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Alpine Lakes Ranch

Colorado, Archuleta County, Pagosa Springs – MLS 722780

Located in Pagosa Springs, one of only a few ‘Old West Havens’ left in Colorado, with its breathtaking views of the San Juan Mountains and Continental Divide, this private Gentleman’s Ranch is distinguished from the rest of the herd. Consisting of 70+ acres of fenced, lush rolling pastures, meadows and healthy stands of mature Ponderosa Pine with gorgeous perennial gardens that surround an exquisite light-filled 4,980 SF home. Featuring masterfully crafted arched stonework and cedar siding on the outside and attention to detail with high-end luxury finishes inside. The home has 4 bedrooms – master and guest suite on the main level, 4.5 baths, 18-20’ vaulted ceilings, three wood-burning fireplaces, one gas fireplace, custom American cherry floors, gourmet Chef’s kitchen, office, game room, large safe/wine room, an outside wrap-around deck with built-in fireplace to enjoy al fresco dining much of the year, plus an outdoor hot tub from which to marvel at the brilliant Colorado night sky. In addition, there is a charming 2 bedroom, 2.5 bath Coach House/Barn including tack room. There is a large separate toy garage, loafing shed and round pen. The property has private access to the San Juan National Forest and nearby Spence Lake. This is a must see property and home if you enjoy privacy, ranch living and being surrounded by the exquisite beauty of nature.

Location and Area

The property is strategically situated in one of the most beautiful valleys in Archuleta County, just 18 miles south of Pagosa Springs, Colorado, off Highway 84. Far from any big cities, Pagosa Springs is the Ute Indian word for ‘healing waters’. This town is well known for its down-to-earth small community values and friendliness, as well as its refreshing and rejuvenating natural, hot mineral springs and riverside hot pools; it also has fine restaurants and a hospital. Two city parks straddle the San Juan River, and encompass a river walk and picnic areas. The area is also known for its world-class fishing rivers. Archuleta County’s Stevens Field Airport in Pagosa Springs with its new FBO facility supports private aircraft up to 55,000 lbs. and boasts an 8,100’ x 100’ runway. The entire four-corners area provides endless activities for the outdoor sports enthusiast. The area offers comfortable summer temperatures reaching 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 historic downtown area of Durango is located just 55 miles to the west. 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 230 miles from Grand Junction, 190 miles from Albuquerque, 130 from Santa Fe, about 285 miles from Denver and Colorado Springs and 475 miles from Phoenix.

Property and External Details

  • Gated entry
  • 2 separate 35-acre parcels with main house and Toy Barn on one, with Carriage House/Barn on the other
  • Rolling lush meadows and pastures
  • Healthy stands of Ponderosa Pines, some aspen and Gambel oak
  • Extra guest parking
  • Cedar siding accented by beautiful arched moss rock detail on all buildings; most collected from the property
  • Steel roof with snow melt features on potential dams
  • Pigmented concrete front porch with vaulted pine T&G overhang
  • Stunning perennial gardens around house and barn ablaze with color throughout the season on timed drips system, surrounded by iron and log fences
  • Wrap around redwood decks with stone pillar supports; redwood railing
  • Spacious back deck with wood-burning fireplace and vaulted T&G pine overhang makes for lovely al fresco dining; gorgeous views of the San Juan Mountains and meadows
  • Lanterns of seeded glass and bronze for outdoor lighting
  • Graduated levels of pigmented, stamped concrete at entry and walkways surrounding house
  • Outside courtyard surrounded by moss rock half wall and perennial garden
  • Hot tub on lower level patio surrounded by perennial garden
  • Lower level wood storage with protected overhang
  • Two buried cisterns for main house and buried cistern for Carriage House/Barn; total of 5,000 gallons
  • Buried propane tank for main house
  • Grazing lease on property allows for agricultural exemption
  • 2 smooth wire fenced pastures each approximately 7-acres and gated
  • Frost-free hydrant in pasture

