Where to Find Cheap Land for Sale in Colorado in 2021

Where to Find Cheap Land for Sale in Colorado in 2021

In this video, Felicia talks about the best places to find cheap land in Colorado. If you’re looking for the cheapest land in Colorado – we’ve made it easy for you! Check out the list here.

From the video:

Are you looking for cheap Colorado land for sale? I am too, a lot of my customers love that Rocky Mountain lifestyle!

My name is Felicia I’m a land investor and a partner at Compass Land USA. We’ve bought and sold hundreds of properties in Colorado.

Today I’m going to share with you some of the cheapest places to buy land in Colorado, at the County level. Something I want you to keep in mind before starting this process is you do get what you pay for. Sure you can find land in Colorado for less than a grand, less than 2 grand. But it might not be the size you want, it probably doesn’t have any utilities, and it might be lacking other qualities you’re looking for.

Having said that, we’re looking strictly for the cheapest Colorado vacant land available. Another thing to be aware of is many Counties will have zoning restrictions on what you can use the property for. You want to check that out before buying. We have a Colorado land buying checklist that you can get a free copy of, that will show you how to check this.

So how did we determine this? Data. So we went and parsed through several of the most dominant land listing websites including LandWatch, Land and Farm, Lands of America, and Zillow. We took the most recent price per acre data they had available and collected it here for easy pickings for you.

For acreage size, we chose to use 1 acre, 5 acres, and 10 acres as examples. We had to choose a way to normalize across the websites and data provided. So we examined 1, 5, and 10 acre plots. These also seem to be the most popular size requests from our customers (people who buy land from us) and I figured it would be the most helpful for you here. Let’s jump right into it.

Let’s go over the 1 acre results first, for the top 5 cheapest Counties. So the cheapest place to get 1 acre of land in Colorado turned out to be …

Alamosa County CO

  • Located in the southwestern part of CO
  • Contains Alamosa
  • Total square miles: 722
  • Nearby parks: Great Sand Dunes National Park, San Luis State Wildlife Area, Monte Vista National Wildlife Refuge
  • Lowest price per 1 acre:  $5,000

Costilla County CO

  • Costilla County is located in the southwest of CO, along the NM border
  • About 15 miles east of Alamosa
  • Total square miles: 1,227
  • Nearby parks: Great Sand Dunes National Park, San Luis State Wildlife Area, North Lake State Wildlife Area
  • Lowest price per 1 acre: $9,000

Teller County CO

  • Located in central CO
  • About 15 miles west of Colorado Springs
  • Total square miles: 557
  • Nearby parks: Mueller State Park, San Isabel National Forest, Manitou Park Recreation Area
  • Lowest price per 1 acre:  $9,900

Rio Grande County CO

  • Located in the southwestern part of CO
  • About 15 miles west of Alamosa
  • Total square miles: 911
  • Nearby parks: Peacock Meadows Riverside RV Park and Campground, Rio Grande National Forest, San Luis State Wildlife Area
  • Lowest price per 1 acre:  $12,500

Archuleta County CO

  • Located in the southwestern part of CO, along the NM border
  • About 36 miles east of Durango
  • Total square miles: 1,350
  • Nearby parks: San Juan National Forest, Navajo State Park, Yamaguchi Parka
  • Lowest price per 1 acre:  $13,900

So those are the top 5 cheapest counties in Colorado to buy 1 acre of land. That’s a great-sized plot for camping, RV, or your new cabin or home. All for less than $15k.

Now let’s check out the 5 acre results. The cheapest place to get 5 acres of land in Colorado turned out to be …

Costilla County CO

  • Costilla County is located in the southwest of CO, along the NM border
  • About 15 miles east of Alamosa
  • Total square miles: 1,227
  • Nearby parks: Great Sand Dunes National Park, San Luis State Wildlife Area, North Lake State Wildlife Area
  • Lowest price per 5 acres: $2,495

Fremont County CO

  • Located in the central western part of CO
  • About 24.3 miles southwest of Colorado Springs
  • Total square miles: 1,533
  • Nearby parks: Gunnison National Forest, Canon City Area Recreation and Park District, San Isabel National Forest
  • Lowest price per 5 acres:  $6,900

