Cinder Gulch Ranch

$850,000 520 Acres Red Mesa , Colorado La Plata County

Ranch Property Brief

Cinder Gulch Ranch offers a beautiful tranquil setting in the high desert Southwest Four Corners Region of Colorado. With unobstructed views in every direction providing astounding vistas with Ute Mountain, Mesa Verde, and the La Platas providing incredible backdrops. If you enjoy riding horses while viewing beautiful scenery, Cinder Gulch should be at the top of your list. Cinder Gulch offers unimproved land with live water to create your Southwest dream ranch whether that be a horse property or simply your secluded tranquil getaway or primary home.


There is a live stream that runs through part of the ranch down Third Canyon and joins another stream a short distance to the south in Long Hollow.


Cinder Gulch Ranch is located about 5 miles south of Kline, Colorado, and about 2 miles to the southeast of Red Mesa, Colorado.

-Hesperus, Colorado – 25 minutes
-Durango, Colorado – 35 minutes
-Purgatory Ski Resort – 1 hour
-Farmington, New Mexico – 40 minutes
-Cortez, Colorado – 1 hour
-Mesa Verde National Park – 50 minutes
-Canyon of the Ancients National Monument – 1 hour 20 minutes


Access to the ranch is provided by county-maintained gravel road and is about 5 miles off pavement from Highway 140.

Elevation, Topography, Vegetation

The ranch sits at around 6,500 feet in elevation with the majority of the ranch sitting on top of the mesa and portions in Third Canyon and Long Hollow. Vegetation consists of juniper, sage, and pinyon pines with western grasses such as blue and black grama as well as some buffalo grass interspersed. Near the live water in Third Canyon, there are some willows and marsh grasses.

Ag Uses

The ranch is well suited as a horse property with many areas suitable to build a home as well as any needed equestrian facilities and the views are incredible.


Deer hunting should be good with great potential for really nice bucks. Most of the unit is private land or part of the Southern Ute Indian Reservation. The ranch lies right along one of the higher concentration areas for deer. Late seasons will produce the best bucks. There is deer sign all over the ranch.

Deer Draw –
Nonresident 4th season – generally need at least 2 points to draw
Resident 4th season – over half draw out with 0 points
Landowner 4th season unrestricted – 50% drew with 2 points
Landowner 4th season restricted – 50% drew with 1 point

The elk population is below CPW objective but is increasing. The unit has over-the-counter tags for 2nd and 3rd season rifle tags.

Nonresident Muzzleloader – 93% drew 1st choice and 54% with 0 points
Resident Muzzleloader – 85% drew 1st choice and 61% with 0 points
Nonresident 1st rifle – 90% drew 1st choice and 67% with 0 points
Resident 1st rifle – 60% drew 1st choice and 44% with 0 points


There is no shortage of recreational activities in the area ranging from hiking to snow skiing. There are hundreds of thousands of acres of public land in the region to hike, camp, offroad, and bike. Not to mention the close proximity to some of the most astounding Native American Cultural Sites. Mesa Verde National Park is only an hour away.

Additional Native American sites:
Hovenweep National Monument
Canyon of the Ancients
Aztec Ruins

Purgatory Ski resort is only an hour away as well for those who love to ski.

The area is also home to some of the best gold medal fly fishing waters in Colorado and New Mexico. The San Juan River is renowned for its fly fishing and the ranch is only about an hour away from some of the best tailwater fishing on the San Juan just below Navajo Dam. The Animas River also provides excellent fishing and is less than 45 minutes.

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Property Summary

TOTAL ACRES: 600 +/- Deeded- 600 +/- COUNTY: La Plata County, Colorado HUNTING UNIT: 741 ZONING: Agricultural ELEVATION: 6,500 feet TOPOGRAPHY: Rolling Hills, and Mesa VEGETATION: Sage, Pinyon Pine, Juniper, grama grasses & Oak ESTIMATED TAXES: $600 Hesperus, Colorado and La Plata County Ranches and Land For Sale Hesperus is probably best known for its small ski hill. It offers 26 trails and 60 skiable acres. The area receives about 150 inches of snow each year. South of Hesperus there are additional small communities such as Kline and Red Mesa and portions of the Southern Ute Indian Reservation lie to the south as well. There is still a healthy ranching community in the area with large ranches although recreational activities are beginning to be the primary use of ranches in the Four Corners area. Aside from the Hesperus Ski area, Purgatory Ski Resort is about an hour drive to the north providing over 1,300 acres of skiable terrain and over 260 inches of snow each year. There are several Native American Cultural sites in the area. The most recognizable being Mesa Verde National Park which is only about a 30-minute drive. Others include Hovenweep, Canyon of the Ancients, and Aztec Ruins. View all Colorado ranches and land for sale.

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