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The Mountain Log Cabin that You've Been Dreaming of...

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Last updated: 09/28/2015
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  • Minimum stay:2 nights
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:No
  • Wheel chair accessible:No

Property description

If you have been dreaming of staying at a picturesque wilderness log cabin with end of the road privacy and spectacular mountain scenery, this is the place. Located on Hastings Mesa at an elevation of 9000 feet, San Juan Cabin was built in 1999 out of hand-crafted Scandinavian full scribe Engleman spruce logs. The cabin sits on 78 acres on the side of a ridge overlooking Willow creek and meadow . There are groves of aspen and oak to picnic in. Also stands of large Ponderosa pine trees. It is just outside of Telluride with views so large and spectacular that you can see many of the most famous peaks including; Mt. Sneffels, Mears Peak, North Pole, the San Miguel range and the extinct volcano, Lone Cone.

San Juan Cabin is remote yet easily accessible to Telluride (30min.) Ridgway (20min.) and Montrose (1 hour) The trip to Telluride can be by highway or the scenic old stage coach path known as Last Dollar Road. The location puts you in the heart of the wilderness yet an easy drive to town or the regional airport in Montrose.

Much of the original True Grit movie was filmed in this area. If you have seen the movie you will recognize our view to the South as the opening scene.

The cabin has 3000 square feet of finished living space. It has a full kitchen as well as a partial kitchen on the lower level. The lower level can be separate independent living quarters for a second family.

It also is environmentally 'green' with a very small carbon footprint running on solar and wind power. Heating comes from passive solar and a stone fireplace, the fireplace has catalytic combustion for low emissions. The water supply for the cabin comes from a well on the ridge above it. It is pumped by solar power into a 1,200 gallon cistern, then with gravity pressure it comes into the cabin. When the cistern is full the excess water goes into an overflow pipe and comes out in a fountain near the front door. This waters the ground around the area.

The wildlife is abundant here. Deer and Elk are everyday sites along with Coyote, Turkey, Grouse,and Eagle. Sometimes Bobcat, Porcupine and Bear are seen. Wildflowers abound in May, June and July with fields of lupine and arrowroot by the thousand. The Autumn colors are awesome, with red oaks and aspens of purple and gold.

You can hike and bike right out the front door on trails and dirt roads around the cabin. There is also great biking on the abandoned railroad grades. Mountain bikes are provided. You can hike on the National Forest trails with access from many of the neighboring roads. Hot springs beckon at both Ouray and Ridgway. Stargazing is magnificent from the telescope on the deck with stars so bright it will give you the sense of wonder and awe back that you knew as a child.


Keywords: Log Cabin


Property Type

  • Cabin
  • 3000 sq. ft.

Accommodation Type

  • Vacation Rental


  • Guests Provide Their Own Meals


  • Children Welcome:

    We have three kids ourselves and the cabin is set up for kids to have fun....moreless

  • Non Smoking Only
  • Pets Not Allowed
  • Wheelchair Inaccessible

Bedrooms: 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8, Beds for 6-8

  • Bedroom 1


  • Bedroom 2


  • Bedroom 3


  • Bunk Area


  • Queen size Beds (2) 2 Queen beds, 1 in master bedroom and 1 in lower level bedroom., Double Beds (1) 1 Double bed in first floor bedroom., Sleep Sofa or Futons (1) There is a convertible sofa if needed. The mattress is thin., Bunk Beds (3) There are 3 bunk beds, that sleep 6 people....moreless

Bathrooms: 3 Bathrooms

Other Amenities

  • There are four mountain bikes here. Telescope.


  • Books:

    There are a few novels. Mostly books on the local mountains, many maps and tourist information. ...moreless

  • CD Player
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Television:

    We do NOT have a TV here and have never missed it once. The view of the clouds, mountains, animals and weather is always changing and dramatic....moreless


  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Sports & Activities


  • Festivals
  • Health/Beauty Spa
  • Live Theater
  • Restaurants

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/Bank
  • Groceries
  • Laundromat
  • Massage Therapist
  • Medical Services

Leisure Activities

  • Antiquing
  • Boating
  • Eco Tourism
  • Horseback Riding
  • Photography
  • Scenic Drives
  • Shopping
  • Sight Seeing
  • Sledding
  • Wildlife Viewing

Location Type

  • Mountain View

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • Cross Country Skiing
  • Cycling
  • Fishing
  • Fly Fishing
  • Golf
  • Hiking
  • Hunting
  • Kayaking
  • Mountain Biking
  • Mountain Climbing
  • Mountaineering
  • Rafting
  • Rock Climbing
  • Skiing
  • Snowboarding
  • Snowmobiling
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Whitewater Rafting


