The preeminent private holding in northwestern Colorado’s Browns Park Region is this diverse and well-watered 3,954± deeded acre property. Strategically located on and around Douglas Mountain in Colorado’s Game Management Unit (GMU) 2, this acreage is notable for regularly producing multiple elk with Boone and Crockett scores in excess of 370”. Terrain and topography run from well-grassed lower sage and high desert lands to mountain valleys ringed with ponderosa forest. Dramatic viewsheds and landscapes here are complimented by the ranch’s water resources which are among the best in the area – comprised of four spring-fed trout ponds at the headquarters, numerous springs, and dirt tanks that have been improved for wildlife and cattle. In addition to providing immediate access to adjacent public lands, the southernmost tip of the property is within three-quarters of a mile of Dinosaur National Monument. The Browns Park area is steeped in western history and interested parties will appreciate the notable and notorious individuals who have both occupied and visited the ranch headquarters location. Improvements consist of a very comfortable headquarters residence with three beds and three-and-a-half baths, as well as smaller outbuildings. With year-round access via County Road 10, the residence and surrounding trout ponds sit behind a locked gate at the head of a private valley. The trout ponds are a unique attribute in this area and harbor trout up to seven pounds and 26” in length. Douglas Mountain Hunting Ranch sits west of the small community of Maybell and just north of Dinosaur National Monument.
Colorado’s GMU 2 is one of the preeminent trophy elk-producing units in North America. High densities of elk populate the lower and higher elevations of the unit and trophy elk taken throughout the varying elevation zones. The offered acreage qualifies for eight landowner preference applications per year for elk, mule deer, and pronghorn. The seller is also willing to provide ownership with a guaranteed bull elk voucher each year in exchange for the ability to retain grazing rights on the offered deeded lands and surrounding leased BLM lands. The mule deer and pronghorn hunting is also noteworthy with trophy-caliber animals taken on the ranch and throughout the unit.
The deeded and leased lands have been long utilized for summer pasture. Portions of the deeded lands are also utilized as winter range, during mild winters. The Seller would prefer to lease back the grazing rights for an extended period of time but will aid in the transfer of the appropriate BLM grazing allotment with the sale of the deeded base properties. Please contact the listing broker for more information regarding the associated BLM allotment.
All Seller-owned appurtenant water rights will convey to new ownership. Water rights consist of adjudicated springs. There is no irrigated ground or hay production on the property. The Seller does not believe they own any appurtenant mineral rights but will convey any owned.