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, Jim Vidamour was involved in over $75,000,000 in sales.
Recent notable sales/acquisitions over $39,000,000:
110 Francisco The Tom Cruise Ranch Telluride, Colorado
Recent notable sales/acquisitions over $14,000,00:
Bitter Creek Ranch Rangely, Colorado
Recent notable sales/acquisitions over $9,000,000:
Strawberry Ridge Ranch Rye, Colorado
Recent Sales/Acquisitions over $4,000,000:
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 but also spends a lot of time in the Enchanted Circle part of Northern New Mexico. 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
11 Active Properties Listed by Jim Vidamour, ALC
Ranches of this size are very rare in this part of Colorado. With miles of National Forest border, including two inholdings, numerous ponds, a small reservoir, seasonal creeks, irrigated hay fields, dark timber, aspen groves, Stunning views from everywhere on the ranch offer many opportunities for possible future homesites. The elk and mule deer hunting is superb, with large herds of elk and solitary big bulls and bucks cruising the ranch.
Large acreage ranches near resort communities are rare in Colorado. The ranch has miles of National Forest border, water rights, seasonal creeks, irrigated hay fields, dark timber, aspen groves, and several elegantly restored ranch cabins; there is nothing like this ranch, with this proximity to world-class resort towns. Stunning views of Ragged Mountain and Chair Mountain from everywhere on the ranch offer the opportunity for many possible trophy homesites with existing underground electricity.
This Colorado mountain ranch for sale 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.
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.
This Colorado ranch includes a 5-1/2± acre spring-fed pond and an off-grid, unique oversized custom cabin built with historic timbers from a bygone West Virginian church and an antique country cabin. The land is varied, with rolling terrain, large grazing pastures, smaller meadows surrounded by aspens, ponderosa pines, gamble oaks, all distributed in densely forested areas. Best of all, there are stunning mountain views of the Sneffels Range, Wilsons, Lizard Head, and the Dolores Peaks.
Currently being operated as a premier, world-class equestrian facility in New Mexico, HIPICO offers abundant water resources, great location, tens of thousands of square feet of covered and enclosed space, utility infrastructure bordering thousands of acres of BLM land. The local culture, history, and ideal climate make this a perfect place to call home or operate a business.
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.
Located in the heart of a four-season recreational mecca, in an area infused with the incredibly unique New Mexico culture, this ranch for sale is truly one of a kind. The unique zoning allows the owner to explore numerous possible uses. We invite you to schedule a tour today to experience the beauty and serenity of this place.
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.
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.
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.
7 Listings Sold by Jim Vidamour, ALC
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.
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.
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 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
This article is an exclusive preview from Land Investor magazine volume 8, coming November 2022. By Jim Vidamour, Principal Broker ALC, Listed in CO, NM 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 […]
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 […]
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, 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 […]
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 […]