Rarely does a Front Range property of the size and caliber of the Corral Creek Ranch become available so close to Denver. This secluded gentleman’s ranch encompasses 290.5 ± acres of open meadowland, aspen groves and pine-forested mountainous terrain at the base of the Mount Evans Massif, just 10.5 miles west of Evergreen and 35 miles from downtown Denver. Descendants of Colorado Territorial Gov. John Evans have owned this scenic Rocky Mountain ranch continuously since the governor acquired the land in 1885. The centerpiece of the Corral Creek Ranch is a massive, stone-and-timber, chateau-style lodge, built as a family retreat in 1922 by John Evans Sr., prominent Denver banking and railroad executive and civic leader. This gracious year-round home features hand-hewn beams, polished wood paneling, 12 bedrooms, 9 baths and 12 stone fireplaces, along with modern amenities that include a concrete tile roof, heated gutters, and a large gourmet kitchen. Other structures on the property include a six-stall horse barn, a two-car garage, a rustic log cabin and several utility and livestock sheds. Corral Creek, an intermittent stream, runs for a quarter mile through the property. The ranch is surrounded by private acreage, much of which is protected from development by conservation easements. With its stunning view of Mount Evans, rich history, and open meadowlands, the Corral Creek Ranch offers enticing possibilities for the discerning buyer seeking a wise investment or a beautiful place to call home.
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Private, yet conveniently located, the Corral Creek Ranch is a short drive from the Evergreen Parkway/CO 74 via Upper Bear Creek Road and the Evans Ranch/Corral Creek Road, which ends at the ranch gate. The shops and businesses of downtown Evergreen are just 20 minutes from the ranch, while Denver is about 45 minutes away. The Denver International Airport is 60 miles away or a drive of just over an hour via Interstate I-70.
The Front Ranch of the Rocky Mountains, which stretches from Boulder to Pueblo, offers endless opportunities for outdoor recreation and sophisticated entertainment, amid some of the most beautiful scenery in the western United States. The Denver Mountain Parks and the Jefferson County Open Space park systems provide thousands of acres of hiking, biking, horseback riding and cross-country skiing trails, and lakes, rivers and fishing streams. Bergen Park, Corwina Park, Dedisse Park, Dillon Park, Fillius Park, O’Fallon Park, Pence Park. Alderfer and Three Sisters, Elk Meadow, Lair o’ the Bear and Mount Falcon are among the many parks within minutes of the ranch. Hiwan Golf Club, a private country club east of Bergen Park, features an 18-hole golf course with challenging greens and fairways lined with ponderosa pines. The Mount Evans State Wildlife Area and the 723,744-acre Arapaho National Forest are short drives from the ranch.
Evergreen, with its mix of boutiques and shops, restaurants and pubs and local businesses, thrums with activity all year. Evergreen Lake, which was created in 1927 with the damming of Bear Creek above the town, is popular in summer for fishing and picnicking and in winter when skaters skim across its frozen surface. Mount Evans, named for Colorado Gov. John Evans, rises 14,265 feet above sea level, and is the second highest of Colorado’s 54 “Fourteeners,” visible for more than 100 miles to the east.
Nestled in a small valley, Corral Creek Ranch encompasses 290.5 ± deeded acres almost evenly divided between open meadow and hillsides forested with pine, spruce and aspen trees. Most of the land faces south, protected on the north by mountainous terrain. A gentleman’s ranch, the property has been used primarily for recreation but is suitable for horses. One recent family member grazed longhorn cattle in the meadow, as a hobby. Deer and smaller game abound in the forests. Corral Creek runs for a quarter of a mile through the property, giving the owner access to both banks. The ranch is surrounded by private land, most of which are protected from future development. On the east and north Corral Creek Ranch is bordered by the Elbert Austin Ranch and the Upper Tract of the Margaret E. Davis Trust Conservation Easement and on the south by the Vance Creek Ranch.
290.5± deeded acres
The large, two-story family lodge, with architecture reminiscent of a French chateau, is the centerpiece of the ranch and a testament to the craftsmanship of a bygone era. Protected from northern winds by a large stone outcropping, the house is built of stone and wood with a solid, stacked-stone foundation and major stonework around the front door, side porches and chimney wall. John Evans Sr. used materials from the property to build the house – digging out granite boulders and cutting pine trees to mill the exterior siding and interior paneling and hew the beams. Built to last, the home has been updated in recent years with a new concrete tile roof, heated gutters and a gourmet kitchen with granite counters, custom cabinetry and high-end appliances.
