NO DEEDED LAND OFFERED WITH THIS LISTING--IT IS AN OPPORTUNITY TO OWN AN OUTFITTING PERMIT ON NATIONAL FOREST LANDS. One of the premiere outfitting businesses in the Colorado Rocky Mountains is for sale-Capitol Peak Outfitters is on the market. Situated in the prime markets of Aspen and Snowmass, Capitol Peak Outfitters actually has two outstanding US Forest Service outfitting permits-Aspen Wilderness Outfitters and Capitol Peak Outfitters, both with summer use days for horseback rides, fishing, and overnight pack trips, and hunting permits for elk, mule deer, bighorn sheep, and mountain goats. The Capitol Peak permits are situated near its namesake, Capitol Peak, which is a 14,000-foot peak that dominates the skyline southwest of Snowmass Village and Snowmass Ski Area, and also access the famous Maroon Creek valley. The Aspen Wilderness Outfitters permits access the Hunter Creek area east of Aspen and close to the Continental Divide.
One of the most important factors in the success of an outfitting business is its access to good terrain and clientele. Capitol Peak Outfitters is ideally situated in an area with high-end clientele like no other business can offer. The joke in the Aspen/Snowmass area is that the billionaires are pushing out the millionaires, and an outfitter offering quality services can reach the top of the scale on charging for their services. Of course, the setting in the Maroon Bells/Snowmass Wilderness and the Hunter/Frying Pan Wilderness is absolutely phenomenal, with amazing views and a stunning mixture of mountain peaks, meadows of wildflowers, rushing streams, evergreen forests, aspen groves, and rocky peaks. The business has a long history of providing an excellent stream of income that will more than support its purchase price.
Any interested operator will want to know where CPO keeps their horses, as horse property real estate in that area ain't exactly cheap. There is a local "shared amenities" ranch that has a large hay meadow and horse pasture owned jointly by the homeowners' association, and the owners are delighted to see a herd of mountain horses grazing in the meadow below their estates. It is a short trip to haul a load of horses to the nearest trailhead to set out on half-day rides and day rides.
Capitol Peak Outfitters and Aspen Wilderness Outfitters has excellent permits to operate on US Forest Service lands for elk, mule deer, and bear in GMU's 43, 47, and 471; bighorn sheep in GMU's S13 and S25; and mountain goat in G12 and G13. Hunting is excellent with high success rates, particularly on sheep and goats. Hunters seeking trophy mule deer have a good chance of scoring on a truly trophy buck. The outfitter operates a large base camp for fully guided hunts and several drop camp locations for drop camp hunters.
Capitol Peak Outfitters will provide a list of equipment and gear that is offered with the business, including a herd of 25 well-broke mountain horses and mules; saddles, packsaddles, and all manner of tack; tents and camping equipment; trailers and rolling stock; and client list and website, as well as the successful transfer of USFS special use permits.
This business is represented by Gary Hubbell, ALC, and Loren Williams of United Country Colorado Brokers. As business brokers, we specialize in outfitting businesses, resorts, wineries and vineyards, RV parks, restaurants, and other businesses with Colorado real estate attached.