$21.5-Million Colorado Ranch Retreat Is Private Yet Accessible

Spread across 28 acres bordered by national forestland and a nature conservatory, Z Ranch in Telluride, Colorado, is long on privacy and scenic beauty.

Mt. Wilson towers over one side of the luxury retreat, while the Saint Sophia Ridge looms on the other.

But it’s also easily accessible. Set in wooded terrain, the ranch is a mile from Highway 145, two miles from the ski resort town of Mountain Village, three miles from the Telluride Regional Airport and five miles from historic Telluride.

A long driveway crosses a bridge over a pond near the front of the main lodge, which is entered through a three-story high rotunda. The foyer encloses a circular stairway with stone and wooden steps and rustic wood balusters.

The formal living room adjoins a second living area with a fireplace and a game room. Beams in this room and others were salvaged from a late 1800s barn in Pennsylvania.


A bay window in the dining room takes in views of an aspen grove in the foreground and Wilson and Sunshine peaks beyond. The space can accommodate a circular table that seats 10.

Adjacent to the open kitchen and bar is a butler’s pantry with wine storage plus an extra freezer and refrigerator.

A wood-burning fireplace with a stone hearth creates a focal point in the family room. Wide plank floors are set on the diagonal.

Other living areas include two libraries, a movie theater, a gym and an expansive primary suite with a fireplace and sitting room. There are six additional guest rooms in the main residence.

The interiors blend contemporary and natural finishes with rustic accents.

The metal railings on the outdoor steps and walkways are reused train tracks.

The two stand-alone guest cottages have their own kitchens. There are caretaker’s quarters off the equestrian facility, three corrals, a lighted and heated paddle tennis court and a hot tub.

Within the five buildings on the ranch are a total of 13 bedrooms, 11 full bathrooms and two half-baths within 18,892 square feet of living space.

Built in 1994 and remodeled in 2002, the compound has a five-car garage. Some 2.5 miles of hiking and snowshoeing trails complete the grounds.

For convenient access to skiing, the property includes a deeded parking space with adjacent, heated storage in Mountain Village.

The property at 8121 Preserve Drive, Telluride, Colorado, is listed with Alex Martin of Telluride Real Estate Corp. The asking price is US $21.5 million.

Telluride Real Estate Corp. is a founding member of Forbes Global Properties, a consumer marketplace and membership network of elite brokerages selling the world’s most luxurious homes.

The Tycoon Herald