This mountain property is a perfect retreat destination for someone now living in Phoenix, northern Arizona, or Albuquerque. Because the desert state of Arizona has almost 7 million residents, and it lacks any real mountain ranges, combined with a serious lack of water, wildlife and firewood, and with summer temperatures reaching well over 100°, the entire state is a poor choice for a long-term preparedness retreat.
This hideaway is located in the mountains of southwest Colorado - approximately 450 miles from Phoenix or 240 miles from Albuquerque - and so a 6-hour bug out drive is required to reach the site from Phoenix (or 4 hours from Albuquerque).
This undeveloped 3-acre parcel is 20 miles north of the small town of Durango, Colorado - far from any major population densities, potential nuclear strike targets, coastlines and national borders - yet close enough to a small town for groceries and shopping and other amenities like a good hospital and major airport. Even though the property is accessible year-round, the remote mountain location provides for serious seclusion and solitude. The land itself is heavily treed with large pines and aspens, which gives it excellent privacy along with a lifetime supply of firewood.
High and dry describes the property well as it slopes enough for excellent drain off, and there are several nice spots for a cabin or camper trailer. Power and phone are located just a short distance from the property line. There is a strong-flowing year-round spring nearby and easily accessible that provides for free, clean, and unlimited water, and other springs and creeks in the area provide for back-up sources. Or you can have your own private water well drilled. Wildlife abounds as deer and grouse are often seen on the property and all throughout the area. Elk hunting is also prime here. Almost every kind of outdoor recreation can be done right nearby including fly, stream, shore, boat, and ice fishing, along with boating, ATVing, snowmobiling, and four-wheeling.
Expensive preparedness supplies can be stored on site safely when the owner is away with the addition of either an above-ground shipping container or underground root cellar or fallout shelter. Or they could be stored in a storage unit in the nearby small town. Having the majority of one’s stuff stored either on-site or nearby allows one to travel light, fast and inconspicuous when the time comes to bug out for real, thus maximizing the chances of a successful drive.
One could establish a decent retreat quickly and fairly inexpensively with the addition of a small log cabin, a camper trailer, or perhaps just a yurt for starters.
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In the summer any two-wheel drive car can easily reach the property. However, in the winter months a 4WD SUV or truck is needed. Even though a contractor plows the road in the wintertime, there may be times when tire chains are required. Regardless, year-round access is guaranteed.
The area is very heavily wooded with Colorado Blue Spruce, Douglas Fir, and large aspens. In the fall the aspen trees are especially beautiful because of the golden yellow leaves that eventually fall to the ground blanketing it with rich colors.
The property is located at the southern edge of the mighty San Juan Mountains and the Weminuche Wilderness, which offer a lifetime of outdoor activities; picnicking, hiking, camping, hunting, fishing, ice fishing, boating, snowshoeing, downhill skiing, cross-country skiing, snowmobiling, ATVing, four wheel driving, horseback riding, and outdoor photography.
These mountains are the second largest uninhabited area in the contiguous United States, taking a back seat only to Montana’s Bob Marshall Wilderness. The difference between the two being that the Bob is almost completely road less while much of the San Juans are crisscrossed with hundreds of miles of historic mining roads which provide excellent backcountry access for the modern day sportsman. This area, having so many high-altitude backroads so easily accessible to the general public, is one of the finest places in the entire world for off road driving.
The San Juan Mountains offers some of the best fishing in Colorado, whether with a fly rod on the streams and rivers, or from a boat on the lakes. World class fly fishing for trophy size trout awaits the angler year-round. The Animas River can be fished from right in the middle of downtown town during one’s lunch hour, or if one wants to get really serious, there are many remote high country lakes in the middle of the largest wilderness area in Colorado, the Weminuche Wilderness. Both the Animas River and the Florida River have several sections which have been designated as gold metal waters. In the wintertime the cold weather warms the hearts of ice anglers, who enjoy good ice fishing at several large reservoirs in the county. Fishing on the solitude of a quiet frozen lake provides an opportunity to experience nature like you never have before.
