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Cottonwood Springs Ranch

Cottonwood Springs Ranch

Cottonwood Springs Ranch

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Cottonwood Springs Ranch

Durango, Colorado

An exquisite 525± acre equestrian estate within 30 minutes of the La Plata County Airport and Durango, one of southwestern Colorado’s most attractive destination and recreational mountain towns. Ideally located in a very private east to west valley on the banks of Texas Creek, the property is perfectly positioned to receive bountiful amounts of sunshine. The highlight of this property is a masterpiece of architecture, the New Mexico styled 5,700± sq. ft. primary residence is impeccable from top to bottom, luxurious and eminently practical. A manicured and mixed forest of Spruce, Aspen and Ponderosa Pine trees are interspersed throughout the property, as well as irrigated and sub-irrigated pasture land surrounding the improvements. Additional improvements include a  2,300± sq. ft. guest home,  and an authentic 1890’s homestead cabin. A complete breeding and training facility features a custom built 20,000± sq. ft. horse barn, 21 stalls and runs and an operating room with intensive care stalls. A 5,000± sq. ft. operations center (with manager's apartment), show arena, 50 total stalls, 13 loafing sheds, 120’ round pen, and seventeen separately fenced pastures with seven paddocks. Contiguous to BLM land and within a few minutes of the trail head entrance to the San Juan National Forest.

Co-listed with Shane Dawson of Elevation Real Estate Company, LLC


Durango, Colorado is considered by many to be the epicenter and recreational hub of southwestern Colorado. Cottonwood Springs Ranch is conveniently located twenty minutes northeast of this diverse mountain town and is easily accessible from year-round county maintained road 245. The property is within 25 minutes of La Plata County Airport, while Bayfield, a small agricultural community, is a short drive from the property. The ranch is 170 miles from Grand Junction, three hours from Santa Fe and a little over 300 miles from Colorado Springs and Denver.


Durango is one of the most picturesque resort destinations in Colorado, offering a delightful mountain charm, while providing big city conveniences with a variety of year-round recreational opportunities. Durango has many distinctive events including Music In the Mountains, regional wine festivals, Saturday farmer’s market, film and arts festivals, bike events, rodeos, and many community get-togethers. There are a variety of grocery, gift, and home improvement stores, cafes, coffee shops and fine dining choices. The school system is highly ranked and includes: K-12 schools, charter schools, private schools, and a four-year college. There are numerous fine art galleries, museums and cultural centers focused on the Southwest and Native American history.

In continuous operation for over 120 years, the Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad offers breathtaking day-trips on the historic steam-powered locomotive which winds through 46 miles of the San Juan National Forest to the old mining town of Silverton, a national landmark. Mercy Regional Medical Center is southwest Colorado’s largest hospital offering full emergency and acute-care amenities and represents over 35 medical specialties. Durango-La Plata County Airport has daily commercial air service to Denver, Phoenix and Dallas along with facilities for full service general aviation. Additionally, there is a private jet center that can accommodate any class of regional and long distance aircraft.

General Description: 

Perfectly situated in a private east-west valley, resting at an elevation of 7,500 ft., Cottonwood Springs Ranch’s improvements and newly constructed equestrian amenities complement the natural surroundings of irrigated lush meadows and manicured mixed forest. This luxury equestrian estate borders BLM land and is characterized by ponderosa, aspen and spruce woodlands, which serve as ideal habitat for herds of migrating elk, deer and a variety of wildlife on the property.


525± deeded acres.


Set above Texas Creek, the 5,700 sq. ft. northern New Mexico style estate was impeccably planned and constructed by some of the finest regional craftsmen.

The main home blends old and new elements with many modern features, showcases exotic art collected from around the world and was carefully handcrafted with touches such as hand-troweled walls, cathedral ceilings, reclaimed antique wood beams, hardwood & slate floors with in-floor radiant heat, custom wrought ironwork details, masonry privacy walls and immaculate flagstone patios. The property boasts a 2,200 sq. ft. guesthouse, a foreman’s house, an original 1890s homesteader’s cabin, as well as high-tech horse facilities complete with a custom-built 20,000 sq. ft. barn, ranch office complex, show arena, 120’ cutting round pen, cattle facilities, over fifty stalls, seventeen pastures, paddocks, 7 ponds and 1 mile of Texas Creek.

