Humboldt Peak Ranch

Humboldt Peak Ranch, Custer County Colorado

Humboldt Peak Ranch is a working hay and cattle ranch dating back to the late 1800’s. Originally settled by Elisha Horn in 1869, and later consolidated with several other homesteads, this 400-acre ranch is known for its #1 priority water rights, productive pastures, and elk breeding habitat.

Long, gently sloping hayfields and numerous ponds are accented by aspen and willow stands along Macey, Stanton and Spring Creeks. Horn Creek also crosses the northwest corner of the property, racing through a healthy Ponderosa Pine dominated forest.

The ranch is one of Custer County’s first “clustered housing developments”, in which the majority of the ranch is protected by a conservation easement, while in the development area additional home and cabin sites are permitted than would normally be by county zoning. Water rights are tied to the land for agriculture and wildlife, ensuring productivity, beauty and value, forever. Humboldt Peak Ranch provides a functional example of the balance that can be met between conservation and development.

  • "My family put 720 acres under conservation easement in 2009. We did it to protect the integrity of the property and to help secure the water rights to the irrigated hay land in perpetuity. In this age of agricultural and economic uncertainty, conservation easements are the thing to do."

    – Larry Vickerman, executive director, Denver Botanic Gardens, Chatfield