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Deep Creek Ranch – SOLD (2016)

Colorado, Montezuma County, Mancos – MLS 706130

Extraordinary opportunity to own a diverse 195-acre ranch with beautiful amenities, exquisite mountain views, and just minutes from the town of Mancos. Located on the Anasazi Highway between Mesa Verde and the Dolores River Canyon, this property has the ideal combination of beautiful meadows, lush pastures, and piñon/juniper woodlands. In addition, there is a large year-round pond, large canyon area with creek frontage, and meadows to support the wildlife. The newly remodeled main house is 3,132 SF with 4 bedrooms and 2 baths. The cozy home has a gourmet kitchen open to the living room and great for entertaining, a beautiful stone fireplace with historic metate artifact inlay, and a large Trex-deck with hot tub overlooking the pond. The home truly captures the essence of the property by taking advantage of the 360 degree views of the La Plata Mountains, Mesa Verde, and Sleeping Ute. Other amenities include a private 1,120 SF guest/caretaker’s residence, a 3-stall barn, and multiple outbuildings to store the ranch vehicles and equipment. There are excellent water rights supporting over 70 irrigated acres for grazing or hay production.

Location and Area

Only ten minutes from the town of Mancos and thirty minutes west of the Durango historic downtown area. From Mancos, take Highway 160 W, then take a right onto Road 39, approximately 2.5 miles until you reach Deep Creek Ranch. With spectacular views of the La Plata Mountain range to the northeast and Mesa Verde and Sleeping Ute Mountain to the south, the ranch truly has a unique setting.

Mancos is poised 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 ranch is at an elevation 7,000 ft. above sea level, surrounded by scenic mountain and valley 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 Montezuma County area, which includes Mancos, Cortez and Dolores, has a population of approximately 30,000 and is the southwestern most 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 Amer-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.

Property Details

  • 195 acres with views out to La Plata Mountains, Mesa Verde, and Sleeping Ute
  • Water Rights: 7 shares of Bauer Lake Company water = 105 acre-feet; 45 acre-feet out of Jackson Reservoir Project Water. Totaling 150 acre-feet – comes in on a pressurized pipe system and is distributed to the property through gated-pipe. Currently irrigating 70 acres.
  • Property has an ideal combination of beautiful meadows, lush pastures, pinion/juniper woodlands, as well as Apple, Cherry, and Apricot trees around the garden
  • Beautiful canyon area runs the entire western border of property with creek frontage and meadows to support the abundant wildlife
  • Large year-round pond has a rock features and an island designed for a bird sanctuary
  • Other amenities include a private 1,120 SF guest/caretaker’s residence, a 3-stall barn, and multiple outbuildings to store the ranch vehicles and equipment.
  • There is a conservation easement on the property that protects the natural habitat and riparian area, while not being too restrictive – (please call for more information)
  • Established garden is fenced and includes a hot house
  • Mancos Rural Water tap, septic system, and 2 (500 gallon) propane tanks

Main Residence

Features include

  • Home built in 1970, but extensively remodeled in 2014
  • Approximately 3,132 SF with 4 bedrooms and 2 full bathrooms
  • Open kitchen/living area, great for entertaining
  • Floors are a combination of original hardwood porcelain tile
  • Vaulted tongue and groove ceilings with 16’ peak and 10’ ceilings elsewhere; skylights allow lots of natural light inside
  • Recessed lighting throughout
  • New Trex-decking with a built-in hot tub overlooking the pond and out to the La Plata mountains
  • Hot water baseboard heating, and a new energy efficient gas fireplace

Main Level

Great Room and Kitchen

  • Original hardwood floors
  • Track lighting
  • Vaulted ceilings
  • Gas fireplace; platform river rock; hearth has Metate artifact inlay
  • Open to kitchen and dining
  • Center island in kitchen with bar seating and storage below; cabinets made of hickory
  • Commercial grade KitchenAid gas 6 burner
  • Ample custom hickory cupboards
  • Farmhouse style sink
  • Large artisanal chandelier above dining area
  • Seating for 8 people
  • Walk-in pantry with lots of shelving and storage
  • Kitchen walks out to sunroom
  • Sunroom walks out to back deck with expansive views

Master Bedroom and Bath Suite

  • French doors to private deck with views of the pond and mountains
  • Red Oak hardwood floors
  • Lots of windows and natural lighting
  • Closets with built-in cubbies and shelving


  • Porcelain terra-cotta tile floor
  • His and hers sinks with brushed nickel fixtures, recycled barn wood cabinetry
  • Extra large soaking tub
  • Large walk-in shower with rain head; tumbled artisanal tile walls with blue tile accents; built-in tile shelves

Guest Bedroom One

  • Lots of windows with great views
  • Double folding closet door


  • Stand alone porcelain sink
  • Tub/shower combo with tile walls – tile design matches kitchen and master bath
  • Porcelain tile floor

Guest Bedroom Two

  • Large window with impressive views
  • Double folding closet door

Laundry Room

  • Access to outside
  • Counter for folding with storage cupboards underneath
  • Coat closet with shelving

Upper Level

Guest Bedroom Three

  • Hardwood stairs
  • A private deck with expansive views of Mesa Verde and Sleeping Ute
  • Ceiling Fan
  • Wood Paneling and shelves

Wildlife and Recreation

The property has an ideal combination of abundant wildlife habitat and open space in a beautiful setting. There are mule deer, black bear, mountain lion, bobcats, turkey, great blue heron and various soaring raptors. The ranch supports a wide assortment of both endemic and migratory bird species. There is nearby access to the National forest for a myriad of recreational opportunities. For downhill skiing, Purgatory is an hour from the ranch, Wolf Creek and Silverton Mountain Ski Areas are an hour-and-forty-minutes away, and Telluride Ski Resort is ninety minutes away. Cross-country skiing, snowshoeing and snow-mobiling are also available throughout the area. Summertime is filled with opportunities for biking or horseback riding, hiking, rock climbing, fly-fishing, and boating or canoeing in the area. Also, the nearby Animas River provides great fly-fishing, kayaking, canoeing and rafting. 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 60 miles).

Offered at $1,595,000

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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