Originally constructed in 1995, the Bearslide Lodge was operated as a hunting lodge for several years. The current ownership purchased the ranch in 2000 and has enjoyed it as their summer residence ever since. The main lodge consists of 6,400 square feet and comes fully furnished.
The hunting lodge was recently underwent an extensive remodeled. The exterior received new Trex decking, James Hardy cement siding, fresh exterior paint. Stone wrapped columns were added to the decks and many upgrades were made throughout the interior of the building as well including new flooring throughout.
Currently—as furnished, the building could easily sleep 20 people. The lodge has 7 bedrooms and 2 non-conforming bedrooms. There are 6 bathrooms throughout the building and one of the downstairs bathrooms has 2 toilet stalls and a shower. The lodge is being offered fully furnished.
The kitchen has a commercial gas range with a commercial grade stainless steel hood with built-in fire suppression. In addition to the main kitchen sink there is also a stainless steel 3-tub sink with floor drain. A full size freezer resides in the walk-in pantry adjacent to the kitchen.
A camp-style dining table seats plenty with bar seating along the raised countertop. There is also a mini bar and lounging area with couches and a TV off of the kitchen and dining areas.
The main lobby of this hunting lodge has an inviting foyer, lounge seating with a TV and a room that would function very well as an office or check-in for arriving guests. There is a beautiful wildlife display in the gaming area which contains a billiard table and a high table and with chairs.
The rustic charm consistently flows throughout the space with full-size wildlife mounts, bear and wolf-skin rugs, antler light fixtures, lodge pole furniture and extensive tongue and groove aspen wood walls and ceilings throughout.
The 919 acre ranch starts out at 7,200’ in pinon and juniper forest and rises to 8,800’ in elevation among the aspen and spruce. Oak brush covers much of the property as well. Ward Creek, a major tributary of the Gunnison River and year round creek, runs through the property. There are also several minor creeks that flow in the early spring and may or may not dry up in the late summer—depending on the yearly snow pack. Several ponds dot the 919 acre hunting property and the views extending southward to the Surface Creek Valley and San Juan Mountain Range are outstanding.
The terrain is varied with steep sections as well as gentle slopes and there are several parks and smaller meadows with sagebrush and mountain grasses amongst some very densely populated areas of oak brush. Nearly 3 miles of main trail, wide enough for a side x side, comes up from the lodge below and loops through the bottom half of the property. Narrower trails extend northward and can be traversed by ATV, horseback or on foot.
The hunting potential on this mountain property is quite good. Located in GMU 411 with over-the-counter elk tags for 2nd & 3rd rifle seasons. The elk herds on the Grand Mesa are managed for a 4:1 cow to bull ratio and herd numbers across the Mesa are close to 10,000 elk. Private acreage of this size would certainly qualify for landowner tags and with proper game management the hunting could be quite outstanding. Black bear and mountain lion populate the area as well as the occasional moose. In addition to hunting, this recreational property is a prime place for hiking, mountain biking, horseback riding and ATV exploration.
The lodge could be sold separately on 40 acres, but the possibility of utilizing this rare mountain acreage bordering the Grand Mesa National Forest would be lost. A property like this to use as a stay and play mountain destination does not come along often. The hospitality possibilities are numerous including yurt campsites throughout the property, guided hunts, horseback trail rides, nature hikes, mountain biking trails ATV exploration, etc. Bring your vision and your imagination—this is a rare find!