Cliff Lake Ranch

Cliff Lake Ranch

Rio Grande County Colorado
Cliff Lake Ranch
ID: 42769
Status: Available
Price: $2,750,000
Acres: 800±
Price Per Acre: $3,438
Address: TBD
City, State: Platoro, Colorado
County: Rio Grande County
ZIP Code: 81132
Presented By: Darrell Fisher
Taxes: $283

Property Description

Cliff Lake Ranch is located on the northeast base of Cornwall Mountain bordering about one and a half acres of the stunning Cliff Lake. The blue-green waters of Cliff Lake, set against a backdrop of volcanic rock, make for a majestic view. Located about 2.5 miles (as the crow flies) southwest of Jasper and 3.75 miles (as the crow flies) Northeast of Platoro, CO. This area is best known for its staggering mountain peaks and breathtaking scenery. Set in Hunting Unit 81, it is a prime area for big game hunting. The mountainous terrain provides excellent habitat for wildlife, with alpine meadows dominated by lodgepole pine. This region also has abundant Elk, Mule Deer, and Black Bears. This high alpine property which is virtually an inholding surrounded by National Forest, has seasonal access granted through a U.S. Forest Service Road Permit Program that provides an operation and maintenance plan. Old logging roads and trails cut through the timber, creating an effective trail system for maneuvering the property.  Rio Grande National Forest offers recreational opportunities year-round, with hiking, fishing, camping, scenic driving tours, and much more. The area is famous for snowmobiling and skiing in winter.  Cliff Lake Ranch also exemplifies all the characteristics pertinent to a conservation easement—keeping the land, wildlife habitats, and water protected for generations. Added benefits are future tax credits that can be sold and federal tax deductions.


  • 800 +/- Deeded acres
  • Elevation 10,680 ft. - 11,720 ft.
  • Access is through National Forest Service Road 232, which is closed to the public. There are two locks on the gate. One is the National Forest Service the other is the property owner.
  • Cliff Lake 7.25 +/- Acres
  • 1.60 +/- Acres of Cliff Lake is on the Ranch in the SW corner.


  • GMU 81
  • Elk, Deer, Bear, and Mountain Lion hunting
  • Elk - Over-The-Counter Second and Third Rifle Seasons 
  • Elk - Limited draw for Archery (new for 2022), Muzzleloader, and 4th Rifle season
  • Five months, Private Land Only, Cow Elk List B License. 
  • Ranch qualifies for the Colorado Landowner Preference Program (LPP) for Deer Vouchers.

In a beautiful, isolated mountain setting, 15 miles southwest of the Ranch, is Plataro Reservoir, popular for outdoor activities such as fishing, boating, camping, hiking, and biking. Platoro Dam and Reservoir, completed in 1951, controls water levels on the Conejos River, a tributary of the Rio Grande, for irrigation purposes. It is also a popular fishing reservoir with the opportunity to catch rainbow, brook, brown trout, and kokanee salmon. The reservoir is located in a high mountain valley with broad vistas of the San Juan Mountains and wilderness areas.

Just a short drive South is the Conejos River-With over 60 miles of water access, and anglers will say that the Conejos River is a hidden gem, full of extraordinary fishing opportunities. The eastern section of the river, near the San Juan Mountains, offers some great locations for fly fishing. 

3 hours and 20 minutes to the Great Sand Dunes National Park. The tallest dunes in North America are the centerpiece of diverse grasslands, wetlands, forests, alpine lakes, and tundra, with camping and hiking opportunities. 


  • 1.8 miles to Kerr Lake
  • 2 hours and 45 minutes to Alamosa, Colorado
  • 2 hour and 30 minutes to South Fork, Colorado
  • 2 hour and 28 minutes (38) miles to San Luis Regional Airport
  • 2 hours to Chama, New Mexico




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