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Wendy Barney

Legacy Properties West Sotheby's International Realty

Skywater Ranch
6410 CR 250 Durango, Colorado 81301 United States

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Skywater Ranch is nestled in a grove of majestic Ponderosa pines in the heart of the north Animas River Valley. This private 61-acre estate (with separate adjacent 3 acre parcel) is next to the San Juan National Forest and offers resort living in...
Wendy Barney
743 Main Avenue
Durango, Colorado 81301 United States
Price / Sq. Ft.:
$417 /
Full Baths
Partial Baths
8,997 Sq Ft.
61 Acres
Single Family Home
Year Built
Year Renovated
Web Id
Durango School District 9-R
School District

About 6410 CR 250

Skywater Ranch is nestled in a grove of majestic Ponderosa pines in the heart of the north Animas River Valley. This private 61-acre estate (with separate adjacent 3 acre parcel) is next to the San Juan National Forest and offers resort living in a prime location, including its own waterfall, private stream, extensive gardens and several ponds, yet only minutes from historic downtown Durango, award-winning golf and the Purgatory Ski Resort. Featuring a spectacular custom built log/cedar home designed for grand scale entertaining and family living, with over 13,000 SF of total constructed area, including approximately 8,997 SF of open living space, 3 bedrooms, 3.5 baths, gourmet chef's kitchen, great room, office, library, home theater, billiard and game room, exercise room, and a climate controlled wine cellar and a 2 car garage. For outdoor entertaining you'll find extensive decks and in the back of the house, a large flagstone terrace with a built-in Dynamic cooking system, wood burning fireplace in a stacked moss rock wall, a large covered hot tub, and a rock fountain with cascading stream to soothe your senses. Skywater Ranch also features a 1,148 SF, 2-bedroom, 2-bath guesthouse, and an extra custom-built 3-bay garage suitable for RV storage, multiple cars, lawn and garden equipment, as well as a custom livestock barn with a separate feed/tack space plus several outbuildings. This is gracious mountain living at its best!

Location and Area

Skywater Ranch is a convenient fifteen minutes north of historic downtown Durango, directly accessed off of paved County Road 250 in the north Animas River Valley known for its scenic red cliffs.

Durango is a town of rural mountain charm and character, and has many big city conveniences, including a state-of-the-art new hospital, many fine restaurants, hotels, shopping, a four-year college, golf courses, first class fly fishing, numerous outdoor hiking and biking trails, with endless activities for the outdoor sports enthusiast. There are 40 national and state parks within a day’s drive. It is located 6,512 ft. above sea level, surrounded by scenic mountain 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 La Plata County area that includes Durango and Bayfield has a population of approximately 53,000. La Plata County Airport runs daily commercial air service to Dallas, Denver and Phoenix with seasonal service to Houston, and includes facilities for full service general aviation. The property is 100 miles from Telluride, 170 miles from Grand Junction, 200 miles from Albuquerque and Santa Fe, about 350 miles from Denver, and 450 miles from Phoenix.

Property Details

Grounds and External Features

  • Adjacent to the San Juan National Forest for access
  • Private waterfall on the property
  • Several ponds; one well stocked with koi and goldfish (suitable for trout)
  • Private stream with remote controlled re-circulating water cascading from behind the house to the front of property
  • Adjudicated water rights; cistern on property helps to distribute shares of water
  • 3 separate wells; one for main house, one for ponds and caretaker’s house, one for garage, barn, stalls and guest house
  • Captivating mountain valley and red cliff views
  • Gravel driveway; circular driveways at main house and barn with extra guest parking areas
  • Stone pillar entry with partial perimeter fencing
  • Exterior construction of cedar, log, stone and glass; composite shingle roof
  • Expansive wrap-around redwood decks with snow melt grates; T & G roof overhang covering much of the deck
  • Large flagstone outdoor terrace at rear of house with built-in stainless Dynamic cooking system; moss rock housing and sandstone counters with storage underneath
  • Outdoor fireplace in moss rock wall offers al-fresco dining 9+ months out of the year; wood storage cubby
  • Outdoor fire pit
  • Covered hot tub seats 8-10 people
  • Custom hand-forged copper and metal exterior lighting
  • Sprinkler system for landscaping, extensive gardens, grass and trees
  • Lined galvanized metal planters at front entry and back of house on drip system
  • Enclosed deer-proof raised-bed vegetable garden, irrigated
  • Outdoor wooden play station for children
  • Potting shed
  • Large custom-built 3-bay garage with RV and tractor storage
  • Custom livestock barns with separate enclosed stall areas with automatic waterers and separate feed/tack space
  • Outbuilding for protection of horses or livestock

