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Design Criteria

Careful consideration was given to architectural style, size, placement, and the use of eco-friendly materials and earth-based colors… resulting in an exquisite one-of-a-kind prototype home worthy of and sensitive to its inclusion in one of the most beautiful national parks in America. There are only two privately-owned (owns the land) contemporary homes inside America's 59 national parks. This one, and a home within Zion National Park.


Square Footage

  • 4,754 total square feet, including veranda and porches

  • 3,758 heated square feet, including two-bay heated garage

  • Plus an additional 3,300 square feet of heated exterior snow melt (driveway, sidewalks, pool area)



The subject 33.269 acre parcel was originally part of a larger 112.497 acre park private inholding owned by the seller. The seller sold an adjacent 79.228 acre parcel in 2010 for $2,120,000 cash, unimproved, undeveloped and deed restricted to one single family residence on a designated 20 acre footprint . . . no power, no water, no sewer, no surfaced road.  NOTE:  In January 2016, during the Centennial Celebration of the National Park Service, this 79.228 acre parcel was generously GIFTED to the National Park Service by owner Elliotsville Plantation, Inc. The subject 33.269 acre parcel is now an island of private land inside the national park (non-conservation easement).  See included maps and survey.



33.269 acres nestled into a 30,000 acre American national park. Secured gated entrance, plus a locked federal gate on the East Portal Road five months of the year, delivers outstanding privacy and seclusion. From this home, you will never, for all eternity, see another home, or the lights of another home.  All of the land in the veranda viewshed is federally controlled national park land… locked away forever.


Security System



Dark Sky Lighting

In consideration of inclusion in a national park, this estate features environment-sensitive “dark sky” state-of-the-art infrared lighting.


Black Canyon Jet Center

  • The finest fixed base operations facility on the western slope of Colorado -and only 25 minutes from the front door of the subject property

  • ATA trained and certified staff with over 40 years of experience

  • Air BP 100LL Avgas and Jet A with or without anti-icing

  • De-icing services

  • Ample heated hangar space in a new 27,000 sq.ft. hangar built specifically to house Gulfstream V and Challenger size aircraft

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Montrose Regional Airport

  • Runway 17/35, north to south, 10,000 feet long and 150 feet wide

  • Precision instrument approach with MALSR’s, REIL’s, and PAPI’s with pilot controlled high intensity runway lights

  • Elevation 5,759 feet

  • Service by Continental Airlines, American Airlines, Delta Airlines and United Express to Denver International. A great percentage of the Telluride summer and winter ski traffic is handled by this airport.



Over two hundred plants and trees were chosen by a horticulturist for this elevation of 8500 feet. An environmentally friendly system, all plants are watered in a zeriscape drip system that sources its water from rain collected from the roof and driveway.

Living With Nature

An amazing array of birds and wildlife make the Black Canyon National Park their home. The list includes eagles, Peregrine falcons, and many varieties of cliff-dwelling birds. There is also deer, elk, black bear, mountain lions, bobcats and Bighorn sheep. These animals are in the shadows and at times they are on the veranda, literally… captured via security CCTV cameras.

If fly fishing is your passion, the Gold-Medal designated Gunnison River is just 12 minutes from the front door via the paved 16% grade East Portal Road.

Good To Know

Elevation at the home is 8,450 feet.


Designed by Arizona architect Michael C. Daily as a single story structure with southwestern Santa Fe style architecture, the home has an extremely high luxury level of finish. The home is a prototype, constructed with steel, Rastra and other materials that make it noncombustible.


Additional features include a large covered veranda overlooking the canyon, artisan gas outdoor fire pit, xeriscape flower gardens with sprinkler systems. The 3,300 square foot outdoor parking area, spa area, and sidewalks all have underground heat for snow melting.


With the protection provided by a national park, the wildlife native to this area are daily visitors crossing the property. Primary game species are mule deer and elk. Rocky Mountain bighorn sheep, bear, mountain lion and smaller cats are also observed. Black Canyon offers the unique perspective of looking down on many types of raptors as they cruise through the canyon.


A short 12-minute drive from the front door puts one on the Gunnison River, a designated Gold Medal and Wild Trout Water. These waters begin 200 yards downstream from Crystal Dam and continue to the North Fork of the Gunnison some 20+ miles downriver. Of the 9,000 miles of trout water in Colorado only 168 miles are designated Gold Medal and many of those miles are found right here on the Gunnison River. Peak time is early June for the renowned salmon fly hatch. Floating the river between the colorful canyon walls of Gunnison Gorge is a memorable experience, with numerous rapids and productive holes holding large brown and rainbow trout.


The surrounding environs provide tremendous recreational opportunities. Enjoy and explore the combined attributes of Black Canyon National Park, Gunnison Gorge National Conservation Area and the Curecanti National Recreation Area. These three contiguous national treasures have separate identities, offering everything from wilderness camping to watersports. Rafting and float fishing through the Gunnison Gorge National Conservation Area makes up a wonderful day. Kayaking routes on the Gunnison are available for the beginner to the expert. For the adventurous, Black Canyon National Park offers some of the best and most technical rock climbing in the west.


The Telluride ski area and Crested Butte ski areas are only one hour and 45 minutes from the driveway.


Property taxes are approximately $3,700.00 annually.


Seller will convey any mineral interest it owns.


  • Freeform gunnite poured theraputic spa, fully tiled, no plaster, with Xypex cementious crystalline waterproofing, hard as nails acrylic grout, FIBERSTARS perimeter fiber optic lighting and Jazz pool light

  • Premium JANDY spa equipment, with integrated controls, all contained in a sound-buffered building

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