Plus Lazy K Ranch

Carbondale, Colorado (Garfield County)
$6,400,000
182 +/- Deeded Acres

Bisected by a natural spring that feeds a number of ponds throughout the property, allowing for reliable irrigation and an incredible habitat for wildlife.

Thoughtfully cared for and managed 182 acre ranch in Carbondale, CO.
Featuring
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  • Approximately 140 acres of heavily irrigated pastures and 15 acres of dry-land pastures.
  • Multiple ponds fed by a spring creek and unobstructed views of Mount Sopris and the Roaring Fork River Valley. 
  • Located 7 miles from the town of Glenwood Springs and 6 miles from the town of Carbondale.
  • A commercial component of the property allows for a variety of uses and immediate income potential. 
  • Senior water rights and reliable irrigation from a spring creek which flows year-round through the property.
  • A 7.4-acre building envelope with easy connections to local utilities. 
  • Improvements include a primary residence which could be renovated, as well as multiple shops and outbuildings.
Introduction
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The insightful quote from the owner of Plus Lazy K Ranch, “It’s not my land, just my turn”, best describes the thoughtful care and management of this sprawling 182-acre property in Carbondale, CO.  Historically operated as a successful sod operation, this heavily irrigated property has been meticulously converted into a regenerative agriculture business over the last decade. A natural spring bisects the ranch and feeds a number of ponds throughout the property, allowing for reliable irrigation and an incredible habitat for deer, elk, birds, and other game animals alike. The ponds have also historically been stocked with trout and could be further improved for the fly fishing enthusiast. The ranch is located within 15 minutes of the charming town of Carbondale, 20 minutes from Glenwood Springs, and 45 minutes from the town of Aspen.

Several Photographs of Plus Lazy K Ranch were taken by Preston Hoffman.

Lay of the Land
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Overview:

182 acres of sprawling pastures in the Missouri Heights area of Carbondale, CO. 

Improvements:

There are four primary structures on the ranch and multiple outbuildings including a 1,956sf house, a 6,792sf Shop/Barn, and a 3,774sf Office/Warehouse.

Location:

The ranch is located in Garfield County within 15 minutes of downtown Carbondale, CO.

Locale:

Carbondale has a history rooted in agriculture and its heritage is often celebrated through local events and markets. It is known for its strong sense of community and welcoming atmosphere and has numerous galleries, studios, local restaurants, and easy access to grocery stores and medical facilities. The Roaring Fork Valley is also renowned as being a hub for recreational enthusiasts of all sorts. Fishing enthusiasts travel from around the world to experience the Frying Pan, Roaring Fork, and Colorado Rivers, all which are within a 15-45 minute drive from the ranch. Carbondale is ideally situated near some of the country’s most renowned ski resorts, offering easy access to premier destinations like Aspen, Snowmass, Buttermilk, and Sunlight Mountain Resort.

History:

Historically operated as a sod farm, the ranch has undergone a transformation over the last decade into a successful regenerative agriculture business. The thoughtful management practices under the current ownership have restored soil health throughout the property and have created an eco-diverse sanctuary for livestock and game animals that frequent the ranch.  By abstaining from pesticide use on most of the ranch for over 2 years, much of the ranch is on track to achieve certified organic status by 2025.

Climate:

The ranch sits at approximately 6,900ft in elevation which allows for a milder climate with longer weeks of spring, summer, and fall. Temperatures in July historically have ranged from 60-87 degrees whereas the low temperatures in January range from 23-42 degrees.

Sporting Features
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Overview:

The area is surrounded by numerous trails suitable for hiking and biking and is an exceptional gateway to access multiple Blue Ribbon and Gold Medal fisheries such as the Roaring Fork River, the Frying Pan River, as well as the Lower Colorado River. All of which are located within a 10-45 min drive from the ranch.

Aspen is a short drive away and is home to four world-class ski resorts (Aspen Mountain, Aspen Highlands, Buttermilk, and Snowmass). In 2023, Snowmass Mountain was voted the number one ski resort in North America by Conde Nast Traveler. The resorts in the Roaring Fork Valley boast diverse terrain, making it appealing for skiers and snowboarders of all skill levels. Additionally, there are multiple hot springs and golf courses within a short distance of the ranch including but not limited to Iron Bridge, Aspen Glen, and River Valley Ranch.

Hunting:

The ranch is located in unit 444 which is known for healthy populations of large elk and mule deer. The protein-rich environment of the heavily irrigated pastures allows for an ideal feeding ground for big game animals as well as various types of birds and waterfowl.

Fishing:

There are several ponds throughout the property that historically have been stocked with various species of trout. The natural spring that feeds the ponds runs year-round and provides a reliable water source for recreational and irrigation purposes. Some of Colorado’s best-renowned fisheries are within a short drive from the ranch. The Roaring Fork, Colorado River, Crystal River, and Frying Pan River are all located within the Roaring Fork Valley and have excellent fishing and rafting opportunities.

Ranch Attributes
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Conservation Value:

The majority of the property is protected by a conservation easement with the Aspen Valley Land Trust which preserves the landscape and extensive water rights of the ranch. The building envelope within the conservation easement is approximately 7.5 acres and has unobstructed views of Mount Sopris and short connection points to local utilities. The southern portion of the property that contains the existing improvements is not encumbered by the conservation easement and allows for additional development opportunities. 

Water Rights:

The property boasts extensive senior water rights, which are protected by the conservation easement with the Aspen Valley Land Trust.

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