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True Grit West

$7,925,000 Telluride, CO 377± Deeded Acres

Executive Summary

True Grit West Ranch offers 377± acres of majestic views at the base of the San Juan Mountains in southwestern Colorado. The recreational opportunities of the area are boundless with the world-renowned ski town of Telluride less than a 30-minute drive away as well as commercial and private air travel in Montrose. The location is an outdoorsman’s dream and well-positioned in close proximity to designated wildlife preserves and national forests and parks with some of the best skiing, fishing, hiking, hunting, and natural retreats in the state. The log-cabin-style home makes for a sleek yet rustic lifestyle with its spacious wood and steel interior features and expansive wrap-around porch that showcases breathtaking views of the nearby peaks. With convenient access to State Highway 62 and the scenic Last Dollar Road winding around the property, True Grit West Ranch presents a chance to make the most of mountain living and be a part of the wild beauty of its colorful landscape.

Just the Facts

  • 377± deeded acres 
  • 2019 - 6,200 square foot log home - six bedrooms, five and a half bathrooms
  • 1,500 square foot guest cabin
  • 35 minutes from Telluride, Telluride Ski Resort, and Telluride Regional Airport
  • 35 minutes from Montrose, Montrose Regional Airport, and Atlantic Aviation FBO
  • 20 minutes from Ridgway and 30 minutes to Ouray
  • Access provided from Highway 550 and designated Scenic Byway - Last Dollar Road 
  • Exceptional views of the San Juan Mountain range
  • Elevation ranges from 9,000 to 9,200 feet
  • Rolling foothills and open meadows punctuated by pockets of aspen and spruce trees
  • 1.5± miles of Willow Creek 
  • Minutes from the Mount Sneffels Wilderness Area and Uncompahgre National Forest
  • Located in GMU 65 
  • Commonly seen wildlife include elk, mule deer, bear, coyote, and a variety of small game species. 


General Description

True Grit West Ranch is a secluded retreat, predominantly open with rolling native grasslands, expansive mountain meadows, and steep slopes. The ranch sits along one of the most scenic rural routes in Colorado, with the winding county byway of Last Dollar Road running along its eastern boundary. Access to the ranch is convenient from the north side by State High 62. Adjacent to the property are other picturesque ranches and BLM and state preserves such as the Mount Sneffels Wilderness Area within the Uncompahgre National Forest. 

The ranch is ideally situated among the rolling foothills of Hastings Mesa and covered with topographical transitions of robust native brush among colorful stands of Gambel oak, timber, aspen, and pine trees. About 1.5 miles of Willow Creek flows through the property, drawing an excellent variety of wildlife from elk and deer to coyotes and other small game native species. True Grit West’s exceptional landscape is geographically positioned to take advantage of some of the best panoramic views of Colorado’s famed San Juan Mountains. The property looks up from the base of the mountains toward intimate views of Mt. Sneffels, Whipple Mountain, Mears Peak, Dallas Peak and more while featuring the more distant Abajo and the La Sal mountain ranges in the background.

The stunning 6,200+ square foot Lewis Lodge offers unique mountain luxury from its steel and wood interiors and quality fixtures to its sprawling 1,000+ square foot open porch. The six-bedroom, recently-renovated, family home is nestled in a cluster of pine trees and built to capture the majestic view of the San Juan Mountains. A second structure, the 1,500± square foot True Grit Cabin, adds a rustic, two-story getaway and was also recently updated.

Broker's Comments

Located in a highly sought after area, just close enough and just far enough from Telluride, this property features some of the best mountain views in the entire country. True Grit West is easily accessible to commercial and private airports, world-class skiing, and unlimited outdoor recreation. Telluride, one of Colorado’s most legendary mountain ski towns, stands alone and speaks for itself, attracting people from every corner of the world. True Grit West is a “turn-key” gentleman’s ranch and is simply ready to move into. 

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Location

True Grit West is in San Miguel County, approximately two miles south of State Highway 62, which connects to State Highway 145 for a 30-minute drive southeast to the ski resort destination of Telluride. The location is ideal for scenic byway travel with the ranch’s northern boundary just below the high mountain pass of Dallas Divide and its eastern boundary running along the winding Last Dollar Road. About 1.5 miles of Willow Creek flows through the property, situated on Hastings Mesa, a massive plateau in the foothills of the San Juan Mountains, beneath the stunning view of Mt. Sneffels. 

Telluride, the nearby county seat, has a population of about 3,000 in addition to hosting a fluctuating number of tourists during the winter and summer seasons due to its world-class ski resort and famous music festivals. The Telluride Regional Airport is less than a 30-minute drive from the ranch while the neighboring town of Montrose offers the Montrose Regional Airport and Black Jet Center within an hour’s drive. The small town of Ridgway is conveniently less than 12 miles north for quick access to goods and groceries.

Locale

Not only does True Grit West Ranch neighbor the legendary ski-community of Telluride, but it is surrounded by quintessential “Old West” ranching communities that are rooted in agricultural life and values. San Miguel County is known not only for its thriving economy, but also for robust outdoor activities that celebrate its wide-open mesas and stunning mountains with skiing, hiking, fishing, and more. 

