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Wild Wings Ranch

Colorado, La Plata County, Durango – MLS 721821

Wild Wings Ranch is a magnificent and lush river frontage property along the north Animas River on approximately 33-acres with numerous senior water rights. Think gathering with your family and friends around manicured grounds and perennial gardens, soothing water features and ponds, fenced pastures with a Victorian style home which has approximately 6,000 SF, 5 bedrooms, 5 baths, numerous fireplaces, gourmet kitchen, office, 2 great rooms, theater room, outside patio and fireplace, separate toy garages and Man Cave, with a 1 bedroom, 1 bath Ranch Manager’s house. This is a rare find and an opportunity to live in the prestigious north Animas Valley with its stunning views of the mountains and only fifteen minutes from historic Durango.

Location and Area

Wild Wings Ranch is a convenient and beautiful drive north of Durango, nestled in the heart of the red rock lined Animas Valley with mountain views and river frontage with phenomenal water rights. It is accessed from County Road 250.

Durango is a town of rural mountain charm and character, and has many big city conveniences, including a state-of-the-art new hospital, many fine restaurants, hotels, shopping, a four-year college, golf courses, first class fly fishing, numerous outdoor hiking and biking trails, with endless activities for the outdoor sports enthusiast. There are 40 national and state parks within a day’s drive. It is located 6,512 ft. above sea level, surrounded by scenic mountain views, and over 300 days of sunshine each year. 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.

The La Plata County area that includes Durango and Bayfield has a population of 52,000. 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 100 miles from Telluride, 170 miles from Grand Junction, 200 miles from Albuquerque and Santa Fe, about 300 miles from Denver and Colorado Springs and 450 miles from Phoenix.

Property Grounds and External Features

  • Paved asphalt driveway with new concrete and brick apron around garages
  • 3-railing wood fenced perimeter
  • Healthy stands of aspen, cottonwoods, birch, maple and pine trees
  • Beautifully manicured lawns and perennial flower beds; all on timed irrigation
  • Numerous water features surround the house, including ponds with re-circulating fountain, and a meandering stream with waterfall and arched bridge; separate flagstone patio overlooks pond
  • Brand new stone and granite Pizza Oven just outside the kitchen
  • Wrap around decks and flagstone patios front and back include outside covered seating area with river rock gas burning and wood-burning fireplace and hearth
  • Wood swing set and play station for kids
  • Riverside fire pit with log stools; cement ramp for boat launch
  • 30+-acres of fenced pastures with riding arena
  • Man-cave has stamped tin ceiling; pool table; poker table; bar with hammered copper sink, ice maker, beer dispenser; over-sized flat-screen TV, bathroom, old-fashioned wood-burning stove; saddle storage; flagstone patio outside
  • Two extra garages for toys with shop; room for 10 cars
  • Storage shed
  • Enclosed, hot-wired raised vegetable garden
  • Enclosed chicken run and house
  • 1,000 gallon propane tank
  • Authorized second building site
  • 1 bedroom, 1 bath with loft Ranch Manager’s house
  • 50 gpm (25 for domestic, 25 for irrigation) use from well
  • A new well was just drilled and has a windmill pump that provides water to pond
  • A third well is also permitted but not installed for the authorized home site on the 17-acres to the north
  • Water rights total is just over 3 c.f.s
    0.50 c.f.s Animas river (from old Wallace Ditch) January 1, 1876, Priority A-3
    0.222 c.f.s East pond priority - 2005
    0.222 c.f.s Animas river priority - 2005
    1 c.f.s Talley Ditch – south pond - priority 1968-72 for irrigation and stock watering priority
    1 c.f.s Talley Ditch – north pond - priority 1968-72 for irrigation and stock watering
    1 c.f.s of ground water authorized if the Talley Ditch is not flowing in each of the north and south ditch priority – 2005

Residence Features Include:

  • Vaulted and 10’ ceilings
  • Lots of windows to take in the gorgeous outside grounds and surrounding mountains; blinds and/or curtains on windows
  • Pine and oak floors with oak baseboards, trim and crown molding
  • Ceiling fans throughout
  • Hot water baseboard heating with re-circulating hot water

Main Level


  • Beveled glass front door
  • Built-in bookshelves and cabinets with ‘hair-on-hide’ inserts on cabinet doors
  • Semi-circular staircase with oversized brass light fixture
  • Coat closet

Great Room

  • Wood-burning and gas log fireplace in river rock wall and hearth
  • Oak plank floor

