11309 Running Deer Rd, Eckert, Colorado, 81418
This 36-acre equine property is located just outside of Orchard City town limits in Delta County, Colorado. A custom home lies at the far end of the gravel drive, flanked on two sides by irrigated hay fields near the property’s entrance. Along the route to the house lies a large blue & white metal building, a pressed steel round pen, a large outdoor riding arena and several spacious horse paddocks—bordered with welded pipe fencing and matching blue & white loafing sheds. The driveway ends at the stucco home which sits on the edge of a mesa, backdropped by the peculiar-looking Adobe Buttes and overlooking the beautiful Tongue Creek Valley to the north.
Constructed in 2013, this ranch-style home has 2,208 square feet of climate controlled living space with an additional 1,020 square foot unfinished basement. The 3 bedroom and 2 bathroom home features a spacious and open floor plan with an eat-in kitchen which opens to the living room. The large kitchen features hickory cabinets and wood laminate flooring. The living room, trimmed in alder, features a Mendota propane fireplace framed with a Realstone surround and hearth and 2 large picture windows—providing abundant ambient light and spectacular views of the Tongue Creek Valley and Grand Mesa to the north. A walk-in pantry is located just off of the kitchen and adjacent to a large laundry/mudroom—with ample space for coats and boots. The main-floor master bedroom features a propane fireplace and private entrance to a covered outdoor patio which overlooks the backyard garden. A jack-and-jill bathroom connects the remaining 2 bedrooms. The 2-car garage is has fully finished walls and ceilings with a PolyMax wainscotting and is insulated. The exterior walls of the home are of 2x6 construction with closed-cell foam insulation. The home and barn share a domestic water tap and there is also a drilled well on the property that current servers some outdoor frost free hydrants. A pressure tank for the well is installed in the crawlspace of the home.
This Colorado horse property is for the serious equestrian hobbyist or professional horse trainer. The centerpiece of the property is the structural steel framed barn facility. The inside of this building features a dressage sized 70’ x 140’ indoor horseback riding arena. The indoor arena has a 3-rail, welded pipe perimeter fence with a wood-shaving and dirt floor which provides excellent footing. Adjacent to the the arena is a 12’ x 18’ isolation or foaling stall with PolyMax siding and a concrete floor. There is also an entrance through the arena to the 20’ x 24’ heated tack room—which also features a door to the outside. A viewing area to the side of the indoor arena provides a safe place for horse training clinic attendees to stand or sit. The facility also contains a 1-bedroom and 1-bathroom apartment with a full kitchen for a traveling clinician, on-site trainer or ranch manager to quarter in. The bedroom, bathroom and kitchen are heated with cove-based radiant heaters and cooled with a wall mounted A/C unit. There is also an unheated/uncooled multi-use space measuring 10’ 5” x 15’ 10” providing a living room or storage space. This metal building also features a wash bay with hitching post, concrete floors, floor drain and hot & cold water. The entire north side of the building has an overhang measuring 24’ x 140’ for hay storage and there is also a vehicle/equipment bay measuring 40’ 6” x 23’ 5” for truck or trailer parking.
The remaining acreage of this tremendous horse property consists of paddocks, an outdoor riding area, round pen and 15 acres of irrigated hayfields. There is over 5,500 lineal feet of welded pipe fencing surrounding the 6 horse paddocks and arenas. Frost free hydrants and electricity are strategically located at the pen intersections for easy watering, electric heaters and electric fence chargers. Each of the 6 horse pens has its own loafing shed and two of the pens have automatic waterers. The property has a huge 178’ x 256’ outdoor riding arena with an elevated area for easy viewing. The outdoor arena footing consists of soft dirt and some pea gravel. Adjacent to the outdoor riding arena is a 60’ pressed steel-panel, round pen. There are two hayfields on the eastern side of the property totaling approximately 15 acres. Planted in an equine grass mix and alfalfa, the fields have consistently produced 3-4 cuttings per year, providing a self-sustainable year round source of feed for the horses. Excellent water rights and a series of underground pipes and valves makes moving water a very simple and efficient process. Underground piping allows for head water and tail water to be easily diverted to different areas of the property including a nice wooded area, several tree rows, gardens and an irrigation holding pond with water fall.
The western slope is considered by many, one of the nicest places to live in the state of Colorado. Situated in a high desert, the western slope has warm summers and mild winters. At approximately 5,300’ in elevation, this horse property is positioned nicely between many wonderful places to trail ride. The Grand Mesa National Forest is located less than 30 minutes to the north, containing over 500 square miles of trails and mountain backcountry to explore. When the snow begins to fly, there are plenty of places to ride near Delta, CO. The Adobe Buttes, Peach Valley—near the Black Canyon of the Gunnison, and Escalante & Dominquez Canyons are all less than 30 minutes away and contain thousands of BLM acres that are ridable virtually every month of the year. Long growing seasons and abundant water put this horse property in a prime locale. Situated in the Surface Creek Valley, this property is about 10 minutes from Delta, CO. Delta, a town of around 10,000 residents, has several grocery stores (including Walmart), a hospital, doctor’s offices and restaurants. Cedaredge, about 10 minutes north, is a nice little town of about 2,000 area residents with a grocery store, lumber yard, doctor’s offices, restaurants and shops. There are also two golf courses in the area, Cedaredge Golf Club and Devil’s Thumb Golf Course, in Delta. Both Cedaredge and Delta have K-12 schools and the Delta County School District has open enrollment. Recreational activities in the surrounding area include big-game hunting--for elk, mule deer & black bear, fishing--fly fishing the Gunnison River or the many high-country mountain lakes on the Grand Mesa, hiking, biking, Nordic skiing, downhill skiing (Powderhorn Resort is about 1 hour away), snowmobiling and of course—horseback riding.