Main Residence

General Features

  • Builder – David Hemauer
  • Vaulted ceilings
  • Walls of windows bring in ample natural light with stunning views of surrounding mountains
  • Pella storm doors; Pella jalousie windows create wonderful cross ventilation
  • Oil bronze fixtures throughout
  • Alabaster light fixtures featured throughout
  • Skip trowel finish and subtle faux paint walls
  • 8’ solid knotty alder doors with arch detail throughout
  • Recessed and accent lighting on dimmer switches
  • Most closets with automatic lighting when doors are opened
  • 7 ceiling fans
  • Walk-in cedar-lined closets
  • Surround sound both inside and outside
  • In-floor heating with propane source; multiple zones with copper piping
  • Kohler toilets
  • Designer faucets and fixtures
  • Mechanical room has a new 82-gallon hot water heater
  • Water softener
  • 2+-car attached garage with 9’ wide doors

– Main Floor –


  • Carrera marble tile floor
  • Vaulted ceiling with T&G cherry wood
  • Custom solid knotty alder front door with insert panels; arched overhead transom windows with side lights
  • Large alabaster chandelier and sconce lighting fixtures

Great Room

  • Vaulted ceiling
  • Cherry flooring
  • Floor-to-ceiling windows offer magnificent views of the Continental Divide
  • Wood burning fireplace with gas starter; accordion glass and mesh screens; sandstone hearth and cherry mantle; windows on both sides
  • Double door walk-outs to wrap-around deck

Dining Room

  • Vaulted ceiling with skylights
  • Cherry flooring
  • Built-in cherry buffet with rounded edge granite counter; storage above with seeded glass inserts; braided detail on top and hand-carved corbel supports; plentiful storage below; woven pewter pulls
  • Multi-tiered large armed iron chandelier with alabaster globes
  • French doors to back deck with wood-burning fireplace

Chef’s Gourmet Kitchen and Breakfast Nook

  • Vaulted ceiling with skylights
  • Granite counters with rounded edges
  • Double under mount porcelain sinks with disposal; satin nickel fixtures
  • Large granite center island with drop down alabaster pendant lighting overhead; KitchenAid cherry panel trash compactor and dishwasher; porcelain under mount vegetable sink; stainless towel bars on end
  • Cherry custom cabinets with ample storage; satin nickel pulls
  • Cherry panel and stainless appliances
  • Sub-Zero 48” cherry panel side-by-side fridge and freezer
  • Wolf 5-burner halogen cook top with tumbled travertine backsplash and pot filler; overhead Italian tile hood/vent
  • Wolf stainless double convection and conventional ovens
  • KitchenAid cherry panel warming drawer
  • Breakfast nook has built-in benches

Master Bedroom and Bath Suite

  • Double door entry
  • Vaulted ceilings
  • Walls of windows with mountain views
  • Wood-burning fireplace with Carrera marble surround; accordion and mesh screens
  • Exit door to wrap-around deck and separate exit door to private deck
  • His and hers walk-in cedar-lined closets


  • Vaulted ceiling
  • Tumbled travertine tile floor
  • Gorgeous views from windows surrounding the platform Jacuzzi oval tub
  • His and hers marble top vanities with custom cherry cabinets below and Kohler under mount porcelain sinks; down lighting beneath vanity creates lovely effect
  • Perrin and Rowe polished chrome bath fixtures
  • Walk-in shower with glass block wall allows for ample natural light; travertine floors with decorative tile accents
  • Exit door to private courtyard patio with moss rock enclosure and access to hot tub
  • Separate water closet
  • Fabric Roman blinds

Guest Bedroom and Bath Suite

  • Double door entry
  • Fabric Roman blinds


  • Tumbled travertine tile floor
  • Onyx counter top on custom cherry vanity with alabaster vessel sink – gorgeous! – under-lit cabinet creates lovely effect
  • Walk-in shower with tumbled travertine walls, floor and decorative accents
  • Designer fixtures
  • Separate water closet with pocket door
  • Double door closet with built-in shelving
  • Double door entry so bath also serves as a powder room for main floor

