CREEKSIDE -- It's magical because of its SETTING.
But, FIRST, recognize the exceptional Spring Creek Canyon, it's namesake stream and community.
THEN, realize the uniqueness of Creekside.
The Spring Creek Canyon
-- Ten miles north of Gunnison, at the resort community of Almont where the Taylor River conjoins with the East River and becomes the Gunnison River, you turn east on County Road 742 for a scenic 7-mile drive up the Taylor Canyon with its towering palisades as it follows the Taylor River towards Taylor Reservoir high in the mountain range in the expansive Taylor Park. (And, don't be surprised should you happen onto a dozen Rocky Mountain rams meandering between the river and their canyon cliff stomping grounds in the vicinity between Mile Markers 3 and 4.)
-- Near Mile Marker 7 and across from the entrance to Harmel's Ranch Resort where Spring Creek flows into the Taylor River, is a north turn for those daring to step yet further into the wild west. You have now entered the Spring Creek Canyon on County Road 744.
-- This community, with perhaps two miles of length before private land concludes and national forest ensues, has an extensive history of homeowner residents escaping the summertime heat of the southern plains states of Oklahoma, Kansas, Texas, and even Colorado's hotter regions. These mostly second homes are scattered throughout the valley floor beneath deep blue skies and nestled between towering steep slopes of evergreens and rock.
-- Far from the madding crowd of autos and pedestrians, the Spring Creek community is picturesque, friendly, with a down-home, backwoods character, and it just feels right. For those with the good fortune of discovering and connecting with the enchantment of Spring Creek, it is a treasured experience with the continuing hope of many future shared visits with family and friends.
Arriving at Creekside
-- One mile north from the CR 742/744 junction, you commit to another significant step away from earthly concerns and towards a heavenly promise. This right turn onto “Broncos Drive” at Eubanks Acres is a commencement into another world, — likened, perhaps, to Dorothy’s travel to Oz in “The Wizard of Oz,” for, during her journey, there was a critical realization when, in Dorothy's bewilderment, she turns to her canine companion and says, “Toto, I’ve a feeling we’re not in Kansas any more."
-- And, now, you creep down a one-lane trail, slowly over the bumps, tightly between the aspen, past the pines, through the field, across the quaint, wood, one-lane bridge, to the right, down the private path, to the end-of-the-road at your retreat, ... Creekside.
Introduction to Creekside
-- To your right flows the perfectly-sized Spring Creek, ... not too big, not too small.
-- To your left, just up the gentle slope from the creek and among the evergreens, rests your home against the canyon's steep, forested and boulder-filled, eastern slope.
-- Creekside is smack-dab in the middle of a special wilderness environment where you will be ... undisturbed / private / peaceful / refreshed / inspired.
-- Creekside allows guests to experience this awesome mountain atmosphere created by this incredible canyon setting of forest, rock, and stream.
-- An elevation of 8000' to help ensure summer coolness
-- Trees for summer shade and the aesthetics of a softened landscape
-- A mountain wilderness with immediate, out-your-front-door hiking
-- A safe, friendly, private, refreshing, and inspiring environment
-- Quick access to Crested Butte and Gunnison for dining, shopping, events, entertainment, recreation, and services
-- The perfect stream to view, hear, wade, and inspire
Creekside's Floor Plan
-- Creekside's living space includes 2,600 square feet.
-- The attached garage on the south end of the home includes an additional 400 sq ft (19' x 21") with its awaiting ping pong table.
-- The home's entry is on the west side, and you enter the home on its mid-level. Moving south from the entry and also on this mid-level is the kitchen, a dining area and sitting room, and the utility room.
-- To the north of the entry, you ascend 7 steps to the upper level living room. This living area includes an additional dining area (the antique, harvest table easily seats 10 adults) and an L-shaped couch in front of the wood burning fireplace with a 65" flat screen TV above. Adjoining this room is a large outdoor wood deck balcony facing the creek to the west.
