US Highway 160 West of Durango The Durango estate, known as Ute Junction Ranch is a magnificent property including 197 acres (5 separately deeded parcels) located at the base of the majestic La Plata mountains, an easy 10-minute drive west of historic downtown Durango. Positioned at 8,200 feet elevation, just south of Highway 160 the gated entry leads through tall pines to the stunning French chateau-style home. There is a 2700 SF guest home and 1700 SF guest cottage and the two heated barn/shops provide ample storage for cars, toys, and equipment. Additionally, there is a horse barn with fenced pasture. Unlike many mountain ranches, Ute Junction Ranch enjoys paved access & is easily accessible to countless recreation opportunities & city conveniences alike. Skiing can be found within minutes from the ranch at the quaint Hesperus Ski Area; Purgatory Ski Area is less than an hour away, Telluride and Wolf Creek less than two! The Main Residence The hand crafted main residence measures an impressive 16,000 SF and is truly a piece of art made possible by the fine attention to detail. Comprised of five bedroom suites plus two additional bedrooms and multiple more bathrooms all outfitted with Waterworks fixtures, this home is built to impress. The exterior is constructed with Minnesota limestone, Kolbe windows and imported French roofing tiles embedded into concrete with copper seams, roof ice melt system, wood rafters and sheathing. Upon arrival, the cobbled courtyard welcomes guests to the grand entry with French doors that open out onto the expansive backyard terrace, which is perfect for entertaining and stargazing. Inside, you will find American Clay natural clay plaster walls, exquisite tile and marble flooring, custom milled baseboards and crown molding, hardwood, and stonework details throughout. Many rooms boast exposed wood beams that lend to the charm of the space. The spacious master suite includes a fireplace; access to the hot tub; his & her private dressing rooms with Luxe wardrobe carousels, separate bathrooms, a steam shower and large soaking tub; and a kitchenette with laundry. There is a private Steptoe & Wife spiral staircase that leads to the dual offices with ½ bath, refreshment area, and clay throwing tub. On the main level, the kitchen is equipped with the finest Wolf and Viking appliance packages, hand hewn cabinetry and counters. The kitchen is made for holiday feasts & parties and is supported by a butler’s pantry for additional storage and workspace. The family room features a stunning exposed timber frame ceiling, multiple sitting areas; fireplace, bar with refrigerator, separate ice maker and dishwasher. The bright conservatory showcases a copper roof and offers a wonderful indoor green space with a lovely adjacent library. In addition to the multiple staircases an elevator provides easy access to the upper and lower floors. The upper floor has a landing area with four bedroom suites, laundry and kitchenette service. The lower level features a storage room with full closet safe; a temperature controlled wine room; wet bar; media room; exercise room; 2 bedrooms and multiple bathrooms; large cedar closet; laundry/mud room; gift wrapping room; and two state-of-the-art mechanical rooms that house all utilities as well as the water treatment system with three 1700 gallon storage tanks. The home is kept comfortable with in-floor radiant heat and partial air conditioning; Lutron lighting system; driveway and terraces have snowmelt; and all three homes have full security systems. The generator and heating systems are all powered by natural gas. The outdoor living is perfect for entertaining with two levels of stone terraces, fireplace, speakers, landscaping and sunsets that will take your breath away. Fencing, water rights, an on site fire hydrant round out the well thought out living experience.