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The Caribou Ranch has recently been sold
Friday, June 27 2014

Colorado high country, big blue skies, quaking aspen, mountain streams, eagles and elk, and the history of rock and roll.

This is what Caribou Ranch is all about. The name Caribou Ranch evokes memories of an extraordinary place where the greatest pop musicians of the day gathered to be inspired by the beauty and spirit of the Rocky Mountains.

Just outside Nederland, Colorado, near Boulder and Denver, Caribou sits serenely at 8,500 feet in a private valley surrounded by alpine peaks. It is stunning, it is peaceful, it is a refuge…and there is definitely music in the air.

In the late 1960s, owner Jim Guercio was a young musician and entrepreneur in the entertainment business. He was looking at ranches throughout the West where he could build a music studio. In 1971, Jim purchased the Caribou Ranch with a vision to transform the recording industry. Guercio wanted a place where he could live and where he could provide lodging, recreational facilities and a state of the art recording studio for producing records and hosting the biggest names in rock and roll – a place where artistry would flourish and history could be made. And that is exactly what he created.

For the next decade, legends in the music business came to work, to play, to ignite their creative process, and to make records. Elton John, Chicago, The Beach Boys, Billy Joel, Michael Jackson, Joni Mitchell, U2, Joe Walsh, Stevie Wonder, Stephen Stills, Earth Wind and Fire, John Lennon, Rod Stewart, Waylon Jennings, Dan Fogelberg, Amy Grant, John Denver, Willie Nelson, Badfinger, Charlie Daniels, War, Michael Martin Murphy, America, Kris Kristofferson, Supertramp, Michael W. Smith, Jeff Beck, Al Green – the list is long. The writing and recording that took place at the Caribou recording studio resulted in sales of over 100 million albums. The ratio of albums recorded here that charted or went multi-platinum was possibly the highest in the industry.

Today, Caribou Ranch is a peaceful refuge – far enough away to provide seclusion, close enough to enjoy all that Denver and Boulder have to offer. At 8,500 feet in elevation, Caribou’s majestic alpine character includes mature aspen and pine trees, expansive mountain views, an abundance of wildlife, live water in year-round creeks, and crisp mountain air. Amenities include a beautiful owner’s home, guest cabins, a lodge, riding area, barn, and equipment buildings.

Several years ago, Boulder County Parks and Open Space acquired about half of the original ranch, ensuring perpetual open lands adjacent to Caribou Ranch, and reserving for the owner, access to a private trail system on the open space. The ranch is also close to Rocky Mountain National Park and has direct access to National Forest lands.

A conservation easement protects and enhances the ranch while providing the opportunity to construct additional improvements in various locations and in a manner that respects the character of the land. Recreational activities to be enjoyed include fly-fishing, hiking, horseback riding, mountain biking, and cross-country skiing. Rocky Mountain Airport, 45 minutes from the ranch, can accommodate private jet aircraft.

The allure of Caribou Ranch, defined by its mountain splendor and quiet privacy, speaks to discriminating buyers who can appreciate its unique natural beauty, ideal location, and rich musical history – all the reasons it has inspired those who pass through its gates.

This property has been sold and is no longer available.

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