This 515-acre sporting property is located in Montezuma County Colorado approximately 5 miles East of the town of Dolores. The nearest airport that provides commercial airline services is in Durango, CO. The Silver Springs Ranch has ample opportunity for world class Mule Deer hunting, as well as Elk, Bear, and Turkey. Nearby recreational activities include fishing, backpacking, boating, rafting and camping. Surrounded on two sides by the San Juan National forest, featuring a deep canyon on the property itself, the Silver Springs Ranch truly captures all of Colorado's finest features!LocationThe closest town to Silver Springs Ranch is Dolores, CO sitting at 6,982 feet above sea level, whose first settlers were Spanish priests who opened the area for settlement in 1776. However, the original inhabitants, the Puebloans, inhabited the area until 1300. Many of their artifacts can still be found in the area surrounding Dolores. Cattlemen arrived in the Dolores River Valley in 1876 which in present day is the area beneath McPhee Reservoir. A rail-head was established in 1891 in present day Dolores, which began the development of Dolores as it sits today. Ranch / Property Attributes The property sits on top of the Hay Camp Mesa so the topography is relatively flat, except for a deep canyon that runs along the Western end of the property and small ravine with a pond on the eastern boundary. There are pine trees, scrub oak and grassy meadows throughout the property. The property features stunning views of the Dolores River Valley, Sleeping Ute Mountain, and the San Juan Mountains. The acreage remains undeveloped and is a blank canvas for your needs. The parcel of land immediately to the East is part of the Silver Springs Ranch but is being sold separately, however access to the West parcel can be granted through the adjacent highway year-round. HuntingThe Silver Springs Ranch lies within GMU 73, which is known for its world record Mule Deer and large number of Boone & Crockett trophy entries, 11th in the world to be exact. The property qualifies for Landowner Preference tags, with great odds for archery, muzzle loading and rifle. In 2016, Colorado residents with 3+ points drew Mule Deer tags 100% of the time while non-residents with 5+ points drew 100% of the time for 4th season rifle. The ranch provides good habitat for Elk and Bear, both of which have tremendous draw odds with very few preference points. Turkey can be found in large populations on the property and tags can be obtained over the counter for both Spring and Fall. FishingThe best local fishing around Silver Springs Ranch can be found below McPhee Reservoir, about 16 miles from the property. The Reservoir contains catfish, white bass, small and large mouth bass, crappie, walleye, and trout. If you have a boat McPhee Reservoir is your go to as well. Other Recreational ActivitiesSince the property borders National Forest land, you have access to great skiing, snowmobiling, camping, and backpacking as well. If you are looking for a resort getaway, the nearest is the Durango Mountain Resort, about an hour away, or Purgatory Resort which is two hours away. SummaryThe West parcel of the Silver Springs Ranch is an outdoorsmans ideal property. With easy access to all of Colorados outdoor activities, the recreation opportunities are endless and give you something to do every season. This property has plenty of untapped potential!