MLS® ID: 758017
11401 County Road 326
Pagosa Springs, Colorado, 81147 $3,995,000
On the Blanco River. This is a Historic Ranch in a spectacular setting within the Blanco Basin, near Pagosa Springs. The offering encompasses the headquarters of the former Frank Oppenheimer Ranch. (Frank Oppenheimer worked on the Manhattan Project, as part of the team led by his brother Robert at Los Alamos where they developed the world’s first atomic bomb.) The Oppenheimer Ranch includes the restored and modernized 1,332 s.f. cabin, originally constructed in 1944, barn, outbuildings, corrals and a 2,250 s.f. insulated garage and storage building built in 1995 which includes a heated tack room. Approximately half the 47.01 acres is irrigated with underground pipeline for more efficient and effective water resource management. All water rights held will be conveyed to the new owner, comprised of a total of 2.5 c.f.s. from Sisson/Stevens and the Square Top Ditches, 1901, 1912 and 1943 Decrees. The irrigated meadows provide good stands of hay and grazing for livestock and include several small ponds. The views from the Ranch include Square Top Mountain, 11,700 feet elevation to the east, and the Blue and Coal Mountains to the west, which together frame this breathtakingly beautiful Upper Blanco Basin. There is approximately 1,000 feet bordering the Blanco River, a mid-sized freestone water that is fairly swift and lively to fish, with primarily rainbow trout, some browns and an occasional brook trout. Immediately downstream is El Rancho Pinoso a 863 acre private sporting ranch. El Rancho Pinoso has over two miles of fully restored river with numerous deep pools and many fish in the 16-21 inch class. (El Rancho Pinoso offers private access at $500 per day per angler.) Recreational opportunities within this property and adjacent National Forest and nearby South San Juan Wilderness are nearly unlimited. Enjoy snowmobiling and cross-country skiing and snowshoeing in the winter months. Take in the trout waters during summer and fall months when you can also enjoy hiking up to Opal Lake, Fish Lake and the top of Square Top Mountain. Trophy Rocky Mountain Elk and Mule Deer hunting in the fall in a area teeming with wildlife. The Oppenheimer Ranch offers a rare combination of features and improvements with frontage on the Blanco River, all situated in a stunningly naturally beautiful setting. Located a short drive south and east of the town of Pagosa Springs where you can enjoy the Springs Resort, Alley House Grill, Riff Raff on the Rio, the Pagosa Baking Company, The Lift Coffee House and many other fun restaurants and shops. You can head east to Wolf Creek Ski Area and visit the old mining Town of Creede, just the other side of the Continental Divide. Stevens Field in Pagosa Springs has an excellent F.B.O. with a 9,000 foot runway capable of handling private aircraft up to 90,000 pounds. Commercial service to Dallas, Phoenix, Denver and Los Angeles is available from Durango-La Plata County Airport, approximately one hour west of Pagosa Springs.