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The high country of Colorado appeals to nearly every person that comes into our state, whether they first view the snow capped mountains or lush mountain meadows, there are many facets of our mountains that fills a need.

Reflecting on why you are in the market to buy mountain property will give you a clue as to the reality of ownership. Aspects of your purchase decision, whether it is the tree cover, views, meadows, rock outcrops or wildlife enjoyment, may be an important preservation or environmental concern. You will join a new community of sorts, and while your low density environment should provide privacy, generally protective covenants are used to provide a neighborhood framework and promote preservation. In town you have a series of ordinances governing society; rural laws have historically related to farm or ranch ownership. We are now "catching up" with urban pressure to preserve the character and natural surroundings. Covenants provide the basis for agreements, and regulate nuisances, i.e. unsupervised pets or livestock, excessive noise, shoddy construction or noxious activity.

Not all of the mountains are suitable for year 'round living under normal circumstances. Some questions you might want to think about are : Do we need electricity? What kind of time are we willing to drive?

Construction Considerations While you may opt for more conventional construction, there are numerous log companies awaiting your land purchase, with various levels of experience. Check references, and look at the various design options to assure energy efficiency and climate compatibility. The UBC (Uniform Building Code) will identify structural requirements. Your project will require a building permit. Should you drill a well you will start the process by obtaining a permit from the State of Colorado. Septic tanks and leach field permits for septic systems are required. With adequate plans and careful site consideration, permits are not difficult to obtain. Having a good excavator can save money by identifying proper site considerations and minimizing or consolidating utility extensions.

Mineral and Water Rights Typically the Sellers will transfer all mineral rights they own, but in many cases mineral rights were separated from surface ownership years ago. If you are concerned about mineral reservations, try to get a feel as to historical mineral activity in the local area. Look for unusual diggings or old mine shafts. Sometimes old sites are opened with newer techniques. Ask the local county government about mining operations. Water rights are generally associated with irrigation ditches on your property. You may acquire historical water rights; however in most cases you will not have the right to divert water from on your property. Provided you are purchasing a larger acreage, i.e. 35 acres or more, you should be able to drill a well without having prior water rights.

What's important to you?

Seasonal use
Prefer vacant land
Fishing|Hunting|Exploring
Privacy
Eventually live or retire
Off-grid is okay
Other types of use
Price less than $50,000
Assitance to obtain financing

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