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20-acre irrigated hobby farm with log home near Hotchkiss, CO The property for sale is a rectangular 20-acre parcel comprised of 15 acres of irrigated hayfield, with 5 acres of dry ground and a log home built in 1983. The land has excellent priority water rights, with 60 shares of the Smith-McKnight Ditch, a senior right that is plenty to irrigate the hayfields. One part of the field is enclosed with a game-proof high fence, while the other field is fenced with barbed wire. This is an excellent property for horses, cattle, sheep, or other livestock. The location is only a couple of minutes across the North Fork River from downtown Hotchkiss, with schools, banks, restaurants, and shopping, but it is a quiet rural location that gets very little traffic. The home is 1,456 square feet upstairs and 672 square feet in the basement, which includes a 1-car garage bay. The home has 3 bedrooms and 1 bath, a downstairs office, and a large covered porch. The Quonset shop building is heated and has a large garage door to roll in tractors and other large projects. There is an additional storage building. Views are good. Agriculture-friendly environment in Hotchkiss, CO Hotchkiss offers a great quality of life for people with a green thumb. The climate is mild year-round. The local area is known for its wide variety of farms, orchards, vineyards, ranches, hobby farms, and production gardens and truck farms. Hotchkiss has more than 150 frost-free days annually, so the growing season is longer than many places in Colorado. Combined with good irrigation water (which this farm has in abundance), a wide variety of crops are grown locally. Of course, there are the "normal" crops such as peaches, apples, hay, cherries, and plums. Other farmers are bringing unusual crops to market, such as hops, wine grapes, garlic, organic honey, organic beef, cantaloupe, lamb, goat cheese, berries, edible flowers, and medicinal herbs. This small farm has excellent irrigation water and is capable of growing a wide variety of crops. Hunting, fishing, boating, snowmobiling, hiking, horseback riding--excellent recreation opportunities in Hotchkiss There's a reason why people love Western Colorado, and it has to do with all the fun you can have. The recreation opportunities are almost boundless. Three major ski areas-Aspen, Crested Butte, and Telluride-are all within two hours' drive. The Grand Mesa is just a few miles north of town, and there are hundreds of thousands of acres of National Forest lands offering hiking, fishing, hunting, horseback riding, and world-class snowmobiling and Nordic skiing. The North Fork of the Gunnison River flows just a quarter mile or so north of this property, and the confluence with the Gunnison River is a few miles to the west. Rafting, fishing, kayaking, and overnight float trips are popular on the Gunnison River, which is known as a Gold Medal river with very good fly-fishing for big trout. Excellent big game hunting opportunities in Colorado GMU 63, GMU 53, 42, 52, and 421 If you're a sportsman, the hunting opportunities surrounding Hotchkiss and the North Fork Valley are great. Some of the best hunting in the state is centered around Hotchkiss. Trophy mule deer scoring over 200 are found in the local area, and most of the units are over-the-counter elk units, with excellent opportunities for branch-antlered bulls. This particularly property is in Unit 63, which is known for excellent mule deer hunting. Hotchkiss has excellent local schools Hotchkiss-area schools are known for providing a quality education to K-12 students. Test scores are typically very good, and academic programs are strong. Local students have won awards in national engineering competitions and even in the international science fairs. Sports programs are also highly regarded, with competitive high school and middle school teams in football, volleyball, wrestling, basketball, tennis, soccer, cross-country, track, baseball, and cheerleading. The local 4-H programs are very popular, with kids entering their animals and exhibits for beef and dairy cattle, goats, sheep, poultry, horsemanship, sewing and fashion design, shooting, and photography. This property is a good property for horses and livestock and is only a couple of miles from the Delta County Fairgrounds, where the annual Delta County Fair is held.