Motherwell Ranch

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Motherwell Ranch

$45,000,000
Steamboat Springs, Colorado

Spanning an enormous block of contiguous deeded land rising from the river valley to the mountaintop, the Motherwell Ranch is distinguished by its exceptional privacy, diverse landscape, abundant water, plentiful wildlife and accessible location. This landmark property stands out as a rare example of a large-scale Colorado mountain ranch combining multi-faceted recreational and agricultural resources in one complete and balanced package. The Motherwell is situated in the scenic Williams Fork River valley along the north flank of the Flat Tops Mountains of northwest Colorado. Entering at the ranch gate, one is immediately struck by the stunning landscape embodied by this 10,350 acre property. From the cottonwood-lined river and hay meadows in the foreground to the timbered skyline in the distance, nearly the entire field of view is encompassed by the ranch.

Beyond the private bridge over the river, the ranch rises 2,550 feet in elevation over 5 miles to the national forest boundary, blending a rich mosaic of irrigated meadows, grass pastures, rolling foothills, verdant mountain parks, and forests of aspen and conifers. The upper third of the ranch was formerly a part of Routt National Forest and remains representative of the quality and character of the finest lands found in our national forests. Historically, the ranch has been operated as a highly-regarded hunting destination for trophy elk and mule deer. Complementing the outstanding wildlife component of the Motherwell is plentiful water for fishing, boating, aesthetics, irrigation, and stock water. Its slopes are predominantly north-facing, resulting in lush ecosystems laden with a multitude of springs, creeks, ponds, and wallows. The higher elevations of the property are highlighted by three beautiful mountain lakes ranging between 10 and 20 surface acres in size. The lower ranch is anchored by 3.3 miles of both sides of the Williams Fork River, an excellent trout fishing stream.

The scenic and recreational strengths of the Motherwell are further enhanced by its extraordinary privacy and location. Encompassing one contiguous land mass of more than 16 square miles, the ranch has no private inholdings and no impacts from public roads. This is rare for a ranch this size, and results in exceptional seclusion. Yet, for all its privacy, the front gate is only 20 minutes from the region’s commercial airport and world-class ski resort amenities with full services are only 45 minutes away in Steamboat Springs, striking the perfect balance between accessibility and escape.

Well-suited improvements consisting of the ranch headquarters buildings, owner’s home, guest cabins and hunting lodge provide comfortable accommodations without being overdone. Extensive equestrian facilities are complemented by livestock operation support buildings and quality fencing. Private bridges over the river link to an excellent network of interior roads and trails to access all the various activity destinations throughout the ranch. Thoughtfully assembled by current ownership through a series of private and public land acquisitions, the Motherwell has benefited from enduring stewardship that is now in its fourth decade. Additionally, there are no conservation easements on the ranch, leaving it unrestricted and preserving that option for the next owner.

The Motherwell is a rare example of the ideal Colorado legacy mountain ranch. It’s what many would create if they were able to craft their ultimate ranch from scratch. They would start with a massive block of private land with a river valley on one end, the national forest boundary on the other, and a diverse and scenic landscape throughout. The ranch would have plenty of quality water for fishing and excellent habitat for wildlife and livestock. It would be all in one contiguous unit with no public roads or public access for exceptional privacy. It would be well-balanced, multidimensional, and offer a wide variety of outdoor pursuits for multiple generations. Lastly, it would be located in an undeveloped rural valley that is easily accessible from a commercial airport and vibrant mountain town. There is only one Colorado ranch on the market that fits this description and there may never be another one. It’s hard to imagine a more attractive and complete package than what is available with the Motherwell.

Acreage: 

10,350+/- acres all in one contiguous block, 5 to 6.5 miles north-south and 3 to 4.5 miles east-west.

Broker Comments: 

The Motherwell is a truly a rare example of the ideal Colorado mountain ranch. It’s what many would create if they were able to craft their ultimate ranch from scratch.  They would start with a big block of private land with a river valley on one end, the national forest boundary on the other, and a diverse and scenic landscape throughout.  The ranch would have plenty of quality water for fishing and excellent habitat for wildlife and livestock.  It would be all in one contiguous unit with no public roads or neighbor easements for exceptional privacy.  It would be well-balanced, multi-faceted and offer a wide variety of outdoor pursuits for multiple generations.  Lastly, it would be located in an undeveloped rural valley that is easily accessible from a commercial airport and vibrant mountain town. There is only one Colorado ranch on the market that fits this description and there may never be another one.  It’s hard to imagine a more attractive and complete package than what is available with the Motherwell. 

