Nestled in the heart of the Gunnison National Forest and bordered by the West Elk Wilderness Area, the Floresta Ranch consists of a 1,650+/- acre in-holding. The ranch is set apart from other high country, mountain ranches with its pristine 10-acre Lily Lake and open, native grassy meadows which are overshadowed by the magnificent Anthracite Range bordering the property’s southern borders. The ranch ranges in elevation from 9,500 to 11,200 feet and is the largest block of unencumbered private land in the area, surrounded by thousands of acres of public land. Magnificent views of East Beckwith Mountain, the Anthracite Range, Storm Ridge, Marcellina Mountain, West Beckwith Mountain, Mount Axtell, Big Soap Park, West Elk Peak and Squirrel Creek are only a few of the numerous monuments throughout the Gunnison National Forest surrounding Floresta Ranch. Anthracite Creek rushes ribbons through the old town site of Floresta a source for deer and elk. This secluded property is only a 25-minute drive from Crested Butte, Colorado which offers theater, music, film arts, year-round festivals, skiing, mountain biking, golf and other outdoor sports, boutique shopping, restaurants and fine dining. The scenic Gunnison Country offers something for everyone!
Set 10,000 feet up in the heart of the Colorado Rocky Mountains, Floresta Ranch is a fusion of pristine nature, peaceful solitude, luxurious living, and exhilarating recreational activities. The ranch offers endless opportunities for all-season recreation and relaxation.
Broker(s): John Stratman
ACREAGE AND DESCRIPTION
Floresta Ranch, located near the headwaters of Anthracite Creek and up against the majestic Anthracite Mountain Range, offers 1,650 acres of stunning wilderness land, representing one of the largest private in-holdings in the county.
The wildly varying terrain and vistas offer open wildflower meadows, dramatic cliffs, the calming Lily Lake, rushing streams, cascading waterfalls, and old-growth spruce forests. The property borders the West Elk Wilderness Area on its entire southern border and Gunnison National Forest on most of its eastern and northern boundaries.
The 4,800 square-foot lodge serves as the gathering place for folks to enjoy the many outdoor activities on the ranch. The lodge comfortably sleeps 16 people with four master bedrooms, a large bunk room, and six full baths. The interior and exterior siding was milled on-site using standing dead pine, providing an amazingly warm atmosphere. The lodge is solar powered with a generator back-up. Cell phone and high-speed internet combined with DirecTV provide the requisite comforts of home.
The main level includes a fully-equipped kitchen, an open loft perfect for the pool table, an expansive great room, a wide wrap-around, a covered front porch to enjoy the sunrises and sunsets, and a massive rock fireplace made from mining remnants of the Floresta townsite. Two master suites complete the main level. The lower level features a master suite, a family room, a bunk room, and seven oversized storage lockers.
Adjacent to the lodge is a two-story barn, also built from dead-standing pine milled on-site. The main floor can park five vehicles or numerous ATVs, snowmobiles, and motorcycles. There is a special shop area set up on the main floor with a mechanical room complete with water, sink and storage area.
WILDLIFE & RECREATION
A remarkable trail system was developed to make it easy for visitors to enjoy all the beauty and adventure Floresta has to offer. Miles of trails take visitors through meadows and forests, around the lake, alongside creeks and waterfalls, along the railroad grade to the Floresta townsite, and up to the top of the Anthracite range. The trails accommodate 4-wheel drive vehicles, ATVs, snowmobiles and hunting and more!
For those seeking a quieter experience, the trails are excellent for cross-country skiing, backcountry skiing, mountain biking, hiking, horseback riding, and bird and wildlife watching. At every turn, visitors are engulfed with some of the most dramatic views of the Colorado Rockies along with the most beautiful sunrises and sunsets in the world! Whether it's fishing, boating or just enjoying the views, the beautiful 10-acre Lily Lake offers a picture-perfect way to spend the day.
Skiing is stellar boasting more than 1,200 vertical feet of glade and above-timberline northerly exposed terrain keeping the powder light for weeks. Great care has been taken to keep the ranch’s pristine identity and a major forest management plan has greatly improved the healthy forest that is an integral part of the ranch along with AG use. They also provide great recreational access.
Now considered a "ghost town," the once industrious town of Floresta (known as "Ruby-Anthracite" until 1901) is located entirely within the property.
In 1893, the D&RG (Denver & Rio Grande Railroad) built a narrow gauge rail from Crested Butte to this site to haul coal. Floresta was, for a short time, a bustling community that boasted a general store, hospital, houses and school in support of the hard-working mining community.
Although it was closed in 1918, today's visitors can still see ruins of the Ruby Anthracite mine, accessible by foot along the old rail line.
Set 10,000 feet up in the heart of the Colorado Rocky Mountains, Floresta Ranch is a fusion of pristine nature, peaceful solitude, luxurious living, and exhilarating recreational activities. The uniqueness of this property, which is close to town but bordered by thousands of acres of public land, comes from its dramatic sweeping views, abundant natural wildlife, gorgeous lodge and endless opportunities for all-season recreation and relaxation. Walking along the Anthracite Range, the pinnacle of the property, you'll feel like you’re on top of the world. Floresta Ranch is truly a one-of-a-kind mountain retreat!
Co-listed with Mindy Costanzo of United Country Gunnison County Realty and Auction.