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Family Friendly High Mountain Log Home with Great Fishing

8 Reviews
Bedrooms 2
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 nights

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Minimum Stay
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Ponderosa Pines House Rental Photos and Description

House, 2 Bedrooms, 1 Bath, (Sleeps 4-6)

Located in South Fork on the east side of the Continental Divide below Wolf Creek Pass and Ski Area, this cozy 2 bedroom log home is used quite often by the owners; you will probably find it as well equipped as your home. It contains many amenities you won't find in other rentals. This is the ideal vacation headquarters for families, seniors and honeymooners.

Situated on three lots, the deer and kids visiting this home have plenty of space to play. The kitchen is fully stocked with just about everything you could need. Table seating for six in the dining area, also on the deck. Two queen beds and a queen sleeper-sofa with all linens furnished provide comfortable sleeping for six. Off-street parking and covered RV/Boat/Camper parking. Flat-screen TV with Netflix and Bose enhanced sound, additional TV console reserved strictly for your DVDs and game box. WiFi is available for the computer addict.

Surrounded by the pristine mountain wilderness of the Rio Grande National Forest on the west side of the magnificent San Luis Valley (the largest alpine valley in the world), South Fork offers numerous 4-wheel drive and ATV trails, snowmobiling, hiking, horseback riding, river rafting, hunting, fishing, wildlife watching and photography, mountain biking and all possible wilderness activities.

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Keywords: Log House, Vacation Home, Skiing, Fishing, Golf, Canoeing, Boating, 4-Wheeling, Hunting, Hiking, Biking, Mountain Bicycling, Mountains

More Details
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • children welcome
  • limited accessibility
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed

Thomas Smallwood
Member since: 2011
Speaks: english, german
Response time:
Within a few days
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Calendar last updated:
October 6, 2016
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About Thomas Smallwood

My wife and I married in 1959. I am currently retired, but my woodworking hobby shows in the handmade furnishings in the house. Her knitting skills are on display through the house. Our three children, 7 grandchildren and 3 great-grandchildren enjoy playing in the snow, hiking the woods and dining on freshly caught rainbow trout.

Thomas Smallwood purchased this house in 1993

Why Thomas Smallwood chose South Fork

After years of hiking the national forest and wilderness area, we vacationed in Lake City. When departing we went through South Fork, saw and fell in love with the town and this house. Here we have everything.

What makes this house unique

We enjoy the quiet, feeding the deer in the yard in the fall, and being in the mountains. All the activities we enjoy are here, most at no additional cost. Even though the house is located in a subdivision, it seems to be very remote. We also have some of the best, most helpful neighbors in the world.


based on 8 traveler reviews

Family Friendly High Mountain Log Home with Great Fishing
average rating of 4.875 based on 8 reviews
Waxahachie, TX

Spring Break With My Daughters

  • 5 of 5

The cabin was great for our quick spring break trip. It was a short drive to everything we needed - grocery store, ski rental shop, and Wolf Creek ski area. It had everything we needed to cook dinner each night. We would stay here again.

  • Submitted: Jun 6, 2016
  • Stayed: Mar 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Mountain retreat

  • 5 of 5

We really enjoyed our stay. Owner was very accessible for questions. Accommodations were clean and well kept. We will definitely return.

  • Submitted: Jul 9, 2015
  • Stayed: Jun 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Bedford, TX

Boys trip 2014

  • 5 of 5

We thoroughly enjoyed our stay! The house provided us with everything we needed. The wood stove was great on very cold evenings. The WiFi worked well and the house was equiped with everything we needed. We would definitely return!

  • Submitted: Jan 23, 2015
  • Stayed: Dec 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Perfect for our family!

  • 5 of 5

We loved our time in South Fork! My husband and I stayed there with our 7year old and 8year old. Our cabin was wonderful and the owners were most accommodating with information and timely responses leading up to to trip. The cabin was very clean and well stocked. We will definitely be back!

  • Submitted: Dec 28, 2014
  • Stayed: Dec 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Hewitt, Texas

What a great cabin!

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I with 2 children stayed at the cabin for 7 days and thoroughly enjoyed ourselves. We made day trips outside of South Fork after hiking several trails there. We loved staying in the cozy, well equipped cabin with lovely western decor. Our needs had been anticipated and the immaculate home readied in advance of our visit. We loved being able to cook instead of eat out though enjoyed the Whistle Pig barbecue, Cottonwood Cove steaks and Rainbow grocery for everything else. The visitor's center at South Fork was fantastic. We drove to Pagosa Springs, Gunnison and Durango for attractions including hot springs and river floating, boat ride on the Gunnison river from Morrow's point and the Durango to Siverton train ride with informative bus ride back. We prayed the Stations of the Cross at the shrine in San Luis and sandboarded at Great Sand Dunes! We plan to return to South Fork and stay at the cabin again as soon as possible and will rent a jeep to enjoy more of the South Fork trails including Wheeler Geologic site and Summitville. We've never enjoyed a vacation more in large part due to fantastic accommodations and host. Thanks very much!

  • Submitted: Aug 27, 2014
  • Stayed: Aug 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great Weekend Getaway!

  • 5 of 5

Wonderful spot to get away for the weekend! Cabin was well-maintained and sported every amenity. Fireplace was cozy, and the heater worked just fine, too. Wifi was strong, had a great time watching movies, playing games, and eating home-cooked meals with friends.

  • Submitted: Jan 22, 2014
  • Stayed: Jan 2014
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Nearest Airport
55 Miles
Alamosa, CO
Nearest Golf
3 Miles
Rio Grande Golf Course
Nearest Train
55 Miles
Alamosa, CO
Nearest Motorway
1 Miles
CO 149
Nearest Restaurant
5 Miles
Nearest Ski
18 Miles
Wolf Creek Ski Area
Car: recommended

55 miles of groomed cross-country ski/snowmobile trails, weather permitting. Great Sand Dunes National Park & 2 wildlife reserves nearby. There are three historic rail lines in vicinity (Durango-Silverton (narrow gauge), Antonito-Chama (narrow gauge), Alamosa-LaVeta (standard gauge with summer western concert on the mountain top). Also a small scenic rail excursion departing South Fork. 5 minute walk to Rio Grande River and boat/canoe launch for great fishing. 30 minute drive to Beaver Creek Reservoir. 10 minute drive to 4-Star 18-hole mountaintop golf course with beautiful views and great fairways.


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Post-Departure Cleaning $75
Refundable damage deposit $300
Tax Rate 9.4%

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Ponderosa Pines House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 1000 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Mountain View
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Covered Parking
  • Free Long Distance
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Wood Fireplace ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 -
  • 1
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Queen size Beds (2), Baby Cribs (1) Portable playpen/sleeping for infants and toddlers. (Toddler/Infant blankets/linens not furnished.) Queen Sleeper-Sofa or Futons (1)
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television ...
  • VCR
  • Video Library
  • Deck / Patio
  • Golf
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Porch / Veranda
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome ...
  • limited accessibility ...
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets not allowed ...
  • churches
  • library
  • live theater
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • ruins
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • horseback riding
  • horseshoes
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • laundromat
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • ice skating
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • rafting
  • rock climbing
  • skiing
  • snowboarding
  • snowmobiling
  • whitewater rafting
Convertible High Chair available. Porta-Crib available (infant sheets/blankets not furnished).

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