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“320 acres in private 16 square mile valley”

Overview and Location

The Tailwater Ranch is 16 minutes east of Montrose, Colorado and its regional airport. It lies in a private 16 square mile valley with a vista of grass hills, sage, and mountains. This 320 acre property, platted in 1909, has historic water rights, all mineral rights, grass hay production, and is adjacent to the Gunnison River and Black Canyon National Park. This ranch is void of neighbors, bordered by BLM land, larger parcels of private lands, and a 1200 acre conservation easement near its entrance on Highway 50 between Montrose and Cimarron, CO.

Ranch Property For Sale Near Cimarron, Colorado: $4,394,000

Improvements and Uses

Starting in 2004, this historic property has been developed into a turnkey immaculate working ranch including:

  • A new 3,200 square foot rustic style home with workshop area
  • New roads
  • Underground utilities
  • Updated historic barns and outbuildings
  • New domestic well to support multi-dwellings
  • Upgraded irrigation system
  • A grassland management production plan
  • Completion of 5.6 miles of new wildlife-friendly fencing in 2018
  • Broadband connection via the mountain

This irrigated ranch that is currently used for equestrian, sheep, hay production, and is a migratory route for elk and mule deer. The owners have enjoyed and used the valley for riding their horses, sheep dog training, hunting, hiking, skiing, snowmobiling, and accessing their passion for fishing.


Irrigation water is delivered by the Cimarron Canal and Reservoir Company (8.5 shares) via the Cimarron River and canal. Late season water is supplied from Silver Jack Reservoir in acre-feet shares. Ample water flows from May-September to irrigate 200 acres of grasslands.

The topography at 7,200 feet offers winter snow activities of snowmobiling and cross-country skiing. 8 km of trails for skiing are groomed in the winter. Learn more about this property as a hobby ranch…

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The bottom of the valley is cross-fenced and divided into smaller pastures, with plenty of flat ground for adding more customized stables and an arena if desired. There is great riding within the ranch with endless miles of riding in this private valley without being near the general public or vehicle traffic.

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Fishing and Boating

Fly fishing is our passion. Some years ago the owner engineered a way to safely access the canyon (adjacent to the ranch) by power drifter and skiff. Floating this part of the Gunnison River offers the owner and guests a 99% exclusive access to public water. We communicate closely with the National Park Service, and this adventure alone is spectacular for the trip to see this canyon treasure.

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Black Canyon Tailwater Ranch near Montrose, Colorado is a migratory route for elk and mule deer. The owners have enjoyed and used the valley for hunting.

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