Bear Ridge Ranch, Westcliffe, Colorado, USA, 197.96 Acres

  • Agriculture, Big Game, Equestrian, House, Off-Road, Stream/River, Upland Bird, Wildlife Viewing

Bear Ridge Ranch is a true mountain showplace located just northeast of Westcliffe, Colorado.  This is one of the finest properties you will find on the market today in the southern Colorado Mountains.  The diverse 197+ acres includes a magnificent custom log home with sweeping views of the Sangre De Cristo and Wet Mountain Ranges.   The log home, designed by Alpine Log Homes of Montana evokes a setting of historic mountain lodges with its grand entryway, floor to ceiling moss rock fireplace, and massive outdoor deck areas.  The home consists of a gourmet kitchen, dining room, living room, den, game room, master suite, guest suite and a guest wing with 3 additional bedrooms.   The ranch borders thousands of acres of the San Isabel National Forest and the property features timbered ridges, alpine meadows, aspen groves, creek frontage and a live spring.  Oak Creek flows through the bottom portion of the ranch and provides lush green sub-irrigated land and water resources for livestock and wild game.  As you tour the property, you are reminded of its historic past as you see remnants of a miner’s cabin and corrals which were once part of an old mining town. The ranch sets up well for large family uses, cattle and horses, trophy hunting, hiking, ATV use and more!
 
Bear Ridge Ranch is located approximately 22 miles northeast of Westcliffe, Colorado in Custer County.  It is easily accessible from the major Colorado cities without crossing mountain passes.  Denver is 3 hrs – Colorado Springs – 2 hrs and Pueblo – 1 hr. from the Ranch.  Commercial air service is available at all these cities and a local airport with a 7,000′ paved runway is located just south of Westcliffe and is capable of handling private jets. Westcliffe was built in the late 1800’s as the end-of-the-line for the Denver and Rio Grande Railroad to harvest the rich silver and gold deposits found in the area and many remnants of that ancestry exist to this day.  A community of 4000 residents, Westcliffe retains a small-town environment with its arts community, historic buildings, shops and restaurants.  The Wet Mountain Valley is certainly one of the most scenic and unspoiled mountain valleys in Colorado.  It continues to maintain its rural charm, western heritage, and ranch country feel.
  
The ranch has a stucco and log barn/utility building near its entrance which could easily be used to store vehicles, equipment, or ATV’s.  It could also serve as a nice workshop or be converted into living space for guests or a caretaker.
 
The land is located in Game Management Unit 69 and shares its eastern boundary with the San Isabel National Forest.  There is a private gated access from the ranch into the Forest for easy uses such as hunting, hiking, mountain biking, or horseback riding.   Elk are often seen grazing in the meadows during early morning and early evening hours and mule deer, bear and turkey are seen regularly on the property.  The terrain, water resources, forage, and protective bedding areas on this ranch combine to create the ideal big game and upland bird habitat.  There is plenty of room to hunt on the property or on the 1,000’s of acres of adjoining National Forest.    Equestrians would love this property as there are old trails running through the ranch and many miles of trails and roads in the adjoining National Forest to ride and explore.
 
Bear Ridge Ranch is protected by a conservation easement held by the San Isabel Land Protection Trust. The conservation easement allows for all uses that are normal and customary for mountain ranches and allows for the construction of a guest home, barns and other agricultural outbuildings.  

Main Info

  • Street Address : 990 Bear Ridge Road
  • Postal / Zip Code : 81252
  • State / Province : Colorado
  • County : Custer
  • Closest City : Westcliffe
  • Lot Size Acres : 197.96 Acres
  • Dwelling : Yes

Home Info

  • Square Feet Main House : 6900 square feet
  • Bedrooms : 5
  • Baths : 6

Taxes

Tax Year : 2018

Estimated Taxes per year are $3,649.00

$3,295,000

Broker Info

Jeff Switzer founded Rocky Mountain Ranch & Land to realize his vision and passion for the land. He brings over 25 years of experience to the real estate business and his love of the land and the outdoors extends through his business practices. He has been a licensed real estate broker in 5 states and currently holds active licenses in Colorado and Florida. He has worked in every facet of the recreational land business including acquisitions, sales & marketing, land planning, entitlements, and development and has held senior executive positions for several nationally recognized real estate companies. His experience has taken him to every region of the United States and since 1995 he has acquired or managed the development and sale of numerous ranch and recreational properties throughout Central and Southern Colorado. Jeff has successfully navigated complex real estate transactions involving land use issues, conservation easements, mineral and water rights, livestock, ranch management, grazing and hunting leases, family trust and partnership issues, project financing, and negotiations with State and Federal agencies. Furthermore, as a principal in many of these transactions, Jeff is acutely aware of identifying the best values in the real estate market for buyers and the latest and most innovative marketing strategies for sellers.

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