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Lanier Ranch

Colorado, Montezuma County, Pleasant View

An exceptional and rare opportunity for an avid outdoorsman to own a private 2,449-acre recreational ranch bordering the San Juan National Forest and BLM land. The ranch is being offered for sale for the first time in over 60 years and has been utilized over the years as a recreational hunting retreat and for cattle grazing. The property is a mix of beautiful rolling pastures and hills with mature gamble oak and juniper woodlands, multiple stock ponds, breathtaking 360-degree mountain views, as well as stunning views on parts of the property that overlook the Dolores River valley and McPhee Reservoir. There is abundant wildlife with mule deer, elk (in the elk migration path), black bear, wild turkey, and combined with a trail network that provides easy access to the rugged landscape, it naturally creates a hunter’s paradise. There is a 1,250 SF off-grid hunting cabin with modern amenities and beautiful views off the deck, along with an additional cook house and utility shed. This is a serene country setting, offering great privacy and magnificent views, yet still close to Cortez, Telluride, and Durango.

Location and Area

Perched above the picturesque Dolores River Valley with expansive views, the ranch is located off County Road CC, which is accessed off Highway 491. The ranch is at an elevation 7,000 ft. above sea level, in an area that is graced with 300+ days of sunshine each year. Comfortable summer temperatures reach the upper 80s, while the autumn days are clear, cool and full of vibrant foliage colors. The crisp and sunny winter days often feature abundant, light powdery snow. The ranch is located 25 miles north of the city of Cortez which is the most populous municipality in Montezuma County and has many big city conveniences, including a general medical and surgical hospital, many fine restaurants, hotels, shopping, a community college, municipal airport, and many cultural activities. The Montezuma County area, which includes Mancos, Cortez and Dolores, has a population of approximately 30,000 and is the most southwestern of the 64 counties in the state of Colorado. Mesa Verde National Park, Canyon of the Ancients National Monument, Yucca House National Monument, and Hovenweep National Monument preserve hundreds of ancient American Indian structures, including the famous cliff dwellings, found in the county. Roughly 1/3 of the county is tribal land, 1/3 is federal land (administered by the National Park Service, the United States Forest Service and the Bureau of Land Management), and 1/3 is private or state/county land.

The charming town of Durango is located 58 miles to the east, and has many big city conveniences, including a state-of-the-art new hospital, many fine restaurants, hotels, shopping, a four-year college, and many cultural activities. The four-corners area provides endless activities for the outdoor sports enthusiast. The La Plata County area that includes Durango and Bayfield has a population of 52,000. La Plata airport runs daily commercial service to Denver, Dallas, Phoenix, with seasonal service to Los Angeles, and includes facilities for full service general aviation. The property is approximately 75 miles from Telluride, 138 miles from Moab and Arches National Park, 192 miles from Lake Powell, 170 miles from Grand Junction, 210 miles from Albuquerque and Santa Fe, about 320 miles from Denver and Colorado Springs and 430 miles from Phoenix.

Wildlife and Recreation

This ranch is a mecca for wild game, and combined with the trail network and easy access to the rugged landscape, it naturally creates a hunter’s paradise. Consequently, the ranch has been enjoyed as a private family hunting refuge for several decades. Elk, deer, bear, and wild turkey and additional wildlife sightings on the ranch include mountain lion, bobcat, coyote, eagles, and other sporting birds. The trail network combined with the continuous National Forest creates an almost unlimited expanse of remote Southwest Colorado hunting opportunities.

The local area also provides many opportunities for all types of recreation. For downhill skiing, both Purgatory Resort and Telluride are less than 2 hours away, and Wolf Creek Mountain Ski Area is two-and-a-half hours away. Cross-country skiing, snowshoeing and snowmobiling are also available on the ranch and throughout the area. Trail riding possibilities are virtually endless in the area. Summertime is also filled with opportunities in the area for hiking, fishing & boating in either the nearby Dolores River or McPhee Reservoir, and visiting the local Durango to Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad, Mesa Verde National Park and the Four Corners National Monument. Excellent golf can be found at Conquistador Golf Course in Cortez, Dalton Ranch Golf Club, Hillcrest Community Club in Durango, and a top-rated public course at Pinion Hills in Farmington, NM.

Offered at $3,695,000

This property is offered by Legacy Properties West Sotheby's International Realty, LLC, Tom and Zach Morse, Brokers. All information provided by Legacy Properties West Sotheby's International Realty, LLC or its sales representatives in connection with this property was acquired from sources deemed reliable, however, we do not warrant its accuracy or completeness and any users of such information waive any claims related thereto. Legacy Properties West Sotheby's International Realty, LLC recommends that every item of interest to the purchaser (i.e. issues regarding title, water, minerals, survey, zoning, permits, land use regulations and other applicable laws, and any other issues) be independently verified by the purchaser's attorney.

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