Horse Stable Surfaces and Flooring

Stable Flooring

What Surface or Flooring is Best for Your Horses?

So you’re thinking about building or renovating your stables and you don’t know what surface you should use for your horse? We can help. Most of the specialists will tell you that one of the most important things for your horse’s health is what they walk on. What a horse walks on has such an impact on their joints. The following is a list of surfaces commonly used in horse stables. For more information, contact Colorado Horse Property today. I you are looking for a horse property for sale, one of our horse-person Realtors® are standing by.

Surfaces

Soil, Sand, or Clay Surfaces—Chances are, the area that you’re stall is built on top of already has one of these three surfaces to begin with. Leaving this surface intact is inexpensive and a healthy option for your horse. However, your floors may require daily upkeep so they stay level. The soil will eventually have to be replaced over time.

Even clay surfaces will require a lot of maintenance in horse stalls. If the clay surface gets wet, it can be dangerously slippery for your horse. Horses are known to inadvertently dig holes in clay where they are most often positioned. If you decide to use or keep a clay surface, remember to use a layer of crushed gravel underneath.

Crushed Limestone Surfaces—Opposed to a more natural surface, this type of surface will have to be installed. The benefit of crushed limestone is that it provides good drainage if properly installed with several inches over a bed of sand. It’s also a non-slip surface. However, limestone can pack to an almost concrete-like hardness, which means stall mats and/or deep bedding will be needed to provide comfortable footing for your horse.

Gravel of Crusher Dust Surfaces—Fine gravel or crusher dust can be a comfortable, safe stall flooring. It must be well packed and level when it is put in. The benefit of crushed gravel is that it provides good drainage if properly installed several inches thick. It’s also a non-slip surface. However, gravel or Crusher dust is not as easy to clean as concrete. Over time the gravel will compact down which means stall mats and/or deep bedding will be needed to provide comfortable footing for your horse.

Asphalt Surfaces—Asphalt is a bit easier on a horse’s legs than concrete and can be made so it drains relatively well. When first laid, asphalt is non-slip, but may become slicker over time. It needs to be laid thick enough that it does not crack. It’s easy to clean, although disinfecting the porous surface may be difficult. Asphalt may be one of the less-expensive options for stall floors and aisles.

Flooring

Concrete Flooring—Concrete flooring is very common in stables. It is very durable and easy to clean and is hard to damage. It can be slippery, so while very smooth finished concrete may be attractive and easy to sweep in feed and tack rooms, textured concrete is better for stalls and aisles. If horses are kept in for long periods of time, it will be healthier for their legs if rubber stall mats are laid over the concrete, or at very least, the stall is bedded deeply. It also tends to be very cold and damp, so some horses may be reluctant to lie down in their stalls.

Rubber Mat Flooring—Several types of Rubber mats are available for stalls and stable walkways. Equestrian mats are easier to clean than gravel or natural ground as they can be hosed down or swept. A thick rubber mat provides great cushioning for your horse’s legs as well as insulation. Rubber mats are best if laid over a nice flat surface that drains well. They are often used on top on concrete and usually come in the form of interlocking tiles that can be cut to fit your stalls or chosen area.

Wood Flooring—Wood was once the standard flooring material in horse stables. Wood floors are easier on a horse’s legs than many other choices. It’s warm, non-slip when dry and has relatively low upkeep. Treated wood is required to prevent rot from urine and water spills, and to dissuade rodents and bugs from chewing through it. The wood planks should be at least two inches thick and sit atop a base of sand or gravel for drainage. Any spaces between planks need to be filled with sand so that feed and bedding don’t spill through.

The downside of wood floors is that they can be slippery when wet, they can hold odor, can be damaged by pawing horses and can be hard to disinfect. The cost of plank flooring is one factor that makes this a less popular option than it once was.

Interlocking Brick Flooring—Interlocking brick or pavers are attractive but present the same problems as concrete floors. Because of the grooves between the pavers, they can be a bit harder to clean. Rubber and synthetic bricks are other options, and these are easy on a horse’s legs, provide good drainage and are non-slip. This is probably the most expensive option for stall and aisle flooring.

Grid Flooring—Several types of grid floors are available for stalls. These honeycomb-patterned grids are laid over a few inches of sand or crushed gravel and then filled with crushed gravel or stone dust to make a floor that drains well.

