Avery Ranch

Working Ranch, Wildlife Preserve and Trophy Ranch near Durango, CO

Avery Ranch is a spectacular piece of southwestern Colorado, just 20 minutes from Durango near Hesperus, Colorado. This working ranch is 392 acres and includes 100 acres of pastures and hayfields, and almost 262 acres of high-fenced wildlife preserve. Avery Ranch has been used to raise elk, buffalo, cattle, and some of the finest performing quarter horses in the country. The centerpiece of the ranch is the 12,700 sq. ft. lodge or main residence. This impressive log home is the perfect place to host large events, corporate retreats, seminars, or for use as a bed & breakfast. Adjacent to the rear of the house is a one-acre trout pond, completely landscaped, with its own private beach and fed by a four-tiered waterfall. The views of the trout pond and the La Plata Mountains are some of the most captivating views you will find anywhere in the West. The ranch is zoned commercial and has plenty of room for a 5,000 foot private airstrip. A commercial water well, multiple septic systems and a paved drive are all in place. The entire ranch is an excellent candidate for a conservation easement. Seller will subdivide the ranch.

Avery Ranch is a convenient twenty minutes west of the historic downtown area of Durango.
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, and many cultural activities.
There are endless activities for the outdoor sports enthusiast. It is located 6,512 ft. above sea level (the ranch is at 8,000 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 45,000. La Plata County Airport runs daily commercial air service to Denver, Albuquerque, Salt Lake City 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 300 miles from Denver and Colorado Springs and 450 miles from Phoenix.

Area and Acreage:
Avery Ranch offers an ideal blend of recreational activities and wildlife preservation with a traditional working ranch.
In a “Wild Lands” setting, there is privacy and seclusion with expansive La Plata Mountain views, just a 20 minute drive from historic downtown Durango.
Create a conservation easement where you can fish to your heart’s content, provide a family retreat that your great-grandchildren will enjoy, or use the commercial zoning to develop an exclusive Bed and Breakfast or Corporate Retreat.

The Land
• 362 acres of beautiful meadows and Pine/Oak forest including:
• 100 acres of irrigated hay meadow
• 262 acres of high-fenced wildlife preserve with trophy elk and other game
• Barn and complete livestock working facility for elk, buffalo, cattle, horses etc.
• Old cabin that could be restored as quaint hunting cabin or guest cottage
• Commercial well
• 1/2+ mile of year-round live fishing stream
• Doubled-lined pond at rear of house
• Exquisite views
• Native vegetation landscaping
• The property is platted for development, if desired, and already has a commercial classification available for use if one wanted to use it as a retreat site or other commercial purpose.
• There is adequate room and terrain to build a 5,000 ft. private airstrip

The centerpiece of the ranch is the 12,700 square foot lodge or main residence, this log home is the perfect place to host large events, corporate retreats, seminars, bed & breakfast.
Just a few of the details include:
• Western style log home superbly crafted using Engleman Spruce logs from British Columbia and Red Cedar from Vancouver. High-end finish work!
• A great room with vaulted 40 foot ceilings and huge windows which look out onto views of the La Plata Mountains.
• A stone, double sided fireplace which also opens onto the dining area.
• A stone waterfall with lighted aquarium.
• A commercial sized kitchen, custom bar and dining area with double doors opening onto one of the many decks.
• Seven bedroom suites, each custom designed on a western theme.
• In-floor heating throughout.
• A 1,372 square foot Manager’s Apartment.
• A theater/media room with a walk-in safe.
• A conference center/meeting room.
• A gym and workout room
• An office

The Main Level includes Great Room, Dining Room and Kitchen
Second Level: Bedroom Suites
Third Level: The Cattle Baron’s Master Bedroom Suite
Lower Level: Conference Room, Media Room and Gym

The local area also provides a myriad of opportunities for all types of recreation. For downhill skiing, Durango Mountain Resort is a 45-minute drive from the ranch, while Wolf Creek and Silverton Mountain Ski Areas are a little over an hour away. Cross-country skiing, snow-shoeing and snowmobiling is also available on the ranch and throughout the area.
Equine enthusiasts will find Avery Ranch to be first-rate riding terrain. Trail riding possibilities are virtually endless on and around the property. The ranch has been used as a quarter horse facility for 18 years, producing some of the finest performance horses in the country.
Summertime is also filled with opportunities for hiking, fishing, boating, golfing and 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, Hillcrest Community Club, the private Glacier Club (memberships available), and a top-rated public course at Pinion Hills in Farmington, NM (approximately 35 miles).

The 262-acre wildlife preserve is tucked into the hills on the northwest side of the ranch. The resident herd of elk currently numbers more than 20.
The rest of the ranch is home to a wide variety of wildlife including deer, black bear, migrating elk, coyote. A host of smaller animals are attracted to the lush habitat as well, especially wild turkeys.
The game preserve has been hunted with the philosophy of “big-game catch and release.”
A dart rifle has been perfected and used for limited hunting where the animal is downed, picture taken, antlers removed and the animal walks away able to grow a more impressive set of antlers the next season.
This is a unique approach that has allowed the herd to prosper. Only the elder bulls are taken in the traditional way when their health is weakened and in jeopardy. For the new owner, all options are open for establishing the purpose for the preserve.

This property is a foreclosure owned by a private lending institution. They want it off their books.