Wilder on the Taylor is a fly fishing angler’s paradise and a preservation-oriented 2,100± acre ranch community offering a total of 26 homesteads. Each homestead is a minimum of 35 acres with a one-acre building envelope. As private riverfront fly-fishing water is increasingly difficult to procure, Wilder presents a rare and distinct opportunity to own an undivided interest in one of the best fly fishing properties in the western United States. Sharing the responsibilities and expense with a select few residential co-owners is one of the most sensible ways to enjoy and participate in the heritage and the legacy of ranching and living the western lifestyle.
The heart of Wilder on the Taylor is the expansive hay meadow that is bisected by the pristine and fabled trout mecca, the Taylor River. Recognized as a preeminent trout fishery, the Taylor runs through the center of the ranch for nearly 2 miles. To further enhance one’s fishing experience, approximately 3 miles of newly constructed stream was created, promoting a completely different and equally challenging fly-fishing adventure.
Virtually surrounded by nearly 2 million acres of the Gunnison National Forest, this historic operating ranch is a fly-fishing paradise. Easy to find and easy to reach, Wilder is the unmatched place for families and friends to quietly gather and enjoy the wonders of Colorado and the history, traditions and culture of the American West. Sharing ranching traditions and the heritage of the great outdoors in a secure economic structure will insure that future generations can continue to do the same.
Centrally located in Colorado, Wilder on the Taylor lies between Crested Butte to the north and Gunnison to the south. The Gunnison-Crested Butte Regional Airport is 15 miles from Wilder while Crested Butte Mountain Resort is a 17-mile drive in the summer and less than 25 miles in the winter. Together, these two iconic Rocky Mountain towns and surrounding public lands offer many of the recreational opportunities Colorado is famous for.
Gunnison, a long-time ranching community at the crossroads of Highway 50 and 135, has all the necessities to work and live well. Crested Butte, smaller and more compact, is a well-preserved Victorian mining town with a heritage of winter skiing and an ever-enduring charm. Crested Butte offers great terrain for skiers of every level and in the summer and fall months the hiking and mountain biking opportunities are endless.
A tremendous asset of Wilder is the Taylor River. It ranks as one of the very best fly-fisheries in the West and is a tailwater, extending the fly-fishing season almost year-round. The Taylor River currently holds two Colorado state-released fish records: a rainbow trout of 40.25 inches and a Snake River cutthroat trout of 30 inches. The Taylor River is also home to some of the largest stream-born trout in the lower 48 states. The main stem of the river has been significantly enhanced to improve holding water, feeding lanes, pools, riffles, runs, drift lanes, and a gentle overall gradient creating a spectacular fishing experience. Nurtured to the fullest extent, this self- sustaining natural fishery has prolific insect life and exceptional habitat to grow and maintain both trophy trout. Fish commonly caught on the Wilder are rainbows, browns or cutthroats and typically average between 16 and 20 inches with many topping 24± inches. The Beaver Creek and Rarick Creek waters that feed into the Taylor River are filled with surprises that more than test even the two-weight rods and the size 20 gnats to their limits. For the novice and the teacher, our six ponds are challenges to any second cast of the parachute Adams. Teaching someone to fish is one of life’s great joys.
Contact us today at (970) 641-4545 to schedule a visit.