Willow Creek Ranch has the sought-after combination of live water, public land boundary, privacy, convenience, and scenic mountain beauty. Located just 19 miles north of Steamboat the ranch is 398+/- acres with 1,200 feet of Elk River as the southern boundary and 800 feet of Willow Creek flowing through to its confluence with the Elk. Clark, with a busy country store, deli, and post office, is just 2 miles from the ranch. Clark is a friendly community with an award willing K-8 Charter School, preschool, fire station, and restaurant. It is a popular stop for locals and tourists as they set out to explore the million-plus acre surrounding national forest, numerous area lakes, rivers, and trailheads. The ranch consists of level, open parks surrounded by aspen and pine forests and brush-covered slopes with interesting rock outcroppings. The variety of cover and forage coupled with the secluded pond attracts a wide range of wildlife. Elk, deer, bear, moose, fox, coyote, grouse, and numerous birds are attracted to the ranch. It is fenced for cattle; springs and a well provide water for livestock and wildlife. The 1,200 s.f. cabin was built as a self-contained retreat. It has a 1,000-gal propane tank; adequate to heat the cabin for 2+ years. Although serviced by underground electric, the cabin can also be powered by a propane generator sufficient to operate the well, gas heat stove, appliances and lights. A steep steel roof sheds even the heaviest of snow without shoveling and resists ignition from wildfires. The cabin is comfortable with a great room looking to the rugged saw-tooth Zirkel range of the Continental Divide. The main level master also has a deck with downriver views. The loft, open to the great room below and sharing the same mountain views, has a half bath and is accessed by a beautiful wood spiral staircase. This intelligently planned cabin, water frontage, long national forest boundary, and paved year-round access are rarely found as one package.
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