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Elk Springs Ranch

COLORADO, MONTEZUMA COUNTY, MANCOS – MLS 736071

Beautifully situated on the border of Montezuma and La Plata counties in a wide rolling valley with expansive views of the La Plata Mountains, this 35-acre equestrian and grazing property is fully fenced and cross-fenced with lush pastures, and a large year-round pond in a private setting. The charming 3,640 SF home has an open floor plan, 30’ cathedral ceilings and is filled with natural light from walls-of-windows that take in the stunning views of surrounding mountain peaks. Featuring 2 bedrooms, 3.5-baths plus an office art studio (or 3rd bedroom), and gourmet kitchen, the home has beautiful hardwood and slate floors, hand-scraped logs and stucco interior, and master suite on the main level with his and her lavatories. Outside is a wrap around deck to enjoy al-fresco dining with easy access to fenced yards via flagstone walkways around the house. There is a heated greenhouse and a new 4-stall barn with tack room, hay/equipment storage and multiple pastures. The grounds are a combination of perennials, healthy stands of aspen, pines and open meadows, with north and south access to the BLM, which is adjacent to the property. This is a most magical spot in the Four Corners area and is close to both Mancos and historic Durango.

Location and Area

Nestled in the picturesque Mancos River Valley a convenient twenty minutes west of the Durango historic downtown area, the ranch is located on the east side of US Highway 160. With spectacular views of the La Plata Mountain range to the northeast, the ranch lies in a beautiful setting surrounded by mountain and valley views. The ranch is at an elevation 7,000 ft. above sea level. Comfortable summer temperatures reach the upper 80s, while the autumn days are clear, cool and full of vibrant foliage colors. The crisp and sunny winter days often feature abundant, light powdery snow.

Mancos sits at the base of Mesa Verde National Park, and as a small rural town, offers basic services to the surrounding community. The charming town of Durango is located 25 miles to the north, and has many big city conveniences, including a state-of-the-art new hospital, many fine restaurants, hotels, shopping, a four-year college, and many cultural activities. The four-corners area provides endless activities for the outdoor sports enthusiast.

The Montezuma County area, which includes Mancos, Cortez and Dolores, has a population of approximately 30,000 and is the most southwestern of the 64 counties in the state of Colorado. Mesa Verde National Park, Canyon of the Ancients National Monument, Yucca House National Monument, and Hovenweep National Monument preserve hundreds of ancient American Indian structures, including the famous cliff dwellings, found in the county. Roughly 1/3 of the county is tribal land, 1/3 is federal land (administered by the National Park Service, the United States Forest Service and the Bureau of Land Management), and 1/3 is private or state/county land. The La Plata County area, including Durango and Bayfield has a population of 45,000. La Plata County Airport runs daily commercial air service to Denver, Dallas, and Phoenix, and includes facilities for full service general aviation. The property is approximately 75 miles from Telluride, 170 miles from Grand Junction, 210 miles from Albuquerque and Santa Fe, about 320 miles from Denver and Colorado Springs and 430 miles from Phoenix.

Exterior and Property Detail

  • 35-acres of rolling meadows with 12-15 acres in horse pastures
  • Gorgeous La Plata Mountain and Rampart views
  • Large year round pond
  • North and south access to the BLM so one can ride all day long right from your property
  • Healthy stands of aspen, pine, cedar, blue spruce and Gambel oak; variety of perennials surround the house; raised herb bed; large boulder accents
  • Fenced and cross fenced around perimeter; back yard is dog fenced to keep dogs in and other animals out; vertical post of fences each have cemented with bag and a half of quickcrete so are very sturdy; Priefert gates
  • Cement driveway
  • Frame rustic log exterior with lifetime composite shingle roof; river rock snow protection wrap-around at base of house
  • Wrap-around red wood deck
  • 4’ rock ground apron surrounds house for fire mitigation
  • Flagstone walkways around house

House Features

  • 3-+car attached heated garage
  • Beautiful views of Helmet Mountain of the La Plata Mountains as well as the Ramparts
  • Cathedral T & G pine ceilings
  • Hardwood red oak, slate and tile floors
  • Interior walls are a combination of hand-scraped logs and stucco
  • Solid panel insert pine doors throughout
  • Light covers and register grates are antique reproductions from the 1920’s
  • Pella jalousie windows allow for great cross breezes throughout house; retractable screens
  • Recessed lighting and custom sconces
  • Forced air heating
  • Great internet and TV access

– Main Level –

Foyer

  • Double solid wood front door with custom hand-forged knocker
  • Slate floor with sitting area
  • Coat closet

Great Room

  • Cathedral ceilings
  • Hand-scraped beams and cross beams
  • Track lighting with custom chandelier
  • Red oak floors
  • Step down into this room with full wall of windows to capture stunning La Plata Mountain views
  • Floor-to-ceiling river rock wall features Lodi wood-burning fireplace (burns only 4-6 logs per day) with automatic heat fan; log mantle; sandstone hearth
  • Walk-out door to patio and decks
  • Full length 2-story custom lined fabric drapes
  • Tiffany Ayda light fixtures

