A robust, private bridge crossing Coal Creek and a playful, wood-columned ranch entry featuring two fisherman greet visitors to Snowshoe Ranch, named after nearby Snowshoe Creek. A long, curving, paved driveway through a verdant grass lawn leads to the residential compound that is circled by beautiful, seasonal gardens. The country-style residence is close enough to the flowing creek to hear its soothing sounds.
- Main residence: This 2,132 square-foot home contains 3 bedrooms and 2 baths. The residence was originally constructed in 1906 and remodeled in 1994. A large, beautiful porch allows folks to enjoy the scenic outdoors here.
- Detached garage/work area and guest apartment: 812 square feet with a large studio room/guest apartment on the second floor with half-bath.
- Rainfall (in): 15.8
- Snowfall (in): 48.4
- Precipitation Days: 85
- Sunny Days: 246
- Avg. July High: 89°
- Avg. Jan. Low: 13.6°
Snowshoe Ranch 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-minute 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 in the summer and fall (with the autumnal drive here often mentioned as one of the top ten in the state for leaf-peepers). Kebler Pass closes in the winter months, however, the area then becomes a mountain playland with snowmobiling and cross-cross country skiing. The Gunnison National Forest and West Elk and Raggeds Wilderness Areas are home to terrific hunting, fishing, and hiking, as it represents some of the most beautiful alpine country in the West. Snowshoe 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 Snowshoe 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 Snowshoe Ranch.