Tarryall Notch Ranch

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Tarryall Notch Ranch - Recently Sold

Fairplay, Colorado

This scenic high mountain ranch is located 45 minutes from Breckenridge Ski Resort and 75 minutes southwest of Denver.  The 830± acre property features 1.3± miles of meandering Tarryall Creek set against a backdrop of the snow capped peaks of the Continental Divide.  The stream is home to a vibrant, self-sustaining population of wild brown trout along with the occasional rainbow and brook trout. The owners completed extensive riparian plantings and stream enhancements over the past few years, significantly improving habitat, shelter and the fishery — resulting in fish counts over 2,000 fish per mile on the adjacent upstream property.  There is a stunning homesite location at a notch in the valley, overlooking the ranch with the mountains of multiple ranges visible in the distance.  In addition to being ecologically important and protected, the ranch is adjacent to BLM lands as well as several large ranches and is easily accessible from paved Highway 285. 


Tarryall Notch Ranch is located in the mountains of central Colorado, southwest of Denver. The ranch is situated approximately midway between Fairplay and Jefferson, one mile from the historic town of Como. From its location on US-285, the property enjoys paved road access to Denver, I-70 and Colorado’s ski and mountain towns. From the ranch it is only 45 minutes to skiing, dining and shopping at Breckenridge. In the summer the drive is even shorter over scenic Boreas Pass.

The ranch is approximately 75 minutes from Denver and 90 minutes from Denver International Airport. Groceries, gas, hardware, lodging and restaurants are found in Fairplay, the Park County seat, approximately 10 minutes from the ranch. The quaint town of Como, located only two miles from the ranch, has limited services and the restored Como Depot, a narrow-gauge train roundhouse listed on the National Register of Historic Places.


The area in which the ranch is located, known as South Park, is characterized by scenic vistas, abundant outdoor recreation opportunities, snow capped mountain peaks, rolling shortgrass prairies, rich cultural heritage, historic ranches and friendly towns. Designated as a National Heritage Area and a Colorado Heritage Area, South Park represents one of the most unique and highly valued collections of natural, cultural, and recreational resources in Colorado, all set in a striking scenic landscape, much of which is protected open space. The area is prized for its remnants of the gold mining that first brought settlers to this area and the wide-open scenic vistas preserved by the ranches that followed in support of them. The high mountains of the Continental Divide and other ranges that surround South Park provide a remarkable contrast to the undulating prairie grasses and meadow streams that they support.

General Description: 

The ranch is named for the notch in a rocky bluff through which Tarryall Creek flows on its journey from the Continental Divide to meet the South Platte River. The stream bisects the northern end of the ranch and meanders through the property for approximately 1.3± miles. While Tarryall Creek is the heart of the ranch, it features a wide range of landscapes, from willow kerns along the creek corridor to aspen and pine trees to wide open sub-irrigated meadows and expansive rangeland surrounded by public land. The ranch is directly adjacent to approximately 2,000 acres of BLM lands and within a few miles of Pike National Forest, further protecting the ranch as well as providing additional wildlife habitat and recreational areas. The main entrance to the ranch and to the improvements is located at the north corner of the property. In addition, the ranch borders County Road 15, providing a secondary access point on the south end.

Tarryall Notch Ranch is blessed with a variety of habitat types, including native grasslands, rich fens, aspen and pine groves and the riparian area along Tarryall Creek. The majority of the land area of the ranch, including the BLM leased acreage, is rolling shortgrass prairie, consisting of native grasses and wildflowers. A rare fen covers a large area just south of the creek. Fens are extremely rich wetlands fed by groundwater. Although now protected, many of the better fens were mined for peat moss and are now globally rare. The spring water from the fen makes its way into the creek on the ranch, increasing flows and adding nutrients.

The current owners were attracted to the unique ecological resources of the property as well as the potential for restoring and protecting them. They enhanced the creek, adding deep holes, undercut banks and plantings to create ideal habitat for fish, fowl and other wildlife. Thousands of willows, including hundreds of full-size, mature willow clumps, were planted to naturally strengthen the streambanks and provide habitat for fish and wildlife. New riparian fencing enables the owner to run a livestock operation without damaging the sensitive riparian areas.


830± deeded acres

Acreage Breakdown: 

The ranch consists of approximately 830± deeded acres and 595± acres of BLM land leased by the ranch. 


Current improvements consist of a modest two bedroom house with attached garage and an historic barn. The improvements are located near the creek in the northernmost corner of the ranch, with convenient access from US Highway 285.


The property’s location on the east side of the Continental Divide contributes to its relatively dry and sunny climate. Average daily highs run in the 70’s in the summer and just below freezing in the winter months.

Wildlife Resources: 

The shortgrass prairie and riparian creek bottoms of South Park support herds of elk, mule deer, antelope and a variety of raptors and songbirds, as well as beaver, bobcat, mountain lion, black bear, bighorn sheep and waterfowl. The ranch is recognized as having high quality nesting habitat for the mountain plover, a small grassland bird that was recently considered for listing as an endangered species, but was not in part due to the preservation of nesting habitat on properties such as this.

