Longtime Crested Butte Locals Proud to Call Wilder Home

Judy McGillKeith Hegarty and Judy McGill-Hegarty have lived in the Gunnison-Crested Butte Valley since the 1980s, calling Gunnison, the town of Crested Butte, a ranch up Slate River Road on the outskirts of Crested Butte and even Hotchkiss across the mountain home for a time. However, they didn’t cross paths until almost 13 years ago when both attended a friend’s 75th birthday party.

Judy, a licensed real estate broker, was invited to Wilder on the Taylor before any homes were built. She and Keith recall having a picnic and admiring the river and later attending a Wilder barbecue. “About three years ago, good friends from Sun Valley, Idaho, were in town and we took them to Wilder,” Judy says. “They loved Wilder but said, ‘We wish it were in Idaho.’ They raved so much I suggested to Keith we buy a lot here.”

After buying a lot at Wilder, Keith and Judy started construction on their dream home in May 2015 and finished in just under a year. Keith designed the house around the vistas and the couple’s furnishings, including many family heirlooms.

“The view is what it’s all about,” Judy says, noting that the back patio is their favorite place. All wood inside and outside is recycled barn wood, including all the floors, and Keith built four chairs out of leftover wood pieces for the deck.

Both have owned a wide variety of real estate around the valley and consider Wilder their primary residence, spending about one-third of the year at their condominium on the island of Hawaii.

Judy McGillKeith, now retired, has been a builder and owned several businesses in Lake City, Gunnison and Hotchkiss. He fishes nearly every day and Judy several days a week, and both walk the miles of trails located all over the property. Keith says, “Wilder has the best area to fish on the Taylor River. The hatches are great for a dry fly fisherman. The three-mile stream in the hay meadow offers the opportunity to safely walk and catch large stocked rainbows and native fish from Spring Creek.”

The couple also enjoys attending the Thursday Nights at Wilder, meeting up with other homeowners every other week during the summer for dinner, appetizers, drinks and fishing tips from the property’s master fishing guide, Lu Warner. “One of the homeowners and partners in Wilder wants this to be a community so he initiated the Thursday evening events,” Judy shares.

The idea of living on a large working ranch was always appealing to Judy but not the responsibility of maintaining it. “At Wilder, Don Sabrowski and his family, as our ranch managers, do a wonderful job of taking care of the 2,100 acres,” she notes.

The Hegartys are savoring the lifestyle at Wilder and this chapter in their lives. They enjoy meeting new people, seeing their longtime friends and having the freedom to travel between beautiful mountains and beaches.

Women’s Fly-Fishing Clinic: September 14 & 15

Woman Fly-FishingWilder invites the women in the valley to come out and enjoy a complimentary day of fly-fishing on the private waters of Wilder on the Taylor.  Whether you are looking for a relaxing mom’s day out with your friends or just looking for a reason to celebrate the start of fall, it is sure to be a fun day.  For those of you ladies who are not familiar with the property, Wilder on the Taylor is a historic 2,100-acre ranch located between Gunnison and Crested Butte along 2 miles of the Taylor River.

Woman Fly FishingWilder is providing complimentary instruction, equipment and a light lunch with two days to choose from, Sept. 14 or 15, 10:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.  Our very own Master Fly-Fishing Guide, Lu Warner who is full of knowledge and always has insightful fishing advice will be leading the clinic. Whether you are a beginner that has never tried the sport or simply want to expand your current skills, Lu offers treasured pointers.

Lu-Warner-TroutSince 1985, Warner has worked as a fly-fishing guide in Idaho, Montana, Colorado, Alaska, Argentina and southern Chile. He has guided during the summer and fall in the Gunnison-Crested Butte area since 2000, the last six years at Wilder. The rest of the year, Warner is in the Patagonia of Chile where he owns and operates Valle Bonito Lodge.

Woman Fly FishingAlong with Master Guide Lu, our General Manager, Brad Willet will be on-site and ready to help. Brad states, “We want to celebrate the women who live or spend time in the valley with a half-day of learning more about fly fishing and utilizing Wilder’s ponds, creek and river access. Taking a break for lunch on the lawn is the perfect time to swap stories and meet each other, and we hope it leads to more families and groups of women getting out to enjoy the sport.”

