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Elk Park Ranch – JUST SOLD


Absolutely one of the rarest offerings, featuring 975 acres of dramatic mountains and rolling meadows within a lush river valley less than 10 minutes from historic downtown Durango. Nearly a mile of carefully restored Florida River frontage, along with six ponds makes for a true "fisherman's paradise." And, it's called Elk Park Ranch due to the number of elk that call it home, establishing it as one of the best elk hunting ranches in the region.

Over 13,000 SF of rustic log, timber and stone residential and ranch improvements can accommodate generations of family, friends and staff. The main residence (5,540+ SF), guest house (2,400 SF) and other buildings in the main compound have been extensively remodeled in the fall of 2014, bringing them to an exceptional level of finish and comfort, while maintaining the rich history feel of the "homestead."

The surrounding grounds are magical, offering beautiful gardens, towering aspen, spruce and Ponderosa trees, which frame ancient cliffs and distant peaks. The sound of running water is ever present with the Florida River running next to the compound and meandering streams connecting the multiple ponds just out your backdoor. Also, there are trails throughout the ranch for equestrian pursuits and hiking. It is the true essence of a "recreational paradise" within a secure and private compound within minutes of Durango.

Property Details and Exterior Features

  • Superb water rights for maintaining level in ponds, agricultural, livestock, domestic, fishing and fire protection. They include:
    • .25 cfs in the Upper Florida Ditch, Priority No. 67
    • .25 cfs in the Nelson-Place Ditch, Priority No. F-13
    • 1 cfs in the second enlargement of the Upper Florida Ditch awarded Priority No. 1968-17
    • 10 acre feet of Florida Project water
    • Domestic augmentation use of .094 cfs as per case W-1870-78
  • 4 wells on property
  • 3/4 of a mile+ of restored Florida River frontage runs through the property and offers exceptional fishing with 2 bridges on the property that cross the river
  • Six ponds that regenerate fish from the river
  • Meandering streams run close to the main residence
  • Multiple seasonal perennial garden beds surround home and are situated through main compound, lush grassy areas; all irrigated
  • Healthy aspen, spruce and Ponderosa trees
  • Numerous miles of trails for endless hiking or horseback riding
  • Five expansive meadows for cattle grazing and they are home to a significant herd of elk
  • Outside sunken Kiva fire pit with circular amphitheater seating by the Florida River and stream
  • 4+ car detached garage and carport with walkway between main house and guest house; concrete aprons outside garages
  • Carport attached to main home is also attached to the 2-car garage with half bath for groundskeepers
  • Workshop is attached to two 2-car garages with care-takers' office
  • Outside patios are stamped concrete
  • BBQ area off kitchen and dining room
  • Four separate guest quarters
  • Two ranch-hand houses
  • Numerous out buildings
  • Hay barn
  • Stable and pasture
  • Eight bee hives for harvesting honey give an advantage for agricultural status
  • Areas for running cattle if desired with electric fencing; up to 180-pair of cattle depending on the rain
  • Hay cutting produces approximately 1,150 bales per year (could be enhanced significantly)
  • Approximately 40-acres in lower meadows, 13-acres of hay field which are irrigated (water rights should support the irrigation of 200 acres)
  • High-fenced enclosed garden area
  • Separate seed room for gardener
  • Emergency back-up generator to supply compound
  • Backhoe, John Deere farm tracker, bailer, swapper, two 4-wheelers, 2 snowmobiles, horse trailer, 2 ranch vehicles and house furnishings come with purchase price

Main Residence Details

  • Extensively remodeled in autumn of 2014; lovely eclectic mix of traditional and contemporary
  • 5,540+ SF in main home. All of the logs and were restored and rechinked
  • Original log home was built in 1989 with an addition in 1991
  • Two main levels with spacious areas for entertaining plus a basement for extra storage
  • 30' cathedral ceiling, vaulted and 9' ceilings elsewhere
  • Forced air and in-floor heat; A/C
  • Southern yellow pine wide-plank floors
  • Solid oak doors throughout
  • Amtek new oil-rubbed bronze fixtures throughout
  • Ceiling fans throughout
  • Hubbardton Forge light fixtures and recessed lighting; all on dimmers
  • Kohler fixtures
  • Railings timbers in loft area from 1850 barn
  • Oversized custom antler chandelier over stairwell
  • Walls of trapezoidal windows bring in natural sunlight

Main Residence – Main Level

Spacious Great Room

  • Approximately 30' vaulted ceilings with high up cross beams from an original 1850 onsite barn
  • Wall of massive windows
  • Open to kitchen
  • Two back-to-back wood burning fireplaces with moss rock wall faces and arched lintel and stone mantle and hearth; all stone quarried on site and hand-chiseled

Formal Dining Room

  • Stone quartz floor
  • Multiple glass accordion windows open to outside
  • In-floor heat
  • Glass wall separating dining area from great room offers open feeling yet creates intimacy for entertaining and conversation

Guest Powder Room

  • Cast concrete sink set in vanity of reclaimed barn wood
  • Natural stone tile flooring

Gourmet Kitchen and Wet Bar

  • Chiseled 'wood grain' granite counters; abundant counter space
  • Dura-Supreme cabinets with dove-tailed and self-closing doors and drawers; combination of finishes on cabinets add great interest
  • Walls of windows; large portion open accordion style to the outside bar in BBQ area
  • Large seating bar between great room and kitchen
  • Ample counter space
  • Wet bar and kitchen flow into each another
  • Wet bar with ice maker, deep stainless sink with glass storage overhead
  • Sub-Zero under-counter beverage fridge
  • Sub-zero under-counter wine fridge
  • Kitchen has Sub-Zero side-by-side 36" fridge/36" freezer
  • Stainless steel double sided Kohler farm sink
  • Separate salad bar sink
  • 2 under-counter drawer microwaves
  • Dacor dual electric and gas ovens with convection and conventional settings
  • Dacor 6-burner gas stove with pop-up down draft
  • Separate side pantry with ample drawers and cupboards