Main Residence
Designed by Michael Bell and built by Tom Gorton, this 5,700 sq. ft. northern New Mexico style residence was completed in 2003. The interior was crafted by select tradesmen from Colorado and New Mexico and contains superlative detailing throughout. Some touches include exterior finishes and interior hand-troweled walls by Compadre Construction of Santa Fe, custom, artistic ironwork detail by Rod Pickett, high ceilings with reclaimed wood beams, imported antique Spanish doors, hand carved wood architectural columns by Spanish Pueblo Doors of Santa Fe, stone walls, impeccable flagstone walkways and patios by Dave Manley, top-grade Pella windows with custom Conrad window treatments, and Lotus slate and hardwood floors with in-floor radiant heating. The main residence features a key-pad and phone activated entry/security system, a custom built 7 ft. iron and masonry high-game fence around the backyard, a 1,000 gallon propane tank, a ducted humidification system, zoned radiant heating system, water treatment system and is complete with exterior landscape walkway, stairway lighting and heating leading to the covered front porch.

The exterior of the main residence has hand-troweled detailing, giving it an old-world look achieved by a five-step elastomeric finish which is lifetime maintenance free. In addition, the residence has a 29-gauge Fabrele steel roof.

Carefully manicured flagstone walkways and patios surround the home and accent the property’s driveway. The residence has an east-facing outdoor patio with a Roma-style wood burning pizza oven, outdoor fireplace and a built-in grill, and antique French fountain on the south side, all which provide a comfortable ambiance for outdoor relaxation and entertaining. 

Colorful perennial gardens and carefully selected shrubs and trees were strategically planted around the home and have automatic sprinklers and drip irrigation systems in place. In addition, there is an apple, pear and plum orchard with an antique gate from Santa Fe close to the outdoor patio/entertainment area.

The entry hall showcases hand-carved latillas and antique beams in the ceiling with architectural niches and a fieldstone fireplace. There are 17th century antique columns in the hall and the library, as well as at the door leading into the utility room, and on the cabinet of the wine cellar.

The entry hall leads to the French-designed gourmet kitchen by William Ohs. The kitchen features custom cabinetry, a 700-bottle wine room made from vintage Napa Valley redwood, a white wine closet, granite and marble counter tops from Captain Marble of Santa Fe along with custom hardware and lighting fixtures. Top of the line appliances include two Subzero refrigerators with separate refrigerator drawers, a Viking range and Bosch dishwasher.

The circular dining room, with recessed lighting and large picture windows, lies adjacent to the kitchen and provides plenty of warm sunlight into the home, leading to French doors which open to a Pergola arbor and stone masonry-enclosed outdoor patio off the dining room.

Exceptionally well designed with precise attention to detail, the primary residence is truly world class. 

Across the hall from the dining room, the library/media room contains custom shelving, coffered ceilings and dental molding by master furniture maker, Eric Enriques, as well as a custom surround-sound home theater system with state of the art electronics and a stereo system wired throughout the house. 

Located in the center of the home, the great room is characterized by antique wood trusses and tongue-and-groove ceiling and balcony.  A hand-crafted fireplace in the center of the great room is finished in Texas limestone and the room features insulated picture windows providing spectacular views in all directions.  

Additionally, the main residence consists of two large master bedroom suites - one with an attached office - each with built-in chest of drawers, walk-in closets, custom media cabinets, wood-beamed ceilings and French doors leading to outdoor patios.  The master suite bathroom has a walk-in steam shower and stand-alone soaking tub.  The office includes custom cabinets and desk and antique library doors. The residence also has an oversized utility/mud room equipped with a pet shower that is connected by a covered walkway to a detached two-car garage with an attached gardening shed, built-in cabinets, heated driveway and a 20 kw automatic back-up generator.  Above the garage, with its own private entrance, is an additional large finished room which is currently used as the fully equipped state of the art gym/exercise room, but could easily be converted for use as another bedroom.  A Cisco IP digital wireless phone system is wired throughout the main residence as well as the guest home, ranch manager’s home, main barn and breeding barn.

