We’re blessed to live on 361 acres of really beautiful land in southwest Colorado, where the Rocky Mountains meet the red rock canyons of the Colorado Plateau. We choose to live here because of the quality of life this area provides – a very safe, close-knit community surrounded by endless mountains, forests, and canyons to explore.
It's peaceful and quiet here. Sometimes we hear frogs, crickets, and wind in the trees, but mostly we hear quiet. We smell sage and pine after it rains. We see deer, elk, wild turkeys, sunsets, and star-filled night skies.
At an elevation of 7000 feet, we enjoy a four season climate with over 300 days of sunshine per year. We straddle two distinct southern Rocky Mountain life zones: Pinon-Sage-Juniper Woodlands (generally between 5,000 ft and 7,000 ft) and Ponderosa Pine Forests (generally between 7,000 ft and 9,000 ft). And because we also have irrigation water on our land, we enjoy quite a variety of trees, grasses, flowers, crops, wildlife, and domestic animals.
Our 24 homes are clustered along a pedestrian pathway on just a few acres in the middle of our land. At the center of our neighborhood is our Common House and terrace, Village Green, and kids’ play structure. On the edge of the cluster are our parking lots, workshop, play field, dome greenhouse, orchard, gardens, henhouse, and trailheads to our 7 miles of trails for walking, running, horseback riding, XC skiing, snowshoeing, and biking. A short walk through the Village Green and into the woods brings you to the hot tub. Walk a few minutes to the northeast and you come to the tennis and basketball court. To the southwest in the Ponderosa Pine Forest is the yurt and sledding hill. Just up Raven Ridge are the bonfire circle, labyrinth, and prayer circle.
We are fortunate to have so much so close and convenient. Young kids can safely run out and play on the play structure in the middle of our neighborhood or go off into the woods to explore. It's a very short walk to the greenhouse to harvest greens, herbs, tomatoes, and all manner of fresh veggies.
See the site map of the cluster at right and the panoramic photo below for more details.
Click here for a map of Heartwood Trails.
Our Shared Amenities
Because we pool our resources, we are able to afford many more amenities than any of us could individually.
We enjoy an incredibly rich community life located on a beautiful piece of land for the same amount of money that we’d spend to live on just a few isolated acres in the country or on a tiny lot in town.
To see lots more photos of our shared amenities, check out the Places page of our Photo Gallery.