Upper Williams Creek Ranch
Colorado Springs, Colorado
Picture the quiet plains just east of Colorado Springs, minutes from the city's airport. Now imagine that landscape transformed by a massive reservoir. Think about the recreational opportunities such a reservoir would offer, and the future demand for land in close proximity to this new lake, which would be the largest in El Paso County. Now contemplate the economic opportunity of owning an entire section of land 640 acres less than 1 mile across open space from the reservoir site. Surrounded by 8,300 acres of state-owned land, three adjoining parcels comprise this property, which is currently pastureland, fenced and crossfenced, with a solar-powered domestic/livestock well. This is about to change. The Southern Delivery System is a long-term water-delivery-infrastructure project that began Phase I construction in 2010 with the goal of ensuring an adequate water supply for Colorado Springs rapidly growing population. Phase II will see the creation of two new reservoirs, including the Upper Williams Creek Reservoir, which will be built south of Drennan Road, between Powers Blvd and Curtis Road, a location within walking distance of this section of ground. Quoting from an SDS white paper (available for download): This reservoir and 131-foot-tall dam will hold 30,500 acre feet of water and have a water surface area of 760 acres. It will be the largest body of open water in El Paso County slightly smaller than Denvers Cherry Creek Reservoir with recreation potential, including boating, fishing, and hiking trails. The current owners of this section of ranchland have completed a preliminary survey to subdivide this property into 35- and 40-acre parcels, but a new owner would be free to steer the future of this property in any number of directions to best capitalize on this unique opportunity. Sells with mineral rights.