Owning and operating a ranch is a lifelong dream for many; offering an opportunity to connect with nature that city and suburban life just can’t match. The thought of waking up to rolling grasslands, grand mountain views and running water is just too much to pass up.
Should you decide that ranch life is truly what you desire, the next question is probably where. Choosing the right property is crucial in ensuring that your ranch is both successful and enjoyable. From water rights and accessibility, to the possibility of future development around your property, you want to make sure you’ve wrangled in all of the details before picking that perfect property. And to help you with that, we’ve determined 3 amazing states to consider when choosing whether to buy a ranch in Colorado, Montana or Wyoming.
As the fourth largest state, with only a shade over a million residents, it’s easy to see Montana is known for its wide-open spaces and multitude of options to enjoy ranch life. From the Rocky Mountains, to the Great Plains, Montana offers a diverse terrain that’s great for nature lovers. From snowcapped mountains, to sparkling rivers; Big Sky Country has a lot to offer to prospective ranch owners.
With a landscape very similar to Montana and less than 600,000 residents, Wyoming offers a beautiful backdrop with wide open plains perfect for ranch living. With nearly 50% of the land being government owned BLM and US Forest Service land, Wyoming offers plenty of opportunities to own the perfect ranch free from future development.
Colorado offers the best of both worlds. There’s plenty of large, open-field spaces perfect for ranching, but also vibrant city life easily accessible when a night-on-the-town is desired. Offering the backdrop of the Rocky Mountains, running rivers and streams and undeveloped nature reserves, Colorado is one of the most sought after and desired ranch locations in the entire world.
In fact, an incredible working ranch, once home to the late rock and roll legend Joe Cocker, will be available at a no reserve absolute auction on September 1st, 2016. Backing to 400,000 acres BLM land, Mad Dog Ranch features an exquisite estate resting on over 240 acres. As a working ranch, the property includes 80 acres of irrigated pastures, a 7-stall barn, Quonset, silo and an outdoor training area.
At the center of this exceptional ranch property is an exquisite English Tudor manor. From the chef’s kitchen, to the master suite’s 13 ft. vaulted ceiling, stone fireplace and personal balcony, Mad Dog Ranch offers an incredibly luxurious retreat after a hard day’s work. Located between Aspen and Telluride, you’re never too far away from world-class skiing, dining, shopping and nightlife.