Please note that limited space is available and registration is required for this free event. You do not want to miss this fly-fishing clinic led by Lu. Register for free today by calling 970.641.4545.

Hope to see you there!

Women fly fishing clinic


Sabrowski Family Celebrates 20 Years on the Ranch

Don and Shelley Sabrowski

Calling Wilder on the Taylor’s 2,100 acre ranch home since 1995, Don and Shelley Sabrowski have been dedicated to raising their family and to protecting and preserving the land. They have carried on the historic cattle and hay operations that have been the center point of the Taylor canyon for over 110 years.

Continuing the legacy of ranch life, their sons, Calvin and Clay are the boots on the ground of day-to-day operations at Wilder and actively participate in local and national livestock competitions. Most recently, Clay won Colorado State Junior Angus Showmanship and Calvin showed his heifer, Chevelle, winning the title of Colorado State Reserve Grand Senior Showmanship which qualifies him to show in showmanship at the Angus Junior National competition in Tulsa.

The Wilder on the Taylor family is honored and proud to celebrate Sabrowski’s 20 years on the ranch.

Many Thanks To Don, Shelly, Calvin, Clay & Molly

Reclaimed Log Cabin Finds New Home at Wilder on the Taylor

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Beyond the shimmering snow covered meadow, beneath the towering peaks of the Rocky Mountains, and nestled up to the bank of the graceful Taylor River, an old west treasure has found a new home. Parcel 13, at Wilder on the Taylor is the new resting place for a timeless log cabin rich with history. Not only will the owners have a family legacy to fill with memories while enjoying lifestyle at Wilder, they will also have quite a story to share with future generations of the remarkable transformation of their historic riverfront home.

Originally built in the 1940’s by Sherman Cranor, this true western Colorado cabin has had quite a life. Lavish for its time, the cabin remained where it was originally built on Crystal Creek, until 2009. This rich piece of hand hewn history was headed for demolition when Scott Hargrove, President of Hargrove Construction had the idea to dismantle and store it until the perfect opportunity arose to give it life once again.

When the owners of parcel 13 met with him about the riverfront home they envisioned building on their gorgeous piece of Wilder on the Taylor, he knew this was the opportunity he had been waiting for to revive the old cabin. Jen Hartman of Sunlit Architecture along with builder Scott Hargrove have merged beauty and nostalgia into an exquisite 3 bedroom log home.

It was a wonderful process of trying to understand the existing structure, bringing the log structure up to current code standards and then building the existing and additional spaces to compliment the original cabin. –Jen Hartman.

river view of gandy cabin

gandy cabin skeleton sketch

The project has not been without its share of challenges. When the cabin was dismantled each log was tagged and labeled to make for easy reconstruction. During the five years of storage the plastic tags did not quite weather as well as the beautiful pieces of aged lumber. Hargrove said “it’s a bit like a jigsaw puzzle.” Luckily, they had taken many photographs of the structure before it was dismantled and were able to make a skeleton drawing of the structure which has served as a blueprint to the resurrection.

gandy cabin reconstruction

Well worth the extra effort, this one of a kind home will feature three bedrooms, an outdoor chef’s kitchen, 3 car garage, stone fireplaces, and expansive porches on which they will fully enjoy the outdoor lifestyle here at Wilder on the Taylor. Adorned with history and modern amenities, this reclaimed home is sure to make the perfect place to create lasting family memories and continue the legacy of the cabin.

“We look forward to the completion of this home and their family becoming a part of our ranch community here at Wilder on the Taylor. This home continues to belaced into the history of the Taylor Canyon by its’ new life amid the stunning landscape at Wilder on the Taylor.  Our vision is to preserve and protect the land and heritage of this wonderful treasure that we have been entrusted,” commented Ron Welborn, Vice President and Partner.

If you’d like to learn more about Wilder on the Taylor, start by visiting our website WilderColorado.com and checking out our video library.

