Aspen Ridge Ranch near Kremmling, Colorado -- off-grid ranch retreat property for sale
small streams and ponds with irrigation water rights
surrounded by National Forest and hunting
522-acre mountain property with horse meadow
self-sustaining off-grid power plant and solar panels
custom 4-bedroom home, beautiful cabin, and yurt
mountain real estate near Vail, Steamboat Springs, and Winter Park
off-grid 522-acre mountain ranch retreat property with 4-bedroom home, cabin, yurt, and large shop building
Overlooking the north side of the Gore Range in north-central Colorado is the Aspen Ridge Ranch, a 522-acre mountain getaway retreat that is centrally located between Steamboat Springs, Winter Park, and Vail. Located at 8,850 feet in elevation, the ranch has a gentle southern slope and stunning views of the snow-capped peaks of the Gore Range and the mountains overlooking the Colorado River. Conceived as a location for a remote mountain retreat, Aspen Ridge Ranch is newly designed and constructed with cutting-edge technology to live comfortably off the grid in a mountain setting. Currently the property features a custom 3,000-square-foot 4-bedroom home, a beautiful 1-bedroom cabin with loft, a yurt with its own solar power system, and a large 40x80 insulated shop building. However, the infrastructure has been put in place to build a very large lodge or retreat facility that can house many guests in a quiet, remote, off-grid mountain setting.
engineered water system has 25,000-gallon tank and productive well
The Aspen Ridge Ranch is a beautiful mountain property, but there’s much more to it than meets the eye. The property has been carefully engineered to provide maximum utility to the next owner, including the capability to build a large retreat center that can serve many guests. It has a 25,000-gallon underground water storage tank fed by a 525-foot productive well that produces 10+ gallons per minute. The well has backup systems in place to ensure that water will always be available for domestic use. In turn, lines have been engineered to provide service to the 4-bedroom home, the yurt, and the cabin, and water is available via a 6-inch underground line to serve the large 20-bedroom lodge that has been designed for the property but not yet built. The project has been so carefully planned that there are actually charged fire hydrants on a 6-inch line installed on this beautiful mountain ranch, and the line extends all the way to the building site for the lodge.
energy-independent property has its own power plant and solar power system
For the person seeking to achieve complete energy independence, the owners have installed a quiet-running micro-turbine electrical power generator powered by propane that is installed in the large shop building. For redundancy’s sake, a backup generator of the exact same type is standing by in the event that the primary generator should go down, complete with large battery banks. The two generators can produce up to 52 kilowatts of continuous power, on a variable basis.
The solar system at the yurt is rated at 2,250 watts. The maximum wattage is actually higher at peak sunlit hours, with 2,250 watts continuous power. The 24-volt system has 18 12-volt deep-cycle batteries for storage, which could provide an average of two days’ use for a family of five. The yurt also has a backup propane generator that can provide an equal amount of power if the batteries run down in an extended cycle of cloudy weather.
There are a total of 17,500 gallons of underground propane storage on the ranch, or greater than a year’s supply of propane for power generation and heating. For the green power enthusiast, it would be relatively simple to add more solar power panels and battery capacity to make the property very close to self-sustaining without the use of propane, even with a large lodge with many bedrooms. The power supply on the ranch is certified for the cleanest energy usage, making it actually more reliable than grid power. Additionally, there is ample dead wood available on the property and nearby that could be used for wood-burning steam turbines that could also be harnessed for electrical power supply or heat on the ranch.
in-house phone system, internet, and computer servers on an off-grid mountain property
The trouble with many off-grid properties is that cell phone service, land line telephone service, and internet is often very difficult to achieve, spotty, or very slow. The property owner has perfected an in-house phone system and cell phone booster, as well as his own internet servers, to provide clean and consistent cell and land line service, as well as internet service. While living on a very remote mountain parcel surrounded by National Forest, a property owner can enjoy the benefits of modern technology and communication.
522-acre mountain ranch is almost completely surrounded by National Forest lands
Situated at elevations between 8,500 and 9,100 feet, the Aspen Ridge Ranch is in an alpine setting of open mountain meadows, aspen groves, small stands of lodgepole pine, and occasional giant solitary Douglas fir. The terrain is beautiful. While mountainous, it is not radically steep terrain—it’s “user-friendly” and can easily be hiked or accessed by horseback or ATV. In the winter, it is superb snowmobiling terrain.
With the exception of an 80-acre parcel on the southeast corner of the ranch, it is surrounded on all sides by the Routt National Forest, just West of Gore Pass. In the background to the south, the snowcapped peaks of the Gore Range include Sheep Mountain at 11,000 feet; Slate Mountain, at 11,200 feet; 12,000-foot Meridian Peak; and the Eagle’s Nest at 12,500 feet. While many properties in the northern Colorado Rockies suffer from an infestation of pine beetles in the vast lodgepole pine forests in that area, the total acreage of lodgepole pine on the ranch is not more than 15% of the property area. When driving into the ranch from the north, the Forest Service has permitted logging of beetle-killed pines, creating open hillsides that are beginning to regenerate into grassy meadows, aspen groves, and new pine forests. Wildfire danger to the ranch structures and the ranch in general is less that found in most remote areas.
