Buck Point Ranch is a 960± acre property located in one of the last pristine valleys in close proximity to world-class Aspen, Colorado. With senior water rights, sweeping, south-facing Elk Range views over irrigated meadows, a half-mile portion of West Coulter Creek, and adjacency to BLM lands, this property showcases western Colorado at its best. Surrounded by other large, legacy ranches, this unimproved property ranges in elevation from 7,200-8,200 feet, provides excellent hunting, is agriculturally productive, and is unencumbered by a conservation easement, presenting a great land conservation opportunity with potentially lucrative tax credits for a landowner. Water rights include both a 20% share of an 860 acre-foot reservoir and 1 cfs of senior ditch rights, combining to provide abundant irrigation water for nearly 90 acres of hay meadows and pasture. Buck Point offers end-of- the-road privacy, nary a home in site, and shares a western boundary for two and half miles with BLM lands, which eventually join national forest lands in the upper elevations to the north.
End-of- the-road privacy and huge Elk Range views looking over one of the largest irrigated meadows in the greater Roaring Fork Valley
20% of 860 acre-foot Consolidated Reservoir
15 minutes from Carbondale and Glenwood Springs, both perennial members of best towns in the West lists, and 45 minutes to world famous Aspen and its resorts
Adjacent to BLM and the upper reaches of Glenwood Canyon
87 acres of irrigated meadows
Buck Point Ranch is a 960± acre “carve-out” of the adjacent landowner’s larger, surrounding ranch. West Coulter Creek bisects the western portion of this offering and is a small, jump-across stream with thick riparian vegetation along it that offers a strong lush contrast to the surrounding irrigated meadow in the lower elevations and the gambel oak and sage of the upper elevations of the property. West Coulter Creek joins the main Coulter Creek just below this property on the adjacent Jeff Gordon Ranch, to form a larger, oxbow meadow-meandering stream. Coulter Creek is a tributary to Cattle Creek and the gold medal Roaring Fork River that forms the larger, populated valley down below. Coulter Creek Valley is very rural in nature and is home to some of the last large ranches in the Aspen-Glenwood vicinity. Hardly another home will be within site of this property. Garfield County Road 121 dead ends at the gate for Buck Point (despite what some maps show!), so it is literally an end of the road property with quiet and privacy. Buck Point itself, a basaltic rock formation overlooks the ranch to the east, pointing the way toward gentle Cottonwood Pass, gateway to the Vail/Eagle Valley and its airport approximately 30 minutes away in the summer (the pass is closed in the winter). The entire property slopes very gently from the lower elevation irrigated meadow at 7,200 feet to the upper reaches and its wildlife habitat at 8,200 feet. BLM lands are adjacent to the property’s western boundary, with the upper, aspen and conifer-laden elevations looking over Glenwood Canyon being Forest Service lands higher up.
Currently no improvements exist on this unimproved property, so it holds the potential to be almost whatever one envisions. Nearly every part of the ranch has amazing views of the snow-capped Elk Range, centering on dramatic Mt. Sopris that looms over the region, so a new owner has many choices on where to locate a new residence and any ranch operations.
Buck Point Ranch sits in the upper reaches of the Missouri Heights area that is home to rural, mostly-south facing properties perched above the Roaring Fork Valley with big views of the snow-capped Elk Range. The Coulter Valley, where Buck Point is located, is home to some of the last large private landscapes in the greater Roaring Fork Valley. The Roaring Fork Valley is known as the home to Aspen, the world-class resort and cultural center, as well as historic, smaller towns like Basalt, Carbondale, and Glenwood Springs, each with its own unique character and shops and restaurants, so the new Buck Point owner will have many fantastic choices as far as where to have their off-property fun, just 15 to 45 minutes away. Glenwood is world renowned for its hot springs, and spas, numerous hotels, restaurants, shops, schools, hospitals, banks and private jet airport. There are many superb golf courses nearby. The town lies just off of Interstate 70 and at the confluence of the Colorado and Roaring Fork Rivers. It is 45 minutes to Vail and Aspen from the ranch, and 160 miles to Denver. Carbondale is a bit funkier and smaller, but also has great restaurants and shops and festivals, and is also often on many best towns in the West lists for recreation and culture and all-around healthy, active lifestyles.
Buck Point is conveniently located between two commercial airports with Aspen Pitkin County Airport approximately 40 miles southeast, and the Eagle County Regional Airport in Eagle (servicing Vail and Beaver Creek) 40 miles away. Commercial service is also available 2.5 hours away at DIA and private jet service is 30 miles down the road at the Garfield County Airport in Rifle, Colorado, and also in Aspen.
Several world-class ski resorts are within a short drive. Aspen/Ajax Mountain, Aspen Highlands, Buttermilk and Snowmass are all located in and around Aspen, and Beaver Creek and Vail Resorts are less than 90 minutes away as well.
Buck Point is located in GMU 444, where over the counter hunting tags are generally available for elk, mule deer, and bear. Large elk herds coming down from the higher elevations above Glenwood Canyon to the north often roam down through this property.
Of course this area is renowned for downhill skiing, so skiers will appreciate all the options one has within 45 minutes of the ranch, including Aspen Mountain, Aspen Highlands, Snowmass and Buttermilk as well as ski Sunlight Mountain just outside Glenwood Springs. Snowmobiling and snow-shoeing are also enjoyed on property, while in the summer, other recreation includes hiking, mountain biking, rock climbing, white water rafting, and boating (Ruedi Reservoir is 45 minutes away).
Buck Point Ranch is surrounded by gold medal fishing resources. The Roaring Fork, just 15 minutes away, is known as one of the best trout fisheries in the state, as is the Frying Pan, just 25 minutes away, and the Colorado River below Glenwood Springs, for those who may want to float a larger river.
The property is well-suited to be developed for horses, with ample pasture and irrigated fields for growing hay, and nearby dirt roads and jeep trails to serve as terrific riding trails, on the property and off.
Buck Point Ranch has traditionally been operated as a hay-growing and cattle grazing lease operation, run by a neighboring cattle producer. The same arrangement may be possible for a new owner who wants to have someone else care for the agricultural elements of the ranch, as the nearby ranch manager has twenty years of experience managing this place. However, all the ag resources one needs are present for whatever sort of property one envisions, a horse farm, cattle ranch, or recreational getaway/preserve.
The ranch possesses historic, senior water rights consisting of a 20% share in the 860-acre foot Consolidated Reservoir and one cfs senior right from West Coulter Creek. These rights combine to provide abundant irrigation water for 87.5 acres of hay meadows and irrigated pasture.