Main Residence Features

  • Custom-built 2-story home with open living and abundant natural light from walls of windows strategically placed
  • Vaulted ceilings with dramatic exposed trusses
  • Custom faux paint and accent color dry wall
  • Recessed and hand-forged copper and metal sconce lighting, custom chandeliers and accent lighting
  • Furniture quality solid custom cherry cabinetry
  • Solid oversized cedar panel and glass doors throughout
  • Flooring is a combination of hard woods, terracotta tile and carpet
  • Kohler and Delta fixtures
  • Ceiling fans in most rooms
  • Casement/awning windows for great cross ventilation
  • Master on the main level
  • Alarm system
  • Whole house central vacuum
  • Whole house speakers inside and out for selection of sound choices
  • Radiant in-floor heating
  • Whole-house humidification system and water treatment system
  • Re-circulating hot water for instant hot water throughout
  • Three stairwells to lower level
  • Ample storage closets

Main Level


  • Oversized custom double pine door with beveled glass inserts and pewter hardware; side lights and transom windows allow natural light to stream in with motorized blinds
  • High gloss terracotta floor

Great Room

  • Expansive great room has 24’ vaulted ceilings with timber framed trusses
  • Wall-of-windows offers spectacular views of the Animas Valley with dappled light through the towering Ponderosa pines
  • High gloss terracotta floor
  • Floor-to-ceiling red moss rock wall with stone arched detail and an oversized 2-sided wood-burning fireplace with gas starter; European glass and hand-forged copper fire screen; moss rock full-length hearth and stunning half-log mantle; copper-lined insert cubby for wood storage
  • Custom cherry doors with inside cabinetry and drawers hides A/V equipment; satin nickel hardware
  • Log wall moldings with one-of-a-kind embedded hand-forged copper and metal sconce lighting
  • Staircase to lower level has semi-circular cherry banister with custom copper inlay

Powder Room/Bath

  • ¾ bath slate shower separated by glass block detail
  • Slate floor
  • Pedestal sink with brushed stainless fixtures
  • Custom sconce lighting


  • Adjoins great room with solid double door entry
  • Vaulted ceiling
  • Cherry panel half wall with built-in bookshelves
  • Wood burning fireplace with granite surround
  • French doors leading to extensive covered terraces with lovely views
  • Access door to ¾ bath and powder room

Chef’s Gourmet Kitchen with Breakfast Alcove and Walk-in Pantry

  • Expansive open kitchen
  • Breakfast alcove has antler chandelier overhead
  • Granite “English Teak” counters including a six-seat dining bar looking into kitchen
  • Center island has a Viking 6-burner stove top with center griddle; large custom stainless and brass overhead vent
  • Cherry cabinetry with glass front inserts, internally lit; pullout drawers and specific baking cupboard with lift-up mixer to counter level; baking sheets storage, etc.
  • Separate granite bar counter with brass bar sink and brass fixtures; ice maker and fridge below counter; cherry cabinets above have glass insert doors on both sides and glass shelving inside, internally lit; wine glass rack underneath cabinet
  • Cherry front panel GE side-by-side fridge/freezer and trash compactor; GE warming drawer
  • 2 Dacor conventional and convection ovens
  • 2 Bosch dishwashers
  • French doors access patio and deck
  • Walk-in pantry has dumbwaiter to lower level for easy grocery unloading

