228 Wagon Train Dr., Antonito, Colorado, 81120
Resting on the banks of the Conejos River, in South Central Colorado, surrounded by towering Ponderosa Pines. This masterfully designed waterfront luxury home presents design features and elements that provide a tasteful use of rustic natural materials. The utilization of logs, timbers, beams, iron, and stone resemble the strength of the Rockies. The endless mountain and river views presented through an abundance of decks, balconies and windows, inviting the outdoors inside this fully furnished Colorado riverfront luxury home.
Despite the 7400 sq. ft. of living space, this 6 bedroom, 7 bath rustic home offers quaint and intimate spaces throughout its, form follows function architecture.
The unique themed bedrooms, all present an inspiring story from the rich history of the Rockies. The Victorian Room lends itself to the eclectic charm of the era. The Gold mining room inspires dreams of riches from the mountains and streams. The Cowboy room places you in the saddle herding cows on the range. The Sportsman’s room will take you on an adventure seeking Elk, Deer and fishing for Rainbow Trout. The Railroad Room will place you on an old narrow gauge train ride. The Bankers room brings you to a time when adventurous easterners brought wealth and power to the American West. Each suite is appointed with its own charming bath. Included in each bedroom suite is a playful loft area with ladder for access. All bedrooms are 12’ ft. x 18’ ft..
You and your guests will enjoy the 20’ ft. x 28’ ft. historical game room with open beamed 14 ft.’ ceiling , offering 2 large round card tables for games, cards and puzzles. The large, red felt topped Pool Table is the center of the space, adding an old Western Saloon character with the décor to match. Seating around the pool table is created from old farm tractor seats along a bar to serve refreshments and food, should your family, friends and guests choose to enjoy snacks while entertaining themselves.
The property offers both a cozy indoor, and refreshing outdoor riverfront dining option. Your outdoor deck facing the river is 14’ ft. x 60’ ft. and has ample space for tables, chairs and food service, complete with steam food warmer.
The dining room is 12’ ft. x 24’ ft. and allows for 20 seated guests awaiting meal service. The dining room table was designed by the owners and crafted from locally harvested timbers. The uniqueness of this table is that the owners have installed 20 separate cast iron warming plates directly into the table. The cast Iron warmers resemble the old time stove top burner from vintage kitchens. They are electrically controlled for heat and will keep a diners plate hot all night as the conversations flow around the room.
The kitchen is a baker’s delight with double wall ovens; a cooktop installed in the large center island is surrounded by pantry style open shelving, reminiscent of the old Colorado western general stores. Granite counters and a built in wash service sink at the head of the island make food prep a breeze. A quaint window-side table is for morning coffee and menu planning.
Measuring almost 24 ft. x 60 ft. the see through “ Great Hall “ is entered through large wooden doors fitted with wrought iron metal work and a pulley system, balanced to close the door by the weight of a potted plant, below the front north facing 8’ ft. x 12’ ft. balcony.
The ceilings are just over 35’ ft’ high, with a network of crossed structural beams, anchored together with rustic iron hardware. These elements together create an architectural masterpiece out of shadows and light. To balance the rooms amazing size and views through the beams, creative flooring crafted to imitate a vintage truck bed was installed, utilizing 1.5 inch black metal strips between 10” wooden slats.
The focal point to the space in this fine Colorado Mountain Home is an inset sitting area 15’ ft. x 15’ ft. built around a gas free standing fireplace with copper flue from floor to ceiling. Seating is arranged all around with backlight for reading or enjoying a good conversation.
A formal living room 16’ ft. x 12’ ft. is off the “ Great Hall “ complete with wood burning stove, television and a 24’ ft. ceiling, mirror imaging the wooden beam work throughout this wonderful rustic luxury property. The custom crafted table was built using reclaimed wooden beams from an old footbridge salvaged out of the small Texas town of Kingsville. From above this space is an interior balcony 18’ ft. x 5’ ft. overlooking the rock fireplace surround and the windows to the east.
There is a below grade 18’ ft. x 12’ ft. wine room and cool storage accessed by a staircase from the “Great Hall “with motion activated foot lights. There is ample storage in this space as well to keep seasonal decorations and the like.
You will find a small library space at the end of the “Great Hall “with chairs and mood lighting creating an inviting atmosphere for enjoying a good book, bookshelves and a dedicated wall for displaying photographs. Adjacent to the library space you will find a large wrap around ¾ couch set, custom built using the same timbers from the old bridge in Texas.
A gated entry off the highway fitted with an electronic key pad allows visitors and guests to access the property with secure codes.
