Homestead Ranch, Trophy Elk, World Class Mule Deer, Antelope & Peregrine Falcons Homestead Ranch is a hidden jewel of hand built & quarried stone dwellings with a lifetime of stories. The ranch consists of +/- 3728 deeded and secluded acres and is located in Las Animas County, the largest county by area in Colorado. Homestead Ranch is halfway between La Junta and Kim, Colorado +/- 12 miles west of Hwy. 109 on County Road 177.9, near the Eight Mile and Miller Canyon intersection. Spanning 9 miles from the round top mesa to the Comanche National Grasslands, the Homestead Ranch overlooks the Purgatoire River. The east side is a private holding and the west side is the 25,000-acre Purgatoire Ranch, enrolled in Colorado's Ranching for Wildlife. The north border along the Purgatoire River is thousands of acres of public Comanche National Grasslands, an incredible area that has limited public access. The Homestead Ranch will stir your soul. If history is the theme of this incredible land then the Homestead Ranch is a walk through time....... A generation is not enough time to explore the miles of canyons and trails, creek bottoms, native ruins or an old mineshaft. The round top mesa hosts an incredible array of early stone homesteads, each a living work of art. Rumored stories abound of the hidden gold of the Purgatoire. This property would be considered a state park in a lot of locations, with some parts only viewed by the astronauts. Improvements include dozens of hand-quarried rock homesteads from the 1800s to early 1900s, a new solar well, perimeter fencing and a good road system. Hunting is second to none. Colorado's Plains Elk units have become known as the best value hunting and ranch land in the country. Enjoy the plains elk units with unlimited tags from September 1 to January 31, with no limit on tags per hunter. While this ranch qualifies for landowner deer tags (+/- 3 to 4 per year), it is also located in a unit that has allowed for 100% drawings for mule deer & antelope without preference points (check regulations). You'll spook antelope on the way to the homestead dwellings and spring, bump record-book mule deer (200” deer documented) from the canyon rims, and limit out on doves on any of the numerous waterholes. But be careful as September 1 is opening day for rifle elk season. Enjoy the most liberal elk seasons in the country (September through January 31). Coveys of blue quail run the grasslands and peregrine falcons nest in the canyons. Fully fenced, with water holes, springs and even a pocket of aspens, the ranch character is varied with an easy altitude in the 4000 - 5000 range. The Homestead Ranch's historic use has been for hunting mule deer, antelope and elk and limited cattle production. Prior to the 1960’s it was dry land wheat and bean farming. The land has homesteads going back to the 1800s and beyond. The ranch is approximately 1 mile to power and is ideally positioned for a solar power. Land values in Las Animas County have increased steadily for the last 10 years due to the incredible hunting and its tremendous location within 3.5 hours of Denver and 3 hours to Amarillo, Texas. All hunting rights go to Buyer for 2017 season. Call or email today for a qualified showing as Homestead Ranch is priced to sell.