While there are several reservoirs with boat ramps and campgrounds in La Plata County, one of them is located just 3 miles from the property. It is stocked with both trout and kokanee salmon. One of the county’s largest reservoirs has a full service marina, lakeside restaurants, and other services. This particular body of water, Vallecito Reservoir, holds the current state record for Northern Pike at 30 pounds, and previously held the state record for German Brown at 24 pounds. The world famous tail waters of the San Juan River, which flows out of the Navajo Dam, just one hour drive from Durango, holds approximately three to four thousand fish per mile in the first three miles below the dam.
Hunting in the San Juans is also about as good as it gets. There is nothing like the eerie, haunting sound of a massive bull elk’s bugle resonating in the mountains around you. The abundant wildlife includes trophy elk, mule deer, black bear, big horn sheep, mountain goats, turkey, grouse, coyotes, foxes, waterfowl and fish.
Colorado has an estimated population of 280,000 elk and 466,000 deer - more than any other state or Canadian Providence. Deer and grouse are seen almost every day near the property. Elk are also seen occasionally. The owner of this land can pursue the stately elk from his own backyard. Hunting season begins in August for deer and September for elk, and continues through the winter months for other game, while fishing can be done year round.
Speaking of back yards, the San Juan Mountains and Weminuche Wilderness are truly awesome and spectacular. Thirteen of Colorado's 54 “fourteeners” and 29 of the state's one hundred highest peaks are located there. No other range in the lower forty-eight offers the immensity and diversity of these mountains. Alpine lakes and meadows, canyons, waterfalls, cataracts, unusual geologic formations, historic mines and broad variations in elevation and climate characterize the area. This vast mountain topography covers an area from east to west of more than 120 miles and from north to south of more than 60 miles; almost 2 million acres of public-owned land. The Continental Divide crosses the heart of the Weminuche Wilderness for 42 miles. Amidst the high mountains there is an activity for everyone, from simple hikes to extreme high altitude mountaineering.
You'll never tire of the natural atmosphere. In the springtime, wildflowers speckle the hills with a myriad of colors that stretch from peak to valley. Colorado's state flower, the Blue Columbine, thrives in the cool habitat. In the fall, aspens turn gold, scrub oak turns red and the first snow blankets the peaks. It's a great season to spend time in the mountains. Of course, fall is also synonymous with fluorescent orange, as hunters return for their annual pilgrimage.
The winter months bless the area with a balance of snow and sunshine, creating an eden few winter sports enthusiasts can resist. The Durango Mountain Ski Resort, with its 260 inches of snow annually, has 11 lifts, 1,360 acres of skiable terrain and a vertical drop of 2,029 feet. For the more adventurous outdoorsmen, helicopter and snowcat skiing in the high mountains is challenging, and not for the faint of heart. Those looking for more intimate, less expensive ski trips can explore the hills on cross-country skis or snowshoes.
As for snowmobiling, the San Juan Sledders Snowmobile Club of Durango grooms many miles of trails in five different areas with their snowcat. These trails offer both groomed trail riding as well as large, open meadows and mountainside play areas. The owner of this parcel can ride their snowmobile right from the property and be cruising up one of the groomed trails in just a few minutes.
Better yet is trailering one's snow machine to Molas Pass - a stretch of U.S. Highway 550 only 44 miles north of Durango. Because of the easy accessibility and spectacular high altitude scenery (10,900 feet above sea level). The Molas Pass area is one of the most popular areas for snowmobiling in all of Colorado. The Silverton Snowmobile Club grooms approximately 68 miles of snowmobile trails in the Molas Pass area every winter.
One of the best aspects of these mountains are touring the many historic mining ruins. The remnants of buildings and mines constructed by the early pioneers make perfect destinations for a historic good time. There are almost 100 ghost towns and mining settlements that can be reached within a half-day four-wheel drive from Durango.
The near-by mountain towns of Silverton, Ouray, Telluride and Lake City are all interconnected by four-wheel drive roads which range from mild to high and wild. Imogene Pass tops out at 13,114 feet high with many multi-thousand foot drop-offs along the way. Blackbear Pass, Ophir Pass, Yankee Boy Basin and many others bring life-long memories back to all those who have visited them. These mountains are touted by off-road enthusiasts as being the best, family-oriented four wheeling areas to be found in the entire country. Be sure to leave your conventional 2WD car at home when you come to Durango. You'll need a good 4WD to tour the majestic San Juans.
