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M4 Ranch Group specializes in selling and marketing premium ranch properties, shared ranch communities, sportsman’s properties, and luxury estates throughout Colorado and New Mexico. Our brokers share our founders’ passion for preserving and experiencing the ranching and recreational lifestyle, approaching each partnership with the very authenticity, respect and integrity that the great outdoors represents. M4 clients receive personalized and dedicated expertise and advocacy that continues beyond the closing. With over 30 years’ experience in real estate and managing ranch properties, our team brings knowledge and perspective to critical aspects of land ownership needed to maximize investment in ranching property, including water rights, conservation easements, land owner preference and habitat restoration.

Your TEAM

Dan Murphy Broker/Owner 970-209-1514 Dan@M4RanchGroup.com

Michael Murphy Broker Associate/Owner 719-849-1441 Michael@M4RanchGroup.com

LaWana DeWees Broker Associate 970-749-6521 Lawana@M4RanchGroup.com

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Powderhorn, CO

A 4 bedroom, 2 bath home on 40 ± acres could be the vacation home location of your dreams. The property has year round access and maintained roads as well as an absolutely lovely cabin - remodeled and never lived in - featuring vaulted great room, custom kitchen, pine ceilings and rock fireplace. The cabin and property are located literally at the end of the road. Imagine having a back yard that encompasses tens of thousands of BLM acres.

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L a Veta, CO

Access 4,000± acres of BLM and State lands. The Viejo Ranch, located in the exceptional Game Management Unit 861, known for trophy 380± class elk, making this ranch a true hunter’s sweet spot. The acreage holds a variety of terrain and has 3 springs creating an environment for many species of wildlife. Attached to the 360± acres is a 2± acre lot in the Paradise Acres Subdivision, with a community water system, covenants and HOA. You can choose to build your cabin there or choose a more remote spot on the ranch.

$685,000

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Powderhorn, CO

Located in the Willow Creek Drainage area off County Road 25 sits 318.14 acres with some improvements. A well is in place and a spring is on the property, just needs to be filed on. Nice RV site with electricity, gazebo, and storage shed. Located in Game Management Unit 66, with herds of elk and mule deer migrating through every year. A historic cabin can be found on the property along with incredible views of the West Elk Wilderness and the San Juans. Rolling hills with aspens, pines and sage make up the topography on this ranch. Recreational opportunities are boundless on and near this seasonal ranch. Fishing on Blue Mesa Reservoir, Cebolla Creek, and Lake Fork of the Gunnison. Hiking, biking, OHVing, horseback riding right from the property or nearby. A private outdoorsman paradise.

$699,000

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Dolores, CO

Located roughly 20 minutes outside of the small mountain town of Dolores, Colorado, home to the McPhee Reservoir, the largest reservoir within the San Juan National Forest and second largest in Colorado. Salter Y Ranch is a seasonal, off-grid hunter’s paradise. Bordering the San Juan National Forest, it has spectacular views of Haystack Mountain. Mature Ponderosa pines and significant aspen coverage, and a wide variety of wildlife cover the ranch. Summers Reservoir is located on the ranch with several small tanks scattered throughout this 345¹ acre ranch.

$899,000

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L aVeta, CO

HUGE PRICE REDUCTION $2,395,000 to $749,000 Situated at 8,400 feet, Hog Heaven Ranch is on the eastern flank of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains. Secluded, yet accessible, this 360± acre ranch is at the crossroads of some of Colorado’s finest mountain scenery, yet is only 40 minutes from a major interstate highway. The Hog Heaven Ranch was greatly impacted by the 2018 Spring Creek fire, giving way to great opportunity to own a large acre parcel at a drastically reduced rate. A large 2,000± square foot garage and workshop remain on the property, and plenty of room to build a mountain cabin or hunting lodge. Flanked by 10,635-foot Sheep Mountain to the east and 11,414-foot Iron Mountain to the southwest, Hog Heaven Ranch was sheltered in a richly-forested valley of spruce, fir, aspen and Ponderosa pines, creating a varied habitat that is home to many species of birds and small mammals. Pass Creek, a small stream, flows through the ranch for over a mile and is a water source for mule deer and elk, which frequent Pass Creek’s long meadow. Wildlife watchers found the ranch a pure delight.

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L ake City, CO

The beautiful and versatile 10.96 Âą acres in a small subdivision just 20 minutes from Lake City has everything the ideal Colorado property should have: views, two private lakes full of fish, huge trees, level home sites with underground electric, phone and a well, all in an easily accessible location on a year-round county road. The property is on the Alpine Loop Back Country Byway and is close to public lands access for four-wheeling, hiking, fishing and more!

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South Fork , CO

Beautiful 111 acre with 1086± feet of the Rio Grande River and 71 acres has enchanced pond for fish habitat. This parcel located near South Fork, Colorado on the Rio Grande River. Trees, mature grasses and river frontage. This is not in a homeowner’s association. Views of the mountains and river and an upper pond on the property. Agriculturally exempt. Buy and hold or build your dream home. South Fork sits at the intersection of two highways in Southwest Colorado and serves as the unofficial gateway to true Colorado. Incorporated in 1992, South Fork is one of Colorado’s newest towns but its roots in logging and farming extend prior to the 1870s. As an introduction to the outdoor opportunities offered by the region, South Fork is home to fly fishing on the gold medal waters of the Rio Grande River in the summer and serves as a great winter basecamp for those looking to snowmobile miles of trails to the south or for visitors making the daily trip to Wolf Creek Ski Area. Just 20 minutes from South Fork is phenomenal Wolf Creek Ski Area, which boasts some of Colorado’s best powder skiing. The ski area is also known for having one of the state’s highest annual snowfalls, creating a skier’s paradise with five different lifts, runs for all ability levels, and access to the backcountry. One of South Fork’s most notable areas and attributes is the Rio Grande Club, which features beautiful homes, creeks, a restaurant and an 18-hole championship golf course. The course winds its way along the Rio Grande River, passes beautiful pine and aspen groves, and consists of dramatic elevation changes which provide not only challenging shots but beautiful vistas as well.

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L aVeta, CO

The 2,342¹ square foot rustic homestead was completely rebuilt in 2010. The original building dates to the 1800’s when it was a one-room schoolhouse. The charm of the past has not been lost but enhanced with high-end finishes and a masterful flowing floorplan. The home was meticulously redone with reclaimed wood, flagstone, and wood flooring, exposed vaulted wood beams, tongue and groove ceilings, in-floor radiant heat and a functional Rumford stone fireplace. Accents of copper and tin can be found in the kitchen along with gourmet appliances and gorgeous wood counter-tops. A spacious dining area is located next to the kitchen with glass French doors leading into the living space. The master suite has its own kiva fireplace and French doors leading out to the patio. A rustic farmhouse style bathroom adjoins the master. The guest bedroom is flooded with natural light from its large window and French doors. The room has a beautiful tongue and groove vaulted ceiling. A second bathroom also done in farmhouse style with a unique red brick shower. The character of the homestead keeps on going with its screened-in sleeping porch and beautiful flagstone patios, which are accessible from various locations in the home, giving you that much desired outside entertaining space. Every detail of this magnificent home down to the handmade windows and hand-hewn logs brings the history of this beautiful valley to life.

