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Wendy Barney

Legacy Properties West Sotheby's International Realty

Elkhorn Ranch
7091 CR 228 Bayfield, Colorado 81122 United States

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The Elkhorn Ranch is a magnificent spread just outside Durango, Colorado. 880 acres of peaceful and serene landscape, yet still rugged and wild with frontier spirit. This ranch is a sportsman's paradise. Wonderfully removed and remote with...
Wendy Barney
743 Main Avenue
Durango, Colorado 81301 United States
Price / Sq. Ft.:
$933 /
Annual taxes:
Full Baths
5,360 Sq Ft.
880 Acres
Farm / Ranch / Plantation
Year Built
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Bayfield School District R-10-JT
School District

About 7091 CR 228

The Elkhorn Ranch is a magnificent spread just outside Durango, Colorado. 880 acres of peaceful and serene landscape, yet still rugged and wild with frontier spirit. This ranch is a sportsman's paradise. Wonderfully removed and remote with end-of-the-road privacy, even though downtown Durango is just 15 miles away. The ranch lies just to the North and East of town, between the Pine River and Florida River drainages. Buffered by 1800 acres of BLM land, this property is like an island surrounded by Federal Land and a common 3.5 miles between the two. (Elkhorn Ranch plus BLM land 2,680 total acres.)

The topography is extraordinarily diverse from mountain tops and ridgelines to hidden valleys, springs and draws. The high ground offers a view that stretches all the way to New Mexico, approximately 45 miles away. The mountains and ridges on the ranch have colorful names like Grizzly Mountain, Widdermaker Switchbacks, Meat on the Table Flats, and Navajo Springs.

A rocky mountain treasure pleasantly secluded and protected, yet not isolated. The old growth ponderosa pine and Gambel oak offer a pleasant transition from the bustle of town, as you leave the pace behind and enter a very private setting. A little further up the road, the valley opens up to a pastoral scene and the Ranch house beyond. The main complex consists of a 4,700 sq ft home on 2 levels, a bunk house with kitchen and bath, a two bay shop area and equipment storage. There's also an open sided barn (horse barn and tack room). The ranching facilities are first class; there is smooth wire fencing for the two horse pastures. There are 5 springs, 4 wells, and 4 stock tanks scattered across the ranch. One of the most unique features of this ranch is a network of over 17 miles worth of graded trails, crisscrossing the terrain up and down, over the ridges and saddles to new valleys and vistas. This network was created decades ago and the trails are still in excellent condition.

Location and Area

Historic Downtown Durango boasts shops, galleries, museums, fine restaurants, Fort Lewis College, Music in the Mountains, community recreation center, golf courses, parks, and the famous Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad. To the north are the impressive San Juan Mountains that provide excellent skiing each winter and hiking, mountain biking, rafting and fly fishing on the Animas River each summer. To the south and west are mesas in the open high desert with rock climbing, archeology and horseback riding.

There are several other factors that enhance Durango's attractiveness. Of these factors, the most important are the area's mild seasons, its wealth of outdoor recreational opportunities, amazing views, friendly community, and its reasonable resort-town pricing; all of which serve as significant draws for tourists, retirees, and seasonal residents.

The recreational areas and cultural attractions in Durango make it a strategic hub for the region. Within close proximity to Downtown Durango are the famous Mesa Verde ruins, San Juan and Uncompahgre National Forests, Durango Mountain Resort, Telluride Ski Area, Ute Mountain Casino, McPhee Lake, and the Trail of the Ancients.

Visit Durango once, and you'll fall in love for a lifetime.

Wildlife and Recreation

This ranch is a mecca for wild game, and combined with the trail network and easy access to the rugged landscape, it naturally creates a hunter's paradise. Consequently, the ranch has been enjoyed as a private family hunting refuge for several decades. Deer, Elk, Bear, and Wild Turkey are bagged annually and additional wildlife sightings on the ranch include Mountain Lion, Big Horn Sheep, Bobcat and Bald Eagle. The trail network combined with the continuous BLM land creates an almost unlimited expanse of remote Southwest Colorado hunting opportunities.

The private family refuge has been well established. Additional options could include a corporate or commercial Sportsman's Retreat, and/or an exclusive development.


  • Area Horse Riding/Stables
  • Area Boat Dock
  • Area Boat Ramp


lot description
Bike Paths, Irregular, Mountain Views, Pool(s), Scenic View, Wooded, Jogging / Biking Path, Snowmobiling, Open, Private Road
land usage
Cattle Ranch, Hunting Ranch, Recreational Ranch, Sporting Ranch, Horse Ranch

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Luxury Properties, Vacation / Second Home