Located just a few miles south of the Wyoming border, the historic Grace Creek Ranch is truly one of the most diverse ranches on the market today. This unique property boasts the hard to find combination of productive grass land, aspen trees, dark timber, ponds, creeks, income producing hay fields, thousands of acres of grazing leases and big game hunting. The general topography of the ranch is composed of gentle rolling open meadows and small to moderate sloping hills. Following these hills eventually leads to steeper terrain that is covered in pockets of aspen trees and dark timber. The ranch starts in the creek bottom and hay fields at 7,863 feet and tops out at in elevation of approximately 8,600 feet.
The ranch itself hasn t changed much since it was homesteaded over a hundred years ago. Still run mainly as a cattle ranch, this property controls 16,500 acres of grazing leases on the adjoining BLM and National Forest land. Perhaps even more valuable are the 23.37 CFS of senior water rights spread out through three separate ditches that transfers to the new owner. Grace Creek Ranch also owns the water storage rights to Hohnholz Reservoir #2 and Hohnholz Reservoir #3 holding 300 acre feet and 149 acre feet respectively. With plenty of water to irrigate the fields, Grace Creek Ranch proudly produces some of the best Timothy and Red Top Hay in the region. The 250+ irrigated acres average between 12,000 and 17,000 small bales of hay annually that is used for both their own livestock, as well as sold privately to the race and show horse market.
Rarely does a ranch provide this type of quality and diversity of recreational opportunities. The aspen covered hill sides and wet meadows are the perfect place to find a trophy bull elk, Shiras moose, or black bear, while the range land and hay fields are ideal for big pronghorn antelope and mule deer. To top it all off, the ranch has qualified for big game land owner vouchers, allowing the owners to hunt almost all of these species year in and year out. The variation in topography and vegetation that the deeded acres provide ensure that the animal of your dreams is never far away. However, it is nice to know that the ranch borders, literally, hundreds of thousands of acres of National Forest for you to hunt and explore should you feel like expanding your horizons.
In addition to all the hunting opportunities, the fishing on the ranch is just as impressive. Along the northern reaches of the Laramie River, the three Hohnholz Lakes offer world class lake fishing practically within walking distance of each other. Hohnholz Lake #2 and #3 are located on the Grace Creek Ranch deeded acreage, but have a lease agreement with the State of Colorado to allow public fishing on them. This results in a guaranteed $15,500 in annual income just from the two lakes on the property. The two reservoirs have distinct characteristics. One is a put-and-take fishery with general regulations for rainbows and the occasional Snake River Cutthroat, whereas the other is only fly-and-lure and is primarily a brown fishery with the occasional cutthroat and rainbow. As David Coulson, Writer for The Denver Post, describes; A visitor's first view of Hohnholz Lakes SWA (State Wildlife Area) is of the mile of river access. With its willow-lined banks meandering between hay meadows, the river practically cries out, "Fish me." In addition to the nearby Laramie River and ranch owned Hohnholz Lakes, there are three separate creeks running through the ranch. These creeks provide an abundance of brook trout that the technical fly-fisherman will love!
The improvements on the ranch date back to 1930, but are fully operational and still lived in and used by the owners and ranch-hand today. There are 3 separate log homes on the ranch that have all the comforts of electricity, water, septic and heat. There are also five separate outbuilding that help facilitate the ranching / haying operations including; a large machine shop, Quonset, calf barn with 16 double stalls, horse barn and a lean-to. In addition to all the structural improvements, the asking price includes all the equipment to continue the operation, including, but not limited to; tractors, ranch truck, fire/water truck, bailers, swather, and additional RV living quarters.
Between the water rights, grazing leases, improvements, equipment, and guaranteed income, this truly is a turn-key cattle ranch with unlimited recreational possibilities. Call Mike Callan today to set up your own personal tour of the ranch. *Ranch is shown by appointment