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Types of Horse Barns and Sheds

Horse Barn

What Type of Horse Barn Suites Your Needs?

One of the things that horse owners have to keep in mind when moving, is what type of outbuildings they’ll need. Maybe you need a small shed for your horses or maybe you require a bigger horse barn. But what type of shed or barn fits your needs the best? Below is a list of the most common horse barns and sheds.

If you are looking for horse property in Colorado, consider contacting one of our horse-person Realtors at Colorado Horse Property. You can also search our site for horse properties for sale and properties for sale with barns.

Horse Barns

Pole Barn—A Pole Barn is different from other types of barns because its framing is built of wood roof trusses connected to vertical columns. These barns also have secondary structural members such as wall headers, roof purlins and wall girts to support the exterior cladding.

Post and Beam Barn—A Post and Beam Barn uses heavier wooden timbers than other types of barns. The wooden timbers join together with either carved wood joinery or metal heavy duty plates. Post and beam barns have an exposed structural frame, which a lot of horse owners like for the aesthetics.

Modular Barn—A Modular Barn is a type of horse barn that is delivered completely built or delivered in pre-built sections and assembled on location. Completely built modular barns include portable horse sheds, small storage barns and similar buildings. This type of barn is typically more affordable.

Gable Barn—A Gable Barn is  simple a type of horn barn that has a triangular shaped roof.  The roof on the Gable Barn has a single slope on each side of the roof. Because of the natural A-shape of a gable barn, they are also referred to as A-Frame Barns.

Gambrel Barn—A Gambrel Barn is a type of barn that has a double sloped roof on each side, with lower slopes having a steeper roof pitch than the upper slope. Gambrel Barns are also sometimes called Dutch Barns. A Gambrel Barn is mostly constructed for the purpose of having extra attic space.

Bank Barn—A Bank Barn is a type of horse barn that’s built into the side of a hill. This unique building style is to provide access to both first and second floors at ground level or via a built-up ramp. The first floor of a Bank Barn is built with either cement blocks filled with concrete or poured concrete walls, to make it stronger.

Monitor Barn—A Monitor Barn is a type of barn that has the center portion of its roof raised or pushed up from the main portion of the roof. This raised roof is typically supported by the addition of knee walls. This type of barn is also commonly referred to as a Raid-Roof Barn.

Horse Sheds

Lean To Shed—A Lean-to Shed is a type of shed built with a large front overhang which is supported by posts and headers. This overhanging room provides better protection for your horses that experience regularly experience poor weather conditions. The overhanging section can be enclosed if you decide to build on to the structure.

Run In Shed—A Run-in Shed is a type of shed with three sides and an open front that provides horses and other farm animals with a temporary shelter from weather elements. This type of shed was originally built for horses to literally run into the shed. A Run-in Shed can also be used as a loafing shed.

Shed Row—A Shed Row is a horse shed with a single row of stalls. You can think of a Shed Row as a Lean-to Shed without the overhanging roof structure. You can also think of a Shed Row as a Run-in Shed that is covered on all sides. In other words, this type of shed is the middle ground between the other two types of sheds.

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Horse Fencing by Affordability

Affordability Matters

Managing and rearing horses is definitely a hard and rewarding job. Only a select few people have the temperance for. There are a lot of costs when it comes to owning horses that most people don’t think about. Depending on how much land and horses you have, fencing can be one of those big costs. Here is a list of horse fencing ordered by price. Now you can get what suits your situation the best.

The prices used below are averages used across the industry. For the most accurate prices you should contact your local manufacturers. For more information, contact Colorado Horse Property today. If you or someone you know is looking for a horse property, farm for sale, or horse lot for sale, we have horse-person Realtors standing by right now.

Low Cost Horse Fencing

Barbed Wire Fencing—This type of fencing will cost you $0.03 – $0.05 per foot and is one of the most cost effective types of horse fencing that you can buy. Barbed wire provides a solid barrier for horses, but can potentially be harmful to horses that are not used to it.
Bare Wire Fencing— This type of fencing will cost you $0.03 – $0.12 per wire and has the potential to be very cost effective depending on where you buy. Installation and maintenance is a breeze with bare wire fencing, though it does have less visibility for horses.
Braided Electrical Fencing—This type of fencing will cost you $0.10 – $0.14 per braid. This type of electrical fencing is more reliable when it comes to power wastage, though with all electrical fencing it will increase your monthly electrical bill.
Electric Tape Fencing—This type of fencing will cost you $0.04 – $0.28 per tape. Electrical tape is more visible for horses than the other low cost options, which reduces the chance of inexperienced horses getting tangled in your fencing.

