The Motherwell Ranch raises the bar as Colorado's foremost multidimensional mountain ranch. Spanning an enormous block of contiguous deeded land, this 10,350+/- acre sporting paradise is distinguished by its unmatched combination of exceptional privacy, diverse landscape, abundant water, plentiful wildlife and ideal location. The ranch is situated in the scenic Williams Fork River valley along the north flank of the Flat Tops Mountains of northwest Colorado. Entering at the ranch gate, one is immediately struck by the stunning landscape embodied by this property. From the cottonwood-lined river and hay meadows in the foreground to the timbered skyline in the distance, nearly the entire field of view is encompassed by the ranch. Beyond the private bridge over the river, the ranch rises 2,550+ feet in elevation over 5 miles to the national forest boundary, blending a rich mosaic of irrigated meadows, grass pastures, rolling foothills, verdant mountain parks and forests of aspen and conifers. The upper third of the ranch was formerly a part of Routt National Forest and remains representative of the quality and character of the finest lands found in our nation’s forests. Elk thrive throughout the property in the exemplary habitat of spruce, fir, pine, aspens, mountain oaks, brush, sage, willows, grass and alfalfa. The ranch gets covered up with elk in the fall and has been operated as a highly-regarded destination hunting property for elk and other game. Complementing the outstanding wildlife component of the Motherwell is abundant water for fishing, boating, aesthetics, livestock and irrigation. The slopes of the ranch are predominantly north-facing, resulting in lush ecosystems laden with a multitude of springs, creeks, ponds and wallows. The upper end of the property is highlighted by three beautiful mountain lakes ranging between 10 and 20 surface acres in size. The lower ranch is anchored by 3.3 miles of both sides of the Williams Fork River, an excellent trout fishing stream. The scenic and recreational strengths of the Motherwell are further enhanced by its extraordinary privacy and location. Encompassing one giant land mass of more than 16 square miles, the ranch has no private inholdings and no impacts from public roads or private access easements. This is rare for a ranch this size and results in exceptional seclusion. Yet for all its privacy, the ranch is not remote. The front gate is only 20 minutes from the region’s commercial airport and its 10,000 foot runway with ILS approach. World-class ski resort amenities and full services are only 45 minutes away in Steamboat Springs, striking the perfect balance between accessibility and escape. Well-suited improvements consisting of the ranch headquarters buildings, equestrian facility, owner’s home, guest cabins and hunting lodge provide comfortable accommodations without being overdone. Private bridges over the river link to an excellent network of interior roads and trails to access all the various activity destinations throughout the ranch. This remarkable property was thoughtfully assembled by current ownership through a series of private and public land acquisitions, and with enduring stewardship that is now in its fourth decade. There are no conservation easements on the ranch, leaving it unrestricted and preserving that option for future ownership.
Status: Active Square Feet: 6841 Bedrooms: 5 Bathrooms: 5 + 1/2 Baths: 1 Acres: 10349.5
Year built: 1998 Exterior amenities: Lake, Pond, Stream, Seasonal Stream, River Garage capacity: 4 + Garage type: Garage Detached Lot description: Agricultural, Water Frontage, View, Rolling, Border Public Lands, National Forest Access, Public Land Access View description: Mountain, Valley, Panoramic, Lake, River Days On Market: 112 Taxes: $34,397.08
Listing courtesy of BRIAN SMITH HALL AND HALL PARTNERS, LLC
It all started on the beautiful West Coast of California in the San Francisco Bay area. Colorado was always the home of my family, so - off with the sandals and on with the ski boots - the family arrived in Littleton, Colorado. In 1976, I attended CSU and then soon found myself wanting a career in the healthcare field.
After graduating from the Presbyterian Hospital School of Nursing and Radiologic Science, I was employed as manager of Boulder Memorial Hospital Trauma CT Unit.