The ranch is located along the upper stretches of the Huerfano River. This picturesque high mountain valley is between the Sangre de Cristo Mountains to the west and the Wet Mountains to the east. The valley provides a unique mixture of working ranches and stunning views of the Sangre de Cristo Range, which is the longest range in Colorado and contains ten named 14,000-foot peaks. The property itself contains extremely attractive scenery with views of aspen woodlands, dense forest, and open meadows rich with native grasses and wildflowers.
Manzanares Creek Ranch is situated near the base of the Sangre de Cristo Mountain Range in south-central Colorado. This 518-acre private ranch with sweeping views is comprised of a mixture of timbered hillside and tree-lined river bottom. This ranch is one of the few large privately owned parcels in the Upper Huerfano River Valley. Elevations on the ranch range from approximately 8,350’ to 9,600’. From Interstate 25 take exit 52 at Walsenburg and go west on State Highway 69 25 miles to Gardner then 12 miles to Redwing. From Redwing take Huerfano County Road 580 a few miles to the ranch entrance. The ranch is located approximately 3 hours from Denver, 1 1/2 hours from Colorado Springs and Taos, and 3 hours from Santa Fe.
There are currently no structural improvements on the ranch providing a clean slate for future owners to personalize the property however they like. The property is perimeter fenced and does have an internal network of trails.
Much of the surrounding National Forest is essentially roadless and in pristine natural condition, providing outstanding wildlife habitat and backcountry recreational opportunities to thousands of acres of National Forest system land.
The area is rich in scenic beauty and unique history dating back to the Comanche and Ute Indians as well as the Spanish Conquistadors who named the Sangre de Cristo (“Blood of Christ”) mountain range. The Sangres are one of the longest mountain chains on earth with ten peaks over 14,000 feet high and over two dozen rising 13,000 feet. This area was once part of an original Spanish land grant that stretched to Kansas and contained over 4 million acres. The valley provides a unique mixture of working ranches while also retaining its Hispanic heritage which dates back over 150 years.
- Average annual precipitation: 36.0 inches
- January temperature: High: 45°, Low: 10°
- July temperature: High: 85°, Low 52°
- Days of Sunshine per year: 300+