Finest Purveyors of Crested Butte Winter Activities

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Winter is in full swing at “Wilder on the Taylor” and the quaint picturesque town of Crested Butte has transformed into a winter wonderland full of winter sport enthusiasts. The list of Crested Butte winter activities is long and diverse. From the expert skier to the visitor just looking to relax and enjoy the scenery, there is something in Crested Butte for everyone.

Nordic Sports

nordicFrom back country skiing and snowshoeing to ice skating we have it all. Crested Butte has been called the Nordic ski capital of Colorado. The Nordic Center, operated by the non-profit Crested Butte Nordic council, maintains of trail in and around Crested Butte. The Nordic Center offers ski and snowshoe rental packages, private lessons, tours, and fine yurt dining. As a part of Crested Butte Nordic Center’s mission, children 17 and under ski and rent for free. The Nordic Center also offers ice skate rentals.

Crested Butte Nordic Center
620 Second Street
Crested Butte, Colorado 81224
Website: CBNordic.org

Alpine Skiing and Snowboarding

Crested Butte has a run for every level skier and boarder. There are over 80 blue and green trails for the casual skier, and for more of a challenge there are expert trails that are not for the faint of heart.

Crested Butte Mountain Resort
Mt Crested Butte Trail Maps


wilder snowmobileSnowmobiling is a great way to enjoy the stunning high-mountain scenery of Crested Butte with your family. Action Adventures Snowmobiling has been in business for over 25 years providing professional tours with unparalleled service.

Action Adventures Snowmobiling
(970) 349-5909
Website: ActionAdventures.com


snow bikeIf you are always looking for the latest adventure, Crested Butte Mountain Resort has a new Snow Biking program which will allow snow biking enthusiast to take to the mountain. For more details visit SkiCB.com

Horseback Riding and Sleigh Rides

Sleigh ride.Looking for a fun experience the kids can enjoy? A horse drawn sleigh ride dinner may be your answer. Lazy F Bar Ranch provides old fashion fun and great home cooking. This ultimate Crested Butte dining experience is something you don’t want to miss.

Lazy F Bar Ranch
2991 County Rd 738
Crested Butte, CO 81224
(970) 641-0193 / (800) 833-8052
Website: LazyFBarRanch.com

Crested Butte Spas and Salons

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If winter sports are not your forte, or you just need to rest weary muscles do not fret. Crested Butte has a variety of local spas and Salons to pamper you. Elevation Spa, a full service spa located in the newly renovated Elevation hotel is sure to have just the right touch to get you back to your best and ready to enjoy all that Crested Butte has to offer. If you are interested in head to toe treatment, also located in the Elevation Hotel and Spa is the Eleve’ Salon. The Salon specializes in precision cuts, full color, highlighting services and the latest chemical treatments as well as manicures and pedicures.

Elevation Spa in Mt. Crested Butte
500 Gothic Road
Mt. Crested Butte, CO 81225
(970) 251-3500
Website: ElevationResort.com

Creekside Spa
120 Elk Avenue
Crested Butte, Colorado 81225
(970) 325-3860
Website: CrestedButteSpa.com

Escape Body work Boutique
115 Elk Avenue, suite F
Crested Butte, Colorado 81225
(970) 765-8065
Website: EscapeBodyworkBoutique.com

Crested Butte Fine Dining

Wilder UleysCrested Butte is a small town with unexpected culinary treasures. There is even gem found on the mountain called The Ice Bar at Uley’s Cabin. Ski or board in for a gourmet lunch with amazing views. They also offer a unique dinner experience, where getting there is half the fun. Sleigh Ride Dinner at Uley’s Cabin is an experience your family will not forget. Diners hitch a ride on a snow cat pulled sleigh up to your dinner destination. Those who enjoy a good bottle of wine will appreciate the extensive wine list and small plate menu at Django’s Restaurant and Wine Bar, the perfect place to relax and unwind. For a more traditional dining experience, Soupcon is one choice you will not forget. This French inspired Bistro is sure to please even the toughest critics. One last menu which must be mentioned, is that of Elk Avenue Prime Steaks & more. 2015 Winner of the Opentable diner’s choice award. They feature hand cut high quality USDA PRIME steaks, pastas, lamb chops, elk, pork chops, and salads. They also have a great kids menu. Every member of the family will be pleased with this choice.