Laundry Room

  • Travertine tile floor
  • Hanging closets and cubbies for outer wear
  • Travertine tile surround dog/ski wash with hot and cold water
  • Duet front loading washer and dryer
  • Deep Kohler porcelain utility sink with travertine tile counters
  • Cherry cabinets with ample storage
  • Exit door to 2+-car garage with cement floors; lots of windows; mechanical room
  • Exit to courtyard patio with moss rock enclosure and access to hot tub

– Lower Walkout Level –

  • Custom cherry hand railing with beveled edges and under lighting
  • Cherry risers
  • Recessed built-in bookcases in wall

Media Room/Game Room

  • 10’ ceilings
  • Travertine tile floor has marble tile decorative accents
  • Gas fireplace with large pine block mantle
  • Wet bar with marble counter; wine cooler below; cherry cabinets for storage with satin nickel pulls
  • Double door exit to hot tub and lower level patio, garden and hot tub
  • Liberty safe door entrance into a large storage area and wine racks holding up to 1,200 bottles

Powder Room

  • Travertine tile floor
  • Marble counter with under mount Kohler sink and cherry cabinets below

– Upper Level –

Suspended staircase with open cherry risers

Boy’s Dorm

  • Dressing area with built-in bench and cubbies
  • Double door closets with built-in shelving
  • Great views from multiple windows
  • Cherry floors

Boy’s Bath

  • Vaulted ceilings with skylights
  • Custom ceramic tile floors
  • Custom ceramic tile counters and backsplash with Kohler under mount porcelain sinks; chrome fixtures; cherry cabinets below
  • Walk-in shower with tumbled ceramic tile walls and floor with ceramic tile accents
  • Custom cherry linen closet

Girl’s Dorm

  • Dressing area with built-in bench and cubbies
  • Double linen closets
  • Walk-in cedar-lined closet with built-in shelving
  • Extra double door closet
  • Many arched windows with great views of mountains

Girl’s Bath

  • Custom ceramic tile counters and backsplash with Kohler under mount porcelain sinks; chrome fixtures; cherry cabinets below
  • Walk-in shower with tumbled travertine walls and floor with tile accents
  • Custom cherry built-in linen closet

Office Loft Hideaway

  • Spiral staircase ascending to loft with custom cherry hand rail
  • Faux painted vaulted ceiling
  • Gorgeous views from multiple windows
  • Separate sitting cove with two built-in sitting benches has windows looking out to surrounding mountains
  • Built-in bookcases
  • Widow’s walk surrounded by windows
  • Large storage closet

Coach House/Barn

General Features

  • Cedar exterior with moss rock accent facing
  • Enclosed by a log rail fence and surrounded by perennial gardens and charming winding stone path full of various thyme plants
  • Vaulted arches over porch entrance with T&G ceiling
  • Forced air heating
  • Pella windows; Coach House windows treated with UV protection
  • Solid pine doors throughout with bronze fixtures
  • Pine entry door has side lights and overhead transom windows

– Main Level –


  • Mule deer antler chandelier suspended from second level
  • Large coat/ski closet
  • Slate floor
  • Faux painted walls with skip trowel finish
  • Half bath with pocket door, slate floor, Kohler sink, brushed nickel fixtures


  • Pine panel walls
  • Large coat closet or ski storage
  • 2 electric garage doors for easy pass through
  • Concrete floor interior
  • 4 stalls with concrete and rubber floors; self-feeders and water bucket racks
  • Walls between stalls can be removed to create larger area
  • Water spigot
  • Separate tack room with saddle racks; bridle and lee rope hangers; built-in storage
  • Full-sized fridge
  • Large utility storage room with large laundry sink
  • Pump room with holding tank and water filter