Medium Cost Horse Fencing

High Tensile Polymer Line Fencing—This type of fencing will cost you $0.11 – $0.13 per line. This coated fencing is much safer for horses when it comes to cuts and abrasions, which is important because this fencing does have less visibility.
Polymer Line Fencing—This type of fencing will cost you $0.14 – $0.21 per line. This type of fencing is nearly maintenance free. However, if a horse becomes tangled in this fencing, it can break easily. So if you have a horse that is an escape artist, then this could be a problem.
High Tensile Polymer Rail Fencing—This type of fencing will cost you $0.58 – $0.98 per rail. HTP rail fencing is more durable than your low cost options and is very easy to maintain. HTP rails also comes in a variety of colors, a customization that other fencing options don’t have.
Vinyl Rail Fencing—This type of fencing will cost you $0.90 – $1.10 per rail. Vinyl fencing is popular because it is nearly maintenance free and is highly visible for horses. This type of fencing also gives you more variety in color and style.

High Cost Horse Fencing

Hot-Coat High Tensile Polymer Fencing—This type of fencing will cost you $1.10 – $1.15 per rail and line. Like regular HTP rail fencing, hot-coat fencing is very durable and is easier to maintain. Hot-coat fencing is a continuous line, which is better for those escape artist horses out there.
No-Climb Fencing—This type of fencing will cost you $1.39 – $1.89 per foot. This type of fencing is best for keeping out other animals, like dogs, coyotes, foxes, etc. However, this fencing requires more maintenance than other high cost fencing.
Wooden Rail Fencing—This type of fencing will cost you $3.00 – $9.00 per foot. This is the more expensive option and requires more maintenance. However, you can’t beat the classic style that it brings to the neighborhood.

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Top 5 Most Expensive Homes in Colorado

Expensive Horse Properties in Colorado

It is no secret that Colorado has some of the biggest and most beautiful luxury homes in the country. Homes zoned for horses adds even more, with rustic flares and of course the land that comes along with it. The following is a list of the top 5 most expensive homes in the world (according to us!). Oh and don’t forget, all of these luxury homes are for sale at Colorado Horse Property.

1. Homes For Sale in Gateway, Colorado

Gateway Colorado is a testament to the great old Colorado life, though nowadays there is great cell phone coverage in the area and the community has access to the internet. Gateway has an old general store and is home to an auto museum. To the north lies The Palisade, a three-mile (4.8-km) long butte. Most notably, Gateway is home to the Gateway Canyons Resort. This beautiful resort offers kayaking, off-road tours, guided fly-fishing, horseback riding, air tours and more. In the past, the resort  hosted several foot races each year and a large bike race.
Guess what? The Gateway Canyons Resort is for sale!

Gateway Canyons Resort

40275 Highway 141, Gateway, CO 81522

That’s right, with the price tag of $279,000,000, the Gateway Canyons Resort is the most expensive horse property on our list. According to the listing, there are tons of amenities that comes with that large ticket price. “The offering includes a full-service resort, in addition to West Creek Ranch – featuring an extraordinary residence and four unique parcels of land, all creating this unique destination where humanity can pause and contemplate its relationship with nature. The main residence boasts more than 22,000 square feet of indoor living space and 3,500 square feet of covered verandas, with eight bedrooms and eight bathrooms on four levels. Gateway Canyons Resort & Spa offers seventy-two rooms that house guests who seek a place to relax, reflect, and quench their curiosity. The resort features exceptional lodging, dining, outfitting, educational programs, outdoor adventures, and the world-class Gateway Colorado Auto Museum. For more information about this extraordinary offering, please visit GatewayCanyonsProperties.com.”
Listing By: Listed by Kerry Endsley, LIV Sotheby’s International Realty.

