Executive Editor Joanna England, Founder and Publisher Candace Evans, and Columnist Jon Anderson

When searching for a ranch property as a second home, there’s often a laundry list of “must haves” that buyers prioritize. While they may rank in different order, they usually include luxury amenities, nearby recreation, and incredible views. As attendees at the recent SecondShelters.com preview of Alpine Mountain Ranch & Club found out, this fantastic development in Colorado has everything — and then some!

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181 Bull Bugle Bend, Fraser, Colorado, is currently listed by Melinda Lee of LIV Sotheby’s International Realty for $4,500,000.

When a Texan builds a second home in Colorado, you know it’s going to be good. Such is the case with 181 Bull Bugle Bend in Fraser.

“We get great sunrise views and sunset alpenglow,” say the owners Jeff and Lori Pray of Texas, who built the property as a mountain retreat for their family. Jeff flies his private plane into the Kremmling airport when he visits. It’s also just a short two-hour drive from Denver International Airport (DIA) and minutes from world class resorts.

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5147 Gore Circle in Vail, CO is currently listed for $4.25 million by Brian Reske of Brian C. Reske Real Estate.

If you are a mountain buyer on the hunt for new construction in an ideal location, just minutes to the slopes, with the ultimate in privacy, have we got the home for you! The secluded paradise at 5147 Gore Circle in Vail, Colorado, was built by longtime local builder Greg Cummings. Let’s take a look inside!

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19619 Glen Shadows Drive in Colorado Springs is currently listed for $1.85 million by Wanda Ford and Elaine Stucy of LIV Sotheby’s International Realty.

Are you a buyer who seeks the peace and serenity of the mountains? Someone with a penchant for luxury, privacy, and million-dollar views? Well have we got the home for you. This week, we came across a Rocky Mountain listing so hot, you’ll want to jump on the phone right away and schedule a tour!

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Winter Park, CO real estate|candysdirt.com

Photo credit: Carl Frey/Winter Park Resort

Amtrak opened a route from Denver International Airport to Winter Park last year, a ski resort community that’s been a Denver locals’ haunt for years because of its proximity. The new train route has been a game changer, making Winter Park the only ski resort in North America with direct train access from a major city to the slopes. Think about the implications for city-dwellers and Europeans accustomed to traveling by train. For anyone who doesn’t like to drive in snow or be at the mercy of shuttle service. For families with kids who bring along too many friends to fit in a vehicle. For young adults old enough to travel but too young to rent a car …

It’s hard to measure the train’s direct impact, but one thing’s clear: Winter Park, Colorado real estate is booming.

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31 Tarnwood Court in Breckenridge, Colo., is currently listed for $4.950 million by Jeff Paffrath of Paffrath & Thomas Real Estate. Photo Credit: Trulia.

At 31 Tarnwood Court it’s all about the views! Lake, mountain, ski, and valley views that stretch out for miles across Ten Mile Range and Goose Pasture Tarn. With a heavily wooded landscape and Breckenridge ski slopes in the distance, some lucky buyer is in for one epic family getaway.

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27680 Beaver Ridge Road Steamboat Springs, Colo., is currently listed for $6 million by Steamboat Springs Sotheby’s International Realty.

If you’re on the hunt for an equestrian estate with an abundance of wildlife and plenty of acreage to roam, this 331-plus-acre retreat may be just the place you’ve been looking for.

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Estes Park

The beautiful Baldpate Inn in Estes Park, Colo., boasts a century of business and a gorgeous setting – and it’s up for grabs.

The beautiful Estes Park, Colo., is a great place to play — we all know that. But what if we told you that you could also own an entire inn that would provide both a personal playground and a revenue stream? 

This week’s historical shelter is the Baldpate Inn. The Estes Park staple has 12 guest rooms in the main lodge, four cabins, the original homestead, and an outdoor event area. (more…)