LOCATION Lower Level
Bordering 3000 acres of BLM, Big Bear Ranch is located six miles outside of Guffey, Colorado on the southern boundary of Park County. The ranch is just 38 miles from gambling casinos in historic Cripple Creek and 35 miles north west of the Royal Gorge area of Canon City near the famous Royal Gorge Bridge. Northeast from the ranch, Colorado Springs and Denver International are the closest full service airports in the area, approximately 76 and 145 miles respectively. Fremont County Municipal Airport is just a 35 minute drive from the ranch and has a runway distance of 5400'. Breckenridge and Monarch ski areas are within an hour drive to the northwest.
The home site was chosen to incorporate a 360-degree view of the Sangre de Cristo Mountain Range and the Collegiate Peaks. The location of the home, along the BLM border, assures an ambiance of an exclusive mountain retreat with thousands of acres of recreation land as a neighbor.
DESIGNED FOR THE ROCKY MOUNTAINS
Two large log and stone entry gates reading "Big Bear Ranch" lead to the 9000 square foot three level log home from each end of the ranch. The log home was completed in 1998 and integrates the natural beauty and feel of the Rocky Mountains with its quality log construction and solid hand crafted furnishings. Over 400 lodge pole pine logs were used in the construction of the home. Each log used in the home is hand finished, interior and exterior. Inside, the home imparts a comfortable and stylish furniture setting hand crafted from Aspens, Cedar, and barn wood from the ranch.
The property is landscaped with native trees and plants, coordinating with the surrounding plant life. Dozens of rose bushes and plantings surround the home. Aspen trees have been thoughtfully located not to interfere with the views.
Big Bear Ranch has been set up for entertaining! Everywhere you look quality is evident; each detail is proof-positive that the log home was built with integrity, ensuring that the home's character is richly deserved.
THE FINER POINTS
Just beyond the hand carved walnut front doors, featuring a mother grizzly and her cubs, is the warm entrance to the foyer. The custom made planters and decorative bench sit well on the natural stone floor leading into the great room and adjacent kitchen.
Expressively designed, the great room with vaulted ceiling and expansive views of the surrounding mountainous peaks offers an exceptional taste of rocky mountain living. The room is furnished with hand crafted aspen furniture and a custom designed wooden bear entertainment center, including a sixty-inch Panasonic Elite television and upgraded stereo system. A prominent focal point is the woven willow railings along the staircase and loft area. The inlaid lighting offers a variety of mood settings for any occasion. The room offers access to the large deck wrapping around the back of the home, used as an outdoor living space during the summer months.
A game room/sitting room adjoins the great room and provides access to a half bath, with pedestal sink and imported tile floor covering, a hallway and arched doorway leading to the two main floor guest rooms. The room also offers a second access to the deck.
The kitchen takes a prominent place on the main floor off of the great room. Slab rainbow granite countertops and custom wire brushed antique green cabinetry surround a large full sized island customized with butcher block. A 36" commercial Viking range and a full Viking cook top, including four sub-zero refrigerators, icemaker, five sinks and two Bosch dishwashers, equip the kitchen on a full scale for cooking needs. Custom made barstools complements the design and allows guests to take in the view from the great room while visiting with the cook.
The dining room, located just off the kitchen and great room, features oversized windows, two elk chandeliers, a hand crafted log hutch and massive overhead log trusses. The comfortable aspen inlaid dining table seats 12 guests and lends a natural beauty to the room. All complemented with Montana hickory hard wood floors and custom lighting.
The guest rooms include custom barn wood corner shelving, large automated lighted closets and access to private decks. Both rooms share a 3/4 his and her bath with bench seat windowsills, indirect glass block window lighting, steam shower, and inlaid tile floor covering.
From the main floor, adjacent to the foyer, the custom milled log stairway leads to the second level master bedroom and loft. An open office space with custom-built barn wood furniture and an exquisitely designed half bath, with vessel style sink and fixtures, fills the loft area. The powder room was built from an original homestead moonshine shack dating back to the early 1800's.
The master bedroom, a stately 1000 square feet of rustic opulence, prevails with a beamed ceiling and mountain views. The room offers two exterior doors leading to private covered wood balconies and is comfortably fitted with hand crafted furniture and a built in corner desk. The oversized master bathroom has his and hers barn wood vanities with rustic horse collar mirrors, a natural rock shower and jet-soaking Jacuzzi.
The large basement is an equal living space to the main and upper floors. With two bedrooms, a full bath, storage areas, laundry facilities, mechanical room, and a second kitchen this area is designed for large indoor and outdoor parties. The secondary kitchen has a full range of commercial grade appliances, an oversized sink and ceramic tile counter tops. The kitchen also features a large walk in pantry for extra storage.