Hardcore four-wheeling fans from all around the nation come to nearby Farmington, New Mexico to test their machismo as nowhere else in the nation is the sport of extreme rock crawling more enthusiastically embraced. 4WD clubs such as the Southwest Four Wheel Drive Association and Cliffhangers Four Wheel Drive Club, both based in Farmington, and Creeper Jeepers from Durango, host many events at numerous destinations such as Chokecherry Canyon near Farmington.
Because the Chokecherry Canyon OHV area offers such a myriad of possibilities for wheeling on the endless varieties of eroded sandstone surfaces, the Goodyear Skyjacker Extreme Rock Crawling National Championship is held there annually.
And if that isn't enough, just three hours away from Durango is the off-road mecca of Moab, Utah, which brings off-roaders from all over the world to experience scenic drives and backcountry trails. Every year around Easter time, Moab hosts the Easter Jeep Safari during which thousands of off-road enthusiasts come from far away to participate in the safari.
Just outside the town of Moab are the Canyonlands and Arches National Parks. And a few hours further away are Zion National Park, Bryce National Park, and last but not least, the Grand Canyon National Park. Closer to home in Colorado is the newly designated Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park. To get to the Black Canyon from Durango, one takes highway 550 north, following the scenic Million Dollar Highway. This highway rivals Montana’s Going to the Sun Highway in Glacier National Park in scenery. This route is part of the San Juan Skyway, a 236-mile loop that was Colorado's first National Forest Scenic Byway. Many wildlife reserves, National Monuments and other areas of interest are also found throughout the four corners region.
Taking a day long ride on the historic Durango and Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad is a great way to see the mountains as many of the pioneers once did. The narrow rails, which are set only three feet apart, support the giant coal locomotive as it climbs the steep mountain grades from downtown Durango all the way to the historic mountain town of Silverton.
Mountain biking is also extremely popular in the awesome San Juans as trails are almost endless. One route, the Colorado trail, runs from Molas Pass over Bolam Pass and Kennebek Pass, ending up 77 miles later in Durango. Adventure magazine lists this ride in its top ten adrenaline trips.
A 40-minute drive southbound from the property takes you to the historic town of Durango, Colorado. While the property is at 9,300 feet elevation, and the winters there can be harsh, Durango is only 6,500 feet. The town enjoys a moderate climate with nearly 300 days of sunshine a year, so wintertime in town is generally mild, sunny, and dry. Summer temperatures are rarely above the high eighties.
Seated in the Animas Valley, between the Rocky Mountains and the desert southwest, Durango stands out from all other small towns on the western slope of Colorado. With a population of only 17,500, Durango has a pleasant mix of people, from country folks to college kids.
The town is large enough to access the goods and services not generally available in many other small towns. For example, Durango has a 24-hour grocery store, a Home Depot, Walmart, and even a 24-hour Denny’s Restaurant. Durango is home to such a wide variety of restaurants (over 100) that you might forget you are in a small town. Whether your preference is casual or elegant, there is a restaurant to suit your mood.
Perhaps most important of the services Durango offers is the local hospital. Mercy Medical Center opened a new state-of-the-art hospital in June of 2006. It is the largest and most technologically advanced medical facility in southwestern Colorado, complete with Level III Trauma Center designation and a Life Flight emergency medical helicopter. Also, both the local ambulance and fire rescue teams are staffed with advanced life support paramedics.
Equally important for some is having an airport nearby. La Plata County’s airport, 12 miles SW of town, has daily non-stop commercial flights to and from Phoenix, Albuquerque and Denver.
Even though Durango is located far from the big cities, the town is bustling with cultural activities. Boredom never has a chance to set in as there are dozens of year-round events, festivals, and concerts. A Taste of Durango is a flavorful festival of food featuring the area’s fine local restaurants. Snowdown, a zany event that lasts for a full 5 days, is a sure cure for any winter induced cabin fever. The Durango Film Festival is a local version of the internationally-renown Telluride Film Festival. The Durango Cowboy Gathering in which local and internationally known cowfolk share their poems and high ridin’ antics underscores the town’s cultural heritage.