2. Homes For Sale in Edwards, Colorado

This next horse property is not a full resort and spa, but it is in the town of Edwards Colorado, which is only 4 miles to Beaver Creek Resort, a ski resort with beautiful white slopes. Edwards offers a modern downtown area that was built next to the Eagle River, which is full of popular fishing spots. Downtown Edwards is called Riverwalk, and boasts many shops, restaurants and businesses. The motto for Riverwalk is “Live, Work, Play”, meaning residents can do all three downtown. Edwards is also a popular camping spot because of its proximity to Sylvan Lake, which has over fifty campsites, and the National Forest.

Edwards Colorado Horse Property

25 Casteel Creek Rd, Edwards, CO 81632

Home much will it cost you to live in this fantastic horse property? Casteel Creek has a price of $78,000,000. According to the listing, there are tons of amenities that comes with that large ticket price. “Experience the best of Vail Valley without ever leaving home at majestic Casteel Creek Retreat a 439-acre retreat nestled between Edwards, Beaver Creek Ski Resort, and Vail Mountain Club. Borders 2 million acres of White River National Forest with snowcapped views of the Gore Range. 32,000 sq. ft. main home has 8 en suites, elevators, theater, pool, hot tub, gym and spa. Also on-site are 3 apartments, 1 caretakers apartment, 2 guest homes and 2 cabins with a total of 21 bedrooms and 34 bathrooms. Can build 5 additional homes! Extensive water rights, 12+ miles of groomed paths for snowmobiles, skiing, horseback riding, hiking, and biking. Plus, a recreation building with 5 story rock climbing wall, shooting range, Olympic lap pool and Teppanyaki grille. Offering includes 12 high-performance snowmobiles, 3 ATVS, stocked trout pond, tubing hill, soccer field, indoor arena, on-site gas station, spots for helipad and meeting rooms. Fully-staffed, furnished, and turnkey.”
Listing By: Listed by Kerry Endsley, LIV Sotheby’s International Realty.

3. Homes For Sale in Meeker, Colorado

Our next horse property can be found in the beautiful Meeker, Colorado. Meeker is largely an agricultural community, located in the wide fertile valley of the White River. This winding river flows west, then northwest, past Meeker (site of the White River Museum), and across the broad valley between the Danforth Hills on the north and the Roan Plateau on the south. Northwest of the town of Meeker you will find the Colorow Mountain States Wildlife Area, where there is camping, hunting, hiking, horseback riding, and wildlife viewing on the 1500-acre park.

Meeker Colorado Horse Property

22110 County Road 8, Meeker, CO 81641

This property is right in the middle of all outdoor wonders, so that  you can enjoy the beauty that is the river, the mountains, and the forest from the comfort of your home. And with a price tag of $46,000,000, there are plenty rooms to enjoy these views from! “Westlands is one of Colorado’s premier mountain recreational and retreat properties. Within its 4,603± deeded acres is some of the finest private river fishing in the mountain states, excellent big game hunting, bird hunting, an exquisite owner’s home and guest quarters, extensive support buildings, four hole Greg Norman designed golf course, tennis court and immaculately maintained grounds. Located in the treasured White River valley in Colorado’s western slope near Meeker, Westlands has hosted many distinguished guests, from CEO’s of large corporations to well-known dignitaries, political figures and celebrities. Westlands has been carefully developed and nurtured over the last 30 years by its owner who has spared no expense and whose fine eye for detail has created a family and business retreat that is unrivaled.”
Listing By: Listed by Brian Smith, Hall and Hall Partners LLP.

4. Homes For Sale in Steamboat Springs, Colorado

If you enjoy skiing, then this next horse property is going to be your favorite! Number four on our list of most expensive properties in Colorado is located in Steamboat Springs. The city is an internationally known winter ski resort destination. Steamboat Springs is home to the Steamboat Ski Resort on Mount Werner and the smaller Howelsen Hill Ski Area. Horseback riders will also love Steamboat Springs. This town is located in the upper valley of the Yampa River, just west of the Continental Divide and Rabbit Ears Pass and is full of horseback riding trails for residents to enjoy.

