River Ridge Ranch

Colorado - La Plata County - Durango

Situated on the Pine River above a gently sloping hill is an extremely private, custom 4,708 sq. ft. home with expansive upper and lower river valley views. Located only 10 miles south of Vallecito Reservoir and an easy 25 minute commute to Durango, River Ridge Ranch offers gold medal fishing at your back door. Surrounded by ponderosa pine trees, this beautiful 85-acre property is the perfect fishing and ranch retreat. Fully fenced and crossed fenced for horses, the property includes a large 3,300 plus sq. ft. Colorado barn with extra room for tack, equipment and a workshop. The main residence great room consists of an open-floor plan with a fireplace and floor-to-ceiling windows throughout providing abundant natural light. The main residence includes a large master suite and bath, sitting room, large office, extra bedroom and bath and an additional private and comfortable guest wing offering two additional bedrooms, two full baths and its own living room and kitchen. The property has over 1 cfs of irrigation water and includes one additional outbuilding for equipment, along with a two bedroom caretaker’s residence. River Ridge Ranch is an excellent fishing ranch property located across from a larger, protected ranch preserving open space and natural beauty.

Location and Area:
River Ridge Ranch is just twenty minutes northeast of Durango on the Pine River and south of Lemon and Vallecito Reservoirs. Access is off US Highway 160, just west of Bayfield and approximately 5 miles north on a paved road to CR 505. The ranch offers gold medal fishing at your back door. One of the most picturesque and livable places in Colorado, Durango offers many big city conveniences including a new hospital, hotels, shopping, restaurants, golf courses and a four year college. Yet Durango retains its rural mountain character and charm. The average 300 days of sunshine each year makes Durango a desirable location for visitors from around the globe. The town center is located 6,512 ft. above sea level with summer temperatures seldom rising above the upper 80s. Autumn offers clear, cool and dry days full of vibrant foliage and crisp sunny winter days with abundant light powder snow. The population of the La Plata County area including Durango and Bayfield is approximately 44,000. La Plata County Airport has daily commercial air service to Denver, Salt Lake City and Phoenix with seasonal service to Dallas along with facilities for full service general aviation. River Ridge Ranch is 170 miles from Grand Junction, 200 miles from Albuquerque and approximately 300 miles from the Denver and Colorado Springs area.


Built in 1996, the main residence is surrounded with extensive landscaping, automatic sprinkler system, drip irrigation, gardens and patios. The outdoor living area provides a spectacular setting with unobstructed views of the Pine River and lush valley. The home is 4,800 sq. ft. with a great room design featuring a large rock fireplace, living area, dining area and an open kitchen with top-of-the-line appliances. The living, dining and kitchen areas all have river views from the floor to ceiling windows. The large master suite on the main level has its own private sitting area, and outdoor access to the decks. Also on the main level, the guest wing contains two bedroom/bathroom suites, a private living room and full kitchen. Access from the guest wing to the outside decks overlook the beautiful river valley. On the upper floor there is a large office plus an extra bedroom and bath. Heat is provided by four natural gas forced air units (free natural gas included) as well as a separate 435,000 BTU snow melt system for the main drive and walk in front of the residence. The barn is a five stall 3,300 sq. ft. structure with hay loft, separate tack, machinery and storage areas. A two bedroom caretaker’s residence plus an additional equipment storage complement the ranch.
Water and Mineral Rights:
The 85 acres are primarily meadow grasses; 75 irrigated. There are three stock ponds filled with the irrigation water and registered for a pond right. Irrigation is primarily flood irrigation from lateral ditches off the main Sullivan Ditch which dissects the property. The pasture closest to the county road is alfalfa, a dry land crop. Hay is produced on the remainder. On a typical year the hay and alfalfa production will bring in $5,000 to $6,000 revenue, however, it has been as high as $12,000. Approximately 1 cfs of water plus an additional allowance from the Pine River Irrigation District. Domestic water is delivered by domestic wells –there are three on the property – two have strong production. Fifty percent of the mineral rights will be conveyed with the sale. Royalties in 2005 were approximately $20,000.