Situated on the south-facing slope of Thorpe Mountain and overlooking Stagecoach Reservoir, the Thorpe Mountain Ranch presents a rare opportunity to acquire a pristine Colorado ranch that has been owned and operated by the same family for nearly 100 years. Located just 20 minutes south of Steamboat Springs, the ranch lies in one of Colorado’s most desirable locales and is accessible year round via Highway 131. The ranch encompasses almost 1,000 acres and features a diversity of terrain and wild vegetation including grassy meadows and sagebrush glades; giant aspen groves, oak brush draws, and thick alpine fir covered ridges. At an elevation ranging from 7,200 feet to 8,500 feet, Thorpe Mountain Ranch is home to a plethora of wildlife, and boasts prime hunting opportunities for elk, mule deer, and black bear. Over the years, the ranch has historically supported both cattle and sheep with summer grazing on mountain grasses and natural spring water resources. The ranch has all the elements that buyers are searching for including premier hunting, scenic views, good year-round access, nearby fishing and public lands, and proximity to a world renowned town and ski area.
Located in the serene Yampa River Valley in northwestern Colorado, Thorpe Mountain Ranch is accessed year-round from a private road off of Highway 131, just 20 miles south of the thriving mountain town of Steamboat Springs. Steamboat Springs is the county seat and the most populous city of Routt County. The Steamboat economy is largely driven by agriculture and the tourism industry, which is anchored by the Steamboat Ski Resort located just south of the town. The internationally known winter resort destination, also dubbed “The Boat” or “Ski Town USA,” offers a wide range of lodging accommodations, excellent shopping and fine dining opportunities. Steamboat airport supports most private aviation needs with a 5,000-foot long runway and FBO, while daily commercial air service is offered out of the Hayden Airport.
Thorpe Mountain Ranch is perimeter fenced and has a reliable network of two-track roads and 4×4 trails. No structural improvements currently exist on the property, however several sites are ideal for building.
Thorpe Mountain Ranch is situated on the southwestern side of Thorpe Mountain and begins just to the east of the small town of Oak Creek. Rising up from an elevation of 7,200 feet, the property offers a diversity of terrain and thick timbered hillsides. Upon reaching the high open meadows atop the ranch, over 1,000 feet of elevation is gained, affording lofty panoramic views. The property is surrounded by other large private ranch holdings, several of which have been placed under conservation easements ensuring the pristine nature of the area. The ranch features vast stands of fir and aspen trees with unique bracken ferns covering the forest floor. Thorpe Mountain Ranch overlooks Stagecoach Reservoir and the Yampa River, with a dramatic backdrop against the Flat Tops Wilderness Area.
- Average annual precipitation: 24 inches
- Average annual snowfall: 166 inches
- January average temperatures: High: 30° F Low: 1° F
- July average temperatures: High: 82° F Low 42° F
- Days of sunshine per year: 300+
The ranch provides extremely valuable and pristine habitat for many wildlife species. Trophy elk are the primary target here, with 350-inch bulls not being uncommon. The ranch also supports large mule deer, moose, black bear, and mountain lion. One hundred percent of the ranch’s acreage is located within Colorado’s Game Management Unit 15.
Fly-fishing opportunities are abundant in the Yampa River Valley. The Yampa River above Stagecoach Reservoir is only minutes from the ranch and is a hidden gem amongst Colorado trout enthusiasts. The tailwater section of the Yampa below Stagecoach is one of the prized pieces of water in the region. Additional fly-fishing opportunities are numerous in the nearby Routt and White River National Forests and the Flat Tops and Sarvice Creek Wilderness Area. The 780-acre Stagecoach Reservoir is just one mile from the ranch and is known for great trout and northern pike fishing.
Nicknamed “Ski Town USA”, Steamboat Springs boasts world class skiing opportunities and has been the home of numerous skiing competitions, including competitions for the 1989 and 1990 Alpine Skiing World Cup. The ski area has 165 named trails which spread over 2,965 acres with an average annual snowfall of 344 inches on the mountain.
In addition to the skiing, the neighboring Stagecoach State Park, Routt National Forest, White River National Forest and Sarvice Creek and Flat Tops Wilderness offer the outdoor enthusiast year-round access to thousands of acres of public land. The abundance of nearby public land offers something for every outdoor enthusiast whether it be hiking and fishing in the summer months or cross country skiing and snowmobiling in the winter months.
Flowing through the Routt National Forest winding its way towards the town of Steamboat Springs, the Yampa River is a popular conduit for water sports including fishing, rafting, tubing, and kayaking. The 4-mile stretch of river that runs through the town are grade II-III whitewater rapids.
The ranch has been traditionally run as a cow/calf operation running upwards of 100 mother cow pairs for approximately 4 months during the summer season. Historically, the ranch has also supported sheep grazing of approximately 250 ewes also in the summer months. Several natural springs are located throughout the ranch and serve as livestock watering sources.
All mineral rights owned by the Seller will be conveyed upon closing.
Given the quality of the wildlife habitat and existing conserved properties surrounding the ranch, Thorpe Mountain Ranch would make an excellent candidate for a conservation easement, and there are state tax credits available in Colorado.