The Land Report

2018.1

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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J eff Hubbard and Pat Lancaster certainly knew what they were getting into when they secured the Cielo Vista listing for Mirr Ranch Group in 2016. The Denver- based brokerage has made a name for itself marketing ecological jewels and specializing in sporting and conservation landscapes such as Utah's Wasatch Peaks Ranch and Colorado's JE Canyon Ranch. Cielo Vista combines the best of both dynamics. Hubbard and Lancaster had the inside track on securing the listing. Not only had both brokers hunted the length of the Sangre de Cristos from Colorado into New Mexico but each had guided extensively on Cielo Vista: Hubbard in the mid-1990s when the Taylor family owned the ranch, and Lancaster for Bobby Hill, a member of the most recent ownership group. "No one had more boots on the ground at Cielo Vista than the two of us," Hubbard says during a call from nearby Moonshine Ranch. "And that was critical because, at its heart, Cielo Vista is unlike any other ranch in North America: 80,000 acres of deeded land with more game and higher peaks than anyone else owns anywhere." It was precisely these features (and more) that led Dave Palmerlee to reach out to Hubbard and Lancaster on behalf of his client, William Harrison of Houston. "It was a warm winter day when William and I scouted the ranch by helicopter. Jeff and Pat knew right where to go. I've seen plenty of elk in Wyoming, but they were everywhere on that ranch. And I've never seen that many bighorn sheep. It was amazing," he says. 82 The LandReport | S P R I N G 2 0 1 8 LANDREPORT.COM "At its heart, Cielo Vista is unlike any other ranch in North America: 80,000 acres of deeded land with more game and higher peaks than anyone else owns anywhere. " — Jeff Hubbard, Mirr Ranch Group This image captures the breathtaking beauty of Cielo Vista's enormous stands of aspen — some of the world's largest — as they turn yellow and quake in the fall.

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