Colorado Mountain Ranch- 160 Acres Surrounded by National Forest

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160 Acre Colorado Mountain Ranch Surrounded by National Forest

Minimum Bid $680,000

Will ABSOLUTELY SELL once Minimum Bid is Met

Bank Ordered Sale – Property Last Sold at $1,425,000
Pre-Auction Offers Welcome

Auction Date: Friday, November 8 @ 1:07pm

Property Previews: Saturdays: October 5, 12, 19, 26 & Nov. 2 from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm

or call 877-612-8494 for private showing


Imagine your own Rocky Mountain paradise with hiking trails, high mountain lakes, waterfalls and wildlife, all directly accessible from your Ranch’s gated entrance.  Antero Mountain Ranch is a rare National Forest inholding with unparalleled privacy and breathtakingly beautiful scenery. This property is perfect for horseback riders, photographers, hunters, hikers, mountain bikers, and anyone seeking tranquility among pristine forests and snow-capped mountain peaks under Colorado’s clear blue sky. There is abundant wildlife here, and you will share your land with deer, elk, wild turkey, antelope and bear.

Amtero Ranch is already subdivided into four 40-acre parcels, so the new owner can choose to sell some parcels of keep everything.

Only 6 miles off Highway 285, Antero Ranch is easily accessible year round. A scenic 20 minute drive north takes you to the town of Buena Vista with views of the rugged Collegiate Peaks and the rushing waters of the Arkansas River along the way. Antero Mountain Ranch sits at the base of Mount Antero and is surrounded on all sides by the San Isabel National Forest in the heart of the Colorado Rocky Mountains. Alpine meadows liberally sprinkled with wildflowers intertwine with stands of stately pines, blue spruce, and delicate aspens. The bubbling waters of Eddy Creek run throughout.

This property is only a few hours from Denver. It is situated between Buena Vista, Salida and Poncha Springs, and is just minutes to the famous Mountain Princeton Hot Sprigs.

THE HOMESTEAD • Complete Privacy 

The rustic and spacious log-sided 2800 SF lodge-style home is itself a part of the beauty of Antero Mountain Ranch.  It is finely crafted and strategically built to capture views on every side of this unique mountain retreat.  The main level is comprised of 1800 square feet and the lower level is 1000 square feet. Quality craftsmanship is evident throughout this comfortable and inviting mountain home. The great room, with its wood stove, rock hearth, and log mantel, beckons you to relax and leave the cares of the outside world behind.  The cathedral ceilings with their log beams and aspen tongue and groove construction, and the designer colors all blend together to create a delightful mountain lodge-style atmosphere. With a total of four bedrooms and three baths, there is room for everyone.  The main level master suite provides a private area inside and out with its own deck access with views and a perennial rock garden. The main level also includes another sizeable bedroom and bath with a walk-in tile shower. This level has hot water baseboard heating as well as a wood stove. The lower level includes two more bedrooms, a bath, and a Swiss-style sauna. The lower level has in-floor heat.  It may also be accessed through the attached 2-car garage.

Many Improvements Have Been Made to the Property

  • Over the last 4.5 years, the owners have spent the majority of the time cleaning the property up.
  • Trimmed up and chipped the tree branches, opening the whole area around the house in a park like fashion
  • Dead falls and and debris were all cleaned up on most of the property and chipped and used for landscaping along the driveways
  • Perennial rock garden
  • Put in a circular driveway and opened up a parking area at house
  • Built, log chicken coop and log rabbit hutch
  • Built a log tack/office shedfrom scratch using logs on the propertyUsed 300 lodge poles to build a buck and rail fence and create a 4 acre pasture
  • Built a pole corralCut in a 2- 1 hour trails on property for horse riding and atving and snowshoeing
  • Made a 30 ft. fire road to help with fire mitigation also allows for driving a truck or atv on most of the 160 acres
  • Cleared a wide path for the proposed electric line cleaning and cutting all trees and removing them in its path
  • Cleared an area where a new building site would be perfect
  • Put in a garden
  • Repainted all the rooms in the house
  • Made a barbecue/fire pit area up at cabin
  • Put in hitching post on property for riding horse
  • Ran a trail ride/meal ride business for 2 years

Antero Ranch Could Be Used for:

  • A Year Round Home
  • A Vacation Home
  • A Vacation Rental
  • A Bed & Breakfast
  • A Hunting Lodge
  • A Horse Riding Club

Area Schools & Mail

One can choose to use the schools in Salida or Buena Vista or home school.
The bus would pick up the kids at the mail boxes approx. 5 miles from house.
There are private, christian and public schools to choose from.
Mail is through Nathrop post office and the mail box is 5 miles at the intersection of 270 and 272

Shopping & Amenities

Buena Vista and Salida are both approx. 20-25 mins away. both have all the conveniences one could want or need.
Antero Mountain ranch is pretty equidistant from both touristic towns.
There is a City Market and a Safeway, and a full service Walmart.
BV and Salida have a lot of private locally run restaurants and small consignment shops.
True Value and other hardware stores are in both towns.
There is a Radio Shack and an Alco
Large chain hotels and chain fast food is in Salida
There is a Subway and an Alco in both towns
There is a Murdoch's farm and feed store in Salida

There is a doctors and dentist office

There is a hospital nearby in Salida
There is a jet accommodating airport in both Buena Vista and Salida


Hunting is in unit 56 right on and around the 160 acres and near Hancock/St. Elmo
Heckler junction all have elk, deer, bear, turkey, antelope, and big horn sheep and cougar abounding.
Owners have drawn tags every year and usually get 4 elk, 4 deer, a bear and turkey, and antelope (preference points).
The tags are generally filled each year as well, with many trophy elk and deer and antelope, the animals have been taken right on the 160 acres or within a mile or 2 of the house so hunting is phenomenal.
There is a roadless area of 64,000 acres lying to the south of the property that because of the terrain, is basically, used only by the owners at Antero Mountain Ranch.
The elk herd migrate from this area and Raspberry mountain into the National forest below, through the 160 acre property.
Because of the elevation of Antero Mountain and ranch the the terrain, there are many viewing vantage points where one can sit and scan the whole area below to spot/scout out the herds of animals and then hunt from there.
Roads below allow ATVs and trucks for hunting there as well.
The owners have rarely if any time seen a hunter behind their property, because most do not want to walk to get to the great hunting.
There is a herd of over 200 elk that winter in the pasture/hay fields below Antero
plus the antelope hang out in the BLM below the property and in the national forest .

