The Ventero Elk & Deer retreat ranch is a 91± acre honeyhole boasting incredible wildlife, spectacular beauty, 360º views and improved comfort. The ranch lies near the northern New Mexico border only a few hundred feet from the Colorado line. Panoramic views of the Sangre De Cristo mountains in both Colorado and New Mexico are enjoyed from the ranch. The deeded land is comprised of rolling grassy terrain with some elevation into thick cover on its northeastern side. The ranch borders the Rio Costilla Cooperative Livestock Association (RCCLA) who purchased 80,000 acres, one part of the Sangre de Cristo Land Grant, in 1942. Cattle ranching was the primary focus at the time. In the 1950’s the land began to be seen for its unique recreational value. In 1983, visitors were given the opportunity to hunt, fish and camp in designated portions of the ranch.
The main residence is a charming 2 bed, 1.5 bath cabin which is currently undergoing extensive remodeling. The remodel is comprised of custom, hand-crafted woodwork throughout which will be complimented with modern finishes and appliances. A covered front patio runs the length of the home. A 1 bed, 1 bath studio apartment is next to, but detached from the main residence. The apartment is updated and very comfortable. A 40’x60′ metal building has recently been built on the property and offers tremendous storage and has potential for other uses such as a barn, workshop or even additional living space. A pond, approx .75 acres in size is adjacent to the main residence and offers nice aesthetic value and is a watering source for wildlife and livestock. The pond has the potential to be managed for fishing and recreation as well.
The ranch lies in GMU 55A, which is designated as a Special Management Zone by Game and Fish. The current owner has been issued four elk permits, two either sex archery and two cow elk tags. Special Management zones exist in quality elk habitat areas, where the majority of land is owned by private entities. Private-land authorizations on these ranches are allocated through a negotiation between the Department of Game and Fish and the ranch managers, meaning there are opportunities to adjust and increase the elk permits through collaboration with Game and Fish.