With +/- a half mile of both sides of Yellow Jacket Creek, mirroring approximately the same amount of National Forest frontage, the lush +/-83 acres of Ponderosa Spring Ranch checks a lot of boxes for the discriminating recreational property buyer. Located halfway between Pagosa Springs and Durango, Colorado bordering the very heart of the 1.8 million acres of the San Juan National Forest, on the south side of Highway 160, you’ll find the hidden Ponderosa Spring Ranch. Across the Yellow Jacket Creek bridge and down the picket-fence lined lane to grandmother's house we go…ImprovementsCattle in the pasture, a feeder steer out back, a chicken coop, elk, venison & wild turkey in the freezer and a greenhouse full of your home grown vegetables is but a hint of what Ponderosa Spring Ranch is all about. The +/-2320 sq. ft. 3 bedroom, 3 bath ranch-style home with a built-in gun safe, hidden in an incredible stand of Ponderosa Pines, and built in 1979, will keep you warm in the winter and cool in the summer. The metal roof will serenade you through the monsoon rains and the wrap around front porch will offer a lifetime of family memories as the hummingbirds entertain you. Across the drive is the coolest Normal Rockwell style barn if there ever was one. A wooden sliding drive-in door compliments the double rooms and the full loft. The kids and grandkids just found their hideout!! A chicken coop, livestock loafing shed, geodesic dome green house and two-car garage round out the improvements on the property. Approximately 45-50% of the property is planted and fenced fields of alfalfa/grass mix that allows for haying or grazing of livestock. There’s power, internet, phone and a back up generator. Propane gas serves the property and compliments the wood stove. National Forest AccessWhat good is bordering the national forest if one can’t access it? There’s not one but two side-by-side legal access two-track trails that leave the ranch and go into the national forest. One trail (3/4 mile) accesses the spring box and water line that Ponderosa Spring Ranch receives its namesake from, a dedicated water right that coveys with the ranch, and the other trail meanders through the national forest for up to 3 miles, of which neither allows public access. Talk about your own hiking, horseback, ATV, snowmobiling and hunting paradise! And, all of this at a mild 6700’ elevation. Unit 77 allows for 2 over-the-counter seasons for elk and within 2 miles is the first fork of the Piedra River, offering 15+ miles of the Gold Medal waters of the Piedra River, a north south drainage right out of the Weminuche Wilderness that has never been mined and offers three trail heads into the forest and wilderness area. 20 minutes south of the ranch you’ll be at Navajo Lake State Park, one of southern Colorado's best kept secrets, offering a 29-mile long lake with incredible boating, fishing, waterskiing and hundreds of miles of finger canyon shorelines. Both Pagosa Springs (25 miles) and Durango (25 miles) offer hospitals, shopping, wonderful dining, and great downhill skiing. La Plata County Airport (50 minutes) offers daily commercial nonstop flights direct to Dallas/Ft Worth, Phoenix and Denver.Hidden Jewels like Ponderosa Spring Ranch will check most the boxes for today’s recreational property buyers. Call or email today for more info and your private qualified showing, Co brokers welcome.