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Maxwell Ranch- Sold, Colorado
Property Types: Ranches for Sale, Homes, Vacant Land
Activities & Amenities
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 steep rocky terrain, and dramatic cliffs that characterize the canyon. The ranch tops out at in elevation of approximately 7,543 feet and descends to the base of the canyon, at approximately 6,389 feet.
The focal point of this beautiful ranch is a secluded and private valley. Saruche Canyon, with its magnificent and rugged rock outcropping, essentially splits the ranch in half. Massive cottonwood trees cover the floor of the valley, following a small creek that runs along the bottom. The hillsides surrounding the ranch abound with native Pine, Cedar, Pinion and Juniper trees spawning excellent undergrowth and habitat for the wildlife that are so plentiful here. Lush meadows are plentiful on the ranch and are wildlife magnets with their rich, dense forage.
Though the ranch has a long history of being a working ranch, it also offers opportunities as a year round family or corporate retreat. It is ideal for anyone who enjoys the outdoors, more specifically hunting.
Bordered by large private land holdings on each side, Maxwell Ranch is the ideal wildlife haven with spring fed waterholes and a great mix of parks and woodlands for prime habitat. Countless hours have been put into making this ranch a big game haven. Clear cutting some of the woodlands has provided ample forage for a large population of elk and mule deer that frequent the property. Great care has been taken in preserving the timber and the natural forests and woodlands that make Maxwell Ranch such a once in a lifetime opportunity.
Located in unit 85-851, with Ted Turner's Vermijo Park Ranch bordering to the south, the elk hunting is second to none. Bulls to 360 + are taken annually, with larger being seen. 2,500 acres of the ranch are in conservation easement with the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, ensuring the property will boast trophy bulls for generations to come. Forage and cover abound all over the property providing spectacular opportunities to catch a glimpse of a trophy bull making his entrance into a meadow. Over the counter elk tags are available on this property. In addition, with up to five landowner deer tags available, the avid outdoorsman can chase mule deer bucks documented to the 185 +.
With big game hunting that rivals the best in Colorado, the ranch also has an incredible Merriam's turkey population, with bands of turkeys seen all over the ranch. Abundant black bear and mountain lion can also be found on the property. When the weather turns warm, the magnificent landscape also provides endless opportunities for adventurous hikers and horseback riders.
The gem of this outstanding property is the custom built ranch house. Whether you’re entertaining colleagues, hosting an event, toasting a successful hunt with friends or just relaxing with your family the Maxwell Ranch home is the perfect place to spend time after enjoying a full day of everything this land has to offer.
Built in 2001, the home is a marvelous 2 story, hand-crafted custom log home with 3,400 square feet of living space. Keeping with the traditional nature of the land, the logs that make up the house were shipped in from British Columbia and provide the ranch with a truly rustic feeling. The house consists of three bedrooms, including a spacious master suite and lower level guest room. Three and a half bathrooms ensures a great deal of privacy for you and your guests. Visitors will be greeted by one of the two exquisite, hand carved doors with beautiful, custom wildlife detail. The main level living room provides the intimacy of home and the perfect place to start or end your day with the open ceiling, large east facing windows, and fireplace. There is also an additional living area on the lower level.
The well planned gourmet kitchen and dining area and amazing wrap-around balcony which boasts terrific views of the famous Spanish Peaks in the distance allows for endless entertaining possibilities. The home is tastefully decorated from wall to wall and custom touches throughout create a warm and peaceful feel. A matching custom 2 car garage complements the home and provides more than enough space to store all the necessary amenities to enjoy your new property. This home is truly amazing and great for entertaining family or guests, with great privacy and comfort. The grounds surrounding the home are professionally landscaped with great care taken to not take away from the natural beauty of the surrounding wilderness as well as to complete the beautiful home.
The Maxwell Ranch is a unique, outstanding property. Breathtaking views, beautiful home, great hunting, convenient location, easy access, and a realistic price…this property truly does have it all!
With a long tradition of ranching, Maxwell Ranch is well suited for a large cattle or horse operation. Spring fed waterholes and several water tanks strategically placed around the property.
Historically, the ranch has played a large part in our nation’s westward expansion. “Manifest Destiny” became the rallying cry for America and in the mid 19th century, the US government granted one of the largest land grants in history to two young men from Mexico named Waven and Miranda. The ranches current namesake, Maxwell, was a trapper and married Waven’s daughter and ended up the sole owner of the ranch as well as other landholdings in the area. Maxwell became one of the largest private landowners in the United States with Maxwell Ranch being the crown jewel. The ranch has been associated with some of the more famous names in American history including Bat Masterson, Kit Carson and Billy the Kid.
Maxwell Ranch consists of 5,800 acres nestled just West of Trinidad Colorado near the New Mexico border. Surrounded by privately owned ranches, Maxwell Ranch is one of the last truly secluded areas of wilderness paradise in the Great American West. Rarely does one find such an abundance of amenities and opportunity in such a tranquil, private setting.
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