Recreational Opportunities

All the recreation a person could want starts right out the front door of this 160 acre property.
One can bike ride, ATV, snowmobile,snowshoe or cross country ski, hunt, horse ride, hike all on property or off property in the national forest.
The Colorado Trail is located below the entrance gate and is easily accessible for hundreds of miles of recreating.
Excellent fly fishing, white water rafting, kayaking, and canoeing is only 20 mins away on the Arkansas river.
Boating and fishing can be found in mountain lakes nearby about 30 mins away -Clear Creek lake, Twin lakes, Antero Reservoir and more
rock climbing locally, jeeping locally and on national forest roads near St. Elmo and numerous others about 30 mins away and closer
Aspen, Breckenridge and Vail are within 1 1/2 hours for fun shopping and skiing
Ski resorts Monarch is 45 mins away, Cooper and Copper, Keystone and Vail all within 1 1/2 hours.

Majestic Mountain Views

• Complete Privacy

• High Mountain Lakes & Waterfalls

• Easy Year Round Access-Just 6 Miles Off HWY 285

• Horseback Riding, ATV, Snowmobiling, Hiking & Hunting – Right Out Your Front Door!

• Hunt Deer, Wild Turkey, Antelope & Bear

• 2800 SF Log Home Has Swiss Style Sauna

• New Pole Corral and Tack Shed

• New Well

• Underground Electric & Phone


John and Charles Eddy bought the property, now known as Antero Mountain Ranch, in 1887 from John Pledger, who originally homesteaded the property in 1886.  The brothers would bring cattle from their ranch in New Mexico (Eddy County, New Mexico is named for them) north to Colorado to sell to the miners and move what was left of the herd to another ranch they owned in South Park, Colorado.  The Eddy Brothers original cabin continues to weather time and may be found about a quarter mile off the property line.

Call 877-612-8494 to schedule a time to view.


Head south from Buena Vista 11 miles south on highway 285,
Turn right onto CR. 270
Go 1 1/2 miles on black top(road continues to right)
Go straight onto dirt road CR. 272 and head west 1 1/1 miles
At kiosk intersection go straight onto CR. 274
Go 2.2 miles on graded dirt road, staying only on 274 not 274a
Till you come to our log entrance – road dead ends at our property gate will be open
Bear to right and follow buck and rail fence up past the tack cabin 1 mile to house

From Salida

Head north on 285 about 8 miles
Turn left onto CR. 270
Go 1 1/2 miles on black top(road continues to right)
Go straight onto dirt road CR. 272 and head west 1 1/1 miles
At kiosk intersection go straight onto CR. 274
Go 2.2 miles on graded dirt road, staying only on 274 not 274a
Till you come to our log entrance – road dead ends at our property gate will be open
Bear to right and follow buck and rail fence up past the tack cabin 1 mile to house


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Exceptionally Rare 160 Acre National Forest Inholding
with Lodge Style Log Home

17200 County Rd. 274 * Nathrop, CO 81236

Minimum Bid $680,000
Property Last Sold at $1,425,000

The property will ABSOLUTELY SELL once minimum bid is met.

Auction: Friday November 8 at 11:07 AM
(On-Site, 17200 County Rd 274, Nathrop, CO 81236)

Preview Dates: Sat. October 5, 12, 19, 26 & Nov. 2 from 10 am to 3 pm
Other preview dates available by appointment,
please call 877-612-8494 to schedule.

Broker's Welcome 3% Co-op

Bidders Registration: All prospective buyers must register to bid. A $20,000.00 cashier’s check or certified check payable to AJ Karas Auctioneers, LLC will be required to bid at the live auction. A 10% buyer’s premium will be added to final bid and included in total contract price, a 10% non-refundable down payment will be due immediately after being declared the buyer. This amount will be applied to the purchase price and will be deposited in the brokers escrow account. The $20,000.00 cashier’s check will be immediately returned in the event the bidder is unsuccessful.

Phone Bidding: Phone bidding registration must be completed 48 hours prior to the auction. All terms will apply as if you were participating at the auction in person.

Closing: The balance is due in cash or new loan at closing within 30 days. A General Warranty Deed will be supplied by the seller at the sellers expense giving marketable title subject to restrictions of record. Taxes & Home Owners Association fees are pro-rated. Title insurance will be at the buyer’s expense.

Bidder Information Package: A Package of information has been assembled for this property and includes: a seller’s property disclosure, a square footage disclosure, a source of water addendum, and title documentation.

Property Inspection: Preview of the property is essential. Property will be sold “as is, where is,” Property will be sold subject to easements, restrictions, zoning and other matters of record.

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Broker Participation Invited: A 3% Broker CO-OP is being offered to the broker that brings the successful high bidder. Brokers must register their buyer 48 hours in advance subject to established AJ Karas Auctioneers, LLC guidelines. Contact our office for more information 877-612-8494.

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