The North Fork Valley communities of Paonia, Crawford, Hotchkiss, and Somerset offer ranch and farm buyers a great opportunity to own their Colorado dream cattle ranch, vineyard, organic orchard, or horse property. Agriculture is a very important part of the North Fork Valley economy, culture, and lifestyle. Thankfully, agricultural real estate is still very affordable on the mesas surrounding Paonia, Crawford, and Hotchkiss. Broker Gary Hubbell is a ranch and farm specialist and can help buyers locate their dream properties. Call Gary if you’re interested in listing your farm, ranch, orchard, or vineyard—his innovative marketing techniques will bring you buyers.

The Western Slope's "Banana Belt"

The climate in the North Fork Valley is conducive to growing fruit, vegetables, hay, grain, and livestock. The North Fork is known as “the banana belt” on the Western Slope of Colorado. On a cold December day, when the weather map shows frigid temperatures in Gunnison, Crested Butte, Marble, Aspen, and other nearby communities, the temperatures in Hotchkiss, Crawford, and Paonia are typically 20 degrees warmer. Quite often the weather is balmy and warm in Hotchkiss or Crawford, while it’s snowing like crazy just over McClure Pass in Marble and Aspen.

Colorado Cattle Ranches For Sale

Ranching is still a strong tradition in the North Fork Valley, and productive working cattle ranches can be found listed for sale. Of course, there are many factors to consider when evaluating a cattle ranch and its potential, such as animal unit carrying capacity, National Forest grazing permits, annual hay production, irrigated acreage, water rights, and cost per acre. If production was the only factor, you could buy a ranch in Nebraska or Oklahoma that would probably pencil out better. When you consider other factors, such as trophy mule deer and elk hunting; wilderness access; outstanding recreation such as skiing, snowboarding, snowmobiling, fly-fishing, river rafting, 4-wheeling, and mountain biking; incredible views and scenery; and consistent appreciation in the local real estate market, the North Fork Valley is a great place to locate your cattle ranch. For more information see my article on Colorado Cattle Ranching.

A basket of organic apples grown in Hotchkiss, Colorado. Colorado organic orchards for sale are represented by Gary Hubbell.

Beautiful fruit—cherries, peaches, pears, apples, plums

Paonia and Hotchkiss are known for the well-tended orchards surrounding both towns. The superb quality of the local fruit, bursting with sweetness and flavor, is known far and wide. Local growers began emphasizing organic farming and sustainable agriculture, and the market is strong for their high-quality products. Paonia’s Valley Organic Growers Association has over 80 members. Orchard properties come on the market occasionally, and for someone seeking a rewarding career, this could be a great opportunity. Broker Gary Hubbell has studied alternative farming methods and can give you a great introduction to the North Fork Valley’s farming culture.

Organic red wine grapes ready to be harvested at a winery near Hotchkiss, Colorado. Vineyards for sale are located by Gary Hubbell, ranch real estate broker.

Western Colorado vineyards and wineries for sale

Wine grape cultivation is an emerging industry in the North Fork Valley. Western Colorado is becoming known for its artisan wines, many of which are organic. If you’re interested in owning a vineyard, broker Gary Hubbell is familiar with the industry, having worked extensively with local organic vintner Lance Hanson on his website projects. Call Gary for a consultation or to view the vineyard properties that are listed for sale in Western Colorado.

Colorado horse properties for sale

A wrangler helps a boy put a halter on a horse at a western Colorado horse ranch. Gary Hubbell helps buyers find horse ranches for sale in Colorado.

Many dude ranches, wilderness outfitters, and horse enthusiasts bring their horses to the North Fork Valley for winter pasture and horse boarding. The weather is warm, the pastures and hay meadows are productive, and there are hundreds of backcountry trails and ranges to ride. Team ropers, hunter jumpers, cutting horse enthusiasts, trail riders, endurance riders, barrel racers, and families who want horses for their kids all have an opportunity to find their ranch near Crawford, Paonia, and Hotchkiss. Land is still affordable! Whether you’re looking for a turn-key productive horse ranch or simply a few acres where you can keep your own horses, the North Fork Valley is an ideal location for your horse operation. Broker Gary Hubbell is a horseman with a working horse operation. He knows horse properties! Contact Gary for information.

Colorado mountain land, cabin sites for sale

The backcountry surrounding Crawford, Paonia, and Hotchkiss is a great place to find that mountain log cabin, mountain property, or vacation home site. The dramatic West Elks Wilderness mountain range is just a few miles east of Paonia and Crawford. Though the wilderness area is public land with no development, there are thousands of acres of private holdings sprinkled in the National Forest. Hunting cabins, snowmobiling retreats, vacation homes—call Gary Hubbell for a market preview.

A personal message from Gary Hubbell Broker / Owner

United Country Colorado
Gary Hubbell Ranch Real Estate Broker

As a lifelong resident of Western Colorado, I truly appreciate the place where I live, work, and raise my family. My goal is to keep it green! I want Colorado to stay as beautiful, pristine, and peaceful as possible.

CONTACT ME Gary Hubbell
970-921-5588 home
970-988-2122 cell