Kerry Endsley with LIV Sotheby’s International Realty has just listed the historic 340+/- acre Bear Gulch Ranch for $14,875,000. Located at the base of Longs Peak between Allenspark and EstesPark, the ranch affords a private, gated, mountain sanctuary with direct access to Rocky Mountain National Park and National Forest land, plus eight miles of marked hiking trails, a stocked trout pond, and large equipment barn that can be retrofitted for horses. A year-round spring-fed creek, The Tahosa, runs right through the property, which sits at an elevation of 8,900 feet.
“This is a rare opportunity for someone to write their own chapter in history at the base of Longs Peak,” said Endsley. “The provenance of the ranch, coupled by the mix of aspen and conifer trees broken by the creek, pond, and grassy meadows is absolutely breathtaking.”
Established in 1909, the property was originally settled and owned by Enos Mills who built and operated nearby Longs Peak Inn and was primarily responsible for President Woodrow Wilson to proclaim the lands west of Estes Park as Rocky Mountain National Park.
Enos, known as the “Father of Rocky Mountain National Park”, was also the first man hired by the State of Colorado to take snowpack measurements in the Rockies to help predict seasonal moisture for Colorado farmers. He is well-known for raising two abandoned bear cubs, Johnny and Jenny, as pets on the ranch until four years of age. They later became famous residents of The Denver Zoo.
Today, the land is agriculturally zoned, gently sloped, and usable. And although it is privately secluded with no easements, getting to the ranch couldn’t be easier.
“It’s perfect for extended family vacations or corporate retreats. Private jets arrive via Boulder or Fort Collins airports south and north of the property, and it’s easily accessible year-round from county maintained Highway 7,” added Endsley.
Additional improvements at the property include a newly rebuilt owner’s quarters, a massive stone party deck and firepit, a generous guest bunkhouse that sleeps up to 12 people, and the ability to build three more homes on the ranch if desired.
“Few offerings compare to the history and exceptional locale of Bear Gulch Ranch,” said Endsley. “The potential here is unlimited and the unobstructed views of Longs Peak, priceless.”
For more information on Bear Gulch Ranch contact Kerry Endsley of LIV Sotheby’s International Realty at 303-570-0267 or visit www.kerryendsley.com.