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Ranches for Sale – All about Luxury Log Homes

Nothing much beats the fresh smell of the great outdoors. The mountains and woodlands offer a very distinct and charming atmosphere unparalleled in its tranquility and beauty. From lovely, tall trees to its unique wildlife, there just isn’t a better place to be than a forested landscape. So what would be better than to make it your permanent home? With today’s luxury log homes you can have all of the benefits of living in the calm backwoods, with all the accommodations of a modern ranch home. And with great ranches for sale, you can make one of these beautifies your home.

Ranches for Sale - All about Luxury Log Homes

The uniqueness and beauty of log homes do have some unique maintenance requirements to keep in mind.

  • Log walls dry out and settle over time. Even a home that has been standing for a hundred years is going to see some settling due to the unique nature of wood. Log walls consist of billions of tiny cells that were once very alive. Shrinking, twisting, and yes, even cracking are very much a part of the log home charm, and need addressing when necessary.
  • Make sure to give your home an inspection every six months. During this routine, keep an eye out for mold, mildew, and dry-rot, as catching these early can save thousands in repair costs. This is also easily done by a company specializing in the upkeep and maintenance of log homes.
  • Staining your home does a lot more for preserving it than you might think. Staining keeps the water beading off the walls instead of soaking in, which greatly adds to the logs’ longevity. Target to complete this task at least every three years, and possibly more for areas that are exposed to direct sunlight, wind, or severe weather.
  • Finally, expect to focus on pest control, since living in the wilderness tends to have an increased population of wildlife, the small and the large kind.

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Colorado Ranch Wildlife – ​Living with Moose

Moose, the largest member of the deer family, can weigh as much as 1800 pounds and reach a height of seven feet at the shoulders, making them the tallest wild mammal currently roaming through North America and now frequenting Colorado ranches across the state. Due to their massive size, they enjoy very few predators save man, wolves, bears and cougars. When they live to adulthood, their survival rate is 95 percent, and their average lifespan is 10 to 15 years.

Colorado Ranch Wildlife - ​Living with Moose

Bighorn Sheep Behaviors

Today, the moose population in Colorado exceeds 1,000, up tremendously since their reintroduction in 1978 when only a few stray animals remained. Colorado moose are slightly smaller than their cousins that dwell in Alaska, the Shiras moose tops out at about 1,200 pounds and reaches six feet tall. There are an estimated 1.5 million moose living in North America.

Because moose are vegetarians, they are most frequently spotted where there is brush for them to graze on. They favor riparian habitats—land by a river or stream—and you can often see them near willows, their favorite food, as well as in aspen and pine forests. One of the best places to see these magnificent animals is State Forest State Park near Walden. Due to the park’s population of 600 moose that live there year-round, it has been named the official moose capital of Colorado.

Moose Behaviors

Moose are extremely curious animals and are generally unafraid of humans. While normally docile, a female moose can be protective of her calf, and a male can be territorial, particularly during mating season in September and October. Only during this time do they use their six foot antlers, which are shed after mating season. Be sure to keep dogs away from them as this can initiate aggressive behavior since moose can mistake dogs for wolves.

In general, it is best to give moose their space, and stay at a distance. If you see a moose with its ears laid back, head cocked, licking its snout, or hair raised up on its neck, back away slowly. If the moose does decide to charge you, get something large between you and the moose such as a tree or large boulder. If nothing is available, run as fast as possible and don’t let them knock you to the ground – where they will typically stomp on you. Keep in mind that, though they look cumbersome, a moose can run up to 35 miles per hour.

Watch Out For Moose When Driving

The biggest physical threat to moose are vehicle-moose collisions. Because of their stature, a run-in between a moose and a car usually causes serious injury to both the animal and the people in the car, not to mention the car. Pay close attention when driving along Colorado’s mountain roadways, particularly when signs are posted warning of wildlife crossings, and during sunrise and sunset when moose are most active.

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Colorado Ranch Wildlife – ​Rocky Mountain Bighorn Sheep

Rocky Mountain Big Horn Sheep are one of the most unique and iconic animals in the West, and frequently wander onto Colorado Ranch real estate. Chosen as the state mammal of Colorado, nothing typifies the rugged, beautiful landscape of snowy peaks and cold, rushing rivers more than these amazing creatures.

Colorado Ranch Wildlife - ​Rocky Mountain Bighorn Sheep

Bighorn sheep (occasionally misidentified as ‘mountain goats’) are best known for their dense, thick, fully rounded horns on mature males. These horns alone can weigh up to 30 pounds, up to one tenth of the animal’s maximum weight. The females have horns as well, but they are thinner and do not curve in such a marked way, and the younger males do not develop them until they are three or four years old.

