Autumn on the North Fork of the Gunnison River. White Buffalo Farm sits on both banks of the river in this location. The river traverses a half mile section of the farm.
Looking northwest from the residential areas of the farm, this scene depicts the river at low water with the lowest elevations of Grand Mesa rising to the north. In this view, the river’s right bank sits in the lower elevation of a steep incline of 22 acres of dry land pasture with a buildable lot at the summit near Terror Creek Winery.
The West Elk Scenic Byway (Highway 133) is shielded from view across the river in the upper foliage of the cottonwoods and willows on the river bank. To learn more about the West Elk Scenic Byway through Redstone, Crested Butte and Gunnison, please click here.
The farm’s property includes the land between a scenic byway and the river. In this location, a streamside cafe would offer a pleasant diversion for cyclists and passersby. A farm stand once stood on the highway and was at the time the first farm attraction this side of McClure Pass. To this day, no other farm is located in proximity to the river highway further east than White Buffalo Farm.
Looking to the east (not shown) is habitat for bald eagle, great horned owl and intact, wildland riparian corridor for the migration of species. The section on the east side of the farm is less protected on the northern banks due to several homes shielded by vegetation from view from the farm’s southern banks.