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A masterpiece of landscape, the pristine 105-acre property known as Three Waters Ranch is situated overlooking historic Hesperus, Colorado, just 15 minutes west of downtown Durango. This ready to build property enjoys exceptional 360 degree views of the snowcapped La Plata Mountains to the north, the Weminuche Wilderness to the east and the highlands of New Mexico to the south. The ranch has a private gated entrance, newly constructed concrete bridge and gravel road directly from Highway 140 over the La Plata River. The private road is the backdrop to lush open meadows, old-growth woodlands and a meandering one half mile of Hay Gulch Creek and ample La Plata River frontage. Seasonal cool, clear ponds are tucked away amongst clusters of Oak, Ponderosa Pine, Aspen and Cottonwoods. Wildlife abounds with resident elk, deer and turkey. An occasional bald or golden eagle can be seen soaring above the river looking for fish. Additional access is available at two private gated entries off of the maintained gravel Cross Creek Ranch road. Interior ranch roads provide year-round access to a variety of possible building sites. Underground electric and phone line access run through the property, and water wells in the area are plentiful. The owners have been diligent about improving the wildlife habitat to maximize its natural beauty and privacy. In 2006, approximately 75 acres of meadow land was replanted with native grasses and wildflowers. Additionally, several hundred Ponderosa and Aspen saplings were planted in 2008. A trailhead to over 2.5 million acres of San Juan National Forest is only a few miles away, while access to hundreds of acres of State of Colorado lands is within walking or riding distance. There is an agricultural lease on the property which allows it to keep an agricultural classification and property taxes low, averaging approximately $150 per year. Three Waters Ranch has something to offer everyone. Whether your passion lies in wildlife, exploring the history, fly fishing or equestrian adventures, Three Waters Ranch will exceed your private sanctuary expectations.
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