Pearl Ranch is that quintessential recreational mountain property that everyone is looking for, with a 3,900 square-foot, 3 bed/2 bath, log home and big views of dramatic peaks in the surrounding Raggeds Wilderness Area, terrific private trout fishing on-property in Anthracite Creek, irrigated pasture for horses, and surrounded by public land. The warm, classic alpine home has a huge wrap-around porch, massive stone fireplace, hardwood floors, and a new metal roof. This 110-acre property on two deeded parcels is located 45 minutes from Carbondale and Crested Butte, 90 minutes from Aspen, and 15 minutes from Paonia’s fruit & wine farm country. On the West Elk Loop Scenic Byway.
The main residence at Pearl Ranch is a 3,900 square foot home built in the 1980s that has 3 bedrooms and 2 baths and a large 2+ car garage. Its spacious great room has large windows that frame a magnificent mountain view. An attached deck wraps around a big portion of the residence, allowing visitors to sit outside to take in the panorama that is the West Elks. There are no other structures on property, however, if one were to add a barn/corral or guest home, Pearl Ranch lays out favorably for a horse property or family compound.
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Pearl Ranch is located in the heart of western Colorado’s magnificent high country, yet, at an elevation of 6,500’, 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 and Montrose, both less than 90 minute 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. Pearl Ranch sits at its doorstep.
In the other direction on the West Elk Scenic Loop are towns like Marble, Redstone, and Carbondale, all with great access to western Colorado high country. Redstone is home to the Redstone Inn, thirty minutes from Pearl Ranch, 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 Pearl.
Pearl Ranch possesses approximately 1,500 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 found just a 30 minute drive away.
The Pearl Ranch 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. The irrigated meadow at Pearl, in particular, is known to be home to large herds at various times of the year.
With its irrigated meadow and spaciousness, Pearl can be a quality horse property; it just needs a barn and corrals to complete the picture. Spectacular trails into national forest and wilderness area surround this area.
Pearl is currently run as a sporting family retreat, with guests often fishing the Anthracite, hunting and hiking in the area, and relaxing at the residence. The approximate 15-acre meadow is used as irrigated pasture, but hay can be grown there.
Pearl Ranch water consists of the following: 1) 1.29 c.f.s. of water out of the Frey Ditch, Priority H-4; and 2) State Engineer’s Office well permit no. 208380. There is a large, private pond on property. Of note, the Buyer will receive the irrigation water rights and the right to use and enjoy this pond for recreational purposes. The Seller is retaining water rights to the pond for augmentation use, as well as an access easement for pond operation and maintenance.