Just a few minutes northwest of Fort Collins, lies the 1,862± contiguous acres of Owl Canyon Ranch. Historically a working cattle ranch, the peaceful valleys, majestic rock ridges and formations along with lush native pastures, makes this a premium offering as a transition property suited for future clustered development. With the family ownership dating back to the late 1960s, this is the first time in over 50 years a large block of this property has come on the market. The owners have been constant good stewards of their land, and the preservation of the rich history and artifacts. The ranch will be enhanced with overviews on the northeast end of the new Glade Reservoir and recreation area. Prime for developing into smaller parcels with a unique open space area, or continue on as a private ranch with an outstanding possibility for conservation easement protection. The views and serenity will take your breath away.
Owl Canyon Ranch, located off US Highway 287 just south of Owl Canyon, is within 15 minutes north of the edge of Fort Collins, with great access from east and west side locations. Fort Collins is the home of the prestigious Colorado State University, has a population of approximately 170,000, and offers every amenity to serve the growing community. History, great dining, shopping, Old Town, entertainment venues, and a varied but stable economy make the area rated as one of the best places to live in Colorado and the front range area. An added plus is the proximity to the foothills, golf courses, ski resorts, mountains, and many lakes and rivers. Besides Fort Collins, the ranch is conveniently located between the communities of Wellington, LaPorte, and Livermore.
A major development enhancing Owl Canyon Ranch and local communities is a planned large-scale water development project. The Northern Integrated Supply Project (NISP) is a multifaceted water supply and storage project proposed for Northern Colorado that is currently nearing the end of a complex 16-year permitting process. NISP includes two reservoirs and a series of pipelines and other infrastructure. The primary reservoir called “Glade” is to be located northwest of Fort Collins near the base of the Poudre Canyon and will adjoin the ranch along US Highway 287.
The 1,862± acres are diverse in terrain. The ranch consists of 6 large contiguous parcels of varying acreages. Elevations range from 5,400′ to 6,000′. There are expansive areas of rolling to flat grasslands, valleys, upper parks, saddles, rock ridges, and scenic rock canyons. The 360-degree views include Fort Collins, the back ranges of the Rockies, and rural farm and ranch areas out towards the eastern plains. There are no buildings on the Ranch, other than the remnants of a WWII-era brick homestead. However, there are countless areas that offer spectacular building sites for varying-sized ranches or cluster homesite development. The owner has practiced good grassland range management throughout the history of the ranch and has striven to preserve the Indian settlement artifacts and settlers’ relics. The owner is currently running 700 to 750 AUMs or animal unit months.
The land is rich in history. The Overland Trail Stage line meandered through the land and settlers were drawn to the area. A small homesteaders cabin from WWII still exists. The inventive settler actually used surplus WWII iron bed frame posts for his fencing, and the fence still stands. The main three tribes in the area were the Ute, Cheyenne, and Arapaho. Indian artifacts abound, including teepee rings, arrowheads, pigmented stones, and food preparation implements. In one small canyon, within the rock walls and small caves, it is evident that this was used for shelters and actual smoke stains still exist from using the caverns for fires. An archaeological dream. All sites have remained unchanged.
REAL ESTATE TAXES
|Well Permit #50555
Well Permit #67832
Well Permit #314995
|Static Level 170′
Static Level 15′
Static Level 560′
|Pump Rate 6± gpm
Pump Rate 15± gpm
Pump Rate 3.1± gpm
The Ranch does not have any irrigation or surface water rights; no deeded water rights or water shares transfer with the sale of the property.
OFFERING PRICE & CONDITIONS OF SALE
- All offers to purchase must be in writing and accompanied by an earnest money deposit check in the amount of $250,000.00;
- All Offerors must demonstrate to the Seller’s satisfaction unquestioned financial capability to purchase the Ranch prior to scheduling a showing.
- Earnest money deposits will be placed in escrow with Land Title Guarantee Company.
- The Seller will provide and pay for a standard owner’s title insurance policy issued by Land Title Guarantee Company.
- Buyers’ Brokers are welcome and cordially invited to contact Swan Land Company for information regarding Cooperation Policies and Commission Splits.
- The Seller reserves the right to effect a tax-deferred exchange for other real property in accordance with provisions in Section 1031 of the Internal Revenue Code. The Buyer will not be required to incur any additional expenses nor to step into the chain of title on any property which the Seller may acquire.