Beautiful Glade Park Rocky Mountain Ranch

Glade Park is one of western Colorado's best-kept secrets as an ideal ranch location, and the Mahoney Ranch is one of the finest properties on Glade Park. Located 45 minutes southwest of Grand Junction, the Mahoney Ranch is one of the original homesteads in this unique setting.

Setting and Topography

The ranch is accessed via the spectacular Rimrock Drive that follows the canyon rim of the gorgeous Colorado National Monument southwest of Grand Junction. From Rimrock Drive, DS Road bears southwest all the way to the Utah border, a distance of some 30 miles. The ranch is located only half a mile east of the Utah border, and is in a supremely private and quiet location, bounded on both the north and south by stunning sandstone cliffs and BLM public lands. Coates Creek flows through the property on the north.

 Cool Mountain Climate

Grand Junction is at a low elevation, only 4,400 feet, and can get hot in the summers, often 105 degrees or more. The ranch on DS Road, in contrast, is at 6,300 feet, which offers an ideal climate for cattle ranching and hay growing. February calving temperatures are on the mild side, and summer temps for growing hay are ideal.

Acreage - And Plenty of It

The Mahoney Ranch is comprised of 588 acres--200 acres of grazing land on the south side of the road and 388 acres of hayfields and ranch land on the north side of the road. The hayfields are broad and almost flat, with a gentle slope to the north for excellent flood irrigation. This is productive soil, and when properly farmed these fields can produce a bountiful yield of hay. The current owners have expressed a desire to keep the un-irrigated grazing land on the south side of the road, leaving the opportunity for a buyer to purchase all the irrigated ground and the improvements on the north side of the road at a steeply discounted price.

Water Rights and Irrigation

The Mahoney Ranch has a large water right--5.76 cubic feet per second from Coates Creek dating from 1916; a spring for domestic use and wildlife; and a well for domestic use at the home. Typically 1 cubic foot per second can irrigate between 40 and 80 acres, depending on how it's applied, so the ranch has ample water to irrigate the hayfields. At this point, the fields are irrigated by earthen ditches and flood irrigation, but an application for cost-sharing and irrigation improvements has been made to the National Resource Conservation Service, which typically pays 75% of the cost of irrigation improvements, including pivot sprinklers and sideroll sprinklers.

Improvements - Housing and Utility Buildings

The original homestead log home of the Mahoney ranch was built in the 1880's using logs freighted from the highlands of Glade Park above the ranch. The current owners spent a considerable sum of money remodeling and updating the 3-bedroom, 3-bath ranch house to its current 4,240 square feet. Custom touches abound, including granite countertops with travertine backsplashes; distressed log interior; 24-foot fireplace in the great room; solid wood floors; custom tile; and a huge upstairs master suite. Across the headquarters area is a very nicely maintained 2001 modular home with 3 bedrooms and 2 baths, making an ideal home for a manager, caretaker, or guest quarters. The 40x60 shop building is metal sided and of relatively new construction, and there is a well-built 30x140 open-sided machine shop. Finally, the ranch has an outstanding set of metal livestock corrals built of 3" pipe, complete with a sorting tub and loading chute.

Wildlife and Hunting - Trophy Opportunities for Elk and Deer

Colorado's Game Management Unit 40 is widely known as one of the best trophy elk hunting units in the state, with the opportunity to harvest truly trophy-class elk scoring above 400 B&C. Most of the unit is private land, but the Mahoney Ranch is bounded on both sides by BLM land, leading to thousands of acres of hunting access. Though it may not seem like classic elk habitat, the ranch has yielded huge bull elk scoring in the neighborhood of 400 points, as well as some terrific trophy-class mule deer bucks. In addition, the ranch has lots of wild turkey and there are native cutthroat trout in Coates Creek on the ranch.

Conservation Easement

The Mahoney Ranch has been placed in a conservation easement to protect it from further development, and that's the primary reason why it's priced significantly less than other Glade Park ranches. However, the conservation easement allows for the sale of the 200 acres on the south side of the road and also allows the construction of an airstrip for private planes.

Airstrip property is cleared for runway construction

The ranch has already been cleared for the construction of a runway to land private planes. Call for more details.

Project Name: 
Mahoney Ranch
Agent Broker: 
Gary Hubbell
CoAgent Broker: 
Mike Krieg
Body Title: 
Glade Park Hay and Livestock Ranch
Body Description: 
$1,900,000 -- PRICE REDUCED!
Body Invert: 
remodeled historic ranch house, large shop building, manager's home, cattle pens and chutes
Propery Included: 
Property Address: 
500 DS Road
Property City: 
Glade Park
Property State: 
Property Zip Code: 
Date Listed: 
Fri, 07/15/2011
Property Status: 
Climate Zome: 
Pinyon-juniper-sagebrush--5,500-7,000 feet. Arid, medium snowfall.
Asking Price: 
Price Reduced: 
Reduced Price: 
Property Acres: 
Irrigated Acres: 
Water Rights: 
Coates Creek 5.76 cfs
Home Square Footage: 
Home Bedrooms: 
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Property Zoned: 
Property Includeds: 
Cattle Ranch
Hunting Property
Fishing Property
Ranching Property
Horse Property
Mountain Home
Mountain Land
Log Homes
Over $1 Million
Water Rights
Business Included: 
Business Type: 
Ranch Farm Business
Gorgeous interior of the beautiful home overlooking the Mahoney Ranch
View from 588 acres of beautiful Colorado ranch Land at the Mahoney Ranch
Home on the Mahoney Ranch, listed by United Country Colorado Brokers
Utility/storage building on 588 acre Colorado ranch
Additional home on Mahoney Ranch property
Grazing/hay pasture on 588-acre Mahoney Ranch near Glade Park