Guest Home
Across the creek from the main residence is a three bedroom, two bath 2,200 sq. ft. guest home which was renovated in 2002. It has a western “Bunk House” style look and feel and features tongue-and-groove paneling, hardwood floors, fireplace, kitchen, great room, sunroom, outdoor fireplace and flagstone patio. The guest home has a forced-air heating system, key-pad entry system, water filtration system and a 500-gallon propane tank.

Homestead Cabin
An original 1890s homesteader’s cabin with a cozy fireplace was restored and is used as a summer house.

Ranch Operations Center
Cottonwood Springs Ranch’s equestrian facilities and ranch operations are managed out of two primary buildings located at the entry of the property: the Ranch Operations Center building and the Main Barn. The exterior of the Ranch Operations Center was designed to complement the exterior of the main residence with hand-troweled stucco walls, stone and wood beam accents and custom entry doors. Built in 2009 with approximately 5,000 sq. ft., the Ranch Operations Center has carved teak wood beams with latillas constructed from reclaimed ranch fencing, travertine and slate flooring, trophy cases and museum-quality lighting. There are two offices within this center; one with a full-sized salt-water aquarium. There is an employee shower and bath/dressing room, laundry room, employee breakroom complete with refrigerator, dishwasher, and storage room.

In addition, the Ranch Operations Center includes a ranch manager’s quarters with commercial grade gourmet kitchen with Viking stove, bedroom, living room, and bathroom - all accented with granite counter tops, slate floors, custom built-in shelving and a well-thought-out viewing room the looks directly into the Main Barn.

The Ranch Operations Center has a full stereo system with surround sound, two heating systems, its own septic system and shares a well with the Main Barn.

The Ranch Operations Center is equipped with an equestrian emergency room.

Main Barn
Built just a few years ago, the Main Barn is 20,000 sq. ft. and is adjacent to the Ranch Operations Center so that it can be easily operated by the ranch manager and the employees. It is wired for cameras and surround system throughout. It consists of 21 lighted stalls with covered steel fenced runs - each with stall mats and swing-out feeders, 7 heated foaling stalls, hay storage, heated tack room, plumbed breakroom and storage room, and records storage room with built-in shelves.

The Main Barn’s raceway has concrete flooring and custom lighting with high-intensity halogen vapor lighting. This is accented with additional antique lights reclaimed from a park in Paris, France. There is room to expand the Main Barn to include 8 additional stalls. The Main Barn has its own septic system and shares a well with the ranch.

Being one of the finest mutli-use equestrian properties in the American West, this turnkey equestrian facility and operation is a rare opportunity for the serious rider or breeder alike.  First class improvements, protected resources and exceptional scenery make Cottonwood Springs Ranch a south western Colorado masterpiece. 

Colt Barn
The Colt Barn is a 1,792 sq. ft. custom barn built in 2007. This barn includes three Classic Equine equipment stalls, with three covered open runs, concrete flooring with an outdoor wash station, heated Nelson waterers and a turn-around area for horse trailers or semi-trucks. There is a heated equine care area with a sink, storage room, feed room and tack room.

Filly Barn
The Filly Barn, built in 2008, consists of eight stalls with covered 30’ turn-outs for winter protection. It has overhead lighting with timers, six-rail steel fenced pastures for weanlings and heated Nelson and Hoskins waterers.

Foaling Barn and Lab
The Foaling Barn and Lab is a Morton Barn structure with upgraded wood paneling, five heated stalls and three covered open runs. It is fully equipped with stainless steel counters, built-in incubator, infrared internet camera system with video monitor in the office, custom designed mare and foal stocks, heated washing unit, a tack room, hay storage and it is lighted with automatic timers.

Historic Barn
The Historic Barn was an original “old barn” on the property that consists of four additional stalls plus room for storage.

McCoy Barn
Similar to the Historic Barn, this was an original “old barn” on the property that consists of three additional stalls plus room for storage.

Mare Motel
The Mare Motel includes six stalls with an oversized feed and storage room, steel outdoor runs, heated Nelson waterers and overhead lighting with timers. There is additional room to add a round pen.

Additional Equestrian Facilities
There is a 160’ x 80’ outdoor arena with four-rail steel fencing, sand/dirt footing and electricity nearby, and a 60’ six-bay electric Equi-Line Equi-ciser.

