Rio Grande del Norte Ranch - Costilla County, Jaroso, CO

Rio Grande Del Norte is 810± deeded acres containing 0.75± miles of the Rio Grande River. It is a gorgeous canyon setting with elevations at 7,750’ dropping down to 7,400’ in the river bottom. A private (shared) trailhead provides rare river access into the gorge. Wild yet accessible, the ranch offers unique fishing for large brown trout and northern pike. Deer, elk, and other wildlife traverse the property constantly. A great variety of waterfowl utilizes the river heavily. In 2016 when the owner of the adjoining 275± acres applied, they received a private lands rifle-hunt deer tag.

The ranch abuts vast public lands on two sides. A large tract of BLM makes up the western boundary (across the river), then to the south, the 243,000± acre Rio Grande del Norte National Monument sprawls into New Mexico. Massive, stunning 360-degree views take in distant snow-capped mountains, and Ute Mountain rises in the southern foreground, begging to be climbed. A historic gauging station with a cable car still hangs over this vital watershed. This is an exciting, charismatic live water environment that sings out the majestic nature of the Rio Grande – a river wildlife corridor that reaches 1,900 miles across three states! A solitary but easy-to-access location, the property is less than one hour from Taos, New Mexico, with gas and groceries available in nearby Costilla, New Mexico.

Costilla County is 95% privately owned. Land trusts and the BLM are very interested in expanding protected lands here. Large private river parcels are not common, so this one presents an opportunity for conservation. Currently, however, there are no conservation easements or restrictions. It is just a dramatic, private getaway where one can fish, explore, hunt, and hike to their heart’s content. Bring your pop-up, fifth wheel, or rock-star bus. The county-maintained dirt roads are pretty good. There are also some off-grid homes in the immediate area.

Much is written about the Rio Grande Gorge, but in “The Last Beautiful Days of Autumn,” Milagro Beanfield War author John Nichols reflects, “I…experience a great lust to disappear into the Rio Grande Gorge, there to spend afternoons among basalt boulders, plying the low clear river for trout. Everything physical seems to come together – in my body and on the surrounding land….Each perfect day, I know, is going to be the last beautiful day of autumn.”


  • 810± deeded acres
  • Adjoins 243,000± acres of Rio Grande del Norte National Monument – New Mexico
  • Adjoins thousands more acres of BLM public land – Colorado
  • Unique fishing for large brown trout and giant northern pike
  • Rare private (shared) trail down into the Rio Grande Gorge
  • 0.75± miles of Rio Grande River
  • Deer, elk, waterfowl, and wildlife
  • Stunning 360 degree views with distant snow-capped mountains
  • Solitary location, easy access, and year-round recreation
  • One hour from Taos, New Mexico and Taos Ski Valley
  • One hour from Alamosa, Colorado with United Airlines Service
  • Gas and groceries in Costilla, New Mexico just 25 minutes away
  • Learn more about this property, its investment potential and information about the area in the Property Brochure.


Fay Ranches has been providing brokerage and advisory services for the acquisition and sale of significant land assets since 1992. While not forgetting our roots as a sporting ranch company, we have expanded our focus and expertise to include the finest farms, ranches, timberland, plantations and vineyards from coast to coast. Over the last two decades, we have built a network of relationships including our Strategic Alliance with Texas-based Republic Ranches. We continue to lead the industry with our consistent ability to source land opportunities for investors and use our unrivaled reach and marketing platform to handle the sale of exceptional land assets. Fay Ranches is headquartered in Bozeman, Montana with offices across the United States, from Oregon to Tennessee.

Rio Grande del Norte Ranch

Costilla County, Jaroso, CO

810± Acres