After a generation of family farming, it’s time to pass the baton on this 60+ year-old family farm that uniquely dovetails into the thousands of acres of the Canyons of the Ancients National Monument. Named after the abundant horned toads that the farmers’ kids would chase while on family arrowhead hunting picnics, this legacy property has few equals. THE LAND Horned Toad Ranch is an end-of-the-road, off-grid farmstead near Cahone, Colorado. The ranch’s +/-760 acres are an incredible blend of +/- 487 acres of production farmland that is 100% surrounded by elk and mule deer holding cover. RECREATION Located a couple of miles from the Utah state border this ranch qualifies for 2 annual landowner mule deer tags and over-the-counter elk tags. In Utah elk tags can take 20+ years to draw. Three sides of this totally protected paradise border BLM ground that gradually descends into two, significant canyons. This delivers several miles of edge bordering on the canyon lands and world-class elk and trophy-class mule deer. Totally turnkey with tree stands and trail cams, the ranch is ready for your RV or fifth-wheel camper. A County maintained road to the front gate, and gently rolling terrain, allow all ages to enjoy this property. This is easy-access, family-friendly recreational property at its best. And, if you’re interested in building your dream cabin, there’s an excellent site with views of mountains in every direction. INCOME The farmland is in the Conservation Reserve Program, with 2 years remaining on the current contract and a total, annual payment of $16,445. Soil conditions for Horned Toad are judged to be at the high end of the per-acre payment rate. At the conclusion of the contract the 487 acres could be returned to farming or re-contracted into the conservation program. The farming income is enhanced by CO2 royalty payments from mineral rights the seller has agreed to include with the sale. For over 30 years Horned Toad Ranch has received royalty payments. Typical monthly payments average $1200 and are driven by the price and demand for oil. Whether hunting trophy elk and mule deer, or hunting the numerous Indian artifacts with the kids, this income-producing, family retreat just might fit your criteria for the perfect recreational farm property. Be sure to explore Mesa Verde National Park and The Dolores River Canyon, both nearby. This one may not last long so call or email today for more information and your qualified showing. CO brokers welcome.
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