The Rafter H Ranch in Collbran, Colorado, is the luxury ranch where a full-time or absentee owner can enjoy a terrific Western Colorado lifestyle with a well-planned ranch property that is relatively easy to maintain and run. With a total of 138 acres, the ranch has a beautiful modern ranch home, excellent hay barn, corrals, large shop building, horse pasture, and over 100 acres of irrigated hayfields served by a #1 water right and an engineered pressurized irrigation system. Irrigation improvements include 3 sideroll sprinklers, 2 center pivot sprinklers, and 7 big gun sprinklers. The property averages about 350 tons a year in hay production.
This mountain ranch has a very nice set of improvements and there is very little deferred maintenance or upkeep on the property. The home is a very well-built Southwestern-style stucco home with a total of 5,880 square feet, which includes the 3-car garage and RV garage slot. The home is very spacious, with 4 bedrooms, 3 baths, sunroom, and outdoor natural gas grill on a covered patio. The property has 2 water wells and year-round stock water. It has a very nice deep pond stocked with chunky brook trout that average well over a pound. The grounds are neatly manicured and surrounded by 4-rail lodgepole fencing. The cross fencing on the ranch is new and excellent. Corrals are neatly organized and built of railroad ties and guardrail, with new squeeze chutes and automatic waterers. Outbuildings include a red-iron 75’x100’ hay barn, a newer 40’x80’ Quonset shop building with oversize door and concrete floor, and 3 loafing sheds. The hay barn has an 8100-KW solar system that provides ample electricity for the home place, although it is tied to the grid as well.
While some Colorado ranches experience severe weather and deep snow accumulations, this ranch is in a temperate climate zone that experiences mild weather. Of course there are snowstorms that come through, but all in all snow accumulations are light and the weather is beautifully temperate most of the year. The elevation of the property is high enough for cool summer breezes, but low enough that deep snowfall doesn't normally occur.
The pricing with this listing is exclusively for the 138-acre home place and improvements. For the buyer seeking a complete cattle ranch, the seller can add assets to make a total package. Other assets include:
The ranch has an excellent set of quality equipment, much of it either brand-new or with low mileage and excellent maintenance. A complete equipment list is available, but a short list includes tractors, balers, rotary mower, hay rake, tub grinders, portable corral system, portable loading chute, bale hauler, manure spreader, backhoe, bulldozer, 1999 Kenworth T-800, Wilson 48’ cattle trailer, 48’ step-deck trailer, F350 ranch truck, 2,000-gallon fuel tank, dump truck, and much more. The ranch real estate and grazing permits is offered at $3,750,000, or with cattle and equipment, $4,750,000.
Collbran, Colorado, is beautifully situated for mountain recreation. The area is well known for excellent big game hunting for elk and mule deer in GMU 421, and Powderhorn Ski Area, a small family ski area, is less than half an hour away. The Grand Mesa, with its 500 square miles of National Forest lands and 300 lakes and reservoirs, is just to the south, where the ranch has a vast grazing permit. The fishing in these lakes can be outstanding, and Vega Reservoir, a large recreational lake, is very close by. Snowmobiling on the Grand Mesa is simply outstanding, with many miles of trails in a beautiful alpine setting.
For the investor who has always dreamed about a Colorado cattle ranch, the Rafter H Ranch is an excellent choice. It is set up for one man to run with occasional help, such as driving cattle up to the high country. Most of the yearly duties of haying, irrigating, fencing, and checking cows can be handled by one good ranch hand. It is the type of property that an investor can purchase and, with the hiring of the right manager, can turn a profit and provide both income and great personal satisfaction. Many times a ranch will be advertised as "turn-key". However, few ranches are truly turn-key like this one. It has every asset in place to be successful.