Flying Horse Ranch set for auction

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The 3,600-acre Flying Horse Ranch in Park County, purchased by Classic Cos. CEO Jeff Smith in 2002, will be sold at auction Oct. 22.

The ranch is owned by the Smith family and is not part of Classic Cos.’ local Flying Horse real estate development.

The property is listed for sale with Hayden Outdoors, a Cabela’s Trophy Properties affiliate, for $22.9 million. It borders the Pike National Forest near Fairplay, just 45 minutes from Breckenridge and Summit County.

Flying Horse Ranch includes two lakes and a custom-designed, 10,000-square-foot lodge that was built in British Columbia and reconstructed on Horseshoe Lake, as well as two lakeside family cabins.

In addition to surrounding fishing, hunting and golf recreational activities, the ranch’s property also includes a $5 million conservation easement funded by the Great Outdoors Colorado program and Park County.

Smith said while the ranch had been a special place for his family, with growing children and other real estate holdings in Hawaii, the family just didn’t spend enough time there to justify the investment.

“I hope another family will enjoy it as much as we did,” he said.

Broker Bob Hayden claimed that interest has been high.

“We’ve done about 10 tours of the property so far,” he said.

Those interested in bidding can’t just show up the day of the auction. Each bidder must pre-register with Hayden Outdoors and write a certified or cashier’s check for $250,000.

The ranch can be viewed on