Blue Summit Ranch is an alpine gem located in western Colorado in the iconic Cimarron range. The area takes its name from early Spanish explorers naming the area for its untamed attributes. This 2,200-acre ranch captures every bit of what makes this part of Colorado historically inspiring. The Blue Summit Ranch borders the Black Canyon National Park and stretches 3.78 miles from end to end gaining over a thousand feet in elevation over cascading plateaus of open meadows between mature groves of aspens. Unencumbered the ranch consists of stunning southern mountain views of white capped peaks rising above deep dark timber, skirted by golden yellow aspens shadowing valleys of lush green meadows lined with clear mountain streams. This stunning ranch has provided summer grazing for cattle ranchers for generations along with providing excellent hunting opportunities for area class elk and mule deer. A true western Colorado ranch at its finest.
Blue Summit Ranch is located off US Hwy 50 in Gunnison County between Montrose and Gunnison. Approximately 28 miles east of Montrose and 35 miles west of Gunnison. The ranch provides easy access off the highway while the south facing ridge maintains privacy for the majority of the ranch that sits above it.
A steep ridge at the face of the ranch provides for privacy from Hwy 50 that runs the south border. Atop the ridge at 9,000 feet the ranch gradually rolls to the north down to the Black Canyon across open meadows surrounded by mature groves of Aspen and dark timber.
Located in GMU 64(OTC), more than two-thirds of this unit is private land or is part of Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Monument, which is closed to hunting. However, hunting access to public land into the bordering Curecanti National Recreation Area is allowed. A resident elk herd roams the ranch along with some mature mule deer bucks. The occasional moose has also been spotted on the ranch. Access to private land is important for hunters who seek mature elk and mule deer. The elevation ranch of the ranch runs from 8,600ft to over 9,000 at the northern boundary. The area is abundant with outdoor recreation with the large Blue Mesa to the east, Silverjack into the mountains south and Crystal Reservoir near Morrow Point Dam west of the ranch. The Cimarron River that flows out of from Silverjack Reservoir also provides some excellent fly-fishing opportunities.
Fishing opportunities are at its finest with the Gunnison River within Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park. Designated as Gold Medal Water & Wild Trout Water. Streams and rivers in Colorado are designated as Gold Medal Waters by the state wildlife commission because they provide outstanding angling opportunities for large trout. The Gold Medal Waters begin 200 yards downstream of Crystal Dam and continue to the North Fork of the Gunnison River. Within the ranch boundaries is some of the best elk hunting in the area with mixed vegetation between open meadows between clusters of yellow aspens.
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