Snowshoe Ranch

Somerset, Colorado (Gunnison County)
142 +/- Deeded Acres

Located at the confluence of Anthracite and Coal Creeks, along a national scenic byway, Snowshoe Ranch is for the fishing enthusiast looking for a private and scenic sporting getaway. Offering one mile of both sides of Anthracite Creek, nine ponds, and bordered on three sides by the Gunnison National Forest.

A Private Fly-fishing Adventure in the West Elks Between Crested Butte and Aspen
Read Less
Read More
  • One mile of both sides of Anthracite Creek, a fun freestone fishery with 10-15 inch trout
  • Nine trout ponds
  • Privacy – surrounded on three sides by national forest
  • Attractive streamside Craftsman residence and detached guest apartment
  • Located on national scenic byway, the road to Crested Butte
  • Terrific big game hunting nearby on national forest lands and Wilderness
  • Twenty minutes to North Fork Valley fruit & wine country – Paonia and Hotchkiss
Read Less
Read More

Located at the confluence of Anthracite and Coal Creeks, along a national scenic byway, the 142± acre Snowshoe Ranch is for the fishing enthusiast looking for a private and scenic sporting getaway surrounded by the wondrous mountains, mesas, National Forests, and Wilderness Areas of Gunnison County, Colorado.  Options abound at Snowshoe Ranch, as one mile of both sides of Anthracite Creek is the main draw, but when runoff occurs on this freestone stream in the late spring, the property’s nine ponds, three with spawning areas, await the angler. Located at a comfortable four-season elevation of 6,300 feet, Snowshoe is bordered on three sides by the Gunnison National Forest, with several trailheads accessing these mountains and mesas for the hunter. Just a bit further up Kebler Pass Road, a seasonal highway designated as the West Elks Scenic Loop here between Paonia and Crested Butte where the Snowshoe is located, are the Raggeds and West Elk Wilderness Areas, both also big draws for hikers, hunters, and sightseers seeking dramatic high alpine settings. On-property, sitting streamside amidst the well-manicured grounds and spruce-fir forest is a handsome, remodeled 2,100 square-foot Craftsman style main residence and a separate, matching guest studio/garage, each close enough to the streams to hear their soothing sounds.

Lay of the Land
Read Less
Read More

A robust, private bridge crossing Coal Creek and a playful, wood-columned ranch entry featuring two fisherman greet visitors to Snowshoe Ranch, named after nearby Snowshoe Creek. A long, curving, paved driveway through a verdant grass lawn leads to the residential compound that is circled by beautiful, seasonal gardens. The country-style residence is close enough to the flowing creek to hear its soothing sounds.


  • Main residence: This 2,132 square-foot home contains 3 bedrooms and 2 baths. The residence was originally constructed in 1906 and remodeled in 1994. A large, beautiful porch allows folks to enjoy the scenic outdoors here.
  • Detached garage/work area and guest apartment: 812 square feet with a large studio room/guest apartment on the second floor with half-bath.


  • Rainfall (in): 15.8
  • Snowfall (in): 48.4
  • Precipitation Days: 85
  • Sunny Days: 246
  • Avg. July High: 89°
  • Avg. Jan. Low: 13.6°


Snowshoe Ranch is located in the heart of western Colorado’s magnificent high country, yet, at an elevation of 6,300’, is set in a comfortable four-season climate area with access to both the dramatic, snow-capped high country and the fertile, milder fruit and wine country. Crested Butte and Aspen are in easy proximity, as are the fruit orchards and wineries in the North Fork Valley around Paonia and Hotchkiss, less than 30 minutes away. The latter towns are small rural communities with a couple cafes and basic services, with Hotchkiss having the nearest grocery store. Big box retail is in Delta, a 45-minute drive. Nearest commercial airports are in Grand Junction and Montrose, both less than 90-minute drives.

The quaint and funky mountain resort town of Crested Butte is less than one hour away over Kebler Pass in the summer and fall (with the autumnal drive here often mentioned as one of the top ten in the state for leaf-peepers). Kebler Pass closes in the winter months, however, the area then becomes a mountain playland with snowmobiling and cross-cross country skiing. The Gunnison National Forest and West Elk and Raggeds Wilderness Areas are home to terrific hunting, fishing, and hiking, as it represents some of the most beautiful alpine country in the West. Snowshoe Ranch sits at its doorstep.

In the other direction on the West Elk Scenic Loop are towns like Marble, Redstone, and Carbondale, all with great access to western Colorado high country. Redstone is home to the Redstone Inn, thirty minutes from Snowshoe Ranch, open year-round and with two good restaurants. Carbondale is an Aspen bedroom community with many top restaurants and cafes. Carbondale is approximately one hour from Snowshoe Ranch.