Steamboat Springs

46600 CR 129, Steamboat Springs

Coming in at just under $40,000,000, this horse property has tons to offer. “Big Creek Ranch is approximately 4,850 acres of pristine ranch land. This ranch checks off nearly every box a legacy ranch buyer has: prime big game hunting, outstanding fishing along Big Creek, public land boundary, smart improvements and close proximity to a major resort area. Over 80% of the boundary is shared with the Routt National Forest and the setting is nothing short of spectacular. Tucked in its own private valley, the house provides the ideal space for large family or corporate gatherings. The cold, high mountain and richly oxygenated waters of Big Creek flow through the ranch for over 6 miles; this is some of the best fishing you’ll find in the Rocky Mountain west. Steamboat Springs, with its famous slopes, great dining and boutique shopping, is a only a few minutes’ drive on paved, year-round county roads. Big Creek Ranch is arguably the finest large acreage ranch within 10 miles of a major resort area on the market today.”
Courtesy of: Christy Belton, RANCH AND RESORT REALTY.

5. Homes For Sale in Cherry Hills Village, Colorado

Our last luxury home for sale in Colorado can be found in Cherry Hills Village. There are over 30 miles of trails in this beautiful town. Cherry Hills Village also has 47 acres of park lands, and boasts two horse areas. The city is also the home of the exclusive Cherry Hills Country Club, where seven USGA championships and two PGA championships were held. The club features a championship 18-hole golf course and a 9-hole par three golf course. It also has a lap pool and eight tennis courts. Cherry Hills Village is also a great place to raise a family because it has some of the most prestigious schools in the country. These include St. Mary’s Academy, Kent Denver School, and the Cherry Hills Village Elementary School.

Cherry Hills Village

8 Cherry Hills Park Dr, Cherry Hills Village

Considerable cheaper than the Gateway Canyons Resort, this horse property is a steal at $19,750,000. “Words do not adequately describe the splendor of this incredible property. Amazing entertainment options in a resort setting. Although grand in scale it is also a home for family and friends to comfortably share life and love. Tiled rug and skylight in the gathering room imported from Italy and England. Conservatory imported from England; Awesome great room surrounded by walls of doors opening to pool and entertaining courtyards; wine grotto boasts cigar lounge; Beautiful secondary bedroom suites appointed with sitting areas and fireplaces; professional wellness studio includes racquet ball court; two lane regulation bowling plus golf simulator; Gardens and grounds are nothing less than phenomenal with multiple fountains and waterfalls; changing rooms off pool; Two bed/four bath guest cottage. Visit www.8CherryHillsParkDrive.com.”
Listing By: Listed by Sandy Weigand, KENTWOOD REAL ESTATE DTC, LLC.

Horse Properties in Strasburg

Strasburg CO

Homes For Sale in Strasburg CO

If you are looking to relocate to a small quiet town with your horses, Strasburg CO could be the right place for you. Strasburg is between the city of Denver and the high plains of Adams County. This agricultural community is rightfully cherished. Its 1,400 townspeople appreciate open fields, a simpler lifestyle, good schools and caring neighbors. Enjoy the comforts of living within driving distance of the city, with less noise, traffic, and bustle at home.

There are many developed areas in and around Strasburg where you may find available horse properties. These include Wolf Creek Farms and Coyote Ridge, and houses for sale in areas such as Strasburg East, Autumn Ridge, TC Estates, Comanche Crossing, Hutton Estate and Headlight Mile Road Estates. With so many options, Colorado Horse Property is here to show you what is actually available at any given time. If you need help in your search, contact one of our horse-person realtors today.

Strasburg CO

Besides its beautiful countryside, Strasburg is an important part of American history. Strasburg CO is the place where the last spike was driven to complete the Trans Continental Railroad. There is still a railroad depot in Strasburg as a reminder of the past. The depot is part of the Comanche Crossing Historical Society and Museum. The Comanche Crossing Historical Society and Museum also includes an old school, period house and additional display buildings.

Even though the town is small, Strasburg features a few shops, some casual sit-down restaurants, and beautiful parks. Denver isn’t the only thing within a short drive. There are several recreational facilities outside of town, including Barr Lake State Park. Barr Lake State Park is ideal for boating, fishing, bird watching and camping. You could also go to the Aurora Reservoir. The Aurora Reservoir includes a scuba-diving area, where a sunken twin-engine airplane can be viewed.

