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Moondance Ranch – SOLD (2013)

Colorado, La Plata County, Durango.

This pristine 20-acre equestrian estate is located in Shenandoah, just 6 miles from historic downtown Durango. It includes a gorgeous 3,300 SF, 4 bedroom, 3.5 bath custom home, shop/guest apartment with equipment storage, horse barn with outdoor arena and round pen, hay barn with storage, and multiple pastures. This beautiful estate offers unmatched views of the La Plata Mountains and Weminuche Wilderness, while providing for an active equestrian lifestyle in the midst of a mountain paradise. There is approximately 20+ acres of additional pasture available.

Location and Area
The ranch is located 6 miles west of Durango in Shenandoah—an easy 15-minute drive. Access is west on US Highway 160, south on paved CR 141 (Wildcat Canyon Rd), west into Shenandoah (second entrance - D&RG Dr), right on Zane, left on Porter Way. This area is known for its lovely properties with beautiful views and convenience to downtown Durango.

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 located 6,512 ft. above sea level in a picturesque area with 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. Crisp and sunny winter days feature abundant light powder snow. The La Plata County area that includes Durango and Bayfield has a population of 44,000. La Plata County Airport is 10 minutes from the estate and has daily commercial air service to Denver, Albuquerque, Salt Lake City and Phoenix, with seasonal service to Houston, and facilities for full service general aviation. The estate is approximately 170 miles from Grand Junction, 200 miles from Albuquerque and around 300 miles from Denver and Colorado Springs.

Property Details
Outside and Grounds

  • Outside the house and around the wrap-around deck are low-maintenance irrigated perennial gardens and a variety of colorful trees, flowers and shrubs
  • Separate 3-stall garage/shop or garage/apartment near the main house
  • Long asphalt driveway allows for privacy from road
  • House exterior of cedar siding and river rock accents
  • All 4 structures on the property have concrete tile roofs
  • Expansive, stunning views of the whole Weminuche Wilderness Mountain range and east to Wolf Creek Pass 90 miles away
  • 15 acres of fenced and cross-fenced pasture with extensive improvements
  • Riding trails with access to nearby riding trails on Bureau of Reclamation land

The front of the house is entered through the southeast, featuring an expansive porch shaded by trees and surrounded by cultivated gardens with flowering trees. General features include:

  • 3,300 SQ FT, 4 bedrooms, 3.5 baths, pristine custom built home by owner architect and builder with open floor plan and cathedral and vaulted ceilings; filled with abundant natural light
  • Solid knotty Alder custom 7’ doors throughout
  • Porcelain travertine tiles at entry with window transoms on both sides of entry door
  • Rubbed bronze hardware throughout
  • Radius corners and baseboards throughout
  • Oak flooring in main living area, carpeted bedrooms, tile bathrooms
  • Kolbe & Kolbe Low E windows
  • Radiant in-floor heat on the main level and hot water baseboard heating on the upper level
  • Most lighting on dimmer control
  • Wrap-around redwood deck with iron railings and cedar trim accent
  • House is surrounded by multiple perennial gardens and decorative flowering trees, magnificent views N and E
  • Hot Tub on large open deck with views of Weminuche Wilderness
  • Oversized 2-car attached garage
Great Room
  • Step down in to living room, dining area and kitchen from foyer
  • Oak plank flooring
  • Wood burning fireplace with sandstone hearth and pine built-up mantle
  • 15 FT cathedral ceilings
  • Floor to ceiling windows looking out to Weminuche Wilderness views with transom and dorm windows at top; glass door access to patio
  • Directional recessed lighting

Kitchen/Breakfast Room

  • Solid wormy maple center island with granite chopping block and vegetable sink; drawer and cupboard storage underneath
  • Granite tile countertops
  • Dacor stainless-steel 5-burner with Jen-air grill with downdraft exhaust
  • Double Jen-air ovens with warmer drawer feature; convection and conventional
  • Amana side-by-side, stainless steel, double fridge and freezer
  • Kitchen-Aide dishwasher
  • Double Kohler porcelain sinks: Kohler brushed stainless-steel fixtures
  • Ample cupboard and drawer storage with Lazy Susan corner cupboards
  • 3 built-in appliance garages
  • Separate water faucet for R/O water in kitchen
  • Built-in cookbook shelves
  • Walk-in pantry with built-in shelves and drawers
  • Breakfast alcove adjacent to kitchen with Weminuche Wilderness views to N and E

Dining Room

  • Open area adjacent to Great Room and Kitchen with low divider wall between kitchen
  • Steps down from kitchen
  • Ample windows looking to the majestic La Plata Mountain views
  • Oak plank flooring


  • Separate double French door entry with 9 pane glass
  • Built-in book shelving
  • Quality clipped shag carpeting
  • Built-in TV and entertainment cabinets
  • Cathedral ceiling

