The Green Ranch consists of 1,462.38 mountain acres with 2.25 miles of the Rio Grande River bisecting it's lush hay meadows and feeding river slews, ponds, sweeping wet lands, and riparian areas. Substantial senior water rights and a 2,000 gal/min warm artesian well irrigate lush hay meadows and recharge miles of some of the best river environment for waterfowl and wildlife on the River. Sharing the river and boarding the 1,100 acre Higel State Wildlife area to the Southwest and 2 miles East of the Rio Grande State Wildlife Area, the Green Ranch offers production, classic river and mountain views and one of the best recreational opportunities in the San Luis Valley. The Green Ranch has been conserved to protect this important river corridor with 3 strategically located building sites that allow the enjoyment of this beautiful ranch without affecting production or its habitat. Wildlife and Waterfowl: The Green Ranch supports elk, deer, an occasional antelope and boasts superior waterfowl habitat. The San Luis Valley according to Greg Kernohan, DU's manager of conservation programs for Colorado, 'is in one of the most significant waterfowl habitat complexes in the state. The former owner an avid recreationalist; hunter, fisherman, and bird watcher selected this ranch because of the abundance of wildlife, waterfowl and birds. He was happy to share the ranch with a variety of wildlife. Fishing: The Rio Grande is one of the most vital rivers in the American West, with its headwaters in the alpine terrain above history-rich Creede, but some of the best fishing is in the heart of the San Luis Valley, below the junction of the South Fork of the Rio Grande and the Rio Grande which boasts phenomenal trout waters. This area is home to what was until recently the longest stretch of Gold Medal Waters in the entire state. The Green Ranch is located just 20 minutes down stream and supports great fishing on its 2.25 miles of river, with trout, pike, channel cat, and carp. This quote was take from a blog, so it may just be a fish story. Posted: 5/2/2013 'The Biggest Pike I've ever seen in person was caught by my father in law from the Rio Grande. He used to fish for them all the time, using whole live perch. Wilderness Areas: The Weminuche Wilderness is the largest designated Wilderness in Colorado. The Weminuche lies in the San Juan and Rio Grande National Forests of southwestern Colorado. With several peaks above 14,000 feet in elevation, and many more above 13,000 feet, the wilderness also boasts fifty miles of the Continental Divide, the geological backbone of North America, which dissects the Weminuche, diverting its headwaters to either the Pacific or Atlantic oceans. La Garita Wilderness: La Garita Wilderness spans 129,626 acres within Gunnison and Rio Grande National Forests in Colorado. La Garita is a Spanish name meaning 'the overlook. From the summit of 14,000 foot San Luis Peak climbers can observe the upper Rio Grande Valley and down the long stretch of the San Luis Valley. About 35 miles of the Continental Divide lies in the La Garita Wilderness. Water Rights: The Ranch is very well watered with good surface rights including 50 shares of San Luis Valley Canal, three shares of Excelsior Ditch and two shares from the Centennial Ditch. There is one large warm water artesian well identified under Case No. W-1263. This river ranch is charged with sub water from the Rio Grande River surrounding ditches and wet lands.
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