Riverbend Ranch sits along the southern bank of the Colorado River in the valley between Glenwood Springs and Grand Junction in western Colorado’s I-70 corridor. The property is just outside the town limits of New Castle, so as one drives along the river, its entry area feels suburban in nature, while the ranch’s backdrop is rugged wildlife habitat (a private “in-holding” subdivision comprised of dozens of homes built in the 1970s sits in the north-central portion of Riverbend Ranch along County Road 335 just south of the river, essentially dividing the ranch into two sections along the Colorado River). While a grocery store and some restaurants are in New Castle, Glenwood Springs is just 10 minutes away and world-renowned for its hot springs, and spas, numerous hotels, Adventure Park, restaurants, shops, schools, hospitals, banks and a smaller plane private jet airport. Glenwood Springs lies just off I-70 at the confluence of the Colorado and the Roaring Fork River, with other character-filled destination mountain towns such as Carbondale, Basalt, and Aspen located upstream on the Roaring Fork on CO Hwy 82. Downstream, in the other direction from Riverbend Ranch (westbound on I-70), are lower elevation towns like Rifle and Grand Junction, so choices abound at all times of the year for different weather and recreational opportunities. You can enjoy everything from world famous downhill skiing, to golf (New Castle is home to Lakota Golf Club, a fine, newer layout), fly-fishing, and wineries and orchards.
Riverbend is conveniently located between two commercial airports with both the Grand Junction Airport to the west and the Eagle County Regional Airport in Eagle to the east (servicing Vail and Beaver Creek) being less than an hour away. Commercial service is also available 2.5 hours away at DIA and private jet service is 10 miles down the road at the Garfield County Airport in Rifle, Colorado, and also in Aspen.
Several world-class ski resorts are within an easy drive. Aspen/Ajax Mountain, Aspen Highlands, Buttermilk and Snowmass are all located in and around Aspen, one hour away, and Beaver Creek and Vail Resorts are less than 90 minutes away.
A humble ranch house is on-property and currently leased by the ranch caretaker.
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. At 5,500 feet elevation, this part of the Colorado River Valley is much lower elevation than the well-known resort towns in the region, so it is known for its milder, manageable winters.