Jim Vidamour, ALC
Licensed in CO, NM
Jim belongs to the Realtor Land Institute, a worldwide organization of land professionals that offers the opportunity to network with and market to other outstanding brokers across the country. Jim has earned the Accredited Land Consultant (ALC) designation. This is an elite group of 500 land specialists who hold the designation across the globe.
In 2021 – 2023, Jim Vidamour was involved in over $110,000,000 in sales.
Recent notable sales/acquisitions over $39,000,000:
110 Francisco The Tom Cruise Ranch | Telluride, Colorado
Recent notable sales/acquisitions over $19,000,000:
Sendero Verde | Edwards, Colorado
Recent notable sales/acquisitions over $14,000,00:
Bitter Creek Ranch | Rangely, Colorado
Recent notable sales/acquisitions over $9,000,000:
801 Holy Cross | Edwards, Colorado
Strawberry Ridge Ranch | Rye, Colorado
Recent notable sales/acquisitions over $7,000,000:
Dolores River Ranch | Stoner, Colorado
Recent Sales/Acquisitions over $4,000,000:
Wire Hill Ranch | Raton, New Mexico
Bear Creek Ranch | Walsenburg, Colorado
Elk Vu Ranch | Steamboat, Colorado
Canones Creek Ranch | Tierra Amarilla, New Mexico
Jim lives and headquarters out of La Veta, Colorado, a small rural ranching town in Southern Colorado, and Angel Fire, New Mexico, in the heart of Enchanted Circle country with his wife Kelly. In Colorado and northern New Mexico, it’s all about elk hunting, fly fishing, camping, skiing, hiking, and mountain and road biking. Live music and country swing dancing round out most weeks when Jim isn’t on the road.
Jim’s family settled in rural Boulder County, Colorado, in the late 1960s, where he attended high school and the University of Colorado Boulder. Family weekends were reserved for hunting, fishing, camping, and trying to get lost on the backroads of Colorado and New Mexico. He has spent a lot of years missing easy shots, tangling fishing lines, and getting bucked off horses he shouldn’t have been on.
Jim permanently moved back to Colorado from Florida in the early 2000s after a 28-year career that included Director of Tennis, Marina & Fitness at ITT Corp, and Director of Tennis for the city of Daytona Beach. ITT Development Corp was at the time the largest land developer in Florida. While in Florida, Jim spent many days in a single outboard engine boat thirty to fifty miles offshore trolling for striking fish or bottom fishing for grouper and snapper. Jim still gets to do skinny water sight fishing in Florida for redfish with his son Wyatt. During his time in Florida, Jim was a US Coast Guard licensed boat captain, and a USPTA certified tennis professional for 33 years.
5633 State Hwy 12
PO Box 965
La Veta, Colorado 81055
14 Active Properties Listed by Jim Vidamour, ALC
In a part of Colorado where large acreages are rare, Ragged Mountain East Ranch offers the opportunity to own an expansive, minimally developed, diverse ranch with excellent hunting, water rights, and miles of national forest border. The improvements on the ranch are incredibly tasteful and well situated, yet position the buyer to build their own dream residence in one of many possible locations if he or she so desires. The big game hunting is exceptional, and the ranch has rarely been hunted.
This Colorado mountain ranch offers aspen groves, spruce, fir, and meadows with live water creeks up from Groundhog Reservoir, offering lush grass for grazing cattle. A thoughtful conservation easement protects the property and provides flexibility, allowing commercial hunting, grazing, timbering, and future homesites. The fishery on the ranch is waiting to be developed further. Elk hunting is stupendous, and world record line class rainbow trout have been caught in Groundhog Reservoir.
This Colorado ranch offers much: 1.5± miles of productive fish habitat-improved Lake Fork Creek, water rights, hunting opportunities, stunning views, easy access to world-class ski areas, the summer jaunt over Independence Pass to Aspen, and recreational opportunities. A golf course, fish hatchery, Turquoise Lake, and the Arkansas River are all neighbors. Whatever draws you to consider this ranch, it is not difficult to see all the possibilities and wonderful attributes that are Lake Fork Ranch.
The Old Tobacco Farm in New Mexico is a green island of alfalfa hay fields in the center of an urban landscape, offering the buyer the opportunity to continue the farming operation, create an urban estate or land bank for the future, or explore the current development environment. The county has approved and adopted a plan for a very valuable 450-residential housing unit development. Outdoor living, art, and history are a way of life in the area. The Sandia Mountains are only minutes away.
Los Cielos checks all the boxes. If you are looking for a magnificent New Mexico custom log lodge in a stunning location with nearly 300± acres of forest, meadows, and ponds. Not to mention it is near a plethora of first-class recreational opportunities, home ground to a large elk and wildlife population, unlimited elk hunting tags, expansive views, close to a full-service FBO with 8,900 foot runway, near a ski mountain, and a full-service golf/tennis/pickleball/fitness country club.
