Starry Pines Ranch
Set along prestigious Snowmass Creek, Starry Pines Ranch offers spectacular mountain views in the seclusion of a peaceful alpine valley only 15 miles to the amenities of Aspen. Enjoy expansive views of Mount Sopris and the Elk Range from the contemporary mountain home overlooking a picturesque bridge leading to a pine tree covered picnic site and pond along Snowmass Creek. Situated on 35 private acres and operated as a working horse ranch, the ranch features excellent trout fishing on over 1000 feet of pristine Snowmass Creek amidst towering pine and giant cottonwood trees. Senior water rights irrigate 25 acres of lush horse pastures. Additional improvements include a two unit guest or caretaker’s house, small horse barn and fenced pastures with five open sheds.
Starry Pines is located in the desirable Old Snowmass Valley, just 22 minutes from Aspen, Colorado near the confluence of Snowmass Creek and Capital Creek. The private paradise is just across from Windstar and the Rocky Mountain Institute and 4 miles from the St. Benedicts Monastery. It is just two miles to the Snowmass Store and Hwy 82 and six miles to the charming town of Basalt, long known for its gold medal Frying Pan River fishing, and its specialty shops and cozy restaurants. Aspen Airport is just 12 miles from the ranch and Glenwood and I-70 access is 28 miles. Additionally, Starry Pines is located just a few minutes from one of the best private golf and fishing clubs in the Roaring fork Valley, The Roaring Fork Club.
Snowmass Creek Valley has become some of the most sought after real estate in the Aspen area due to its natural beauty and proximity to Aspen. The valley follows Snowmass Creek from Capital Creek to the bottom of Snowmass Ski Area. In the summer there is unlimited access to hiking, biking and horseback trails into the surrounding mountains and National Forest in every direction. The ranch features fantastic views of the surrounding mountains and access to the beauty and recreation amenities of nearby Capital Creek, one of the most picturesque areas of Colorado.
The 35 acre mostly rectangular site stretches along Snowmass Creek Road for approximately 800 feet, then stretches north almost 1500 feet across Snowmass Creek to open space and BLM lands, insuring the utmost privacy along the river. A long lane leads to the buildings, set along a plateau overlooking Snowmass Creek, from an attractive stone entrance. There are approximately 25 acres of lush hay meadow between the road and the buildings that is irrigated with 1.5 CFS of senior water rights out of Snowmass Creek. The more than adequate water rights also offer the possibility of creating a sizable lake on the property. The improvements are well sited to capitalize the creek frontage as well as the views yet maintain privacy. The area along Snowmass Creek features towering pines and cottonwood trees along both sides of the creek and a footbridge leading over a nice size trout pond in a magical setting complete with hammock and generous fire pit for enjoying the beautiful Colorado evenings.