The guest ranch located on Fruitland Mesa just south of the small town of Crawford, Colorado, has historically run as a year-round establishment, with the majority of its business coming from countless repeat customers craving a home-cooked meal and a warm bed during hunting season. The ranch encompasses 122 acres located in Delta county, with a one bedroom home, commercial/residential kitchen, additional stick-built guest house including a studio apartment, and small den attached to two additonal bedrooms and bathroom. The ranch has impressive views of the Grand Mesa, West Elk Mountains, and lands to the West, in a quiet, secluded location. Resident deer and turkey frequent the property, as well as the occasional elk herd in the winter months. With ample grazing pasture, the 122 acres is ideal for horses, riding, and other agricultural animals. The owners also have two additional Fruitland Mesa water taps available, opening up the scenario for developing additional home sites on the acreage. This strategy would significantly offset the purchase price for a development-minded buyer looking to sell land and country acreage home sites, with the total acreage already subdivided into three parcels with electric and and water utilities. Additional taps may be purchased for future development. An additional three water taps are available for purchase, totaling 6 taps owned in total.
When it comes to lodging, the bigger the kitchen, the better. With this home, it's a licensed restaurant kitchen. Built in 2007, it has the ability to accommodate large guest numbers, the owners of Bid-U-Well Guest Ranch installed commercial-sized, 10-burner double ovens, along with a residential convection oven. Multiple refrigerators and freezers keep hunters' wild game and supplies cool, and mountain broadband direct connection internet keeps everyone connected. The home features a colored concrete slab floor, with the kitchen sleeved in a new vinyl laminate flooring. Hard-wired electric heaters keep the home at constant temperatures, while the main heat source comes from a large wood stove, turning the 1-bedroom home into a cozy retreat during the winter months.
In 2017, the owners built the guest housing, featuring a studio apartment, three additional rooms (two bedrooms, one den) and bathroom. All rooms have individual heat as well as window A/C units during the summer months. Countless repeat customers from out of state frequent the guest ranch for hunting excursions.
Colorado mountain ranches with views, water rights, future development potential, and easy access are a rare commodity. This acreage is situated just north of the Black Canyon of the Gunnison, on the slopes of Fruitland Mesa. 500 shares of the Fruitland Mesa water provide the property with approximately 17 acres of irrigated land, ample room for a horse pasture or other agricultural use. Coming equipped with an additional Fruitland Mesa water tap, the property has future development potential to build additional homes, or subdivide off acreage and building sites to recooperate purchasing costs.
With resident mule deer herds, turkey, and occasional elk populations, the diverse terrain of this ranch makes it a great Colorado recreational and hunting property. Many hunters utilize the ranch as a base camp for daily expeditions into the West Elk Mountain range, pursuing high county mule deer and elk hunting. Recreation is nearby, at Crawford reservoir, and Hotchkiss, Paonia, Crawford all feature restaurants, and stores for supplies. Less than two hours from Grand Junction or Montrose Regional airports, this Colorado ranch is a great destination.