The Colorado ranch boasts approximately 0.4 miles of both sides of the West Fork of the Dolores River, with exceptional trout fishing for browns and rainbows. Privacy yet convenient access is a hallmark of this property. Paved publicly maintained roads to the ranch driveway allow for year-round use of the property. The log home is amongst an enticing grove of trees near the river. A riding arena, oversized 3-car detached garage, and custom tack room round out the improvements.
Colorado offers a unique investment opportunity as an ongoing commercial endeavor, a development play, or as a private estate in a perfectly special location. A beautiful and short drive from urban Colorado Springs into the Rocky Mountain foothills brings you to this stunning location in the shadow of Pike’s Peak. This would be an ideal location to create a family compound or personal retreat, possibly by separating nine golf holes and the event center from the remainder of the property.
This land for sale can be a business or family property, offering acres of Colorado mountain ranch land, income-generating improvements, a custom log barn, an arena, water rights, and good elk and mule deer hunting; it is almost impossible to find a comparable Colorado property at this price. This wonderful ranch is just an hour and a half from the Colorado Springs airport and 2.5 hours from Denver International Airport. The ranch is accessible year-round via paved roads to the ranch gate.
Unique and exceptional fly fishing and recreational property in southern Colorado boasts 2 miles of Culebra Creek, home to giant wild brown and cutbow trout. Surrounded by 14,000-foot mountain peaks, the views are stunning. The property realizes income through a fishing club lease, which interferes very little with the use of the property by the owner. The purchase comes with a Solitary Angler’s Fishing membership, allowing access to over 25 miles of prime fishing waters in CO, NM, and WY.
Tranquila Ranch enjoys the three most important aspects of real estate: Location-near Santa Fe, New Mexico, Location-highway access, Location-adjacent to the 10,000± acre Galisteo Preserve. Tranquila has the potential to be a large private ranch, a development play, or an opportunity to land bank a large acreage at a low carrying cost in a highly desirable market. Notably, the ranch borders the Galisteo Basin Preserve, which offers 10,000± acres of hiking, biking, riding, and exploring.
Vista 360 offers the opportunity to acquire a premier building parcel in a prime location experiencing high demand. The recent purchase of Taos Ski Valley and its conversion to a high-end resort has enhanced the desirability of this location, as well as the proximity to Taos, New Mexico. There are few impediments to creating a wonderful estate on this property that will continue to increase in value as demand in the area outpaces the availability of parcels like this.
This New Mexico ranch has a three-bedroom, two-bath ranch house, a large barn, a 7-foot high game fence and has been developed into a world-class Cowboy Action Shooting™ and recreational facility. It has 17 shooting bays, a western town, an entertainment | meeting hall, an Old West Saloon, and a chapel – the site of several weddings and services. Included is a sizeable equestrian arena, with an enclosed announcer stand, sound system, and a 3,000-gallon water tank to service the horses.
Enjoy peace of mind with a , grid-tied 10k solar array, geothermal greenhouse, water well with 1,500 gallons of storage, garage, workshop, 1,000-gallon propane storage tank, rain catchment system, woodburning heat stoves, and backup generator. Relax on one of the decks, patios, or in the hot tub of a turnkey furnished log home on a mesa high above the Colorado plains with stunning views of the Colorado Rockies, including the Spanish Peaks, Greenhorn Mountain, Sangre de Cristos, and Pikes Peak.
IMN Heaven Ranch is aptly named if you value abundant wildlife, the privacy of a large acreage property, excellent big game hunting, productive water well, expansive, beautiful views, a seasonally mild climate, and easy year-round access in southern Colorado. Hunt elk and mule deer on your own property with private access to a large landlocked 2,000+ acre Bureau of Land Management (BLM) parcel. IMN Heaven remains a blank slate with water, electricity, and a workshop already in place.
12 Listings Sold by Jim Vidamour, ALC
Unbelievable Colorado mountain retreat with includes two air-conditioned homes. With views of the Gore and Sawatch Mountain Ranges, the 14,419-square-foot home has a step-less entry, walls of windows capturing the magnificent views, two four-car garages, and a second 2,636-square-foot caretaker home with two bedrooms, three baths, and an office. Outside has a well-stocked fishing pond and 10 miles of custom-built trails for hiking, snowshoeing, or snowmobiling.
Deriving its name from a wild strawberry patch on the top of a towering bluff, this Colorado ranch for sale offers outstanding big game hunting or watching with an abundant number of species such as trophy elk, mule deer, black bear, and pronghorn antelope. It features a 4,013.45± deeded acres and 640± acre state lease parcel. One of the many features that make this ranch stand out is the valuable water rights, providing 275 acre-feet of water annually for agriculture and municipal use.
History is woven into this lush 318± acre landscape with a charming 11-bedroom, half-century-old lodge at the base of the now-defunct but delightfully skiable Stoner Ski Area. This Colorado recreational property is located on the Dolores River, dubbed by Trout Unlimited as one of the “Top 100 Trout Rivers in America.” The river is fed by a dozen brook, rainbow, and brown trout streams and is distinguished by riffles, runs, bends, cut banks, and back eddies.
