Buck Fever Ranch is located just south of Redvale and 10 minutes from the popular hunting destination of Norwood. This mule deer and elk sanctuary is less than an hour from Telluride, 1.5 hours from the Montrose/Telluride airport and less than two hours from Moab, Utah. Very easy access to the property and not far from great dining, shopping and world-class winter sports in the famous Telluride, Colorado. Excellent deer hunting on the ranch as Game Management Unit (GMU) 70, best known for its quality mule deer and known for producing quality elk. The ranch is situated in a deer migration corridor funnel that not only holds large numbers of resident deer but gains new deer throughout the hunting seasons as they migrate through the ranch. Not uncommon to see over 250 deer pass through the ranch during this migration. The ranch qualifies for landowner vouchers where you could get mule deer tags every year. The ranch currently runs +/- 30 pair of cattle. This takes care of the property's ag requirements without overgrazing. A stunning 3,200 square feet, the main lodge features an open floor plan with vaulted and beamed ceilings, wood floors and a fireplace with a wood-burning insert. The kitchen offers Viking appliances, a gas cooktop with beautiful granite countertops and cabinetry. The lodge's huge master suite includes a large sitting area, a spa-like bath with dual vanities and a walkout balcony. A shop with living quarters upstairs boasts two bedrooms and two baths. The ranch grounds also feature a one-bedroom cabin complete with a kitchen and bath. Host a whole family or a crew of hunters on the ranch with ease. The panoramic views from the lodge are second to none and from there some of the ranch's biggest bucks have been seen feeding in a meadow less than 200 yards away. To the southeast is the San Juan mountain range just above Telluride, to the south is Lone Cone Mountain, to the west are the Lasalle Mountains of Utah and to the north is the coveted Colorado GMU 61 and the Uncompahgre Plateau. At approximately 7,000 feet in elevation, the property consists of mostly pinion and juniper with long meadows between and abundant feed scattered throughout. There are three ponds that hold water year-round and a spring that typically has an elk wallow at the bottom. The mule deer bucks sanctuary on the ranch offering the chance to grow old and mature.
Location: Buck Fever Ranch is located just south of Redvale and southwest of Norwood, Colorado. The ranch is less than an hour to Telluride and an hour and a half to Moab, Utah. Between the two mountain towns of Naturita (10miles) and Norwood (9miles) one can find more than enough amenities to get by. Most locals will do their bulk shopping in Montrose (75miles) and utilize its regional airport for travel. The county maintains the gravel road year-round to the ranch. The ranch can be accessed within minutes of Highway 145, which will take you from Telluride all the way to Naturita, where it divides north to Gateway or continues west to the La Sals of Utah.
Local: The charming town of Norwood, Colorado has retained its "old west small-town charm." Equestrian and agricultural heritages are deeply interwoven in the lives of Norwood's locals. Norwood is home to the largest monetary rodeo on the Colorado Pro Rodeo Association circuit. The cattlemen's heritage takes center stage in September, with the Pioneer Day celebration. Butch Cassidy, one of America's most infamous historical figures found his start in Norwood. The area is well known for its farming and ranching heritage. Ages of farmers have been working this fertile land for well over a century, and continue to make farming and ranching a way of life today. Norwood prides itself on its ability to self-sustain its community and provide locally sourced produce and meats to local and neighboring food economies.
Climate: Buck Fever Ranch sits right at 6,700 feet in elevation and receives about 15 inches of rain, on average, per year. The ranch also averages 65 inches of snow per year. The US average is 28 inches of snow per year. Colorado boasts its sunshine and Buck Fever Ranch receives roughly just under 300 days of Colorado sunshine! Redvale will receive some kind of precipitation, on average, 70 days per year. July summer highs are around 85 degrees with a winter in January low 13. This makes for a very mild climate and perfect fall weather conditions!
Recreation: Norwood is the little hidden gem of Colorado for its abundance of summer activities. It is in an ideal location for outdoor recreation with its mild climate with its warm summer days and cool nights. At its disposal is thousands of acres of BLM and National Forest public land, featuring varying terrain from high desert to rugged mountains and everything in between, Wright's Mesa is the ultimate playground for outdoor enthusiasts. The Norwood/Redvale area provides numerous options for hiking, trail running as well as mountain and rock climbing. Burn Canyon and Thunder Trails systems offer all day excursions climbing the 12,614 ft Lone Cone Mountain and the 14ers within the Wilson massif. If you want an adventure, spend the day hunting for petroglyphs or rock climbing in Paradox Valley, or spend the weekend backpacking through the Uncompahgre and San Juan National Forests. For the mountain biker in your family, Norwood offers two main trail systems ideal for mountain biking. The Burn Canyon Trails offers friendly, fast and flowing single-track riding through juniper, pinion and oak brush forest. The Thunder Trails offer more challenging single-track riding through ponderosa and oak brush forests with extensive views of Naturita Canyon. For the horse person in your group, the Uncompahgre and San Juan National Forests, as well as BLM land surrounding Norwood, provides hundreds of miles of trails ideally suited for horseback riding. Miles of trails surrounding Wright's Mesa travel through grassy meadows, juniper, pinion and ponderosa, aspen and pine forests, and offer endless views of Lone Cone Peak and the Wilson Range.
