Horse Creek Ranch, long considered the best ranch in this part of Elbert County and one of the best in all of Eastern Colorado. This exciting turnkey offering includes 6,607 deeded acres, Wagyu and commercial cattle and equipment, irrigated hay meadows, 5 miles of Horse Creek, 2 homes, outbuildings and more.
Land- 6607 acres with 12 native grass pastures, 5 miles of Horse Creek, which runs year around. 300+ acres of irrigated hay meadows, sub-irrigated hay meadows, 2 miles of Adobe Creek. Numerous wells, water tanks and stock dams.
Water Rights- included are extensive court decreed senior water rights delivered via a reservoir and ditch system. There are three reservoirs on the ranch and numerous springs. The Laramie Fox Hills Aquifer daylights on the ranch and creates a very unique situation on the ranch, like no other in the area. Water via the springs and Horse Creek literally runs year around and all over the place on the ranch. Water rights detail:
Viaduct Ditch appropriated 1899 for 6.9 cfs, decreed for 5cfs, priority #28, 100 Irrigated acres
Cutler appropriated 1899 for 2 cfs, decreed for 1cfs, priority #29, 30 Irrigated acres
Deadman Ditch appropriated 1899 for 4.1 cfs, decreed for 2 cfs, priority #34, 40 Irrigated acres
South Side Ditch appropriated 1899, decreed for 4 cfs, priority #38
Two Springs Ditch appropriated 1902 for 3.5 cfs, decreed for 3.5 cfs, 70 irrigated acres, priority # 61
Deadman Reservoir- built 1890 Cutler Reservoir- built 1886 Viaduct Reservoir- built 1886 Hunting- The ranch has been managed for quality wildlife. Trophy Whitetail Deer, trophy Mule Deer, Pronghorn, Turkey, quality waterfowl hunting, coyote, fox and the occasional elk call the property home. The seller has allowed only one deer hunter per year to hunt the property. As we toured the property, we saw numerous deer and antelope. There are game trails, tracks and rubs are all over the property. The property could be further improved for hunting with the addition of food plots.
Improvements-The ranch is well improved with a sprawling 4 bed, 3 bath main ranch home originally built in the 1870's that's been updated several times over the years. Additionally, the ranch features a 3 bed 2 bath foreman's house, historic barn, shop, equipment shed, cattle working shed, garage, 2 extensive corral systems, loafing shed, irrigation ditch and pipeline system, windmills, water storage and pipeline system for stock tanks, stock dams and more.
Cattle Operation- included in the price is the current cattle operation and inventory. The seller has put together one of the countries premier Wagyu cattle (Kobe Beef) operations. Included in the sale will be approximately 30 full blood Wagyu cows with Wagyu calves, 120 commercial cows with 1/2-7/8ths percentage Wagyu calves, Wagyu 15 replacement heifers and several bulls. The cows are all fall calving. The owner represents the carrying capacity at 250 pairs year around. The ranch is currently under stocked and has an abundance of grass.
Equipment- also included in the sale is all of the sellers farm/ranch equipment and rolling stock making this truly a turn key offering. Included is a John Deere tractor and loader, Bobcat Skid Steer with attachments, backhoe, 2 pickup trucks, Atv's, stock trailers, flatbed trailers, a dragline and more.
Income-Currently, the seller cuts and harvests premium grass hay and sells to horse operations, there's a gravel pit with potential income, there is a Wagyu bull leasing enterprise. Wagyu cattle currently sell for double what commercial beef cattle do. There is tremendous potential for a hunting operation or hunting lease income. Additionally, there is oil and gas activity in the area and the sellers mineral rights are included.
Area- Located in both Elbert and El Paso counties, 50 miles straight east of Colorado Springs. This high plains area is mainly a ranch and farm area known for its good short grass prairie and livestock gains.
History- Originally owned by the Holt Livestock Company in the mid to late 1800's, Horse Creek was the headquarters of a sprawling ranch that covers several townships.
Summary- Horse Creek Ranch is a turnkey self contained year around ranch like no other in the area. The ranch is a great candidate to preserve with a conservation easement. Truly an oasis, the ranch has water features like no other in the area. Make it yours by calling Jim Digby to schedule your private showing.