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Williams Ranch – SOLD (2013)

Colorado, Montezuma County, Mancos

This beautifully maintained 225-acre ranch offers a lovely 4,464 SF main residence, guesthouse, barn, storage shop and other outbuildings. There are 65+ acres in lush hay meadows served by exceptional water rights. The majority of the ranch is perimeter high-fenced creating a special protected environment suitable for organic gardens or hay production. Also, it would make a great equestrian ranch or purebred cattle operation. In essence, the property and amenities are first-class and provide the perfect platform for your favorite hobby, leisure pursuit or avocation.

Location and Area

Nestled in the picturesque Mancos River Valley a convenient five minutes east of Mancos and thirty minutes west of the Durango historic downtown area, the ranch is located on the west side of US Highway 160, near the base of Mancos Hill. With spectacular views of the La Plata Mountain range to the northeast and Mesa Verde to the south, the ranch sits in a most picturesque setting.

Mancos is poised at the base of Mesa Verde National Park, and as a small rural town, offers basic services to the surrounding community. The charming town of Durango is located 25 miles to the north, and has many big city conveniences, including a state-of-the-art new hospital, many fine restaurants, hotels, shopping, a four-year college, and many cultural activities. The four-corners area provides endless activities for the outdoor sports enthusiast. The ranch is at an elevation 7,000 ft. above sea level, surrounded by scenic mountain and valley views, and 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. The crisp and sunny winter days often feature abundant, light powdery snow.

The Montezuma County area, which includes Mancos, Cortez and Dolores, has a population of approximately 30,000 and is the southwestern most 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 AmerIndian 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. The La Plata County area, including Durango and Bayfield has a population of 45,000. La Plata County Airport runs daily commercial air service to Denver, Albuquerque, Salt Lake City and Phoenix, with seasonal service to Houston and Dallas, and includes facilities for full service general aviation. The property is approximately 75 miles from Telluride, 170 miles from Grand Junction, 210 miles from Albuquerque and Santa Fe, about 320 miles from Denver and Colorado Springs and 430 miles from Phoenix.

Property Details


Features include:

  • 225 acres of beautiful meadows, juniper, pine and gambel oak woodlands; 65+ acres are irrigated hay meadows and pasture
  • Gorgeous La Plata Mountain, Mesa Verde and Sleeping Ute views
  • Five ponds
  • Mancos rural water taps
  • Property is perimeter and crossed-fenced
  • Barn - 2,317 SF
  • Complete livestock working facility - 1000 SF with Kiwi hydraulic squeeze-chute
  • Storage and shop area – 260 SF
  • Underground gravity feed irrigation system with fixed/rolling sprinkler system
  • .5 cfs of adjudicated water rights from East Mancos Highline Ditch, along with 50-acre feet of Jackson Gulch water stored in two reservoirs

Main Residence

Features include:

  • Beautifully crafted 4,464 SF custom
  • Moss rock and log exterior
  • 4-bedroom, 3.5-bathroom log home features three stories with open floor plan and breathtaking views of the La Plata Mountains, Sleeping Ute Mountain and Mesa Verde.
  • 12" – 20" various sized interior logs and dry wall
  • Custom hand-hewn logs and railings throughout
  • Half-log hand-hewn window sills, windows and door frames
  • Solid pine panel doors throughout
  • Tongue and groove pine vaulted ceiling
  • Numerous windows allow for an abundance of natural light to stream through
  • Floors combination of red oak hardwood, Berber carpets and slate
  • In-floor radiant heating with multiple heating zones; propane heat
  • 3" baseboard molding throughout
  • Ceiling fans throughout
  • Dimmer switches throughout
  • Radius corners
  • Ample storage
  • Tongue and groove pine covered wrap-around porch captures views of surrounding mountains; custom hand-hewn railing and spindles; 10" x 6" forged metal plates connecting log beams
  • Pro-panel roof
  • Over-sized two-car heated garage has double automatic doors with option for removable in/out dog entry through one door