Dining Room

  • Open to kitchen
  • Banquet-sized room with vaulted and soffitted ceilings and exposed log beams; comfortable seating for 8-12 people
  • Floor-to-ceiling red moss rock wall has oversized 2-sided wood-burning fireplace with gas starter; European glass and hand-forged copper fire screen; moss rock hearth and half log mantle
  • Custom cherry cabinetry hides pullout drawers and shelving for dinnerware; recessed lighted art niches above on both sides
  • French doors walk out to front deck

Master Bedroom and Bath Suite

  • Double pine French door at entry
  • Vaulted ceilings
  • Red moss rock gas fireplace with custom carved acorn motif mantelpiece; moss rock hearth
  • Large sitting area with views out to forest setting
  • Double pine French door leading to a private deck with large covered hot tub and half log bench seating and log planters
  • His and hers closets have sliding doors to maximize space, with built-in shelving, cubbies and drawers

Master Bath

  • Walk-in shower with dual shower heads and bench; tile and block glass detail
  • Deep Jacuzzi tub on marble surround and windows looking out to forest; very private
  • Separate water closet with bidet
  • His and hers marble counters with hammered copper sinks and oil-bronze fixtures
  • Tile floor with marble accents

Office and Hobby Room

  • Rear office cantilevered over babbling stream and flanked with windows on three sides, provides an intimate view of the forest setting
  • Built-in desks and custom cabinetry with file cabinet and printer spaces
  • Built-in bookshelves
  • Flat screen wall-mounted TV
  • Bamboo flooring
  • Pine bead board ceiling
  • Access to lower level

Billiard and Game Room

  • Exquisitely designed and decorated
  • Custom bubinga/cherry Olhausen 9’ pool table
  • Vaulted ceiling with cross beams
  • Beautiful cherry floors
  • Custom Wild West Designs (Peter Fillerup) hallway lamp
  • Custom cherry wet bar with granite counter has glass insert cabinets above, fridge and ice maker below
  • Ample awning windows have leather valances with nail head trim
  • Custom hanging light fixture from Wild West Designs (Peter Fillerup) over billiard table
  • Access to lower level home theater

Ground Level

Professional Home Theater

  • Two tiered with floor lighting
  • Carpet with padded wall to absorb sound
  • 120” professional projection screen
  • Surround sound system (JBL Professional 7.1)
  • Runco professional HD projector
  • Integrated chair special effects, individually controlled
  • Cherry cabinets

Sound Studio

  • 2 separate rooms (control room with cabinets, sound treated recording area)
  • Sound specified glass separation
  • Sound proof
  • Cherry floor
  • Built-in cabinets and drawers

Powder Room

  • Granite counter with Kohler sink in custom vanity
  • Toilet area
  • Custom painted mirror

Downstairs Sitting Area

  • Carpeted
  • Central area to guest room suite
  • Built-in desk/study zone
  • Closet

Yoga Room/Exercise Area

  • Maple flooring
  • Built-in refrigerator
  • Mirrored wall with dance barre installed
  • Heated passively via utility room

Guest Bedroom and Bath Suite One

  • Carpeted
  • Walk-in closet with built-in cubbies and shelving
  • Double door walkout to private patio


  • Tile flooring
  • Walk-in shower with tile floor, walls and bench
  • Tile counters with double stainless sinks with brushed stainless fixtures

Guest Bedroom and Bath Suite Two

  • Carpeted
  • Double door walk out to private patio
  • Double door closets


  • Deep soaking tub
  • Walk-in shower
  • Tile counters with double porcelain green sinks

Wine Cellar and Vault

  • Authentic antique Spanish door entry
  • Stone wall with integrated wine storage
  • Climate controlled and humidified
  • Terracotta floor

Laundry Room and Mud Room

  • Front loading Asko washer and dryer
  • Cabinets and counter space for folding
  • Deep utility sink
  • Several storage cabinets
  • Hanging bar for wet clothes
  • Wall hooks and built-in cubbies for coats and outdoor gear

Garage Entry Room

  • Dumbwaiter to kitchen pantry
  • Large auxiliary freezer
  • Auxiliary refrigerator/freezer

