Culebra Peak, one of Colorado’s 14,000-foot summits, has sold to an undisclosed buyer along with 18 smaller peaks, according to the listing agency.
The peaks are part of Cielo Vista Ranch, which runs for 23 miles along the border of the San Luis Valley in southern Colorado, as The Aspen Times previously reported. The land has been on the market since 2015.
The property was most recently owned by “Bobby Hill, a Texas-based rancher and land speculator,” per the Times. The land was listed at $105 million, but it’s unclear who bought it and what they paid.
The ranch is home to thousands of elk, and bighorn sheep roam among the glacial basins, according to the listing by Mirr Ranch Group. The property is “modestly improved,” complete with heat, plumbing and internet for two headquarters areas. The total acreage is about 83,368.
It’s unclear what the purchase means for climbers hoping to summit Culebra. Cielo Vista Ranch recently was charging an access fee of $100, according to the Colorado Fourteeners Initiative. It was the only 14er with an entrance fee, although parts of four others are privately owned, according to the Times.
A broker for the ranch described the buyer as a “true conservationist” who is “deeply committed to preserving this national treasure and extraordinary resource. He truly appreciates and embraces the responsibility of ensuring this property remains a reflection of our state’s beautiful landscapes, diverse wildlife and heritage for decades to come,” as 9News reported.
The Costilla County Clerk and Recorder’s Office hasn’t yet received documentation of the sale but expects it later this week, according to a staff member.
The ranch dates to at least the mid-1800s, when the government of Mexico granted it to a trapper who tried to colonize the valley, as Jason Blevins reported.