The main attraction of the basement is the large recreation room featuring a custom built Beetle Kill Pine pool table, ping pong table, foosball table, air hockey and electric dart board. The room also features a custom built Beetle Kill Pine wet bar with Aspen bar stools for entertaining.ROCKIN' PINES
Teeming with Aspens, Ponderosa Pines and Douglas Firs, The 256 acres includes approximately 30 acres of fenced pasture adjacent to the home. Wildlife is abundant around and about the ranch. Large herds of Elk, as well as, many heavy racked Mule Deer buck, wild turkey and other indigenous wildlife enrich the area.
Several fresh water springs are interspersed on the ranch. A man made Trout stocked 1/2 acre pond sits below a small picnic shelter and is fed by a year round spring. The original homestead cabin and corrals sit just to the side of the pond. These original homestead buildings are ready for renovation and could possibly be used as a hideaway for guests. OTHER FEATURES
- A Generac generator powers the entire home should a power outage occur
- Direct PC Internet access plus interior LAN networking
- Extensive interior and exterior lighting on dimmer switches highlight the ranch
- Two complete stereo systems
- Over 100 tons of rock surround the ranch house for drainage
- Four frost-free water hydrants at key locations
- Nine foot Pine latilla ceilings throughout
- Electrical outlets and switches are milled into log walls
- Commercial water filtration system
- Eleven zone in-floor radiant heating system supplied by two 340,000 BTU boilers
- Two plumbed humidifiers located on main and upper floors
- Two 1000 gallon LP gas tanks
- Two zone alarm system
- 600 foot well supplying 6 GPM
- Satellite dish w/ 4 transmitter boxes
The surrounding area offers recreational opportunities ranging from municipal golf to skiing at nearby Breckenridge Ski area, or cross-country skiing and snowshoeing in the privacy of the ranch boundaries. The adjoining BLM gives access to trophy elk hunting and unlimited possibilities to experience the outdoors. The Arkansas River provides one of the most popular and exciting opportunities in Colorado for white water rafting. Exceptional fishing can also be found along the Arkansas River, as well as, Eleven Mile and Spinney Reservoirs just 20 minutes from Big Bear Ranch.
Breckenridge is a gorgeous alpine town located approximately one hour from the ranch. A timeless classic, it is far away from the stress of big city life and offers exceptional skiing at its finest. Average snowfall is about 255 inches annually, enough of the white stuff to host the World Cup Freestyles and the Pro-Mogul Tour. A summit elevation of 13,998 feet to a base of 9,600 feet provides 3,398 feet of excitement expanding over 4 peaks and 2,028 ski-able acres. Home of the Snowboarding World Championships, there are 138 trails and a terrain park with a half-pipe. A world-class destination resort, Breckenridge offers everything the destination skier could ask for.
The historic gold mining town of Cripple Creek is only 42 miles from the ranch and offers gambling opportunities, as well as a taste of the old west. The Molly Kathleen Gold Mine, located in Cripple Creek, is over 100 years old and was one of the first mining claims discovered in the Cripple Creek Gold Camp. This mine gives a "the way it was" mine tour to never be forgotten. Pike's Peak, (the inspiration for the song, "America the Beautiful", is one of America's most famous mountains. It claims the highest road in the world, and the second most visited summit in the world. In the shadow of Pike's Peak, is the City of Colorado Springs, the Air Force Academy, Garden of the Gods, and the Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument. The Royal Gorge is a well-known tourist attraction. It has the world's largest suspension bridge which crosses the deep canyon of the Arkansas River. This famous landmark is located only 35 miles from the ranch.SUMMARY
Address: 1200 Park County Road 600 Guffey, Colorado (Park County)
Main House: 9000 +/- square feet
Fencing: entire 256 acres fenced and cross-fenced
Property Taxes: TBD In the Year 2001BIG BEAR RANCH IS OFFERED AS A FULLY FURNISHED TURNKEY RANCH INCLUDING:
- A complete office setup including: an IBM computer, fax machine, printer, scanner speaker telephone and LAN.
- A Direcpc lightning fast 2-way satellite internet access. "NO DIAL UP NEEDED"
- Every room is furnished with custom hand made aspen, cedar, willow and barnwood furniture.
- Eight television sets.
- Four Satellite transmitter boxes.
- Two complete stereo systems.
- A fully furnished game room including: a full size beetle kill bar, pool table, ping-pong table, foosball table, an air hockey table and electric dart board.
- A comprehensive two zone alarm system.
- All appliances convey.
- Five beds and three sofa sleepers.
Call office for a complete comprehensive furnishings to convey list.
BIG BEAR RANCH WAS BUILT FOR AND IS READY TO ENTERTAIN AT ANY LEVEL!