Piedra River Estate
545 CR 175 Chimney Rock, Colorado 81147 United States

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Piedra River Estate is distinguished by its live water, wildlife habitat, and beautiful views of the green Piedra Valley. This property offers privacy and seclusion and is also a stunning recreational property. With access to the Piedra River and...
743 Main Avenue
Durango, Colorado 81301 United States
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Price / Sq. Ft.:
$374 /
Full Baths
Partial Baths
4,000 Sq Ft.
10.94 Acres
Single Family Home
Web Id
Archuleta County School District 50-JT
School District

About 545 CR 175

Piedra River Estate is distinguished by its live water, wildlife habitat, and beautiful views of the green Piedra Valley. This property offers privacy and seclusion and is also a stunning recreational property. With access to the Piedra River and private lake, there are many opportunities for fishing, hiking, farming, riding horses and just enjoying the lay of the land.

The lake stretches over 2-acres of land; it is stocked all year long with trout and bass. The land consists of 9+-acres with exclusive water rights, well-planned irrigation, 2½-acres of lush meadows that could be utilized for hay farming, and includes a unique main Earth house, guesthouse and several outbuildings. There is a ditch coming off of the Piedra River, providing extra gravity-fed irrigation, which has a pump, a sprinkler system and underground irrigation for the upper pasture.

The energy efficient Earth home is built semi-underground for protection as well as heating and cooling efficiency, and is approximately 4,000 SF with 4 bedrooms and 2.5 bathrooms. Its open living space with gracefully arched interior walls features huge skylights, creating light-filled rooms, several wood-burning fireplaces, dance room, game room and dedicated media room.

There is also a guesthouse on the property, which is an artisan barn-style home with approximately 1,700 SF, 2 bedrooms and 1.5 bathrooms. Included is a 1,000-gallon buried propane tank, which is privately owned and used on the property. This property used to be an old stagecoach trail for cowboys passing though, where multiple sites of historic Kivas were discovered further up in the mountains.

Location and Area

Outdoors Overview

  • Over 9-acres of river and lake frontage to create this peaceful, recreational property
  • Lake just over 2-acres is stocked with fish, trout and bass, which stay in springs through the winter and summer
  • Water rights with sprinklers for irrigation above and gravity-fed pipes for underground irrigation
  • Two ditches coming in from Piedra River irrigates the lake and for extra irrigation
  • Grassy lands from lake to end of river
  • 2½-acres for hay
  • Pastures support up to 3 horses
  • Healthy stands of willows, aspen and cottonwoods
  • Gorgeous in the fall with orange and yellow foliage on aspens
  • Chicken coop
  • Brick well house with some storage
  • Beautiful and peaceful valley area
  • Gravel driveway
  • Perennial gardens around both houses
  • Septic system and propane 1000-gallons buried; privately owner
  • Attached to the guesthouse is a storage garage for machinery
  • Guesthouse has a Pro-Panel metal roof with pine panel siding
  • Outdoor storage closets
  • Septic system
  • Chimney Rock, an historical site is visible from other side of the lak

External House Features

  • Home is made up of thick concrete and rebar walls that are around 8”-12” thick, creating added protection (about 75% concrete) and partially bermed in to the earth
  • The exterior of the home is stucco and features Pro-Panel metal roofing.
  • Covered stamped concrete carport
  • Flagstone walkway leads up to an expansive wood deck, overlooking the private lake on the property
  • Gravel walkways around the perimeter of the house have perennials enclosed with river rock features
  • The house and property are surrounded with flowering trees, fruit trees, aspens, pine, blue spruce, willow trees and cottonwood trees

Main Home Features Include

  • Main house is approximately 4,000 SF 4 BR, 2.5 bath
  • Concrete infrastructure and interior stucco walls with arched detail offer architectural interest and keep home cool in the summer and warm in the winter
  • Cupola and skylights offer multiple light sources
  • Radiant in-floor heat
  • New boiler addition can be controlled electronically, over the phone or by computer
  • Combination flooring of ceramic tile, concrete slab and hardwood
  • Ceiling fans throughout
  • Sconce lighting
  • Several wood burning fireplaces


