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“Elk Island Ranch is located in the heart of Colorado ski country, approximately 55 miles to each of five major ski resorts – Steamboat, Winter Park, Breckenridge, Keystone, and Copper Mountain.  The ranch lies on the east flank of the Gore Range in western Grand County.” 

As if being situated in the heart of ski country wasn’t enough, this 6,343± acre Colorado luxury ranch comes with its very own ski hill for you and your guests to session at your leisure. Elk Island Ranch is everything your average uber rich ski bum could ask for in a property, tons of room, tons of toys and your very own fully functional bar. The Kremmling, CO estate is on the market for a whopping $36 Million, so go buy a Powerball and cross your fingers. Take the video tour (FULL LISTING HERE):

Highlighted by a stunning mountain landscape and truly exceptional improvements, Elk Island Ranch is one of Colorado’s finest sporting ranches. Encompassing 6,343± completely private and contiguous acres, the raw land has been meticulously improved and equipped into a four-season recreational playground of the highest order. Featuring private ski slopes, excellent big game hunting and trout fishing, miles of riding trails and roads, and a massive sledding hill, the ranch is a magnet for multi-generational usage. An enviable location near several ski resort areas and less than 10 minutes from a real town with jet strip makes the ranch easy to access and enjoy.

The compelling landscape is complemented by fully-furnished luxurious accommodations, including a magnificent mountain lodge with jaw-dropping views, saloon for entertaining, ski and hunting chalet, and huge shop stocked up with recreational vehicles and gear. As an added benefit, the ranch enjoys exclusive access to neighboring Grand River Ranch amenities including an equestrian center, sporting clays course, lodging and fine dining venues, fishing reservoir, and 1.5 miles of excellent tailwater trout fishing.


Encompassing nearly 10 square miles, Elk Island Ranch extends from higher elevations adjacent to BLM and Arapaho National Forest down to the valley floor.  A vertical rise of 2,300 feet results in diverse vegetation and dramatic scenery, yet the topography is also surprisingly gentle.  The property is five miles across at its widest, and over four miles north to south.  The land is all contiguous and there are no public roads or access easements through any part of the ranch.

At the heart of this vast land mass is the “island,” a broad forest of aspen and conifer trees encircled by a sea of grass and rolling sage.  A mosaic of timbered areas and the accompanying edge areas and transition zones result in prime wildlife habitat, creating a veritable sanctuary for elk, mule deer, and pronghorn.  A year-round creek flows through the center of the ranch, while a variety of large and small ponds provide water for wildlife and stock.  Rising above the island are private ski slopes and below are a blue-ribbon tailwater trout stream and large reservoirs for boating and fishing.

From its elevated position above the valley floor, the ranch showcases outstanding river valley and mountain range views in every direction. Scenic panoramas include the upper Colorado River and lower Blue River basins and surrounding mountain ranges, including Rocky Mountain National Park and the Indian Peaks Range to the east, the Rabbit Ears Range to the north, and the Gore Range to the south and west.” The northeast slopes of the ranch overlook the 1,150± surface acre Wolford Mountain Reservoir.  One of the most spectacular spots on the ranch, with jaw-dropping views of the signature Eagles Nest Wilderness and landmark “Sleeping Indian” peaks to the south, is reserved for the magnificent Lodge.


Elk Island Ranch features exceptional improvements that rival the finest found at nearby ski resorts, however it truly stands out for its “backyard” of over 6,300 acres of unparalleled beauty, diversity, and seclusion.  The ranch is an incredible place to take pleasure in a multitude of year-round activities, and to relax in luxury and savor the amazing scenery.  Despite a very private and pristine setting, the ranch is not remote at all.  In fact, it is surprisingly close to town and the jet strip utilized by other large landowners in the area.  Yet for all its convenience, the size and topography of the ranch make it very secluded and secure.  Additionally, the fact that everything is complete and offered turnkey makes it easy to acquire and enjoy for decades.

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