Located just a mile outside of Hotchkiss, a small western Colorado town, is the Back River Ranch, a nice 28-acre hay farm with a cute little home, guest house, large hay barn, riding arena, and horse stalls. This small hay farm has excellent water rights, with 13 shares of the Short Ditch and Short Ditch Extension, one of the oldest water rights in the entire North Fork Valley. The farm is known for growing an excellent stand of grass-alfalfa horse hay, highly prized around the country for working horses.
The home on the Back River Ranch is a simple but cozy 1-bedroom, 1-bath 864-square-foot farmhouse, stick built on site in 2018. Additionally, there is a 320-square-foot guest house with a full bath, giving the property a total of 2 bedrooms and 2 baths. The improvements are tastefully done with modern finishes, including tongue-and-groove beetle-kill spruce paneling in the ceiling. The property also has a stout metal hay barn and vehicle parking area comprising 4,320 square feet and two storage sheds.
The owners of this property use it for a professional horse training facility, bringing in young horses and rope horse candidates for professional training. There is a basic setup of six stalls with pens to keep horses ready for their next ride. The arena is on the west side of the property and is set up for roping for rope horse training.
The Town of Hotchkiss is known throughout Western Colorado for its mild year-round climate, with only a few days a year breaking 100 degrees in the summer and a few days below zero in the winter. Most winter days are mild enough to wear a long-sleeved shirt and a vest. Snow covers the ground for part of the winter and then melts off. The growing season is long, with beautiful spring days, a nice long summer, and extended fall. The cottonwoods in the riverbottom will be golden well into November. It is a great climate for growing grass hay, alfalfa, vegetables, fruit, wine grapes, honey, and melons. Many families raise 4H animals as well as their own beef, lamb, and pork.
Hotchkiss is located midway between Aspen, Crested Butte, and Telluride, each about two hours distant. The West Elk Wilderness, Grand Mesa, and Uncompahgre Plateau all beckon for hunting, fishing, recreation. There are wonderful opportunities for snowmobiling, Nordic skiing, fly-fishing, rafting, kayaking, mountain biking, hiking, horseback riding, elk and mule deer hunting, and ATV riding on many thousands of acres of National Forest and BLM lands in close proximity to this property.
35541 Back River Road
Hotchkiss, CO 81419
864 square feet
2 BR 2 BA
13 shares Short Ditch & Short Ditch Extension
.5 CFS Bear Wastewater Decree
1 Town of Hotchkiss water tap
28 total acres
4320 s.f. barn
200 s.f. shed
308 s.f. guest house