Merriman Ranch, Bayfield, CO
$3,200,000, 101.00 Acres
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Legacy Properties West Sotheby’s International Realty
In size, scale, and quality this ranch is a gem. Rarely does a property come on the market that fits so well for its purpose. Located in the Pine River valley, the 100 acres are meticulously groomed. Lush hayfields are supported by exceptional water rights to keep the two side-rolls, and pivot sprinklers running all season long on the certified weed-free hay meadows. The balance consists of treed acreage interspersed with meadows to provide exceptional grazing. With a floor plan that flows for easy living and entertaining, the 3,300 SF home has been completely remodeled with greatroom, dining (w/ entertainment bar), master suite, and library on the main level. Plus two guest suites on the upper level. An equestrian’s dream riding/roping arena complemented by a 9-stall barn, complete with caretaker’s residence and bunk room, plus there’s another breeding barn.
Many of the neighbors ride together and fish together, enjoying contiguous properties and neighborhood friends. There are hundreds of miles of riding trails in the National Forest and the Wimminuche wilderness located approximately 10 miles from the ranch. Bayfield, Colorado is situated in the eastern part of La Plata County in southwestern Colorado. It lies approximately 18 miles east of Durango and 50 miles west of Pagosa Springs on Highway 160. The San Juan Mountain range is located to the east and the La Plata Mountains loom to the west. For many, Bayfield serves as a bedroom community for Durango and offers convenient shopping and multiple recreational opportunities, including boating and fishing at Vallecito Lake, fly-fishing on the Los Pinos River, hiking, biking and other pursuits. Bayfield’s climate boasts moderate temperatures and low humidity. Durango is a town of rural mountain character and charm, yet has many big city conveniences including a new hospital, hotels, shopping, restaurants, golf courses and a four-year college. It is said that the number of restaurants per capita is the highest in the West. Located 6,512 ft. above sea level, Durango is one of the most varied and picturesque of all the Rocky Mountain towns. Enjoying over 300 days of sunshine each year, the comfortable summer temperatures reach the upper 80s, while the autumn days are clear, cool, and full of vibrant foliage colors. Crisp and sunny winter days feature abundant light powder snow. The La Plata County area that includes Durango and Bayfield has a population of 44,000. La Plata County Airport is 10 minutes from the estate and has daily commercial air service to Denver, Albuquerque and Phoenix, with seasonal service to Houston, and facilities for full service general aviation. The ranch is approximately 180 miles from Grand Junction, 200 miles from Albuquerque and around 285 miles from Denver and Colorado Springs. Durango is the home of Fort Lewis College, a 4 year Liberal Arts school with an enrollment of 4500 students. It is probably best known for the Business School, as well as its Archeology School.
Colorado is a U.S. state that encompasses most of the Southern Rocky Mountains as well as the northeastern portion of the Colorado Plateau and the western edge of the Great Plains. Colorado is part of the Western United States, the Mountain States, and the Southwestern United States.
The origins of Colorado’s name come from the Spanish language, when the Spanish first called the area “Colorado” because of its red colored earth. The translation of “red colored” was Colorado. In 1861, Jefferson Territorial officials decided that “Colorado” would be a fitting name for the territory. Colorado is nicknamed the “Centennial State” because it was admitted to the Union as the 38th state in 1876, the centennial year of the United States Declarion of Independence.
Colorado is bordered by Wyoming and Nebraska to the north, on the east by Nebraska and Kansas, on the south by Oklahoma and New Mexico, and on the west by Utah. The four states of Colorado, New Mexico, Arizona, and Utah meet at one common point known as the Four Corners. Colorado is one of only three U.S. states with no natural borders, the others being neighboring Wyoming and Utah.
Colorado is noted for its vivid landscape of mountains, plains, mesas, and canyons. The United States Census Bureau estimates that the state population was 5,024,748 on July 1, 2009, an increase of 16.82% since the U.S. Census 2000. Denver is the capital and the most populous city of Colorado. Residents of the state are properly known as “Coloradans”, although the archaic term “Coloradoan” is still used.
(Information obtained from www.wikipedia.org.)
Location & Directions:
The ranch is located just 5 minutes from Bayfield and 25 minutes east of Durango in the Pine River Valley. Access is east on US Highway 160, north on CR 502 to the intersection with CR 505, ¼ mile on left side of CR 505. Roads are paved except for the last 1/4-mile of county maintained gravel roads. CR 505 is a dead end road, and the properties along this road enjoy quiet privacy. The Pine River Valley is known for its beautiful ranches, and much of it is protected with conservation easements. The lushness of the valley and the nature of the topography make it a wildlife mecca.