Alamosa County AZ

  • Located in the southwestern part of CO
  • Contains Alamosa
  • Total square miles: 722
  • Nearby parks: Great Sand Dunes National Park, San Luis State Wildlife Area, Monte Vista National Wildlife Refuge
  • Lowest price per 5 acres:  $7,500

Conejos County CO

  • Located in the southwestern part of CO, along the NM border
  • About 19 miles southwest of Alamosa
  • Total square miles: 1,287
  • Nearby parks: San Luis State Wildlife Area, Great Sand Dunes National Park, Rio Grande National Forest
  • Lowest price per 5 acres:  $9,500

Park County CO

  • Located in the central CO
  • About 40 miles southwest of Denver
  • Total square miles: 2,193
  • Nearby parks: Eleven Mile State Park, Spinney Mountain State Park, Pike National Forest
  • Lowest price per 5 acres: $9,900

So we see a couple of the same counties for the cheapest plot of 5 acres in Colorado. Costilla, Alamosa, and Park all showed up again.

You may have noticed that the price per acre for 5 acre plots is actually lower than that for a 1 acre plot. So why is this? It’s like buying in bulk. When you go to Costco, you’re going to pay less per unit than you would if you bought it at a corner store.

When you get into larger properties, the buyer pool shrinks, so there’s fewer people that want that 50 or 100 acre property than there are people who want the 1 or 5 acre property, so the cost per acre falls. And the transaction costs are spread over a larger area, which drives the overall cost down.

So let’s take a look at 10 acre plots, and see if the pattern holds. If that’s true, we should actually see the price per acre go down a bit. The cheapest place to get 10 acres of land in Colorado turned out to be …

Costilla County CO

  • Costilla County is located in the southwest of CO, along the NM border
  • About 15 miles east of Alamosa
  • Total square miles: 1,227
  • Nearby parks: Great Sand Dunes National Park, San Luis State Wildlife Area, North Lake State Wildlife Area
  • Lowest price per 10 acres: $6,500

San Juan County CO

  • Located in the southwestern corner of CO
  • About 19 miles north of Durango
  • Total square miles: 387
  • Nearby parks: San Juan National Forest, Oxbow Park and Preserve, Ridgway State Park
  • Lowest price per 10 acres:  $12,000

Hinsdale County CO

  • Located in the southwestern corner of CO
  • Contains Lake City, about 20 miles east of Telluride
  • Total square miles: 1,117
  • Nearby parks: Rio Grande National Forest, Uncompahgre National Forest, San Juan National Forest
  • Lowest price per 10 acres: $17,000

Alamosa County CO

  • Located in the southwestern part of CO
  • Contains Alamosa
  • Total square miles: 722
  • Nearby parks: Great Sand Dunes National Park, San Luis State Wildlife Area, Monte Vista National Wildlife Refuge
  • Lowest price per 10 acres: $17,747

Chaffee County CO

  • Located in the southwestern part of CO
  • About 59 miles west of Colorado Springs
  • Total square miles: 1,013
  • Nearby parks: Gunnison National Forest, Chalk Creek Campground and RV Park, Buena Vista Whitewater Park
  • Lowest price per 10 acres:  $19,500

Ok, and we do see that cost per acre decreases a bit here as well. So there you have it, the cheapest places to buy land in Colorado, for 1 acre, 5 acre, and 10 acre plots.

Some great news for you here is that at Compass Land USA, we do a lot of work in Colorado, particularly in Costilla County. So make sure you check out our website compasslandusa.com for all our current Colorado listings.

And if you’re interested in doing your own deep dive or research, you can check out those websites I mentioned earlier, I’ve included links to them throughout this post.

I hope you found this video helpful!

Please don’t forget to leave a comment, let me know if this was useful for you, leave a question – I’ll reply with your answer. And make sure you subscribe to our channel. We do lots of informative land buying videos like this as well as pretty cool custom property tour videos. 

Thank you so much for watching, and I’ll talk to you soon. 🙂 

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