About this Ranch
Located in Gunnison Highlands North, this property is perfect for hunters and outdoor enthusiasts alike as it borders Gunnison National Forest and offers miles and miles of trails to hike, fish, horseback ride, 4x4, OHV/ATV, snowmobile, or cross-country ski. At just over 9,400 in elevation, you can enjoy those crisp, clear air, star-studded night skies, and sunny warm summer days amongst the wildflowers and pristine, picturesque surroundings.
The 40± acre property offers breathtaking views of Gunnison National Forest and the Fossil Ridge Wilderness, and an exquisite custom-built log home. The current owners built this custom 2,052± square foot handcrafted, full scribe log home in 2003. It features 12-24" Douglas Fir exterior logs, a large, covered porch that enters into the front foyer, and a beautiful half-log open staircase. This leads you into the open concept kitchen, dining area, and family room, and master bedroom on the main floor. Here you will find beautiful custom-built Douglas Fir cabinetry, trusses, and floors, and a wood-burning stove, giving it that mountain home feel. The large sunny deck off the dining area is perfect for soaking in those views. The top floor has a second bedroom with a private deck and a large additional room currently used as an office. This space could also be turned into a bunk room, second living area, or hobby room. It features vaulted ceilings with Douglas Fir trusses and impressive windows, offering great natural light and captures those magnificent views. The walkout basement is ready for finishing offering an additional 1,140 square feet, including roughed in plumbing for a second bathroom with shower/tub.
Although the home has seasonal access, the owners have lived there year-round for 13+ years. The winter access is by snowmobile, tracked vehicles, or other OHV's into Almont off of CR 742. During the non-snow months, you can access the property by automobile via CR 743 in Gunnison and Lost Canyon Road from Almont. If you don't feel like driving, there is also a potential location on the property for helicopter landing!
There are three additional buildings on this private, well-maintained property. If you have horses, you will love the 30x36 foot barn with power and an automatic waterer, plus a small corral on the outside of the barn. Plus, with the perimeter of the property completely fenced in with smooth wire and gates on each side, this property is perfect for horses. There is a 24x24 foot garage with 10-foot overhangs on two sides to park your vehicles under, and finally, the 18x20 foot greenhouse is perfect for growing those winter vegetables.
This energy-efficient, off-grid home has an expansive solar system that provides electricity, and there is a covered, self-contained backup propane generator for those cloudy, winter days. For water, there is a 425 ft deep well, which produces 20 GPM, a solar-powered well pump with a 1,400-gallon cistern, and a hydrant near the greenhouse which flows by gravity from the cistern. The house is kept warm by propane-powered in-floor radiant heat in the main floor and basement, plus there are low e=-windows and a wood stove. There are two leased 1,000-gallon buried propane tanks that run the refrigerator, freezer, stove, and on-demand water heater. Finally, there's room for your RV as the property comes equipped with RV dumping into the septic system, located down the hill.
Hunting on Gunnison Highlands North is nothing short of impeccable. The abundant game in Unit 55 has been a destination for Colorado Natives. Elk herds in Unit 55 are thriving with many trophy bulls hunted yearly and lots of hunting opportunities right out your back door since the property borders over 1 million acres of National Forest. Unit 55 is a draw unit for both deer and elk tags. Archery season can be drawn yearly for elk, and rifle seasons can be drawn from zero points up to 2 points depending on the year.
This incredible home has all you need and more. The views are outstanding, and the recreational opportunities are unparalleled. Situated between Gunnison and Crested Butte, you have the seclusion of being out in nature, and the convenience of nearby shopping, restaurants, grocery stores, and a hospital and regional airport. It can be the perfect hunting lodge, vacation home, or make it your full-time residence.
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