Machinery/Equipment Building
The 75’ x 45’ steel building has 5 bays (3 with drive-through), 14’ overhead electric roll-up doors, high intensity halogen lights, a separate 12’ x 45’ shop area with compressed air and a 35’ x 45’ hay storage building which will hold approximately 4,500 bales.


Enjoying an ideal four-season climate, plentiful sunshine, moderate year-round temperatures and mild overall weather patterns, Durango sits at an elevation of 6,512 feet. Spring and summer bring warmer weather and monsoon rains that help produce an average annual precipitation of 19 inches.  Summer temperatures seldom climb above the high 80s. Winters are usually mild and sunny with temperatures staying between 30 and 50 degrees and snowfall accumulations averages around 71” annually. Average winter temperature is 29.8 degrees while the average annual summer temperature is 63 degrees. 

General Operations: 

Cottonwood Springs Ranch is a masterpiece equestrian estate and horse breeding facility, with approximately three miles of interior roads providing easy access to all of the pastures, barns, homes and machinery/equipment buildings. Power and water has been brought to all of the pastures and work areas and follows along the property’s interior roads. Strategically placed transformers throughout the ranch have transfer switches to enable hook-ups to generators.

There is a lighted cattle processing area complete with loading ramp, branding chutes, cattle sweep, alley & squeeze chute and holding pens. The property features a Classic Equine 120’ cutting pen constructed with steel tube and tropical hardwood panels. A five-bay garage has over-sized metal roll-up doors to allow for easy parking and storage of oversized trucks, semi-trailers or livestock trailers. There are 13 loafing/shade barns with most having extra room for equipment and hay storage, as well as extra runs with heated Nelson waterers. All of the pastures have heated Hoskins water units. The pastures are capable of producing 6,000-7,000 bales of hay per cutting. The hay has been analyzed from all pastures to ensure proper weed control and seeding for optimal equine nutrition, and is capable of receiving a weed-free certification.

Traditionally used for livestock, equine use and hay production, the property is fenced into 17 pastures, all of which have been renovated and reseeded with brome, orchard and crested wheatgrass. There are approximately 250 acres of sub-irrigated pasture and all of the pastures have access to electricity and are equipped with heated Hoskins water units.  The ranch is fenced primarily with steel pipe accented with cedar posts in order to maintain its classic old ranch aesthetic, with double protection by a hot wire on the inside.  All pastures are surrounded by ponderosa, aspen and blue spruce trees, with large cottonwood trees winding along Texas Creek.

Wildlife Resources: 

The Durango region of southwestern Colorado presents an assortment of extreme and diverse environments for many different species of animals. Seven of the eight ecosystems in Colorado can be found here in this area. Cottonwood Springs Ranch is located in Colorado’s Game Management Unit 75 and situated in a migratory corridor for elk and mule deer that traverse through the property enroute to feeding grounds and access to vast amounts of public land. Other species of big game animals include bighorn sheep, mountain goat, pronghorn, moose, elk, and mule deer. 

Recreational Considerations: 

Cottonwood Springs Ranch sits twenty minutes northeast of Durango bordering BLM land, with the trailhead to the 2.5 million acre San Juan National Forest only a few miles away. Summertime recreational activities are abundant and include access to hundreds of thousands of acres of hiking, biking, cycling, and riding trails. World class mountain biking, rock climbing and sight seeing to areas like Mesa Verde National Park and Canyon of the Ancients are some of the many activities readily available. Some of Colorado’s most well-stocked reservoirs and lakes, including Valliceto and Lemon Reservoir are within a short drive of the property. Easily accessible local and regional rivers offer world class fly fishing, whitewater rafting and kayaking.

For winter time recreation, Durango Mountain Ski Resort is located 25 miles north of Durango offering 1,200 acres of high mountain terrain, averaging over 260 inches of snowfall providing excellent snow base for downhill and Nordic skiing, snowshoeing and snowmobiling. Additional winter activities include access to hundreds of miles of back country skiing and cross country skiing on Molas and Coal Bank passes. Guided snow cat trips, ice climbing, ice fishing, sleigh rides, and some of the best snowmobiling in the country are all found within a short distance of the ranch.


2015 taxes are $13,413.08.

