Sometimes it takes a village to protect a community’s most fragile and unique attributes. Unselfish cooperative partnerships are necessary to preserve the dynamic landscape, agricultural heritage and diverse wildlife habitat of the massive chunk of conservation easement parcels adjacent to and including portions of the 600-acre Yampa River Headquarters Ranch.
The conservation efforts start with the 20,000+/- acre Wolf Mountain Ranch in West Routt County — which 85 percent of the ranch, including portions of the Yampa River Headquarters Ranch, is currently placed under conservation easement. Combine that with the neighboring Yampa Valley Land Trust easement on the Nature Conservancy’s 950-acre Carpenter Ranch, the connecting Colorado Parks and Wildlife easement and the two adjacent family ranches with land placed under easement and the result is a low-density oasis of minimal development amid over 8,500 prime acres conserved in one contiguous block along miles of the Yampa River.
The Yampa River Headquarters Ranch hosts over 3 channel miles of the Yampa River along this protected corridor and sits in a pristine valley surrounded by working farms and ranches. The 600 acres includes 140 acres of un-eased property entitling a land owner to build additional homes on several distinct sites and 460 acres of conserved irrigated meadows including Elk Island.
Steamboat Springs, offering world class skiing and year-round recreation, is an easy 18-mile drive east on State Hwy 40. This famous resort town offers all the amenities and cultural events needed for the mountain lifestyle.
An owner who wants close proximity to a major airport, can fly to the Yampa Valley Regional Airport and be within minutes of their ranch. This airport located 2 miles SE of Hayden offers the only scheduled passenger flights to NW Colorado.
The Town of Hayden, which is minutes away, maintains its western spirit and was home to top quarter horse breeders Si Dawson and Coke Roberds. The top quarter horse bloodlines in the American West can be traced to their stallions. Both gentlemen are recognized by the American Quarter Horse Hall of Fame for establishing the reputation of the first and second quarter horse foundation stallions.
The Yampa River Headquarters Ranch was actually part of the old Dawson Ranch where quarter horses and cattle were raised. Neighboring the ranch is the famous Carpenter Ranch, owned and operated by The Nature Conservancy, which was also part of the old Dawson Ranch.
Because the ranch was an integral part of Wolf Mountain’s cattle operation before it moved handling facilities to a central location, the plentiful riparian environment, irrigated ground and extensive ranch improvements — from hydraulic squeeze chutes to working corrals and a certified livestock scale — provides an excellent opportunity for ranchers looking to run purebred cattle or horses. A new owner could be a sportsman that enjoys hunting and fishing in addition to being a true “ag” operator in Routt County. Note that the ranch has been master planned with the owners in hopes of keeping the ranch in production. Whether the cattle or horse operation is leased out or owner run, the ranch also provides plenty of prime habitat for the “feathers, fins and four-leggeds” from the diverse riparian environment to the pristine meadows.
Being a sanctuary to an abundance of wildlife where the Bald Eagles oversee the landscape, much of the land is a birder’s paradise designated as an Important Bird Area by the Audubon Society. The ranch is also plays home to over 100 species including Golden Eagles, Greater Sandhill Cranes, water fowl and much more.
The Yampa River is a major part of the Colorado river system that contributes important irrigation waters to the Ranch and offers many recreational opportunities from quality fishing for browns or rainbows, rafting or simply enjoying the sights and sounds. Still water fishing is also available on the several ponds.
Improvements on the Ranch include a newly remodeled 3 bedroom/2 bath ranch manager’s house, detached 3 car heated garage, 10 stall calf barn, 100’ x 200’ hay/equipment barn with bathroom and vet room, covered livestock barn with electronic squeeze chute and scale house, large mechanical shop and loafing sheds.
Water rights for irrigation include over 14 cfs from the Gibralter Ditch dating back as far as 1888. The irrigated hay meadows produce approximately 620 tons with additional dryland pastures putting up to 100 tons.
The Yampa River Headquarters Ranch is set up as a quality livestock operation or gentleman’s ranch in addition to contributing to the preservation of vital habitat. Offered at $5,700,000 by Brent Romick 970-846-3618 and Joan Ryan Romick 970-846-5416 / www.Romick.com