– Coach House – Second Level–

  • Recessed lighting
  • Skip troweling on walls with faux paint
  • Ash floors and ash stair risers to second level
  • Custom pine hand railing
  • Built-in desk/work station with Shaker style cabinets for storage
  • Highly efficient use of space

Great Room

  • Vaulted ceilings with pine cross beams
  • Gorgeous views to the mountains and meadows through arched windows
  • Open to kitchen
  • Moss rock fireplace with crescent moss rock hearth; pine mantle
  • Double door exit to cedar deck with mountain and meadow views; pine railing


  • Shaker custom pine cabinets with pine pulls
  • Tile counters and backsplash with green tile accents
  • KitchenAid and Thermidor appliances; 5 burner gas stove with overhead vent; double ovens; dishwasher with pine panel front
  • Walk-in pantry with built-in storage; automatic lighting when door opens; access to attic space

Master Guest Bedroom and Bath Suite

  • Ceiling fan
  • Exit door to slate tile porch with west views


  • Vaulted ceiling with skylight
  • His and hers counters with Kohler sinks
  • Walk-in shower with niches
  • Double door closets
  • Separate water closet with big window

Guest Bedroom

  • Ceiling fan
  • Exit door to slate tile porch with west views
  • Double door closet
  • Ample windows

Guest Bath

  • Vaulted ceiling with skylight
  • Tile floor
  • Shower and deep tub combo; tile wall surround
  • Hall Passageway
  • Concealed laundry nook with washer and dryer on tile floor
  • Space-saving coat/storage closet
  • Desk/work station with Shaker style cabinetry

Outdoor Buildings

Toy Barn

  • Cedar exterior with moss rock accent facing
  • 3 separate bays, one tall enough for RV storage; 2-9’ wide electric doors; 1-12’ wide electric door
  • Cement floors and cement outside aprons
  • Separate hay storage with sliding door
  • 2 man doors, one with arched window detail
  • Frost-free hydrant

Loafing Shed

  • Cedar exterior
  • Metal roof sloped for snow slide

Wildlife and Recreation

This charming property has an amazing combination of wildlife habitat and privacy in a setting that uniquely represents Colorado outdoor life. Commonly seen are migrating elk, deer, lynx, bobcat, coyote, red tail hawks, eagles, wild turkey, geese and ducks, and songbirds. Occasionally, one may even get a glimpse of a cougar or black bear. Parelli Natural Horsemanship Headquarters is just 30 miles from the ranch. In addition, the opportunities for exploration and recreation are limitless—whether it’s hiking, bird watching, rock climbing, 4-wheeling, boating, kayaking and canoeing, hunting, fishing or just relaxing—this property and the adjacent National Forest have it all. The local area also provides many opportunities for all types of recreation. For downhill skiing, Wolf Creek Ski Area is 30 minutes away, while Purgatory Resort is a 1 hour and 40 minute drive. Cross-country skiing, snowshoeing and snowmobiling are also available on the estate and throughout the area. Summertime is also filled with opportunities to kayak/boat on many area lakes and rivers. Williams Lake and Echo Lake are 15 minutes and 30 minutes respectively from the property and can be fished for salmon and trout, year round. Navajo Lake is 35-miles from the property. Excellent golfing can be found at the 27-hole Pagosa Springs Golf Club. In addition, people come from around the world to soak in the Hot Springs along the San Juan River, and ride the heritage Chama Cumbres and Toltec scenic railroad running between Chama, NM and Antonito, Colorado. Also people come to Durango for the historic Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad and visit attractions like Mesa Verde National Park, Chaco Canyon, the Four Corners National Monument, Chimney Rock National Park, Treasure Falls, and Sand Dune National Park.

Offered at $1,795,000

This property is offered by Legacy Properties West Sotheby's International Realty, LLC, Lesley Gannon Meiering and Tom 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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