Listed for sale on January 2 by Kiley Flint of Crested Butte Sotheby’s International Realty, D-Bar Ranch is an upscale recreational retreat set deep within the scenic Ohio Creek Valley of the Colorado Rockies’ Western Slope. The ranch is one of only 15 homesites within a 4,900-acre protected conservation easement known as Eagle Ridge Ranch, the largest such conservation easement in Gunnison County.
An area of wildflower-filled meadows, cattle pastures and private ranches, Ohio Creek Valley is framed by the snow-covered peaks of the rugged and beautiful Gunnison National Forest. Oak Creek is considered one of the region’s best fly-fishing streams, with Eagle Ridge Ranch offering private access to over two miles of the river for its collective of owners. Other outdoor activities on offer here include mountain biking and hiking through some 2,600 acres of wilderness.
The D-Bar Ranch homestead offers Old West ambiance within a 7,100-square-foot residence that melds comfort with modernity. Designed by architect Daniel J. Murphy, and built by Crested Butte-based Holbrook and Smith General Contractors, the D-Bar Ranch’s aesthetic of stone and reclaimed timber blends mountain ranch style with modern simplicity.
Nearby Gunnison is a small mountain town that’s received accolades for its quality of life, access to outdoor recreation as well as its Main Street USA amenities and atmosphere. Gunnison’s July rodeo, Cattlemen’s Days, is the oldest rodeo in the United States (founded in 1900) and is considered one of the top Western events on the circuit. For added adventure as well as amenities and entertainment, the world-famous four-season resort of Crested Butte is a short 40-minute drive north of the ranch.
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