The Lower 84 area begins around the Blanco River and continues on down to the New Mexico border.
The Chromo Mercantile and the U.S. Post Office for Chromo, CO 81128 are in this area.
The developments here nearly all feature 35+ acre parcels. The exception is Crowley Ranch Reserve, which is a cluster development with smaller individual parcels and a huge amount of community open space.
Alpine Lakes Ranch
Alpine Lakes consists of four separate areas: Ponderosa Hills, Coyote Park and Elk Ridge WEST of Hwy 84, and Alpine Meadows EAST of Hwy 84. Parcels are 35+ acres. There are covenants, underground electric and central water (via state-monitored community wells).
Spence Reservoir is located in Alpine Meadows, use limited to Alpine Lakes property owners. This area is surrounded by National Forest.
Cool Springs Ranch
This is a gated development of 25 parcels ranging from 35 to 107 acres. It’s located about 23 miles south off CR 542 (Montezuma Rd.). The lower lots are high desert terrain, while parcels up on Archuleta Mesa feature old growth forest with mountain views. Property owners’ access to BLM lands. Covenants, underground utilities, central water via community wells.
Crowley Ranch Reserve
This is an award-winning cluster development of 87 home sites near the New Mexico border. Covering 2000 acres, 1400 acres are reserved as community open space. Most lots are 3 acres, but Phase II is larger parcels south of Hwy 84. Covenants, central water, and underground utilities. Private hot springs for use of property owners.
Emerald Lake Ranch
A small development of just five 35-acre parcels adjacent to Alpine Meadows. National Forest borders and lakefront. Deeded water rights. Covenants, central water, and underground utilities.
Navajo River Ranch
Gated community of 35+ acre parcels. Some have riverfront and irrigation. National Forest access and South San Juan Wilderness nearby. Covenants, central water and underground utilities.