But don’t the wrong idea. Durango ain’t no hick town. Every Labor Day weekend, Durango hosts their own miniature Sturgis – The Four Corners Motorcycle Rally – during which thousands of Iron Horses (better known as Harleys) line the main street downtown, ride in the motorcycle parade, and mix jovially with the locals and tourists, horse ridin’ cowboys included. The rally also features smokin’ hot bar-b-ques, a star studded line up of rock n’ roll bands, a biker babe contest, biker rides including demo rides, and even family fun events such as a mutton bustin’ contest for the kids.
Durango hosts several competitive athletic events each year. Most notably, each July the World Cup Iron Horse Bicycle Classic races are held. This event is one of eight such biking competitions held around the world, and, as such, attracts participants from around the planet. One of the most popular races is the classic standoff between the Durango and Silverton Narrow Gauge Train and the many cyclists to see who can complete the 45 mile, 5,500-foot climb to the town of Silverton first. Well, every year when the old locomotive steams its way to the mining town hours later, many of the cyclists will be waiting to welcome it.
Also held in July, the Animas River Days is a local kayaking competition. Of course, numerous whitewater outfitters offer rafting trips all summer long.
So not only is Durango and the many surrounding areas a part of the country where one can have a very good life until the coming inevitable financial collapse of society occurs, but it is also an excellent area for a preparedness retreat. And society will collapse. The problems America is facing are unimaginably worse than most people realize.
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Many people believe you need at least 40 acres for preparedness property so that there is enough room for a solar panel array, a large greenhouse, a large garden, fruit trees, and pastures for livestock. But a large spread might very well be one’s downfall by creating an obvious target for freebooters to raid. One of the main rules of preparedness is called OPSEC (for operational security). In layman’s terms, OPSEC means keeping your activities secret so that others cannot figure out what you are up to. Unfortunately, after the coming financial collapse, large greenhouses and the like will broadcast to marauders that you have what they desperately need. It is a recipe for failure.
At 9,300 feet elevation, the winters at this 3-acre property are long and the snowpack gets deep. But this factor, combined with the out-of-the-way location and end-of-the-road privacy provides for real security without the need for 24/7 armed roving patrols – which realistically is unsustainable over months and years.
Storing a large amount of food and being able to supplement that with wild game and fish is a much better, more low profile plan than openly growing food and raising livestock. A small cabin hidden away high in the Rocky Mountains is a different preparedness philosophy, but it is a plan that is more likely to succeed.
The owner of this property calls this logic “home sweet secret home.”
Some of the many possibilities for a retreat dwelling include a shipping container home, a camper trailer or motorhome covered by a snow shed, a KOA-style cabin, a small log cabin, or a larger house of any style.
Many preppers have modified shipping containers into very cool houses, as can be found here.
Perhaps the quickest way to set up a retreat is to build a snow shed to protect a camper trailer or motorhome from heavy snowfalls.
One or two room KOA-style cabins made out of tongue-and-groove logs can be purchased as a kit and quickly assembled on site. This company make a deluxe cottage cabin that offers all of the comforts of home including a kitchen and bathroom.
The best set-up is having a hidden underground fallout shelter buried below a mountain cabin. This divides up the living space – half above ground and half below – so you don’t need as large of a house. It also allows for one to safely store expensive preparedness gear and food in the shelter while away. Although, there has never been a burglary in the 40+ year history of the area where this property is located.
There are 4.2 million people living in the greater Phoenix area. When the financial collapse happens, it will be a hot bed for violence and civil unrest. And Albuquerque is currently the murder capital of America. Not only that but Albuquerque holds the number one spot in the nation for every category of major crimes; murder, robbery, aggravated assault, rape, burglary, arson, and motor vehicle theft. Furthermore, the corrupt Albuquerque Police Department has a longstanding history of brutality and unnecessary deadly force. They are some of the most heinous thugs in American policing. If you are living in either of these death traps, you’d better have a good exit strategy.
The handwriting is on the wall. The situation in America is dire. Now is the time to be proactive about the future. The time left to prepare could be very short.
Investing in the “four Gs” of preparedness - gold, guns, groceries and gravel (land) - is the only strategy that makes sense.