Coldharbour Ranch sits 7 miles East of Gunnison on a 334-acre property. 243 acres of the ranch are under the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) Wetlands Reserve Program (WRP) conservation easement. The ranch is surrounded by beautiful wetlands, the alluring and graceful Tomichi River (which runs 2.5 miles through the ranch), and hillsides freckled with sagebrush, willows, and cottonwoods. The historic structures on the property were originally built by a man named Clyde Welch, who hand quarried the stone from a nearby hillside. As one stands close to the structures, the handcraftsmanship can easily be seen on the stones. Legend has it, with support from archaeological experts, Ute Indians utilized this land for flaking and vision quests. During the prohibition, the property, which was the closest property at the time to the railroad, was utilized as a speakeasy. The Gunnison community, as the legend goes, would take the train out to the property and dance together on the beautiful barn dance floor. The original dance floor can still be seen underneath the tarps that now cover what is remaining of the barn. The farmhouse sits with authority above the Tomichi River, looking over it as the rivers waters flow by. To the north of the historic buildings, US Highway 50 stretches from east to west, and the vivid orange-red rooftops of the farmhouse are easily noticeable as travelers pass by. The Coldharbour Ranch is a remarkable piece of land in the Gunnison Valley, that should be utilized by not only Coldharbour Institute, but by the community at large.
For more History on the Coldharbour Ranch, click here.