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River House Ranch

$14,750,000 Steamboat Springs, CO 137± Deeded Acres

Executive Summary

Magnificently inspired, River House is the perfect executive’s escape, ideally situated in a distinct and exclusive location. Encompassing 137.4± acres, an abundance of water resources includes frontage on both banks of the Elk River. The ranch is complemented by 55± acres of irrigated land, one aerated lake exceeding 100,000 square feet of surface area, and extensive landscaping - all of which accentuate the exquisite 7,575± square foot luxury home within a stone’s throw of river and lakes. The property is a masterwork in which each enhancement serves both purpose and aesthetics. Located just 17 miles north of Steamboat Springs and premier skiing, the River House Ranch is opportune for the discerning investor. Neighboring ranches are encumbered with conservation easements providing protection of the surrounding landscape in perpetuity.

Just the Facts

  • 137.4± deeded acres
  • 17 miles north of Steamboat, located directly off County Road 129
  • Less than 30 minutes from Mount Werner
  • 2,795± linear feet of both banks of the Elk River mainstem
  • 1,265± linear feet of shared river frontage
  • Rainbow, brown, and cutthroat trout; native whitefish
  • One stocked and aerated lake
  • 55± irrigated acres
  • 7,575± square foot custom home
  • Over a million dollars invested in landscaping
  • Paved road access from County Road 129 to the residence
  • 14 miles and just 20 minutes from Bob Adams Airport
  • Within 45 minutes of Yampa Valley Regional Airport

Broker's Comments

River House is a small acreage, easily managed executive’s paradise which offers end-of-the-road seclusion, gated entry, and the utmost privacy - all located within minutes of one the best small resort towns Colorado has to offer. Access to world-class skiing, diverse fishing opportunities, two jet-capable airports, exceptional dining, and millions of acres of public land is at one’s fingertips. A spectacular custom Colorado mountain home is the centerpiece of this property, nestled discreetly around the mainstem of the Elk River and two beautiful lakes, all in a magnificent setting enveloped by years of developed landscaping. This property has been meticulously thought out, well designed and managed for the next owner to simply move in. Open the windows at night and relax to the timeless sound of running water.  

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North of Steamboat Springs along the western Continental Divide, the Park Range of the Rocky Mountains slices through Routt County with peaks rising to 12,000 feet above sea level before gathering and rolling down into the Yampa River Valley. The Elk River runs from these mountains, along the Routt National Forest, past Round Mountain and through a quiet green valley as it makes its way to the Yampa. The River House lies here in this green valley along the Elk River, surrounded by some of the most beautiful land in all of Colorado.

Within minutes of more than a million acres of protected wilderness, The River House is both private and easy to reach. A paved road leads from the ranch to County Road 129, which runs north to the community of Clark and southeast to Steamboat Springs with its world-class ski resort, shops, restaurants and regional medical center. Two jet-capable commercial airports, Steamboat Springs/Bob Adams Field and the Yampa Valley Regional Airport in Hayden, are located less than 45 minutes from the ranch. Denver is 166 miles southeast of Steamboat, while Vail, another premier ski resort, is about two hours south.


The Park Range creates a climatic barrier that produces winter snows and delightfully mild summers. Temperatures range from an average high of 82 degrees in July, the warmest month, to an average high of 27 degrees in January, the coldest month. Steamboat Springs receives about 24 inches of precipitation annually, most of which falls in the form of snow, averaging 167 inches. Accumulated snow depth is generally greatest in February at about 28 inches. 

The sun shines more than 250 days a year, humidity is low and wind rarely blows—the classic combination for perfect Colorado weather.

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Acreage (Deeded & Leased)

Deeded Acres: 137±
Total Acres: 137±


The River House

The River House sits as if on an island, flanked by the Elk River and two small lakes. A winding, rock-lined drive leads past a pond and over a small stone bridge to this magnificent modern ranch house. Warm, welcoming and truly western, this owner’s home exists in perfect harmony with its surroundings, carefully situated to enjoy sunrises and sunsets, and the soft sound of water all around.  