Hunting: Buck Fever Ranch is located in Game Management Unit (GMU) 70 which is well known for its big mule deer bucks! This unit (1,500 square miles) borders Utah and runs about 75 miles southeast, rising from less than 5,000 to more than 14,000 feet above sea level. Mule deer and elk thrive in this unit. With an unlimited number of elk tags sold over-the-counter for the second and third rifle seasons, hunting pressure is heavy giving private land owners an advantage. The unit is nearly 70% public and consists of flat farmlands in the valleys and broken country in the transition areas range from about 6,000-8,500 feet. There are some steep mountains that measure over 8,500 feet and some imposing peaks above timberline that measure from about 12,500 to more than 14,000 feet. Within view of the ranch is GMU 61. A premier destination for elk and mule deer hunters, the western half of the Uncompahgre Plateau (1,300 square miles) comprises most of this unit, which runs about 70 miles from Gateway near the Utah line to Placerville just west of Telluride. This unit consistently yields big elk and mule deer. GMU 62 draws a great deal of attention because it shares the Uncompahgre Plateau with Unit 61, which is famous for producing high success rates on big mule deer and elk. Though Unit 62 healthy numbers and tags can be purchased over the counter (OTC) for elk. The massive Uncompahgre Plateau (1,376 square miles) is a flat-top mountain range that ranges mostly between 8,300 and 9,200 feet above sea level and stretches about 90 miles from the northwest to the southeast. The Divide Road separates Unit 62 to the northeast and Unit 61 to the southwest. The plateau drops into huge canyons, some of them ruggedly steep and overlooking lowlands from 4,500-5,500 feet in elevation.
Fishing: Norwood offers numerous fishing opportunities for all types of anglers. Miramonte Reservoir just south of Norwood has been dubbed one of the best fisheries in the state with its abundance of Rainbow, Brown and Snake River Cutthroat trout. The San Miguel River provides anglers with pools and eddies full of eager trout. The best way to fish the San Miguel River is to hire a local guide to float the river. The San Miguel River begins in the San Juan Mountains above Telluride, Colorado and ends at the confluence with the Dolores River 72 miles downstream (near Uravan).
Telluride: Telluride, Colorado was designated a National Historic Landmark District in 1964 and is just eight blocks wide and twelve blocks long tucked into a box canyon surrounded by 13,000 and 14,000-foot peaks. Perched above Telluride at 9,500 feet, Mountain Village is full of European-style architecture, modern amenities, ski-in/ski-out hotels and sweeping views of the surrounding peaks. Telluride and Mountain Village are linked by a 13-minute view-filled ride on a free gondola. Telluride skiing is continually ranked the #1 Ski Resort in North America by readers of Conde Nast Traveler, Telluride Ski Resort with its uncrowded slopes, no lift lines and exceptional terrain. When it's time to take a break from carving out the slopes, the destination also serves up everything from snowshoeing and Nordic skiing to sleigh rides and fat bike tours. When the temperatures warm up, there is no place quite like Telluride in the summer - kids float down the San Miguel River through town on inner tubes, cyclists and hikers head off in every direction. Telluride has long been famous for its summer festivals, including iconic music and film festivals including the annual Bluegrass or Telluride Film Festival. With a calendar full of festivals and events each weekend during the summer months, the destination never disappoints.
Moab: Moab is home to some of America's crown jewels. Moab's iconic national parks, Arches and Canyonlands, attract visitors from all over the world but that's only the beginning. The town of Moab is surrounded by scenic rivers, forests, a state park and thousands of square miles of ruggedly beautiful public land! Moab Utah's combination of small resort town hospitality, beautiful scenery and the cool waters of the Colorado River has made it one of the most sought-after recreational destinations in the American Southwest. Visitors can relax and experience the small-town hospitality of Moab. Its perfect climate makes for year-round outdoor events and festivals. The downtown business district has a great collection of restaurants, microbreweries, shops, and galleries.