A Piece of Historic Colorado

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Last updated: 10/23/2016
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  • Minimum stay:3 nights
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:No
  • Wheel chair accessible:No

Property description

This beautifully restored 1880's Ranch House is located on 2 acres in the scenic Animas River Valley. Once a hay ranch, the property is lush with 100+ year old trees, ponds, and brooks. The 2000 square foot Ranch House is just one of several river rock structures on the property and neighbors the RiverStone Cottage, Carriage House, and Barn.

The three bedroom, two bathroom Ranch House includes hardwood floors, stone fireplaces, a sunroom, and fully equipped kitchen and laundry. The home sleeps six people, with two queen beds and two twin beds, and has three televisions, telephone, and internet service.

You won't want to be inside though with a large patio and fireplace just outside the back door. From the patio, enjoy a babbling brook which meanders through the property most of the year. A lounging area complete with fire-pit, water features, and a beverage center beckon from out behind the barn. View the wildlife that saunter through the property including deer, elk, wild turkey, ducks, geese, and the occasional bear. Whether you prefer gathering around a fire or snuggling inside with a book, serenity abounds.

Once you've had all the relaxation you can take, choose from among the many activities the surrounding area has to offer. Play a round of golf at Dalton Ranch just a few miles up the road, then recharge with drinks and dining at Dalton's clubhouse. Durango is just fifteen minutes from the Ranchhouse. Enjoy shopping downtown or, if you're a train enthusiast, hop the Durango-Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad train, which can be seen from the RiverStone Ranch property chugging along the mountain side on its way to Silverton. If you're staying with us in the summer, hike the many trails the area has to offer or raft the Animas River. If you're.a biking enthusiast; the Ranch House sits on the most popular biking loop in the Durango area. If you're staying with us in the winter, Purgatory Ski Resort is 15 miles north. On your way back to the Ranch House from a long day of skiing or snowboarding, stop by Trimble Hot Springs for a relaxing dip.

We know you will love our property as much as we do. We are on site in the Carriage House and Cottage and are happy to assist to ensure your stay is enjoyable. No pets or smoking is allowed on the property. The property may not be suitable for young children. Contact us to inquire further.

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Property Type

  • House
  • 2000 sq. ft.

Accommodation Type

  • Vacation Rental


  • Guests Provide Their Own Meals


  • Minimum Age Limit For Renters:

    Due to its many water features, the property is not suitable for young children. Inquire regarding appropriate age limits....moreless

  • Non Smoking Only:

    No smoking is permitted anywhere on the property, not even on the grounds....moreless

  • Pets Not Allowed:

    Sorry, no pets....moreless

  • Wheelchair Inaccessible

Bedrooms: 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6, Beds for 6

  • Bedroom 1: 1 queen


  • Bedroom 2: 1 queen


  • Bedroom 3: 2 twin/ single


  • The master suite is furnished with a queen bed and flat-screen t.v. The "burlap room" is furnished with a queen bed and has a view to the pond. The "twin room" is furnished with two twin beds and a flat-screen t.v. All bedrooms include walk-in closets, and are beautifully furnished and dressed with fine linens....moreless

Bathrooms: 2 Bathrooms

  • Bathroom 1: toilet, combination tub/shower


  • Bathroom 2: toilet, combination tub/shower


  • The master bedroom has its own bath attached. The bathroom shared by the "burlap" and "twin room" is vintage with a claw-foot tub....moreless


  • Books:

    A small collection of books available....moreless

  • DVD Player
  • Games:

    Board games and playing cards available....moreless

  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo:

    CD player/radio is available....moreless

  • Television
  • Video Library:

    A very small video library is available....moreless


  • Away From It All
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities

Leisure Activities

  • Wildlife Viewing

Location Type

  • Mountain View:

    Beautiful views to Engineer Mountain....moreless

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • Golf
  • Mountain Biking
  • Mountain Climbing
  • Rafting
  • Skiing
  • Snowboarding


  • Dining:

    The farmhouse dining table seats six and is situated in front of a beautiful stone fireplace....moreless

  • Dining Area
  • Seating for 6 people


  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace
  • Garage:

    A garage is available for up to three vehicles. We require that vehicles be housed in the garages adjacent to the Ranchhouse....moreless

  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine:

    Fully functional laundry room....moreless


  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen:

