West Elk Wilderness Homestead

Gunnison, Colorado (Gunnison County)
160 +/- Deeded Acres

Nestled in the foothills of the West Elk Wilderness in Western Colorado alongside Blue Mesa Reservoir, Colorado’s largest body of water, lies one of the most coveted private sporting retreats in the Rocky Mountains.

Stunning Wilderness Near Blue Mesa Reservoir
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  • Surrounded by 1.7 million acres of Public Lands with unlimited recreational possibilities.
  • World class big game hunting opportunities and unrivaled privacy in a very majestic setting.
  • Great stream and still water fishing opportunities close by.
  • 10 CFS of historic water rights with underground delivery and two year-round springs
  • Fully restored historic compound including 2 bunk cabins, loafing barn, and corral
  • Great restaurants, shopping, healthcare and culture abound in Gunnison, which is about 30 miles away
  • World class skiing and the eclectic arts scene of Crested Butte are only about 55 miles away.
  • No conservation easements
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Situated at the base of the West Elk Wilderness in Western Colorado alongside Blue Mesa Reservoir, Colorado’s largest body of water, lies one of the most coveted private sporting retreats in the Rocky Mountains. Completely surrounded by 1.7 million acres of Public Lands with unlimited recreational opportunities, world class big game hunting, and unrivaled privacy in a very majestic setting, Mirr Ranch Group is proud to present the West Elk Wilderness Homestead.

Lay of the Land
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This 160-acre inholding boasts stunning panoramic views in every direction including the iconic Pearson Point immediately to the north and the majestic San Juan Mountain Range to the south. Elevations on the property range from 7,600 to 8,000 feet. There are several magnificent future building sites as well as a good trail system throughout.

Incredible big game hunting opportunities abound in GMU 54 which offers OTC elk tags. The ranch also qualifies for the Colorado Landowner Preference Program which could generate additional mule deer buck tags. With close proximity to the West Elk Wilderness, wild game is extremely abundant including elk, mule deer, bighorn sheep, black bear and more.   The statistically low number of visitors to this wilderness area offers the opportunity to enjoy private backpacking and hiking trips over more than 200 miles of non-motorized trails, many of which are wide enough for horseback trail riding.  

Just to the east of the property lies West Elk Creek, a wild trout stream.  The ranch, as a private inholding, provides a unique access opportunity to the remote and rarely visited upper reaches of the creek with beaver ponds and clear running water emanating from the isolated 13,042 ft West Elk Peak, the highest summit within the West Elk Wilderness.   

Blue Mesa Lake and marinas are located within the Curecanti National Recreation Area boundary and include the famous East Portal of the Black Canyon of the Gunnison River.  They offer an abundance of lake fishing and watersports opportunities.  A cove in the reservoir close to the property’s west boundary makes it possible to moor a watercraft just offshore near the ranch.  

As far as the eye can see, the views encompass big, authentic western landscapes. The sheer drama of the Soap Creek tributary of Blue Mesa Reservoir just to the west of the property, with its massive castle-like rock structures, was an important film location for scenes appearing in the award-winning John Wayne movie, True Grit. 

The West Elk Wilderness Homestead is truly a one-of-a-kind slice of the American West and represents a very compelling opportunity on which to build a Family Legacy.

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Mike's Thoughts on West Elk Wilderness Homestead

This property is one of the most unique and diverse private sporting retreats that I have ever had the privilege of representing.

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