The Ranch at Purgatoire River

SOLD | 6,275.55± Acres

Trinchera, Colorado

The Ranch at Purgatoire River

Status: Sold

Address: CR 113.2

City/ST/ZIP: Trinchera, Colorado, 81081

County: Las Animas County

Lifestyles: Cattle, Elk, Mule Deer, Signature Property, Whitetail

Property Description

Don't miss this rare opportunity to own a legacy hunting/cattle combination ranch in Southern Colorado with 6,276 deeded acres and a 640 state lease. There are deep scenic canyons, miles of live water, good pasture land for grazing as well as a huge diversity of wildlife that includes a resident elk herd, mule deer, whitetail, antelope, bear, turkey and the occasional bighorn sheep! Note, roughly 1,500 acres is located in one of the 5-month long plains elk units with unlimited elk tags available....yes there are actually elk on the ranch with the potential to shoot multiple elk! The 1114 sf, 2 Bedroom, 1 Bath home has recently been remodeled, and with an updated shop and waterlines, this is truly a turn-key ranching operation.


  • Over 2.5 miles of the Purgatoire River Canyon

  • Several year-round springs on the property

  • 6,276 deeded acres and 640-acre state lease

  • Abundant Wildlife in GMU 147 and 140 (elk, whitetail and mule deer, antelope, bear, bighorn sheep, and turkey)

  • 4 deep wells and 12 +/- miles of buried water lines provide excellent water.

  • Water rights on Salt Creek

  • Two major creeks, the Salt Creek (2.7 miles) and the San Francisco (1.6 miles) run through the property.

  • Remodeled House including plumbing and electrical.

  • Shop

  • Surrounded by Large Ranches

  • Potential to Split Ranch


  • The property owns an extinct volcano nearly 480+ feet from the valley floor.
  • The "Old Spanish Trail" runs over 3 miles through the property. Numerous Spanish monuments dating to the 1600s dot the northern portion including ruins of semi-permanent structures and what is believed to be a Jesuit Chapel
  • The Old Spanish Trail runs the width of the Northern side (3-3.5 miles) circa 1560's-90's. The rock Cairn is Spanish not cowboy. Also, ruins of Spanish outpost is near the mouth of the canyon. It was where they collected taxes on gold for the king. Also, a Jesuit Chapel is there.
  • The Loving-Goodnight Trail, an original cattle drive trail founded in 1867, runs several miles through the property (roughly 5).
  • Pre-historic Indian seasonal camps are believed to be located on the property.
  • Numerous 1876 Homestead Act home sites are on the property in various states of ruin.
  • Substantial wildlife population year-round inhabit the property including elk, mule deer, and whitetail deer, antelope, black bears, mountain lions, big horn sheep In the canyon plus numerous game birds and smaller furbearers.
  • House offers hilltop commanding views of snowcapped mountains
  • Folsom culture paleo Indians, the mastodon hunters appear to have had a seasonal campsite on the place.
  • Stone/rock house cabin - Began construction in 1881. Nearly intact. Overlooks unique mile-high grove of aspen trees on canyon rim and floor
  • Property is geo transitional. Ranges from classic prairie to mountain foothills


  • 4 deep wells, one solar-ready.
  • Over 20 miles of buried waterlines over half of which is less than 5 or 6 years old.
  • Original wells have been rebuilt with new pits.
  • 19 -20 stock tanks majority are new fiberglass with new float chambers.
  • Old metal tanks all concreated
  • Livestock does not have to walk more than 1/2 mile for water
  • Overall 30 or 50 earth ponds/tanks with some being quite large (4-5 acres when full)
  • Two 10,000 gallon water storage tanks


The property is surrounded by large ranches, new roads and fencing and is in close proximity to several small and large cities in all directions. The closest city is Trinidad, Colorado, population 8000, and is located roughly 40 minutes to the northwest. Trinidad, has all the conveniences one would expect in a small city: shopping, restaurants, hotels and even a small private airport. Raton, New Mexico, similar in size, also sits within that 40 minute radius southwest, and a little further out southeast is the quaint town of Dalhart, Texas.

Other surrounding outdoor and recreational activities include Trinidad Lake State Park, within an hours drive, which houses an 800 acre reservoir just southeast of Trinidad, that sports fishing, hunting, camping, boating and hiking.

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Listing Agent

Blayne St. James


Phone: (970) 596-6089

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