Designed to welcome family and friends, Aspenwood has 12 bedrooms, 9 bathrooms and 12 fireplaces, as well as many private spaces, such as the cozy, bookcase-lined library. Several of the bedrooms have adjacent baths and fireplaces. The servants’ quarters once occupied a wing of the second floor while the basement includes a dormitory-style room with built-in bunk beds for rambunctious young cousins. The thick pine doors, including the massive 12-foot-high front door, have the original cast-iron hardware and latches while most of the sconces and light fixtures are original, as well. The interior pine planks are hand-notched together on the walls and the floors.
Warm pine paneling surrounds the walls of the hexagonal entry hall, which is reminiscent of an 18th Century European hunting lodge with its beamed ceiling and stone floor.
The heart of the home is an expansive great room with a massive stone fireplace and a floor-to-ceiling window that frames a picture-perfect view of Mount Evans. As an Evans’ family retreat, fire crackled in the hearth year round and during holidays, there was always someone to play the grand piano. Family member Sean Moore recalls, “there was just nowhere else anyone would ever want to be for Christmas or Thanksgiving.”
The dining room, with French windows and a stone fireplace, easily accommodates a table for 12. During dinners that often lasted two or three hours, the Evans family would discuss politics, philosophy and current events in the glow of firelight from the hearth.
The modern kitchen is a chef’s dream, outfitted for entertaining and cozy family suppers. With its rich paneled walls, custom cabinetry, dark granite countertops and heated stone floors, the kitchen fits seamlessly with the old-world style of the lodge. As functional as it is beautiful, the kitchen features high-end appliances, a built-in desk and work station, a granite-topped food-prep center island, a breakfast bar and an eating area large enough to comfortably seat six.
In the true style of a summerhouse, Aspenwood has gracious and inviting porches and patios, including a beautiful covered stone porch with the original drinking fountain, which has two basins and spigots, one for people and the other for pets.
A 1,135-square-foot two-car garage behind the main house has adjacent workrooms with electric service and plumbing.
The 2,200-square-foot horse barn includes six stalls, a tack room, storage, and a hayloft.
This rustic log cabin was home to the construction workers who built Aspenwood. It became what was a much-loved clubhouse for generations of Evans’ children.
Sheds, utility buildings
Near the barn is an open utility shed with bays for vehicles and farm machinery. In the meadow there are several utility buildings, including a smaller barn, a shed and a paddock.
At an elevation that ranges between 8,000 and 9,000 feet above sea level, the ranch has a mild mountain climate, typical of the eastern slope of the Front Range. Clear Creek County experiences about 245 sunny days a year with July high temperatures reaching into the low 80s. Winter high temperatures average about 34 degrees. The county receives an average of 77 inches of snow and 15 inches of rainfall a year. Evergreen is slightly warmer with July highs reaching into the mid 80s and average January high temperatures in the low 40s. With low humidity and sunny days to moderate temperatures, it’s common to see locals walking through Evergreen in the winter in only their shirtsleeves.
The Corral Creek Ranch is located in Game Management Unit 39 of the Central Front Range district. Like much of the Central Front Range, GMU 39 includes major highways, residential areas, public parks and open space where hunting is prohibited. Most of the hunting in GMU 39 is on private land or public land at the higher elevations. Resident and migratory deer and elk herds occupy the area. Most of the migratory elk that winter at the lower and middle elevations are found on private land or in public open spaces where hunting is prohibited. In 2012, hunters harvested 187 deer and 161 elk from GMU 39.
In 1862, President Lincoln appointed John Evans (1814-1897) as the second provisional governor of the territory of Colorado. Evans, a noted physician, educator and the first president of the board of trustees of Northwestern University in Chicago, had become a close personal friend of Lincoln’s as one of the founders of the Illinois Republican Party. By the time Evans was appointed Colorado’s Territorial Governor, the noted physician had helped establish the first school for the deaf and the first insane asylum in Indiana, had helped found Mercy Hospital in Chicago and the Illinois Medical Society and had taken a forward-thinking position during the cholera epidemic of 1848-49 by promoting a national quarantine after studies showed that the disease spread along transportation corridors. In politics, he had served on the Chicago City Council and urged the emancipation of slaves. He also had built a personal fortune through investments in Chicago railroad lines.
