Winding through the Arapaho National Forest, up Highway 125, and along Willow Creek, Ainsley Ranch sits nestled in a beautiful valley at the confluence of Willow Creek and Trail Creek. Abundant in wildlife, natural beauty, and nearby recreation potential, Ainsley Ranch provides anyone looking for an escape to the mountains with the perfect location to establish a basecamp. Located just 30 minutes to Rocky Mountain National Park and 40 minutes to the the Winter Park Ski Resort Ainsley Ranch is the idyllic setting to build a family legacy or the opportunity to transform the ranch into an extraordinary shared ranch community.
As a contiguous 320 acre parcel, Ainsley Ranch offers a multitude of opportunities for individual buyers and developers alike. Under supervision of the current owner, the ranch has undergone a substantial amount of improvements. Enhanced roads, new fencing, debris clean up, revegetation, updated survey, and at significant expense, buried electrical power to nine future homesites. Flanked on two sides by the famed C Lazy U luxury dude ranch and a 40 acre parcel of leased BLM lands, the calming ambience of Ainsley Ranch will endure for many years to come.
Ainsley Ranch is offered with all appurtenant water rights, owned, and controlled by the Seller. Approximately, 8.173 cubic feet per second (CFS) are provided via Trail Creek, Willow Creek, two springs, and a well. The Trial Creek Ditch, McQueary No. 1 Ditch, and McQueary No. 2 Ditch irrigate ~106.8 acres of hay producing fields according to a recent study. The appurtenant senior water rights alone hold sizable value.
The rich history of Ainsley Ranch was first established in the early 1800’s when Walker McQueary ventured out West and discovered the quiet valley. Walker claimed the property as a homestead and became the official owner in July of 1834 when President William Howard Taft signed the deed. For generations, the McQueary family farmed, hunted, and prospered in this peaceful corner of Grand County. As a quintessential piece of Colorado history, the Ainsley Ranch will continue to provide future generations with a home to live, grow, and play.