Sporting Features
Read Less
Read More


The Snowshoe Ranch/Kebler Pass Road area is a gateway to GMU Unit 53, mostly Gunnison National Forest and West Elk and Ragged Wilderness, known for magnificent but challenging terrain harboring lots of elk and large mule deer. Typically, GMU 53 has over-the-counter elk licenses available for the 2nd and 3rd rifle seasons.


With its small irrigated meadow across the river from the main residence, Snowshoe can be home to horses. It just needs its old barn and corrals to be spruced up some to complete the picture. Spectacular trails into national forest and wilderness area surround this area.


Snowshoe Ranch possesses approximately one mile of both sides of Anthracite Creek, a beautiful, smallish freestone stream that tumbles down from the Raggeds Wilderness above Snowshoe. Coal Creek also flows through the ranch for a quarter-mile or so, with both offering a fishery that is fun wading for all skill levels, with mostly rainbows and some browns, typically in the 8’’ to 16’’ range. At this elevation, fishing is active pretty much all year other than the spring runoff in May and June – but not here at Snowshoe, as that’s a great time to fish Snowshoe’s nine ponds, three with spawning areas. For experts looking for larger, trophy trout, portions of the renowned Gunnison River can be found just a 30-minute drive away.

Ranch Attributes
Read Less
Read More

Ranch Operations

Snowshoe Ranch is a sporting, mountain retreat with fun fishing and horse property potential. The water resources exist mainly for the fishing ponds and attractively-manicured grounds, as well as some associated irrigated pasture areas that can be upgraded for horses.

Water Rights

Water resources at Snowshoe consist of a combination of wells with pump that cycles through the nine fishing ponds and for the property’s expansive lawns and gardens. A small surface water right serves the irrigated pasture across the river.

Conservation Value

Snowshoe Ranch is unencumbered by a conservation easement, so the opportunity exists to protect this beautiful landscape and stream. Contact the listing agent for details on the unique workings of conservation easements in Colorado.

Similar Properties

Huntsman Reserve

Ragged Mountain, Colorado (Gunnison County)

  • One of the most pristine alpine building sites in the entire Rocky Mountain West offering unparalleled privacy, views, and solitude
  • ¾ mile of creek frontage taking in both sides of Henderson Creek with its calming sound audible from multiple locations throughout the property
  • Diverse landscapes including ridges and grassy meadows interspersed throughout old-growth spruce, aspen groves, and towering dark timber
  • Incredible views of the Flattops, Grand Mesa, West Elk Wilderness, Ragged Wilderness, Marcellina Peak, Huntsman Ridge, Chair Mountain, West Beckwith Peak, and Mount Lamborn
  • One mile of National Forest adjacency on two sides and large ranch adjacency on the remaining two sides
  • Direct private access to many thousands of acres of recreational opportunities in the Gunnison National Forest which is restricted to non-motorized use in this area
  • Herds of elk, mule deer, turkeys, and numerous other bird species frequent the property
  • The property is located approximately 1.3 miles from County Road 265 which is maintained year-round
  • Approximately 1:40 from great commercial air service in either Montrose or Eagle, and the Aspen Airport and world-class skiing is approximately 1:20 away
  • Approximately 50 minutes from great amenities in Carbondale and 45 minutes away from the eclectic community of Paonia, with its ever-growing art and winery scene
Read More
113 +/- Deeded Acres
Price Reduced

Sand Springs Ranch

Boulder, Wyoming (Sublette County)

  • Close proximity to the towns of Boulder and Pinedale, Wyoming
  • Good access from HWY 191
  • Working and Shipping pens near paved road
  • Natural water spread throughout the property
  • Trophy Antelope (Antelope area 101)
  • Incredible views of the Wind River Range
  • Surrounded by BLM lands
Read More
2,291 +/- Deeded Acres

Village Walk at ECR

Meeker, Colorado (Rio Blanco County)

  • A vacant lot located in the village and within walking distance to the lodge.
  • Membership to the exclusive Elk Creek Ranch
  • Private access to more than 30 miles of rivers and streams, known for some of the finest dry fly fishing in North America
  •  Truly world-class big game hunting for elk and a variety of other species
  • Includes shared interest in approximately 15,000 total deeded acres
  • Unparalleled luxury and club amenities (lodge, cabins, restaurant, fly shop, equestrian center, event barn, sporting clays, private trails network)
  • Exclusive homestead sites with the opportunity to construct a custom residence
Read More
15,000 +/- Total Acres
Filter Your Selection Below or Filter Ranches on Map
Ranch Status
Price Range

Adjust slider to see a specific price range.

Press to toggle on/off

Adjust slider to see a specific acreage range.

Ranch Type
Press to toggle on/off

Type any word of phrase to find relevant properties and articles (ex: "Trees Ranch" or "trophy elk")

Can't find your dream ranch? Click here for our Buyer Services