With his appointment as Territorial Governor, Evans, who was born in the Ohio wilderness, moved to Denver, where he and his descendents would become among the city’s most influential and civic-minded residents over the course of the next century. In Denver, Gov. Evans and his friend, the Rev. John Chivington, a Methodist minister, founded the first college in the Colorado Territory, the Colorado Seminary, which later University of Denver. After his tenure as governor, Evans remained in Denver where he invested funds and energy into building Denver’s railroad industry, essentially ensuring the future of the city, and into developing the University of Denver from its humble beginnings as a theological school.
Evans and his descendants, aptly dubbed “Colorado’s first family,” in a 1959 LIFE magazine article, played major roles in the development of Denver, building and supporting banks, railroads, water resources and cultural institutions in and around Denver. The governor’s son, William Gray Evans, led the effort to dig the Moffat Tunnel; his grandson, John Evans Sr. was a leader in the banking, railroad and real estate industries and a force behind the development of Winter Park. A granddaughter, Anne Evans, revived Central City with a summer festival and was a major patron of the Denver Art Museum, among other things. The University of Denver, the Denver Museum of Nature and Science, Union Terminal and Evans Chapel, are just a few of the local institutions that owe a debt to the Evans family.
Mount Rosa, also known as Mount Rosalie and the subject of Albert Bierstadt’s iconic painting, “A Storm in the Rocky Mountains, Mt. Rosalie,” was renamed Mount Evans in honor of the former governor. Evanston, Ill., and Evans, Colorado, also bear his name. (Mount Elbert, another Colorado Fourteener, is named for Evan’s son-in-law, Samuel Hitt Elbert, who was the sixth Governor of the Colorado Territory.)
About 1885, Gov. Evans began acquiring land along in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains just west of Evergreen. Eventually, he would amass 3,000 acres for what became known as the Evans Ranch.
John Evans Sr. began the long process of turning the Evans Ranch into a beloved—and closely held—Evans family retreat. From 1919 to 1922, Evans Sr., and his wife, Gladys Cheesman, the daughter of Walter Scott Cheesman, another prominent early Denver civic leader, supervised the construction of Aspenwood, a gracious 9,940-square-foot chateau-style family “lodge.” According to family lore, Evans Sr., designed the home himself after local architects failed to produce plans he liked.
Almost all of the materials used to build Aspenwood came from the property, from the hand-hewn pine beams and polished pine floors to the hand-cut granite stone. Just as John Evans Sr. dreamed, Aspenwood became a favorite gathering place for holidays and family celebrations.
“When you came to the ranch, there was this sense of tradition and the importance of family,” says his great-grandson, John Evans “Sean” Moore. “This was where we were taught about how we were to take care of not just ourselves but the community we live in.”
As the property passed down through the generations, the Evans Ranch was divided into parcels, with most of the land going into trusts with conservation easements. The land now known as the Corral Creek Ranch remained outside the conservation easement. The late W. Scott Moore, a Denver real estate developer, entrepreneur and civic leader, converted Aspenwood into a year-round residence where he entertained family, friends and dignitaries, including former Denver Mayor Wellington Webb.
Says Sean Moore, “My Dad preserved the place in honor of what everyone had done before him.”
Annual property taxes are estimated at $2,047.
Corral Creek Ranch owns and will convey to the Buyer a 1/4 interest in the Kuhlborne Pipeline System, which allocates 1/4 of the water from the adjudicated water right No. 14515 for .09 C.F.S. from Metz Creek, dated June 1, 1968. Additionally, there is an implied right to use a portion of the Lower Squaw Ditch identified by Case No. W-392 and W-3046 by mutual agreement with the Evans Ranch as outlined in an Affidavit of John Evans, Jr., 1986.
Any and all mineral rights owned by the Seller will be transferred to Buyer at closing.
The Mile-High City is often described as world class and for good reason. The capitol of Colorado supports a vibrant and diversified economy with abundant educational, recreational, shopping, dining and cultural opportunities. Institutions of higher learning include the University of Denver, Johnson & Wales University, Regis University, and three state schools that on the Auraria Campus—Metropolitan State University of Denver, the University of Colorado Denver and the Community College of Denver. The city is home to numerous museums and cultural institutions, including the Denver Art Museum with its titanium-clad wing designed by architect Daniel Libeskind, the Denver Museum of Nature and Science and the Denver Zoo. Its performing arts center is the second largest in the nation after the Lincoln Center.
