Working Ranch with Endless Possibilities


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, grass 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 1,200 acre conservation easement near its entrance on Highway 50 between Montrose and Cimarron, CO.

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.

In 2004 renovation of the historic property started and continues today. A new “rustic style” 3200 square foot home, with an open floor plan including three bedrooms, 2 baths, an oversized garage and workshop area.

There are large windows with ranch views from the great room, a open kitchen with modern appliances, hydronic in-floor heating in both the house and garage, pellet stove, and a new domestic well. The well has ample water that could supply an additional home that could be potentially built on the property. The house and property are private with easy access to Highway 50 and the town of Montrose.

5.6 miles of new wildlife-friendly hi tensile fencing.


Irrigation water is delivered by 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.

This turnkey ranch offers so much more! Be sure to read about the gold medal water that’s famous for being one of the best places to fish in the world!

The owners of this property are willing to work and accommodate the interested buyer with their personal timeline and can be flexible with their transition to this property in Colorado. We can be your outdoor resource to the area.

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