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Rocking R Ranch, Colorado
Property Types: Vacant Land, Ranches for Sale, Homes, Cabin, Recreational, Commercial

$3,575,000 / 1,240.00 Acres / Sold






Property Summary

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Closest Town: 
Telluride or Montrose
San Miguel County
Property Type: 
Vacant Land, Ranches for Sale, Homes, Cabin, Recreational, Commercial
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Activities & Amenities

ATV/Off Road
Development Potential
Food Plots
Hunting - Big Game
Hunting - Turkey
Income Producing
Outfitting/Guide Service
Recreational Business

Land Details

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Deeded Acres: 
9,000 ft
Mountains, meadows, rolling
Aspen, Gambrel Oak, Ponderosa Pines, Cottonwoods
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Property Description

Recently reduced for quick sale, Rocking R Ranch/Outfitting is the one of Colorado’s most scenic and diverse quarter-million dollar (+/-) income producing recreational properties that exists today. The Rocking R’s +/-1240-acres is located in Southwest  Colorado approximately 50 minutes from Telluride and an hour from Montrose, with world-class winter sports, excellent commercial air service, medical facilities and shopping nearby. 


Rocking R Ranch borders 16 square miles of National Forest at the base of Lone Cone Mountain and has consistently produced 20-30 big game animals annually,.  During most years Rocking R provided close to 100% shot opportunity and +70% success documented, including the 2019 season.  One could look their entire lifetime and never find a better documented hunting property, with 20+ years of game management, to put the Rocking R at this level of game density. This consummate elk and mule deer property, that carries a large amount of resident animals while being supplemented by migratory animals and public land pressure, the game herd on Rocking R increases as the seasons progress.  The secret is the water.  Rocking R carries two full time creeks and numerous water holes that carry and hold the game when the forest sources dry up.

How good is the hunting? While the Rocking R hunting clients are 100% booked for the 2020 season with a return rate of +/- 85%, the ranch leaves the option open for cancelation of hunts and going to total private, should that be the new owners wishes. In light of today’s discriminating buyer looking for as many options as possible,  the ranch also lends itself well to AIRBNB, VRBO for additional income, if desired. 


While primarily managing Rocking R Ranch for commercial hunting with an annual income of +/- $250,000, balancing the operations in a hunt/rest/hunt/rest scenario,  the ranch also carries an average of 80 pair of cattle seasonally, with cattle tenant interested to remain if buyer wishes. This agricultural status allows a very low property tax rate and the ranch also carries a very substantial depreciation schedule. This alternating hunting schedule not only allows for the ranch to rest between hunts, but allows the seller to carve out selected hunts for family members while operating the ranch to an annual income of $240,000 to $300,000 annually.  The ranch has an existing caretaker/manager in place and staff for hunting season that may elect to carry over to new owner. 


The home/lodge is designed for ranch entertainment and guests. There are 4 bedrooms and 5 baths with an open great room and a large covered porch. The separate cabin next door is 3 bedrooms and 2 baths. Weddings, outdoor events, reunions and church retreats are just a few of the events that have called Rocking R Ranch host. Interior furnishings and fixtures will convey, including the huge wall-screen TV for enjoying your favorite sporting event after a fantastic hunt or a big family BBQ. The ranch is turn-key and ready to convey to new owner for a lifetime of legacy ranch experiences. The lodge, headquarters and rifle range are adjoining with easy access, but no impact on the prime hunting areas. Outbuildings include shop, barn, sheds, with an incredible big game cleaning ranch, rail system and huge walk in cold room. 


The vegetation within the boundaries of the private property begins with gambrel oak and ponderosa pines in the lower sections along with some cottonwood bottoms and climbs to dense aspen groves and scattered pines near the top sections. The numerous aspen draws within the property boundaries offer Colorado elk and deer excellent cover for breeding during the fall and are known to be ringing with bugles during the rut. There is an impressive amount of water on the property with numerous ponds, streams, and springs creating an environment that allow the wildlife to flourish. The elk create many different wallows during the summer because of the plentiful water and cover that the terrain has to offer.

The base elevation is +/- 8000 feet and rises up to 9500 at its highest point. Numerous big game blinds are in place to cover feeding areas and the numerous spring-fed ponds on the property.  Black bear, turkey and grouse are abundant as well.

An excellent ATV and side-by-side trail system exists for summer recreation to access quality hunting pockets or for transporting your big bull elk or that trophy mule deer to the cleaning rack. The San Miguel Basin is also noted for producing quality elk and numerous Boone and Crockett mule deer. The ranch is in an over-the-counter elk unit and receives 2-3 landowner buck tags annually. 

Legacy ranches such as the Rocking R Ranch are almost impossible to find today, especially with a lifetime of dedicated game management in place, all turn key and ready to enjoy. 

Call or email today for additional information and your qualified private showing. Co brokers welcome.

Note: Financials and private showings are provided to financially qualified prospects.

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