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Valley Ranch Estate

Colorado, La Plata County, Durango – MLS 737993

This 27-acre private equestrian estate is situated in the lush Animas Valley. It includes a main residence building site along the creek, guest house, care-taker house, multiple pastures and a maintenance shop with equipment storage. This is a beautiful estate that offers rare piece of heaven in the north Animas Valley, just a few miles north of historic downtown Durango.


Arriving at Valley Ranch Estate off of County Road 250 and Elkhorn Mountain road, one is taken in by the beautiful setting, views, and functionality of this property. It offers a rare opportunity for the Durango equestrian enthusiast or a pastoral setting with awesome views to Engineer Mountain and creek-side setting for a main residence. The land is mostly pasture with some woodlands, wonderful ponds and Coon Creek. The views of the mountains surrounding the Animas Valley and Engineer Mountain to the north are breathtaking. The property also has a historic river rock shed.

The property enjoys extensive water rights. These water rights enable the extensive landscaping and pastures to remain lush and vibrant. Multiple garden beds, designated for vegetables and perennials, are located conveniently near the caretaker/guest houses and are on a drip irrigation system. Irrigation water plus a high-yield, 360 gallons-per-minute well are equally shared.

Highlights include:

  • Private gated entrances
  • Twenty-seven lush acres
  • Extensive water rights
  • Reid Ditch/Coon Creek runs year-round through the property for approximately 1,950 feet providing fishing opportunities
  • Exceptional creek side building site
  • 3 beautiful ponds
  • Guest and Caretaker houses
  • Extensive gardens, landscaping and pastures, all timed irrigation
  • Multiple fenced pastures with some cross-fencing
  • Fenced organic vegetable garden
  • Gas heated greenhouse/potting shed for over-wintering summer plants; concrete floors; original log beams; shelving
  • Original chicken coop

Buildings Include:

Caretaker/Bunk House

  • 1,006 Sq Ft constructed in 2002
    Large covered porch
  • 2 bedrooms, one Master, one w/ bunk beds
    Tooled-leather accents on door jams
  • Concrete floors
  • Fans in all rooms
  • Wood burning stove
  • Baseboard hot water heat
  • Fully air conditioned, heated
  • Stackable washer/dryer
  • Breakfast bar area in kitchen
  • Full bath

Guest House

  • 1,072 Sq Ft constructed in 2002
  • 2 bedroom
  • 1 remodeled full bath
  • Compete kitchen
  • Front porch

Machine Shop

  • 5,000 SF
  • 1⁄2 bath
  • Hoist
  • Wash rack (horse)
  • Tack room
  • Commercial compressor

Wildlife and Recreation

The property has an ideal combination of wildlife habitat, pastures, manicured lawns and gardens in a very private setting. Commonly seen are migrating elk, deer, coyote, red tail hawks, eagles, and many other small animals and sporting birds. The ranch’s creek and ponds are stocked with trout and there is exceptional shing in several near-by rivers. For downhill skiing, Durango Mountain Resort is a short drive from the ranch, while Wolf Creek and Silverton Mountain Ski Areas are an hour away. Cross-country skiing and snow-mobiling are also available throughout the area and on the ranch.

Summertime is filled with opportunities for riding, 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 40 miles).

Offered at $1,600,000

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.