Flying Buffalo Ranch
908 CR 520 Bayfield, Colorado 81122 United States

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Every detail of Flying Buffalo Ranch holds the promise of productivity and a grand lifestyle on this 45+-acre ranch. Beginning with a 3,000+ SQ FT, 3-bedroom and 3.5-bath, quality-built dream home by Galbraith Builders, celebrating the Southwest...
743 Main Avenue
Durango, Colorado 81301 United States
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Price / Sq. Ft.:
$464 /
Full Baths
3,225 Sq Ft.
45.45 Acres
Single Family Home
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Year Renovated
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Bayfield School District R-10-JT
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About 908 CR 520

Every detail of Flying Buffalo Ranch holds the promise of productivity and a grand lifestyle on this 45+-acre ranch. Beginning with a 3,000+ SQ FT, 3-bedroom and 3.5-bath, quality-built dream home by Galbraith Builders, celebrating the Southwest style throughout with its design and textures. Built for quiet evenings alone or for a large gathering, the chef's kitchen is ready for multiple cooks and guests. Extra storage is built into the dining room for easy access to table settings for every occasion. Sunsets are brought inside through floor-to-ceiling western facing windows into the spacious great room showcasing a six-foot wide stone fireplace.
And every window enjoys expansive pastoral and mountain views, while passive heating and cooling are preserved by the perfect orientation of the home placement on the land. A large healthy pond is the center feature as you enter the grounds. Fresh water from the Thompson-Epperson Ditch provides a strong inlet to fill the lined pond while a stone waterfall empties into the irrigation lines beyond the yard. The landscaping is watered entirely by pond water and constant movement of the pond water keeps it fresh and sanitary. In addition to the main home there is a 1,700 SQ FT, 2 bedroom, 2-bath cottage and a perfectly organized, heated 3-room stable structure. The land is rich, the water plentiful and climate moderate here in the banana belt of Colorado. This farm/ranch would be ideal for an extended family desiring off the grid living for generations to come. Sufficient hay production to feed your own horses or cattle with enough to sell as well makes this an ideal spot for those wanting a family homestead. Forty-four+-acres of gravity-fed irrigation providing 1.4 shares of water rights from a new irrigation system maintains a luxurious green expanse beyond the mature landscaping by the home, pond, hot tub, cottage, stable and a detached 2-car garage, huge floored storage building and an equipment storage for farm. The acreage is mostly pasture with pipe fencing and gated pipe irrigation. There is a 1-acre landscaped area around the house with abundant perennial and rose gardens, including a separate vegetable and raspberry patch and tall mature trees for privacy and shade. This property offers the best of both worlds with the perfect mix of amenities on the right amount of acreage to make it very manageable, while providing maximum enjoyment and privacy.

Location and Area

Location and Area

The ranch is located just 5 minutes from the town of Bayfield and 25 minutes east of Durango. Bayfield, Colorado is situated in the eastern part of La Plata County in southwestern Colorado. It lies approximately 18 miles east of Durango and 50 miles west of Pagosa Springs on Highway 160. The San Juan Mountain range is located to the east and the La Plata Mountains tower to the west. For many, Bayfield serves as a bedroom community for Durango and offers convenient shopping and multiple recreational opportunities, including boating and fishing at Vallecito Lake, fly-fishing on the Los Pinos River, hiking, biking and other pursuits. Bayfield’s climate boasts moderate temperatures and low humidity.

Durango is a town of rural mountain character and charm, yet has many big city conveniences including a new hospital, hotels, shopping, restaurants, golf courses and a four-year college. It is said that the number of restaurants per capita is the highest in the West. Located 6,512 ft. above sea level, Durango is one of the most varied and picturesque of all the Rocky Mountain towns. Enjoying over 300 days of sunshine each year, the comfortable summer temperatures reach the upper 80s, while the autumn days are clear, cool, and full of vibrant foliage colors. Crisp and sunny winter days feature abundant light powder snow. The La Plata County area that includes Durango and Bayfield has a population of 55,000. La Plata County Airport is 20 minutes from the estate and has daily commercial air service to Denver, Albuquerque and Phoenix, with seasonal service to Houston, and facilities for full service general aviation. The ranch is approximately 180 miles from Grand Junction, 200 miles from Albuquerque and around 285 miles from Denver and Colorado Springs.

Durango is the home of Fort Lewis College, a 4-year Liberal Arts school with an enrollment of 4,500 students. It is probably best known for the Business School, as well as its Archeology School.

