M66 Ranch

M66 Ranch outside Westcliffe, CO

Located along Highway 69 North outside of Westcliffe, M66 Ranch is part of an original homestead dating back to the late 1880s. Composed of 199 acres situated at the base of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains, the property boasts glorious pastureland and multiple buildings constructed of rough-cut lumber dating back to the early 20th century.

M66 Ranch enjoys significant conservation value, not the least of which is visual access from Highway 69. Taking advantage of soil conducive to high-quality hay production and domestic livestock management, a neighboring rancher leases much of the property. Each year, the land treats Valley residents and visitors alike to splendid views of a working ranch with rolling green pastures backed by a dramatic mountain range. The year-round Texas Creek meanders through the northwest corner of the property, providing a constant source of water for cattle as well as an abundance of birds and other wildlife.

  • "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