Bighorn Sheep Behaviors

Usually grouping in large herds during the winter, and unable to move easily through deep snow, the sheep prefer sunny, south-facing slopes, and are often spotted in the disturbed areas near roads and highways where non-native grasses often grow year-round.

During warmer months, the largest herds will often separate into groups of ten to thirty, as they spread out through verdant alpine slopes, seeking out the dense, ground level vegetation or low shrubs they prefer. During the ‘pre-rut’ season, the males will attempt to establish a mating hierarchy through repeated ‘clashes’ or full speed head-butts, against other males.

Bighorn Sheep & The Colorado Ecosystem

Bighorn sheep are considered a crucial bio-indicator of the health of an ecosystem because they are quite susceptible to human impacts such as interruption of grazing pattern due to development; stress during winter months from human intrusion into their habitat; as well as diseases introduced by domestic livestock such as pneumonia and scabies. In fact, a population that once soared into the millions in North America was nearly decimated by these diseases in the late nineteenth century.

Because this amazing species is so essential to the delicate balance of life in the Rocky Mountains, conservation groups such as the Rocky Mountain Bighorn Society work tirelessly to educate the public and preserve the bighorn population. The successful reintroduction of a herd near Kremmling, Colorado in 2014 is one of the great successes of these efforts, allowing bighorn sheep to once again roam their native land. Hunting tags for both rams and ewes are highly sought after and are carefully regulated to support these conservation efforts.

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Why Horses are Great for you and your Colorado Ranch

Colorado is a state of 14,000 plus snow-capped peaks, mountainsides covered by the changing leaves of aspen in autumn, and rivers that span great divides and narrow gorges. It is a land of immense beauty where rodeos and cowboys have been the mainstay, and mustangs can still be found amidst the pines and pinion-junipers. Riding through the majestic lands of Colorado atop a horse is one of great traditions living in the west.

Why Horses Are Great For You & Your Colorado Ranch

Horses on Working Ranches

In today’s world of rounding up cattle on ATVs, horses have found their positions as wrangler’s helpers in decline. But, as the cowboy Tony Marshall relayed in an article in, “Four-wheelers have their place, and I use them all the time, but moving cows on one is like digging a ditch with a spoon. It can be done, but it isn’t a good use of one’s time.” Trying to rein a cow in on an ATV can produce a wild cow, especially if she’s accompanied by her calf. Recently, a trio of stockmen traveled to 20 states demonstrating this principle in what is commonly referred to as low-stress livestock handling.

Besides helping maintain a calm environment, horses offer an extra set of eyes and ears which are much better than humans, locating cattle quicker and more efficiently. Cattle and horses develop a rhythm and there are some locations that only horses can get into and out of quickly. Their instinctive nature can respond to predators and potholes quicker than a man by himself on an ATV.

Horses on Recreational Ranches

As Winston Churchill stated, “There is something about the outside of a horse that is good for the inside of a man.” There’s a bond that develops—an unspoken trust between rider and horse. Riding just as the sun begins its ascent into the eastern sky and the clouds are transforming from pink and purple wisps to sun-kissed gold is one of the best ways to start your day. It reminds us of the peace that transcends all and the importance of taking time out of our busy lives to reconnect with something greater than ourselves. Just try to remain stressed when you’re on a horse! On second thought, don’t. Chances are you won’t stay on that horse for very long.

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Snowcats: Bringing the ‘Wild Life’ to Your Colorado Ranch in Winter

Wildlife abounds in the high country of Colorado. Deer, elk, marmots, foxes, bears and more roam freely through the thousands of pristine acres on Colorado mountain properties. Although summer is the prime viewing season for most of the animal denizens, winter invites some rather unique visitors as well.

Why use a snowcat on your mountain ranch in the winter?

One of the rarest and most fascinating of these creatures is the fabled ‘Snowcat.’ Larger than its feline brothers the cougar and lynx, it leaves a distinctive track. Wide belts of corduroy follow it wherever it goes, grooming out the imperfections in piles of Rocky Mountain snow surfaces.

Rumored to be a matched pair living on the property, snowcats create hours of winter fun. Sometimes they encourage cross-country skiers, out for a relaxing morning or evening tour of the property. Other days, the more adventurous alpine skiers will hitch a ride on the ‘cats’ docile backs to link some perfect turns on the way back down to their private apres’ in the lodge. These snowcats are so versatile, they even pave the way for herds of high-octane snowmobiles.

They are truly an indispensable part of winter adventure ecology.

Through a simple process, the snowcat uses its powerful rotors to turn over the snow, loosening the structure and breaking apart any icy chunks. It then smooths the disturbed snow with its drag tail to leave that iconic ridged corduroy trail. Whether softening and smoothing a freeze/thaw icy patch, or firming up the deep shoals of loose powder after a big storm, the groomed path opens up hundreds of incredible opportunities for both residents and their guests.