  • Porch with pine T&G overhang welcomes you into this gracefully arched and unique home
  • Charming foyer with sky tubes brighten up the space
  • Coat closet has triple sliding doors
  • Large ceramic tile flooring

Great Room

  • The entry way leads into the main living area which is an open space that bears a large kitchen, bar area, breakfast nook and sitting area
  • Doors lead outside to a flagstone deck
  • Wood stove keeps the house warm in the cooler months
  • Another entry area with a coat closet also feeds into the great room, creating multiple access points to the main living area

Kitchen and Breakfast Nook

  • Expansive cupola in the center of the kitchen with skylights radiates beautiful natural light into the whole area
  • Large open kitchen is centrally located with access to many rooms; dining room seating is near here, close to the kitchen
  • Granite tile counters with ample storage underneath in ash hardwood cabinets; oil-bronze pulls
  • Granite island has double stainless sinks with brushed nickel fixtures; storage cabinets underneath
  • Appliances include Frigidaire convection/conventional oven, and a Whirlpool top and bottom fridge/freezer
  • Stand alone bar on concrete pedestal has ash hardwood countertop with tile backsplash; houses a stainless 5-burner gas stove and pop-up vent with bar seating facing the kitchen
  • Off to the side is the breakfast nook area with door to outside patio
  • Double pantry doors for extra storage and built-in shelving for cookbooks, dishes, etc.
  • Ceramic tile flooring

Sitting Room

  • Two areas near bar seating in kitchen are large enough for sofa and chairs
  • Ceramic tile flooring

Dining Room

  • Formal dining area, all within the circle of the main living area and kitchen area
  • Ceramic tile flooring

Guest Bath

  • Just off of the kitchen is a guest bathroom
  • Granite tile counter with granite accent tiles; porcelain sink; wood cabinets below
  • Linen closet has ample amounts of storage

Dancing Room

  • Double French doors open to a slate tile floor leading to the dancing room; south facing wall-of-windows create a space filled with natural light and charm
  • Skylights enhance the beautiful natural lighting to radiate in to this gracefully arched room
  • Wood-burning stove with a gas starter is housed in stucco facing with built-in sitting benches and ledges to either side
  • Cement flooring
  • Lighted ceiling fan


Oak stairs with open risers and iron handrails lead down to the lower level of the home

Game Room

  • Wood-burning stove set in a half, stacked stone wall with sandstone ledges has a two-story chimney which heats the whole house
  • Built-in counter and shelving underneath stairs
  • Glass panel door leads to outside patio
  • Concrete slab flooring

Media Room

  • Fabric paneled walls absorb sound effectively
  • Surround sound with multiple speakers
  • Recessed area houses flat screen TV, CD/DVD players
  • Wall of theater seating/recliners
  • Concrete slab flooring

Master Bedroom Suite

  • Double sliding closet doors
  • Door leads out to an outside semi-circular alcove and garden area; alcove has room for seating with a built-in terraced perennial garden
  • Double French doors lead to an ante room which is filled with light from exposure to south facing windows and alcove opening to the 2nd floor upstairs sitting room; could easily be used as a baby bedroom, craft room, reading room, etc.
  • Concrete slab flooring


  • Ensuite bathroom with deep soaking tub on tile platform with tile backsplash
  • Walk-in steam shower has European glass doors and granite bench seating; tile walls and flooring
  • Tile counters with double Kohler porcelain sinks have stainless fixtures and custom hardwood cabinet storage underneath
  • Separate water closet
  • Linen closet
  • Tile flooring

Guest Room One

  • Faux wall finishes
  • Double sliding door closets
  • Windows with full length drapes
  • Door walks out to lower patio and alcove area
  • Concrete slab flooring