Gourmet Chef’s Kitchen, Breakfast Room, Pantry and Wet Bar

  • Newly remodeled and expanded
  • Breakfast room with separate seating
  • Oak cabinets with pewter pulls have glass inserts with accent lighting; lots of storage
  • Rain Forest marble counters
  • Franke Firehouse porcelain double-sided Farm Sink; Rohl ‘Living Finish’ fixtures
  • Rain Forest marble island with stainless steel vegetable sink with bar seating; large pot rack overhead
  • GE Monogram double side-by-side 48” fridge and 48” freezer
  • 2 GE Monogram refrigerator drawers
  • GE Monogram 4-burner gas stove with griddle in the middle; overhead vent
  • 2 Fisher-Paykel dish washer drawers
  • GE Profile trash compactor
  • Convection and conventional ovens with built-in microwave
  • Walk-in pantry with automatic lighting
  • Wet bar has granite counter with glass tile backsplash; glass insert cupboards with faux antler pulls; wet sink; ice maker

Butler’s Pantry and Laundry Room

  • New addition
  • In-floor heating
  • Granite counters
  • Antique cabinets with full cupboards and drawers feature bronze horse pulls
  • Multiple windows look out to gorgeous views of the grounds
  • Full-size stacking front-loading Whirlpool Duet Steam washer/dryer
  • Farm porcelain sink with drain board
  • Two coat closets
  • Exit to 3+ car garage and mechanical room

Dining Room

  • Vaulted ceiling
  • Double French glass doors walk out to covered deck with outdoor fireplace
  • Lots of windows
  • Oak flooring

Theater Room

  • Ceiling-mounted projector
  • Full wall viewing screen
  • Fabric padded walls great for acoustics
  • Tiered levels for easy viewing

Formal Living Room

  • Wood-burning fireplace with gas logs and starter; marble surround and hearth with oak mantel
  • Oak floors
  • Lots of windows

Powder Bath

  • Onyx backlit wall in walk-in shower; marble tile walls and floor
  • Granite counter with under-lit onyx vessel sink
  • Built-in medicine cabinet


  • Chair rail with plaid wall paper on bottom
  • Recessed area for desk
  • Surround windows


  • 4 bays
  • Cement floors with in-floor heat
  • Built-in storage cabinets and workbench
  • Full size washer dryer
  • Mechanical room
  • Working gas pump with 500-gallon storage

Upper Level

Oak risers with new padded inserted wool carpet runner

Family Room

  • Vaulted ceilings


  • Wall of old license plates from every state
  • Farm sink with country farm faucet
  • Antique Italian garden wall faucet and basin for accent

Primary Master Suite

  • Double door entrance
  • Wood-burning fireplace with gas logs
  • Walkout to private deck
  • Large flat-screen wall-mounted TV
  • Alcove for workout area, office, etc.
  • Cedar-lined walk-in closet with built-in dressers and cubbies
  • Bath has separate water closet with built-in shelving
  • Separate granite his and hers knotty alder vanities with ‘hair-on-hide’ accents; onyx vessel sinks; full mirrors
  • Granite dressing bench
  • Copper free-standing bathtub sits by a gas fireplace with onyx tile surround
  • Huge walk-in shower with slate floors and walls; large seating bench; multiple shower heads and faucets
  • Sconce lighting

Guest Suite and Bath One

  • Window seat with covered cushions looks out to front
  • Walk-in closet
  • Bath has walk-in shower with tile walls and floor
  • Antique dresser cabinet has vessel sink with farm house faucet

Guest Suite and Bath Two

  • Bath has marble weave tile floor
  • Walk-in shower with basket weave tile floor and Subway tile walls; recessed niches for shampoo, etc.
  • Free-standing cast iron claw-foot tub
  • Granite counter with double vessel sinks in oak vanity with built-in shelving

Guest Bunk Room Three

  • Vaulted ceilings
  • Step-up alcove has office area with built-in oak desk and drawers; overlooks gardens and outdoor water features

Guest Bedroom Four

  • Small room that is perfect for live-in help
  • Recessed wall closet

Wildlife and Recreation

The property has an ideal combination of wildlife habitat, manicured lawns and gardens, meandering stream and water features in a private setting. There is abundant wildlife, including: mule deer, elk, black bear, fox, turkey and soaring raptors. The fishing is excellent on the property’s Animas River frontage.

For downhill skiing, Purgatory Resort is a short drive from the ranch, while Wolf Creek and Silverton Mountain Ski Areas are an hour-and-one-half away. Cross-country skiing, snowshoeing and snow-mobiling are also available throughout the area and on the ranch. Summertime is filled with opportunities for biking or horseback riding, hiking, rock climbing, fly-fishing, boating or canoeing on the property. Also, the Animas River provides great fly-fishing, kayaking, canoeing and rafting – it is a wonderful run from the ranch to Durango. There are many other things to do in the area, like 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 50 miles).

Now $4,250,000 – Significant Price Adjustment

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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