Turnberry Ranch

Carbondale, Colorado (Garfield County)
394 +/- Deeded Acres

Offering water rights, irrigated acreage, and amazing views of Mt. Sopris and the Elk Range.

A Nearly 400-acre Unimproved Ranch in Proximity to Aspen, Awaiting Your Vision
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Set on a private, hidden, south-facing mesa with awesome panoramic views that include Mt. Sopris and the Elk Range, this unimproved agriculturally-productive, 394-acre Missouri Heights ranch borders BLM land and Cattle Creek and possesses water rights covering over 200 acres. Diverse vegetation harboring abundant wildlife makes for terrific hunting, too. Only 15 minutes from Carbondale and Basalt, and 45 from Aspen, this property would make a great recreational retreat, horse property, or conservation/development opportunity (currently there is no conservation easement).

Note that Turnberry Ranch is adjacent to and above the 222-acre Full Throttle Ranch, also for sale and represented by Mirr Ranch Group. Full Throttle is a fully-developed horse ranch with ample improvements, providing a terrific potential turn-key opportunity to assemble a 616± acre trophy ranch. The two properties were historically operated together and complement each other, as Turnberry possesses the big views that the Missouri Heights area is known for, as well as a lot of irrigated acreage, while Full Throttle has an existing residence and ranch operations area.

Lay of the Land
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Turnberry Ranch sits in the upper reaches of the Missouri Heights area that is home to rural, mostly-south facing properties perched above the Roaring Fork Valley with big views of the snow-capped Elk Range. The Upper Cattle Creek Valley where the ranch is located is home to some of the last large private landscapes in the greater Roaring Fork Valley.


The Roaring Fork Valley is known as the home to Aspen, the world-class resort and cultural center, as well as historic, smaller towns like Basalt, Carbondale, and Glenwood Springs, each with its own unique character and shops and restaurants, so the new ranch owner will have many fantastic choices as far as where to have their off-property fun, just 15 to 45 minutes away. The nearest towns are in the midvalley, with Basalt, less than 15 minutes away, hosting a Whole Foods, a Westin Hotel, and several restaurants, and Carbondale, with its quaint downtown, art fairs, and City Market grocery store. These two towns, along with nearby Glenwood Springs, are often on “Best Towns in the West” lists for their recreation, culture, and all-around healthy, active lifestyles. It is 45 minutes to Vail and Aspen from the ranch, and 160 miles to Denver.

The property is conveniently located between two commercial airports, with Aspen Pitkin County Airport approximately 40 miles southeast, and the Eagle County Regional Airport in Eagle (servicing Vail and Beaver Creek) 40 miles away. Commercial service is also available 2.5 hours away at DIA and private jet service is 30 miles down the road at the Garfield County Airport in Rifle, Colorado, and also in Aspen.


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. Most of the Cattle Creek area is south-facing, so snowfall melts early in the spring, and the area is known for its milder, manageable winters.

Sporting Features
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Turnberry Ranch is located in GMU 444, where over-the-counter hunting tags are generally available for elk, mule deer, and bear. Large elk herds coming down from the higher elevations above Glenwood Canyon and Cottonwood Pass to the north and east often roam through this property.


Of course, the Aspen area is renowned for downhill skiing, so skiers will appreciate all the options one has within 45 minutes of the ranch, including Aspen, Aspen Highlands, Snowmass, and even Ski Sunlight, a smaller ski area outside Glenwood Springs and less than 30 minutes away. Vail/Beaver Creek is approximately one hour drive. Snowmobiling and snow-shoeing are also enjoyed on the property, while in the summer, other recreation includes hiking, mountain biking, rock climbing, white water rafting, and boating (Ruedi Reservoir is 45 minutes away).


The ranch is surrounded by gold medal fishing resources. The Roaring Fork, just 15 minutes away, is known as one of the best trout fisheries in the state, as is the Frying Pan, just 25 minutes away, and the Colorado River below Glenwood Springs, for those who may want to float a larger river with even larger trout. Cattle Creek, which forms one boundary of the ranch, is home to a fun small stream fishery.


The property is well-suited to be developed for horses, with ample pasture and irrigated fields for growing hay, and on-property ditch roads serve as terrific riding trails. Together with the adjacent Full Throttle Ranch, the properties become one of the top equestrian properties in the region.

Ranch Attributes
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Ranch Operations

Turnberry Ranch has traditionally been operated as a hay-growing and cattle grazing lease operation run by a neighboring cattle producer The same arrangement may be possible for a new owner who wants to have someone else care for the agricultural elements (together with the adjacent Full Throttle Ranch). All the resources one needs are present for whatever sort of property one envisions, a horse farm, cattle ranch, or recreational getaway/preserve, especially when conjoined with Full Throttle Ranch.

Water Rights

Turnberry possesses water rights consisting of the following, which generally provide irrigation water for approximately 200 acres of hay meadows and irrigated pasture:

  • Lewis Ditch #39, 0.4 cfs
  • Monarch Ditch #133, 1.17 cfs
  • Monarch Ditch #134, 1.17 cfs
  • Eureka No. 1 Ditch, 6.42 cfs

Mineral Rights

All mineral rights owned by the Seller will be conveyed upon closing.

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