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Rainbow Trout Ranch is one of those rare finds with so many possibilities. The ranch encompasses 591+/- acres of vast unspoiled country and glorious scenery of the San Juan Mountains. Located in the beautiful, secluded Conejos River Valley at 9,000' feet it is as vast as it is beautiful. Over a mile and a half of the Conejos River flows through the ranch, creating exceptional private fishing on the ranch. Trophy catches of Rainbow and Brown trout have come from the waters of this serene river. The Rainbow Trout Ranch is a true Colorado recreational ranch featuring spectacular acreage in which to ride, fish, hike and enjoy nature. The ranch is very desirable due to its strong, positive influence from the Conejos river and the surrounding public lands.It has excellent views, strong wildlife activity, good mixed vegetation, terrain, and land types. The ranch sits in GMU 81, offering various types of terrains and species to hunt. Though in a remote mountain area, it is very accessible year-round from a paved highway and a short distance over a gravel mountain road. The Rainbow Trout Ranch offers an impressive array of improvements. The Improvements can accommodate a large crowd so would be perfect for a fishing club, family retreat, corporate retreat, church camp, or an impressive dude ranch, which it is currently being operated as. The heart of the ranch is its 12,119± square foot lodge. It's the ranches gathering place, offering an impressive floor to ceiling double sided stone fireplace inlaid with turquoise, huge commercial kitchen and dining area, library, reception area, several cozy gathering areas, and an inviting wrap around porch to relax and soak in the incredible views the ranch has to offer. Nearby are the heated outdoor pool, hot tub, volleyball/basketball court, and 21 guest cabins. The ranch improvements form a secluded layout overlooking the valley and the river below. Along the river you will find the barn, corrals, arena and a beautiful riverside area set up for ranch cookouts. The ranch and surrounding area are steep in rich history. The Spanish settled in the area in the 1600's and their legacy still exists. Preceding and interwoven with the local history of the Spanish is that of the Native Americans. The 1870's brought the miners with the discovery of gold and silver, by the 1900's brought the demise of the local mining industry. By the turn of the century, the ranch was a noted fisherman's paradise and soon a private fishing club. Cabins were built and by the mid 1920's construction began on the lodge, which was the largest log structure in the Southwest at the time. It was said that not a single nail was used in the lodge's construction, just wooden pegs. In the late 1920's the door was opened to the public as a guest ranch with extraordinary fishing. The ranch offers so many different outdoors activities within its own borders, but also offers an array of day trip adventures off the ranch because of its amazing location. White Water Rafting, Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve, Mesa Verde National Park, a train ride on "America's Longest and Highest Narrow Gauge." The Cumbres and Toltec Scenic Railroad. New Mexico "The Land of Enchantment" is just hours from the ranch giving a historic taste of New Mexico in the towns of Taos and Santa Fe. Rainbow Trout Ranch located in the San Juan Range of the Rocky Mountains in south central Colorado and is bisected by the Conejos River. More specifically, this property lies approximately 25 miles west of the small, rural community of Antonito, Colorado and just under a mile west of State Highway 17 along both sides of FDR 250. Alamosa, the largest community in the region, lies about 35 miles as the crow flies to the northeast, and the New Mexico state line is only about nine miles to the south.
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Listing information last updated on June 6th, 2023 at 9:38am MDT.