Property Details


  • 45+-acres of flood-irrigated property with 1.3 shares of water rights from the Thompson-Epperson Ditch
  • 75 ft. deep well at 15-GPM producing delicious drinking water
  • Raised pond near the main residence that is filled via the Eppison ditch; sealed with industrial strength liner and surrounded by perennials and aspen trees
  • Precision cut flagstone presents access to the steps and patio around the pond with a waterfall that tumbles down into a rock lined waterway
  • Backyard walkway and patio with several levels has even more of the exquisite Southwest flagstone with rounded surfaces and steps leading from the master bedroom to the 5-person hot tub
  • Serpentine walkway to house flanked by perennial gardens and flowering shrubs
  • Trex decks of different levels surround house
  • Natural gas set up in back for BBQ
  • Outside is a separate fenced vegetable garden and raspberry patch, along with authentic Colorado flowerbeds
  • Ponderosa pines, blue spruce, and aspen trees surround house and part of the property
  • Property is entered through an automated security gate along a wide gravel driveway passing by the guest cottage, the stable, all the outbuildings and up to the home; ample parking provided throughout
  • Buried propane tank for guest cottage
  • Hot and cold water adjacent to the stable

Main Residence

General Home Features

  • 3,225 SF custom-built home by Mark Galbraith
  • 3 bedrooms, 3.5-baths
  • Light filled, spacious, open floor plan
  • Composite roof
  • Outside cedar and aspen paneling with copper window casements
  • Copper door fixtures
  • Floor-to-ceiling Pella double-paned windows allow for expansive views; many jalousie windows with screens; excellent cross breezes and ventilation; Levelor-type shades
  • Ceiling fans
  • In-floor radiant heat; natural gas for main house
  • Hand-scraped hard-wood (2012), with stone and porcelain tile floors
  • Custom-built, hand-scraped solid door at entry and the solid custom doors throughout are from Santa Fe
  • Satin brass door hardware
  • Recessed lighting throughout
  • Radius corners
  • Security alarm system monitors fire, temperature control, motion and moving water sensors
  • Double car garage with built-in wine cellar; wine cellar has its own cooling system and thermostat
  • Separate mechanical room off garage; energy efficient 75-gallon hot water tank; Culligan water softener services whole house
  • Pull-down stairs in garage lead to attic for lots of extra storage


Designed and built to be a sunlit gallery and welcoming access to the great room

  • Open entry with multiple windows offer lots of natural light and beautiful views
  • Vaulted tongue and groove aspen ceilings in entry
  • Art niches and pot shelves have lighting for art display
  • Antique double swinging doors from Santa Fe hide coat closet
  • Long built-in recessed cherry, lighted shelving for art display
  • Separate hallways leading to great room or to guest room and laundry room


Can be used as 3rd bedroom

  • Beautiful built-in cherry desk with computer storage, cabinets, and file drawers
  • Built-in cherry library shelving
  • Great views of mountains and pond through multiple windows
  • Wool carpet

Guest Bath

  • Custom burled wood semi-circular cabinets with marble countertop
  • Kohler porcelain sink and toilet
  • Porcelain tile shower

Great Room

  • Expansive sitting area
  • Floor-to-ceiling local river rock wall with wood-burning fireplace
  • Built-in alcove houses 54” TV
  • Floor-to-ceiling windows offer exceptional views
  • Cushioned window seat with underneath storage
  • Walkout doors from great room to outside decks

Dining Room

  • Open to great room
  • Features beautiful custom-built knotty hickory half-wall with built-in storage cupboards
  • Adjacent to kitchen

Gourmet Chef’s Kitchen and Large Pantry

  • Skylights allow for ample natural light
  • Granite countertops are new
  • Large granite island counter with stainless steel vegetable sink; new water purifier spout
  • Ample cabinet storage; brass pulls
  • KitchenAid side-by-side fridge/freezer
  • Double stainless steel sink with brand new brushed nickel fixtures
  • Asco dishwasher
  • Blue Star 6-burner gas professional stove top (American made)
  • New stainless vent and backsplash for quick venting and easy cleanup
  • GE Profile double ovens
  • Built-in desk/recipe station with bookshelves, glass cupboards, drawers
  • Pot shelves surround kitchen
  • Huge separate pantry and storage area

Laundry/Utility/Mud Room

  • Large separate storage area
  • Lots of storage shelving for linens and dry goods
  • Hickory cabinets
  • Deep utility sink
  • Half bath with toilet and sink
  • Drop-down ironing board
  • Entrance to 2+-car garage

