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Rancho Escalante – SOLD (2016)

Colorado, Montezuma County, Mancos

Who doesn’t want to be a cowboy? Is this your dream – a working cattle/horse ranch with miles of riding trails, ponds, a creek full of trout, and a trophy home with stunning views? 600 acres of irrigated hay fields, numerous fenced pastures with over 80-acres of irrigated hay/alfalfa, outstanding water rights plus a large canyon, all within a ten minute drive of restaurants, galleries, shopping and more. Amazing 6,500 SF main house with 6 bedrooms, 8.5 baths, a huge movie room, two staff apartments plus an adorable historic 2-bedroom caretaker’s home, a 14,000 SF indoor riding arena, 12 stall horse barn with tack room and half bath, hay barns, cattle barn, fully equipped shop, a workout room, outdoor corrals with loafing sheds, and equipment storage building. Ride your horses to the national forest – this world class ranch offers varied terrain, outstanding views in all directions, loads of wildlife and a resident herd of trophy mule tail deer. Bring your own cattle or the current owner will include a herd of all natural, grass fed angus cows.

Location and Area

The ranch entrance is located 1.9 miles north of Mancos off of Highway 184 on the east side. Mancos is located between Cortez and Durango, Colorado and sits at the base of Mesa Verde National Park and the Sleeping Ute Mountain, and as a small rural town, offers several good restaurants, shops and other basic services to the surrounding community.
The charming town of Durango is located 25 miles to the east, and has many big city conveniences, including a state-of-the-art new hospital, many fine restaurants, hotels, shopping, a four-year college, and numerous cultural activities.

The Four Corners provides endless activities for the outdoor sports enthusiast. Trout fishermen come from all over the globe to cast their lures in the world famous waters of the San Juan, Mancos and Delores Rivers. The Montezuma County area, which includes Mancos, Cortez and Dolores, has a population of approximately 30,000 and is the most southwestern 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 American 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.

Property Details

  • 600-acres of lush, rolling meadows with productive irrigated alfalfa and grass hay fields; Agricultural status maintained through cattle operation and hay production
  • Beautiful views to Mesa Verde and the Sleeping Ute Mountain
  • Excellent water rights include approximately 400-acre-feet of water from Jackson Lake and water rights to 3 separate ditches for pasture irrigation
  • Approximately 140+ acres are irrigated with approximately 60+ acres utilizing 4 large sets of side-roll sprinklers, powered by gravity flow
  • Approximately 80-acres are flood irrigated and the remainder of ranch is grazing and woodlands
  • Perennial gardens surrounding house on timed drip irrigation with large lavender bed and manicured lawns surrounding house
  • Enclosed herb and vegetable garden with raised beds
  • Several variety apple orchard
  • Year-round trout stream, 2 trout-filled ponds and quiet wooded areas with very healthy aspen, ponderosa and pinion pine, cedar trees; year-round ponds fed by irrigation water
  • Gravel driveways
  • Property completely fenced with barbed-wire and high-tensile smooth wire; multiple cross-fences within boundaries for pastures
  • Enclosed dog run
  • Mancos rural water and septic system
  • Raised diesel and regular gas tanks for equipment
  • Lightning protection on home and all buildings

Main Residence Details

General Home Features

  • 6,508 SF, 6 bedroom, 6.5 bath custom home with staff quarters connected, yet separate from main house
  • 2+ car attached garage
  • Wrap around redwood porches with pine tongue and groove roof overhangs; roll-up/down blinds
  • Durable composite lap siding with river rock foundation and Pro-Panel roof
  • Radiant in-floor heating with propane boilers; 4 separate heating systems
  • Gas stoves in great room and in 2 master bedroom suites
  • Heat and smoke detection
  • Security system and alarm
  • Indoors and outdoor speakers
  • Recessed, pendant and tech lighting on dimmers throughout
  • Floors are combination of reclaimed hardwood pine, wool Berber carpet and tile
  • Solid mahogany raised panel doors throughout
  • Very large windows throughout allow for an abundance of natural lighting and cross breezes
  • Vaulted central glass rotunda with electric windows brings in beautiful natural light
  • Bead board wainscoting on many walls
  • Vaulted and 11' ceilings
  • Ceiling fans throughout
  • Kohler toilets and basins
  • Front and back stairway to second level
  • Central vacuum system

Main Residence – Main Level

Foyer and Mud Room

  • Separate air-lock room at entrance with double window-pane doors accessing the great room and kitchen
  • Lots of multi-pane (divided-light) windows
  • Hardwood floors

Spacious Great Room

  • Exposed beam ceilings utilizing reclaimed mill frame timbers
  • French doors walk out to front porch
  • Front stairs has vaulted glass rotunda above
  • Expansive windows looking out to Mesa Verde, Sleeping Ute Mountain and front meadows

Open Dining Room

  • Exposed beam ceilings utilizing reclaimed mill frame timbers
  • Open to kitchen and dining rooms
  • Double French doors walk out to side porch

Guest Powder Room with ¾ bath

  • Tile floor
  • Large walk-in shower with tile floor and niches for hair care products
  • Separate water closet
  • Marble counters on built-in vanity

Media/Theatre Room

  • Vaulted ceiling
  • Large hidden drop down screen
  • Ceiling projector with THX sound system
  • Electronically operated black-out curtains for windows
  • Custom built-in pine bookshelves and cabinets
  • Very long window seat with storage underneath
  • Built-in cubbies and hidden storage for DVD's etc.