Evergreen is both charming mountain town and vibrant commercial hub for the residents of Jefferson and Clear Creek Counties. With a year-round population of 9,022 people, Evergreen sits at an elevation of 7,220 feet above sea level. Because the town is unincorporated, services are provided by a variety of county agencies. Evergreen’s main commerce district features a variety of eclectic shops, local businesses and restaurants.
Red Rocks Park and Amphitheatre
The geologically created Red Rocks Amphitheatre is a favorite outdoor venue for concertgoers and a draw for major entertainers. The surrounding park includes hiking and biking trails, as well as a trading post with a gift shop and restaurants. The park and amphitheatre are located near Morrison, about 15 miles west of Denver.
Arapaho National Forest
The Arapaho National Forest spreads across 723,744 acres or more than 1,130 square miles, primarily in Grand and Clear Creek Counties, and includes six officially designated wilderness areas, including Mount Evans Wilderness and Never Summer Wilderness.
The highest paved road in North America leads almost to the top of Mount Evans, rising from 8,700 feet above sea level at Idaho Springs to 14,420 feet at the summit. The mountain is a popular destination for hikers and climbers seeking to summit one of Colorado’s “Fourteeners.” A marked hiking trail parallels the roadway while another trail runs between Guanella Pass and nearby Mount Bierstadt.
Hiwan Golf Club
This private, member’s only, 18-hole golf club near Evergreen features challenging fairways with breathtaking mountain views. Architect Press Maxwell incorporated the natural mountain contours and preserved much of the thick growth of ponderosa pines to create a unique golfing experience.
The opportunities for skiing and winter sports are endless. Among the ski areas located less than two hours away from Corral Creek Ranch are the Loveland Ski Area, Breckenridge Ski Resort, Copper Mountain, Arapaho Basin and the Vail Ski Resort.
Facts at a Glance
Address: 101 Corral Creek Road, Evergreen, CO
County: Clear Creek
Nearest town: Evergreen, CO, 10.5 miles
Nearest city: Denver, CO, 35 miles
Property Taxes: $2,046.80, Clear Creek County, 2012
Acreage: 290.5 ± Acres
Terrain: Mix of open meadow and mountainous forests
Elevation: 8,000 - 9,000 feet above sea level
Conservation Easement: No
• Lodge: 9,940 square feet, 12 bedrooms, 9 baths, 12 fireplaces, newer concrete tile roof, gourmet kitchen
• Garage: 1,135 square feet, two car, adjacent workshops
• Horse Barn: 2,200 square feet, four stalls, hay loft, tack room, utility space
• Sheds/utility buildings: Various
• Denver International Airport. Denver County. Commercial aviation with domestic and international flights via major carriers. 60 miles at a driving time of about 1 hour 20 minutes via Interstate 70.
• Centennial Airport: Englewood, CO. General aviation, open to the public, control tower, about 50 miles at driving time of about 1 hour 15 minutes, via Interstate 25.
In an area that has been highly developed, a gentleman’s ranch of this size, offering privacy and seclusion, located less than an hour from downtown Denver is a rarity. Equally rare is the opportunity to purchase a property that has been held by the same family since 1885. Whether one wishes to refurbish the historic main lodge or build a new home, the property affords both opportunities. Minutes from Evergreen, Corral Creek ranch features beautiful and expansive views in all directions, an abundance of Aspen and Pine trees centered around a vast open meadow offering that irreplaceable, one-of-a-kind Colorado mountain setting.
* Some of the outstanding photography was provided by Matthew Idler Photography. (Contact information is available upon request.)
- 10.5 miles west of Evergreen, CO
- 35 miles from downtown Denver
- Accessed via Upper Bear Creek Rd.
- 290.5± deeded acres
- Homesteaded by the Evans Family in 1885
- 9,940 sq. ft. historic lodge built in 1922
- 2,200 sq. ft. cow/horse barn
- 2-car garage
- Incredible views of Mount Evans
- 1/4 mile on both banks of Corral Creek
- Mixture of meadows, steep timbered mountainous terrain and tree covered foothills
- In close proximity to Mount Evans State Wildlife Area and Arapaho National Forest
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