    Kitchen is fully functional with refrigerator, range, microwave, and dishwasher. It is outfitted with dishes, small appliances, and utensils for all your cooking needs....moreless

  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster


  • Deck / Patio:

    The large patio includes a stone fireplace and grill. It is furnished with outdoor dining furniture most of the year....moreless

  • Golf:

    Dalton Ranch Golf Club is just a few miles down the road....moreless

  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Ski & Snowboard:

    Purgatory Ski Resort is approximately 15 miles away....moreless



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Rental basis: Per property
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My Standard Rate
3 night min stay

Rates are based on 2 guests; add $40 per night, per additional guest

Additional information about rental rates


  • Cleaning Fee $120 + tax
  • Refundable Damage Deposit $500
  • Tax Rate 6.8%


Rates are based on two people. There is an additional fee of $25 for each additional person per night. No more than six people are permitted and no persons except for those expressly listed in the rental agreement are permitted. Owners / managers are on site. State sales tax license number 22846828-0000.

Owner's cancellation policy:

100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.

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Last updated: 10/23/2016
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28 Miles
Nearest Airport
Durango-La Plata County AIrport
4 Miles
Nearest Barpub
Swing at Dalton Ranch
4 Miles
Nearest Golf
Dalton Ranch Golf Club
12 Miles
Nearest Train
Durango-Silverton Narrow Gauge
5 Miles
Nearest Motorway
Highway 550
4 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
Swing at Dalton Ranch
15 Miles
Nearest Ski
Purgatory / Durango Mountain Resort

Car: Necessary

We are located in the beautiful Animas Valley between Durango and Purgatory Ski Resort on a premier biking loop. We are fifteen minutes from Durango and twenty minutes from Purgatory. The area offers activities including skiing, hiking, biking, rafting, and jeeping. In Durango, board the Durango-Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad Train, a coal fired, steam powered train which winds through the San Juan National Forest to Silverton, Colorado, revealing majestic mountain views experienced by miners, cowboys and settlers of the old west over a century ago. Visit Mesa Verde National Park, about 45 minutes from Durango, and tour the cliff dwellings and archaeological sites of ancestral Puebloans who inhabited the area in 13th century.


Owner info

Year Purchased: 1996

About the owner: John Sobers is a retired Air Force veteran and classic car enthusiast. He bought the property in 1996 and has been improving it ever since. In 2009, John's long-time renter of the cottage, DJ, bought a portion of the property. John and DJ now jointly manage RiverStone Ranch.

Why the Owner Chose Durango, CO, USA:
This property is truly one-of-a-kind. It is beautiful and serene.

The Unique Benefits at this House:
The unique benefits associated with this property are its beauty and its central location to the many activities that draw visitors to the Durango area.

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Speaks: english



  • The Ranch House

    The Ranch House

  • Ranch House Patio Fireplace

    Ranch House Patio Fireplace

  • Cottage and Ranch House

    Cottage and Ranch House

  • To the Fire Pit

    To the Fire Pit

  • To the Fire Pit / Lounging Area

    To the Fire Pit / Lounging Area

  • NE Views of the Property

    NE Views of the Property

  • Ranch House Sunroom

    Ranch House Sunroom

  • Ranch House Kitchen

    Ranch House Kitchen

  • Ranch House Dining

    Ranch House Dining

  • Ranch House Living Room

    Ranch House Living Room

  • Ranch House Master Bath

    Ranch House Master Bath

  • Ranch House Vintage Bath

    Ranch House Vintage Bath

  • Ranch House Patio

    Ranch House Patio

  • Ranchhouse Patio

    Ranchhouse Patio

  • The Brooke

    The Brooke

  • To the Fire Pit/Lounging Area

    To the Fire Pit/Lounging Area

  • The Fire Pit

    The Fire Pit

  • East View of Barn / Pond

    East View of Barn / Pond

  • Ranch House Sunroom

    Ranch House Sunroom

  • Ranch House Dining Nook

    Ranch House Dining Nook

  • Ranch House Living/Dining

    Ranch House Living/Dining

  • Ranch House Master (Queen)

    Ranch House Master (Queen)

  • Ranch House Burlap Room (Queen)

    Ranch House Burlap Room (Queen)

  • Ranch House Twin Room

    Ranch House Twin Room

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This listing was first published here in 2015.

Date last modified - Wednesday, October 26, 2016

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