Water Rights: 

Water rights used in conjunction with Cottonwood Springs Ranch are identified below. Copies of all associated water rights documentation are available upon request. 

Case No. 00 CW 48



C.F.S./Acre Ft.


Absolute Ponds

Marcee Pond

.125 c.f.s.

Irrigation of 10 acres

Absolute Ponds

Dan Pond

.125 c.f.s.

Irrigation of 5 acres

Absolute Ponds

Diane Pond

.125 c.f.s.

Irrigation of 10 acres

Conditional Ponds

Cindy Pond

.38 c.f.s.

Irrigation of 3 acres

Absolute Ponds

Sam Pond

.17 acre ft.

Irrigation of 4 acres

Absolute Ponds

Stockade Pond

.18 acre ft.

Irrigation of 10 acres

Absolute Ponds

Melissa Pond

.14 acre ft.

Irrigation of 4 acres

Case No. 98 CW 53



C.F.S./Acre Ft.


Conditional Ponds

Aspen Grove Pond

.70 acre ft.

Fish and Stock


West‐Stockage Diversion

.05 c.f.s

Irrigation of 1 acre

Case No. 98 CW 72



C.F.S./Acre Ft.



Polly Ditch

 .05 c.f.s.


Other permitted Wells


Permit Number

Domestic Exempt well


Exempt well


Exempt well


Exempt well


Exempt well


Exempt well


PRID Agreement - Applies to Case No. 00 CW 48
Up to 23 acre feet of storage water to replace depletions and evaporation. PRID contract is assignable.

Mineral Rights: 

All the Seller’s interests in surface and subsurface mineral rights will be included in the sale of the ranch.

Additional Information: 

Conservation Easement
The ranch is protected by a wildlife, scenic and agricultural conservation easement which is divided into four parcels, each parcel with a reserved home site. Additional information available upon request. 

Additional Resources:

City of Durango: 

Durango Chamber of Commerce:

Durango Mountain Resort:

San Juan National Forest:

Durango Outdoors:

The Durango Herald:

Fort Lewis College:

Golf Link:

Town of Bayfield:

Broker Comments: 

The Cottonwood Springs Ranch was meticulously designed and is currently maintained with no detail left unaccounted for. This property is a preeminent equestrian estate and presents an opportunity to acquire a significant landholding located in the heart of southwestern Colorado. 


Hall and Hall is acting as a Seller’s Agent and will cooperate with other agents acting as a Transaction Broker or Buyer Agent only. 

The Facts: 
  • 525± deeded acres
  • 20 minutes from Durango and a short drive to Bayfield, Colorado
  • Water Rights, irrigated and sub-irrigated meadows
  • Spruce, Aspen and Ponderosa Pine Trees
  • 3/4 mile of Texas Creek and 7 ponds
  • 100% Mineral right ownership
  • 5,700± sq. ft. main residence
  • 2,300± sq. ft. guest house
  • 20,000± sq. ft. equestrian barn featuring 21 stalls and runs
  • 5,000± sq. ft. operations center
  • Hay barn featuring 4,500 bale storage capacity
  • 1,792± sq. ft. Morton foaling barn with lab
  • 120’ round pen
  • 13 loafing sheds
  • 5-bay equipment shop
  • Adjacent to BLM land and trailhead access to 2.5 million acres of the San Juan National Forest
Additional Services: 

MANAGEMENT SERVICES – Hall and Hall’s Management Division has a very clear mission–to represent the owner and to ensure that his or her experience is a positive one. Services are customized to suit the owner’s needs. They often begin with the recruiting and hiring of a suitable ranch manager or caretaker and are followed by the development of a management or operating plan along with appropriate budgets. Ongoing services include bill paying, ranch oversight, and consulting services as needed. Even the most sophisticated and experienced ranch owners appreciate the value of a management firm representing them and providing advice on local area practices and costs. Wes Oja and Jerome Chvilicek at (406) 656-7500, Randy Clavel at (308) 534-9000 or Justin Bryan at (325) 260-5883 are available to describe and discuss these services in detail and welcome your call.

