5491 S 7 1/2 Rd, Glade Park, Colorado, 81523
Western Colorado's Granite Springs Ranch is located in Glade Park, west of the town Grand Junction atop the Colorado National Monument. A thriving agricultural lifestyle community with all the amenities you would expect of a cosmopolitan area, with a rural country feel. Hospitals, shopping, services and transportation offer the conveniences to the new owner of this wonderful Colorado Ranch. Grand Junctions regional airport with service to large markets gets a new owner to this recreation land with ease of several major carriers. By car you have I - 70 running east and west thru the center of the valley, with HWY 50 coming up from the south.
This unique mountain ranch property in Colorado is well suited for livestock operations, including cattle, horses, or wild game ranching. The property is well fenced and gated at several access points for the movement and distribution of stock and feed. A large stackyard for hay and equipment is located at the main entrance to Granite Springs Ranch. With over 3600 acres to roam, graze and water, your livestock will flourish while keeping management of them to a minimal effort with the many trails, improved roads and pastures. This Colorado mountain property has several irrigated hay fields producing feed for both the livestock and wildlife. The many ponds and small creeks keep water accessible year round, due to the efforts, investments and improvement of the current owner. The water resources on this Colorado ranching property are a valuable asset developed and proven for beneficial use to the ranching operations. Equipment sheds and buildings for equipment storage and maintenance, again making operations of the ranch a manageable task with minimum staff.
Men have been fighting for water out west for centuries. However not on the Granite Springs Ranch, the water resources have been perfected by the current owner on this amazing mountain ranch property. Even as this is being written the seller is developing additional water flows and storage on the ranch. Several springs on the property have added over 50 Gallons per Minute of adjudicated Spring Water without touching any of the existing historic domestic and agricultural water rights. Think how valuable this additional 26 Million Gallons (annually) of Pure Colorado Mountain Spring Water might be in some future use or need either Regionally or Nationally.
Bordering Utah and south of the Colorado River, unit 40 is managed to produce trophy-class elk hunting and to provide many tags for Colorado deer hunters. Private land comprises or impedes access to the vast majority of the most productive terrain. Most mature elk and bucks are taken on private property or on public land that is difficult or impossible to reach without access to deeded ground. Hunters crowd onto a virtual island of Mesa National Forest that occupies about 12 square miles and is almost totally surrounded by private land. There are few antelope found on this unit as well. High elevations are timbered with mostly firs and spruces and some aspens, while middle elevations are primarily canyon lands with pockets of aspen, grass meadows, sagebrush and scrub oak. Lower terrain is primarily composed of pinyon and juniper woodlands, sagebrush slopes and expanses of oak brush. Bulls scoring well over 350 are the norm in this unit. Many bull Elk scoring over 400 have been harvested on Glade Park.
Though the ratio of public vs. private Colorado land is roughly equal, private property controls the bulk of prime deer and elk habitat. Some roads and trails dead end at private mountain property. There is good access to the 12 square miles of Grand Mesa National Forest in the south-central part of the unit. Though that parcel comprises about 2% of the total land area in the unit, it attracts a large percentage of hunters who draw tags. Hunters need a GPS unit with map detail in this unit so that they can hike around private parcels to reach public land that is otherwise hard to access. The reason that Granite Springs ranch is a sanctuary for Elk hunting.
1st rifle season sees fewer than 10 hunters in the field and no bow-hunters or muzzle-loader hunters for almost two weeks and no concurrent deer season, hunting pressure is next to nil. Many bulls do not feel pressured and often bugle. The big herd bulls are still traveling with cows as the rut reaches its final stages and spend the night grazing in the hat fields of Granite Springs Ranch. This is a season when hunters can afford to be selective. A tag valid during during this season is the most coveted Unit 40 tag for a hunter to draw.
2nd rifle season, by this time bull Elk begin moving into remote areas of the ranch, traveling in bachelor groups. Some bulls migrate to lower terrain. Deer hunters are in the field at the same time and get the game to start moving. Sportsman find it hard-to-access Colorado public land or tagging a bull without access to private mountain land.
By the time the 3rd season opens many bull Elk have gathered into bachelor herds. Hunters who learn private boundaries and are patient improve their odds of finding a 330-350 class bull. A limited number of deer hunters are in the field at the same time. Find hard-to-reach public land to increase your odds of harvesting a bull. Hunters hoping to get elk in the 350-370 class must be patient and hunt hard. Don’t hesitate to hunt in nontraditional elk country in the lower canyon lands where a portion of the Granite Springs Ranch is located.