Caribou Ranch – SOLD!

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  • Price: $45,000,000
  • Acreage: 1,600 acres
  • Elevation: 8,500 feet
  • Irrigated: 300 acres
  • Improvements: Home, Lodge, Cabins, Barn, Out-Buildings
  • The Caribou Ranch has recently been sold

    Colorado high country, big blue skies, quaking aspen, mountain streams, eagles and elk, and the history of rock and roll. This is what Caribou Ranch is all about. The name Caribou Ranch evokes memories of an extraordinary place where the greatest pop musicians of the day gathered to be inspired by the beauty and spirit of the Rocky Mountains.

    Just outside Nederland, Colorado, near Boulder and Denver, Caribou sits serenely at 8,500 feet in a private valley surrounded by alpine peaks. It is stunning, it is peaceful, it is a refuge…and there is definitely music in the air.

    In the late 1960s, owner Jim Guercio was a young musician and entrepreneur in the entertainment business. He was looking at ranches throughout the West where he could build a music studio. In 1971, Jim purchased the Caribou Ranch with a vision to transform the recording industry. Guercio wanted a place where he could live and where he could provide lodging, recreational facilities and a state of the art recording studio for producing records and hosting the biggest names in rock and roll – a place where artistry would flourish and history could be made. And that is exactly what he created.

    For the next decade, legends in the music business came to work, to play, to ignite their creative process, and to make records. Elton John, Chicago, The Beach Boys, Billy Joel, Michael Jackson, Joni Mitchell, U2, Joe Walsh, Stevie Wonder, Stephen Stills, Earth Wind and Fire, John Lennon, Rod Stewart, Waylon Jennings, Dan Fogelberg, Amy Grant, John Denver, Willie Nelson, Badfinger, Charlie Daniels, War, Michael Martin Murphy, America, Kris Kristofferson, Supertramp, Michael W. Smith, Jeff Beck, Al Green – the list is long. The writing and recording that took place at the Caribou recording studio resulted in sales of over 100 million albums. The ratio of albums recorded here that charted or went multi-platinum was possibly the highest in the industry.

    Today, Caribou Ranch is a peaceful refuge – far enough away to provide seclusion, close enough to enjoy all that Denver and Boulder have to offer. At 8,500 feet in elevation, Caribou’s majestic alpine character includes mature aspen and pine trees, expansive mountain views, an abundance of wildlife, live water in year-round creeks, and crisp mountain air. Amenities include a beautiful owner’s home, guest cabins, a lodge, riding area, barn, and equipment buildings.

    Several years ago, Boulder County Parks and Open Space acquired about half of the original ranch, ensuring perpetual open lands adjacent to Caribou Ranch, and reserving for the owner, access to a private trail system on the open space. The ranch is also close to Rocky Mountain National Park and has direct access to National Forest lands.

    A conservation easement protects and enhances the ranch while providing the opportunity to construct additional improvements in various locations and in a manner that respects the character of the land. Recreational activities to be enjoyed include fly-fishing, hiking, horseback riding, mountain biking, and cross-country skiing. Rocky Mountain Airport, 45 minutes from the ranch, can accommodate private jet aircraft.

    The allure of Caribou Ranch, defined by its mountain splendor and quiet privacy, speaks to discriminating buyers who can appreciate its unique natural beauty, ideal location, and rich musical history – all the reasons it has inspired those who pass through its gates.

    This property has been sold and is no longer available.

    • 1,600 Deeded Acres
    • 300 Irrigated Acres
    • 60 to 100 tons of hay production annually
    • Ranch Headquarters elevation – 8,400 feet
    • Perimeter and cross fencing
    • Water Rights - 31 cfs for irrigation, stock watering, ponds, springs, and domestic uses
    • North Boulder, Delonde, and Como Creeks flow year-round through the ranch
    • Fly fishing in creeks and on numerous ponds - largest 3 acres
    • Mature aspen and pine trees
    • Expansive mountain views
    • Wildlife refuge for elk, deer, and the occasional bear and mountain lion
    • Private, gated and secluded
    • 30 minute drive to Boulder
    • 10 minute drive to Eldora Ski Area – Alpine and Nordic
    • Ranch is enhanced and protected by a conservation easement. The easement provides for existing and future areas for residential development. (See Development Rights Summary)
    • Adjacent to Boulder County Open Space
    • Private trail access within Boulder County Open Space
    • Borders National Forest
    • Attractive and well-maintained improvements including owner's house, barn, equipment buildings, guest cabins, lodge, riding area
    • Property Taxes - $36,500 per year

      All acreages and amounts are approximate.
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  • Caribou Ranch Development Rights Summary

    The Caribou Ranch is enhanced and protected by a conservation easement held by the City and County of Boulder, CO. The easement allows for additional development on the ranch and for the sale or transfer to a third party of:
    Southern Ridge Parcels 1 - 7 consisting of 35 + acres each: Each of the 7 - 35 acre Southern Ridge Parcels is allowed a single family residential dwelling unit up to 7,500 square feet of above ground density.
    Estate Lots 1 - 5: Each of the 5 Estate Lots is allowed a single family residential dwelling unit, which can include a caretaker’s residence, of up to 10,000 square feet in size.
    Caribou City Lots A – D: Each of the 4 Lots is allowed a single family residential dwelling unit of up to 5,000 square feet.
    Caribou City Lot E (Fishing Lodge): Lot E, located near the fishing ponds, is allowed a density of 5,000 square feet for a clubhouse/fishing lodge.
    Caribou City Lot F (Horse Barn): Allowable density for a 12 stall horse barn consisting of a maximum density of 8,000 square feet.
    Guercio Home Site: Allowable density for a single family residential dwelling unit of up to 10,000 square feet.
    Guercio Homestead: Various existing structures including a commercial recording studio, office building, six lodges – 20 bedrooms, dining hall, Guercio residence, barns, maintenance, and other structures totaling 51,339 square feet.
    Two Private Recreation Parcels: Allowable density for two remote cabins of up to 1,250 square feet each.
    June Rose Homestead: Allowable density for one single family residence of no less than 2,000 square feet.
    Parcel 6, The Lukow: Given favorable land use review, allowable density of 6,000 square feet for a single family residence.
    Forest Lakes Parcel: Allowable density for a 3,372 square foot Caretaker’s Unit.

    Detailed documents affecting the development of Caribou Ranch are available upon request.