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Spruce Point Colorado

A ranch/tree farm with amazing green potential! Spruce Point has 42,000 trees and sequesters 2,100,000 pounds of CO2 per year (est.). Save the trees!
(www.sprucepointtreefarm.com)

Asking price $7 million. Qualified enquiries only. Ask for Gary (ph: 970-379-2241; hazelhurst.gary@gmail.com)

Spruce Point Colorado is located amidst some of the most beautiful agricultural and natural land in the United States. Situated above the North Fork of the Gunnison River Valley, where the Rocky Mountains drop to meet the Colorado Plateau Canyon Country, the area is nationally known for its mild climate and the area’s renowned organic agriculture enterprises. Spruce Point is within easy driving distance from Aspen, Telluride, Crested Butte, Powderhorn, and other world-class Colorado resorts. Spruce Point also boasts its own airfield, the Shipman Ranch Airport—(see map). Registered with the FAA in 1977, the airfield allows 15-minute access to the resorts above as well as Moab, Glenwood Springs, Grand Junction, and other Western Colorado and Southeastern Utah destinations.

There are more than 42,000 Colorado blue spruce trees growing at Spruce Point (www.sprucepointtreefarm.com). Spruce Point was established in 1979 and it leads the Colorado tree industry in spruce production; generating substantial profits for owners and investors.

A self-sustaining operation, the farm produces organic beef and lamb products as well as its own hay and alfalfa. Moreover, Spruce Point—its land, its plants, its people, its abundance—has incredible potential to be the focal point of a thriving natural business and in recent years has been researched for everything from a vineyard to a solar farm.

This is only the second time in its history that Spruce Point has come up for sale.

Location

Spruce Point Ranch’s unique location in the West makes it a ranch to experience—to breathe in, to touch, to feel. The solitude, the privacy, the views, and the clean mountain air of this part of the world are legendary. The only people nearby are like-minded ranchers and people who came to Western Colorado to escape the trappings of the human world and forge memories in the land.

To the east is the largest cattle ranch on Redlands Mesa, to the northeast is a buffalo and elk ranch, to the north is a wildlife migration corridor to Grand Mesa, and to the west is the rugged and beautiful Lawhead Canyon. To the south, tucked below the mesa, is the region’s largest winter lambing ground and the scenic Black Canyon of the Gunnison.

The property includes all the high mountain West’s prominent flora and fauna species, including piñon pine, juniper/cedar, cottonwood, willows, sage, cattails, yucca cactus, and pear cactus. The wildlife (seen thus far on the ranch), includes mule deer, bobcats, mountain lions, badger, raccoons, prairie dogs, cottontail rabbit, snowshoe hare, wild turkey, eagles, hawks, geese, ducks, and coyotes—even the odd bear.

There are wetlands on the land, sections of two canyons, a private trout pond, and Spruce Point Creek runs through the property.

Spruce Point also boasts important local amentities, including a a hospital (15 miles), the town of Hotchkiss with its associated amentities (7 miles), several regional airports (in nearby Delta and Montrose), and the “capital of the Western Slope,” the regional commercial and civic center of Grand Junction.

Nearby towns include:

  • Eckert: 5 miles
  • Hotchkiss: 7 miles
  • Cedaredge: 7 miles
  • Delta: 15 miles (regional hospital, regional airport)
  • Paonia: 17 miles
  • Montrose: 35 miles (regional airport)
  • Grand Junction: 45 miles (regional hospital, regional airport, regional commercial hub)

Agriculture

Agriculture is at the heart of life at Spruce Point. The ranch was built more than a century ago. The tree farm was established in 1979 and it leads the Colorado tree industry in spruce production, reaping substantial profits for owners and investors. There are currently more than 40,000 Colorado bluce spruce trees growing at Spruce Point (you can count them on Google Earth).

The thousands of trees grown here annually are sold and shipped to nursuries, developers, and homeowners every month by the Spruce Point’s well-trained and experienced crew. The trees themselves are grown and harvested using no chemical herbicides, a gravity-fed (low-energy) irrigation system, and the naturally occurring rich silty-clay loam soils of the mesatop—as well as the abundant sunshine.

In addition to the trees, the ranch supports a cross-section of organically bred and raised domestic stock, including angus cattle and sheep. Other animals that round out the cast at Spruce Point include turkeys, chickens, phesants, Rainbow Trout, cats, geese, ducks, and a bunch of very friendly dogs.

The ranch includes a modern (buried) irrigation system (a $100,000 investment), numerous agricultual outbuildings and equipment, and a ranch headquarters complex that includes a 3-bedroom home, an industrial-grade shop, a separate apartment building, an airplane hanger, and other assosrted structures and installations.

The ranches around Spruce Point are home to considerable lambing in the spring, which is quite an experience if you’ve never heard baby lambs, and the historic ditch and reservoir laud the 19th century pioneer history of the region. (See stock certificate.)

Recreation

Spruce Point is a recreationalist’s dream. Certainly, it’s located within 45 minutes of world class ski resorts like Aspen, Telluride, and Crested Butte, but there are dozens of recreational opportunities at the ranch’s doorstep. In fact, within the ranch property itself you can fish, hunt, horseback ride, 4-wheel, X-C ski, and hike.

Blue Mesa Reservoir—offering boating, water skiing, sailing, fishing, and other activities— is just a 25-mile drive, and the Gunnision River, a gold medal river, is just 10 miles away, whether you’re an angler or a whitewater enthusiast.

The canyon country around Moab—Canyonlands National Park, Arches National Park, Grand Staircase-Esclante National Monument—is just a short drive away, offering thousands of canyoneering, climbing, and sightseeing opportunities.

Life at Spruce Point not unlike being in a wilderness because of the large number of wild animals that use the property for grazing, hunting, and reproduction. Deer, bobcats, mountain lions, badgers, raccoons, prairie dogs, cottontail rabbits, snowshoe hares, wild turkeys, eagles, hawks, geese, ducks, and coyotes all share the land with us.

Economics

Spruce Point isn’t just a gentleman’s ranch, it’s a true working turn-key ranch, with a focus on generating a more than sufficient income while operating within the bounds of nature (the tree farm/ranch comes with its own livestock brand). The tree business annually grosses $500,000 or more, despite the ongoing development of parts of the ranch to better produce trees, and the annual net profit is more than $200,000. (The current market value of the tree inventory is $9.5 million.) The tree farm has been operating for 38 years, and owns vast water rights—164 shares of Overland Ditch & Reservoir Co.—that complement other inherent equity in the ranch.

Besides the trees, the Ranch offers a full complement of organically raised livestock: cows, sheep, etc.—not to mention huge carbon sequestration points that have never been assigned to any exchange or trading scheme.

What has been little explored to this point is the ranch’s astonishing potential as an organic product manufacturing facility. With the potential to grow millions of tons of organic materials, the current owners have begun looking into a variety of modern, eco-friendly manufacturing pursuits, ranging from asparagus to a variety of health products.

Asking price $7 million. Qualified inquiries only. Ask for Gary (ph: 970-379-2241; hazelhurst.gary@gmail.com)