Bear Claw Pass Ranch
Bear Claw Pass Ranch is the high mountain ranch everyone looks for, but seldom finds. One of the largest Elk herds in Colorado is in Las Animas County and they do not stand still. There is a large irrigated alfalfa field just over one mile due north of this ranch which they frequent nightly (especially during late summer & fall hunting seasons) and then bed up in the higher surrounding forest for cover during the days, where they are normally undisturbed. On this ranch, they find both forest cover, water & no people to bother them. This ranch has already been subdivided in case a future owner decides to sell off some of the ranch. All the ranchroads have been improved and are in pristine condition. Currently there are3 natural gas wells on the property. These wells are nearing the end of their life cycle and will be capped off and pumps removed within 3-4 years. In the mean time the gas company maintains the roads and checks their equipment every few days. There is a cattle grazing lease on the property to keep property taxes down to a minimum. There is also a hunting lease, this lease is renewed on an annual basis and brings inincome of$7,000 per year. Full Draw Outfitters ranch headquarter's is less than 2 miles as the crow flies. So this area has a rich and fruitful hunting history! This propertydoes produce Big Muley Bucks, and Big Bull Elk (Bulls documented in the area to 360" plus). There are no shortage of Boone and Crocket Bull's in Las Animas County! This area is also known for it's Black Bear hunting, and produces big bears! Bears are frequently seen on Bear Claw Pass Ranch. The land is a perfect mixture of big mature Ponderosa Pines along with some Spruce and small to medium sized open meadows. The ranch has been fully fenced on the south end of the property where the owner builta small unimproved 2 storycabin that would be perfect as a hunters cabin or for recreational use. Power was brought into the south end of theranch so that one could build just about anywhere on that end of the property. The northwest sideof the property touchesElk Trail, an Apishapa River Ranch development road. So, it wouldn't be too far to run power throughout the north westend of theranch if one desired to do so. The north eastside of theranch has power in place. One of the ranches best attributes is that it is accessible year round. Las Animas County Road 43.7 is paved from Aguilar to Gulnare.So one only has to drive about 3.5 additional miles from Gulnare on well maintained dirt roads to reach this ranch from I-25 through Gulnare . The ranch is located 2 hours south of Colorado Springs and about 3.5 hours from Amarillo TX. Finally there is a seasonal(precipitation dependent)spring fed creek that runs down the center of the property, and 2 stock ponds. One of these ponds holds water year round. Elk tags are unlimited and over the counter (see Colorado big game brochure unit 85). Mule deer tags are easy to draw, and bear tags can be bought over the counter as well.Merriam's Turkeys are also numerous on the ranch! This ranch isn't just raw land, but fully subdivided and developed property. There are no POA/HOA dues, justsome basic covenants. This ranch is a keeper! Call for a qualified showing today! CO-Brokers Welcome!