Built of the highest quality materials with meticulous attention to detail, River House is both grand and inviting with its towering beamed ceilings, massive rock fireplaces, warm wood finishes and relaxed, open floor plan. The exterior is covered with 2.5-inch-thick Douglas fir planking, secured in place from the inside so no fasteners are visible, then chinked and gently corn-blasted to reveal the warm hues, straight grains and soft textures of this remarkably strong and durable wood. A gabled wood-shake shingle roof and stone accents complete the sophisticated mountain style.

With 7,575± livable square feet, River House invites family and friends to lounge before the handsome, stacked-stone fireplace in the great room, mingle in the beautifully appointed kitchen, or linger over drinks on the large, protected patio. Open sight-lines between the public rooms encourage conversation, while large windows bring the outdoors inside.

A first-floor office with built-in cabinets and workspace for three opens onto the patio. A mudroom off the garage with stone floor and ample storage leads to a laundry room, mechanical area, an additional pantry and a half bath. There is also access to a screened-in porch.

On the second floor are two bedrooms and two baths, a library with built-in bookcases, a studio that can be easily converted to a fourth bedroom, and a large game room. The game room, with pool table, wet bar and a custom entertainment center, opens onto three covered decks. 

The master suite is a spacious and private retreat with glorious views of the ranch and mountains. Sunlight floods through the walls of windows, brightening the room. By night, firelight from the gas-burning, stacked-stone fireplace creates a romantic glow. The master bedroom opens onto the patio—perfect to enjoy an early morning cup of coffee or an evening glass of wine. Off the master suite there is an office with marvelous views and space for two people to work comfortably. The master bath is a sybaritic delight with a large steam shower with multiple heads, a soaking tub with flagstone surround, marble countertops, his-and-hers vanities with sinks, and two toilets. 

Throughout River House, the trims and custom woodwork are crafted to perfection from solid western alder wood. The interior beams, most of which are structural and aesthetic, are, like the exterior planking, hewn from Douglas fir, corn-blasted and finished naturally in keeping with the exterior. The ceiling is tongue and groove. Hidden fasteners on all the wood trims are just one of the many touches of fine craftsmanship that make River House both exceedingly solid and beautiful. 

The entryway floors, including the grand foyer, are of stone while most of the first floor has old-growth oak floors. The second floor and master bedroom are carpeted. The master bathroom has a stone floor while other baths have tile or wood floors.

A state-of-the art, under-floor, liquid gel system augmented by inflow electric fans along the windows in the great room and master bedroom maintains even comfort throughout while heating efficiently. Almost every desire, need and convenience has been anticipated from the wine coolers tucked into custom cabinetry to the dog-wash station in the heated, three-car garage. 


The professionally landscaped grounds of River House are both stunningly beautiful and designed to enhance the contours of the land and water. Dozens of mature trees and shrubs were trucked into the ranch and positioned around the house and between the stream and pond for maximum impact. Berms and rock retaining walls add visual impact and direct water flow.

Water Resources

The legendary Elk River flows through River House affording 2,795± linear feet of both banks and 1,215± linear feet of frontage. A historical fishery abounding with long riffles and diverse fishable runs, this medium gradient, freestone river yields abundant rainbow, brown and cutthroat trout, as well as native mountain whitefish. Because the Elk flows primarily through private ranchland, it is not heavily fished, and the trout grow large, averaging 14 to 16 inches, with fish over 20 inches quite common. Throughout its varied seasonal flow, the Elk provides endless angling opportunities. 

River House, for a property of its size, benefits from significant water rights and irrigates approximately 55 acres of Timothy hay. All water rights used in conjunction with the property are adjudicated and appropriated. (Additional information is available upon request.) 

Water Rights

See Exhibit B - Water Rights

Mineral Rights

The Seller’s complete interest in surface and subsurface mineral rights will be included in the sale of the property. (Additional information is available upon request.) 

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