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Crystal Meadows Resort

Somerset, Colorado (Gunnison County)
$1,950,000Sold
25 +/- Deeded Acres

Crystal Meadows Resort is an alpine destination property with a multitude of potential uses. Recently a private compound, but historically managed as a commercial resort, Crystal Meadows is set in a magnificent locale at the confluence of two mountain streams on the popular Kebler Pass Road to Crested Butte (part of the West Elk Loop Scenic Byway).

Featuring
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  • Potentially an income-producing property, with meeting facilities, cabins, RV sites
  • Nine buildings on site
  • Fishing stream frontage
  • Very nice private residence on-site
  • Surrounded by public lands, a gateway area to vast recreational activities
  • Proximity to Aspen, Crested Butte, Grand Junction/Montrose
Introduction
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Crystal Meadows Resort is a 25-acre alpine destination property with a multitude of potential uses. Recently a private compound, but historically managed as a commercial resort, with numerous cabins, RV hook-ups, a horse arena, water rights, and meeting facilities, Crystal Meadows is set in a magnificent locale at the confluence of two mountain streams on the popular Kebler Pass Road to Crested Butte (part of the West Elk Loop Scenic Byway). The sporting possibilities are endless at Crystal Meadows, where one can fish on-property in private Anthracite Creek, horseback ride in the resort’s own arena or hike or hunt on adjacent public lands. Nine buildings on site, a total of 12 beds and 15 baths. Next-door is the River House on the Anthracite, also for sale, which could potentially serve as the resort property’s principal residence, adding a lot more acreage, too (143 acres).

Lay of the Land
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Improvements

Several structures exist at this former income-producing, destination resort property. They include:

  • North Log: 3 beds/2 baths, 2,795 sq ft (1990)
  • Crew House: 3 beds/2 baths, 1,800 sq ft, with 1,358 sq ft garage (1987)
  • Wyatt’s: 1 bed/1 bath, 378 sq ft (1999)
  • #5: 1 bed/1 bath, 448 sq ft; (1958; upgraded 1970)
  • 1A, 1B: 2 beds/2 baths, 960 sq ft (1992)
  • Bates: 2 beds/2 baths; 936 sq ft (1992)
  • Wood Shop/Garage: 625 sq ft
  • Gym/Meeting Room: 4,000 sq ft
  • Office Building: 2,145 sq ft (1958; 1986)

Climate

Rainfall (in.)15.8
Snowfall (in.)48.4
Precipitation Days85
Sunny Days246
Avg. July High89
Avg. Jan. Low13.6

Locale

Crystal Meadows Resort is located in the heart of western Colorado’s magnificent high country, yet, at an elevation of 6,300’, is set in a comfortable four-season climate area with access to both the dramatic, snow-capped high country and the fertile, milder fruit and wine country. Crested Butte and Aspen are in easy proximity, as are the fruit orchards and wineries in the North Fork Valley around Paonia and Hotchkiss, less than 30 minutes away. The latter towns are small rural communities with a couple cafes and basic services, with Hotchkiss having the nearest grocery store. Big box retail is in Delta, a 45 minutes drive. Nearest commercial airports are in Grand Junction, Montrose, and Aspen, all approximately 90 minutes or less drives.

The quaint and funky mountain resort town of Crested Butte is less than one hour away over Kebler Pass. Kebler Pass closes in the winter months, however, the area then becomes a mountain playland with snowmobiling and cross-cross country skiing. This Gunnison National Forest and West Elk Wilderness Area is home to terrific hunting, fishing, and hiking, as it represents some of the most beautiful alpine country in the West. Crystal Meadows sits at its doorstep.

In the other direction on the West Elk Scenic Loop are towns like Marble, Redstone, Carbondale, and Aspen, all with great access to western Colorado high country. Redstone is home to the Redstone Inn, thirty minutes from Crystal Meadows, open year-round and with two good restaurants. Carbondale is an Aspen bedroom community with many top restaurants and cafes. Carbondale is approximately one hour from Crystal Meadows Resort.

Sporting Features
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Fishing

Crystal Meadows possesses approximately 1,400 feet of both sides of Anthracite Creek, a beautiful, smallish freestone stream that tumbles down from the Raggeds Wilderness. It is home to a fishery that is fun for all skill levels, with mostly rainbows and some browns, typically in the 8’’ to 16’’ range. At this elevation, fishing is active pretty much all year other than the spring runoff in May and June and the middle of winter around Jan-Feb. For experts looking for trophy trout, portions of the renowned Gunnison River can be just a 30 minute drive away.

Hunting

The area is a gateway to GMU Unit 53, mostly Gunnison National Forest and West Elk Wilderness, known for magnificent but challenging terrain harboring lots of elk and large mule deer.

Horses

Crystal Meadows Resort possesses an extensive horse set-up, with covered stalls with turnouts and an outdoor arena.

Ranch Attributes
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Operations

Crystal Meadows Resort was operated as a full-time commercial resort until approximately 2007. The Kebler Pass Road, a component in the West Elks Scenic Loop, is an active road for recreationists exploring the Colorado Rockies, so the resort was a well-known and prominent stop on this magnificent route. The property has been kept in good shape, so it can resume this use again for the right owner looking for an income-producing operation. Otherwise, with the many structures on property, Crystal Meadows could be a corporate or wellness retreat, or a sporting family compound.

Water

Crystal Meadows Resort has two wells that provide water for the cabins and for maintaining the grounds.

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