Lazy H Ranch - Larkspur, Colorado
Douglas County, Colorado Equestrian Ranch For Sale
Lot Size: 1,400 Acres
The Lazy H Ranch in Douglas County is one of the finest equestrian ranches in the Front Range of Colorado. Everything on the ranch, from its 1400 acres of rolling mountain grasslands to its 39,000-square-foot indoor riding arena, points to a property custom made for horses and horse lovers. Almost never does a large ranch come onto the market which is within a 40-minute drive of either Denver or Colorado Springs, and one with the exceptional improvements of the Lazy H is rarer yet. Those looking for a quality horse and recreational property in a scenic Front Range location should put the Lazy H Ranch at the top of their "must-see" list.
The 7300-foot highlands at the northern edge of the Black Forest create an idyllic setting for the ranch. Throughout the ranch, spectacular views of Pikes Peak and the Rampart Range are as common as days of Colorado-blue skies. Large expanses of grasslands flanked by ponderosa pine forests are perfect for raising and riding horses and are favored by wildlife as well. Elk, deer, mountain lion and black bear regularly wander through the property, and smaller species of animals and birds are abundant. A conservation easement protects the wildlife and open space values on the ranch. Water is plentiful on the ranch, including the seasonal flow of Iron Gulch, the spring-fed Crowfoot Creek and three windmills, four wells and ten stock ponds.
The magnificent setting of the ranch is complemented by equally magnificent improvements. The impressive owner's residence was designed by Michael Barber Architecture, an award-winning Denver firm, and is in the Plains Victorian style. Its 14,000-square feet include an impressive Great Room with gas fireplace, complete master suite, library/office, formal dining room, gourmet kitchen, and an eight-sided, two-story breakfast nook. This remarkable home also includes a large recreation room with wet bar, full guest suite and two additional guest bedrooms, each with a separate bath. The basement area has been roughed-in to provide space for a wine cellar and theatre. In addition to the owner's residence, two more homes are located in the southeastern corner of the ranch. They can serve as manager's or guest houses, and are over 3000 square feet apiece, each with three bedrooms.
First-rate equestrian facilities put the Lazy H Ranch into a league of its own. A two-story horse barn is connected to the owner's home through a covered porch and includes four stalls with auto-water devices, and a tack room, vet room, laundry and restroom. The second barn is attached to the indoor arena and includes 16 stalls and 2 foaling stalls, along with a tack room, wash stall, laundry room and restroom.
A 245x160-foot indoor riding arena is the centerpiece of the Lazy H Ranch's equestrian improvements. Completed in 2004, it includes a dirt/sand surface, elevated announcer's booth with sound system, natural gas heaters and abundant windows for natural lighting. Connected to the riding arena is a 120x60-foot extension housing offices, restrooms, kitchen and an auction/sale ring. This facility is tailor-made for horse events or sales in first-class fashion.
Additional horse facilities include a training round pen and outdoor roping arena. The ranch is also well-equipped to handle cattle, with a cow barn that includes a vet room and show area. A hay barn, grain shed and equipment shed completes the long list of outstanding improvements on the ranch.
Only eight miles from Interstate 25, the Lazy H Ranch is remarkably convenient to both Denver (38 miles) and Colorado Springs (24 miles). From airports at both cities, the rest of the country and even much of the world is within reach.
Like an exceptional quarterhorse, the Lazy H Ranch stands apart as a true thoroughbred of a property. Those who are serious about raising, training and/or selling horses will find the Lazy H Ranch the perfect match for their passion.