Horse Properties in Arvada CO

Horse Properties in Arvada CO

City of Arvada

There are many horse properties for sale in Colorado. Colorado Horse Property alone has over 3,000 listings to choose from. With so many great locations, it can be hard to start your search. A great place to look from horse properties for sale is Arvada Colorado. Arvada CO is in Jefferson and Adams counties, and a part of the Denver-Aurora-Lakewood metropolitan area. Therefore, this city has a great mix of urban and rural life that accommodates horses as well as their owners. In other words, you will have the space to care for your horses and then not have to drive a ton to get to civilization.

Arvada is the seventh most populous city in Colorado. The Olde Town Arvada historic district is only 7 miles away from the Colorado State Capitol in Denver. In fact, many horse owners work in Denver and are still able to go home to a quiet life with their horses. Check out our listings in Arvada today.

Arvada CO Attractions

Arvada CO, is full of things to do. For the horse owners, you can visit the famous Arvada Center for the Arts and Humanities. Also, their is the Cussler Museum, which boasts a rare automobile collection. For the horses, their are many equine trails in the area they can benefit from. Most noteworthy of these trails follow beautiful creeks and canals. They are also Regional in nature, linking to other cities and counties outside Arvada’s boundaries. Popular trails include Ralston Creek Trail, Van Bibber Trail, and Little Dry Creek Trail. Arvada is also home to Rocky Mountain Horse Rescue and Iron Gait Ranch.

Arvada Weather

The city of Arvada has just the right climate for rearing horses. The average high temperature in Arvada is in 88 degrees Fahrenheit in July. Average low temperatures occur in January at 16 degrees Fahrenheit. The average precipitation is approximately 15.6 inches per year.

WZ Ranch and Colorado Horse Boarding

Horse Boarding

Colorado Horse Boarders

Looking for a home is not easy. Finding the perfect area for you and your family will depend on many factors. Add a few horses into the mix and that search just got a lot harder. Finding the property with the right stable and pasture spaces can be difficult. Your friends at Colorado Horse Property suggest the best way to see if an area is suited for your horses is to bring them into the area. When searching for a new house, don’t you like to take a look at it first? Well, the same can be said for your horses. For a lot of horse owners, this could be an impossible task. Searching for a new home is hard enough for you and your family. Having to worry about hauling your horses up and down the state of Colorado puts stress on you and your horses. This is where a specialized horse boarding facility can benefit you.

There are many options for horse boarding services in Colorado. When choosing where to board your horse, ask yourself “what is important to me when looking for horse boarding near me?” Does your horse like to graze? Do you and your horse need ample trail riding nearby? Do you need access to a round pen or arena for training? If you said yes to these questions, then WZ Ranch is the overnight and short-term boarding facility you’ve been looking for.

WZ Ranch

WZ Ranch, a unique boarding facility accommodating traveling and relocating horsemen, is run by Tom and Phyllis Ellis. If regular overnight horse boarding facilities are horse hotels, WZ Ranch is the horse Hilton! Located just off of I-25 between Colorado Springs and Denver, WZ Ranch has everything you and your horses need. The ranch boasts grand indoor stalls, paddocks with loafing sheds, indoor and outdoor runs, a round pen, a large indoor arena, and several grazing pastures as well.

The Ellis team moved to the Palmer Divide from Texas with the dream of offering spacious, clean, and safe spaces for horses traveling through Colorado. You will definitely want to pick their brains, since they have thirty years of experience with horses and the rodeo circuit. They can also connect you with the best clinicians, veterinarians, and farriers in the area. To make things more convenient for you while looking for your Colorado horse property, WZ Ranch offers LQ-RV pads with hookups so you don’t need to be away from your horses while searching for the perfect Colorado horse property. The Spruce Meadows and Greenland Open Space equestrian trailheads are only a few minutes away. For more details, visit the WZ Ranch website. If you need help looking for a horse property for sale, contact one of our horse-person realtors today. Also, check out our local resources page for more information on the horse services that Colorado has to offer.

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Taken by Colorado Horse Property with permission from Tom and Phyllis Ellis of WZ Ranch.

Boating Lakes in Colorado

Boating Lakes in Colorado

Best Boating Lakes in Colorado

It is a common misconception that Colorado does not have rivers and lakes. In fact, some of the best boating lakes in Colorado are the most beautiful in the world! The following is a list of the best boating lakes in Colorado, put together by your friends at Colorado Horse Property. If you find yourself looking for properties for sale in Colorado near these great boating spots, search Colorado Horse Property. We have over three thousand listings.

