Hunter’s Paradise On The Banks Of The Beautiful Arkansas River



If you’re looking for your dream hunting property, here it is! Home to giant whitetails, turkey, abundant waterfowl and even elk, this 3-mile stretch of the Arkansas River is an absolute sportsman’s paradise. Tall, mature cottonwoods, Russian olive, willow, and tamarisk blanket the river bottom creating abundant cover for all types of native wildlife. A raised dike runs east to west through the entire south portion of the property, creating a maintained roadway to quickly and quietly access the property south of the river, while serving as a lengthy raised viewpoint for glassing down into the thick tamarisk, beautiful cottonwood flats, and open grassy meadows. Multiple low-water crossings can be utilized by UTV/ATV dependent on water levels, allowing property-wide access from any location. Tall, mature hardwoods line both sides of the river throughout the entire property, bordering many pinch points perfect for tucking your treestands and ground blinds into ambush positions. Expansive, mature thickets can be found in multiple areas, creating ideal locations for establishing “do-not-enter” sanctuaries, which will no doubt create a safe-haven for wildlife from all directions.

In addition to big game potential, this stretch of Arkansas is home to many species of waterfowl including wood ducks, teal, mallard, and Canada goose, as well as numerous migrating species throughout the year. The high banks, winding channels, low-water crossings, and heavy cover provide dozens of textbook locations for installing your heated pit blind, brush blind, or just using the existing brush for blending in naturally. The current owner has noted they’ve had some incredible ducks hunts over the past few years (see photos).

For income potential, the varying loams soils can support moderate livestock grazing with tall, quick-to-recover native grasses along the entirety of the property. With the property tucked between the river and the thousands of acres of surrounding irrigated cropland, the sub-returning water keeps the grasses growing rapidly, even in the driest of years. The current owner runs 120 head for 6 months out of the year, which is well below its full grazing capacity. The entire property is well-fenced, with multiple locked access points on both the north and south sides of the river to both keep your livestock in, and unwanted visitors out!

A winding established 2-track access road stretches along the north side of the river from border to border, allowing easy navigation to check on the livestock, access your hunting areas, or view the beautiful changing leaves in the fall. Many beautiful building locations along the north side could support an incredible homestead, with direct access to Hwy 194 just minutes from both Las Animas and La Junta. La Junta is one of the largest livestock hubs around, with weekly livestock auctions (largest in Colorado) serving cattlemen and ranchers in all directions.

This incredible hunting and income opportunity are offered to you exclusively by Whitetail Properties Real Estate. Contact the Southern Colorado Land Specialist for more information or to set up a full-featured showing.

Property Details

  • Encompasses both sides of the Arkansas River for around 3 miles
  • EXTREMELY low hunting pressure over the last 7+ years
  • Irrigated cropland in all directions for ample food, creating a wildlife sanctuary
  • Easily accessible on both sides for hunting any winds
  • Heavy mature hardwoods mixed with thick underbrush, tamarisk, and others
  • Abundant big game, especially Trophy Whitetails AND waterfowl
  • Great history of 190”+ whitetails taken in the area, including a 203” net in 2018
  • Livestock grazing income potential with great native grasses and ample water
  • Direct access to Highway 194 on northeast corner
  • Located in BOTH Colorado Hunting Unit GMU #125 (north of river) and #130 (south of river)
  • Minutes to public lands including John Martin SWA, Blue Lake STL, and Comanche National Grasslands

Hwy 194, Lot #WP001
Las Animas, Colorado 81054