The Saddleback Ranch is a true three-river legacy offering within 8 miles of Pagosa Springs, Colorado. At the heart of the historic Saddleback Ranch lies the confluence of two classic freestone tributaries and the head of the San Juan River one of the most revered trout streams in the American West. With a combined 1.9 ± miles of the West Fork of the San Juan, the East Fork of the San Juan, and the San Juan River, the Saddleback presents a rare and distinct opportunity to own a fly-fishing paradise. Contiguous to the exclusive Bootjack Ranch and San Juan National Forest, the Saddlebacks hidden waters are seldom fished and highly protected. Striking landscapes, privacy and unsurpassed angling define this beautiful 408 ± acre mountain valley property. Unencumbered by conservation easements, the Saddleback includes a 2.5 acre stocked lake, small creek and excellent adjudicated water rights. The amenities of Pagosa Springs are only 8 miles down the valley via Highway 160 and the Wolf Creek Ski Area is 15 miles to the north.
Just the Facts
408 ± deeded acres
8 miles from Pagosa Springs, CO and 15 miles to Wolf Creek Ski Area
Premier fishing property located in exclusive river valley
Both banks of the legendary San Juan River
Both banks West Fork of San Juan River
Both banks East Fork of San Juan River
Confluence of East and West Forks of San Juan River
3 bedroom, 3 bath main residence with finished garage
4 bedroom, 2 bath caretakers residence
2 bedroom, 1 bath guest cabin
Historic lodge and cabin
Horse barn, shop and outbuildings
Excellent adjudicated water rights and 94 ±acres irrigated meadow
2.5 acre stocked lake
Aspen, ponderosa and spruce forest
Protected by large neighboring ranches and adjacent to literally millions of acres of national forest lands
Unencumbered by conservation easements
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