Caution: After prolonged exposure to the private snowcat experience, many people refuse to return to crowded resorts and long ski-day commutes.

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Living up to the Standard: High Plains Ranch – Colorado’s Heaven on Earth

You hear it all the time, that worn-out phrase: This is heaven on earth! But how many places can truly live up to that standard? Not as many as we would like. For a locale to be called “Heaven on Earth” it needs to offer a lot of qualities like freedom, beauty, comfort, and happiness. High Plains Ranch offers all of that, and so much more. Consider these eight amazing things about living on this Colorado Ranch:

High Plains Ranch - Colorado's Heaven on Earth

1. Main Lodge Luxury

Curl up around fireplace with a throw over your legs and your dog at your feet, sip your coffee overlooking the vast green expanse of paradise watching for wildlife to wander by — your ranch home will provide relaxation and comfort in rustic elegance and pristine beauty. And this amazing Colorado ranch is for sale!

2. Party Time With Friends & Family

Create happy, lasting memories with your children, family, and friends as you entertain in your party barn, feasting on food lovingly prepared by staff in your spacious and well-appointed kitchen. Socialize at your Western-style bar with friends while you contemplate a movie or a lively game of poker.

3. Hunting On Your Land

Experience the absolute freedom and privilege to hunt big and small game on your Ranch, as you participate in the Landowner Preference Program. Colorado Parks and Wildlife designed this program to give landowners a preference for hunting licenses and to encourage private landowners to provide healthy habitat that increases wildlife populations for the benefit of all hunters. Utilize your Ranch’s Hunting Lodge to outfit your friends and family so you can share this experience and create legacy memories, and maybe even a trophy or two.

4. Ski Without Crowds

Even though beautiful resort towns like Aspen and Vail are mere hours away, why mess with the traffic and bustle of busy ski slopes when you can enjoy the comfort and freedom of your very own slopes right here at home! Teach your children and grandchildren the joys of fresh powder, or have your personal snowcat driver groom your slopes for perfect corduroy.

5. Lake For Fishing, Canoeing, Skating

When that Colorado sun gets a little too much in July, cool off body and soul in fresh, cool mountain water of your own private lake. Enjoy early morning peacefulness of your Ranch as you listen to the water lap against the bow of your canoe. In winter when the ice thickens up, get your Zamboni out on the lake surface to create a most marvelous skating rink for a pick-up game of hockey or some laps around on figure skates before warming up with hot cocoa.

6. Toys, Toys & More Toys

Now take a peek in your toy store. In the winter, burn off cabin fever by taking your family on an exciting snowmobile ride around your thousands of acres of private land. In summer, experience the thrill of crawling over boulders and impressive rock formations on your RTVs. Or simply take a relaxing drive in your pick-up truck to see your cattle and horses grazing, and catch the sunset with your loved ones by your side.

7. Your World

Short of installing your very own landing strip, you can enjoy the ease of landing your private plane at the McElroy Airfield whose staff can help coordinate your travel needs, including a shuttle to deliver you right to your front door.

8. The City

If you are ever in need of the amenities or bustle of civilization, exciting Denver is just a couple of hours away — close enough to offer its services, but far enough to leave your magical ranch world undisturbed.

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How to Choose the Best Cattle Dog for Your Western Ranch

When you are dreaming of your new ranch and everything that goes with it, there are many things that can round out the perfect ranching lifestyle. One of the items to think about is choosing the best cattle dog for your Colorado mountain ranch property.

How to Choose the Best Cattle Dog for Colorado Mountain Ranch

Cattle or livestock herding dogs are selectively bred to do just that – herd. The American Kennel Clublists 30 breeds in the herding category – below are our five favorites. These are breeds that can do their job in an excellent manner, and do double duty as an ideal hunting dog or family pet. We did the research for you and below are a few popular top candidates to choose from when selecting a canine ranch worker or loyal companion, and they are also game to join you on your family’s Colorado outdoor winter activities!

Australian Cattle Dog aka Queensland Heeler

This breed needs a job to do. Very active and driven, they like to stay busy and can be extremely playful. They are one of the smartest working dogs and easy to train when that training starts early. But caution – they can become mischievous if they are bored! This is an alert and loyal dog who is very attentive, and in tune with his master.

Australian Shepherd aka Aussie

Aussies are another dog that needs to work. They are aggressive when at work and then instantly become a playful and loving family pet, and that love of play lasts well into their golden years. Excellent watchdogs and guardians, they are a great all-around dog.

Border Collie

Border Collies love to be praised for a job well done. They thrive on pleasing their people. This remarkably intelligent breed requires loads of exercise and excels at agility courses as well as herding work. They make a fun and lively family pet, but do need monitoring with smaller animals such as cats and poultry.


