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Home on the Ranch

09/18/2019 04:54PM ● By Alesha Damerville

By Alesha Damerville

STEAMBOAT SPRINGS – There are plenty of reasons to love Routt County, but no matter who you ask, views will invariably top their list. Among the best views in the area can be found at Sidney Peak Ranch, seven miles south of the Steamboat Ski Area.

Ed Calhoun has been a full-time resident at Sidney Peak Ranch since 2007. He made his selection after exploring competitive options in the area. “This is a fully operational ranch, and that’s a bit of a different scenario than the others,” Calhoun says. “There is cattle, hay and horse barns. My wife is crazy about horses, so that helped. 

The Sidney Peak Ranch working ranch community is located a mere 13-minute drive from Steamboat Ski Area. The 32 large ranch plots were developed with privacy, peace and tranquility in mind. 

Views of Blacktail Mountain can be seen from Calhoun’s property, boasting dramatically angled slopes where the elk population find refuge during the winter months. The ability to visually check on the conditions at the Steamboat Ski Area from his home is another bonus, he says 

Living on the ranch has inspired relaxation for Calhoun and his wife. During their first several years living at Sidney Peak Ranch, they were the only full-time residents. 

Calhoun is the president of the Sidney Peak Homeowner’s Association, so he’s had the opportunity to meet all of the residents. However, seeing them outside of this capacity is rare. “That’s another great thing…the plots are far enough apart, that you don’t have the closeness that you have in town,” he says. “Although the neighbors are great, you don’t really see them very often.”

Calhoun spends much of his downtime watching wildlife and hiking. “Living on the ranch, you have the opportunity to see things you don’t normally get to see every day,” he says. Now that he’s retired, he’s found time to work on his passion project of working on old cars and trucks. 

“Another reason we chose this ranch is it’s easy to jump onto 131 and be in town,” Calhoun adds. “Good roads in the wintertime can be hard to find. At some of the other options in town, that’s not exactly the case.”

Eight of the 32 plots are still available. For more information visit

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