11309 Running Deer Road, Eckert, Colorado, 81419
This horse property is located just outside of Orchard City town limits in Delta County, Colorado. A custom home lies at the far end of the gravel drive—flanked on two sides by irrigated hayfields near the property’s entrance. Along the route to the house lies a large blue & white metal building, a solid steel round pen, a large outdoor riding arena and several spacious horse paddocks—bordered with welded pipe fencing and matching blue & white loafing sheds. The driveway ends at the stucco home which sits on the edge of a mesa, backdropped by the peculiar-looking Adobe Buttes and overlooking the beautiful Tongue Creek Valley to the north.
Constructed in 2013, this ranch-style custom home has 2,208 square feet of heated living space with an additional 1,020 square foot unfinished basement. The 3 bedroom and 2 bathroom home features a spacious and open floor plan with an eat-in kitchen which opens to the living room. The large kitchen features hickory cabinets and wood laminate flooring. The living room, trimmed in alder, features a Mendota propane fireplace framed with Realstone and 2 large picture windows—allowing for ambient light and providing spectacular views of the Tongue Creek Valley and Grand Mesa to the north. A walk-in pantry is located just off of the kitchen and adjacent to a large laundry/mudroom—providing ample space for coats and boots. The main-floor master bedroom features a propane fireplace and private entrance to a covered, outdoor patio which overlooks the backyard garden. A jack-and-jill bathroom connects the remaining 2 bedrooms. The 2-car garage is has fully finished walls and ceilings and is insulated. The exterior walls of the home are of 2x6 construction and contain closed-cell foam insulation. The home and barn share a domestic water tap and there is also a drilled well on the property that current servers some outdoor hydrants. A pressure tank for the well is installed in the crawlspace of the home, but is not currently connected to the well.
This Colorado horse property is for the serious equestrian hobbyist or professional horse trainer. The centerpiece of the property is the red-steel framed barn facility. The inside of this building features a dressage sized 70’ x 140’ indoor horseback riding arena. The indoor arena has a 3-rail, welded pipe perimeter fence with a wood-shaving and dirt floor for excellent footing. Adjacent to the the arena is a 12’ x 18’ isolation or foaling stall with Poly-max siding and a concrete floor. There is also an entrance through the arena to a 20’ x 24’ heated tack room—which also features a door to the outside. A viewing area to the side of the indoor arena provides a safe viewing place for horse training clinic attendees to stand or sit. The facility also contains a 1-bedroom and 1-bathroom apartment with a full kitchen for a traveling clinician, on-site trainer or ranch manager to quarter in. The bedroom, bathroom and kitchen are heated with cove-based radiant heaters and cooled with a wall mounted A/C unit. There is also an unheated/cooled multi-use space measuring 10’ 5” x 15’ 10”. This metal building also has a covered wash bay with hitching post, concrete floors, floor drain and hot & cold water. The entire north side of the building has an overhang measuring 24’ x 140’ for hay storage and there is also a vehicle/equipment bay measuring 40’ 6” x 23’ 5” for truck or trailer storage.
The remaining acreage of this tremendous horse property consists of paddocks, an outdoor riding area, round pen and 15 acres of irrigated hayfields. There are approximately 5,500 lineal feet of welded pipe fencing surrounding the 6 horse paddocks. Frost free hydrants and electricity are strategically located at the pen intersections for watering, heaters and electric fence chargers. Each of the 6 horse pens has its own loafing shed and two of the pens have automatic waterers installed. There is a huge 178’ x 256’ outdoor riding arena and a nice elevated area for viewing. The outdoor arena footing consists of soft dirt and some pea gravel. Adjacent to the outdoor riding arena is a 60’ pressed steel panel, round pen. There are two hayfields on the eastern side of the property totaling approximately 15 acres. Planted in an equine grass mix and alfalfa, the fields have consistently produced 3-4 cuttings per year, providing a sustainable year-round source of feed to the horses. Excellent water rights and a series of underground pipes and valves makes moving water a very easy process. Underground piping allows for head water and tail water to be diverted with ease to different areas on the property including wooded areas, several rows of trees, gardens and an irrigation holding pond.
The western slope is considered one of the nicest places to live in the state of Colorado. Situated in a high desert, the western slope has warm summers and mild winters. At approximately 5,300’ in elevation, this horse property is positioned nicely between many wonderful places to trail ride. The Grand Mesa National Forest is located less than 30 minutes to the north and contains over 500 square miles of trails and backcountry to explore. When the snow begins to fly, there are plenty of places to ride near Delta, CO. The Adobe Buttes, Peach Valley—near the Black Canyon of the Gunnison, and Escalante & Dominquez Canyons are all less than 30 minutes away and all contain thousands of BLM acres that are ridable most every month of the year. Long growing seasons and abundant water put this horse property in a prime locale. Situated in the Surface Creek Valley, this property is about 10 minutes from Delta, CO. Delta, a town of around 10,000 residents, has several grocery stores, a hospital, doctor’s offices and restaurants. Cedaredge, about 10 minutes north, is a nice little town of about 2,000 area residents with a grocery store, lumber yard, doctor’s offices, restaurants and shops. There are also two golf courses in the area, Cedaredge Golf Club and Devil’s Thumb in Delta. Both Cedaredge and Delta have K-12 schools and Delta County has open enrollment. Recreational activities in the surrounding area include big-game hunting, fishing, hiking, biking, Nordic skiing, downhill skiing (Powderhorn Resort is about 1 hour away), snowmobiling and of course—horseback riding.