Very rarely will you find a ranch of this magnitude with 20,000+ acres of contiguous acres. The family has had a ranching presence in Moffat County for over one hundred years, with a large portion of this ranch being multi-generational, making improvements to the production fields, numerous water sources, fences and roads. This gigantic ranch literally has 85 miles of fence and approximately 34 square miles with in it's fences. The numerous species of wildlife include over 32 species from elk and deer to even one lone moose passing through. This ranch offers numerous sources of income coming from the production ground, cattle grazing, hunting and more. If you have ever heard that sage grouse are becoming extinct, well it certainly isn't true on this ranch. Within an 8 year span the owners have counted anywhere from 58 to an amazing 125 males on the lek at one time making this one of the largest leks in the state of Colorado, also making this a prime candidate for a conservation easement. From the lush irrigated and sub irrigated meadows to the deep canyons with the magnificent rock out croppings towering above the valleys below, this is truly a great opportunity to own a large piece of the west! If you have ever heard the term "they don't make land any more" well it's true they don't so grab it before it's gone!
This ranch is located just west of Craig, Colorado and with in 2 1/2 hours of Grand Junction and Vernal, Utah. You can access different parts of the ranch from County Road 17 and Highway 40. Being within 45 minutes of the Yampa Valley Regional Airport is also another great advantage to this ranch. Northwest Colorado has a long strong history of ranching and some of the best hunting in the world. Northwest Colorado is also known for some of the largest ranches in the state having long family ties. It is very rare for any of these large ranches to come up for sale giving someone else a window to purchase and start there own family tree.
Land & Acreage:
The land is comprised of 138 acres of alfalfa being irrigated by pivots. There are also over 500 acres of sub irrigated and dry land alfalfa and native grass hay which produces up to 1,300 ton per year. Just up from the wet bottoms are deep canyons filled with cedar trees and sagebrush and sloping hillsides covered with good native grasses and sage brush.
The recreation on this ranch is endless since it is so big you can do almost anything you desire. You can ride your 4 wheelers for miles on end without ever or hearing a person or vehicle. The hunting on the ranch is almost limitless, you can hunt elk, deer, antelope, bobcat, coyote, rabbit, mountain lion. This ranch is large enough that the possibilities for managing it for trophy mule deer are very strong. In the winter time you can snowmobile for miles and miles on the fresh powder that northwest Colorado produces. If all of that isn't enough the world famous Steamboat Springs ski area is a short drive away for some great skiing in the winter time or in the summertime you can enjoy a pro rodeo as part of the Steamboat Springs pro rodeo series going on every weekend for most of the summer.
The current ranching operations include hay production of up to 1,300 ton per year. With 7 main pastures and several smaller pastures this ranch can easily maintain over 500 pair with plenty of grass to spare. With over 18 separate water rights this is a well watered ranch. With enough water being available and if one desired could pipe and produce more hay and more water holes to increase the carrying capacity even more.
The improvements boast a 2,800 square ft. modern concrete earth home that was built in 2007. The home is a 3 bedroom, 2 bathroom with and exercise room and office. Being an earth home it makes it very easy and inexpensive to heat in the winter and very easy to keep cool on a hot summer day. It also has a large 50X90 insulated shop with a concrete floor with a 40' floor drain. This property features a large separate equipment shed to store all of the farm equipment. The ranch also has a cabin built on skids that is a 1 bedroom, 1 bathroom that could be used for a ranch hand or a rental for hunters or just for guest.
The ranch has 18 water rights coming from lay creek and multiple springs, wells and pump stations. Some of these are tremendous as an example: an oil company pumped a 148,000 gallons out of one of them in 1 day and didn't make a dent!
In 1909, Albert Culverwell homesteaded 160 acres of raw ranch land. Albert's son, H.G. Culverwell, was raised on the ranch and eventually bought out his father's ownership, continuing to buy up more property. Seven decades later in 1974, Gerald Culverwell, H.G.'S son and Albert's grandson bought out his dad's ownership, handing the name of the ranch Rio Ro MO-short for Rio Blanco, Routt and Moffat Counties as the ranch extended over 42,000 acres in those three adjoining counties. Gerald continued to ranch 3000 head of sheep, 550 head of mother cows and 2000 acres of wheat. Changing economic conditions forced Gerald to reduce the ranch size to a yet-extraordinary 20,000-plus acre tract.
In 1994, Rodney Culverwell, great grandson of Albert, grandson of H.G. and son Gerald, bought his father out of the cattle business. In 2003, Rodney and his wife Margaret bought the ranch from Gerald. The ranch remains an operational cattle ranch. Rodney and Margaret strive yearly to improve the land with new alfalfa fields, water holes or pasture fences. While improving the land for livestock, the wildlife also benefit immensely from these improvements
Age: 6-10 Years Old
Architecture Style: Ranch
Heating Fuel: Wood
Heating System: Stove
Lot Size: 24,059.89 Acres
Roof Type: Unknown
Rooms: Bedroom, Full Bath