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Mogote, CO

Lovely alpine vistas, a marvelous trout stream, four-season recreation and one of the nation’s last operating narrow gauge railroads all make the Los Pinos Ranch a rare treasure west of Antonito in the San Juan Mountains of southern Colorado. Anglers, hunters, history buffs and solitude lovers all will appreciate the unique draw of the Rio de Los Pinos Ranch, just waiting for the construction of a very special high-country retreat. The centerpiece of this 287.7± acre ranch is the Rio de Los Pinos itself, an enchanting clear water river, about 20 feet wide, that flows from Trujillo Meadows Reservoir about five miles to the west. On the ranch, it traverses for almost 3/4 of a mile in a series of lovely riffles and oxbow bends through natural grasslands. The river is a productive aquatic insect factory, with strong populations of mayfly, caddisfly and stonefly nymphs, which in turn, feed its wild trout population. Once the native range of Rio Grande Cutthroat trout (some of which populate nearby tributaries) this section of the Los Pinos now supports brown and rainbow trout that run in the 10- 12-inch range, with some reaching 16 inches or so in the deeper pools at the oxbow bends. Best of all, these fish love to take a fly, and the river offers brush-free, dry fly fishing at its finest in the summer months. Beginning fly fishers will find this water perfect for learning the sport, while veteran anglers will enjoy a season’s worth of challenges as well.

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Privacy, improvements, access, location, and views are just some of the key words that help to describe Powderhorn Creek Ranch. The valley views, rock formations and meandering Powderhorn Creek are gracefully accented by a wonderfully built frontier style home. An oversized garage and fully equipped guest quarters are welcome additions to a well laid out master plan of the improvements. Irrigated hay meadows, water rights, a work shop and full equestrian facilities complete this western ranch. The 200Âą private acres are backed into thousands of public acres. At the back door and as a ranch backdrop are the 62,250 protected acres of the Powderhorn Wilderness Area. From a wildlife stand point, the ranch is located in the world famous Big Game Unit 66. The terrain, location, and habitat make the ranch a spectacular place and the total acres make it eligible for land owner preference applications. Unit 66 boasts well managed deer and elk herds with trophy bucks and bulls. Whether you like the challenge of the hunt or to walk where few tread, you can enjoy both from Powderhorn Creek Ranch.

$1,395,000

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L ake City, CO

This could be the vacation home location of your dreams. This property offers you 800 Âą feet of the Lake Fork of the Gunnison River, which provides exceptional private fishing. Big views of Round Top and Red Mountain can be seen from multiple vantage points and potential home sites along with breathtaking views of the canyon walls on the property. Feels like country living yet close to town. Easy access from Highway 149 and no covenants. The property has year round access and maintained roads. This is the ultimate property with river, views, and privacy! Owner Financing. $1,400,000

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L ake City, CO

The Island on Lake San Cristobal boasts a highly coveted home site which features unparalleled and unobstructed views of Colorado’s second largest natural lake. The 10.3 ¹ acre island has its own boat dock with four spaces, a beautifully constructed boat house with storage space, and wonderful lake fishing spots. Enjoy views from the other smaller islands or from the lighted steel cable bridge that connects the three pieces of land. A well is in place and underground electric to the property has recently been added. All this beauty is only minutes from the town of Lake City and its amenities. Great stream fishing is located just a half mile from the island as is a multitude of outdoor recreation opportunities. $1,450,000

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L ake City, CO

The Ranch hosts 4,000 ± ft. of the Lake Fork of the Gunnison River on 39 ± acres that complement an expertly designed and executed trout lake filled with line-breaking rainbows and brown trout. While an astounding fishing property, this ranch will also overwhelm you with its high alpine San Juan Mountain views and local recreational opportunities. While wonderfully private, this tract is less than five minutes from Colorado’s second largest natural lake, Lake San Cristobal. The properties’ key location provides quick and easy access to historic Lake City, Colorado and the limitless sea of protected public lands out the gate. Property improvements include improved roads and home sites, and an existing water well and toy storage shed. This is the perfect canvas with terrain, live water and outstanding alpine views from which to create your Colorado dream home. $1,695,000

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R o y a l E l k P l a c e - Pagosa Springs, CO Sweeping mountain and valley views abound from this immaculate 4,817 square foot, 3-bedroom, 3 bath, 2-car garage, full-round log home situated on 35+ acres with water rights, irrigated pasture, a pond, and a 2,400 square foot metal building/ barn just 2.5 miles from downtown Pagosa Springs. The home, constructed with full-round Doug Fir logs and native stone perched on top of the ridge for unblockable views and privacy is Colorado living at its finest. The warm interior centers around a wood-burning masonry fireplace, cathedral T&G ceiling, Ash hardwood floors, abundant windows and log details. The range, double ovens, Sub-Zero refrigerator, and abundant storage open to the dining area and outdoor deck with the laundry/mud room tucked behind the kitchen for convenience. Located on the main level is the master suite with French doors to the deck, walk in closet, travertine flooring and a shower, and a jetted tub. One guest room and bath/powder room are also on the main level. The finished walk-out basement includes a large bonus room, office/hobby room, guest bedroom, full bathroom, large storage closets and the perfect entertainment spot. The recreation room is decked out with a custom wet-bar with an ice-maker, wine fridge , beer fridge, microwave, dishwasher, gas-log masonry fireplace, and room for a pool table or ping pong table. This room opens out onto a stamped concrete covered patio and yard area. The over-sized garage has plenty of extra room for your gear and toys, as well as a 220 outlet for your tools. The exterior landscape is watered by an automated sprinkler and drip system. The metal building/barn equipped with a 3/4 bath, insulated tack room, overhead storage, 240 voltage and exterior covered storage can easily be modified to add stalls. In the metal building location are full hookup RV parking and a large round pen constructed with welded pipe fencing. Water rights for the pond and the 17 irrigated acres come from the Mesa Ditch Company; the Seller will convey 12 shares .

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C o n e j o s C a n y o n R a n c h - Magota, CO

Conejos Canyon Ranch is one of the premier fly-fishing properties on the Conejos River. Located in Conejos County, at the southern end of Colorado’s beautiful San Luis Valley. The 73.50¹ acre ranch has bragging rights over almost a mile of improved Conejos River frontage. The Conejos River is a tributary of the Rio Grande. The residence is 2,328 square feet offering 3 bedrooms and 3 baths and offers an open floor plan. The living, dining, and kitchen are all open with large picture windows and sliding glass doors opening to a large deck. The deck overlooks the river offering beautiful views of the river and surrounding mountains. Two bedrooms are located on the main floor along with a full bath. Beautiful tongue and groove ceilings, custom cabinets, and a woodburning stone fireplace make for a true quintessential Colorado cabin. The finished walk-out basement is home to a bunkroom and two baths. Also, two attached garages with the ability to house up to 5 vehicles and your mountain toys. The ranch is in Game Management Unit 81. The unit is known for good elk hunting in challenging terrain. Wildlife is abundant in the area due to good water resources. One can see deer, elk, bear, geese, beavers and many other types of wildlife.

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F l y i n g H R a n c h - Montrose, CO

The Flying H Ranch is a historic ranch holding, the last parcel of a 6,000 plus acre dynasty in the Montrose valley. This home parcel of the Flying H ranch was the pick of the litter for generations, offering unparalleled views of the west top skyline of Dallas Divide and the Uncompahgre Range. Nestled in Big Game Unit 62, the ranch has exceptional wildlife due to being backed into the remote Horse Fly Canyon, the natural migration routes of the regional big game coupled with the well-watered habitat improved by 1,360Âą shares of the La Tierra Ditch. The ranch offers end of the road privacy, improved meadows, unparalleled views, a direct access to limitless adventure all coupled with the convenience of city water, and direct access to Montrose.

$1,895,000

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U p p e r P i e d r a R a n c h - Pagosa Springs, CO Rare find in the upper Piedra. Can be purchased in (2) 35± acre tracts or one gorgeous 73.21± acres on the Middle Fork of the Piedra River. Stunning property, no conservation easements, ag exempt status, good roadway system in place, water rights and power has been installed on the property. Beautiful piece of property. This property is being split off a 144± acre ranch. Every detail has been thought of and executed perfectly. Rare gem with many possibilities.

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Gunnison, CO Five ranch parcels may be sold individually 182± Acres at $425,000 each.