-- This upper level also includes the master suite with its king bed, fireplace, and master bathroom with his and her separate vanity sinks and 6' tub/shower combination. The master bedroom also has access to the extra-large outdoor wood deck and courtyard on the back side/east side of the home.
-- Going back to the entry on the mid-level, you can also go north and down 7 steps to the lower level living area with its fireplace seating and two game tables. This lower level also includes access to an outdoor patio area located directly below the upper level balcony, and also facing the creek to the west.
-- This lower level has two bedrooms (one with a queen bed, and one with a double bed). These bedrooms are also quite private being separated by a shared full bathroom with a shower.
-- Going back to the entry/mid-level and moving to the south through the kitchen, the sitting and dining area next to the kitchen, and then past the utility room, pantry, and access door to the garage, you can now go up 8 steps to a landing. To your left is the third full bathroom with its tub/shower combination. Straight ahead is the fourth bedroom with four twins and a double bed.
-- Creekside takes further advantage of its setting by providing all three inside living areas (the kitchen's sitting and dining area, as well as the upper and lower level living rooms) with window views of the surrounding outdoors and the creek to the west.
-- Besides the expansive grounds, there are the previously mentioned three outdoor living areas where there is always the opportunity for sun or shade: (1) the front wood deck balcony off of the upper level living area, (2) the fully-enclosed back courtyard extending the full length of the back of the home, and (3) the front patio area next to the front entry and just outside the lower level living area.
Quick Mention of Some Local Activities
-- Yes, hiking is just out the front door of Creekside. But, hiking is everywhere throughout this region. You need only pick up the local trail maps to immerse yourself in these awesome ventures. (See additional information.)
-- The same goes for mountain biking. Crested Butte is the birthplace of the mountain bike. For the past 50 years the area has developed over 750 miles of mountain bike single-track. Bikes are available for rental.
-- Fly fishing, also, is just out the front door on Spring Creek. The purity of the water is excellent allowing even brook trout to thrive. There is also a good population of brown trout, and the deeper holes or pools are your best opportunities. We never keep our fish, but immediately return them unharmed back to their waters to ensure that there are always fish to catch. Of course, it goes without having to say that, fly fishing opportunities are in abundance no matter what direction you choose to go in the Crested Butte area, the Gunnison Valley, and beyond. The local fly shops in Crested Butte, Almont, and Gunnison can provide further help with available water and guide services.
-- Creekside is easily accessible to the famous Taylor Park by continuing to travel up the Spring Creek Canyon on County Road 744 or going back to County Road 742 and proceeding up the Taylor River Canyon to the Reservoir, then into Taylor Park. This area is an enormous, picturesque playground for campers, dirt bikers, 4-wheelers, and side-by-siders. There are miles of dirt roads and trails for these motor-recreationers to play upon.
-- Regarding music, the Crested Butte Music Festival has events all summer long, and Alpenglow hosts a free weekly concert on Monday evenings. The local joints are good about offering live music. (See additional information.)
-- Crested Butte has the distinction as the Wildflower Capital of Colorado. There are some 200 events offered throughout the summer. (See additional information.)
-- Gunnison is also the home of Western State Colorado University. There are various educational programs available to the public throughout the summer at Western State.
-- A quick mention of other activities: rafting; horseback riding; SUP (stand-up-paddle boarding), art workshops, historical walking tours, a farmers market.
A Couple More Creekside Features That Need Mentioning
-- There is plenty of parking, including a space for a travel trailer, motor home, or boat.
-- Because you are at the end-of-the-road, there are no concerns of dust from passing traffic.
Creekside during the Ski Season
-- We've all seen the magic of a Thomas Kincade-like mountain-cabin-in-the-winter-woods landscape painting. After a day of downhill skiing, retreat to Creekside's real-life winter scene of serenity and solitude.
-- If you are game for a cold-weather hike, a pair of snowshoes, or cross-country skis, then you may have a Creekside mind-set.
-- If stoking the fire, a home-cooked meal, and a good book have an appeal, you, too, may be ready for Creekside in the wintertime.
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