The Upper Ranch at Cross Mountain offers the opportunity to own an alpine landscape located in the scenic and pristine Williams Fork River Valley. Situated on the north slopes of the Flat Tops Wilderness Area, the ranch encompasses 79,974 +/- total acres (26,610 deeded, 53,364 leased).
With elevations ranging from 6,500 to 8,500 ft., the property borders and has access to hundreds of thousands of acres of public lands including National Forests, Bureau of Land Management, and Colorado State lands. Cross Mountain Ranch leases over 53,000 acres of these public lands for livestock operations and recreational purposes. The Upper Ranch borders the Routt National Forest for just under 19 miles providing unlimited opportunities to recreate and explore the Routt and White River National Forests as well as the Flat Tops Wilderness Area.
Located in the scenic Williams Fork River Valley on the north slopes of the Flat Tops Wilderness Area, the Upper Ranch of Cross Mountain Ranch is just 30 miles west of Steamboat Springs, Colorado. The 26,610 deeded acres and 53,364 leased are located in Routt, Rio Blanco and Garfield Counties. This pristine area, illustrated by its adjacency to Colorado’s second largest wilderness area, has some of the most prolific stands of aspen, spruce, pine, and fir trees in Colorado, and its scenic beauty is enhanced by the water rights and streams that irrigate numerous hay meadows and pastures and fill the numerous lakes and ponds. The riverine areas are lined by cottonwoods and willows and the remaining lower lands punctuated by grassy pastures, oak brush and sage. The Williams Fork River flows for 2.5 miles in the high country, offering world-class stream fishing.
Located in northwest Colorado, Cross Mountain Ranch is easily accessible off of US Highway 40 and numerous county maintained roads, as well as internal ranch roads. The Upper Ranch is only 45 minutes away from world-class skiing, shopping and fine dining in Steamboat Springs, and the Yampa Valley Regional Airport is just 20 minutes away.
The main headquarters are located off of County Road 29 just south of Hayden, Colorado. Numerous homes, lodges, cabins and working facilities are located throughout the vast property to accommodate owners, guests, staff and livestock, with pasture fencing and perimeter fencing between private ownership boundaries. A majestic 9-bedroom, 9.5 bath, 11,000 sq. ft. main log lodge with stocked trout ponds adjoins the wildlife sanctuary near the center of the ranch adjoining National Forest. The hunting operations are situated near the eastern boundary near prized hunting grounds. and includes a cabin, shop, meat freezer and an LL Bean designed hunting lodge.
The Upper Ranch is at a higher elevation in a montane ecosystem, and therefore is known for cool winters and refreshing summers. With an average of 244 sunny days per year, the July high is around 85 degrees, while the January low is 7. This area receives annual precipitation averaging around 26.5 inches.
Cross Mountain Ranch offers an ideal habitat for trophy elk and mule deer, and home to a diverse population of wildlife species including antelope and mountain lion. The ranch and surrounding area have impressive bulls and bucks due to the quality of the forage that enhances antler growth. One of the largest herds in North America, the White River Elk Herd, calls Cross Mountain Ranch home. Surveys made by Colorado Parks and Wildlife counted close to 7,000 head within the herd.
The Upper Ranch receives 100+ elk tags and 25 mule deer tags on the Upper Ranch as part of its participation in Ranching for Wildlife. In return for this extraordinary number tags, the ranch allows public access to harvest a limited number of cow elk, bulls and mule deer bucks during prescribed hunting periods chosen by the ranch. The ranch leases out the hunting for a substantial amount of income and more details can be provided to qualified prospects.
Fishing opportunities are abundant on the Upper Ranch at Cross Mountain across multiple rivers and streams that provide a diversity of riffles, runs, deep pools, pockets, braids and undercut banks for the fly-fishing enthusiast. It enjoys miles of private rivers and creeks and ponds including over two and a half miles of the renowned Williams Fork. The clear waters of the Williams Fork River are one of the best brown trout fisheries in Colorado. This classic mountain stream is fishable year-round and home to Mayflies, Caddis, Terrestrials, and small Stoneflies.
Steamboat Springs, or “Ski Town USA”, is less than an hour from the property and home to world-class skiing and snowboarding. Steamboat boasts over 2,965 acres of downhill terrain and an average annual snowfall of 344 inches.
Routt National Forest adjoins the Upper Ranch and provides recreational opportunities by way of a network of trails. Owners of Cross Mountain Ranch have the ability to hike, bike, camp, and horseback ride year-round not only on their private retreat, but on over a million adjoining acres of the Routt National Forest. In the winter, activities such as snowmobiling, cross country skiing, and snowshoeing can be enjoyed as well.
The entire Cross Mountain Ranch is a diversified operation comprised of four uses: agriculture, livestock, hunting/fishing and recreation. This prominent legacy ranch has all the amenities of a sustainable and profitable working cattle and sheep ranch. Along with lodging located in the Upper Ranch there are also numerous barns, shops, livestock handling facilities, and manager and employee housing for day to day operations.
Water is plentiful on the Upper Ranch at Cross Mountain and offers 2.5 miles of the Williams Fork River, as well as numerous additional streams, creeks and alpine lakes. Most importantly, the ranch is blessed with valuable and historic water rights that irrigate hundreds of acres of meadows and pastures that rest alongside the rivers. There are several individually identified water rights, some dating back to the 1890s including a total of 398 acre feet of storage, 35 cfs of direct flow rights that irrigate approximately 1,100 acres, close to 50 ponds and reservoirs and several wells. More details are available to qualified prospects.