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Privacy, year-round accessibility, and Colorado views are key factors to the 911.92± acres that make up the Sapinero Ranch. Located just 22± miles west of Gunnison, Colorado and 39± miles east of Montrose, Colorado. The ranch starts at an elevation of 7,600± ft. and rises to a height of 8,400± ft. Sapinero Ranch offers exceptional views of the West Elk Mountain Range, the Lake Fork of the Gunnison River basin, Curecanti National Park and the world famous Pinnacle Rock formation located on the shores of Colorado’s largest body of water, the Blue Mesa Reservoir. The west ranch gate is located 2± miles from the Lake Fork Marina providing excellent boating access onto one of Colorado’s finest fresh water fisheries that holds many of the state fishing records. Rolling terrain, gamble oak, sage and pine forest make up the entirety of Sapinero Ranch. Located in Big Game Unit 66, this piece of land is nestled in one of the finest big game units in Colorado, offering exceptional wildlife. The ranch is in the Colorado Parks and Wildlife Big Game Land Owner Preference Program, giving the ranch owner the possibility to enjoy hunting this exclusive ranch and unit year after year. The Ranch is fully conserved with several amazing building sites. This is a great opportunity to own an amazing tract of land that has endless recreational opportunities. $1,999,000

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O l e o R a n c h - L ake City, CO At 10,500 feet, Oleo Guest Ranch offers rustic Colorado vacation cabin rentals. The mountain cabins are located in a remote part of southwest Colorado (between Creede and Lake City) and are surrounded by some of the most beautiful scenery the Rocky Mountains have to offer. Each secluded mountain cabin offers privacy and breathtaking views with comfortable accommodations. The ranch’s water is drawn directly out of the mountain the cabins are built upon. Propane gas runs appliances, lights and heats water for the kitchens and bathrooms. Recreational activities at Oleo include miles and miles of scenic trails for mountain hiking/climbing, photography, fishing, or just relaxing. Moose and Elk are often seen and several kinds of hummingbirds are always around the many cabin feeders. The colorful wildflowers in summer, the wind blowing through the aspens, and the spectacular fall foliage are nature at its best. Five stocked ponds and 1.5 miles of streams provide guests with private fishing, so beginners to avid fly fishermen will have ample opportunity to wet their lines. Peace and quiet is not something you have to seek out at Oleo… the wind blowing through the aspens will be the only thing you’ll hear while reading your book on the deck. $2,495,000

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S i x J ’ s R a n c h - Powderhorn, CO

Six J’s Ranch can best be described as a live water ranch, centered by the world-famous trout stream, Cebolla Creek. The Six J’s Ranch is enhanced by three cultured trout lakes designed by one of the west top water restoration specialists. From trout stream to spectacular lakes and senior water rights the Six J’s Ranch’s historic footprint has been a huge part of Southern Colorado. The property was a well-known and respected guest ranch, named after the owners six daughters, for decades families called this ranch their part of Colorado. Under new ownership the ranch has strived to convert this property to the western greatness it was so well known for. Restoring the original name is just a part of its path to greatness. This property has been converted from the ground up, from new utilities and services to hand picking and restoring the historic western accommodations to fulfill its journey for generations to come. The ranch offers the whole western package, appropriate and fitting improvements, a riverfront main home and three outstanding guest cabins all coupled with direct access to a lifetime of world class recreation. From the lakefront lodge to the riverfront main home in addition to keeping a preserving 3 of the 17 original guest cabins, the owner’s goal was to respect the history, and redeem and restore the greatness of Six J’s Ranch at this outstanding location.

$2,500,000

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Gateway Ranch consists of almost 42 acres of meadow and riparian woodlands adjoining the Lake Fork of the Gunnison River, at an elevation of 8000 feet. Approximately half of the acreage is an irrigated meadow suitable for hay and/or grazing horses or cattle. Water rights on the ranch are quite senior in appropriation and easily meet the needs of irrigation. The main ranch house was built in 2010 and overlooks the river. It features 3 bedrooms, 3.5 baths and a lovely screened porch for relaxing in the clean mountain air. The home’s great room features high, open-beamed ceilings and a memorable stone fireplace. A gourmet kitchen and dining area accommodates plenty of hungry anglers after a day on the river. There’s also plenty of room for family and guests with the nearby 1,200±-square foot guest house, with 2 bedrooms and 2 baths. Both homes are meticulously and tastefully decorated throughout and are situated to maximize the incredible mountain views.

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L o n e s o m e R a n c h - South Fork , CO

Epic views surround this stunning 574± acre ranch nestled in the mountain valleys of the San Luis Valley. Situated along 2,600± feet of gold medal trophy trout waters of the Rio Grande River. The ranch has an abundance of water, with 1.05 C.F.S. of senior water rights and 42.81± C.F.S. of junior water rights. It has two center pivot irrigation systems that provide water for approximately 260± acres with hay production, and another 30± acres sub-irrigated by river bottom. There are fertile meadows and dramatic rock bluffs framed by the Rocky Mountains in all directions. Numerous ponds are home to migrating geese and duck populations. The ranch provides home to deer, elk, pronghorn antelope, and occasional bears, lynx, and fox as well as many other wildlife species. The ranch is entirely located in Wildlife Management draw unit 79 for which landowner vouchers may be applied. Located within 10 minutes of the Rio Grande Club Championship 18-hole golf course, and a short 17 miles to Wolf Creek Ski area for the most champagne powder in the state. Trophy fishing and hunting on the ranch and public lands are within minutes in any direction. Improvements include two homes on the property for a total of over 5,700± square feet of living space. One of the homes is currently receiving rental income. In addition, there is a large shop, hay barn, corrals, grain bins, sheds, and the property is fenced and cross fenced.

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R e d H a w k R a n c h - Crested Butte, CO Red Hawk Ranch, high in the West Elk Mountains near Crested Butte, Colorado, you’ll not only be “away from it all”, but also “above it all”. This 923± acre wilderness ranch boasts sweeping views of the magnificent Ohio Creek Valley that will be shared only by you and the eagles. If you’re interested in having your nearest neighbors be elk, mule deer, black bears and lush meadows of wildflowers, Red Hawk Ranch is the wilderness hunting retreat of your dreams. A 3,045± square foot lodge serves as headquarters for this magnificent property. It includes four bedrooms, full kitchen, storage garage and a vaulted great room filled with trophy mounts. Spectacular high country views can be enjoyed from its large deck. The lodge is entirely off-gird, powered by a solar system with generator backup.

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J u n i p e r M o u n t a i n R a n c h - Craig , CO

Juniper Mountain Ranch occupies the heart of untamed northwest Colorado, only a few miles from the ranching hamlet of Maybell. At 6,972.40± deeded acres, it’s an impressive spread that covers rolling hills of pinon/juniper woodlands and sagebrush bottomlands at elevations of 6,100 to 6,800 feet, surrounding the local landmark of 7,847-foot Juniper Mountain. With an attendant State lease and a 5,800-acre BLM grazing permit, over 20 square miles of territory fall under its domain. For years it has been productive grazing ground for 800 animal units, comprised of both cattle and sheep. Juniper Mountain Ranch is easily accessible from US Highway 40 and thus not far from some of the West’s most spectacular recreational opportunities. The resort town of Steamboat Springs is less than 90 minutes to the east, offering world-class downhill skiing, and Dinosaur National Monument, with its incredible fossil beds and spectacular sandstone canyons, lies only 45 minutes to the west. The Yampa River flows just north of the ranch, featuring renowned white water rafting and some of the best smallmouth bass fishing in the state.

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Gunnison, CO

Comprising 737± acres at about 8,000 feet, most of the Circle J Ranch lies in grass and hay meadows, surrounded by sagebrush hills. 2.49± miles of Quartz Creek winds through the ranch property. Tributary Alder Creek is a smaller stream that runs for 2.69± miles on the ranch and is excellent habitat for both brown and brook trout. Improvements on the ranch include the large historic barn, complete fencing, and a classic two-story ranch house, which was constructed in 1914. It contains 1,952± square feet and has three bedrooms and two baths. A strategically situated deck allows you to enjoy many incomparable Colorado summer evenings to the soothing sounds of Alder Creek murmuring nearby.

