Smith Creek Estate

Basalt, Colorado Mountain Lifestyle Ranch with hunting, fishing & recreation nearby

This 35-acre secluded mountain retreat offers hunting, fishing, sailing, hiking and riding from your own private estate just 40 miles from Aspen near Basalt, Colorado. World-class fly fishing is minutes away on the gold-medal Frying Pan River or fish for native brook trout on a private mile-long stretch of Smith Creek. Fishing is also available on the adjoining Ruedi Reservoir which also offers a beautiful and serene setting for sailing. Smith Creek Estate’s 4,358 sq. ft. custom log home includes a gourmet kitchen, huge windows with long views, stone fireplaces, an open floor plan, sauna, Jacuzzi tub, an outdoor grill, and a wrap-around deck which overlooks a tranquil, private pond.

Smith Creek Estate is located on the north shore of the Ruedi Reservoir 22 miles east of the charming mountain town of Basalt, known for its gold medal Frying Pan River fishing and its specialty shops and cozy restaurants. The ranch is just an hour’s drive from the world-class Aspen Ski Resort and mountain town rich in history, shopping and fine dining. The communities of Carbondale and Glenwood Springs, the county seat of Garfield County, are both within an hour’s drive west of the ranch on Hwy. 82. The state’s two major metropolitan areas are just a few hour’s drive in either direction: Grand Junction is 135 miles west of the ranch and Denver is 195 miles east. Commercial airline service is available from Aspen, Vail/Eagle, Grand Junction and Denver.

Located in the heart of a recreational paradise in western Colorado, Smith Creek Estate is within the boundaries of the White River National Forest and surrounded by the Sawatch Range with the Hunter-Fryingpan Wilderness area and the Maroon Bells-Snowmass Wilderness areas nearby. 14,000′ snow-covered peaks visible in every direction provide a stunning backdrop to the serene 997 acre Ruedi Reservoir. The area provides unlimited access to year-round recreational activities in the nearby mountains, lakes and forests. At nearly 7000′ the ranch enjoys a mild climate with average summer temperatures of 60-70 degrees F and average winter temperatures of 20-50 degrees F. Moderate precipitation and snowfall make the area perfect for outdoor recreation in every season.


The stunning, 4,358 sq. ft. custom log home of Smith Creek Estate features enormous views with generous porches overlooking one of several trout-filled ponds along Smith Creek. Built in 2005, the spacious 3 bedroom, 3 bath two-story home is filled with sunlight, warm wood and stone. On the main level, the great room, dining area and kitchen with breakfast nook share an open floor plan with cathedral ceilings and are warmed by the massive river rock fireplace and in-floor radiant wood and slate floors. Walls of windows offer expansive views in every direction and invite you to enjoy the scenery on the full-length deck off the great room. A master suite with full bath is conveniently located on the main level. Upstairs, a second private master suite has its own fireplace, a sitting area and luxurious bath with Jacuzzi tub and shower. The hallway overlooking the great room leads to a third bedroom. The home has an attached two car garage.

Smith Creek Estate is nestled in a year-round recreational paradise surrounded by wilderness areas, national forests, world class ski resorts, lakes and spectacular views wherever you go. The fall and summer seasons offer great hiking and horseback riding through the trails of the White River National Forest and nearby wilderness areas. Camping, fishing, and water sports are available on the adjacent Ruedi Reservoir, a 997-acre camping, boating, sailing and fishing reserve. Fishing is available from the deck of the house or on one of two Gold medal trout streams, the Fryingpan and the Roaring Fork Rivers in nearby Basalt. An angler’s dream, the rivers and nearby streams, ponds and lakes are teeming with rainbow, brown, brook, and cutthroat trout. Winter activities include cross country skiing, snowmobiling, snowshoeing and world class skiing at Aspen Mountain, a top 10 North American ski destination boasting abundant sunshine and plentiful snow.