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White Elk Ranch

Colorado, La Plata County, Durango – MLS 738257

This spectacular riverfront property has an equestrian facility and a luxurious custom built apartment above a 6-bay garage, workshop, and barn. Nestled on over 35 acres on the banks of the Animas River, this scenic retreat offers privacy and serenity, yet is only 10 minutes from the historic town of Durango. The apartment offers two bedrooms with private en suites and an additional office space. Exceptional design, meticulous craftsmanship, engineered hardwood flooring, vaulted ceilings, exposed beams and high end kitchen appliances. The master bedroom has a private deck with views of the red cliffs and the Animas river. Six immaculate 12x12 stalls with turnouts, washing station, and tack room complete the equestrian facility. All 22 acres of fenced pastures north and south of the property are irrigated by the Reid Ditch/Coon Creek that runs year-round through the property. The views of the mountains that surround the Animas valley are breathtaking, offering exceptional year-round recreation and abundant wildlife.

Highlights include:

  • Animas River frontage
  • 35 acres, all irrigated, two pastures are fenced
  • Hydronic heated garage, barn and apartment
  • Domestic well water
  • Hot water re-circulation system for instant hot water
  • Hay storage barn: 1100, 1200 bales, 20 x 30
  • Covered patio out front, round pen, turnouts
  • Large storage attic-piped for floor heat
  • 22 acres irrigated, 700 feet of pivot sprinkler
  • Sprinklers around house for landscaping
  • 1 csf Animas water rights, Reid Ditch
  • Abundance of wildlife and game

Buildings Include:


  • Manufactured barn wood hardwood flooring 20 x 30, with hydronic heat
  • Travertine tile, walk in shower with pebble flooring and backsplash, shampoo shelf, porcelain sink, tile counter tops
  • Vaulted ceiling in living room, views looking down the valley with pasture
  • Beams – manufactured wood beams
  • Wall switch gas started fireplace
  • Granite slab counter tops in the kitchen and butcher block, open fenced custom cabinetry
  • 5 gas burner stainless steel GE stove and fridge
  • Deep stainless steel sink
  • Wine rack above large windows looking up the Animas Valley
  • Ceiling fans
  • Washer dryer closet and pantry
  • Two bedrooms en-suites, 3 closets, tile walk in showers with pebble flooring
  • Master-private deck, Trex decking, looking out to red cliffs and river
  • Separate office


  • 6 car garage with side work shop area – doors open up and out – to pull straight in and out.
  • 800 SF, concrete flooring
  • Tons of storage shelves


  • 6 stalls – 12 x 12
  • Concrete flooring
  • Separate washing station
  • Tack room
  • Large storage area under stairs

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 fishing in several nearby rivers. For downhill skiing, Purgatory 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.

Offered at $2,100,000

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.

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