Eagles Nest Ranch
Spanning the banks of the serene South Platte River, laced with trout streams and lakes, Equus Farms Inc.’s Eagles Nest Ranch is one of the oldest cattle ranches in Colorado.
Named in the 1840s for the area’s perfect habitat for nesting eagles – which still winter in large numbers here – the ranch today encompasses over 60 square miles of lush prairie grasslands and prime agricultural grounds that support the responsible production of Angus and Wagyu beef, alfalfa, corn and other crops.
At the same time, the ranch provides ample habitat for big game, small game, upland birds and waterfowl, often guided to the ranch by three large reservoirs that lie on or adjoin the property. The South Platte channel and numerous waterways, many fed by warm water springs, offer protection and desirable nesting locations, while fallen grains after harvest provide forage.
Restful, resourceful Eagles Nest Ranch is intertwined with America’s history of westward expansion. It was crossed by pioneers and stagecoach wagons traveling the Overland Trail, which also intersected a sister ranch further west in Wyoming. It provided a stop for the Pony Express. It served as a pathway for America’s first transcontinental railroad. It was one of the first areas in the west to apply excess water onto dry land for conversion into fertile farms, a story told in James Michener’s novel Centennial, inspired by his stay at Eagles Nest Ranch.
Guests continue to stay and be inspired today by Eagles Nest Ranch and its majestic Rocky Mountain backdrop. Its rustic, timbered Hemingway Lodge welcomes groups and corporate retreats seeking to enjoy a variety of outdoor experiences.