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The Piedra Forks Ranch is a fly fishing haven. The ranch is comprised of 169.32± acres of wilderness, meadows, and live water. Offering numerous fishing arenas with 1.2± miles of the East Fork River and .73± miles of the Middle Fork River. There is a 1.23± acre lake on the ranch. The ranch offers breathtaking views of the San Juan Mountains and Weminuche Range. Impressive improvements include a 2,976± square foot main home with 2 bedrooms, 2.5 baths. This stunning log home is perched on one of the highest points of the ranch. The home has been recognized in both the Smithsonian and Sunset magazines. The home was designed by Peter H. Dominick Jr., a distinguished graduate of the Yale School of Architecture. It offers an inviting open floor plan, captivating rock fireplace, tons of windows that provide the home with an abundance of natural light. Sunrise and sunset porches for amazing viewing and a cozy hot tub to enjoy the outdoors to its fullest. Additional ranch improvements include a 2 bedroom, 2 bath; 1,116± square foot guest home with an attached garage and amazing outdoor fireplace; 544± square foot 1 bed, 1 bath rustic cabin and finally a 1 room 360± square foot fishing cabin located right on the river bank of the East Fork of the Piedra River. The Ranch has a conservation easement to preserve its outstanding beauty, with an option left to still build an additional cabin and barn. $4,900,000

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Powderhorn, CO

Nestled between two breathtaking canyons, Ivordt Ranch is an end of the road, 680± acre sanctuary peppered with old growth spruce, Ponderosa pines, quaking aspens with close to 2± miles of willow-lined, trout-filled Powderhorn Creek cutting through lush irrigated hay meadows. 62,000± acres of the Powderhorn Wilderness await you at your fence line, with well managed heard of mule deer and elk in legendary Big Game Unit 66. This ranch is tailor made for a serious fishery enhancement, with water rights, elevation, slope, water source and natural terrain. Located halfway between Lake City and Gunnison, Ivordt Ranch has access to unlimited winter, summer, and fall recreation, creating the perfect mountain property.

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Marbella at Black Canyon R anch N a t i o n a l Pa r k - Montrose,CO

This one of a kind 33.269 acres nestled into a 30,000 acre American national park. Secured gated entrance, plus a locked federal gate on the East Portal Road five months of the year, delivers outstanding privacy and seclusion. From this home, you will never, for all eternity, see another home, or the lights of another home. All of the land in the veranda viewshed is federally controlled national park land‌ locked away forever. An amazing home designed by Arizona architect Michael C. Daily as a single story structure with southwestern Santa Fe style architecture, the home has an extremely high luxury level of finish. The home is a prototype, constructed with steel, Rastra and other materials that make it noncombustible. This amazine 33.269 acre parcel was originally part of a larger 112.497 acre park private inholding owned by the seller. The seller sold an adjacent 79.228 acre parcel in 2010 for $2,120,000 cash, unimproved, undeveloped and deed restricted to one single family residence on a designated 20 acre footprint . . . no power, no water, no sewer, no surfaced road. NOTE: In January 2016, during the Centennial Celebration of the National Park Service, this 79.228 acre parcel was generously GIFTED to the National Park Service by owner Elliotsville Plantation, Inc. The subject 33.269 acre parcel is now an island of private land inside the national park (nonconservation easement).

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I n d i a n C r e e k R a n c h - L aVeta,CO

Indian Creek Ranch sits on center stage on 875± acres in one of Mother Nature’s virtuoso performances. This is the heartbeat of Spanish Peaks Country and its handcrafted Lodge is as bold and beautiful as the panorama that surrounds it! The 16,000 square foot custom lodge features impressive high ceilings, oversized picture windows, masterful stonework and massive log timbers. The fully furnished home includes many European antiques and an extensive western art collection. All the common areas of the home are spacious enough for large gatherings yet cozy enough for quiet reflection. Five fireplaces create ambiance and in-floor radiant heat adds a gentle blanket of comfort throughout the home. Ambient light spills into the Master Chef ’s Kitchen, which features commercial grade appliances, custom cabinetry and solid granite counter tops. A historic Royal Charter Oak Dual Range is the room’s centerpiece. Each of the Lodge’s eight bedrooms have private baths. Four of the Guest Suites encompass over 1,000 square feet each and include kitchenettes, living areas, fireplaces and direct outdoor access. Indian Creek Ranch covers 873 fenced and cross-fenced acres and includes roughly 140 acres of productive hay fields. Long summer growing seasons and mild Southern Colorado winters add up to superior year-round grazing. The ranch has been under the watchful eye of attentive management and proud ownership.

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C entennial R anch -

Ouray County, CO

Centennial Ranch is the result of one man’s dream to preserve, for future generations, a small piece of this nation’s rich heritage. This heritage was forged by a strong work ethic, dedication, following the basic cycles of life and having to adapt to whatever those cycles dictated. Centennial means spending time outside, being connected to a place and the land, responsibility and closeness with family and neighbors. It is a life that follows the changing of weather and climate as well as the ebb and flow of the river. It is the children raised doing meaningful work, experiencing an intimate connection with the land and learning to value what is truly important. It is the sound of the cowboys, horses and cows during the fall gather, the smell of newly cut hay, the tracks of deer in the snow and the music of the river as it passes by each day.

Particulars • 392.18 acres

• 97.6 irrigated acres

• ½ mile of private river frontage

• 8.25 cfs of irrigation water in two ditches • 6,064-sq.-ft. custom ranch house

• Timber-frame barn and authentic line cabin

• Employee housing, equipment sheds, calving shed, corrals and machine shop

• Supports 60-75 head of Hereford/Angus cattle; self-sufficient in hay production

• Protected by a conservation easement that allows for construction of an additional 15,000-sq.-ft home as well as additional employee housing and a ranch office

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R ed Cloud R anch -

L ake City , CO

Red Cloud Ranch is comprised of 405.16± deeded acres nestled in a sea of public lands. The ranch lies on the Lake Fork River valley floor nestled below a skyline of 14,000 ft. peaks. Offering timbered forest, open irrigated ranch meadows, two custom trout lakes and over 1.5± miles of exceptional trout stream. The ranch is the definition of a Rocky Mountain Paradise illustrating breathless views, renowned improvements with opportunity seldom found in the west. The 27,000± sq. ft. main lodge is constructed of giant logs and custom western accents throughout, 13 personal suites, 30’ moss rock stone fireplace, giant great room, commercial kitchen all accented by a spacious deck. The Ranch offers a complete retreat facility, from the 37,000± sq. ft. equestrian complex to the adventure high ropes course. Accompanied by seven custom dorms, five outstanding Swedish cope log homes, fully equipped in floor heated shop and work building & more. Seldom do you find this type of mountain property with constructed amenities to meet “any” size family or group.

