A National Historic Landmark District with Victorian-era architecture, Telluride is nestled in a box canyon at the base of the Telluride Ski Mountain (8,750′), surrounded by 13,000 foot peaks. The picturesque San Miguel River and river trail wind through town joining Town Park with the historic train depot. The town is less than one mile long so all accommodations are just a short walk to Main Street shops and restaurants or to the two ski lifts and the year-round gondola accessing the mountain. Rental shops and ticket offices are available at both ski lift bases. The Valley floor and Town Park are popular with cross-country skiers. Town Park has an ice skating rink and sledding hill. Telluride and Mountain Village combine the best of Colorado with their history, culture, recreational opportunities, breathtaking scenery, fine dining & shopping, funky tradition, the luxury resort experience, and a wide array of entertainment and festivals… all within a (free) 12-minute gondola ride of each other.
European-style Mountain Village is at 9,450 feet and overlooks some of the most magnificent peaks in the San Juans. The center of skiing operations and the children’s ski school, the 92-acre Village core offers ski in/ski out accommodations, lift ticket windows, equipment rentals, restaurants and shops as well as easy access to some of the region’s most spectacular cross-country skiing and snowshoeing trails. Also a world-class summer resort, the Village boasts an 18-hole championship golf course and 3,000 acres of National Forest for hiking and biking.
Ridgway is a small community in Ouray County, only 38 miles from Telluride on US 62. From ranchers to ice climbers to small business owners, the local population is diverse. Whether you’re looking for a 35-acre parcel, a contemporary log home, or a historic mining-era house, Ridgway allows you to take advantage of lower-priced housing with no transfer tax, while enjoying the benefits of proximity to the Montrose Regional Airport and the Telluride resort amenities. Relax on the beach at Ridgway State Park, soak in one of Ouray’s hot springs; or, if you’re extremely fit, climb Mt. Sneffels, Ridgway’s 14,000-foot peak.
Eighty years ago, Joaquin and Serapio, the original Aldasoro Brothers, left their homeland in the Basque Pyrenees of Spain and traveled land and sea to awaiting jobs herding sheep in eastern Utah. Seeking summer pasture, they moved the herds up into the San Juan Mountains and discovered Telluride, where Joaquin and Serapio embarked upon their own American Dream. Their first purchase, in 1926 consisted of a small plot of land on Deep Creek Mesa. The Aldasoro Brothers, as they prospered over the years, acquired 11 of the surrounding homesteads that together became known as the Aldasoro Ranch. In the late 1980’s, the agriculture industry became unprofitable and debt accumulated, which led Albert Aldasoro, son of Joaquin, to develop 1550 acres of the Ranch into the largest low-density developments in the region. The Aldasoro Ranch is comprised of 166 single-family lots with 620 acres of open space, the home of abundant wildlife.
The Ski Ranches
Ski Ranches, the original development done by Telski’s Joe Zoline, has large lots and great western exposure. The Ski Ranches has equestrian and trail easements on all lots. The Ski Ranches are the best value in the region with paved roads, underground power, telephone, natural gas and central water. Currently lots in the Ski Ranches are at the price point where Mountain Village and Aldasoro were 4 years ago.
Elk Run is located directly south of the Ski Ranches. This low-density subdivision of 30 lots was the precursor to the Mountain Village. This was the first development done by the Benchmark group led by Ron Allred. Elk Run is ten minutes from town and five minutes from the Mountain Village core and offers private tennis and large lots that average 5.3 acres.
The Preserve was part of the property that the Zoline family retained when they sold the Ski Resort to Allred’s Benchmark Group. The Zoline’s developed this low-density neighborhood into 12 lots averaging approximately 13-acres each. One of the southernmost high-end developments, the Preserve sits on the benches below highway 145 across from Raspberry Patch and offers some of the best views on Turkey Creek Mesa with privacy that is uncompromised.
One of the last great ranch properties at any resort in the Rocky Mountain West sits on a beautiful and secluded bench just above the town of Telluride. Sunnyside Ranch offers everything you want in a 35-acre parcel, starting with an unsurpassed location only a few minutes from the slopes, the town, Mountain Village and the airport. Your views wrap around 360 degrees of towering mountains and deep valleys, of ski slopes and blue skies. Surrounded by National Forest lands on three sides, Sunnyside Ranch provides you with long-term peace and security. A chorus of springs and creeks throughout the ranch serenades your days and nights, and a veritable preserve of wildlife lives on premises. The exceptional improvements include a gated entry, paved roads and driveways, underground utilities (phone, gas, electric) and a central water system.