Cat Creek Ranch

$1,350,000 NEW 321 Acres Pagosa Springs , Colorado Archuleta County

Ranch Property Brief

Cat Creek Ranch is located in the much-in-demand area of Pagosa Springs. This area is one of the prettiest in Southern Colorado and the ranch is ideally suited for a horse property, hunting, or small hobby farm. The ranch has a mixture of topography from the valley bottom to timber-covered hills. Cat Creek runs along the eastern boundary for about a half mile and there are 6 ponds providing water to wildlife and livestock. Cat Creek Ranch is a blank slate awaiting a new owner to transform into their dream property.



The ranch is located about 15 miles southwest of Pagosa Springs in southern Colorado. Pagosa Springs is a quaint town known for its hot springs and recreational activities. The ranch is about an hour from Durango offering easy access to the Durango Airport.

-Purgatory Ski Resort – 1.5 hours
-Mesa Verda National Park – 1.5 hours
-Silverton, Colorado – 2 hours


Access to the ranch is by county-maintained road 700 off Highway 160.

Elevation, Topography, Vegetation

The ranch sits at an elevation of about 7,200 feet with rolling hills and valleys cover with oak, pinyon, juniper, ponderosa pines, and native grasses and forbs.

Ag Uses

Cat Creek Ranch is ideally suited as a horse property, hunting property, or private retreat for a second home with the ability to have a small hobby ranch to maintain the agriculture tax exemption.


Situated in GMU 771 2nd and 3rd elk rifle tags are over-the-counter and tags are relatively easy to draw for archery and 1st rifle. The ranch also qualifies for the Colorado Landowner Preference Program allowing for better draw opportunities. The ranch offers all the wildlife needs to draw and keep wildlife. Deer and elk both use the ranch for bedding areas as well as forage in the valleys.

Water and Power

The ranch qualifies for a domestic well permit (the water table should be relatively shallow- there are the remains of an old hand-dug well on the property). Power is located at the property eastern boundary.

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Broker Remarks

Financial verification required to schedule showing.

All units of measure and maps showing property boundaries are approximate. Buyer to verify to their own satisfaction.
This property is offered by John Hayter Inc, DBA Ranch Marketers. All information provided by Ranch Marketers or their sales representatives in connection with this property was acquired from sources deemed reliable and is believed to be accurate and reliable, however, we do not warrant its accuracy or completeness. Ranch Marketers recommends that every item of importance to the purchaser (i.e. water laws, mineral laws, zoning, land use regulations, state, federal and private permits) be independently verified by the purchaser and/or purchaser’s attorney.

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Property Summary

TOTAL ACRES: 321.984

Deeded- 321.984 +/-

COUNTY: Archuleta County



ZONING: Agricultural

ELEVATION: 7,200 ft

TOPOGRAPHY: Rolling Hills and Valleys

VEGETATION: Pinyon Pine, Ponderosa Pine, Juniper, native grasses & Oak


WATER - 6 ponds. Qualifies for a domestic well permit.

Ranching History of Pagosa springs

The history of ranching near Pagosa Springs in Archuleta County, Colorado dates back to the late 1800's. Native American tribes such as the Utes were the original habitants of the area, who utilized the land for hunting and gathering. With the arrival of settlers in the region, the focus shifted towards cattle ranching.

In the late 1870s, the surrounding area experienced a boom in mining. This led to an increased demand for beef and other supplies, creating opportunities for ranchers to establish themselves in the area. Several ranches began to raise livestock to meet the demands of supplying beef to the mining towns.

One of the prominent figures in the early ranching history of Pagosa Springs was Lewis H. Allison, who arrived in the area in the late 1870s. He started the first cattle ranch in the region, known as the Allison Ranch. The ranch became successful, and Allison played a vital role in developing the ranching industry in the area.

Harsh weather conditions, including heavy snowfall and severe winters were major obstacles for ranches and made it difficult for ranchers to maintain their operations. The introduction of fencing and land ownership regulations also impacted the traditional open-range grazing practices which created additional obstacles for established ranches.

Whiles cattle ranching was the primary focus, some ranches also raised sheep and horses which also created conflicts with local cattle ranchers. Many of the early ranches of the region established themselves for generations, passing down their operations from one generation to the next, and are still working ranches today.

The Pagosa Springs area while still rooted in agriculture has in recent times become a draw for tourists. With the well known hot springs drawing visitors from far and wide as well as other well known recreation spots such as Chimney Rock National Monument, Wolf Creek Ski Resort, and Treasure falls, Pagosa Springs, Colorado is a destination where ranches and land are in high demand.

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