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• 405± Acres • Water Rights • River Front • 2 Ponds • 27,000± Sq. Ft. Log Lodge • Guest Homes, Dorms, Bunk Houses, Workshops, Chapel • Equestrian Center $9,800,000 Reduced to $7,900,000

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P i c k B a r R a n c h - Bayfield,

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The Pick Bar Ranch occupies 1,008.9Âą acres in the scenic Pine River valley, a few miles north of Bayfield, on the main road to Vallecito Reservoir. Located at approximately 7,000 feet, the ranch has a mountain section and a meadow section. The eastern mountain section is dominated by extensive forests of mature ponderosa pine, with abundant draws to shelter mule deer, elk and black bear. The western meadow section contains the ranch headquarters, irrigated meadowlands and the riparian corridor of the Pine River, vegetated with a lovely mix of pines and native cottonwoods. Water makes or breaks ranches in southern Colorado, and the Pick Bar Ranch is blessed with over a mile of the coveted Pine River, and a mile of its tributary, Bear Creek. Senior water rights of a healthy 3.278 c.f.s. ensures that nearly 200 acres of hay is well-watered, including a 1/4-mile radius pivot. As a result, the ranch has been a solid cattle producer since 1883, and currently supports up to 70 AUs year-round, with winter pasture and summer grazing all available on-property. The Pine River is a closely guarded fishery among those who are fortunate enough to control access to it. Rich in insect life, and partially controlled by the outflow from Vallecito Reservoir, the Pine can produce some of the largest brown and rainbow trout in Colorado. Not far upstream from the Pick Bar Ranch, a 40-inch rainbow was recently caught, and trophy browns and rainbows in the multi-pound category live throughout the river, including on the mile of river on the Pick Bar Ranch. Careful riparian habitat management and engineered habitat improvements ensure that the Pine on the Pick Bar will continue to grow and retain trout of bragging proportions. The mountain portion of the ranch adjoins public land in the 2.5-million-acre San Juan National Forest, which makes for hunting opportunities for both mule deer and elk. Both species can often be seen on the ranch, especially when early snow pushes them to lower elevations. Improvements on the ranch equip it to be an ideal equestrian site, including a classic red barn, 75x175 indoor riding arena and an outdoor arena. Wonderful riding opportunities are abundant on both the meadow and mountain sections of the ranch, and the climate is mild enough to keep horses yearround. Other recreational amenities on the ranch include dog kennel, private shooting range and a small bass pond. An impressive gated entry leads to the Pick Bar Ranch headquarters, with its historic three-story home and wraparound porch. A second, newer home nearby allows ample room for ranch help, or can serve as a guest house and underground sprinkler system keeps the lovely grounds well-watered.

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M4 RANCH GROUP A Brand of Excellence W R I T T E N BY L OR I E A . WO ODWA R D OF L A N D M AGA Z I N E

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rothers Dan and Michael Murphy, owners of M4 Ranch Group based in Lake City, Colorado, are leaving their mark—well, actually their brand—on Colorado ranch real estate. “ T h e Rocking M4 brand is way more than just a logo—it’s our family ranch brand,” Dan said. “It says a lot about who we are and what we do.” It is a Murphy family tradition that when the children turn 18, they receive a belt buckle emblazoned with the Rocking M4 brand. “When my dad handed my son Jake his family belt buckle on his 18th birthday, it was one of the proudest moments of my life,” Dan said. “It was a symbolic statement of the honor and pride associated with our western history—and the responsibility to honor and uphold it as the next generation.”

“The Rocking M4 brand is way more than just a logo–it’s our family ranch brand”

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An expectation of excellence that results from hard work is part of the family inheritance—and it’s not lost on the next generation. Jake, in a recent paper for a class at Western State University, where he, as a student athlete, is pursuing a double major in business and environmental sustainability while earning his real estate license, quoted his grandfather, “Work half a day—do whatever you want with the other 12 hours.” “I got a kick out of the paper because it proves the family brand goes far beyond an identifying mark,” Dan said. “It is a statement of trust and excellence.” In hindsight, the family brand seems obvious as the choice for the ranch division’s logo, but it was selected after extensive research and an outside evaluation of the team’s strengths and identity. “After all of the time, money and research, the most descriptive and meaningful name for the ranch division had been right in front of us,” Dan said. Because it carries so much meaning, applying the brand to their business is not a responsibility the brothers take lightly. Michael said, “Our name and our history is on this company, so we strive to be the best we can be in every aspect of this business. We never forget that M4 Ranch Group directly reflects on our family’s legacy.” The ancestors have reason to be proud. Team Murphy, the parent company, has been a driving force in recreational real estate for decades. The M4 Ranch Group division has, after just three seasons in ranch sales, already risen to the top of Colorado land brokerages, selling roughly 100,000 acres in mountain ranches in 2017.

known for trading off the western Colorado Rockies in 1850 to help retire the then-republic’s debt. “Our family has been trading in the Mountain West for more than 170 years,” Michael joked. Despite the constant joking and laughter, the brothers

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take their business very seriously. Neither likes to lose. Their highly competitive natures don’t cause problems in the office because they’re tempered by an inherent belief in fair dealing with each other as well as team members, clients and colleagues. Plus, they have an abiding respect for the different skill sets each of them developed in the years they worked apart. Dan built his first career on his passion for the outdoors; few things in life meant more than being in the field where his respect for nature and the role of man’s stewardship grew. “I spent at least a hundred nights a year sleeping in a sleeping bag, for more than 20 years,” he said. As he was preparing to depart for Africa to finish school, he met Michelle DePinto, a ballerina who lived in Denver. After a long distance relationship, she traded in her pointe shoes and urban existence for a life off the beaten path as the “best partner a man could find.” Under the banner of MMLO Outfitting, they owned and operated an outfitting business that took clients in pursuit of the West’s top big game in the back country of Colorado, Alaska and Montana. To succeed as an outfitter, he not only had to master the art of hospitality and client relations, but also the natural history and behavior of big game, federal and state regulations, habitat management and the principles of business. In the meantime, Michael took his passion for the outdoors in a different direction, turning his attention to the land’s bounty as a classically trained French chef.

“Our name and our history is on this company, so we strive to be the best we can be in every aspect of this business. We never forget that M4 Ranch Group directly reflects on our family’s legacy.”

The M4 Brand of Business

The family, who has put down deep roots in Colorado over the past 40 years, can trace their ancestry back to the settling of the western frontier. The Murphy’s are direct descendants of Mirabeau B. Lamar, the second President of the Republic of Texas, best

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“I love anything to do with food—hunting it, catching it, preparing it,” he said. Eventually, though, he left the kitchen for the beverage business. He helped grow the American Beverage Company in San Antonio from a small upstart company to a major distributor that counted 70 percent of Texas as its territory. Then he returned to Colorado, where he was on the leading edge of the craft brewery movement as part of New Belgium Brewing. As part of that team, Michael opened a Southwestern sales territory for the brewery’s products, including Fat Tire, and further refined his marketing chops in an emerging industry, knowledge that he now applies to rural real estate. Both brothers were carving out their places at the top of their respective fields when Dan recognized that the outfitting business kept him away from Michelle and their young children too much for his taste. After 20 years in the outfitting business, Dan and Michelle decided to fold the tents at the peak of that career.

The M4 Brand of Real Estate

Believing that the Mountain West real estate industry would provide an ideal environment for their work ethic, knowledge of the outdoors, and vast network, Dan and Michelle launched Team Murphy Realty. “We like to call Michelle the ‘Closer,’” Dan said, pointing out that she gives the team a focal point of concentration and, with a Master’s degree in Business and Marketing, has the ability to bring the “high-flying, bigpicture goals into a grounded, getthe-details-done perspective.” They enlisted the expertise of the immediate family. Parents, Tom and Midge Murphy, lend their talents to the team. “Our dad is an exceptional businessman and has trained us since we were in diapers—and no one can make people feel more welcome than our mother,” Dan said. Michael and his wife Sandy succumbed to the call of the wild— and of the family. “When the family decided to get into the real estate industry, I wanted to be

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part of it,” he said. Michael brought with him marketing and business networking acumen as well as a passion for the West’s live water and anything that swims in it. Sandy, who is a paralegal, ensures that the flood of paperwork flow smoothly, so transactions are completed as efficiently as possible. In addition to the immediate family, the real estate family includes 10 associates divided between offices in Lake City, Pagosa Springs and South Fork. “Everybody in this company is family, either by blood or by choice, so there’s never any question that everyone is giving 100 percent,” Michael said. “Our goal is simple: Efficiency achieved by great people with great knowledge and work ethics.” The shared commitment and unique office dynamic gives Michael and Dan the freedom to roam. “Ranch real estate gives us a chance to experience incredibly spectacular land just as I did as an outfitter,” Dan said. From February through October this year, they collectively logged more than 70,000 miles exploring and showing ranches—and the odometer is still turning. “Our goal from the outset was to be the best informed brokers in Colorado and northern New Mexico,” Michael said. “We work hard to acquire personal, first-hand knowledge of all of the ranches in the marketplace.”

