V.A. Poma Ranch
The V.A. Poma Ranch is a guest ranch in the Weminuche Valley of southwest Colorado. The Ranch provides wonderful opportunities for both amateur and serious birdwatchers as well as all outdoor lovers. Located not far from the Continental Divide, you’ll have access to a diversity of forest habitats as well as meadows and willow-riparian zones near the Weminuche River, various ponds and privately owned Martin Lake. You will be greeted upon arrival by a friendly host and a plethora of different hummingbirds that make the Ranch House porch always entertaining. The Rockies and the altitude attract interesting birds including Steller’s and Gray Jays, Mountain and Western Bluebirds, Western Tanagers, Magpies, Warblers, Flycatchers and Eagles to name a few. We even find that guests come as strangers and leave as friends.
Habitat: Ponderosa Forest, Mixed-Conifer Forest, Streamside Willow, Aspen Grove, Spruce-Fir Forest
Directions: The V.A. Poma Ranch is located in Hinsdale County in southwestern Colorado, about 23 miles northwest of Pagosa Springs. From downtown Pagosa Springs drive 2.5 miles west up the hill on U.S. 160. Turn right (north) on Piedra Road (CR 600). In 6.4 miles you will reach the border of the San Juan National Forest. Piedra Road becomes FR 631. Continue another 17 miles to the V.A. Poma Ranch sign. Take a hard left down the Ranch drive for about a half mile. At the bridge, take a right and follow the white fence another half mile or so to the Ranch House.
Delorme: 78 B2
Roads of Colorado: 140 C1
Dates of Access: Memorial Day through Labor Day. Please call before you visit.
Hours: Dawn to dusk, unless staying at the ranch
Admission: Registration required. Donations accepted. Call 970-731-5746.
Lodging: Seven guest cabins, two RV sites with full hookups, tent camping.
Handicapped Access: Some gravel trails
To inquire about access to this ranch and to get directions, please contact the landowner at 970-731-5746.