Menefee Mountain Ranch
Menefee Mountain Ranch is a recreational property situated on top of the open terrain near Mancos, Colorado. The alpine mountain property boasts panoramic views and diverse wildlife making it a perfect backdrop for year-round outdoor activities. A bonus is the property boarders public land and gives more area to explore. Mule Deer and Elk feed on the native grasses and use the newly added water sources. There are opportunites to improve the habitat and water sources to potentially hold more Big Game on the property. Menefee Mountain Ranch is located in GMU 73 which has Over-The-Counter Elk tags and easy to draw Mule Deer tags (and the property may qualify for Colorado Landowner Preference Program Mule Deer vouchers to secure annual hunting licenses- contact agent for more information). During the winter months the high elevation terrain turns into a snowmobiler's playground, and offers fantastic snowshoeing and cross-country skiing. There are no structures on the property but there are multiple potential building sites for various structures.
Situated approximately 5 miles East of Mancos, the property is easily accessible via the maintained County Rd 46 and State Hwy 160 making it a convenient retreat for those seeking adventure in every season. Mancos is a historic mining town that was founded in 1894. Today, Mancos is a small community offering all the essential amenities. Only 30 miles away is Durango, CO which ensures easy access to urban conveniences, and an airport with direct flights to Denver, Phoenix and Dallas. The region's rich mining history and cultural heritage, shaped by the presence of Ute and Navajo people, add a layer of historical intrigue to the area.
Menefee Mountain Ranch is a gateway to limitless recreational opportunities. Whether it's skiing, snowmobiling, fishing, hunting, backpacking, boating, rafting, or camping, the options are endless. Purgatory Mountain Resort and Telluride are great skiing and mountain biking destinations within a short drive, Mesa Verde National Park is a mere 20 minutes away. For those seeking the wonders of Moab and Arches National Park, a 2.5-hour drive is all it takes.
Situated in Colorado Game Management Unit 73, renowned for producing trophy caliber Elk and Mule Deer, Menefee Mountain Ranch offers prime hunting grounds. The property's location, with agricultural fields below and mountain habitat above, ensures a robust Big Game food source. Potentially enrolling the property in the Colorado Landowner Preference Program (LPP) would enhanced hunting tag opportunities.
Non-resident hunting tag draw odds are as follows:
- Mule Deer: Archery 0 points, Muzzleloader 0 points, Rifle 0-2 points depending on the season.
- Elk: Over-The-Counter (OTC) tags for second and third rifle seasons which are good for units 71, 72, 73, 711.
- Bear: Bear hunting is very good with excellent bear habitat. Both Colorado residents and non-residents drew 100% with 0 points.
- Turkey: Turkey hunting is excellent with large populations and OTC tags for both Spring and Fall Seasons.
The nearby McPhee Reservoir, Colorado's second-largest manmade lake, beckons fishing enthusiasts. With an abundance of catfish, white bass, bass varieties, crappie, walleye, kokanee salmon, and trout, it's a haven for anglers. The Mancos and Dolores River add to the fishing delights just a short drive away.
TERRAIN / ACCESS
At 8200' elevation, this property offers diverse topography. Bordered by BLM property on the West and North, with permitted access via an unimproved BLM road, the ranch is a gateway to adventure. Rolling meadows, oak brush, and pines create a varied landscape. The 2012 Weber fire enhanced the feeding habitat for both small and big game species.
The ranch is a blank canvas for those seeking the ultimate recreational getaway. With no covenants, the property allows you to design your own improvements. Numerous off-grid building sites provide expansive views of the La Plata Mountains, and planting additional trees could help increase the Big Game holding capacity, creating a haven for wildlife enthusiasts.
- Mancos, CO (15 minutes): groceries, supplies
- Durango, CO (30 minutes): Hotels, Hospital, Airport (United and American Airlines)
- Telluride (1 hour and 40 minutes) skiing, fine dinning, mountain biking
- Mesa Verde National Park (45 minutes)