Take in the big views of Marcellina Mountain from the spacious great room of the 7,785 square-foot River House on the Anthracite. Guests can stay in their own private comfort in the quaint Sheriff’s Cabin. Together you can all explore this 146-acre property located along the West Elk Loop Scenic Byway on Anthracite Creek, a pristine, private trout stream along the road to Crested Butte.
The River House is next-door to the Crystal Meadows Resort, also for sale, so this property is the perfect owner’s residence for the family managing that potential income-producing resort. Less than an hour to Crested Butte and Carbondale, ninety minutes to airports in Aspen, Grand Junction or Montrose. Surrounded by public lands for hunting, hiking, and horseback riding. Water rights included.
The main residence at the River House/Sheriff’s Cabin property is a 7,785 sq. ft. home built in 2000 that has 3 bedrooms and 4 baths and a large 1,736 sq. ft. 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. The property’s guest house, the Sheriff’s Cabin, is a 1,497 sq ft accessory dwelling with 1 bed/1 bath. Built in 1984 and upgraded in 2008.
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The River House 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. The River House 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 River House, 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 River House.
The River House possesses approximately 1,000 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.
The River House 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, in particular.
If operated in conjunction with the adjacent Crystal Meadows Resort and its existing horse set-up, the River House could be a nice equestrian property, especially since it contributes 143 more acres.
The River House/Sheriff’s Cabin property is currently run as a sporting family retreat, with guests often fishing the Anthracite, hunting and hiking in the area, and relaxing at the residences.
The River House property has one well for water for the residences and for maintaining the grounds. There is also a storage and water right diversion from the large pond by the main residence.