temps range in the 60s and 70s during the day, with evening temperatures dropping into the 40s and 50s. Wintertime temperatures range from highs in the 30s to 40s during the day and dropping into the teens and 20s at night. Average annual precipitation is approximately 16.5 inches. Most of the Coulter Creek area is south-facing, so snowfall melts early in the spring, and the area is known for its milder, manageable winters.
The ranch sits in the upper reaches of the Missouri Heights area that is home to rural, mostly-south facing properties perched above the Roaring Fork Valley with big views of the snow-capped Elk Range. The Coulter Valley where the ranch is located is home to some of the last large private landscapes in the greater Roaring Fork Valley. The Roaring Fork Valley is known as the home to Aspen, the world-class resort and cultural center, as well as historic, smaller towns like Basalt, Carbondale, and Glenwood Springs, each with its own unique character and shops and restaurants, so the new ranch owner will have many fantastic choices as far as where to have their off-property fun, just 15 to 45 minutes away. Glenwood is world renowned for its hot springs, and spas, numerous hotels, restaurants, shops, schools, hospitals, banks and private jet airport. There are many superb golf courses nearby. The town lies just off of Interstate 70 and at the confluence of the Colorado and Roaring Fork Rivers. It is 45 minutes to Vail and Aspen from the ranch, and 160 miles to Denver. Carbondale is a bit funkier and smaller but also has great restaurants and shops and festivals and is also often on many best towns in the West lists for recreation and culture and all-around healthy, active lifestyles.
The property is conveniently located between two commercial airports, with Aspen Pitkin County Airport approximately 40 miles southeast, and the Eagle County Regional Airport in Eagle (servicing Vail and Beaver Creek) 40 miles away. Commercial service is also available 2.5 hours away at DIA and private jet service is 30 miles down the road at the Garfield County Airport in Rifle, Colorado, and also in Aspen.
Several world-class ski resorts are within a short drive. Aspen/Ajax Mountain, Aspen Highlands, Buttermilk and Snowmass are all located in and around Aspen, and Beaver Creek and Vail Resorts are less than 90 minutes away as well.
The Gordon property is located in GMU 444, where over the counter hunting tags are generally available for elk, mule deer, and bear. Large elk herds coming down from the higher elevations above Glenwood Canyon to the north often roam down through this property.
Of course this area is renowned for downhill skiing, so skiers will appreciate all the options one has within 45 minutes of the ranch, including Aspen, Aspen Highlands, Snowmass, and even Ski Sunlight, a smaller ski area outside Glenwood Springs and less than 30 minutes away. Snowmobiling and snow-shoeing are also enjoyed on the property, while in the summer, other recreation includes hiking, mountain biking, rock climbing, white water rafting, and boating (Ruedi Reservoir is 45 minutes away).
The ranch is surrounded by gold medal fishing resources. The Roaring Fork, just 15 minutes away, is known as one of the best trout fisheries in the state, as is the Frying Pan, just 25 minutes away, and the Colorado River below Glenwood Springs, for those who may want to float a larger river. Coulter Creek, while smallish, holds a stable, spring-fed flow and can easily be improved into a more serious fishery if a new owner so pleases.
The property is well-suited to be developed for horses, with ample pasture and irrigated fields for growing hay, and nearby dirt roads and jeep trails to serve as terrific riding trails, on-property and off, especially on the upper reaches that access national forest lands high above the famous Glenwood Canyon.
Jeff Gordon’ Coulter Valley Ranch has traditionally been operated as a hay-growing and cattle grazing lease operation run by a neighboring cattle producer. The same arrangement may be possible for a new owner who wants to have someone else care for the agricultural elements of the ranch, as the nearby ranch manager has twenty years of experience managing this property, as well as leading hunting trips up on the higher ground. All the resources one needs are present for whatever sort of property one envisions, a horse farm, cattle ranch, or recreational getaway/preserve.
All mineral rights owned by the Seller will be conveyed upon closing.
Jeff Gordon’s ranch possesses historic, senior water rights consisting of a 30% share in the 860-acre foot Consolidated Reservoir, as well as the following, which generally provide abundant irrigation water for approximately 220 acres of hay meadows and irrigated pasture.
- West Highline Ditch: 3.6 cfs
- Coulter West Side Ditch: 1.5 cfs
- Keeton & Emison Ditch (Mesa Ck): 6.2 cfs
- Prior Ditch: 0.7 cfs
- Adjudicated Springs: Bar Lazy Y Springs 1-4
- Wells: 3