The Land Report

Summer 2014

The Magazine of the American Landowner is an essential guide for investors, landowners, and those interested in buying or selling land. The award-winning quarterly is known for its annual survey of America's largest landowners, The Land Report 100.

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A s a boy, Christopher "Kip" Forbes came to love the American West thanks in large part to his many visits to Wyoming's Grand Tetons. Decades later, as a young man, he made a home for himself in another breathtaking setting out West: the largest remaining swath of the famed Sangre de Cristo Land Grant. And each of these life-changing experiences can be traced back to his remarkable parents. Kip's mother, Roberta Remsen, lost her father when she was just three. Seeking solace, his grandmother took Roberta and her sisters to visit a cousin's ranch in Wyoming's Teton Valley. Like so many others, the family was captured by the scenic splendor, and the Remsens eventually built a cabin on a local dude ranch. When Roberta married young Malcolm Forbes just after World War II, this is where the couple honeymooned. But the quaint cabin didn't fit Malcolm Forbes. The same drive that led him to expand his family's publishing empire, amass a fabulous art collection, and acquire homes around the world made him scour the West for a ranch worthy of his lofty goals. In 1969, he found his Shangri-La — in the Sangre de Cristo Mountains of Southern Colorado. The following year, Forbes acquired the southern half of the famed Trinchera Ranch for about $20 an acre. "In the early days, as long as you looked in one direction, everything you could see was on the ranch," Kip says. "It wasn't until 1982, when we bought the Blanca, that everything you could see when you looked around was on the ranch." Like countless other historic land holdings — New Mexico's Bell Ranch is a paramount exemplar — Trinchera Blanca takes its name from a prominent geologic feature. The ranch lies in a giant trench (trinchera in Spanish) that bisects the northern reaches of the Sangre de Cristos. At 171,400 acres, the Trinchera Blanca is the largest private ranch in Colorado and boasts three of Colorado's famed Fourteeners — Blanca Peak (14,357 feet), Mount Lindsey (14,048 feet), and Little Bear Peak (14,043 feet) — as well as several Thirteeners, including Trinchera Peak (13,517 feet). 96 The LandReport | S U M M E R 2 0 1 4 LANDREPORT.COM by Henry Chappell photography courtesy of Forbes Family Archives e Forbes Family Legacy CONTINUED ON PAGE 94 Left: The inimitable Malcolm Forbes generously shared his landmark Southern Colorado ranch as well as his legendary art collection. T he Land Report 100

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