The 542-acre Seven Diamonds Ranch lies in the heart of Colorado’s renowned Wet Mountain Valley at the confluence of Grape and Swift Creek, the valley’s two main drainages. This beautiful hay and cattle ranch is prime agricultural land with 350 acres of irrigated hay ground, and the balance of upland pasture. The ranch is the first private property upstream of the DeWeese Reservoir, and owns both sides of a mile and a half of Grape Creek, the quiet pleasure of local fly fishermen. Included in the 10,000-acre Wet Mountain Valley Ranchland Preservation Program, including six contiguous ranches just west of the property, the ranch is assured its historic rural setting and spectacular protected view shed for generations to come.
Seven Diamonds Ranch, is a five minute drive from the picturesque town of Westcliffe, CO, just east of Hwy 69 in Custer County, CO. The scenic Sangre de Christo Range lies just a few miles west of the ranch.
Westcliffe, CO (Pop 4255) is home to several great restaurants, a grocery, hardware, motels, movie-theater, bowling alley, and most other major services. Pueblo, CO with all services including hospital, big box retail and many hotels and restaurants is only a short hour’s drive from the ranch. Colorado Springs Municipal Airport with non-stop service to more than 11 major U.S. cities is an hour and a half drive from Westcliffe. Recreation opportunities abound in the Wet Mountain Valley with hundreds of miles of the San Isabel National Forest and BLM lands in nearly every direction. There are countless trailheads for hiking, horseback riding, cross country skiing, ATV and snowmobile access. Hunting and fishing are abundant both on and off the property; Dewesse Reservoir is a mile east of the ranch; the Arkansas River and the world famous Royal Gorge are a half an hour away and are renown for excellent fishing, white water rafting, and incredible scenery. The Great Sand Dunes National Park is an hour and a half drive from the ranch on the west side of the Sangre de Christo range over what many argue is one of Colorado’s most scenic highways.
- Rainfall (in.): 14.4
- Snowfall (in): 69.4
- Precipitation Days: 82
- Sunny Days: 283
- Avg. July Daytime High: 85°
- Avg. January Daytime High: 42°
There are three homes on the ranch, including the manager’s house and garage, the original ranch headquarters, and a third modest dwelling. The conservation easement held by San Isabel Land Protection Trust allows for up to 5 additional building sites on the property. There is a large hay barn and various equipment sheds on the ranch, working pens and a riding arena. The ranch is perimeter and interior fenced and generally serviced by two-track ranch roads.
This may be the most exciting opportunity afforded by the ranch. The mile and a half of Grape Creek controlled by the property offers a unique habitat improvement and sporting development not enjoyed by other properties of its kind. The ranch controls the first mile and a half of private water above DeWesse Reservoir which serves as source and winter habitat of lake and stream dwelling trout species. While the fishing on Grape Creek above DeWesse is already quite good, development/improvement of the stream and habitat features could render the run outstanding. This habitat improvement potential gives the Seven Diamonds Ranch a unique investment upside that furthers the existing conservation benefits enjoyed by the property.
The ranch is home to antelope, mule deer, elk, ducks, geese, and a variety of upland birds. In addition to the hundreds of square miles of neighboring public lands, potential trout habitat improvement mentioned above, would have residual benefits for wildlife, especially upland birds and waterfowl.
The Seven Diamonds Ranch is in excellent physical condition. It has been run as a hay and cattle operation for generations and has been under the current management for well over a decade. In 2007 it was protected by a conservation easement held by the San Isabel Land Protection Trust and included in the Wet Mountain Valley Ranchland Preservation Program which emphasizes the preservation of agricultural, natural, scenic, and open space values of the valley.
285 acres of the ranch are protected in perpetuity by a conservation easement held by the San Isabel Land Protection Trust. In addition to the historic uses associated with agricultural operations of the ranch, a total of five additional building sites are allowed within the terms of the conservation easement; two (2) 16-acre “building envelopes” within the easement area; and three (3) 41-acre lots (119 acres) that are outside the conservation easement boundaries.
Seven Diamonds ranch enjoys senior water rights in both Grape and Swift creeks, including the most senior right in the valley dating back to 1869. A well-maintained network of delivery pipes and ditches delivers water to upwards of 350 acres of irrigated hay ground. Sub-irrigation along the banks of Grape Creek also helps support operations on the ranch.