Boating Lakes in Colorado

Chatfield Lake receives boaters from all over the state. The lake is a popular summer destination, where visitors take advantage of its impressive waters. It is located just outside of the Denver Metro Area. Boaters enjoy everything from fishing to water skiing on the lake’s pristine waters. The reservoir houses a full-service marina including boat rentals and a floating restaurant. Another boating paradise is Grand Lake, located at the headwaters of the Colorado River. Grand Lake is Colorado’s largest and deepest natural lake. Bring your boat and have fun swimming, participating in water sports and of course fishing. The historic Grand Lake Marina offers pontoon boats, whalers, kayaks and canoes for rent. Also, Grand Lake has some of the best view of the Rocky Mountains.

Also, Granby Lake is great for boating. Granby Lake is one of Colorado’s largest bodies of water. It has approximately 40 miles of shoreline. It sits at an altitude of 8,280 feet. The lake is home to the famous Lake Granby Yacht Club. Let’s not forget about Boyd Lake! Boyd Lake is located in Northern Colorado, one hour north of Denver. Boyd Lake has approximately 1,700 acres. Like other lakes, Boyd offers swimming, boating, fishing, picnicking, hiking, and biking.

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Horse Properties in Westminster Colorado

Westminster Colorado

Westminster, Colorado

As a northwest suburb of Denver’s metropolitan area, Westminster Colorado has a lot to offer any horse lover looking to move to Colorado. Westminster is close to many great trails where you can take your horse for a ride. These include Little Dry Creek Trail, Farmers’ High Line Canal Trail, Rocky Mountain Greenway, U.S. 36 Bikeway, and Big Dry Creek Trail. One of the areas in Westminster with the most striking views is Standley Lake Regional Park. Just imagine the sparkle of the sun shining off the surface of the lake with the Colorado Rocky Mountains lining the background.

Westminster Mall and Landmarks

Colorado is full of beautiful landmarks. Besides the picturesque trails in the Westminster area, there are also man-made landmarks. The Westminster Mall opened in 1977 and has seen many successful additions over the years before its closing in 2011. Another famous landmark is the Westminster Old Spaghetti Factory. Contrary to what it sounds like, The Old Spaghetti Factory is not a decrepit old building, it is a thriving Italian restaurant that was founded in 1969. The restaurant is still a Westminster staple to this day. Also landmarks of the community, you will find The Westminster Library and Westminster High School. You can also visit the magical Westminster University, commonly known as the Westminster castle. This building is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Horse Properties in Westminster Colorado

Looking for a great horse community to move into? Westminster is a great place to raise your horses. Westminster has some of the leading companies to work for in the country, including Ball Corporation and Alliance Data Systems. There are horse properties for sale in Westminster Colorado right now! If you are thinking about building a horse stable or barn in Westminster, make sure to read the Westminster land use code before getting started.

Building Tiny Houses in Colorado

Building Tiny Houses in Colorado

Making Your Tiny House Legal

In Colorado, tiny houses built on a foundation are more legal than tiny houses on wheels. But when it comes to building tiny houses on wheels (THOW), don’t loose hope. Some jurisdictions in Colorado consider THOWs as residents if certain conditions are met. Permanently affix your tiny house on wheels to the ground. Hook it  up to utilities and built it to the necessary safety standards. Even if a THOW is legal where you live, you also need to confirm the THOW can be used as an additional dwelling unit. However, ADUs are not lawful in every zone.

If your local government does not allow THOWs for residential use you can change it. Start by asking about the process for amending the zoning code to make them legal. The journey to legality will be costly and time-consuming. However, enough political pressure on your local government will lead to change of the land use code to allow tiny houses. Know what building and safety standards will apply to the construction of your tiny house on wheels. You will have to self-certify that it will meet Recreational Vehicle Industry Association standards. These will need to meet the American National Safety Institute standard 119 or manufactured home building standards. You can also contact your local building department for the safety standards that apply to you.

Tiny houses pose unique challenges to local governments. It may be tempting to forgo the permitting process. A neighbor could file a complaint and your local government may force you to remove your THOW and pay a fine. If you are looking for a horse property in Colorado, contact one of our horse-person realtors at Colorado Horse Property.

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