– Main Level –

Living Room/Formal Dining Room

  • A large entry foyer leading to this room opens to third level with a custom three-tiered elk horn chandelier
  • Huge picture window allows expanded views of La Plata Mountains and large pond
  • Floor-to-ceiling very efficient corner Kiva fireplace; slate hearth; slate deco tile accents; heat distribution fan
  • Hand-hewn wooden door out to wrap-around porch; oiled bronze fixtures; speak easy
  • Large formal dining with pony wall open to kitchen and views to La Plata Mountains

Kitchen and separate breakfast nook

  • Large open kitchen has abundant sunlight
  • Center island with granite counter houses a 5-burner easy-clean cook surface; pop-up exhaust fan; 2-stool bar seating
  • Long granite counters with multiple work spaces
  • Black appliances with deep double stainless sinks; single faucet; soap dispenser
  • Kitchenaide side-by-side fridge/freezer
  • Kitchenaide convection microwave
  • Kitchenaide upper and lower convection and conventional ovens
  • Kitchenaide dishwasher
  • Kitchenaide compactor
  • Custom hickory cabinets with ample storage; lazy Susan; appliance garage; specialty cabinets for cookie trays, etc.
  • Breakfast nook with French doors out to deck with views to Mesa Verde

Two Guest Bedrooms and Bath

  • Both fit king-size beds
  • Berber carpets
  • Large double closets
  • Views of Sleeping Ute Mountains or La Plata Mountains
  • Main level bath includes slate-tiled walk-in shower with black deco tiles; Kohler porcelain sink; slate countertops, backsplash and floor

Laundry Room

  • Lots of upper and lower countertops and storage
  • Kitchenaide washer/dryer
  • Deep Kohler porcelain washtub
  • Windows looking out to Mesa Verde
  • Slate floors
  • Linen closet
  • Broom closet

– Upper level –

Master Bedroom and attached Master Bath

  • Master bedroom has large picture window with walkout to private outside balcony with views out to the La Plata Mountains
  • Gas freestanding stove in alcove
  • Lighted alcoves for statuary
  • Bathroom has slate tile steam shower; sitting bench; slate floor and black deco tile accents; niches for shampoo and soap
  • Separate oversized Jacuzzi tub fitted in a triangular platform underneath a large window with private views looking west to Mesa Verde
  • Double Kohler porcelain sinks in slate-tiled vanity; burnished bonze fixtures
  • Custom copper light fixtures
  • Separate water closet
  • Large walk-in closet off bathroom

Guest Bedroom and Bath

  • Walk-in closet
  • Doors to private outside balcony with views out to the La Plata Mountains
  • Gas freestanding corner stove
  • Bath with slated floors and countertops; Kohler porcelain sink with burnished copper fixtures; tub/shower combo with slate deco tiles

Separate Sitting Area

  • Reading alcove with views out to Mesa Verde
  • Large linen closet

– Lower Level –

  • Large Mud room/entrance with slate floors; long built-in coat rack and sitting bench
  • Office with window views of Sleeping Ute
  • Bathroom with slate tub/shower combo enclosure; Kohler sink; chrome fixtures
  • Downstairs Den/TV/Sitting Room; slate floors
  • Large Game Room with gas stove and full size pool table
  • Large heated mechanical room; double hydro-jet energy saver 75 gal. water heaters with multiple zones


The guesthouse is being remodeled to include:

  • Hardwood floors; vaulted ceilings, great lighting
  • Gas 'wood burning' freestanding fireplace in living room
  • Ceiling fans
  • Spacious bedroom with king bed and closet
  • Shower/bath
  • Utility room
  • Separate lock off one-bedroom apartment in back split level with hardwood floors, full kitchen and bath; could be ranch manager's or mother-in-law's apartment

Wildlife and Recreation

The local area also provides a myriad of opportunities for all types of recreation. For downhill skiing, Durango Mountain Resort is a 60-minute drive from the ranch, while Wolf Creek and Silverton Mountain Ski Areas are an hour-and-a-half away. Cross-country skiing, snowshoeing and snowmobiling are also available on the ranch and throughout the area. Trail riding possibilities are virtually endless in the area. Summertime is also filled with opportunities in the area for 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 45 miles).

$2,160,000 – By Appointment only

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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