The M4 Brand of Life

Lake City, which serves as the hub of Team Murphy Realty and M4 Ranch Group, has 400 residents and is the only town in Hinsdale County, the nation’s most remote county. The town is situated in a valley deep in the San Juan Mountains at the base of five 14,000-foot peaks. Lake City also has more Fortune 500 CEOs per capita than any other town in the country. “They call this place home because this area is not about what you have, but more about what elk you harvest or the fly used to land the latest trout,” Dan said laughing. Once, Dan was helping a neighbor—a hell-bent-for-leather oldtimer—drive cattle. They were joined by one of these CEOs, whose company refines about two-thirds of the oil in the U.S. He had parked his Gulfstream III at the airport and driven his 1979 Ford pickup to the cattle drive.

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According to Dan, the CEO’s cowboying skills favorably impressed the veteran cowhand, who said to the CEO, “You need some cash? You could probably make some decent money with day work around here.” The CEO responded, “I’m doing ok on cash.” The story resonates with Dan and Michael not only because it is par for the course but it reinforces their parents’ teachings to treat every “book” respectfully regardless of its “cover.” The Golden Rule is one of the family’s core values that is also at the heart of the company. “We’re real people living in the best part of the U.S., living what we do—and what we believe,” Michael said. “Obviously we’re in the real estate business, but from our perspective we’re really in the relationship business.”

The M4 Brand of Marketing

M4 attributes a great deal of their success to an aggressive marketing strategy. They utilize the most cutting-edge technology and a variety of deep integrated digital marketing tactics, in addition to proven and established print media, including two in-house magazines featuring the full scope of their listings, and national impact print marketing. They also regularly attend gatherings of a wide variety of organizations such as the Colorado Cattlemen’s Association because they “want to know everyone connected with land through livestock and wildlife.” The brothers take great pleasure in really getting to know people outside of their offices. Relationships thrive and understanding grows when people get away from the constant pinging of cell phones and out of the relentless reach of email. To that end, they employ—and enjoy— their “handshake” marketing initiative. The Murphy’s put current and prospective clients in the field for local events: floating the Rio Grande River during the famous salmon fly hatch during M4’s Wild Trout Week or riding the Rockies horseback on the 100mile annual Roundup Ride. They also sponsor and guide hunts for one of their favorite charities, the Colors of Heroes hunts celebrating the sacrifices of our veterans. “Our goal is not just selling the ranches we are blessed to work on, but building something bigger and longer lasting than a closing,” Dan said.

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The M4 Brand of Stewardship The Murphy’s love of people and wildlife has inspired the brothers to be heavily involved in protecting the western lifestyle. “Generally, most land is managed better privately than publicly due to the landowners’ passion, finances and ability to make and carry out a decision,” Dan said. “The private, long-term commitment to manage for the most diversity is far beyond most government agency’s desires or capabilities.” The brothers characterize their philosophy as “cowboy conservatism” noting that their first line of defense for the western lifestyle is firsthand knowledge gained through leadership at the local and state levels. Dan is currently serving on the Upper Gunnison Water Advisory Group, the Sportsman’s Round Table and its advisory committee to the Colorado Parks and Wildlife Department. He previously served on the Big Game License Application, Big Game Allocation Program, the Colorado Wildlife Federation and the Hinsdale Planning Commission. Michael served as a Lake City Town Trustee, Chairman of the Hinsdale County/Town of Lake City Marketing Committee, and currently sits on the advisory committee for both the Agricultural and Public Lands and the Neutral Resources, as well as representing Hinsdale County on the Club 20 Board of Directors. “Being on the front lines of emerging issues helps us help landowners,” Michael said. “We have insight into the debates, the regulations, the concerns and the challenges because we’re engaged in the process.” One of the team’s most important duties is “match making.” The team excels at identifying the right property for the right buyers—and helping the new owners see what the property can become with good stewardship. “Our job is to understand a property,” Dan said. The M4 Ranch Group relies on cutting-edge technology in all aspects of the business, including their own 3D virtual camera, drone filming and editing department to showcase the height, depth, breadth and nuances of each property. The Murphy’s’ goal is to give potential buyers a true sense of a ranch before they ever tour it. Once boots are on the ground, the brothers use their experience and expansive network of restoration and preservation professionals to help

the potential owners see what the land can be rather than simply what it is. For instance, if a ranch has a degraded stream, the brothers help the client understand what it will take to restore it to a healthy, productive fishery. “We’re the concierges of conservation,” Michael said, noting they introduce landowners to some of the best conservation practitioners in their respective fields. Together, they’ve prompted the restoration of miles upon miles of streams and thousands of acres of habitat. This has helped greatly increase the value of numerous ranches while greatly increasing the volume of habitat Colorado’s wildlife depends on. To keep space open in the west, the intrinsic value of undeveloped land has to be recognized, they believe. “Habitat has value from an ecological and emotional standpoint as well as a financial one,” Dan said. To be clear, conservation work is not an income stream for the business, but a passion. “What makes us proudest is sharing what we’ve helped conserve with generations to come,” Dan said. When we’ve helped build legacy ranches that families can convey to their children or when we see a kid reel in a big brown or a cutthroat on a fly while fishing an enhanced stream, the circle is complete. We’ve passed forward what’s important to us.” He continued, “Our family and team understand that we’re on this earth for a limited amount of time and it’s about leaving this place better than we found it. For us, that means creating a legacy through relationships and conservation.”

“Our family and team understand that we’re on this earth for a limited amount of time and it’s about leaving this place better than we found it. For us, that means creating a legacy through relationships and conservation.”

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L ake City, CO

Located just outside of the mountain town of Lake City, Colorado. The cabin overlooks the Lake Fork Valley and the protected 103,000± acres of the Big Blue Uncompahgre Wilderness area. Sitting on its own 42.73± acres this off-grid 2,067± square foot D-Log cabin gives you privacy with the convenience of being close to amenities. The cabin offers 3 bedrooms, 3 baths with open plan living, tongue & groove ceilings, granite countertops, pine floors, main floor master, and a finished walk-out basement. A detached 775± sq. ft. garage, wood burning hot tub and several decks complete this off-grid beauty. With its many decks and large windows, you can take in the views of Crystal Peak, Red Mountain and Silver Mountain not to mention some of the best sunsets and dark skies for star gazing. The property is in GMU 66, giving you direct access into one of the top elk migration routes and backs into public lands, giving endless possibilities for adventure.

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H idden R iver Home -

L ake City, CO

Hidden just off of the highway and perched above the Lake Fork of the Gunnison River is a stunning home on 5.37 ± acres with 900 ± feet of river frontage. At 6,460± sq. ft. with six bedrooms and five and a half baths, there is plenty of room for family and friends. Upon walking in the front door, the large living area greets guests with a two story stone fireplace. The open living area leads to the beautiful kitchen, complete with river rock accents, large island, plenty of storage and rustic style tin ceiling. Adjacent to the kitchen is the dining area with large windows, perfect for enjoying the views while enjoying a meal. Also on the main floor is a spacious master suite with deck access and luxurious bathroom. Local mountain scenes adorn the large walk in shower’s sandblasted glass and the large walk-in closet boasts lots of storage. As luxurious as the main living floor is, the basement level offers its own type of luxury combined with comfortable living. Its master bedroom offers deck access and features four built-in bunk beds. The large game room and bar create a great atmosphere for entertaining or relaxing. Also on the walk-out basement level are an exercise room, large mud room, laundry room, guest bathroom and large, heated 2 car garage. The third floor is home to four bedrooms, two baths and a loft. The 3,000 ± sq. ft. deck and impeccably manicured lawn create additional opportunities for entertaining or just taking in the breathtaking views of the mountains and river.

