Located in the far Northwest corner of Colorado is the +/-412 acre "Runamuck Ranch." This unique property is sandwiched between the towns of Dinosaur and Massadona, which should give you a pretty good hint that some gigantic creatures used to roam this land. Today, it's the world-class bull Elk and trophy Mule Deer that rule around here! This beautiful property is soaked in history as native American inhabitants called this area home for thousands of years. Its mild climate, plentiful wildlife, and diverse ecosystem is almost as pristine today as it was hundreds of years ago.
The contiguous +/-412 acres is bordered on 3-sides by BLM. So while your access is private, you can walk off this property and onto literally hundreds of thousands of acres of breathtaking public land. This land's gentle slope is generally to the Southwest, so not only do you get a ton of sun to help the grass grow tall, you get unobstructed, almost endless views. Throughout the ranch, there is a good road system that includes numerous dams and culverts over the drainages that intermittently flow with water. All of the terrains on this ranch are accessible and usable. There are no HOA's or conservation easements to deal with, so you are pretty much free to enjoy this property on your own terms. Currently, there is a metal shed on the property that would provide some shelter to park a vehicle or RV, but other than that, the land doesn't have any other structures.
This ranch is located in GMU 10, which is one of the top trophy Elk units in the state of Colorado, and quite possibly, the world. This ranch's topography is mostly flat and has an ideal mix of juniper and pine trees, grass-filled meadows, and sagebrush draws, making it the perfect place for these trophy Elk to call home year-round. In addition, there are good numbers of Mule Deer, Black Bear, and various small game species that share this land with the monster Elk that call this ranch home. While there's no doubt Bull Elk tags are hard to come by, this land has qualified for the Landowner Preference Program in the past, which is a shortcut to being able to hunt this highly sought-after game management unit. It should also be noted that the trophy caliber Mule Deer in this unit are no joke either. Going back a million years, this has always been the land of giants!
*To further clarify, Unit 10 is truly a trophy unit and Colorado Parks & Wildlife manages it as such. This unit only has one Rifle Bull Elk season and drawing that tag averages 22 - 27 preference points in order to do so. While this property is enrolled in the Landowner Preference Program, one should only expect to draw a Bull Elk tag every 5-10 years (depending on whether you apply for a Private Land Only versus a Unit Wide tag). While Mule Deer Buck tags are somewhat easier to draw, this is still considered a trophy unit for those as well and one should expect only a somewhat lower number of points to draw a Buck tag. That all being said, Cow Elk Tags are "B" tags in this unit and are able to be drawn on a regular basis. This allows one to hunt cow elk, as well as apply / hunt their "A" tag in the same year.
In addition to the hunting and wildlife on the ranch, there are numerous other recreational opportunities available to this property's next lucky owner. Whether you prefer Jeeping, ATV'ing, or snowmobiling, there are miles and of miles of roads and trails for you to explore. If getting off the beaten path is more your style, you can saddle up your horse, lace up your boots, or pack up your tent and make your own trail through this vast wilderness. Who knows, you may just be following in the footsteps of some of the most amazing creatures ever to walk the earth!
As remote and peaceful as this property is, it's conveniently located just 10 minutes from a paved highway. From there, you can head East to the towns of Maybell, Craig, and Steamboat Springs. If you were to head West, you're just a short drive from the famous Dinosaur National Monument National Park, the Green River, and the town of Vernal, Utah. This truly is one of Colorado's last remaining areas that hasn't been affected by the urban sprawl and subdivisions that are becoming more and more common. You'll be amazed by the peace and quiet this property provides, while at the same time acting as the perfect jumping-off point to explore some truly inspiring parts of our county.
So whether you are a hunter, history buff, recreationalist, or just someone that needs a beautiful retreat to get away from it all, Runamuck Ranch should be at the top of your list! Give Mike Callan with St. James Sporting Properties a call to find out more about this unique property.
*Although this property is for sale, it is still private property and permission must be granted by the owner in order to enter. Seller requests qualified buyers to provide proof of funds prior to submitting an offer.