Does the hot, humid, dry summer have you and your horses exhausted? Picture yourself in the Colorado mountains on a prestigious ranch sitting at 7,400 feet elevation. Wake up to a beautiful sunrise over the surrounding wooded hills, breathe in the cool, clean, fresh mountain air as you bask in the ambience of the pristine mountain meadows. Saddle up and exercise your favorite horse at an elevation that will make him/her a stronger performer at the next event. Enjoy a leisurely ride around the 318 deeded acres and an additional 328 acres of leased ground consisting of sub-irrigated hay meadows giving way to tall stands of ponderosa pine forest or ride through the state lease that adjoins that ranch. You will not have to stop there, with the San Juan National Forest bordering the ranch you can ride right out the south gate into public land.
For several decades this ranch has been a horse lover’s destination. People have come from all over the world to enjoy the peace and serenity this property offers coupled with horsemanship and education from world-renowned horseman, Pat Parelli. The Parelli Center of Natural Horsemanship has called this property home since 1995.
Equine improvements on this property are conducive to anyone operating horsemanship type training. However, multiple large arenas and training areas offer themselves nicely to hosting a wide variety of equine related activities; cutting horse training, team roping, barrel racing reining, dressage, working ranch horse and many other horse related clinics.
Multiple events could be hosted on the property simultaneously while attendees can stay on site in one of the guest cabins, RV sites or camping areas. There are numerous outdoor stalls, round pens, tack rooms, wash bays, training areas, two full size arenas, one warm up or training arena that is covered, 12 stall horse barn with a tack room, and 2 lean to horse stalls beside the covered arena. The covered arena has lights and is ¾ covered. The north end opens to an incredible panorama view of the San Juan Mountains to the north.
The main home on the ranch is a log sided home with quality finishes inside including tiled floors and solid granite slab kitchen counters. The kitchen features high end stainless steel appliances. There are 2 bedrooms, 1 full bathroom and a ¾ bathroom. Part of the ranch home was converted to offices, but could very easily be changed back into living area which would add 2 more bedrooms and another 1/2 bathroom. A very nice, covered patio with fire pit and outdoor furniture on the south side is a great place to spend the evenings as the sun goes down.
Entertain your guests with a nice bbq and play some music under the patio lights. Ride your horse right up under the east side covered patio which has a horse wash bay and drainage system. The heat source is a propane forced air furnace and there is an air conditioner that keeps the house cool. With a nice lighted and covered carport on a concrete slab you can pull right up to the front door and walk right into the house. There is a metal shop on the property for storing you toys or use as a workshop for projects.
In addition to the main home, there is also a modular home on the property for staff or your ranch foreman. This ranch property has 15 cabins, 28 RV sites, numerous camping sites and two guest rooms upstairs in the lodge.
Colorado has so much opportunity for outdoor recreation like, hunting, skiing, rafting, fishing, snowmobile tours, ATV tours, camping and hiking. Big game hunting in GMU 771 is excellent with over-the-counter elk tags available in 2nd & 3rd rifle seasons. There are some resident elk herds that make their way on and off the ranch from time to time numbering in the several hundreds! With national forest to the south one could walk or ride your horse right into the forest.
The ranch is well equipped to accommodate large groups of people. There are numerous cabins on the ranch and RV hook ups and endless camping areas. The upstairs of the lodge has rooms for guests. Showers are downstairs along with the full commercial kitchen and dinning area.
There is a conservation easement protecting part of the of the ranch. One of the limitations is that if one wants to run a business on the ranch the business must be centered around educational or training of some kind.
The amount of water hydrants on the ranch is incredible. Frost free hydrants are located nearly everywhere and the water is supplied by several wells, including one of the best commercial wells in the state that is stored in a 10,000-gallon tank on the ranch.
Possible uses for this exceptional ranch property include:
With 318 acres of deeded land and the 328 acres of state leased land there is plenty of pasture for grazing some cattle. The meadows in the valley could be put back into hay production if one desired as the meadows are all sub-irrigated. Currently they are used for cattle pasture but grow some nice mountain hay.
There are many spring fed ponds on the property that are somewhat seasonal depending on the drought currently they are all holding some water. No barbed wire exists on this ranch as miles of barbed wire fencing was removed in favor of horse and livestock friendly “saw buck” fencing.
Home to “The World’s Deepest” hot springs, Pagosa Springs is located along Highway 160 in southwest Colorado. The town is a summer tourist destination and is loaded with quaint places to shop and dine. The year-round outdoor activities in the surrounding area are numerous and include golf, hot air balloons, paddle boarding, fishing, fat biking and skiing, to name just a few. Wolf Creek Ski Area is nearby and is home to the most snow in Colorado for skiing and snowboarding fun.
Pagosa Springs has a medical center, grocery stores, ranch supply stores and the nearest regional airport is in Durango (about 1 hour away) or private planes can land in Pagosa Springs.
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Robert Gash, ALC