Remarkable Ranch with Views of Snow-Capped Peaks

Remarkable Ranch with Views of Snow-Capped Peaks

Three Canyons Ranch is situated in the beautiful Cherry Creek Valley in SW Colorado, only 30 minutes from Durango, in La Plata County. The ranch features a stunning ranch home, 2 additional homes, large shop building and spacious hay barn. The ranch is 1,222 +/- acres with 2 miles of Cherry Creek frontage. This working cattle ranch is also an excellent, well managed, hunting property with an abundance of deer, elk, turkey and bear, and many other recreational opportunities.


Three Canyons Ranch consists of 13 separate parcels that encompass a sprawling 1,222 +/- acres in the breathtaking landscape of Southwest Colorado. Nestled in the beautiful Cherry Creek Valley, amidst the awe-inspiring Rocky Mountains, this property offers a panoramic view of snow-capped peaks and long southern views. The cattle ranch is enhanced with 2.8 miles of tree lined Cherry Creek frontage, with natural springs providing year-round water for your livestock and the abundant wildlife on the ranch. The ranch is defined by its natural beauty, gentle valleys, and rugged ridges adorned with an array of pinon pines, cedar trees, scrub oak and sage brush.

This recreational ranch for sale has been well managed for 33 years to enhance the big game habitat. The ranch boasts year-round water sources, courtesy of natural springs and water wells, fostering a rich habitat for an array of wildlife, including deer, elk, turkey, bear and a variety of other wildlife, creating an exceptional hunting property. Additionally, 8 elevated hunting stands are strategically placed around the property. Historically, oats, wheat, corn, and alfalfa have been planted as food plots. These conditions make it an excellent destination for avid hunters and wildlife enthusiasts alike.

The ranch is a working cattle ranch, with over 14 miles of well-kept fencing and 2 track trails along the fences for good access to maintain those fence lines and to explore your ranch. In addition to ranching and hunting, the property provides outdoor enthusiasts with a haven for recreation, featuring an extensive roads and a 2-track trail network ideal for ATV rides, hiking, exploring, mountain biking, and other outdoor activities.


Three Canyons Ranch boasts magnificent 5,196 square foot Colorado-style home that seamlessly marries rustic charm with modern luxury. Michael and Susan Ellison purchased the ranch 33 years ago and they like to say that is when the love affair with the Three Canyons Ranch began. The Ellison family took great care to preserve the rich history of the ranch while designing and completing the extensive list of improvements that they have made to the property over the last 33 years. The home is a true masterpiece of design and a tribute to the region’s rich history, as it incorporates repurposed building materials from the historic ranch it calls home.

Upon arrival, you’re greeted by the home’s harmonious blend of natural stone and timber, exuding a timeless allure. The large and inviting covered front porch tempts you to just stop and take a seat to enjoy the peace and serenity of the ranch, but when you step inside, that is where the magic truly begins.

As you enter, your eyes are immediately drawn upward to the vaulted tongue and groove wood ceilings that give the home an open, warm, and inviting feel. The focal point of the spacious living area is an awe-inspiring rock fireplace, perfect for cozying up to on those chilly Colorado evenings. The chef’s kitchen boasts top-of appliances, granite countertops, and custom cabinetry. It’s a culinary enthusiast’s dream, designed to impress both the chef and their guests. Additional features include an office and a wine room.

The main home features four bedrooms, 3 with en-suite baths, and five well-appointed bathrooms, which makes this home ideal for family living and for hosting guests. The master suite is a haven of tranquility, featuring a private en-suite bath and picturesque views of the surrounding natural beauty.

Entertainment is paramount in this residence, with a recreation room for indoor fun, and a truly one of a kind trophy and media room to display your most prized hunting trophies and for watching your favorite films. The home offers the perfect balance between relaxation and recreation.

Beyond the home itself, this property boasts an expansive 1,222 acres of land, ensuring privacy, tranquility, and room to roam. With two miles of Cherry Creek frontage, natural water springs, 6 registered water wells, historic 1 room school house and the local barter bridge, this property offers a captivating blend of nature and history. It’s also a working cattle ranch, providing a unique opportunity to experience the ranching lifestyle firsthand. There is a long time ranch manager and a ranch hand that take care of the cattle operation and daily ranch management, allowing for an absentee owner if you like. The ranch has all the equipment and facilities that you need to continue the operation.

For outdoor enthusiasts and hunters, the property is an exceptional find. The vast landscape is teeming with opportunities for big game hunting, making this ranch a dream come true for avid hunters. The property is in game management unit 74. The ranch typically receives 2 land owner deer tags and the owners have historically drawn about 50 of the buck tags drawn for. Elk tags are unlimited and over the counter, for 2nd and 3rd rifle seasons. To hone your shooting skills, the ranch has a rifle range as well as a shotgun range, equipped with an automatic clay pigeon thrower.

Additional features include two guest homes currently occupied by the ranch manager and the ranch hand’s families. There is a large Morton metal shop building near the main home, a spacious hay barn with corrals and a loading chute and an equipment shed. There are a number of other outbuildings as well.

In summary, this 5,196 square foot Colorado-style home is a testament to the beauty of the state and its rich history. It effortlessly combines rustic charm with contemporary luxury, offering a perfect retreat in a natural paradise. Whether you’re seeking a peaceful family residence, an entertainment hub, a hunting haven, or a working ranch, this property has it all. Don’t miss the opportunity to own a slice of Colorado’s history and natural splendor.


Three Springs Ranch is a truly unique slice of heaven for outdoor enthusiasts and sportsmen alike. This sprawling expanse of natural beauty is a real gem, offering an unmatched retreat for those seeking the perfect blend of wilderness and adventure. The landscape is a breathtaking mosaic of valleys and ridges adorned with a rich tapestry of pinon, cedar, and scrub oak, creating a picturesque backdrop that changes with the seasons.

One of the property’s crown jewels is its year-round water supply, with 2.8 miles of Cherry Creek and natural springs, ensuring that the wildlife and flora thrive. For avid hunters and wildlife photographers, it’s a paradise filled with abundant game, from deer and elk to turkey and bear. The property typically receives 2 land owner buck tags annually and elk tags are over the counter for the 2nd and third rifle seasons.

The land is a haven for all things outdoors, with an extensive road and 2-track trail system for ATV rides, hiking, biking, and exploration your private piece of Colorado. It’s a blank canvas for your outdoor passions, offering a sanctuary of natural beauty and endless opportunities for adventure. This is not just real estate it’s an invitation to embrace nature’s grandeur.

This Colorado ranch for sale is offered by Hayden Outdoors Real Estate. Contact Hayden Outdoors for more information on this property or to schedule a private showing. Hayden Outdoors Real Estate is a family owned real estate company and brokerage with a background in the cattle and ranching business.

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