Master Suite/Bath

  • Double French doors leading in from Library/Den to Master Suite with its own sitting area; ample windows looking E and N with spectacular views
  • French doors opening outside to separate patio with overhang and deck; deck has hot tub that’s totally open to the sky and takes in all the surrounding views
  • Cathedral ceilings
  • Quality clipped shag carpeting
  • Marble tile throughout Master Bath with marble accent around large walk-in shower
  • Separate jetted tub
  • Dual Kohler porcelain sinks with brushed nickel Kohler fixtures
  • Sitting bench with views out the Weminuche Wilderness
  • Separate water closet
  • Linen closet
  • Walk-in closet with built-in double dressers and shelving; mirrored wall; separate linen closet and window for natural lighting

Powder Room

  • Free-standing porcelain pedestal sink with Kohler brushed nickel with porcelain handles fixtures

Laundry Room

  • Off garage entrance and hallway to main part of house
  • Double stainless sink
  • Built-in cabinets and storage underneath folding counters
  • Broom closet
  • Separate closet with pull-down sewing storage

Oversized 2 - Car Garage

  • 2 garage stalls with automatic openers
  • Large separate storage room off garage with built-in shelving and recycle area
  • Separate garden and storage room; houses Side-arm boiler that allows for extremely quick recovery for hot water
  • Built-in shelving in garage
  • Separate entrance to mother-in-law suite

At the top of the stairs, one arrives in a loft sitting area with several windows and gorgeous views. The loft divides the guest bedrooms. Features include:

Guest Bedroom Suite

  • Cathedral ceilings with beautiful views looking out the La Plata mountains; recessed lighting with sconce accents; carpeted
  • Separate attached bathroom with more views
  • Walk-in closet
  • Linen closet
  • Tumbled porcelain tile on sink and floor
  • Shower and tub combination

Second Guest Bedroom Suite or
Mother-in-law Suite with separate office

  • Separate entrance from garage allows for privacy; could be used as mother-in-law suite
  • Oak plank flooring
  • Windows looking out both front and back let in ample natural light
  • Walk-in closet
  • Separate office with double French door entry; built-in desk, drawers and shelving and windows looking to N; architectural map storage and art niches
  • Jack-n-Jill bathroom attaches to office and large bedroom area; single porcelain sink with toilet, bath/shower combination; tile counters and floors


  • Two barns of aspen wood with concrete floors and skylights, concrete tile; built in 2008; barns facing each other with two paddocks in between, leading to separate, fenced turnout areas, each progressing to larger turnout areas into large main pastures
  • Main horse barn has 3,300 SF under roof with protected overhang; three stalls and separate wash area with water-proof walls, hot and cold water and swing-out spray arm
  • Horse barn holds 350 bales of hay in separate room
  • Separate lounge/entertainment/office room with kitchenette; separate entrance and door off barn main aisle; heated
  • Tack room has built-in storage and drawers; 6 saddle racks, double stainless-steel sinks; separate water closet; heated
  • Separate grain/feeding room with built-in cabinets and shelving; heated
  • Large horse trailer carport attached to main barn
  • Second barn has insulated and heated foaling area, separate shop and workbench area; separate storage area for staging and training equipment
  • Over 1 mile of split rail fencing around approximately 20 acres of property and 2/3’s mile of vinyl fencing around barn and paddocks and turnout area with gate access to each; automatic watering station in center to serve two paddocks
  • 6 acres of paddocks connecting to 20 additional acres of pasture
  • Outdoor riding arena and round pen

Wildlife and Recreation
The property has an ideal combination of manicured lawns and gardens, pine, juniper and gambel oak woodlands, and lush pastures in a very beautiful setting. Commonly seen are migrating elk, deer, coyote, red tail hawks, and many other small animals and sporting birds. The focus of the property is equestrian activities—riding across the pastures and through wooded areas with views of the La Plata Mountains and planes always in sight. It is truly an equestrian paradise!

For downhill skiing, Durango Mountain Resort is a 45-minute drive from the property, while Wolf Creek and Silverton Mountain Ski Areas are a little over one hour away. Cross-country skiing and snowmobiling opportunities are also available throughout the area and on the property. 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, along with Lemon and Vallecito Lakes. 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).

Offered at $1,375,000

This property is offered by Legacy Properties West Sotheby's International Realty, Tom Morse, Broker. All information provided by Legacy Properties West Sotheby's International Realty or their sales representatives in connection with this property was acquired from sources deemed reliable and is believed to be accurate and reliable, however, we do not warrant its accuracy or completeness. Legacy Properties West Sotheby's International Realty recommend that every item of interest to the purchaser (i.e. water laws, mineral laws, zoning, land use regulations, state, federal and private permits) be independently verified by the purchaser's attorney.