Djangos Restaurant and Wine Bar
Mountaineer Square Courtyard
620 Gothic Road C-130
Mt. Crested Butte, CO 81224
For reservations call (970) 349-7574
Website: DjangorestaurantCrestedButte.com

127 Elk Avenue,
Crested Butte, CO 81224
(970) 349-5448

The Ice Bar at Uley’s Cabin
(970) 349-2275
Mid-mountain at the base of Twister Lift

Sleigh Ride Dinner at Uley’s
(970) 349-4554

Elk Avenue Prime Steaks & more
226 Elk Avenue
Crested Butte, Colorado
(970) 349-1221
Website: ElkavePrime.com

Crested Butte Arts and Culture

wilder artsCulturally rich nightlife takes center stage once the sunsets. Not all of Crested Butte winter activities make you brave the cold. Center of the Arts Crested Butte has been providing entertainment and activities for visitors and residents for over 20 years. They provide a full calendar of events including live music, theater and dance performances as well as art exhibits and guest speakers throughout the year. ArtWalk is another monthly community event in Crested Butte when the gallery lined street, Elk Avenue comes to life. On this night participating art galleries are open during evening hours for browsing and inspiration.

Center For The Arts Crested Butte
606 6th Street
Crested Butte, Colorado
(970) 349-7487
Website: CrestedButteArts.org

Lucille Lucas Gallery
427 Belleview Avenue, Suite 103
Crested Butte, Colorado
(970) 349-1903
Website: LucilleLucasGallery.com

J.C. Leacock Photo Gallery
327 Elk Avenue
Crested Butte, Colorado
(970) 349-1150

Paragon Gallery
132 Elk Avenue
(970) 349-6484
Website: ParagonArtGallery.com

Come join us and fill your days and evenings with Crested Butte Winter Activities. Visitors will find themselves overwhelmed with small town hospitality from the locals who are very passionate about the place they call home.

Crested Butte Mountain Resort Opening Day Is Almost Here!

Opening Day!Known as Colorado’s last great ski town, Crested Butte has a beauty and authentic old west charm that is rarely seen. Above all else, the ski and snowboard terrain offered on Mt. Crested Butte is impressive. Crested Butte Mountain Resort offers 14 lifts and more than 2,700 vertical feet of terrain you are sure to find a piece of heaven on this mountain. Opening Day on the slopes is November 26! Here are some helpful tips as you plan your visit.

Getting to Crested Butte

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The closest airport to Crested Butte is Gunnison-Crested Butte (GUC), a 30 minute drive from Crested Butte Mountain Resort. Flights into Gunnison-Crested Butte can be found on American Airlines and United Airlines.

Once you arrive, Alpine Express meets every flight and provides door-to-door service between Gunnison-Crested Butte Airport and Crested Butte. Alpine has a fleet of vehicles as well as luxury limousine service with baggage handling.


Crested Butte Mountain Resort

If you don’t have a home at Wilder on the Taylor there are several options to choose from whether you plan to stay slope-side in Mt. Crested Butte or in the town of Crested Butte.  One of the places we recommend is Elevation Hotel and Spa.  Elevation is the only ski in/out hotel in Crested Butte and features luxurious accommodations as well as premiere concierge services. It’s restaurant and bar, 9380, is just steps from the mountain slopes and is the hot spot for upscale casual dining and entertainment.  Elevation is home to the Crested Butte Ski Club, which provides it’s members with unbelievable perks and privileges.

Another recommendation is the Lodge at Mountaineer Square, which also features luxurious accommodations as well as impeccable guest services. It’s located in the heart of the Crested Butte Mountain Resort and just steps from the ski lifts, ski area services, restaurants, and shopping.

Ski Equipment

Skiing with an OlympianThere are several options if you need to rent equipment during your visit!