The Facts: 
  • 10,350+/- acres all in one contiguous block, 5 to 6.5 miles north-south and 3 to 4.5 miles east-west.
  • Elevations from 6,650 to 9,200 feet with 2,550 feet of elevation change from bottom to top.
  • Borders Routt County Road 29 on the north end which is maintained year-round.
  • Borders four miles of national forest on the south end.
  • Borders 2.5 miles BLM on the west side.
  • 90+/- acre of BLM land inside of the ranch boundaries, leased by ranch and no public access.
  • 3,070+/- acres were formerly Routt National Forest and were conveyed to private ownership in 1972 and 1992.
  • 3.3 miles of both sides of the East Fork of the Williams Fork River, a great fishing stream.
  • The river is a medium gradient freestone stream averaging 25 – 50 feet in width.
  • Additionally three tributary streams flow through the ranch – Second Creek, Sand Creek and Butler Creek. 
  • Three large high mountain lakes range in size from approximately 10 to 16.5 surface acres, plus a 4 acre lake by the river and countless ponds, springs and wallows throughout the ranch.
  • Approximately 24.5+/- CFS of irrigation water rights.
  • Outstanding recreation is balanced by productive alfalfa and grass hay meadows and cattle grazing.
  • Predominantly north facing slopes, contributing to lusher ecology than would be found on south and west facing slopes.
  • Varied vegetation including cottonwood and willow river and creek bottoms, irrigated meadows, alfalfa, grass, sage, brush, oaks, aspens and dark timber.
  • The ranch lays out very nicely from bottom to top and although it is very diverse, the terrain of the ranch is gentle and usable with an abundance of parks, benches, basins, hills and valleys.
  • Tremendous elk and mule deer hunting due to exceptional habitat, location and herd migrations.
  • Both resident and migratory elk utilize the ranch.  The area’s White River elk herd is largest in the world.
  • Currently 4,000 +/- acres high-fenced park with trophy elk herd provides additional hunting options through private management.  This could be enhanced or discontinued by next owner.
  • Excellent network of interior roads and trails throughout the ranch.
  • Well-built and comfortable improvements consisting of:
    • Ranch headquarters
    • Owner’s home
    • Three guest cabins
    • Hunting lodge
    • Equestrian facility
  • Located only 20 minutes (17 miles) from the regional airport and 45 minutes (37 miles) from ski resort town amenities in Steamboat Springs.
  • The ranch was assembled by current ownership starting in the mid 1980s and expanded with several additions during the 1990s and early 2000s.
  • No public roads bisect the ranch.
  • No private inholdings.
  • No public inholdings with public access.
  • No conservation easement.
Additional Services: 

MANAGEMENT SERVICES – Hall and Hall’s Management Division has a very clear mission–to represent the owner and to ensure that his or her experience is a positive one. Services are customized to suit the owner’s needs. They often begin with the recruiting and hiring of a suitable ranch manager or caretaker and are followed by the development of a management or operating plan along with appropriate budgets. Ongoing services include bill paying, ranch oversight, and consulting services as needed. Even the most sophisticated and experienced ranch owners appreciate the value of a management firm representing them and providing advice on local area practices and costs. Wes Oja and Jerome Chvilicek at (406) 656-7500 or Justin Bryan at (325) 260-5883 are available to describe and discuss these services in detail and welcome your call.

RESOURCE ENHANCEMENT SERVICES – Increasingly the value of a ranch is measured by the quality of each and every one of its resources. Coincidentally, the enhancement of a ranch’s resources also increases the pleasure that one derives from the ownership of a ranch. Our management services have included the assessment of everything from wildlife habitat to bird habitat to water resources and fisheries and the subsequent oversight of the process involved with the enhancement of these resources.Wes Oja, Jerome Chvilicek or Dan Bergstrom at (406) 656-7500 or Justin Bryan in our Abilene office at (325) 260-5883 are available to describe and discuss these services in detail and welcome your call.