RESOURCE ENHANCEMENT SERVICES – Increasingly the value of a ranch is measured by the quality of each and every one of its resources. Coincidentally, the enhancement of a ranch’s resources also increases the pleasure that one derives from the ownership of a ranch. Our management services have included the assessment of everything from wildlife habitat to bird habitat to water resources and fisheries and the subsequent oversight of the process involved with the enhancement of these resources.Wes Oja, Jerome Chvilicek or Dan Bergstrom at (406) 656-7500 or Justin Bryan in our Abilene office at (325) 260-5883 are available to describe and discuss these services in detail and welcome your call.

AUCTIONS - Hall and Hall Auctions offer “Another Solution” to create liquidity for the owners of Investment-Quality Rural Real Estate.  Our auction team has experience in marketing farmland, ranchland, timberland and recreational properties throughout the nation.  Extreme attention to detail and complete transparency coupled with Hall and Hall’s “Rolodex” of more than 40,000 targeted owners and buyers of rural real estate help assure that there are multiple bidders at each auction. In addition, the unique Hall and Hall partnership model creates a teamwork approach that helps to assure that we realize true market value on auction day.  For more information on our auction services contact Scott Shuman at (800) 829-8747.

SPECIALIZED LENDING - Since 1946 Hall and Hall has created a legacy by efficiently providing capital to landowners.  In addition to traditional farm and ranch loans, we specialize in understanding the unique aspects of placing loans on ranches where value may be influenced by recreational features, location and improvements and repayment may come from outside sources. Our extensive experience and efficient processing allows us to quickly tell you whether we can provide the required financing.

Competitive Pricing  |  Flexible Terms  |  Efficient Processing
In-House Appraisals  |  Common Sense Underwriting
Dave Roddy • (406) 656-7500  |  Mike Hall or Judy Chirila • (303) 861-8282
Randy Clavel • (308) 534-9000  |  Monte Lyons • (806) 698-6882 
J.T. Holt • (806) 698-6884

In Colorado, Buyers should be aware that different real estate brokerage relationships are available which include seller agency, buyer agency or transaction-brokerage.



Definitions of Working Relationships:

Seller’s Agent:
A seller’s agent (or listing agent) works solely on behalf of the seller to promote the interests of the seller with the utmost good faith, loyalty and fidelity. The agent negotiates on behalf of and acts as an advocate for the seller. The seller’s agent must disclose to potential buyers all adverse material facts actually known by the seller’s agent about the property. A separate written listing agreement is required which sets forth the duties and obligations of the broker and the seller.

Buyer’s Agent:
A buyer’s agent works solely on behalf of the buyer to promote the interests of the buyer with the utmost good faith, loyalty and fidelity. The agent negotiates on behalf of and acts as an advocate for the buyer. The buyer’s agent must disclose to potential sellers all adverse material facts actually known by the buyer’s agent including the buyer’s financial ability to perform the terms of the transaction and if a residential property, whether the buyer intends to occupy the property. A separate written buyer agency agreement is required which sets forth the duties and obligations of the broker and the buyer.

A transaction-broker assists the buyer or seller or both throughout a real estate transaction by performing terms of any written or oral agreement, fully informing the parties, presenting all offers and assisting the parties with any contracts, including the closing of the transaction without being an agent or advocate for any of the parties. A transaction-broker must use reasonable skill and care in the performance of any oral or written agreement, and must make the same disclosures as agents about all adverse material facts actually known by the transaction-broker concerning a property or a buyer’s financial ability to perform the terms of a transaction and if a residential property, whether the buyer intends to occupy the property. No written agreement is required.

A customer is a party to a real estate transaction with whom the broker has no brokerage relationship because such party has not engaged or employed the broker, either as the party’s agent or as the party’s transaction-broker.

Please contact one of the Hall and Hall brokers for a complete discussion of potential working relationships for this property.  A written relationship disclosure will be provided to a prospective buyer prior to engaging in brokerage activities as defined by the Colorado Real Estate Commission. 

NOTICE: Offering is subject to errors, omissions, prior sale, change or withdrawal without notice, and approval of purchase by owner. Information regarding land classifications, acreages, carrying capacities, potential profits, etc., are intended only as general guidelines and have been provided by sources deemed reliable, but whose accuracy we cannot guarantee. Prospective buyers should verify all information to their satisfaction. Prospective buyers should also be aware that the photographs in this brochure may have been digitally enhanced.