  • Flatiron Sports is just steps from Elevation Hotel and Spa. They are a full-service ski/snowboard rental and retail shop on Mt. Crested Butte. Flatiron Sports is recommended by Elevation’s concierge service.
  • Crested Butte Mountain Resort not only offers a ski and ride school but they have full-service ski/snowboard rental packages.
  • Crested Butte Ski Rentals is ranked as the #1 Crested Butte Ski and Snowboard shop by Skiing Magazine.  They are conveniently located at base of Mt. Crested Butte ski resort.

Ski Lessons


The premier place for ski lessons is the Crested Butte Mountain Resort Ski & Ride School. They offer private lessons, adult lessons, kids lessons, childcare, snow bike, ski clinics, ability levels, and you can even ski with an Olympian!

Gunnison-Crested Butte

Gunnison County, Colorado is home to several towns such as Mt. Crested Butte, Crested Butte, Almont, and Gunnison.  From outdoor pursuits, scenic drives, to arts and culture and history, there is an abundance of things to do!  For a full list of recommendations, visit www.gunnisoncrestedbutte.com.

We hope to see you in Crested Butte soon!

Wilder Honors Wounded Soldiers with Time at the Ranch

Wounded Soldier Fly Fishing

Last month, Wilder on Taylor hosted two military groups for a few days of relaxation and fly fishing.  Wilder welcomed wounded soldiers from Project Healing Waters Fly Fishing (PHWFF) and Warfighter Sports through the local Adaptive Sports Center (ASC).  Wilder has partnered with PHWFF for the last four years to bring wounded soldiers to Wilder.  It’s a way to honor the men and women who courageously serve our country.  This year, Wilder also worked with ASC to host injured soldiers participating in ASC’s Operation Rise and Conquer initiative.  All of the soldiers and their mentors were able to relax, take in the scenery, and go fly fishing on the Taylor River with master guide Lu Warner.

Both organizations are dedicated to serving the men and women in uniform. The PHWFF connects wounded soldiers to recreational opportunities like fly fishing to assist in the physical and emotional rehabilitation. The ASC provides high-quality adventure activities in and around Crested Butte for military service personnel.

Wilder was delighted to share the breathtaking views and world class fly fishing with these brave men and women.  “We are honored to be involved with two organizations that focus on true American heroes and their dedication to our country,” says Ron Welborn, development partner at Wilder on the Taylor.

Photos from the visit were captured by Adaptive Sports Center.  To view the photo album, visit us our Facebook page!

Wounded Soldier Making a Catch

Breathtaking View at Wilder

Wounded Soldier Resting by the Taylor River


A Reel Fly-Fishing Tale on the Taylor River

Drama surfaces when landing a 32-inch rainbow that has just snatched our 12-inch brown trout.

By Lu Warner

P1000906_3Mike West and I were fly-fishing a dry dropper on the stretch of the Taylor River located at Wilder on the Taylor on July 9, at a place that I call the swimming hole. Dry fly fishing had slowed down a bit from earlier in the day but after a few casts, a 12- to 14-inch brown trout came to the surface, which Mike hooked on his dropper. The brown thrashed around on top and after a few seconds, a giant rainbow came up and inhaled the brown like a mayfly. Gulp! The Brown was gone, just like that!

Mike’s line tightened up and snapped immediately under the weight of the big fish. Wide-eyed, we looked at each other and couldn’t believe the size of the rainbow that we had just seen. I said that I thought it was 30 inches or better.

We thought about it for a bit, settled down and decided to put on a streamer to try to catch the big rainbow. After two or three casts, Mike mended the streamer down pretty deep and we saw a huge flash. Then his line tensioned up, and the big fish was on! He jumped four times like a tarpon (a tropical marine fish) and after several minutes finally settled into the tail of the pool about 20 yards below.

Mike and I were wading deep above a dead tree; to move down the pool to land the fish was going to be difficult. The fish held in the tail for what must have been six or eight minutes, and my hopes were rising that we would land it.

