About the property
- House2000 sq. ft.
- Half Baths0
- Minimum Stay3 nights
Riverstone Ranch House Located In The Beautiful North Animas River Valley
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. Due to the many water features, the property may not be suitable for young children. Contact us to inquire further.
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- Response time:
- within a few days
- Calendar last updated:
- May 23, 2018
About John Sobers
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.
John Sobers purchased this House in 1996
Why John Sobers chose Durango
This property is truly one-of-a-kind. It is beautiful and serene.
What makes this House unique
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.
Sports & Adventure Activities
Check-in: 4:00 PM
Check-out: 10:00 AM
100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date. You must contact the owner directly to request cancellation.
Great property and nice people running it.
Had a great time I just wish the river was running higher and we could have fished on the property. John and dondi were great and offered help whenever we needed it.
Gorgeous and quaint property.
River Stone Ranch is a gorgeous remote property between Durango and Purgatory ski resort. The ranch house was built in the 1880's but everything has been updated in quaint Magnolia Living style decor. Every touch was well thought out from the extra toilitries in case you forgot to all our names written on a chalkboard in the kitchen welcoming us. The wood burning fireplace and fully equipped kitchen were amazing. We stayed over New Years and the cottage was decorated for Christmas which made the stay even more enjoyable. The owners John and Dondi are true gems. They were super friendly, courteous and helped us with building fires and even got some cold medicine for my son who started feeling a bit sick the first full day we were there. I can't say enough good things about the property and the owners, I highly recommend this property. We will definitely be back! Thank you for your hospitality John & Dondi!
Amazing piece of Heaven.
The week we stayed was more than we could have asked for. The grounds are beautiful, you need at least a few days to just enjoy them. The home is so comfortable, first class furnishings and decor, we wanted for nothing. The location is perfect, close enough to Durango, but out in the valley. The host were amazing, not intrusive, but always there when needed. The many fires in the outdoor fireplace were perfect, coffee every morning out by the fire will be missed greatly. We cannot wait to return.
River Stone Ranch is an absolute treasure!!
We stayed at River Stone Ranch from July 5-9th, 2017 and absolutely fell in love from the minute we arrived. Dondi was waiting for us when we arrived and showed us around. The house was so warm and inviting and looked like it could have been featured on HGTV!! The grounds are beautiful and peaceful with the sound of the stream right next to the cozy patio and fireplace. John was so thoughtful and started a fire for us every night. He also hosted a wine and cheese lunch and showed us the cars he has restored. He even let us drive his '57 T-Bird!! We were a little worried we had been a little loud one night, but Dondi and John both said they loved hearing us having a good time on the patio. Thank you for such a wonderful visit. We hope to see you again soon!
We truly enjoyed our vacation in this lovely home! The back yard with its babbling brook was so beautiful and peaceful. The home was immaculately clean and beautifully decorated. There were even fresh flowers on the table and a basket with all the fixings for s'mores! Everything that one might possibly need was on hand. John and Dondi were very warm and welcoming, and were on hand if needed. They were very interesting and engaging, and willing to chat and show off their lovely place, but were not intrusive in any way if privacy is what you seek. All in all, a wonderful experience!
First class property, first class accommodations and most important, first class folks. John and Dondi pay attention to every last detail to make sure your stay is truly a memorable experience. It was the personable touch that made a lasting impression for our family and why we would not hesitate to come back again.
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.
Rates & Availability
Additional information about rental rates
Rates are based on two people. There is an additional fee of $50 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.