Wine Room

  • 300+ bottle temperature controlled storage off the kitchen

Library and Library Bath

  • Wood burning fireplace with stone hearth and separate wood storage
  • Wood and stone quartz floors
  • Built-in bookshelves
  • Windows looking out to streams
  • Bath has double Kohler under-mount lavatories with brushed nickel fixtures
  • Walk-in shower with tile floor and walls
  • French doors separating library from gallery to master suite
  • Door to outside patio

Master Bedroom Suite and Bath

  • Gallery of windows and art shelves before entering master bedroom and bath; looks out to courtyard
  • Linen and coat closet off the gallery
  • Boot storage closet with louvered doors and grate in floor for snow melt
  • Step-up into master bedroom
  • Full wood-burning fireplace with separate wood storage
  • Master has sitting area looking out to courtyard, stream, pond and rushing Florida River
  • Built-in bookshelves
  • 40" flat-screen TV
  • Wood floors
  • Door going out to private porch
  • Huge master closet with his and hers sides; marble counters oversized mirrors; cubbies and drawers


  • Full sized free-standing Kohler soaking tub
  • White marble counters with and brushed nickel fixtures
  • Walk-in steam shower with rain head, regular wall and body spray heads
  • His and hers lavatories
  • Separate toilet room

Laundry Room and Butler's Pantry

  • Located off the gallery to master suite
  • Sub-Zero side-by-side 36" fridge/36" freezer; double stainless steel sink; ample counter and storage cupboard space
  • Stone quartz floors
  • Stacking Duet Whirlpool washer/dryer
  • Side-by-side front-loading Whirlpool Duet washer/dryer

Guest Bedroom

  • Guest bedroom was original house footprint
  • Looks out to back lawn and stream

Upper Level

Loft with Wet Bar and Powder Room

  • Loft area has wide-plane pine log stairs and treads
  • 12' arched window and ledge at landing with true divided light brings in lovely added light
  • Wet bar has granite counters; Monogram under-counter fridge with ice maker; stainless sink
  • Walkway leads out to expansive deck
  • Decks have iron railings and sweeping views of the property

Powder Room

  • Travertine tile floors
  • Barn wood vanity with granite counters
  • Barn wood linen cabinet
  • Surround mirrors

Lion's Den Guest Quarters

  • 864 SF second story apartment over garage/shop building in main compound
  • Remodeled 2014
  • Looks out to pond
  • New stairs and porch with Trex decking
  • Wet bar with under counter fridge, ice maker, microwave, deep stainless sink with brushed nickel faucets
  • Living room
  • Single bedroom and private ¾ bath with walk-in shower, make-up vanity, granite counters

New Guest House

  • Used to be horse barn in main compound – completely remodeled 2014
  • Very cozy and welcoming 2,400 SF
  • Great views out to the back meadow
  • Tall ceilings and recessed lights with French doors and true divided windows; insulated honeycomb blinds throughout
  • Master bedroom and bath and 2 guest bedrooms on main level
  • Full kitchen with farm sink, granite counters, new Kitchenaid appliances – dishwasher, fridge, stove and oven
  • Kitchenette with dining area seating
  • Living room with wood-burning stove
  • Master bedroom with his and hers closets
  • Tumbled travertine tiles in master bath with ADA compliant shower; his and hers lavatories; makeup vanity; separate water closet; linen closet
  • 2 guest bedrooms with closets; desk areas with computer hookups
  • Guest bath has ¾ bath with shower
  • Water softener; washer/dryer
  • Wrap-around loft area has sitting area; full bath with skylight; wet bar with under-counter sink, fridge/freezer and storage
  • French doors walk out to deck with Florida River views
  • New 50-year latex roof

A-Frame Guest House

  • 986 SF A-Frame
  • Living room with wood stove, dining room, full kitchen, 1 bedroom down, loft, 1½ baths and front deck looking over lake

River Guest House

  • 1½ story 1,260 SF log home on the Florida River
  • 2 bedroom, 2 bath with great room, dining room, kitchen and utility room
  • Large custom rock wood-burning fireplace
  • Expansive redwood deck
  • 2 car attached garage

2 Manager's Cabins

  • 1,230 SF house with 3 bedrooms, 1 bath, living room with wood stove, dining area and kitchen
  • 632 SF house with 2 bedrooms and 1 bath


  • 2,016 SF first level with 2 separate 2-car garages with workshop between them
  • ¾ bath with toilet
  • Lion's Den apartment above

Large Hay Barn


Wildlife and Recreation

You will encounter a wide variety of wildlife on the property and in the area, including elk and deer, bobcat, red and silver fox, big horn sheep, coyotes, rabbits, hawk, golden and bald eagles, owls and many species of birds. There is great fishing in the ponds and on the Florida River, which has been enhanced for excellent fish habitat.

For downhill skiing, Telluride and Durango Mountain Resort are approximately 1 hour from the ranch, while Wolf Creek and Silverton Mountain Ski Areas are approximately 1 hour and 30 minutes away. Cross-country skiing and snow-mobiling are also available throughout the area. 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).

Now $15,950,000 – 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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