WEST RED MOUNTAIN RANCH – Gunnison, Gunnison County, Colorado West Red Mountain Ranch is a sustainable mountain ranching operation with free water flowing from the Ohio Creek Valley mountains every year together with high mountain pasture to graze cattle. West Red Mountain Ranch consists of 1280 +/- acres and represents a ‘drought proof’ fourth-generation cattle ranching operation that has sustained the family for 70+ years. The home ranch consists of nearly 1000 acres of deeded land located in the Ohio Creek Valley north of Gunnison together with 280 acres of mountain hunting lands adjoining the ranches 345 head grazing allotment at the headwaters of Carbon Creek. The mountain hunting land offers hunting for trophy deer, elk and black bear. Generations of ranch families still exist in Gunnison County and owning a ranch here allows one to be with nature year-round. West Red Mountain Ranch is located about 8 miles from town at 5048 County Road 730, Gunnison, CO 81230. The ranch has nearly one mile of frontage along paved CR 730, providing excellent access. The mountain hunting tract is located at a high elevation off the northwest side of Red Mountain and adjoining the Gunnison National Forest allotment. Gunnison County lies in the heart of Colorado’s “Western Slope.” Public Lands make up much of this large county, limiting the opportunity for ownership of deeded lands. Properties sometimes become available generationally, as is the case of the West Red Mountain Ranch, parts of which have been family-owned for over 70 years. Ranching and western traditions run deep in Gunnison where “Cattlemen’s Days”, the longest continuous running rodeo in the USA, has been a community tradition since 1900. Gunnison County is a central hub for outdoor recreation with numerous opportunities for hunting, fishing, hiking, birding, camping, biking, skiing, boating and windsurfing, to name a few. Gunnison is the county seat and home to Western State Colorado University, Gunnison Valley Health Hospital and Gunnison County Airport, with its 10,000-foot runway offering various flights to major airports. The nearby Blue Mesa Reservoir is the largest reservoir in Colorado offering a multitude of water recreation activities. Crested Butte also lies within the county and has acclaimed national status as a destination resort, both summer and winter. A good portion of West Elk Wilderness lies in Gunnison County and is accessible for world class hiking and camping. Ohio Creek remains relatively undisturbed from development due to many conservation protected ranch properties in the valley. The property lies in Game Unit 54 and over the counter tags are available for some of the seasons. With 1280 acres of deeded land backing to thousands of acres of Gunnison National Forest grazing rights, the ranch represents a sustainable 350 animal unit operation. The lands include three parcels, the Headquarters parcel (507.87 acres), the North Home Ranch parcel (480 acres) and the Mountain Hunting parcel (280 acres). The Headquarters parcel includes about 280 acres of irrigated lands from which produces approximately 2 Tons per acre of Native mountain hay. The meadows produce timothy, clover, wheatgrass and fescues while the upland grazing consists of various wheatgrass, fescue and buffalo grass intermixed with sagebrush. The deeded lands are fenced into multiple pastures and are in excellent condition. The Mountain Hunting parcel adjoins the Forest Allotment and is used for grazing as well as mountain recreation. The Gunnison National Forest Allotment authorizes use from June 15 to October 7 and is known as the Castleton Allotment and was renewed in 2017 for 10 more years. The mountain forest permit produce Bluegrass, Wheatgrass, Fescue, Needle grasses and other dryland species. The Castleton Allotment consists of 11 pastures and a reverse rotational use provides the successive use from year to year. 20 miles of fence, 16 springs and 13 ponds.