Gourmet Kitchen

  • Exposed beam ceilings utilizing reclaimed mill frame timbers
  • Marble counters with river rock backsplash/wall
  • Extra wide stainless steel sink with Grohe fixtures
  • Sub-Zero bead board upper fridge/lower freezer
  • 4 Sub-Zero fridge drawers
  • Viking Professional oven
  • Replica of 'Cooks Delight' Elmira stove with gas and electric burners; oven and warming drawer
  • 2-Viking dishwashers
  • Very wide mahogany sitting bar with hand-turned supports and lots of storage underneath
  • Built-in cabinets with window-pane glass
  • Separate stainless steel counters with large stainless sink; windows looking out to yard
  • Window seat with cushions
  • Built-in bookshelves and decorative shelves
  • Large walk-in pantry with beveled leaded-glass door
  • Long wide hallway to guest quarters and back laundry room is full of storage; glass window-pane closets with built-in shelves; large mechanical room

Guest Wing – Suite One and Two

  • Private foyer entering guest suites
  • Two large separate rooms each with private doors to outside porches
  • Gas stoves
  • Wool Berber carpet
  • Extra large deep Kohler tubs on platform; one has separate shower
  • Double porcelain sinks with tile backsplash
  • Separate water closets
  • Beautiful views

Guest Laundry Room/Mud Room

  • Entrance from garage and Great Room to Guest Wing with walkout to porch
  • Tile counters and built-in storage
  • Maytag 3000 series front loading washer/dryer
  • Double wide and deep stainless steel sink
  • Separate and private entrance to staff apartment

2+ Car Attached Garage

  • Painted slab concrete floors
  • Ample built-in storage cabinets
  • 2 doors out to back patio
  • Closet with central vacuum

Staff Apartment

  • Living room with door out to brick patio
  • Kitchen has dishwasher, fridge with icemaker; stainless steel sink; 4-burner stove
  • One large bedroom
  • Bath with separate shower, large tub, separate water closet and double sinks

Main Residence – Upper Level

Guest Bedrooms

Access from both Great Room and back stairs – can be closed off to be completely private

Guest Bedroom and Bath One

  • Vaulted ceilings
  • Double closets
  • Wool carpet
  • Niches for decorations
  • Linen drapes; beautiful views to Mesa Verde
  • Bath has bee-hive tile floors and there is a separate large shower and Jacuzzi tub

Guest Bedroom and Bath Two

  • Vaulted ceilings
  • Walk-in closet
  • Wool carpet
  • Bath has beautiful antique hand-painted Italian porcelain basin; free standing
  • bathtub/shower with stainless steel claw feet sits in alcove
  • Lovely views out to Mesa Verde

Master Suite and Office


  • Separate room as part of Master Suite
  • Built-in desk with drawers, bookshelves and file cabinets
  • Walk-out to private balcony
  • Windows on two sides with gorgeous views out to Mesa Verde

Master Bedroom

  • Expansive master bedroom with sitting area
  • Wool carpet
  • Full length linen drapes
  • Large walk-in closet has double door entries circling around with his and hers sides; built-in cubbies and shelving


  • Large walk-in shower with double heads and controls with glass doors and bench
  • Deep jetted tub set in mahogany platform
  • Sitting area
  • Separate pedestal his and hers sinks
  • Separate his and hers water closet, hers with bidet

Out Buildings

Indoor/Outdoor Riding Arena

  • 14,000 SF
  • Pro-panel roof and siding
  • Double extra-wide entries
  • Insulated with lots of windows and light/heat lamps
  • Special sand floors for sounder footing

Horse Barn with Aluminum Siding

  • 3,116 SF
  • Insulated
  • Pro-panel roof
  • 12-large stalls with feeders and automatic waterers; floors have rubber mats with shavings
  • 6-stalls have turnouts to large pipe runs
  • Foaling stall
  • Grain bin
  • Separate tack room with bathroom that has tile counters, stainless steel sink, under counter fridge and painted cement floors with drainage

4 Separate Outdoor Corrals/Runs

Each has its own shelter

Barn with Art Studio or Apartment upstairs

  • Pro panel roofing
  • Forced air and heating
  • Fitness room
  • Shop

Pole Barn

  • 3 Bays
  • Exercise room below
  • Pro-panel roof

Original Homestead Barn

for hay storage

Cow Barn

has mechanical set-up with Powder River gates and chutes for cattle management

Manager's Cabin

Original House on Property

  • 494 SF
  • 2 bedroom; one bath; living room; kitchen
  • Wood-burning fireplace; energy efficient ceramic heating

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 foxes, coyotes, rabbits, hawk, golden and bald eagles, owls and many species of birds. Nearby, McPhee and Narraguinnep Reservoirs, along with the Dolores River, provide wonderful destinations for boating, camping, and fishing. Jackson Reservoir is approximately a 15 minute drive from the ranch and one can ride or hike from the ranch to it. The La Plata, Animas, Florida, Pine and San Juan Rivers are all within 20 minutes-to-2 hours of the ranch for a wonderful fly-fishing experience.

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 $4,995,000 – 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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