Nestled in a spectacular canyon-like setting flanked by inspiring cliff walls and lush timbered hillsides sits a fishing community with established roots and exceptional fishing. Crystal Creek on the Taylor River is a 400±- acre community located outside of the thriving resort community of Crested Butte with some of the most productive trout habitat in the continental United States. There is a grand log home with custom rustic designs and finishes with comfortable spaces, steps from the magnificent fishing on the renowned Taylor River. Rarely does a residence in this 13-home community become available on the open market. This offering represents an excellent opportunity to become a part of this storied fishing legacy and a chance to make memories with family and friends that will last a lifetime.
Location: Set among the scenic grandeur of one of Colorado’s most inspiring settings, Crystal Creek offers easy access to commercial and private air capabilities, resort amenities and limitless recreational opportunities. The location of Crystal Creek on the Taylor River offers the best of all worlds – quiet seclusion surrounded by forest land, while being easily accessible with daily commercial flights to nearby Gunnison-Crested Butte Regional Airport. The regional airport is also home to Gunnison Valley Aviation, a full service FBO, offering private air travel services. The ranch is approximately 40 minutes from Gunnison. Gunnison is a thriving western town with a rich ranching heritage, higher education at Western State College, and adventures for those individuals who enjoy the lifestyle afforded by close proximity to a variety of recreational pursuits. Gunnison provides most major conveniences from grocery stores to fly shops, as well as inspiring art galleries and quality dining options.
Live Water: The fishing on the Taylor River, and more specifically the Crystal Creek section, is without question a 10 out of 10 by any angler’s measure. The tailwater section of the river begins approximately 7 miles upstream as the cool water is released from the Taylor Park Reservoir. The 400-acre Crystal Creek community features water alive with voracious browns, acrobatic rainbows and eager cutthroat trout, nearly all of which are exceptionally large. Very few sections of river exist with all of the conditions precisely in concert necessary to recruit and hold the extensive numbers and size of cold water sport fish as Crystal Creek. There are consistent flows at precisely the right temperatures and an abundance of nutrient-rich aquatic insects steadily churning into, and reproducing in the system. This culmination of the right factors has resulted in one of the finest trout fisheries in the entire West – this legacy fishing paradise represents an opportunity to own a rich sporting sanctuary the family will share and enjoy for many years to come.
Improvements: Built by custom log craftsman Steve Cappellucci, and designed by award-winning architect Weldon Turner, the home is a charming blend of stone and wood finishes. Comprised of 4,700± sqft above grade, and a well-finished basement of approximately 2,700 sqft, the log home offers 6 bedrooms and 5 bathrooms. The master suite, complete with his and her vanities, is located on the main floor yet set off privately, providing ease of access and quiet respite after a long day fighting robust trout. The great room offers floor-to-ceiling windows looking toward Hall’s Run, a spring-creek style fishery, mere steps from the back patio.
Summary: The Crystal Creek on the Taylor River represents a rare opportunity to become a part of this well-managed fishing community on one of the best trout rivers in the United States. The 7,400 sqft home is beautifully built and conveniently located to access the rich recreational opportunities that abound in this spectacular area of Colorado.
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