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Rocky Mountain Colorado Ranches in Custer County

Posted in: Wet Mountain Valley
By Wild West Properties
Jan 12, 2012 - 5:58:40 PM

Colorado Ranch
Colorado Ranch
Custer County is located about an hour and a half southwest of Colorado Springs. It envelops the Wet Mountain Valley's Colorado ranch land and her small mountain towns. From about 6,000 feet elevation at the lowest point to 7,800 at Westcliffe real estate, to over 14,000 feet on top of Creston Peak, Custer County offers a variety of terrain including some of the most rugged all of south-central Colorado property.

Custer County's Colorado mountain homes are spread out between Rosita, Silver Cliff, Westcliffe, San Isabel, Wetmore, and the Wet Mountain Valley. These areas support the rural lifestyle and mountain recreational activities.

Colorado Horse Property
Colorado Horse Property
Created in 1877 out of Fremont County, Custer County honored Lt. Col. George Armstrong Custer by adopting his name the year after his demise in Wyoming. Settlement of Custer County real estate began after the silver rush of the 1870s, in an era that left many Colorado property homesteaders farming and ranching to survive. Colorado cattle ranches still thrive in Custer County, employing an extensive system of irrigation ditches that are now part of the tradition of the Wet Mountain Valley.

Originally, Ula was the county seat. The seat soon moved to Rosita, then Silver Cliff, and finally in 1922 to Westcliffe real estate. Without a dependable railroad, however, population remained low. For a brief time until it flooded, a narrow-gauge railroad line through Grape Creek Canyon opened up the area. Its old rail house is a historical landmark in Westcliffe today.

The mining era produced several notable mines, including Geyser Mine on the northern edge of Silver Creek, Bassick Mine near Querida, and Bull Domingo, which is north of Silver Cliff. Ranching is the mainstay of Custer County enterprise.

Colorado Mountain Land
Colorado Mountain Land
Much of Custer County is comprised of national forests, the Sangre de Cristo Wilderness and San Isabel National Forest, are located in the Sangre de Cristo Mountains to the west and in the Wet Mountains to the east. The Frontier Pathways National Scenic and Historic Byway passes through Custer County, along with two transcontinental bicycle routes: the TransAmerica Trail Bicycle Route and the Western Express Bicycle Route. Deweese Reservoir to the north is the site of year-round activities.

The "road less traveled" begins here. Throughout the Wet Mountain Valley are many landmarks and points of interest. Historic Rosita, the Silver Cliff Museum, the Old Westcliff Schoolhouse and Museum - all highlighted during the "Then and Now: Walking & Driving Tour of Historic Custer County." Festivities over Memorial Day Weekend, the Fourth of July, and Light Up the Valley Events during December are also favorites.

For more information about Colorado real estate, Colorado ranches, land, homes, and mountain properties in the area, contact Bob Joslen of Wild West Properties, LLC at 719-783-0801.
   

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