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R i v e r - L ake City,CO

Sitting on the Lake Fork of the Gunnison River, this magnificent 3,129¹ sq. ft. log home offers luxurious living both inside and out. The main floor living area has flagstone floors features an open kitchen and dining area and large living area, complete with an eye-catching floor to ceiling stone fireplace. The large windows and skylights create a bright and airy atmosphere that is great for entertaining or just enjoying the views. The main floor master suite looks out onto the river and impeccably manicured lawn. In addition, there is also a guest bedroom, laundry room and a half bath on the main floor. Upstairs, a small loft connects the additional master suite with its private balcony overlooking the river and grounds. An additional large guest room with private bath finishes the second level. A large porch that is partially covered wraps around the home and is a great place to enjoy the sounds of the river. During the warmer months, guests will appreciate the built-in fire pit and covered picnic area, or they can try their hand at fishing from the hot tub located at the water’s edge. The guest quarters above the detached oversized two car garage are a wonderful addition for added privacy. There is also another 1 car garage/workshop for your Colorado toys or added storage. This haven on the river is accessible year-round.

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Creede, CO

Magnificent with awe-inspiring views of the upper Rio Grande River valley. This custom 8,242 Âą square foot home fitted with floor to ceiling windows sitting on the hillside giving way to the most incredible views in this part of Colorado. The home was built using high-end materials and finishes. It has five bedrooms, eight bathrooms, an enormous gourmet kitchen, formal separate dining area, several living areas/family rooms, office areas, expansive and private master suite, sunroom, two fireplaces, two 2-car attached garages (one on each end of the home) with heated concrete, numerous porches, decks, and of course unparalleled views. Additionally, on the property is a large detached garage and separate shop with plenty of storage for all your high alpine toys. A beautifully placed gazebo with fire stove to enjoy those long summer evenings. All located on 30.31Âą acres surrounded by Forest Service land. This is a once in a lifetime find for a single residence, B & B, or corporate retreat. This property is not located in a subdivision and has no private covenants or HOA dues

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The Live Water Ranch on the Lake Fork River is comprised of 32.11± acres including 1,319± feet of enhanced private river frontage. The enhanced river produces some of the West’s top high mountain fisheries, an angler’s dream. The ranch hosts a beautiful 2,603± sq. ft. main log cabin with 3 bedrooms and 3.5 baths, offering 2 master suites. The large family room overlooks the river and flows into the formal living with a large river rock fireplace, kitchen, and dining giving lots of space for entertaining. The log cabin has an abundance of large windows bringing tons of natural light and those amazing mountain views and river sounds in. The log cabin also has an attached two car garage. A large deck is located off the main entrance and another off the second-floor bedroom. Off the lower deck is a stamped flagstone concrete entertaining patio with outdoor kitchen and stone fireplace, capped off with soothing sounds of the river and captivating views of the surrounding mountains giving you an outstanding outdoor entertaining experience. The ranch offers a detached 3 car garage with a guest bunkhouse above. The garage houses 4 Polaris razors, which come with the sale of the ranch, for enjoying the famous Alpine loop, numerous ghost towns, and thousands of acres of public land. The bunkhouse sleeps 7 has a full kitchen and bathroom with 2 showers, small deck, and a lounging area.

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Five Star Ranch’s property is exceptional which includes a 71.6± deeded acres and 490± acres of leased State Land, the ranch is situated at about 8000 feet in southern Colorado’s Wet Mountain Valley, considered by many to be one of Colorado’s most scenic undiscovered locations. The 500+ acres controlled by the ranch is a mix of grassy meadows, rugged rock outcroppings and a mature forest estimated to contain 30,000 ponderosa pines. Five Star Ranch is exceptional in the artistry and architecture of its award-winning lodge-like ranch house. Featured as Timber Home Living’s “Home of the Year” in 2009, this custom-designed timber frame home is 10,292 square feet of unmatched mountain luxury. Its lodge-like feel begins with its unique 42-foot arched canopy marking its main entrance. This entrance leads to a vast great room with 22-foot high ceilings with a walk-around natural stone fireplace, large dining area and a kitchen equipped with high-end appliances. Over all this space spreads a vaulted, open beam ceiling that completes the blend of rustic/ modern styling that captures the best of the surrounding environment. Infloor heating throughout keeps the main house very comfortable twelve months of the year. A master suite is accessed off of the great room, which includes its own fireplace. Completing the main level is a five car garage. Upstairs via an open spiral staircase lies a reading room and a unique observation room that creates a space that captures 360 degrees of mountain views. The lower level of the main house is 4130 square feet, fully finished, and has a private office, gym and full bathroom. A short hike into the woods leads to a refurbished rustic cabin, perfect for star gazing. Two large metal shops with overhead garage doors complete the improvements at Five Star Ranch and allow plenty of work space for vehicles and other equipment.

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n today’s world, with fewer and fewer large western parcels available, a large, quality ranch can exceed even the most affluent buyer’s budget. An ideal solution for many, then, is a ranch community. Ranch communities can be found throughout the mountain west in which shared ownership can be had for a fraction of the cost of a stand-alone, single-owner property. Ranch communities deliver collectively what few can afford individually: owning a piece of the western lifestyle, including a home with a mountain stream as a front yard and a mountain range as a backyard. WRITTEN BY DAN MURPHY—OWNER/BROKER OF M4 RANCH GROUP AND LYNN LAMPERT

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Ranch communities can be an attractive option for people who want to spend less time, less money, and less commitment on upkeep and more time enjoying the great outdoors with family and friends. The many benefits of shared cost among ranch community owners include preserving the surrounding ranch lands, maintaining healthy meadows, fisheries and wildlife habitat, ensuring established access, and providing for caretaker needs. Owners can simply reap the benefits of ranch living (jump in the jeep, head to the ski hill, grab the fly rod and fish) instead of being consumed with ranch maintenance details. As part of a ranch community, you can live on a premium piece of property without paying a premium price.

horseback riding is available on the ranch itself and the adjacent Gunnison National Forest. The ranch maintains 2600± acres as a common primitive area open to hunting, horseback riding and hiking. Two wilderness cabins are available in this area, available by reservation to property owners.

Eagle Ridge Ranch, north of Gunnison, Colorado, is a prime example of a thriving Ranch Community that maintains a cherished agricultural tradition along with an equally strong commitment to conservation and recreation. Eagle Ridge Ranch is 4900± deeded acres sweeping across the fertile Ohio Creek Valley only 8 miles north of the university town of Gunnison. Operated for decades as a productive cattle and hay ranch, the property is now shared by 15 families who seek to steward the ranch for the maintenance of profitable agriculture, land conservation and enhancement of wildlife values.

Beyond the ranch proper, nearby outdoor recreational opportunities are nearly endless. The adjacent West Elk Wilderness is home to a huge herd of elk and miles of hiking or horseback riding on its network of trails. World-class river fishing is available only a few miles away on the Gunnison and Taylor Rivers, and Blue Mesa Reservoir offers boating and trolling for lake trout in excess of 50 pounds. Mountain biking is popular throughout the Gunnison Basin, especially in the nearby 6000-acre Hartman Rocks Recreation Area. In the winter, downhill skiing and snowmobiling are about 45 minutes away in Crested Butte, and ice fishing is superb on Blue Mesa Reservoir.

Situated at elevations of approximately 8000 to 9800 feet, the ranch encompasses rich hay meadow and cottonwood bottomland in its lower reaches, bordered by rolling sagebrush hills and groves of aspen and spruce at higher elevations. Unspoiled views throughout the ranch are far-reaching and include the remote West Elk Mountains to the west, the rugged Anthracite Range to the north and flattopped Red Mountain to the east. Amenities available to all owners in the Eagle Ridge Ranch community are many and varied. Horse lovers will especially appreciate the Equestrian Center with its barn, stables and corrals. A lifetime of

Anglers will cherish the private trout fishing on the 3± miles of Ohio Creek that wind through the heart of ranch. This 20-foot wide stream is a major tributary of the Gunnison River, and holds fat brown and rainbow trout, some in the 16- to 20-inch class. Many carefully-engineered structures maximize prime trout habitat, and the stream is a particular delight for dry fly fishing.

