Escalera Ranch, located in the stunning Cuchara Valley just outside of the iconic small Colorado town of La Veta, Colorado is the perfect combination of productive hay acreage, incredible water features, carefully designed architectural improvements and best of all, some of the most stunning views in all of Colorado. Escalera has been called the premier ranch in southern Colorado, but it is more than that. There is much more to Escalera than the incredible location and dramatic views of the West Spanish Peaks, vertical dike wall formations and the Sangre de Cristo mountain chain that runs from Colorado to Santa Fe, New Mexico. The owners have meticulously designed and implemented a comprehensive plan that strategically located living spaces and impressive outbuildings on the ranch. They navigated a tedious process of purchasing and bundling water rights that has allowed them to feature ponds and river frontage unequaled in the Cuchara Valley. The ranch borders other very large ranch properties and has been placed in conservation to ensure that it’s beauty, serenity and privacy will be protected for generations. A forested portion of the top of the ranch was affected by the historic Spring Fire in 2018, however upper grazing meadows are recovering nicely and will likely benefit. With healthy grass meadows, water, oak trees and other food sources it is no surprise that wildlife is abundant on the ranch with large elk herds, mule deer, black bear, turkeys, bobcats and a wide assortment of many other critters. Of course, trout fishing in the river and ponds is a given. There is no doubt that Escalera is a special place, commanding a special place in the line-up of Colorado ranches. In fact, the ranch was one of the few selected to be featured John Fielder’s beautiful book, Ranches of Colorado. The location of the ranch is ideal, being equal distance from Santa Fe and Denver, and equal distance from Taos and Colorado Springs. Only one buyer will be able to call this Colorado paradise home.