Master Suite and Bath

  • Spacious semi-circular room with double French doors leading out to back patio and hot tub
  • Kiva gas log – remote control fireplace
  • Lots of windows and a skylight
  • Built-in headboard and swing lights for reading on each side of king bed
  • Large walk-in closet with his and hers sides; storage shelves above; natural lighting from window
  • Large master bath with new tumbled travertine floors
  • Large separate water closet with cubby storage
  • Separate his and hers custom bird’s eye maple cabinets with Kohler sinks and vanity
  • Walk-in marble steam shower with tile floors and bench; glass block windows over shower and tub
  • Deep soaking tub with glass block window wall
  • Walk-out door to flagstone patio, hot tub and rose garden

Guest Bedroom and Ensuite Bath

  • Wool carpet
  • Lots of windows
  • Pot shelves for decorations
  • Bath has tile counter with Mexican tiles; Kohler toilet and oval sink
  • Shower/tub combo with glass door
  • Built-in medicine cabinet

Cottage as a Second Home

  • Approximately 1,700 SF with 2 bedrooms, 2 baths
  • Large open floor plan with living, dining and kitchen all accessible
  • Ceiling fans throughout
  • Walls of windows with Levelor blinds
  • Forced air heating with propane gas
  • Porcelain tile floors in main area, carpet in bedrooms
  • Vaulted ceilings
  • Recessed lighting
  • Kitchen has half-wall with long counter and full cupboard storage on living room side; separates kitchen from living room
  • Full kitchen; GE dishwasher; double stainless steel sinks with Moen faucet; GE 4-burner gas stove GE microwave; GE up/down freezer fridge
  • Walk-out exit from living room to Trex deck and outside patio with overhang
  • Efficient propane insert fireplace in living room with remote control
  • Large entry coat closet
  • Bedroom one is carpeted with windows and vaulted ceiling; has ensuite bathroom with walk-in tile shower, tile floor; Kohler sink and toilet
  • Bedroom two is carpeted with vaulted ceiling and lots of windows and skylight
  • Second bath has tub/shower combo, tile floors; Kohler sink and toilet
  • Ample storage closet with stackable washer & dryer
  • Mechanical room with sliding doors

Barn and Separate Loafing Shed

  • Cedar siding and composite roof
  • 3-14’ x 14’ stalls with turn outs to paddocks; dirt floor
  • Rollaway doors
  • Hay storage for 500+ bales
  • Automatic heated watering system
  • 12’ x 12’ tack room
  • 12’ x 12’ separate entry room
  • 12’ x 12’ storage room

3 Separate Outbuildings

  • Great for equipment and outdoor storage
  • Cedar siding and composite roofs
  • Detached garage with electricity and lights; double-wide entrance with automatic door openers
  • Outside wash rack with heated faucets for horses and other large pieces (tents, etc.)

Wildlife and Recreation

The property has an ideal combination of open meadows and wildlife habitat, creating a private setting that supports a myriad of activities. Commonly seen are mule deer, fox, wild turkey, coyote, along with many other small animals and song birds. The ranch has a well-maintained irrigation ditch and pond, which supports the wildlife in the area.

For fishing, the Pine River, along with Lemon and Vallecito Reservoirs, provide wonderful destinations and they are nearby. Also, the Animas and Florida Rivers are within 30 minutes of the property.

The National Forest as well as the Wimminuche Wilderness, with hundreds of miles of riding and hiking trails, are approximately 25 minutes from the ranch.

For downhill skiing, Purgatory Resort is a 60-minute drive from the ranch, while Wolf Creek Ski Area is approximately an hour and 10 minutes away. Cross-country skiing, snowshoeing and snow-mobiling are also available throughout the area and on the ranch. 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).


  • Barn
  • Dishwasher
  • Garbage Disposal
  • Guest House
  • Horse Facilities
  • Jet Tub
  • Refrigerator
  • Sprinkler System
  • Gardens
  • Pond
  • Stables
  • Caretaker House
  • Steam Shower
  • Area Horse Riding/Stables
  • Area Boat Dock
  • Stall Shower
  • Area Boat Ramp


Attached Garage, Garage - Detached
lot description
Bike Paths, Mountain Views, Pool(s), Scenic View, Water View, Waterfront, Jogging / Biking Path, Snowmobiling, County Street, Storage Shed, Out Building, Water Feature, Private Road
land usage
Cattle Ranch, Recreational Ranch, Horse Ranch

Property Feature

Property Description
Acreage, Fenced Farm Acreage

Additional Information

Special Market
Luxury Properties, Vacation / Second Home