AUCTIONS - Hall and Hall Auctions offer “Another Solution” to create liquidity for the owners of Investment-Quality Rural Real Estate.  Our auction team has experience in marketing farmland, ranchland, timberland and recreational properties throughout the nation.  Extreme attention to detail and complete transparency coupled with Hall and Hall’s “Rolodex” of more than 40,000 targeted owners and buyers of rural real estate help assure that there are multiple bidders at each auction. In addition, the unique Hall and Hall partnership model creates a teamwork approach that helps to assure that we realize true market value on auction day.  For more information on our auction services contact Scott Shuman at (800) 829-8747.

APPRAISALS - Staying abreast of ancillary market influences in ever-changing economic conditions requires a broad professional network to tap into. Finding an appraiser who not only understands the numbers but also the differences in value from one area to another is a critical part of making an informed decision. The appraisal team at Hall and Hall, formed entirely of Accredited Members of the American Society of Farm Managers and Rural Appraisers (ASFMRA), has that critical network of brokers and lending professionals. This professional network coupled with diverse experience across multiple regions and market segments allows our appraisal team to deliver a quality product in a reasonable timeframe.  For more information contact our appraisal team at (406) 656-7500.

SPECIALIZED LENDING - Since 1946 Hall and Hall has created a legacy by efficiently providing capital to landowners.  In addition to traditional farm and ranch loans, we specialize in understanding the unique aspects of placing loans on ranches where value may be influenced by recreational features, location and improvements and repayment may come from outside sources. Our extensive experience and efficient processing allows us to quickly tell you whether we can provide the required financing.

Competitive Pricing  |  Flexible Terms  |  Efficient Processing
Dave Roddy • (406) 656-7500 
Mike Hall or Judy Chirila • (303) 861-8282
Monte Lyons • (806) 698-6882
J.T. Holt • (806) 698-6884

Disclaimer: 

In Colorado, Buyers should be aware that different real estate brokerage relationships are available which include seller agency, buyer agency or transaction-brokerage.

BROKERAGE DISCLOSURE TO BUYER

 

Definitions of Working Relationships:

Seller’s Agent:
A seller’s agent (or listing agent) works solely on behalf of the seller to promote the interests of the seller with the utmost good faith, loyalty and fidelity. The agent negotiates on behalf of and acts as an advocate for the seller. The seller’s agent must disclose to potential buyers all adverse material facts actually known by the seller’s agent about the property. A separate written listing agreement is required which sets forth the duties and obligations of the broker and the seller.

Buyer’s Agent:
A buyer’s agent works solely on behalf of the buyer to promote the interests of the buyer with the utmost good faith, loyalty and fidelity. The agent negotiates on behalf of and acts as an advocate for the buyer. The buyer’s agent must disclose to potential sellers all adverse material facts actually known by the buyer’s agent including the buyer’s financial ability to perform the terms of the transaction and if a residential property, whether the buyer intends to occupy the property. A separate written buyer agency agreement is required which sets forth the duties and obligations of the broker and the buyer.

Transaction-Broker:
A transaction-broker assists the buyer or seller or both throughout a real estate transaction by performing terms of any written or oral agreement, fully informing the parties, presenting all offers and assisting the parties with any contracts, including the closing of the transaction without being an agent or advocate for any of the parties. A transaction-broker must use reasonable skill and care in the performance of any oral or written agreement, and must make the same disclosures as agents about all adverse material facts actually known by the transaction-broker concerning a property or a buyer’s financial ability to perform the terms of a transaction and if a residential property, whether the buyer intends to occupy the property. No written agreement is required.

Customer:
A customer is a party to a real estate transaction with whom the broker has no brokerage relationship because such party has not engaged or employed the broker, either as the party’s agent or as the party’s transaction-broker.

Please contact one of the Hall and Hall brokers for a complete discussion of potential working relationships for this property.  A written relationship disclosure will be provided to a prospective buyer prior to engaging in brokerage activities as defined by the Colorado Real Estate Commission. 

NOTICE: Offering is subject to errors, omissions, prior sale, change or withdrawal without notice, and approval of purchase by owner. Information regarding land classifications, acreages, carrying capacities, potential profits, etc., are intended only as general guidelines and have been provided by sources deemed reliable, but whose accuracy we cannot guarantee. Prospective buyers should verify all information to their satisfaction. Prospective buyers should also be aware that the photographs in this brochure may have been digitally enhanced.