The balance of the acreage is in open grassy meadows, drainages with beaver ponds and creeks, aspen groves, and a few Douglas fir. Blacktail Creek has several small tributaries that merge together at the bottom of the valley, and several of those creeks flow through the ranch. Just south of the ranch, County Road 11, also known as Forest Road 212, drops off the rim of the plateau above the Colorado River near Gore Canyon and descends all the way to the bridge over the Colorado at Radium. It is a breathtaking scene, with views of the river far below and the steppes of the Rockies rising to snowcapped peaks above Vail.
hay production and water rights on the Aspen Ridge Ranch
Historically, the Aspen Ridge Ranch was used for hay production and summer cattle grazing. Using the several different creeks that flow on the ranch, the original homesteaders dug ditches and diverted the snowmelt to irrigate several meadows. All told, the water rights add up to over 18 cubic feet per second, which is a huge amount of water. The decrees are somewhat junior, having been filed between 1910 and 1925, and the water sources typically deplete between late-July and mid-August. Our seller has a thorough analysis of the water rights by a competent water engineer, and it’s the engineer’s opinion that 75 acres of the ranch could be irrigated with the water resources that are available, as well as several ponds could be constructed. An engineered irrigation system using pipe and sprinklers is recommended, and the water engineer’s report is available for interested buyers.
elk hunting, deer hunting, fishing, and recreation on the Aspen Ridge Ranch—Colorado GMU 15
When we walked onto the meadow in front of the cabin to photograph the property, several elk were calling to each other in the aspens only yards away from the cabin. During the fall hunting seasons, elk hunters come from all over the country to hunt the nearby National Forest. However, the ranch affords access to difficult-to-reach parts of the adjoining National Forest, as well as the 522 acres of the ranch itself. It’s prime elk country, as well as home to large herds of mule deer. Moose and antelope have been spotted on the ranch as well. The ranch is located in Colorado Game Management Unit 15, and is close to the boundary of GMU 27. As well, the ranch is very close to the Blacktail Wildlife Area owned by the Colorado Division of Wildlife, which offers autumn hunting and winter wildlife habitat for the abundant game in the area.
When it comes to fishing, there are small brook trout in the creeks on the ranch, and it is our suggestion to investigate the construction of trout ponds. When it comes to fly-fishing, however, the Colorado River near Kremmling is a world-famous trout stream. For an exciting day excursion, you can drive down County Road 11 right from the ranch to the vast valley of the Colorado River near Radium, which is on the Trough Road between Kremmling and State Bridge. This offers some outstanding vistas, beautiful deep pools in the river, and excellent fishing for rainbows and German browns. It takes less than half an hour to reach the river from the ranch via a spectacular country road that is a step above a jeep road and in decent repair.
Colorado recreation property—snowmobiling, horseback riding, hiking, yoga retreat, whitewater rafting
A world of recreation is right outside the door at the Aspen Ridge Ranch. Hiking and horseback riding on the ranch property is superb. There is a network of ATV trails that offer access to all parts of the ranch, and access through several gates onto adjacent National Forest lands. In the winter, it’s a superb snowmobiling property. There are several wide-open meadows where families have a blast racing each other and making loops in the meadows. As well, there are several benches that create cornices to make alley-oops and jumps. If you tire of riding on the ranch, there are hundreds of thousands of acres of National Forest lands to ride snowmobiles, ATV’s, horses, and go hunting, fishing, and backpacking. Whitewater rafting on the Colorado River near Radium is spectacular, and the Gore Canyon is known for its Class V whitewater that only experienced boaters dare try. Of course, elk and mule deer hunting on the property and surrounding forest lands is excellent.
Winter recreation property between Vail, Steamboat, and Winter Park
The current owners of the ranch have spent 6 years living on the property year-round. The main highway is about 4 miles north of the property and is accessible most of the winter. For those occasions when it's possible to get snowed in, the owners have included their $180,000 5-passenger Tucker Snow-Cat for guaranteed year-round access.
Outstanding equipment for a sustainable mountain ranch
The Aspen Ridge Ranch is fully outfitted with a complete set of rolling stock and equipment for ranch operations, including:
Tucker diesel snowcat with 12 point - hydraulic plow
Caterpillar Telehandler for moving logs and building materials
Caterpillar 480E backhoe/excavator with extended boom and hydraulic plow blade and bucket
2 Polaris Rangers
Vermeer wood chipper
Log splitter for firewood
quality improvements on a remote Colorado mountain ranch
The Aspen Ridge Ranch has a quality set of improvements, with the infrastructure in place to build a large lodge, including a complete set of architectural plans. The home, improvements, and infrastructure are all new in the past 10 years and has been professionally engineered for durability and strength.
· 4-bedroom, 4-bath, 3,000-square-foot home. The home features huge views of the Gore Range and the open meadow and aspen grove in front of the house. Accents include pine trim from trees milled on the property. Business office, recreation room, expansive decks, chef’s kitchen, vaulted ceilings upstairs, computer internet servers, and clean site-generated power.
· Yurt with composting toilet, water, and solar power with battery and generator backup. Historic propane stove, woodstove, sleeping area, and vast balcony.
· 40x80 insulated shop building with concrete floor and mezzanine area. Includes game room, turbine generator and backup generator, woodshop, and 3 garage bays.
· Owner’s cabin is newly constructed and BEAUTIFUL! Big porch and sweeping views of the mountain range across the valley. 1-bedroom with loft, chef’s kitchen.
· Hunter’s cabin needs remodeling but is structurally basically sound.
· 25,000-gallon water tank, 400-foot-deep well, and 6” lines, including fire hydrants, to serve home, cabin, and future site of lodge.
· Building site and architect’s plans for 20-bedroom lodge with commercial kitchen.