2 Car Garage

  • Painted concrete floor
  • Built-in shelving and extra storage area
  • Built-in work benches with peg boards above


Livestock Barn & Annex

  • Cedar siding
  • Separate enclosed stall area with automatic waterers
  • Separate feed storage and tack room
  • Enclosed paddock areas

Shed for Animals’ Protection

Large 3-Bay Garage

  • 2 floors; downstairs insulated, upstairs ample storage
  • Concrete floor with drainage
  • RV storage bay with 12’ door and 220V RV power hookup
  • Propane outlets
  • Pull through bay
  • Suitable for lawn and garden tractors, equipment and multiple cars
  • Separate work room with built-in work bench and peg boards


  • 1,148 SF
  • 2 bedrooms, 2 baths with full living room; wood-burning fireplace with figured log mantle in moss rock wall
  • Vaulted ceilings
  • Carpeted and tile flooring
  • Full kitchen with side-by-side fridge/freezer; 4-burner gas stove and oven below; disposal dishwasher, countertop microwave
  • Laundry room with washer/dryer and shelf storage
  • Ceiling fans
  • Alarm system

Potting Shed

  • Greenhouse lighting
  • Potting benches
  • Separate room with gravel floor
  • Translucent roof panels
  • Propane heaters

Wildlife and Recreation

The property has an ideal combination of wildlife habitat, gardens and outdoor living spaces in a very private setting located only 15 minutes from Durango. There is abundant wildlife, including: mule deer, elk, black bear, small animals, myriad of birds, turkey and soaring raptors.

For downhill skiing, Purgatory Ski Resort is a short drive from the ranch, while Wolf Creek and Silverton Mountain Ski Areas are an hour-and-one-half away. Cross-country skiing, snowshoeing and snowmobiling are also available throughout the area. Summertime is filled with opportunities for biking or horseback riding, hiking, rock climbing, fly-fishing, boating or canoeing. Also, the Animas River provides great fly-fishing, kayaking, canoeing and rafting – it is a wonderful run from the ranch to Durango. There are many other things to do in the area, like 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 right around the corner (1/2 mile), Hillcrest Community Club, the private Glacier Club (memberships available), and a top-rated public course at Pinion Hills in Farmington, NM (approximately 50 miles).


  • Barn
  • Breakfast Bar
  • Carpeted Floors
  • Deck
  • Dishwasher
  • Eat in Kitchen or Dining Room
  • Garbage Disposal
  • Granite Countertops
  • Guest House
  • Horse Facilities
  • Library
  • Patio
  • Refrigerator
  • Security System
  • Spa / Hot Tub
  • Sprinkler System
  • Storage
  • Tile Flooring
  • Walk-in Closets
  • Billiards Room
  • Gardens
  • Hardwood Flooring
  • In-Home Fitness Center
  • Media Room / Home Theater
  • Pond
  • Screen Room
  • Stables
  • Staff Quarters
  • Wine Cellar / Grotto
  • Workshop
  • Artist Studio
  • Live Water
  • Area Horse Riding/Stables
  • Fireplace In Master Br
  • Entertainment System
  • Bath - Jacuzzi Tub
  • Tub and Shower
  • Vaulted Ceilings
  • Phone Jacks
  • Cable
  • Wet Bar
  • Guest Suite
  • Garage Door
  • Blinds
  • Area Boat Dock
  • Gourmet Kitchen
  • Radiant Floor Heating
  • Stall Shower
  • Area Boat Ramp
  • Built-in Vacuum


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lot description
Bike Paths, Creek, Exercise Area, Irregular, Mountain Views, Pool(s), Resort, Scenic View, Water View, Waterfront, Wooded, Jogging / Biking Path, Snowmobiling, County Street, Storage Shed, Out Building, Pond On Lot, Exterior Description - Log, Thermal Windows / Doors, Water Feature, Stream On Lot, Private Road
land usage
Recreational Ranch

Property Feature

Property Description

Additional Information

Fire Alarms, Smoke Detector, Stereo System
Special Market
Luxury Properties, Vacation / Second Home