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153-acre hunter’s paradise in northwest Colorado is up for auction

A 153-acre private sport ranch just outside of Softer, Colorado, heads to an unreserved auction over the course of six days starting Oct. 12

Known as 66 Ranch, the property, which is listed at $8.475 million, is in a rural, undeveloped area of ​​northwest Colorado known for its big game hunting and fly fishing the along White River.

“One of the great things about this property is that membership in Elk Creek Ranch translates into the sale,” said Callahan Kelm, project manager and auction representative for Sotheby’s Concierge Auctions, which is handling the sale.

The nearby Elk Creek Ranch offers 30 miles of fly fishing along White River and Elk Creek and “15,000 acres reserved for Elk Creek members”.

“It’s one of the best hunting and fishing activities in the west,” he said. “You have all the conveniences of a big game sport ranch without some of the headaches that come with running it yourself.”

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At the heart of the 66 Ranch complex is a 7,000 square foot home built in 2013. It features four bedrooms with en-suite bathrooms, high ceilings, large windows with mountain views, roughly hewn stone walls and wooden floors. rustic exposed beams.

Outbuildings and amenities include a one-bedroom guesthouse, river camp, party barn, ranch store, fire pit, and 4-acre pond. 66 Ranch also has more than a mile of frontage along both banks of the White River, with plenty of side channels, deep runs and pools ideal for fly fishing, according to the listing.

Mr Kelm says one of the “best things” about the house is that the downstairs master bedroom is “completely separate from the three bedrooms upstairs”.

“We’ve had significant interest so far,” he said. “People fly to see it.”

Elk Creek Ranch, which is about a 15-minute drive from 66 Ranch, is a “private community that people stick in,” Kelm said. “Most members have one-acre lots.”

The membership that accompanies this sale is “a big deal,” he said, and “some of the empty lots are between $2 million and $3 million.”

Big game available to hunters includes deer, moose, elk, antelope, cougar and bear, he said.

66 Ranch is owned by Kevin McCoy, 60, who lives on a ranch with his wife, Christine, on a ranch outside of Whichita, Kansas. He bought the land in 2011 and built the house in 2013.

“My initial vision was to have an easy-to-run gentleman’s ranch,” he said. “We loved having a place to go that was a bit out of season when it was hot here.”

“66 Ranch has private hunting and fishing and I’ve been able to bring my own gear to share with family and friends, and the property has provided that for a number of years,” said McCoy, who works in the oil and gas sector. and served as Chairman of the Elk Creek Ranch Board of Directors for six years.

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He and his wife decided to sell because “it’s also a lot of work and the kids have careers now and we found ourselves unable to justify using the property as I think we should,” he said. -he declares. “We decided it was time to simplify.”

The property, which is on County Road 8 in Meeker, was listed for sale with Daniel Carter of Mirr Ranch Group LLC from August 2020, for $8.9 million, through January 2022, with a price drop at its current level of $8.475 million as of September 2021.

66 Ranch is 11 km from the town of Meeker and 10 km from an airport accessible to private jets. The Colorado communities of Vail, Steamboat Springs and Aspen are all within a two-hour drive, according to the listing.