Ute Trail Ranch is located in the coveted Upper Yampa River Valley of northwestern Colorado. With Vail Valley just 35 miles to the south and Steamboat Springs 40 miles to the north, the ranch is situated right in the middle of quintessential Colorado high country. The property itself is tucked away on the western side of Routt County, directly neighboring the 1.2 million acre National Forest. Continuing west from the ranch, the National Forest quickly transforms into the pristine 235,000-acre Flat Tops Wilderness Area, which is the second-largest Wilderness Area in Colorado, comprised of numerous aqua blue high-alpine lakes, emerald green mesas, as well as other stunning geological features and landmarks that beg to be explored. The Upper Yampa Valley is mostly made up of large agricultural ranches with lush irrigated hay meadows on the valley floor along the river, and open sagebrush steppe landscapes with timbered side drainages reaching up to higher terrain. Ute Trail Ranch is just 9 miles from the rural community of Toponas. The agricultural town of Yampa with its basic amenities is a short drive up the road. Commercial air service, jet accessible airport and FBO, and more extensive amenities are readily available in nearby Vail Valley.
An ideally situated 10-acre building envelope is ready to build on as it comes complete with domestic well, utilities, and impeccably maintained road to the ranch entrance. The common parcel of Ranches at Five Pine Mesa includes access to a charming guest cabin and large storage barn that is for the private use of the owners.
The ranch is accessed from State Highway 131 and County Road 3, traversing up Porcupine Ridge to the elevated plateau of Five Pine Mesa. The Ranches at Five Pine Mesa is mostly forested, rolling terrain with a mix of healthy spruce, fir, and lodgepole pines, along with mature aspen groves. The ground cover is a mixture of native high elevation grasses and sagebrush. The ranch is located at the gateway to the Routt National Forest and Flattops Wilderness Area.
The ranch sits at an elevation of around 9,000 feet. There are approximately 60 frost-free days per year at this elevation and the climate is characterized by cold winters and cool summers. The mean values for precipitation are 16.4 in./yr. with 120 inches of snowfall.