Piedra River Ranch
Located on both sides of the Piedra River and approximately halfway between Durango and Pagosa Springs, Colorado lies the Piedra River Ranch, the most completely appointed, gold medal riverfront property value that exists today in Southwest Colorado.
*** New additions/features added to the property at the current reduced price: The Seller has added a 3-bay barn ($20,000) and pipe-welded fence ($42,000) to the property totaling $62,000 in improvements which are included at this reduced price.
There is a lot to be said about the Seller (a West Point Engineering graduate and veteran) who looked for years to find this property. And then, once acquired, designed it as the consummate riverfront ranch. This +/- 36 acres has no equal: encompassing both sides of the river without a homeowners association CCR’s. Located less than an hour from the gate of Piedra River Ranch you’ll be going through security at Durango-La Plata County Airport, with daily, direct and nonstop service to Dallas/Ft. Worth, Denver, Phoenix and Los Angeles (LAX summer months only). It’s much faster than finding parking at a major airport and they still let you park for free for the first 30 minutes!
Should your dreams be generations of family recreation, a corporate retreat, a guest ranch, AIRBNB or the Southern Colorado River Home you’ve worked your whole life for, you need to take a look at the Piedra River Ranch. There is nothing like it on the market!
The River and the Water
Piedra River Watershed is one of the cleanest watersheds in North America fed by mountain springs and snow shed of the Weminuche Wilderness (a half million acres of horseback or backpack only) located in the very heart of the San Juan National Forest. It’s a designated Gold Medal fisher with native cutthroats and brookies up high and on the tribs and trophy german browns and feisty rainbows round out the river.
There’s a custom built fly-fishing shed and a kids tree house on the river. There’s also a gazebo and stone fire pit for s’mores, cookouts and parties on the river with family and friends.
The ranch has year-round senior-deeded irrigation rights 1.25 cfs and has no sharing of ditch usage or regulated days. One of the most liberal water rights that exist! The ranch is completely plumbed and has irrigation headers throughout to every corner of the property. The irrigation complements the duel irrigation system (2 side rollers) that irrigates +/- 30 acres of timothy/alfalfa hay with up to 3 cuttings a year. Customers line up to purchase the hay every year produced on PRR. A permitted well produces 35 gallons per minute.
Straight across the road commences over 1.8 million acres of public access to the San Juan National Forest that will provide many lifetimes of recreation for your family. Enjoy 15 miles of the public access to the Gold Medal Piedra River, horseback, hiking, fishing, camping, hunting with over the counter elk tags, grouse, turkey, mule deer and bear to name just a few. Four-wheeling with ATV’s or jeeps, cross country skiing, and 2 ski areas, Wolf Creek Pass and Purgatory/Durango Mountain Resort, are but a little over an hour away.
The ranch features a +/-1-acre pond that is stocked with dozens of rainbows up to 6+ lbs., a great place to teach the grandkids and entertain family members, guests and clients. A half-mile (+/- both sides of the river ) of river frontage compliments this unequalled property with 7 rock weirs and pools that are 10-12 feet deep. Start your day with coffee down on the river and release a few 20-inchers before breakfast. Current costs of river improvement/restoration can run over a $1 million-a-mile. There’s a custom bridge that allows access to your very own island in the river.
With a lifetime of hay production, horse facilities abound. What’s the use of being in the middle of 1.8 million acres of national forest if you don’t have horses? Custom round pens, welded 5-rail pipe fence, paddocks and stalls, a tack barn and a surrey/wagon/carriage house & loft storage with dog runs. You name it, this ranch has it.
The PRR property has qualified for private landowner cow elk draw annually, so filling the freezer is but a rifle shot off the porch. Should waterfowl be your thing, fill your limit with ducks and geese from the riverbank or one of the blinds in the fields next to the river. There is also a 200-yd. rifle range and a 3-station clay bird launcher mounted on a trailer that can be side-by-side pulled to any corner of the ranch. This area of Colorado has over 100 mule deer in the record book.
One of the best kept secrets of the Pagosa/Durango area is the 30-mile long Navajo Lake, about 30 minutes south of PRR. The lake hosts 2 boat launching ramps (one in Colorado and one in New Mexico) with hundreds of miles of canyons and shoreline in between. Power boating, windsurfing, waterskiing, bass fishing (both smallmouth and largemouth), northern Pike and crappie are but a few of the species targeted. Just below the dam is 6 miles of the quality waters of the San Juan River, said to be some of the best trophy trout fishing in the US.
Durango, about 35 minutes away, is an incredible small mountain college town on the banks of the Animas River (7 miles of public gold medal fly fishing). This small town of +/- 18,000 hosts over 200 restaurants, a new hospital with life flight, great air access and Ft Lewis College, a 4 year state college that has produced both men and women's NCAA champion soccer teams.
+/- 3100 square ft., 3 bedrooms/2 baths, custom log home with wraparound porches on 3 sides and 4 levels of decks with an outdoor kitchen. The year-round tributary that irrigates the ranch flows adjacent to the deck, office and master bedroom, serenading you to sleep or making your office work the best of your life. The home is complimentary but not crazy overbuilt like so many mountain properties.
With vaulted ceilings, in-floor heating, an office and a finished walk out basement, the ranch features a backup propane generator (new) that will keep you cozy and with power should that summer or winter storm take down the grid. You are totally free. A new furnace was added in 2016.
The Shop/Guest Accommodations
Insulated custom-built shop, studio, 1 bedroom, 1 bath w/shower, kitchen hook-ups, library, trophy room, walk-in gun vault, and a 2-bay garage complete with attached indoor/outdoor dog runs. And, it’s permitted for a full home conversion should additional lodging be needed for family members or guests.
Guesthouse - 700 sq. ft., private location, completely furnished with a single bedroom, bath, kitchen and deck.
Custom built chicken/pigeon coop for dog training, Tool Shop/Storage 12’ x 20’ shop with work benches and loft storage, 4-bay tractor implement storage, washdown pad, fuel stations, tools, tractors, implements. Furnishings, tools, equipment and implements are negotiable and available under separate contract.
Seller has reasonably priced this incomparable property based on a walk-through by appraiser who valued the property/improvements/water at +/- $3M. With no HOAs, CCRS or other people in your business, this property has no equal. And don’t forget year-round senior water rights on both sides of the river - priceless. In other places this property could easily be over $6M. The property has been put on the market with the understanding that it can be pulled at anytime based on changing family circumstances.
Should you feel that the turn-key Piedra River Ranch is in your future and has what you’re looking for, call or email for additional information or to schedule a qualified showing. There’s nothing on the market like this!
Co brokers welcome.