As a pioneer in the Common Ranch Community concept, Eagle Ridge Ranch has a proven track record of preserving the best of the West’s agricultural heritage while allowing for self-limited development of caring landowners committed to common conservation values. If joining such a visionary community is appealing to you, contact us at M4 Ranch Group soon. We think that Common Ranch Communities are the smart development wave of the future, and at Eagle Ridge Ranch you can ride

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Powderhorn, CO

Cebolla Club is a legend among the Colorado fishing communities with limited building and unlimited streams. Some call this portion of the Cebolla River “The Oasis,” and it becomes obvious why when entering the fishing club from the high bluffs and timbered ridges. The brilliant green of the river bottom shimmers against the high canyon walls and sage covered hillsides. Cebolla Club offers one of the best fishing values in the trout fishing region. With over 6 miles of differing habitat, you can fish nymphs in fast, tight canyons or drag streamers in meandering ox bows. Native brown trout and rainbows fill the stream for your fly-fishing delight. The unique location of this “Oasis” is conveniently located 40 minutes from Lake City and Gunnison, Colorado. The membership includes a common club house, a full time caretaker and amazing river fishing. Family Legacy is the best description of Cebolla River Ranches; many of the founding families still proudly call this their private getaway. Seldom do you find a fishing property that is so tranquil and has such dynamic recreation.

Ranch H-6: Full Family Membership - $595,000 Includes a riverfront deeded 35 acre buildable parcel

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E a g l e R i d g e R a n c h - Gunnison, CO Ever since Joseph M. White trailed the first herd of cattle into the broad Gunnison Valley in 1871, the area has enjoyed a fabled reputation for some of the finest ranchland in the state. Today, Eagle Ridge Ranch, a Shared Ranch Community north of Gunnison, maintains that cherished agricultural tradition, along with an equally strong commitment to conservation and recreation. The net result is a unique development perfectly suited to the Gunnison Country lifestyle for generations to come. The Eagle Ridge Ranch is 4,900± deeded acres sweeping across the fertile Ohio Creek Valley only 8 miles north of the university town of Gunnison, Colorado. Operated for decades as a productive cattle and hay ranch, the property is now shared by 15 families who seek to steward the ranch for the maintenance of profitable agriculture, land conservation and enhancement of wildlife values. Situated at elevations of approximately 8000 to 9800 feet, the ranch encompasses rich hay meadow and cottonwood bottomland in its lower reaches, bordered by rolling sagebrush hills and groves of aspen and spruce at higher elevations. Unspoiled views throughout the ranch are farreaching and include the remote West Elk Mountains to the west, the rugged Anthracite Range to the north and Flat Top and Red Mountains to the east. Amenities available to all owners in the Eagle Ridge Ranch community are many and varied. Horse lovers will especially appreciate the Equestrian Center with its barn, stables and corrals. A lifetime of horseback riding is available on the ranch itself and the adjacent Gunnison National Forest. The ranch maintains 2600± acres as a common primitive area open to hunting, horseback riding and hiking. Two wilderness cabins are available in this area, available by reservation to property owners. Anglers will cherish the private trout fishing on the 3± miles

of Ohio Creek that wind through the heart of ranch. This 20-foot wide stream is a major tributary of the Gunnison River, and holds fat brown and rainbow trout, some in the 16- to 20-inch class. Many carefully-engineered structures maximize prime trout habitat, and the stream is a particular delight for dry fly fishing. Beyond the ranch property, nearby outdoor recreational opportunities are nearly endless. The adjacent West Elk Wilderness is home to a huge herd of elk and miles of hiking or horseback riding on its network of trails. World-class river fishing is available only a few miles away on the Gunnison and Taylor Rivers, and Blue Mesa Reservoir offers boating and trolling for lake trout in excess of 50 pounds. Mountain biking is popular throughout the Gunnison

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Basin, especially in the nearby 6000-acre Hartman Rocks Recreation Area. In the winter, downhill skiing and snowmobiling are about 45 minutes away in Crested Butte, and ice fishing is superb on Blue Mesa Reservoir. As a pioneer in the Shared Ranch Community concept, Eagle Ridge Ranch has a proven track record of preserving the best of the West’s agricultural heritage while allowing for self-limited development of caring landowners committed to common conservation values. If joining such a visionary community is appealing to you, contact us at M4 Ranch Group soon. We think that Shared Ranch Communities are the smart development wave of the future, and at Eagle Ridge Ranch you can ride that wave today.

E a g l e R i d g e R a n c h A c r e a g e - Gunnison, CO 35.20± Acres, Located in Eagle Ridge Ranch which is a 4,900 Acre Shared Ranch Community This property has the utilities to Lot Line and the driveway is in place. $635,000

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The Meadows at Eagle Ridge R anch Gunnison, CO

A spectacular 6,681Âą square-foot home that is ideal for guests and family. This roomy, natural wood-floored home makes the most of its high-country setting. The centerpiece of this home is an open beam Great Room that is bathed in light and offers lovely views of the rugged Anthracite Range at the head of the valley. A large natural stone fireplace highlights one side of this room, and a spacious kitchen with granite counters, the other. An inviting dining area easily accommodates 14 to 16 persons. A total of six bedrooms and six baths are distributed among the main home and attached guest house, making The Meadows an ideal location for large family gatherings or an abundance of guests. With many attractive seating areas, inside and out, The Meadows is custom made for relaxed socializing. A three-car garage is attached to the home, and a separate 1734Âą square foot horse barn/shop with workbench room includes well-lighted and insulated space for storage, cars, OHVs, tractors and room for two horse stalls.

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Casa Tres Unos at Eagle Ridge Ranch is a 6,468Âą square foot ranch house on 35.2 deeded acres within the Shared Ranch Community. Completed in 2009, it is of environmentally-friendly and efficient straw bale construction and features six bedrooms, five baths and a workout room. The custom kitchen holds a wood pizza oven and its main room is centered on an impressive fireplace. Finally, the home is graced with a three-car garage, 28x40-foot toy barn and an 800Âą square foot basement that includes wine storage. Whether as a second home, weekend retreat or primary residence, this beautifullyfinished custom home shines.

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Considered by many to be the jewel of Hidden Valley Ranch, this coveted 52-acre estate, tucked in among towering ponderosa pines, stands sentinel above Hidden Valley Lake amid expansive Colorado Rocky Mountain views that will take your breath away. The estate’s inspired hilltop residences, featuring all-timber frame and accented with native rock, are built in harmony with the natural beauty of the forested setting, and include a 5,067-sq.-ft., 3-bedroom, 3.5-bath home; a 2,365-sq.-ft., 2-bedroom, 2-bath guest home; and a caretaker’s studio apartment located above a separate 3-car garage. The well-planned design of this spectacular jewel maximizes indoor and outdoor living with large gathering places as well as intimate rooms, making this estate equally suited to becoming your primary residence or second-home retreat. The shared gated ranch community is made up of 35 exclusive home sites, of 35 to 55 acres each, situated on more than 1,630± pristine acres, approximately 300 of which are devoted to common area. The community offers private equestrian facilities, miles of riding and hiking trails, wildlife viewing and a 55-acre private lake with a boat dock for small water craft. Hidden Valley Lake, the community’s focal point, provides fly-fishing opportunities with a developed fish habitat for Rainbow Trout, Brown Trout and Snake River Cutthroats.

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Lake City Office

Pagosa Springs Office

South Fork Office

201 Gunnison Ave Lake City, CO 81235

1100 CR 200 Pagosa Springs, CO 81147

29919 W US Hwy 160 South Fork, CO 81154

970-944-5050

970-264-5051

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