  • Dining Area


  • Clothes Dryer
  • Garage:

    This is the small barn next to cabin....moreless

  • Internet:

    Internet is available through your cell phone. ...moreless

  • Linens Provided
  • Parking For RV/Boat/Trailer:

    There is a large parking area next to the cabin....moreless

  • Telephone:

    Cell phones work very well here. There is no land line to the premises. You are off the grid here....moreless

  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine:

    Located in the mud room....moreless

  • Wood Fireplace:

    The fireplace is also for heating, like a stove, but you can see the flames. Firewood is supplied....moreless


  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen:

    There is a full kitchen on the main level. There is also a partial kitchen downstairs....moreless

  • Oven
  • Refrigerator:

    (2) Propane, not electric....moreless

  • Stove
  • Toaster


  • Balcony:

    There is a balcony off the master bedroom....moreless

  • Deck / Patio:

    There is a wood deck off the kitchen. And a Stone patio off the Sunroom....moreless

  • Outdoor Grill

Pool / Spa

  • Communal Pool:

    Hot Springs pool in Ridgway and Ouray...moreless



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$1,950 $5,400

Rates are based on 4 guests; add $15 per night, per additional guest

* Approximate Monthly rates, actual rate will depend on the days of the month you stay

Additional information about rental rates


  • Cleaning Fee $150
  • Taxes Not included


Cabin is NOT available all year. Summer only. From April 14 to Nov. 17th.

$500 security deposit required. This is to be paid at the time of booking to reserve the time. Please then pay the rental amount two weeks prior to stay if possible. I will then mail you out the key to the door. After your stay, mail the key back to me and I will then refund your deposit.

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Last updated: 09/28/2015
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  • Last Dollar Rd

    "Beautiful drive, plan at least an hour to get to Telluride"

  • Ouray Hot Springs Pool And Park

  • Orvis Hot Springs

  • Wilson Peak

    "Another Fourteener, A spectacular mountain"

  • Lizard Head Pass

    "Worth the drive for the view. Continue South past it for a view of Lizard Head."

  • Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park

    "Who would have thought a hole in the ground could be so spectacular as to take your breath a..."

  • Courthouse Mountain

    "The Cimarron Mountain Range. Drive east of Ridgway to Owl Creek Pass. It takes an hour to ge..."

  • Mt Sneffels

    "14,142 feet in elevation. You can see from cabin."

  • Imagene Pass

    "Extreme 4 wheel drive road over 13,114 foot pass. The road is 13 miles long between Ouray an..."

40 Miles
Nearest Airport
20 Miles
Nearest Golf
4 Miles
Nearest Motorway
20 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
30 Miles
Nearest Ski

Car: Necessary

The view here is spectacular. The house is oriented to take in the mountain and mesa views from the sunroom, deck and patios to the South and West. With the cabin overlooking the meadow on the side of the ridge, animals frequently come out to drink in the creek at sun up and sun down.


Owner info

Year Purchased: 1999

About the owner: We are a family of five that love the outdoors. We live in Illinois, but grew up in the mountains.

Why the Owner Chose Placerville:
These are some of the most beautiful mountain landscapes that we have ever seen. We like to be in nature away from the crowded city.

The Unique Benefits at this Cabin:
Animals frequently come right up to the house whether you are inside or out. Sometimes I feel like I am a guest at their place, we are the visitors in their environment. We live off the grid here. The power comes from the wind and the sun. You feel so much more in tune with the world around you here.

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Speaks: english



  • summer 2014

    summer 2014

  • Looking South toward the Snefflels Range, Early Spring 2011

    Looking South toward the Snefflels Range, Early Spring 2011

  • Woods around cabin looking North - Fall 2011

    Woods around cabin looking North - Fall 2011

  • family room with stone fireplace

    family room with stone fireplace

  • Master Bedroom

    Master Bedroom

  • afternoon rain and rainbow, summer 2014

    afternoon rain and rainbow, summer 2014

  • power gauge in kitchen

    power gauge in kitchen

  • garage


  • first floor bedroom

    first floor bedroom

  • lower level bunk room

    lower level bunk room

  • Looking West over Hay Creek Valley.
Lone Cone and San Miguel mountains.

    Looking West over Hay Creek Valley. Lone Cone and San Miguel mountains.

  • kitchen and dinning area

    kitchen and dinning area

  • lower level family room

    lower level family room

  • Front door, early summer 2013

    Front door, early summer 2013

  • Looking out the windows of the sunroom

    Looking out the windows of the sunroom

  • first floor bathroom

    first floor bathroom

  • downstairs wet bar

    downstairs wet bar

  • master bathroom

    master bathroom

  • Power inverter, batteries and back up generator

    Power inverter, batteries and back up generator

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