392± ACRES | OURAY COUNTY | COLORADO
Centennial Ranch, nestled in a canyon along one-half mile of the Uncompahgre River in Southwestern Colorado, is more than the acres it encompasses, the hayfields that feed the herd of Angus and Hereford cattle, its convenient location, and its magnificent buildings. Centennial Ranch is the result of one man’s dream to preserve for future generations; a small piece of this nation’s rich heritage forged by a strong work ethic, dedication, following the basic cycles of life, and adapting to whatever those cycles dictated.
Living at the Centennial Ranch means spending time outside, being connected to a place and the land, responsibility, and closeness with family and neighbors. It is a life that follows the changing of weather and climate as well as the ebb and flow of the river. It is the children raised doing meaningful work, experiencing an intimate connection with the land and learning to value what is truly important. It is the sound of the cowboys, horses and cows during the fall gather, the smell of newly cut hay, the tracks of deer in the snow, and the music of the river as it passes by each day.
Sited in a meadow on a long bend in the river on the ranch is Dashwood House, named in honor of the owner’s late wife. The house is oriented to take maximum advantage of the majestic San Juan Mountain view to the south and the protective canyon walls towering over the Uncompahgre River to the east. Built in the American craftsman-style with western and Olde English influences, this solid residence is as cozy and functional as it is exceptional. The home provides ample room for entertaining in balance with more private areas where your family can truly relax and rejuvenate surrounded by beauty and tranquility.
There is a classic western-style barn with long, sloping shed roofs, timber-frame construction, a board-and-batten exterior, clerestory windows above the central aisle, and a cedar-shake roof. It is a working ranch barn scaled for heavy draft horses and saddle horses, providing stalls, haylofts, a tack-and-harness room, a grain room, a loafing bay, and a shed bay for wagons and implements.
On the ranch is a 667-square-foot line cabin built in classic western-style of massive weathered standing-dead spruce logs which were hand-notched and chinked with ax-cut ends. The cabin sits just feet from the river. It stands true to the past with a working hand pump in the yard. Kerosene lamps and candles provide light, the massive stone fireplace and wood cook stove provide heat. No electricity, internet or plumbing, but there is a handsome outhouse nearby and an authentic bathtub hanging on the north exterior wall.
To preserve a small piece of this nation’s rich ranching heritage for future generations and to protect in perpetuity its open space and wildlife habitat, Centennial Ranch carries a conservation easement. Held by the Colorado Cattlemen’s Agricultural Land Trust, the easement generously provides for the construction of an additional residence of up to 15,000 square feet as well as additional employee housing and a separate ranch office.
The Centennial Ranch provides very valuable habitat and open space for wildlife such as deer, red fox, black bear, elk, three different species of trout, and a variety of waterfowl. The cottonwood riparian forest along the river supports a diverse group of songbirds as well as eagles, hawks, and owls. These habitats have been protected along with the historical agricultural land for future generations to enjoy.
Offers over $9,500,000 will be considered.