Looking for a fantastic investment property or addition to your current hay operation? This high-yield alfalfa farm on the edge of the Purgatoire River has been producing a fantastic crop for decades! Located just a few minutes from Las Animas, the historic Gardner Farm is well-known for its high-quality alfalfa, along with its native-grown seed used exclusively for generations. Included with the farm are 305 shares of Consolidated Extension water, which is #2 priority for water, second only to Rocky Ford. Even though much of the farm is sub-irrigated and requires little-to-no water, this allows ample gated pipe/flood irrigation to produce top-quality hay even in the driest of years. Also located on the farm are two water wells that could be rebuilt and recommissioned for more options.
The main house (brick), approximately 2,549 sq ft, sits beautifully amongst tall, mature cottonwoods just a few yards from the Purgatoire River. The main yard also includes the original farm home, which could be remodeled and used for a guest house, hunter's cabin, or anything you like! Here you’ll also find a large metal COOP Machine shed with propane heating and concrete floor, multiple grain bins, outbuildings, chicken coop, and more. The main house had new septic with leach field added in 2015, as well as a new Heater and AC system added in 2019. 1,000 and 500-gallon propane tanks for the house, alongside another 1,000-gallon tank for the machine shed. Two domestic wells providing ample water for all structures.
The tenant house, located just a mile away, includes 3 bedrooms and 2 baths, with a detached 2-car garage and metal carport. There is also a large metal Morton building at this location, offering an incredible amount of equipment storage for your farming operation. This is an excellent opportunity for added rental income or housing for your working farmhands. A new well pump was installed in 2018.
A large metal hay storage shed sits on a large hay yard just north of the tenant house, as well as another storage building just to the west to keep implements/equipment out of the weather. Great maintained roads connect all areas of the farm, making equipment moving quick and easy.
In addition to the fantastic crop production, the farm also offers top-notch big game hunting opportunities including whitetail and mule deer, turkey, and even elk!! Many great deer and elk have been taken on the property over the years, with a resident herd of elk being known to roam through the area quite often. The property qualifies for the Landowner Preference Program to increase your draw odds, as well as over-the-counter tags for archery and 2nd/3rd rifle elk.
Waterfowl hunting potential is incredible as well, with the Purgatoire River, Arkansas River, and John Martin Reservoir attracting a multitude of species of ducks and geese. Hunt the banks of the river, or drop your pit blind into the alfalfa for some fantastic field hunting for Canada Goose and many duck species!
There is so much more included with this amazing property that has been in the same family for over 6 decades, so call your local Whitetail Properties Land Specialist for more information or to set up a private showing!
Over 6 decades of consistent hay farming history
Approximately 700 acres of irrigated tillable, 170 acres of river bottom recreational/hunting
305 shares of Consolidated Extension water (#2 priority)
68.5 additional shares of Xcel Water (leased)
Silt and clay loam soils, great for alfalfa production
2 updated homes including new AC/Heat, new septic, etc
Main house: 4 bedroom/3 bathroom; apprx 2,549 sq ft. New septic, multiple fireplaces, attached 1 car garage, large laundry room with tons of storage
Tenant house: 3 bedroom/2 bathroom; apprx 2,100 sq ft. New well pump, mud room, detached 2 car garage and carport
60’ x 17’ metal Coop machine shed with heat at main house; 54’ x 96’ metal Morton machine shed at tenant house
120’ x 50’ metal roof hay barn, 48’x28’ metal storage building, along with many other outbuildings, grain bins, etc
Ample gated pipe, pipe trailer, alfalfa valves, and other irrigation parts included with sale
Just minutes from Las Animas
Beautifully maintained and cared for for multiple generations
Well-built road system throughout entire farm
Great ROI with fantastic alfalfa production (farm has raised its own native alfalfa seed)
Fantastic deer, turkey, waterfowl, and even elk hunting opportunities with direct river bottom frontage
Located in Colorado Hunting Unit GMU #146; OTC archery and 2nd/3rd rifle season elk
Qualifies for Landowner Preference Program application as well for better draw odds
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