Located just 35 miles northwest of Fort Collins, Colorado, the 146-acre Elkhorn Creek Retreat borders the Roosevelt National Forest on the south with the Elkhorn Creek running through the entire property. The modern log cabin is very warm and inviting, with all needed amenities, including three bedrooms, two baths, a large country kitchen with wood stove, a wrap around deck, plus private balconies that overlook the hay meadows, national forest and creek below. Deer and elk are frequent visitors. A 3,000 square foot foam insulated equipment barn with concrete floors, overhead doors and a second building pad has utilities stubbed in. The Elkhorn Creek Retreat is rich in history dating back to the early 1800’s.
Broker(s): Karen Mikkelson
The 146 acres is just 35 miles Northwest of Fort Collins, two miles off of CR 74E, which is a county maintained and paved road. The road into the property is well maintained by a road association year round and up to county standards. Elkhorn Creek Retreat sits just north of the Roosevelt National Forest, with no public access allowed through the property.
The Elkhorn Creek, a tributary of the South Fork of the Cache la Poudre River, runs through the center of the property. The acreage is approximately 7,050 feet above sea level at the lowest point, the creek bed, with the rim tops average around 8,000 feet. The log home sits on a ridge at approximately 7,200 feet. The 146 acres consists of a large open grass valley with the Elkhorn Creek meandering through it. To the south is the National Forest with massive rock outcroppings rising over 8,000 feet above lush treed forestland. To the north of the Elkhorn Creek valley is the Log Home, perched upon an overlook with grassland and treed hills to the north. The equipment building sits separate from the home, with an excavated site large enough to accommodate another cabin or home. Utilities have been stubbed into this site.
RECREATION AND WILDLIFE
The 146 acres lies in Management Unit 8. It is a perfect habitat for elk. Deer and bear can also be seen on the property. An occasional mountain sheep has also been spotted. The creek is large enough to support brook trout, beavers, a large amount of birds and small wildlife. Being adjacent to the Roosevelt National Forest, horseback riding and hiking is endless. Within a short distance you will find world class fishing in several directions.
The Elkhorn House was built in 1875, and for many years was a popular resort for mountain parties, hunters and pleasure seekers. At the time it was built, it was reported that there were as many as ten springs on the property. A wagon road, which can still be seen in some spots, connected the property and the stage line to Fort Collins. The hotel touted high-end features, dining room, library, trophy hunting, fishing and mining prospects. A stable was kept on site for guests and weary travelers. It also served as a post office. Unfortunately the Elkhorn House burned to the ground in 1890. Some of the remnants of the hotel are still intact, along with hay cribs and other artifacts. The current owner has put together a 17 page history of the property, with detailed information and news articles.
Built in 1993, the log home is warm and inviting. On the main level is a large country kitchen with a center island and breakfast bar. There is also an eating area which adjoins the living room area complete with a wood burning stove. A covered deck wraps around most of the cabin with views of the entire valley and to the south. The upper level loft consists of the master bedroom with two private balconies, bathroom, dressing area and closets. The lower walk out level has two spacious bedrooms, bath, laundry and utility area. The home has unique built in features, such as an original wagon wheel. The home is serviced by a well, electric and propane. Phone and internet services are available. The log home would be ideal for an off the grid property.
The 3,000 square foot steel storage barn was built in 1998. It has three overhead doors, concrete floors and is fully foam insulated. It is situated on a large pad above the creek area and secluded from the log home. A second building site is located next to the barn with utilities already stubbed in.
TAXES: $2,231 for 2012
If you are looking for a comfortable mountain home, weekend retreat vacation home or seasonal hunting, this acreage avails every comfort with an outstanding private setting, creek and scenery.