35541 Back River Road, Hotchkiss, Colorado, 81419





MLS: 05022-16069

28 Acres

864 SqFt

2 beds

2.0 baths

What You Should Know

  • Horse Setup

  • Equestrian Training

  • Arena

  • 22 Irrigated Acres

  • New Ranch Home - 2018

  • Additional living unit

  • Hay Barn

  • Horse Stalls

Why You'll Love It


Hotchkiss CO hay farm and horse training ranch for sale

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.


Simple but quality improvements on Colorado small farm for sale

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.


Horse training facilities, riding arena, and horse stalls on Colorado small ranch for sale

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.


Hotchkiss CO has a nice climate and temperate weather at this farm for sale

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.


Mountain recreation is found in all directions—West Elks, Grand Mesa, Crested Butte, Aspen

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


Property Details:


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



Where You'll Find It

  • Street Address: 35541 Back River Road
  • City: Hotchkiss
  • State: Colorado
  • County: Delta

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