Peek-Wheeler Ranch Auction

Was held Thursday November 5, 2020 and SOLD to the highest bidders!



Magnificent Cattle Ranch & Mountain Views

This property is no longer available for sale it sold at auction on 11/5/2020


Estate of Peek-Wheeler

Steamboat Springs, CO

111 Acres in 2 Parcels – 2 Bldg. Sites Only (NO LIVABLE STRUCTURE)

(71 Acres – 40 Acres)

39764 RCR 44 – (Lower Elk River)

Property is just shy of 9 miles West of Steamboat Springs, rich in recreation, natural mineral springs, mining & close proximity to Yampa Valley Regional Airport, mountain climbing, numerous lakes and the famous Mt. Werner Ski Area. 

It is RARE to find acreages to build on with spectacular views of cattle ranches below to Storm Mountain, especially where you get to “NAME THE PRICE.” We will offer the property in two separate parcels, 71 acres or 40 acres as well as one complete parcel of 111 acres. Property has established building site as well as legal access. There is a well and running water in the house but due to it being vacant several years we are selling it as-is, deemed not livable. 

Auctioneer’s Note: Buildings on site include the historic Fairplay School House, established 1900,-1951, Teacherage & Loafing Shed where kids riding horseback to school kept their horses. 

“Fairplay District 40. Was built in the late 180ss, early 1900s. When Glayds Blake taught there in 1909 it was called Trull and had a teacherage and horse barn. The school closed in 1951 when the district decided to transport students to Steamboat Springs. It was painted red and located across from the Wheeler Ranch.”

   – Source: Windows to Yesterday: Routt County School house history by Jan Leslie

Like all rural schoolhouses around the county, Fairplay school provided a community meeting place for neighboring families. Dances, religious meetings and ceremonies, wedding receptions, spelling bees, plays and more were held here.

1914-1930 was the heyday for rural schools, including Fairplay.

These rural schoolhouses are becoming rarer with each passing year, yet there is rich history within each one. Saving them is encouraged and possible!

The Wheeler Family are one of the oldest, most established ranches in NW Colorado, always active in county and town events including bringing horses in ski carnival and pulling kids on skis. 

Directions: From Library in Steamboat, head West on Hwy 40 go 8 miles, turn Right or North just this side of Saddle Mountain Ranch, follow road to Right .09 miles to the property on the left. 


(A) This is a CASH ONLY auction to settle an estate. You must be registered to bid and made arrangements to CLOSE WTIH CERTIFIED FUNDS in NO MORE THAN 30 DAYS from date of contract. “We are prepared to close immediately.” 

(B) A 12% down payment will be due on auction day from the buyer at the time OF ENTERING into a purchase contract. 

(C) Contact Cookie for discount on Pre-Bid and/or Broker Participation

(D) This is a Buyer’s Premium Auction, simply meaning there will be 10% added to the final bid to create contract to purchase total price. 

(E) Property is being SOLD “AS IS” with improvements not deemed livable. (The main building has a well and running water.) 

(F) Title Commitment & Tax Certificates are available prior to bidding. 

(G) Inspection of property is required prior to bidding. 

(H) This is a LIVE AUCTION with phone bidding available to REGISTERED BIDDERS. 

(I) Personal Representative or “Authorized Personnel” to attend auction to bind legal contract for purchase. 

(J) Seller reserves the right to accept offers prior to auction. 


Cookie Lockhart

(303) 710-9999

Dave Woodward

(970) 261-3850