Kitchen

  • Quartz counters
  • Ample cupboards with unique pulls; lazy Susan corners and pull-out drawers
  • Large center island with 4-burner Wolf gas French cook top with griddle/cooking or warming center; storage shelves underneath island
  • KitchenAid side-by-side fridge freezer
  • Double convection oven and microwave
  • Double under mount Kohler Farmer’s sink; satin nickel fixtures; large triple window over sink to view outdoors and wildlife

Dining Room

  • Open to kitchen
  • Red oak floor

Powder Room

  • Kohler pedestal sink
  • Slate floor
  • Kohler toilet

Master Bedroom and Bath Suite

  • Ante room upon entering master suite
  • Cathedral ceiling
  • Rock wall has wood burning fireplace with gas starter; sandstone hearth; log mantle still has bark intact
  • Sitting area
  • Lots of windows with custom lined full-length draperies
  • Red oak floor

Bath

  • Circular walkthrough for easy access
  • Slate floors
  • His and hers separate lavatories has natural stone counters with under mount Kohler porcelain sinks; burnished bronze fixtures; Kohler toilets; medicine cabinets and linen storage
  • His and hers walk-in closets with built-in cubbies and drawers
  • Walk-in shower with pebble stone floors and slate walls
  • 4-person stand alone tub surrounded by multiple windows; burnished bronze fixtures

Mud Room, Laundry Room with Pantry

  • Tile floors
  • Extra storage closets
  • LG front-loading washer and dryer
  • Deep Kohler porcelain utility sink
  • Double door pantry with pull-out Elfa shelving/baskets
  • Lots of windows and separate door walks out to side of house

3+-car Garage

  • Hand-scraped logs with lots of windows
  • Built-in mouse-proof storage cabinets
  • Built-in work bench with cupboards and storage below
  • Doggie door
  • Cement floor and man door

– Upper Level –

Log railing with half log wood risers to upper level

Office

  • Open area with lovely views to mountains
  • Hardwood floors
  • Tiffany sconce lighting

Guest Bedroom with Attached Art Studio

  • Art Studio can be used as separate sitting room
  • Studio has special lighting for painting along with a number of windows to bring in natural light

Bath

  • Slate floor
  • Under mount Kohler sink in granite counter with oiled bronze fixtures
  • Shower/tub combo
  • Multiple windows

Greenhouse

  • South facing and heated
  • Shelving at different levels

Horse Barn and Pastures

  • Double wide gravel driveway up to barn and around barn/pastures allows for easy maneuvering of horse trailers; rock retaining wall surrounds driveway
  • Dressage arena
  • Working round pen
  • 2 separate pastures between 5-7 acres with dry-lot turnout in between
  • 60’ x 48’ barn with outside overhang to store large equipment; T & G aspen panel interior; well insulated
  • Recessed and spot lighting; overhead plugs
  • 4 stalls, each with its own metal enclosed turn out paddock; aspen and corrugated metal walls; rubber brick floors with sand base and stall floor covering; deep concrete footers; corner feeders; double Dutch doors on each stall with thick plastic flap option to keep warmth in and allow for natural light
  • Concrete wash stall with French drain has hot and cold water
  • Barn made of cement board with extra thick insulation
  • Exterior frost free faucets in each pasture
  • Exterior electrical hookups for trailers
  • Tack room with five hand-hewn aspen bridle and saddle stands
  • 16’ electric garage doors on each end allow for trailer or equipment pull through
  • Hay storage in loft area has stairs for easy access

Wildlife & Recreation

The ranch is fenced and therefore, the local wildlife population, for the most part, is kept out while still being able to see the multitude of mule deer, smaller animals, turkey, migrating birds and various soaring raptors. The local area also provides a myriad of opportunities for all types of recreation. For downhill skiing, Purgatory Resort is a 60-minute drive from the ranch, while Wolf Creek and Silverton Mountain Ski Areas are an hour-and-a-half away. Cross-country skiing, snowshoeing and snowmobiling are also available on the ranch and throughout the area. Trail riding possibilities are virtually endless in the area. Summertime is also filled with opportunities in the area for hiking, fishing, boating, golfing and visiting the local Durango to Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad, Mesa Verde National Park and the Four Corners National Monument.

Excellent golf can be found at Dalton Ranch Golf Club, Hillcrest Community Club, the private Glacier Club (memberships available), and a top-rated public course at Pinion Hills in Farmington, NM (approximately 45 miles)

Offered at $1,325,000

This property is offered by Legacy Properties West Sotheby's International Realty, LLC, Tom and Zach Morse, Brokers. All information provided by Legacy Properties West Sotheby's International Realty, LLC or its sales representatives in connection with this property was acquired from sources deemed reliable, however, we do not warrant its accuracy or completeness and any users of such information waive any claims related thereto. Legacy Properties West Sotheby's International Realty, LLC recommends that every item of interest to the purchaser (i.e. issues regarding title, water, minerals, survey, zoning, permits, land use regulations and other applicable laws, and any other issues) be independently verified by the purchaser's attorney.