This wonderful home has a circular driveway for easy in and out even with larger vehicles. As you enter the driveway to the right are the remnants of a time gone by. Built in 1885, the “Jackpot Lodge “was gathering place for locals to meet up. Playing cards, sharing meals and drinks, and in general western fashion, just have a great time. A part of the lodge has been preserved for historical value and adds much character to the property. To the east of the Home is another original homestead cabin that has been wonderfully preserved and is used for storage of exterior maintenance items.
A replica of an old mining scene is built into the center island that the circular driveway wraps around. Mining carts, mining hardware, and hoist adorn the old wooden structure as a dry creek bed meanders through the scene. The home is surrounded by Aspen Trees, Giant Ponderosa Pines, and wildflowers. 320 ft of the Conejos River for fishing, kayaking, and amazing sounds of rushing water as you see in the video done for the property.
The sellers’ picture framed each of the bedroom doors as well as other interior features with handmade artisan stained glass panels.
The door hardware was crafted from tractor chain gears, metal lever type latches and pin & chain locking mechanism.
Many of the large timbers in this mountain home came from a local saw mill in South Fork Colorado; create platforms for artwork and décor. These rustic beams are supported again by iron gears welded to metal plates affixed to the bottom of the rough beams.
The rustic custom light fixtures as you would expect are as uniquely crafted as the home itself. You will find an old iron hand jack for pumping water at the entry, vintage colanders with cross struts in the dining room. Small wall sconces are mounted throughout this artistic home, crafted from round iron pipe and railroad spikes. There is a vintage fire extinguisher converted to an art piece light fixture on the piano in the ‘Great Hall”. There are several antler fixtures and many other surprises all through this lovely mountain property.
Interior railings all around the upper story catwalk and log staircases are crafted from iron to look like wagon wheels from the stagecoach days of the old west
The following paragraphs describe and explain the dynamics, attractions, and outdoor assets this property is surrounded by.
Flowing from the San Juan Wilderness in southern Colorado north of Chama New Mexico to the Rio Grande on the New Mexico Colorado border the Conejos River provides fly fishing anglers excellent rainbow and brown trout fishing.
Guest Ranches, Fishing Lodges and Camping Areas along the Conejos’ path offer the summer vacationer the ultimate high country mountain vacation experience.
6000 acre Platoro Reservoir near Platoro, Colorado has great fishing, camping, hiking, back packing canoeing and boating.
The Rio Grande National Forest “Hunting Unit 81” is absolutely breath taking. The views are amazing and so is the wildlife. The moose come out every night to graze before bedding down.
The mule deer walk right beside your home. The Elk population is strong and flourishing in the national forest, just minutes from the property. Marmots and the chipmunks are fun to watch as they play along the river and in the trees.. There are several places to fish and picnic. I will say it again; the views here are just amazing.
The San Juan Mountains meet the San Luis Valley about halfway across this unit, which is southeast of Alamosa and holds elk, mule deer and antelope. Much of the western half is in the South San Juan Wilderness and the Rio Grande National Forest.
Much of the western half of the unit is 8,000-11,000 feet above sea level with peaks reaching above 13,000 feet. Timberline is at about 11,500 feet. The dense forests, in the large drainages run through the area, and include part of the South San Juan Wilderness, which is among the most remote and rugged wilderness areas in the Lower 48. The eastern half is part of the San Luis Valley, which is west of the Sangre de Cristo Range and is mostly flat land and low hills. Roughly half of the low terrain is private and half BLM land with the San Luis Hills Area of Critical Environmental Concern on the eastern edge.
Between the San Luis Valley and the Rio Grande National Forest are thousands of acres of state land that surrounds 635-acre La Jara Reservoir State Wildlife Area and includes 2,808-acre La Jara SWA and 9,485-acre Hot Creek SWA. All three state wildlife areas are open to elk and deer hunting.
Because of its quite, individual challenge, and comfortable fit with the area’s wilderness solitude, the Conejos River is an excellent “location” to pursue the fine art of fly fishing.
With spring fed lakes, miles of alpine freestone streams with numerous beaver dams, fishing success is just a cast away.
The San Juan Wilderness Area has an abundance of wildlife and wildflowers to see and enjoy, offering opportunities for nature study and photography. For those who enjoy hiking, the alpine zone near the Conejos offers you a chance to explore the rugged, less accessible areas of the San Juan Mountains.
All the classic Colorado Mountain Home elements are here in perfect combination: great high mountain lakes feed the cool rushing streams that are tributaries to the legendary Conejos River, famous among Colorado and Northern New Mexico fly fishers.