High caliber improvements add an element to Elk Island Ranch that is often missing in the category of large-acreage Colorado mountain ranches. This extraordinary collection of custom buildings is impressive, distinctive, and timeless. Each one is well designed and executed utilizing the finest materials and craftsmanship, with nothing overlooked. Compound that with the luxury of year-round staff, and the result is an extraordinary mountain getaway for personalized enjoyment any day of the year. Of further significance is the fact that virtually all furnishings, décor, equipment, vehicles, and recreational gear are included with the sale.
At the stunning Lodge, rustic elegance is on full display. The 16,000± square foot masterpiece lives like a five-star resort, custom crafted with impeccable attention to detail. Featuring a modern execution of “Parkitecture” styling, the home incorporates natural log and stone materials and design elements reminiscent of historic National Park lodges. Greeted by a striking two-story timbered porte-cochère adorned with a dramatic spiral elk antler chandelier, guests immediately appreciate that this is no ordinary mountain home. Inside, the custom 5 bed/12 bath home is a work of art, designed around family gatherings and offering the highest level of comfort. A massive three-story log staircase anchors the center of the home, and soaring stone fireplaces frame a wall of windows overlooking the Colorado River valley and jagged mountain peaks. The home is equally well suited for a quiet weekend getaway, or for hosting family and friends.
Lodge highlights include: 5 spacious suites and 12 exquisite baths; elevator service to all levels; gourmet William Ohs kitchen with stone countertops, Viking appliances and attached catering kitchen; hand-scraped walnut flooring throughout; heated and cooled four-season porch; main level hand-carved black walnut bar; generous upper level master suite with his-and-her baths, steam shower, and walk-in closets; comfortable guest rooms, all en suite with walk-in closets; lower level walk-out family room and home theater with gas fireplace and custom bar; poker room and billiard area, exercise room, playroom, and two guest suites with stone patio access; incredible outdoor oasis areas featuring expansive wrap-around deck, hot tub, fireplace and fire pits; outdoor kid’s playhouse; and lushly landscaped grounds.
Nevada House Saloon
Designed for memorable entertaining, the adjacent Nevada House Saloon can accommodate gatherings of more than 100 guests. This well-appointed 10,500± square foot facility features a custom Wallace and Heinz bar, fully equipped catering kitchen, dance floor with entertainment stage, gaming tables, upper level camp-style sleeping, and a giant showroom for historic ranch vehicles and collection of trophy game mounts. Special touches like in-floor heating, men’s and women’s bathrooms with dual showers, a covered porch, and quintessential log frame construction add to the appeal. Connecting the Lodge and Nevada House Saloon is an outdoor courtyard with recirculating stream and stone footpath.
Nestled in the towering conifers at the crest of a scenic knoll, the tasteful Outpost Chalet serves as a base camp for year-round activities. Although ski-out access to the private slopes is the main attraction, the Chalet is also perfect for hunting expeditions or as the destination for horse rides. It comes replete with Douglas Fir rough sawn floors throughout, a sizable living area with wood-burning fireplace, granite kitchen with custom barn wood cabinetry, and king-size guest quarters with 3/4 bath. A generous loft sleeps four comfortably with two sets of bunk beds, while the four-season wrap-around porch invites guests to partake in the surrounding natural splendor.
A huge 14,400± square foot heated and insulated shop is used to store all the equipment and gear used on the ranch. The shop has five oversized garage doors, and concrete floors with wood shop, half bath, mechanical service area with hoist, and expansive vehicle, equipment, and toy storage. A framed and finished area features a convenient locker room, outfitting room, kitchen, break room, and 3/4 bath. Above that a fully carpeted, lighted, and heated loft with mechanical hoist adds versatility. Directly outside the Eagle Span steel building is a pad which can be transformed into a wintertime ice rink and nestled in the trees just beyond that is a giant paintball course.
The supporting infrastructure of the ranch is befitting of such an impeccable property. The primary roads on the ranch are all graveled, and are maintained with a large stockpile of material on-site. Power lines serving the ranch have all been buried and the junction boxes are kept out of sight in unique historical remnant structures. A back-up safety generator is in place, but is rarely used. A productive well and oversized water storage tanks ensure plentiful water supply, even when hosting guests. Additionally, connectivity on the ranch is better than most, with a commercial high-speed wireless internet tower located on-site, and cellular reception available nearly everywhere.
Elk Island Ranch is outfitted with a wide array of valuable personal property, along with an entire fleet of vehicles used to maintain and enjoy the property, and all of it is included in the offering price. These items include quality furnishings and décor in all the buildings, equipment including the plow truck, snowcats, tractor and skid steer, vehicles including trucks, UTVs, ATVs, dirt bikes and snowmobiles, and recreational gear such as hunting clothing, fishing rods, sleds and helmets. Other than a limited number of items such as family photos and personal game mounts, the ranch is being sold fully stocked and operational. A complete list of inclusions/exclusions will be provided at the appropriate time. Not only does the addition of these items contribute significant value to the offering, the fact that all the selecting, purchasing and set-up has already been done means the next owner can enjoy the ranch immediately.