Fishery Resources: 

South Park as a whole is known for its high quality angling opportunities and Tarryall Creek is one of the best fisheries in the Park. The creek meanders through the ranch for approximately 1.3± miles. For the majority of that distance, the ranch owns both sides of the creek and therefore controls access. Tarryall Creek is a low gradient meandering meadow stream with a significant population of naturally reproducing brown trout. The stream is an amazing small stream fishery that was recently restored and enhanced to stabilize banks, increase depth and holding water, and improve insect and fish habitat. The result is that the fishery qualifies for blue ribbon status based on the biomass of fish found per mile of creek.

A 2009 fish survey conducted by the Colorado Division of Wildlife immediately upstream revealed that Tarryall Creek supports nearly 2,000 brown trout per mile of stream. The average fish was about 10 inches in length, with many browns in the 12-15 inch range.

Tarryall Creek is a joy to fish with a lightweight rod and dry flies — and 50 fish days are not uncommon. The creek on the property averages 10 feet in width and is typically one to two feet in depth. There are deep corner pools in the meanders and productive riffles in the straights. The easily fished creek includes nearly every type of angling challenge: riffles, runs, pools, flats, undercut banks and overhanging willows.

The owners enrolled the property in South Park Fly Fishers, a Park County program that provides managed access fee fishing on high quality fishing streams in South Park while providing income to ranch owners. The fishing on Tarryall Notch Ranch is some of the most popular in the program due to the high quality of the creek and the vibrant fish population. Angler reports indicate that releasing 40 fish per day is not uncommon, and 200 browns per day is not out of the question. More information can be found under Tarryall Creek Ranch’s listing on the program’s website at www.southparktrout.com. Note that the owners may remove the property from the program at their discretion.

Recreational Considerations: 

Tarryall Notch Ranch offers a wide variety of recreational opportunities, including fishing, hunting, hiking, biking, wildlife watching, cross-country skiing and horse riding. In addition the multitude of public lands around the South Park area provide a limitless array of recreational diversions. World-class skiing and snowboarding at Breckenridge is just 45 minutes from the ranch and Keystone, Copper Mountain and Arapahoe Basin resorts are within a 75-minute drive.

Aesthetic Considerations: 

This part of South Park is blessed with a dramatic and diverse landscape. From the ranch there are impressive mountain views in every direction. There are 13- to 14-thousand foot peaks of the Continental Divide just north and west of the ranch. To the northeast two well-known Front Range 14’ers, Mt. Evans and Mt. Bierstadt, stand out. The Tarryall Mountains rise up to the east and another famous 14-thousand foot landmark, Pikes Peak, is visible in the distance to the south east.


Property taxes are estimated at $988.00 annually.

Mineral Rights: 

Seller will convey all mineral rights appurtenant to the ranch that are owned by Seller with the sale of the real property.

Additional Information: 

Tarryall Notch Ranch is located in an area that has been a high priority for preservation since 1996 when Park County commissioned the “South Park Heritage Resource Study.” The Colorado Division of Wildlife mapped significant wildlife habitat in the area and ranked the habitat on the property as predominately “moderately high,” “high” and “very high” priority. The property possesses scenic views from U.S. Highway 285 that embody the open spirit of South Park and are enjoyed by passersby every day.

The ranch was a top priority conservation ranch in Park County and the state of Colorado, due to its open space, wildlife habitat, rare plant species and important creek resources. The current owner recognized the need for protection and after acquiring the property, placed a conservation easement with Colorado Open Lands to preserve the ranch in perpetuity. The land is still privately owned and no public access has been granted. Certain development rights have been eliminated and others retained. There are two building envelopes and there is the ability to construct multiple additional residential and non-residential improvements within generous limits. Interested parties should request additional details for evaluation. The easement protects and preserves the wildlife and wildlife habitat, natural plant communities, open space condition and scenic values of this landmark property. Combined with other adjacent conserved ranches and public lands, this property is an integral part of a contiguous protected area of more than 10,000 acres.

Broker Comments: 

Tarryall Notch Ranch stands out with its scenic and diverse landscape including a great small stream fishery within an easy drive of a world-class resort and mountain town. The conservation easement not only protects the ranch and its ecological and scenic values, but translates into a lower purchase price for the next owner. It is rare to find this amount of acreage with a significant amount of live water in the backyard of a top ski resort for under $1.5 million.


Hall and Hall would like to acknowledge the fishing photography of Gary Nichols, South Park Fly Fishers.

The Facts: 

• 830± acres with dramatic views of surrounding snow-capped mountain peaks.
• Varied landscape with shortgrass prairie, riparian corridor, a globally rare fen and some aspen and pine trees.
• Great fishing in Tarryall Creek with vibrant, self-sustaining population of wild brown trout.
• The stream and riparian area have been restored and enhanced to improve fish and wildlife habitat.
• Adjacent to BLM and large ranches and near National Forest.
• Well-recognized ecologically important and protected property.
• Modest existing improvements with the ability to construct new homes and/or ranch compound.
• Wide variety of wildlife live on and around the ranch.
• Located only 45 minutes from Breckenridge and 90 minutes from Denver.
• Easily accessible from State Highway 285 as well as County Road 15.

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, Jerome Chvilicek, Dan Berstrom or Brant Marsh at (406) 656-7500 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, Dan Bergstrom or Brant Marsh at (406) 656-7500 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
Tina Hamm or Scott Moran • (406) 656-7500 
Mike Hall or Judy Chirila • (303) 861-8282
Monte Lyons • (806) 698-6882
J.T. Holt • (806) 698-6884

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



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.

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.

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.