Area Attractions

Telluride

Just 30 minutes south of True Grit West is the destination town of Telluride, home to a population of around 3,000. It is renowned for its status as a winter playground with world-class ski resorts that include all kinds of winter sports from snowshoeing and winter fly fishing to sledding and ice skating. Sitting within an immense box canyon, the distinguished western town is only 8 blocks wide and 12 blocks long, surrounded by 14,000-foot peaks on each side. In 1964, the town was given the rare designation of a National Historic Landmark District by the United States Secretary of the Interior, preserving its traditional Victorian architecture and rich history. Its singular laid-back mountain charm is enriched with top-notch dining and lodging with Telluride Mountain Resort as well as unbeatable arts and culture programming. The spring and summer lineups attract some of the world’s best musicians, aficionados and filmmakers with events such as the Telluride Mountainfilm Festival, Bluegrass Festival, Jazz Festival, Wine Festival, Film Festival and more that draw visitors all year round.

Ridgway

The small community of Ridgway is less than 12 miles north with a population of around 1,000. Known as the “Gateway to the San Juan Mountains,” the iconic town was used as the setting to shoot the 1969 classic film “True Grit.” The town stays vibrant with tourism, boasting the best in outdoor activities with everything from hiking and fishing to river rafting and hot air ballooning. Just up the road from True Grit West, it offers robust arts, cultural, dining and shopping scenes while maintaining its small town charm. The picturesque Ridgway Reservoir is at the heart of Ridgway State Park, a local destination for boating, camping, fishing, and more. 

Last Dollar Road

Last Dollar Road runs along True Grit West’s eastern boundary, winding under the valley’s deep blue skies and jagged San Juan peaks. True Coloradans find their way to the remote country bypass for its bright yellow aspen trees in the fall and blankets of alpine wildflowers in the spring. The road’s twisting bends and expansive meadow views make it an adventure through some of the most iconic Colorado scenery in the state.

National Forests and Parks

True Grit West sits among the San Juan Mountains surrounded by the Uncompahgre National Forest, the San Juan National Forest, Gunnison National Forest and federally protected lands that feature Mt. Sneffels, Whipple Mountain, Mears Peak, Dallas Peak and more. The area’s natural playground teems with summer activities like hiking, rock climbing and camping and winter activities like skiing, snowshoeing, backcountry skiing and ice skating. Mount Sneffels Wilderness Area sits just south of the ranch and offers classic Colorado landscapes with steep cliffs and jagged peaks as well as brilliant fall foliage and mountain lakes. Bridal Veil Falls, located just east of Telluride, is the tallest free-falling falls in Colorado at 365 feet. There are many more attractions within 45 minutes of the ranch, including Ridgway State Park and Reservoir, the Ouray Hot Springs, Black Canyon, Box Canyon Falls and Vestal Basin.

Climate

True Grit West Ranch enjoys true mountain seasons marked by Colorado’s low humidity and more than 240 days of sunshine a year. The summers are pleasant and sunny, peaking in July with averages in the 80’s. The cold season brings a winter wonderland, peaking in January with temperatures averaging in the low 20’s with some extremes. The average annual snowfall in San Miguel County is around 118 inches, while the area receives approximately 21 inches of annual precipitation. The center of True Grit West sits at 9,000 feet, sloping up by about 100 feet to the north and south edges of the property.

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Acreage (Deeded & Leased)

The ranch consists of 377± acres of gently rolling grasslands and meadows punctuated by steep slopes upon Hastings Mesa in the foothills of the San Juan Mountains. 

Deeded Acres: 377±
Total Acres: 377±

Improvements

Improvements on the property have been well maintained and updated, with the main residence and cabin newly renovated in 2019.

Lewis Lodge

Lewis Lodge is a sleek log-cabin-style residence among a cluster of pine trees within a gently rolling meadow. Newly renovated in 2019, this three-story 6,200+ square foot home shines against the backdrop of snow-capped mountains. It offers six bedrooms, five and a half bathrooms, two living spaces, and a 540+ square foot attached garage. The massive 1,000+ square foot open porch with wood decking features an outdoor fireplace and breathtaking landscape views. The interior was designed with curated amenities from its hardwood floors to its exposed steel beams and wood shiplap ceilings. The kitchen showcases granite countertops and a gas range among its many quality fixtures. Every detail from the woodwork along the door and window frames to the exposed copper sprinkler system lends this family home its unique mountain charm.

True Grit Cabin

The traditional 1,500± square foot True Grit Cabin is a wood frame two-story structure. The cabin offers opportunities to retreat into nature with its simple country interior and welcoming front porch, basking in mountain views. Its pitched wood shake roof and wood siding were recently renovated in 2019. A rustic 1940s wood frame shed and barn stand nearby. 

Water Resources

Water resources include one and a half miles of wet weather creeks including Willow Creek, two earthen stock tanks, and a private water well and septic connected to Lewis Lodge. Any and all Seller owned water rights appurtenant to the property are included in the sale.

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Wildlife Resources

Located in GMU 65, True Grit West Ranch draws a variety of wildlife from elk and mule deer to coyotes and bears as it is in close proximity to national parks and designated wilderness areas and has about one and a half miles of Willow Creek flowing through the property. Small game native species typical for the San Juan Mountains include turkey, grouse, mourning dove, and various waterfowl species.

Recreational Considerations

The San Juan Mountains are known for their rugged and remote landscape, making the fall season in the Telluride area well-suited for turkey, elk, and deer hunters. The nearby Mount Sneffels Wilderness also allows big game hunting with applicable restrictions.

The Telluride area is prime for fly fishing with some of the best trout streams in the Rocky Mountains and a variety of lakes, ponds, and alpine creeks such as those that run through True Grit West Ranch. Fishermen gravitate to the nearby San Miguel River for brown and rainbow trout while boaters and kayakers enjoy the variety of whitewater classes for river trips.

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