Tow Creek Ranch - Nature at its Finest

Offered at: $9,200,000

3 Bed    2.5 Bath    2,160 Acres

Tow Creek is an exceptional property; close enough to town for convenience but far enough away for privacy and solitude. Harkening back to the ranching lifestyle that first attracted pioneers to Routt County, this property has the potential to allow you to create your personal vision. This 2,160 acre property, unencumbered by Conservation Easements, feels remote yet is only 13 miles (20 minutes), from Steamboat Springs. Tow Creek Ranch has been home to three generations of the historic Utterback family and the opportunity for new ownership is now being offered.

A restored ecosystem thrives on this mountain ranch. Meadows flourish, dark timber stands offer shade and shelter for wildlife, and Tow Creek sustains the land and those that live on it. With mountains, hills and valleys, open parks, and meadows, there is enough acreage to feel as if you are completely alone; yet you are connected by a well established trail and road system for unlimited exploration.

A restored wildlife habitat presents hunting opportunities for elk, deer, bear, and mountain lion. The ranch is located within Game Management Unit 214.

This historic third generation ranch is a unique opportunity to own a sustainable property that has multiple enterprises including hay production, a sheep stocker operation, and hunting. Conveniently situated between Steamboat Springs and the Yampa Valley Regional Airport, Tow Creek Ranch is calling you home.

Property Highlights


2160 acres of sustainable land. Hidden valleys and hilltops. Majestic aspen and fir trees. Meadows and dark timber.


The entrance to this ranch is 13 miles from Steamboat Springs, directly off of US Highway 40; a paved and well maintained major highway bisecting Colorado.

Ranch Roads

Miles of well established ranch roads and trails provide access throughout the property.

Ranch History

Third Generation Ranch; homesteaded in 1924.


Built in 2006, architecturally designed house with 3 bedrooms, 2.5 bathrooms and 2 car garage.

Water Resources

Adjudicated springs with attached ponds/watering tanks and two wells (one domestic and one for stock/wildlife) with holding tanks.

Tow Creek

The Creek runs through the property, providing water for livestock, wild game and birds.

Recreational Considerations

You can do most anything you want! Hiking, biking, ATV’ing, snowshoeing, Zip-lining, and on and on.


On the Ranch, you will find mountain lion, elk, deer, fox, bear, coyote, Columbian Sharp-Tailed grouse, and large varieties of other birds.


The largest Elk Herd in North America roams Routt County. Tow Creek Ranch is in Colorado Game Management Unit 214. Elk, deer, bear and mountain lion can be hunted. Currently the ranch is set up as a trespass operation.

Steamboat Springs

Home to world-class skiing, fine dining, shopping, mountains and cultural activities.

Two Morton Buildings

40’x60’ with a cement floor and electricity and water outside the door. 42’x56’ with a cement floor for hay and ranch equipment storage.


In the past, ranch operations have included hay production, a sheep stocker operation, and seasonal cattle grazing.


The ranch is fenced along the perimeter with wildlife-friendly, high-tensile fencing. There is some cross-fencing.

Mineral Rights

The ranch lies above the Niobrara Shale Formation. The owner will transfer 50% of her mineral rights with the sale.

Recognition for Conservation

2011 Landowner of the Year award for improvements to the ranch that benefited wildlife.


The annual property taxes recorded for 2016 were $3,612.32, which reflects the ranch's agricultural status.

Getting to the Ranch

Getting here is easy! The Hayden airport (approximately 15 minutes) services private planes and commercial flights. The Steamboat Springs Airport (approximately 15 minutes) services private planes. The ranch is approximately a 3.5 hour drive from Denver.

Video Tour


Susan Ross

Susan graduated from University of Texas. She holds a Marketing degree. With 15 years of local Steamboat Real Estate Experience she has served on the State of Colorado and local MLS boards. 
 Recently she handled both seller and buyer in a private sale for a high profile large acre ranch for $23,000,0000.

Susan works mainly with private referral business.

Phone: 970-819-2300



Joanne Erickson

Joanne has an MBA from the University of Washington and was a CPA in an earlier life. She has lived around the world, and settled in Steamboat in 2004. She specializes in country properties.

Phone: 970-819-0755


Susan Ross Realty &
Colorado Group Realty