Jim and Gretchen Wells welcome those visiting Norwood to stay at the JAM Ranch, an elegant vacation property situated on 15 acres off the road 43ZS.
Located right outside of the town’s core district and 35 miles from Telluride, the home is a central location for outdoor recreation in San Miguel County. World-class skiing, some of the region’s finest mountain biking trails, incredible hunting and fishing opportunities and other activities are just miles away.
In the background, sweeping views of the La Sal Mountains, the San Juans and the Lone Cone make for quite a dramatic scene. The pastoral setting is home to wildlife — eagles, elk, deer — as well as horses and cattle with flowers and trees on location.
“The views are tremendous,” Gretchen Wells said.
The Wells family has lived at the site in another home for the last 40 years. At some point, several years ago, what would become the JAM Ranch was constructed adjacent to them. When the home was built, the family decided if the property ever came up for sale, they’d purchase it.
The Wells got that opportunity in 2005 and made a move. They’re so happy they bought the place. For them, having the JAM Ranch makes for additional space for their extended family who come to town, while serving as a rental property for extra income.
Named for the Wells’ three grown children — Jon, Adam and Mary — the house is frequently occupied.
Gretchen said she and her husband treat it with such care. They truly see it as an extension of their own home. She said her children love the home as much as she and her husband do.
The inside of JAM Ranch is quite arguably as beautiful as its surroundings. With three bedrooms and two bathrooms, the home is two-stories with a vaulted ceiling. A washer and dryer, a wood stove and other amenities provide all of the comforts of home.
Photo opportunities for guests will abound. An east-facing deck and westward-facing porch both set the stage for some seriously stunning sunrises and sunsets.
Wells said the JAM Ranch is available for weekly and nightly rental. According to her, it’s a great place for families and also for groups of people to gather.
“We get a lot of hunters, a lot of bikers, a lot of 4-wheeling people and people who come to the rodeo, Pioneer Day or horse shows,” she said. “Many people who stay are here visiting family, and they like to stay close. … We have met some amazing people and made good friends.”
Wells said some of the same hunters have been coming from out of town the last 12 years to stay at the JAM Ranch.
Wells said she’s very grateful for her daughter Mary for managing the details of the JAM Ranch, including the bookings and communicating with guests.