The Land Report

Spring 2015

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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S P R I N G 2 0 1 5 | The LandReport 81 Boulder County's Van Vleet Ranch was the site of Colorado's first Arabian horse-breeding operation (above) as well as numerous movie productions, including a 1966 remake of Stagecoach starring Ann-Margaret. In 1971, Jim Guercio paid $11 million for the 4,000-acre property and made music history by creating a destination recording studio that hosted, among others, Johnny Cash, Carole King, and Elton John (left). LANDREPORT.COM Caribou Ranch Nowadays, Guercio and his high-country studio enjoy legendary renown in the music industry. This acclaim dates back to Joe Walsh. In the early 1970s, "Average Joe" had already made a name for himself as a raucous member of the James Gang. (Hooking up with Don Henley and Glenn Frey's band, the Eagles, was years away.) In 1972, Walsh approached Guercio about recording an album in his new old barn. The title? Barnstorm. Walsh also chose Caribou to record his next album, The Smoker You Drink, The Player You Get. The first single from that effort was the Top 40 hit "Rocky Mountain Way." Word spread quickly, and it didn't take long for Caribou to become a bona fide hit factory. Over the course of the next decade, Caribou Ranch was On a par with Abbey Road and Muscle Shoals, this music industry mecca changed hands in 2014 after a star-studded run. F rom 1971 to 2014, Jim Guercio owned Colorado's Caribou Ranch. During his stewardship, a Who's Who in rock and roll journeyed to his Rocky Mountains retreat to sing their songs. Disenchanted with the creative confines of working in New York and Los Angeles, Guercio paid $11 million for the scenic tract, which included more than 4,000 acres in the foothills west of Boulder between the Indian Peaks Wilderness Area and Nederland. He quickly moved to convert the horse farm and an adjoining property into a recording studio where artists could focus on making music. D e a l o f t h e Y e a r H i s t o r i c Te xt by Russell Graves Photo g raphy © Daily Camera

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