Fly-Fishing Taylor RiverJust then, he bolted over the cascade below and downriver. By the time we could react, we were well into the backing, maybe 100 yards as the fish was now in fast water and heading downstream like a freight train. Mike held tension and we worked our way to the tail of the pool, but we were losing ground. The big fish was now over 200 yards and two pools away. Not good!

At the cascade Mike wisely stopped as we were in a sketchy spot in the middle of the river. Quickly he gave me his rod and I ran down the middle of the River stumbling and trying to regain some line, figure out where the fish was and if we even still had him. In the meantime Mike crossed back to the bank and the river trail and was running downstream as fast as possible. It was quite a sight. We were both completely at our aerobic maximum!

Twice the fish hung the line up on rocks on the other side and I thought we had lost him but each time the line came tight again. After over 400 yards of running, I finally got the fly line to the reel. Mike entered the water at the lower bench hole with his net and somehow he doubled the fish up to fit inside. When we netted the fish, the Adams fly was still hanging out of his mouth attached to the dropper and the brown trout inside the rainbows stomach.

This is the biggest rainbow I have seen landed at Wilder on the Taylor in five years of guiding there. It was a healthy, wild fish of 32 inches and estimated at 14 pounds. It took two of us to land him and we were lucky to have done it!

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Lu Warner is a master fishing and mountain biking guide at Wilder on the Taylor, a ranch community located between Gunnison and Crested Butte, and has been fly fishing and tying flies since the young age of 8. Since 1985, he has worked as a fly fishing guide in Idaho, Montana, Colorado, Alaska, Argentina and southern Chile. Warner has guided the summers in the Crested Butte/Gunnison area since 2000. From October through May, he resides in the Patagonia of Chile where he owns and operates the Valle Bonito Lodge, which specializes in fly fishing, hiking and mountain bike adventures.


Wilder on the Taylor is an angling paradise and a preservation-oriented 2,100± acre ranch community with a total of 26 homesteads conveniently located between Gunnison and Crested Butte, Colo. Each homestead is a minimum of 35 acres with a one-acre building envelope. As private fly-fishing water is increasingly difficult to procure, Wilder presents a rare and distinct opportunity to own an undivided interest in one of the best fly-fishing properties in the western United States.

Save The Date! Adaptive Sports Crested Butte Open 2014

Adaptive Sports Center

Adaptive Sports Center’s Crested Butte Open

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Adaptive Sports Center is hosting the 2014 Crested Butte Open–Gunnison Valley’s premier charity event–at The Club at Crested Butte on August3-4, 2014. This is a great event that provides low-cost lessons to people with physical and developmental disabilities, scholarship funds, and state-of-the-art adaptive sports equipment.

Wilder on the Taylor is excited to participate by donating a six person afternoon fly fishing exhibition and a riverside dinner to the event’s silent auction.  

We hope you will attend and support this great cause!   

Wilder Featured in Denver Life Magazine

thumbnail-1Denver Life Magazine is the leading lifestyle magazine that celebrates life in Denver and the surrounding region. As a trusted resource for an audience of highly educated, affluent residents of the metro area, Denver Life Magazine highlights the exciting benefits of living in a progressive urban location where fine dining, fashion, visual and performing arts, home design resources and sporting events thrive, while also emphasizing travel, outdoor adventure and family life.

The article featuring Crested Butte and the real estate options the article goes on to say “Wilder on the Taylor is a preservation-oriented ranch community and a nature lover’s haven. Surrounded by Gunnison National Forest and nestled along the banks of the legendary, trout-abundant Taylor River, the 2,100-acre community is an angler’s paradise staking claim to more than two miles of private tailwater fishing. Featuring a full-time, on-site ranch manager, this historic community— comprised of 26 home-sites, each on a minimum of 35 acres—is as visually appealing as it is recreationally rich. For those seeking a quiet, undisturbed natural setting to call home, Wilder on the Taylor encapsulates the ranching traditions, history and culture of the American West. For more information about land ownership in this exclusive community, visit wildercolorado.com.”

Thank you to Denver Life Magazine for the press!