With the San Juan River flowing through the acreage, its year-round access, proximity to the town of Pagosa Springs, and sheer beauty, the possibilities with this gorgeous Colorado ranch are indeed many. Develop the quintessential fishery for you and your friends. Plan the family compound you, your children, and grandchildren have dreamed about. Create an equestrian center extraordinaire and ride for endless miles into the San Juan National Forest. Use it as a sporting base for big game hunts.
This is the perfect ranch for so many reasons. The incredible 5,000 SF log home is the perfect retreat for your family to enjoy and feel safe in today’s unpredictable world. Ranch life awaits you, complete with comfort, security, connectivity and all the amenities to make the rural life yours.
This Colorado ranch holding is coming on the market for the first time since it was first assembled. Historically the ranch has been used for cattle grazing with an ample supply of well water piped to six stock tanks on the property. Bear Creek flows seasonally through the ranch, and vegetation zones vary from creek bottom cottonwoods, classic piñon juniper forest, and towering ponderosas. Volcanic dike walls and sandstone rock formations accentuate the scenic vistas.
Escalera has been called the premier ranch in southern Colorado, With its 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 this stunning ranch property is the perfect combination of private retreat and productive land.
A charming house in a small Colorado town enjoys exceptional privacy, 2 homes, an art studio, insulated outbuildings, a high-fenced yard, and more. Soak in the hot tub on the deck with the river flowing below and a wood fire roaring in the porch fireplace. Open your bedroom windows and let the peaceful river sounds rock you to sleep. It features a custom 2-bed/2-bath home on the river and includes an updated 2/2 farmhouse, garden areas, workshop, 1-car garage, woodstoves, outdoor fireplace, and porches.
La Veta View sits on easily accessible acreage near the quaint small town of La Veta, an iconic foothills Colorado town that manages to stay hidden from the onslaught of the modern world. It features an exquisite home in a haven of beauty and charm. Boasting stunning views, the presence of Abeyta Creek meandering through, breathtaking mountain vistas, a wealth of wildlife, and impeccable craftsmanship on the home, this residence is widely recognized as a truly exceptional property.
A diverse 60± acres in New Mexico completely surrounded by thousands of acres of Carson National Forest, this inholding is a literal gem in the rough. There is a high producing water well, a spring-fed pond, quality forest road access, wildlife, and mining claims. Originating from mining claims, Upper Montane has two historic gold and silver/copper pit mines on the property and the remnants of mining camps. Elk, mule deer, and black bear hunting is great; timber is abundant on the part of the property.
This totally off-grid property has seven pastures and four ponds. The hunting is outstanding for elk, mule deer and black bear to name the major species. This ranch comes with an agricultural irrigation water right and it’s own registered ranch brand. The home has been set up as a lodge primarily for the fall hunting operations.
Located in the coveted Arkansas River Valley and surrounded by San Isabel National Forest and Brown’s Canyon National Monument, this versatile ranch property offers year-round recreation opportunities for sportsmen and outdoor enthusiasts.
Articles Authored by Jim Vidamour, ALC
As I was writing this, the two largest wildfires in the history of New Mexico were burning. The Hermits Peak/Calf Canyon Fire, just northeast of Santa Fe, and the Black Fire in the Gila National Forest were burning at a historic pace. According to the National Wildfire Coordinating Group, the Calf Canyon Fire/Hermit’s Peak Fire […]
A Skilled Spot and Stalk Hunter’s Paradise! by John Watson The 785± acre Dos Rios Ranch in Pagosa Springs, Colorado, has a rare combination of ideal attributes that enable the skilled spot and stalk hunter to regularly harvest big mule deer in the 170”-185” Boone and Crockett class every year. Located in Colorado’s Division of […]
The land, color, and skies of New Mexico, combined with its outdoor recreation opportunities, culture, people, history, and arts, attract ranchland investors to this most unique mountain state, long known as The Land of Enchantment. New Mexico, the fifth largest state, is long on landscapes that range from vast deserts to open mesas to snowcapped […]
By Jim Vidamour, Fay Ranches Principal Broker, Licensed in New Mexico and Colorado It is hard to deny that the recent pandemic has accelerated a trend that began a few years ago. The desire to own a refuge away from urban population density has intensified and is readily apparent in the sharp increase in ranch […]
By Jim Vidamour ALC, Principal Broker, Licensed in CO, NM Are you thinking about buying your dream hunting property in the Rocky Mountains but are confused by the different landowner hunting regulations in each state? If so, I hope this state-by-state overview of Landowner big game hunting opportunities and programs will help you. There are […]
By Jim Vidamour, ALC, Principal Broker, Licensed in CO, NM The most important thing to realize about Colorado is that Colorado only exports water. There are no rivers entering Colorado for any significant distance. Colorado water originates in Colorado and exits the state through several major river systems. The South Platte, the North Platte, the […]