Aspens Meadows & Ponds Ranch, Hay Camp Mesa San Juan National Forest, Montezuma County, Colorado This +/- 840-acre inholding is located approximately 10 miles back into the San Juan National Forest via a National Forest maintained and accessed road. This off-the-grid hidden hideaway is what you’ve dreamed about your entire life. With 840 fenced acres, 4 spring-fed ponds, stands of aspens, ponderosas and Douglas fir, all wrap and border large native grass meadows on this family homestead that was homesteaded over 100 years ago. National Forest inholdings of this size and location are almost impossible to find today, let alone acquire. Hundreds of elk and deer call this oasis home, both in summer calving season and fall breeding season. The homesteading family shared that oasis during the cattle round-ups when the bulls screaming would keep them awake all night in their cabin. While cattle have not been run on the ranch in recent years, it would make for a great agricultural status property (low taxes) as well as a great candidate for conservation easement. Conservation groups across the country value these inholdings like gold, and once tied up, they are gone forever. Aspen Meadows & Ponds is located in the very heart of the 1.8 million acre San Juan National Forest, not far from where the All Time World Record Mule Deer was harvested. This property would make for an incredible hunting retreat. The ranch qualifies for 2 annual Landowner Mule Deer Buck tags with over-the-counter elk (30 day archery and 2 rifle seasons). The water holes hold incredible tree-stand locations and the meadows make for excellent rifle stands. Either archery or rifle, pick your season. The property has extreme water, holding one of the most consistent water sources on the entire mountain, and therefore holds a lot of game. Spring Gobbler season is almost here and of course fall blue grouse, bear, elk and mule deer all abound. Being surrounded on 4 sides by miles and miles of national forest, the options are endless for hiking, camping, horseback riding and four-wheeling, however, if you’re looking for neighbors you better look someplace else!!! Improvements are limited to a hand-built rustic cabin. Furnishings are dated but still very sound. Located about halfway between Dolores Colorado and Durango Colorado, (about an hour) commercial air, hospitals, great snow skiing, gold medal fly fishing, Colorado's 2nd largest lake, rivers, Mesa Verde National Park and incredible dining and shopping all but minutes away. Be a family legacy, dream hunting ranch, conservation easement candidate, corporate retreat, AIRBNB, VRBO or a candidate for subdividing into smaller ranches, the options are just endless. Priced well below recent appraisal. All hunting rights convey for 2019 season. Not sure what you can compare this one to!!! Co Brokers Welcome.
Mountain, Undeveloped, Agriculture, Multi-Use, Recreational
Mountains, Valley, Lake/Pond/Reservoir
Hay Barn, Equipment Shed, Barn, Bunk House, Corral
Pastures, Wooded Lot, Borders National Forest, Rolling
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