When people first think of Colorado, they might picture the majestic Rocky Mountains and wintertime fun on skis and snowboards and summer adventures such as mountain biking, hiking and 4x4 action. However, you might be surprised to know that the foundation of the state is agriculture.
At Two Bears Farm, guests can enjoy all the activities that the Rocky Mountains and Southwest Colorado have to offer, as well as experience culture, activities and events related to agriculture that take place on the farm. This is a great opportunity to learn about farming, livestock and other agricultural activities as an added, optional bonus to guests of the home.
This small, working farm includes an orchard with over 60 fruit trees of many varieties, seasonal crops, Churro sheep, rabbits, chickens and other livestock. This is truly a unique opportunity to learn about growing techniques and practices in a casual and relaxed atmosphere as an added value to guests as desired.
Imagine an activity-filled Colorado mountain experience and having the option to learn about holistic farming, local medicinal plants, how to feed a family of four on 1/4 acre, local valley history, plus other activities in the farm’s cultural center, the Riverside Yurt.
The peaceful setting and convenient location are just the beginning of amenities at this beautiful guest house on a gated, riverfront farm located in the Animas Valley, just ten minutes north of Durango, Colorado. The three bedroom, two bath home has much to offer the traveler seeking the comfort, room, mountain views, plus easy access to Durango and the mountains to the North, including Purgatory Ski Resort.
The home is located on the beautiful, riverfront Two Bears Farm, one of the areas small, privately owned, organic, working farms. Even though there is daily activity on the farm, privacy is evident, because the Guest House is free-standing and separate from farming activities. Though it shares the land with the main home nearby, the patio area and most window views face the apple orchard, river and surrounding mountains. River views can be seen from the grounds of the home, with frequent wildlife sightings including deer, elk, hawks, and other birds of prey.
At about 7,000 feet of elevation, along the banks of the Animas River, the home offers a more temperate climate and easier breathing than higher elevations just a short drive to the north, so visitors can enjoy high-altitude adventures and return to a more comfortable climate in the Animas Valley at day’s end.
Inside, comfort is found everywhere, including the large open living space on the main level with WiFi and satellite TV. Three bedrooms, each with queen size bed and flat screen TV, allow for privacy and comfort and multiple sitting areas area found in bedrooms and the living room. The kitchen and dining room are on the upper main level open the living room, providing an open, family-style living area. Upstairs, two bedrooms are on the main level via a short hallway and the third private bedroom is located on the lower ground level. Two full baths compliment the home, with one located on each level.
Outdoor living space can be found on the East side of the home via a patio which faces the apple orchard and views of the rocky cliffs making a peaceful spot for morning coffee or a comfortable respite after the day’s activities. Two parking spaces are located immediately outside the front door of this home for easy load-in and gear setup, with an additional parking space on the other side of the home.
Access to the bank of the Animas River is just a few feet away, on the property, where river raft, kayak and canoe put-in provides a private boat launch. River-goers can float or paddle through the Durango town section of the Animas River including easy calm waters and, further to the South, the whitewater of the Smelter Rapids. Catch-and-release fishing is allowed and the stone steps to the waters edge, plus the riverside lawn with fire pit, are additional, beautiful outdoor spaces to be enjoyed right on the property.
The home is located just about two miles from the famous San Juan Scenic Skyway, including a section known as the million dollar highway, which is an incredibly picturesque driving loop that connects Durango, Mancos, Mesa Verde National Park, Telluride, Ouray, Silverton and Purgatory Resort. There are many nearby fantastic trails for hiking, mountain biking, fly fishing and other Rocky Mountain adventures.
Dalton Ranch Golf Club, which includes pro shop, The Swing Restaurant, plus a swimming pool and tennis courts, is about a five minute drive from this home. For tee times and other information, call 970-247-8774.
For the cycling enthusiast, the home is located on the main route of the Durango Valley Loop, a very popular road bike ride for locals and visitors which includes a scenic stop at Baker's Bridge, the famous spot where Butch and Sundance jumped into the Animas River to make their getaway in the now-classic movie.
This home is located away from the county road access on a gated, paved driveway providing a private and quiet spot to return to after enjoying Durango area activities. As there are a few hiking trails just a few minutes from the home, outdoor adventures await, in some cases, with very little travel time to reach them.
Visitors can enjoy the shops, restaurants, galleries and the Durango Train within about a ten-minute drive, with skiing and summer mountain activities at Purgatory Resort a beautifully scenic, twenty-minute drive to the North.
Motorcycle enthusiasts will encounter completely paved roads and parking to and from the paved San Juan Scenic Byway, which offers a picturesque, Rocky Mountain drive for motorists of all kinds. Serious road cyclists will find the paved highway north to Purgatory and Silverton to be challenging routes, and mountain bikers will find miles and miles of trails that allow bikes. Please remember to share the trails with all trail users.
Area Lakes include with easy, drive-to access are Vallecito Lake, Lemon Reservoir, Haviland Lake, Andrews Lake, Molas Lake. For high country lakes that require more or less high elevation hiking please refer to https://rootsrated.com/stories/7-must-see-alpine-lakes-near-durango
Driving times (approximate):
Downtown Durango - 10 minutes, 6 miles
Durango Train Depot - 14 minutes, 10 miles
Mesa Verde National Park - 50 minutes, 47 miles
Purgatory Ski Resort - 23 minutes, 19 miles
Dalton Ranch Golf - 5 minutes, 2 miles
Silverton, Colorado - 48 minutes, 40 miles
Trimble Hot Springs and Spa - 7 minutes, 2 miles
PJ’s full-service Grocery Store & Gourmet Market - 5 minutes, 2 miles
Animas Wine and Spirits - 5 minutes, 2 miles
Closest Gasoline, Brennan’s Exxon, south on CR 250 - about 1.5 miles Needles Store for gas and supplies - 22 minutes, 18 miles
This spacious home offers much to the traveler seeking a truly special place to call home during their visit to Durango. Contact us with any questions regarding your stay at this cozy and charming Durango getaway.