1429+/- Acres


  • One of the last remaining private and intact ranches over 1,000 acres near Telluride
  • Only 12 miles from Telluride
  • With 2.25 miles of public land adjacency, including 0.75 miles along the Uncompahgre National Forest to the West, the ranch feels like a private inholding
  • Located in Game Management Unit 70, home to incredible elk and mule deer hunting
  • Frontage along Fall Creek
  • Atop the coveted Specie Mesa with unencumbered views of the San Juan Mountains
  • Unrestricted by a conservation easement
  • John Janus of Telluride Realty & Investment is the cooperating broker on this listing

The Yalgo Ranch consists of approximately 1,429 deeded acres located in San Miguel County, and represents one of the few remaining intact larger holdings in the immediate Telluride area. The Ranch sits upon the coveted Specie Mesa approximately 12 miles west of Telluride. Majestic views of the San Juan Mountain Range can be enjoyed from almost anywhere on the ranch. The property is a combination of flat-top mesas, large aspen groves, ponderosa pines, high mountain meadows, springs, seeps, and creek drainage. Elevations range from approximately 8,000 to 10,000 feet and Hughes Ditch traverses the full length of the property. There is approximately ¼ mile of Fall Creek frontage as well as 2.25 miles of National Forest, BLM, and State Land adjacency. The property is unencumbered by any conservation easements and is located in a high-value area for Land Trusts. It would be an excellent candidate for conservation if a new owner is so inclined. The ranch has incredible panoramic mountain views, unlimited recreational opportunities, and unrivaled privacy.

Several photographs of Yalgo Ranch were taken by Camera Head Media.

Lay of the Land


The ranch is located in the heart of the San Juan Mountain Range, which boasts the highest concentration of 13,000-14,000 foot peaks in the United States. The town of Telluride is a historical landmark that gourmet restaurants, chic boutiques, and fine art galleries call home. Telluride proudly displays its mining town heritage with colorful Victorian houses and charming streets lined with clapboard and brick storefronts. Mountain Village, which is enveloped by the Telluride Ski Resort, offers a more modern luxury feel in a European-style alpine setting. The world-class Telluride Ski Resort has been voted the number-one ski destination in the world on several occasions. The quaint mining town of Ouray, approximately 40 miles away, boasts world-class ice and mountain climbing, as well as numerous hot springs, and great restaurants. Great commercial air service, restaurants, shopping, and health care are available in Montrose, which is approximately 55 miles away.

Sporting Features


Numerous recreational opportunities on the ranch include big game hunting, fly fishing, hiking, mountain biking, horseback riding, ATVing, snowmobiling, snowshoeing, and cross-country skiing. The Ranch is located in Game Management Unit 70, which offers over-the-counter elk hunting tags, limited mule deer tags, and healthy populations of both species. The ranch qualifies for the Colorado Landowner Preference Program, which potentially offers additional landowner mule deer tags. Situated within a designated elk winter range, great big-game hunting and viewing opportunities abound. There is also a ¼ mile of Fall Creek frontage to try your hand at catching a few native trout. The ranch borders the nearly 1 million-acre Uncompahgre National Forest that contains the incredible Lizard Head Wilderness Area and numerous 14,000-foot mountain peaks. The 2.25 miles of Public Lands adjacency makes the ranch feel much larger and expands the scope of recreational opportunities tremendously.