Corgis are one of the smaller herding dogs but are in no way less effective. Their heeling abilities are quite impressive for their size. They make excellent watchdogs and are very affectionate with their family. It is important to let Corgis know that all family members are above them in the chain of command. They can become bossy if they feel that they are in an alpha position – tell them who is in charge!

Old English Sheepdog

The herding instinct is so ingrained in this breed that they usually need to be taught NOT to herd people. Old English Sheepdogs are happy, friendly dogs that love being part of a family. They are great with children and love to play well into adulthood. They are another breed that needs firm training in the beginning. They will ignore commands if they feel they are higher in the family “pack”.

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Decorating Your Western Ranch: High Plains Style

There is an authenticity to Western ranch decorating that’s as rugged and honest as the Western landscape a ranch home graces. Ranch styles can be casual yet elegant, practical yet cozy, and are best brought into the ranch home decorating style to please the residents who appreciate the beauty of the land, waterways, and sky.

Western decorating often includes a nod to history and tradition depicted in art as well as cowboy and native American decorative elements. Animal-inspired touches reinforce a respect for native wildlife such as trout, moose, or local birds; and domestic animals central to ranch living, such as herding dogs, horses, and cattle.

Here are some examples of Western ranch home decor to illustrate beautiful choices to surround yourself with the outdoors while cuddling up indoors…

Decorating Your Western Ranch: High Plains Style

Rough and Rugged Living Spaces

This ranch-style kitchen embodies several elements of a ranching lifestyle, from the leather-covered stools to the extensive use of beautiful hardwood, a cowboy lifestyle art piece. Who wouldn’t want to belly up to the bar of this island and throw back a cold one here?

We loved this towering Western-style living room emphasizing the use of oversized furniture, rough-hewed wood, leather lamp shades, stone elements, and comfortable, worn leather upholstery. Note the chandelier with its lantern lights and charming wagon-wheel design. The room manages to feel cozy despite its massive proportions.

This rustic living room pays homage to Western American design as well as other elements traditional to the West, such as brushed leather-covered furniture, native print area rug, log-cabin construction, unique old chandelier, huge trophy bison head, and rugged stone work on the fireplace.

Cozy Western Bedroom Styles

Kids love the feeling of bunk house living in their own bunk house bedroom, complete with under-bunk storage for the kids’ gear, animal cut-out and lantern style wall sconces, and Indian print blankets!

Who says rustic can’t be elegant, too? Here’s a master bedroom fit for the ranch- owning couple. Note the western cowboy-themed art on the wall, and the mellow, warm colors with heavy wood and log detail.

Breakfast with a View

This simple wood table and chairs are the perfect accent for the ranch sitting room. Imagine enjoy your first cup of gourmet coffee while planning your day of fun and activities. The view out the sitting room window is inspiring and breathtaking.

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The Top 5 Colorado Westerns to Watch this Year

Nothing captures the spirit of ranching like an old western! The great classic westerns give rise to the cowboy or cowgirl in all of us, calling us to adventure, romance, and grit. Here is our list of top pics for western watching set in Colorado.

The Top 5 Colorado Westerns to Watch this Year

During the snowy, early-sunset winter season, watching movies with family and friends is one of most enjoyable ways to snuggle in and be entertained. Many wonderful western movies, set in the beautiful state of Colorado, should top your list of must-see films this year. Get the popcorn popping and settle in for these classics. This experience is made all the more enjoyable from your own Colorado Ranch.

This film, released in 1972, stars John Wayne as a rancher who hires a group of boys to help him drive his cattle to market. Set just outside of Pagosa Springs, adjacent to the largest wilderness area in Colorado, the movie showcases the beautiful Colorado vistas and how, by working together, you can overcome any obstacle in your path.

Released in 1969, the film stars Paul Newman and Robert Redford. This great American western, full of action, follows Butch and Sundance as they try to outrun the law. The filmmakers chose Animas River Gorge and the San Juan National Forest as the backdrop for this film. Fast-paced horse riding through the Colorado canyons and across the rivers — combined with the strength of friendship — makes this a film that you’ll want to watch over and over.

This film, released in 1969, is another great John Wayne movie. Wayne plays U.S. Marshal Rooster Cogburn who’s hired by a young woman to track down the man who killed her father. Filmed in Ouray & Ridgway Colorado, this film shows off the gorgeous forested mountains in the area.

Released in 1962 and starring John Ford, this film is an epic western, which follows several generations of one family as they travel across the country. They filmed parts of this movie in Durango, Colorado, which still contains many beautiful and historic buildings. This film is now considered a true classic with its panoramic views of the stunning Colorado landscape.

This film, released in 1956, stars John Wayne as a Civil War veteran who’s searching for his kidnapped niece. Many people consider this movie as one of the best westerns ever made. Filmed in Gunnison — which is known for its great fishing, hiking, and biking activities — you’ll fall in love with Colorado after watching this film.

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