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Bash at the Buttes: An "End of the Beginning"

Bash at the Buttes: An "End of the Beginning"

The iconic Twin Buttes from trails behind Hogsback Ridge. The new Twin Buttes community has excellent access to miles of trails and wilderness.

At long last, the infrastructure for Durango's debut farm-to-table neighborhood is in place. With streets and sidewalks paved, fiber optic installed and the intersection at Highway 160 constructed, the first home is near completion below the towering, flat-topped Twin Buttes. Lots are permitted, zoned and ready to break ground, so of course a party is in order.  

"It's really to say thanks," says Bob Delves, Chief Operating Officer of Twin Buttes. "People have been really patient with us, and we're delighted to deliver this great new neighborhood to Durango."

The inaugural Bash at the Buttes takes place on Friday, September 8th, from 4:00 p.m. till 7:00 p.m., and you're invited. Enjoy free, fresh food from Zia Taqueria, Raider Ridge and the Twin Buttes Farm, to name a few of the vendors. Sip complimentary cold beer from Ska and Carver's as you mix and mingle with friends; The Badly Bent will be playing fitting tunes for this piney paradise two miles west of Durango.

Bike demos from 2nd Avenue Sports will be available for test rides on the 10-miles of Twin Buttes singletrack. Or spend the evening exploring real estate lots scattered amongst the pinon-juniper woodlands on the Tour de Buttes. Builders will be posted up to discuss design plans that include rooftop gardens and other sustainable twists. At each site, score a raffle ticket and your chance to win an E-Bike from 2nd Ave Sports.  

"Twin Buttes is all about the biking," says Delves. "The E-Bike is fitting because it's innovative. It's the future, which is part of what we value: looking forward."

Bob says Durango TV captured it best when they called the evening celebration "the end of the beginning." With the city approving the subdivision six years ago, lots finally went on sale in fall of 2016, so this moment has been a long time in the making.  

When all is said and done, the community will have 655 homes, an additional 135 secondary apartments, a community center, two schools, a resort hotel and spa, restaurants, shops and more.  Delves says that over 40-percent of the inventory has already been sold or is under contract. Lots range from a fifth of an acre to two-thirds of an acre and are priced starting at $140,000.

But all of this development is structured not to overrun the surrounding wilderness and sage-scented slopes, but rather to nurture an even closer relationship with nature. Their tagline, for instance, is "Naturally Durango."

"The great outdoors in town," reads the landing page of the website. And it's not just a platitude. The Twin Buttes trail system has been a lure for mountain bikers and hikers since Trails 2000 planned and crafted the trails back in 2012. Here, the great outdoors seems never-ending with over 675 acres of open space backing up to 10,000 acres of Perins Peak Wilderness and, beyond, national forest.

The trail system includes parts of the old wagon roads and railroad grade that accessed the historic coal operations at Boston Mine and the mining camp at Perins City. Local trail guru, Debra Van Winegarden, advises to keep your eyes peeled for bits of coal (and rattlesnakes!) that can be found along the trails. She also says to tune your ears to the 33 bird species that call this protected area home.

Whether you've never experienced the Twin Buttes trails or are a frequent user of the buffed tracks, bring a water bottle and rain jacket to the Twin Buttes water tank on Wednesday, September 6th, to help Trails 2000 clean up the trails in time for Friday's main event. Community volunteers will conduct trail work from 4:00 p.m. till 6:30 p.m. Trails 2000 provides all tools, instruction, water and snacks. For more information and directions to the worksite, please click here.

Besides being careful to not disrupt wildlife corridors or impact any of the flourishing flora as they design trails and home sites, Twin Buttes also makes sure to save every tree and stone they displace so homebuilders have the option to incorporate as much of the surrounding land as possible. The other major aspect of their efforts to "champion sustainable development" is integrated agriculture.  

The Twin Buttes Farm already offers over 70 varieties of produce to the community, but residents of Twin Buttes will reap extra fruits from this fully-functioning farm with weekly boxes of leafy greens, eggs, honey, flower bouquets, goat cheese and other tasty bulk produce items delivered to their doorsteps. They'll also have opportunities to work alongside farmers in the Twin Buttes Gardens, and a chance to practice on their own in backyard and rooftop gardens planned for most homes.

Meet some of the farmers during the Garden Tour at Friday's Bash, which will also serve as the official dedication of the historic Tram Park to the City of Durango. Bring your own picnic blanket or camp chair, but please leave your pets at home. And come prepared to buzz back to town on an E-Bike because someone has to win.

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