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Saruche Canyon Ranch, Colorado
Property Types: Vacant Land, Ranches for Sale, Homes, Recreational
Activities & Amenities
LAND/ACREAGE: Colorado’s best bull elk! Trophy Class Mule Deer.
5800+ acres located +/- 12 miles West of I-25 at Trinidad Colorado and 25 minutes gate-to-gate to the Las Animas Air Park (municipal airport ). Just 15 minutes from the gate and you’re on I-25 to Walmart or fine dining. Or, Colorado Springs commercial airport is just 2.2 hours away.
The general topography of the ranch is composed of gently rolling foothills of the Sangre De Christo range sandwiched between the fence lines of Ted Turners’ 595,000 acre Vermejo Park Ranch and the O’Neill Trophy Elk Hunting Ranch 45,000 acres of the Hill Ranch, three of the most extensively managed trophy elk and deer hunting ranches in North America. In ones lifetime they could not equal the history of game management neighboring the Saruche Canyon Ranch. The bottomland meadows and cottonwood-lined creek bottom gradually slope up through Pinon’s, Oaks, Junipers and large stands of Ponderosa Pines. Meadows with planted food plots terrace the bottomlands and surrounding benches. +/- 7 waterholes are dispersed throughout the ranch and the Saruche Creek runs intermittently throughout the bottom. The Ranch tops out at +/- 7543 ft. and descends to 6389 ft. at the base of the canyon. Saruche Canyon ranch is the sleeping beauty lying between 2 showgirls - Vermejo Park and the O’Neill/Hill Ranch properties. No finer hunting property exists, period!
HUNTING/OUTDOOR RECREATION: Bordered by large private land holdings on each side, Saruche Canyon 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. Clearcutting 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 Saruche Canyon Ranch 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. Over the counter bull tags are available for archery and rifle seasons. Bulls to 360+ are taken annually, with larger being seen and sheds being found to 380+. 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 195+. 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. Recreation abounds with hiking, horseback riding and ATV trails corner-to-corner.
Thanks to previous natural gas exploration, an excellent road system is in place with numerous food plot locations. The ranch did have up to 19 pads for gas wells but only a few remain. There are no minerals that convey with the ranch. All pads abandoned and plugged have been reclaimed and reseeded into some of the best food plots on the property.
HOME/IMPROVEMENTS: 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 Saruche Canyon 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, handcrafted custom log home with 3,620 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.
Placed approximately a mile from the ranch gate, into the canyon, the ranch house does not hinder the best hunting but enjoys the best views of both the canyon and the twin peaks...very well done! It’s not uncommon to have bull elk fighting in the yard.
The house, which will convey fully furnished, consists of three bedrooms, including a spacious master suite and lower level guest room, and 3.5 baths to ensure 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 a high vaulted ceiling, large east facing windows and a fireplace. There is also an additional living area on the lower level.
The well-planned gourmet kitchen and dining area, with an amazing wrap-around balcony, boasts terrific views of the famous Spanish Peaks in the distance and 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 lots of privacy and comfort. The grounds surrounding the home are professionally landscaped with great care has been taken to not take away from the natural beauty of the surrounding wilderness as well as to complete the beautiful home. The Saruche Canyon Ranch is a unique and outstanding property. Breathtaking views, beautiful home, great hunting, convenient location, easy access, and a realistic price…this property truly does have it all!
RANCHING: With a long tradition of ranching, Saruche Canyon Ranch is well suited for a large cattle or horse operation with spring-fed waterholes and several water tanks strategically placed around the property.
LOCATION: Saruche Canyon Ranch consists of 5,800 acres nestled just West of Trinidad Colorado near the New Mexico border. Surrounded by privately owned ranches, Saruche Canyon 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.