Guest Room Two

  • Window looks out into the outdoor alcove area
  • Double sliding door closets
  • Concrete slab flooring

Guest Bath

  • Tile countertops with accent tile backsplash has double Kohler porcelain sinks
  • Shower/tub combo with slate interior walls
  • Tile flooring

Guest Room Three

  • Double sliding door closet with a painted motif insert
  • Concrete slab flooring
  • Laundry Area
  • Stackable washer/dryer combo with plenty of linen storage

Guest House

  • Natural steps built into the side of the hill made from stone pavers lead down to guesthouse and lake area
  • Guest house is an artisan style and has approximately 1,700 SF with 2 BR and 1.5 baths
  • A wood bridge crosses over the ditch area creating a peaceful, trickling sound of water nearby
  • Healthy stands of beautiful blue spruce and pine in the surrounding areas
  • Exterior of the home is pine with a corrugated foundation
  • Pro-Panel metal roofing
  • Cedar deck overhangs
  • Clear stained glass entry door welcomes you into the home
  • Surrounding perennial gardens outside entry


  • Open living area with a combination of wood and tile flooring and vaulted ceilings with cross beam accents
  • Ceiling fan
  • Loft/office area in the upper level of the home with wood steps leading up to it
  • Floor-to-ceiling moss rock wall with fireplace has a heart feature as part of the design
  • Open sitting area off of the main area has double French doors that walk out to the patio

Powder Room

  • Small powder room with a pedestal sink
  • Stackable, Maytag washer and dryer
  • Tile flooring


  • Vaulted ceilings with fan
  • 4-burner propane stove, Frigidaire upper/lower fridge and freezer and dishwasher
  • Stainless steel double sinks
  • One-piece concrete countertops plus a bar counter that faces the living area
  • Cupboard storage with brass painted pulls,
  • Pull-open pantry cupboards with wood shelving and lots of storage
  • River rock design on wall has carved elk motif

Master Bedroom and Bath

  • Vaulted ceilings
  • Walk-in closet
  • Bath has tile flooring, walk-in shower, pedestal sink and windows with views

Guest Bedroom

  • Vaulted ceilings, ceiling fan, old-fashioned sconces and aspen plank walls
  • Cement floor
  • Plenty of room for an armoire to keep clothing or other items


  • Semi-enclosed storage shed next to the guesthouse for tractor and farm equipment
  • Brick pump house with some storage

Wildlife and Recreation

Piedra River Estate has an ideal combination of wildlife habitat and privacy. Commonly seen are migrating elk, deer, coyote, red tail hawks, eagles, wild turkey and other sporting and songbirds. Occasionally, one may even get a glimpse of a black bear or mountain lion. The opportunities for exploration and recreation are limitless—whether it’s trout fishing along the Piedra River, hiking, bird watching, rock climbing, 4-wheeling, hunting, or just relaxing—this property has it all. The local area also provides many opportunities for all types of recreation. For downhill skiing, Wolf Creek Ski Area is 40 minutes away, while Durango Mountain Resort is a 1 hour and 20-minute drive. Cross-country skiing, snowshoeing and snowmobiling are also available on the ranch and throughout the area. Summertime is also filled with opportunities to kayak/boat on many area lakes and rivers.


  • Dishwasher
  • Garbage Disposal
  • Refrigerator
  • Pond
  • Private Lake
  • Washer Included
  • Dryer Included
  • Caretaker House
  • Live Water
  • Area Horse Riding/Stables
  • Area Boat Dock
  • Area Boat Ramp


lot description
Bike Paths, Irregular, Lake, Mountain Views, Pool(s), Scenic View, Water View, Waterfront, Wooded, Jogging / Biking Path, Snowmobiling, Sound, Open, Stream On Lot, Lake On Lot
land usage
Recreational Ranch, Sporting Ranch, Fishing Ranch, Horse Ranch

Additional Information

Special Market
Luxury Properties, Vacation / Second Home