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Cortez cabin description

If you have ever long for a place to stay in the Four-Corners area and don’t want to stay at noisy hotel, our Canyon of the Ancients Guest Ranch & Vacation Rental will be the very right place for you to rest your hearts and souls while exploring thousand years of ancient ruins and savoring the simplicity of life! It is not a Bed & Breakfast, but a private home that we want to share our passion for history, archeology and the beauty of Southwestern Colorado.

The Ranch is located at the peaceful and quaint McElmo Canyon, a quasi-Sedona setting in the Southwest of Colorado. It was once owned by a legendary cowboy, Elden Zwicker, in the Canyon. The road leads to the Ranch was called “Mormon Road” where the early Mormons migrated through to Utah. The road is also nicknamed “Robber’s Path”, it was said that Butch Cassidy had hid his fortune in the Canyon, and old timers here knew that someone had discovered a bag of gold in the 40s.

There are over 5000 documented archeological sites in this beautiful area waiting for you to explore. The Canyon of the Ancients National Monument is the key archeological landmark at McElmo Canyon.

The Ranch is in close proximity to worldly renown tourist attractions such as Mesa Verde, Durango, Canyon of the Ancients, Hovenweep National Monument, Monument Valley, Mexican Hat, Pagosa Springs and Telluride. It is a perfect place for your Southwestern Colorado adventure!

Rental:
Elden Stone House -It is a historical house that the old Zwicker family lived and has been restored and renovated to offer you a comfort stay which is great for your family to experience Southwest ranch and cowboy lifestyle. The Elden Stone House comes with 2 bedrooms, a living room with a stone fireplace, comfy/ranch style sofa, flat-screen TV/VCR, a full kitchen with oven, microwave, coffee maker, refrigerator, and a laundry room with washer & dryer as well as laundry detergent. It can comfortably accommodate 4 to 6 people. There is an old-style ranch BBQ at the porch. A gazebo under the ancient Locust tree provides you a place to chill out in the hot summer day.

Activities:
There are many different things that you can do at/around the ranch. If you like hiking, climbing up to the unknown hills at the property is a great way to exercise your muscles.

If archeology is your favorite, then the nearby ruins and petroglyphs will be your best be. It will take you at least several days to explore few of them. We have Petroglyph Photo Tour that you can sign up to find and photo interesting petroglyph panels. Please contact us for details.

Horse-back riding is an option for those who love riding. You can either bring your own horses or join the guided tour. Our neighbor “Canyon Trail Ranch” offer half-day , full-day or overnight camp-out trip.

If you just want to have a restful vacation, you can do nothing but to appreciate the green pastures along the cottonwood groves, marvel at 400 year old the cedar pines on the mesas, enjoy the fabulous sunsets that changes everyday, listening to the birds singing and watch thousand of stars during the night.

Nearby attractions like Canyon of The Ancients Monument, Mesa Verde, Mancos Stagecoach ride, Durango Steam Train, Monument Valley or Mexican Hat are all very close within 1.5 hour drive. The famous sky resort Telluride is 2 hours away. By staying here, you will be able to explore major attractions around the Four Corners region.

We look forward to providing a unique vacation experience.

Property Type

      • Cabin

      Accommodation Type

          • Vacation Rental

          Meals

              • Guests Provide Their Own Meals

              Suitability

              • Children Welcome:

                Kids will have fun seeing our animals - cows, horses, turkeys, chickens and dogs...moreless

              • Pets Considered
              • Non Smoking Only

              Bedrooms: 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4, Beds for 4

              Bathrooms: 1 Bathroom

              Kitchen & Dining

              • Cooking Utensils
              • Microwave
              • Kitchen
              • Seating for 4 people

              Amenities

              • Parking Off Street:

                Plenty of parking at our ranch...moreless

              • Heating
              • Towels Provided
              • Parking
              • Living Room
              • Hair Dryer
              • Parking For RV/Boat/Trailer
              • Air Conditioning
              • Clothes Dryer
              • Wood Fireplace
              • Washing Machine
              • Linens Provided

              Other Amenities

                  • Daily organic free-range chicken eggs are provided for our guests. We also grow our vegetables organically, you are welcome to pick up whatever available in the garden for your meal (seasonal). Our all natural grassfed beef or lamb is available for purchase. ...moreless

                  Entertainment

                  • Video Library:

                    We have quite a few old time movies. The documentary 'American Cowboy' of the family who lived here for in the past 50 years was taken 15 years ago, we highly recommended our guest to view it....moreless

                  • VCR
                  • CD Player
                  • Satellite / Cable
                  • Television
                  • Books
                  • DVD Player

                  Communications

                      • Wireless Internet:

                        Satellite internet service...moreless

                      Pool & Spa

                          • Sauna:

                            A sauna at owner's house with separate entrance is available for your relaxation...moreless

                          Outdoor Features

                          • Outdoor Grill
                          • Lawn / Garden
                          • Bicycles
                          • Gazebo
                          • Deck / Patio

                          Theme

                          • Adventure
                          • Away From It All
                          • Family
                          • Historic
                          • Romantic
                          • Tourist Attractions

                          Location & View

                          • Mountain View:

                            The mysterious 'Sleeping Ute' Mountaion is just in front of you. ...moreless

                          • Rural

                          Activities

                          • Museums
                          • Massage Therapist
                          • Medical Services
                          • Fishing
                          • Cross Country Skiing
                          • Cycling
                          • Rafting
                          • Hunting
                          • Basketball Court
                          • Racquetball
                          • Tennis
                          • Rock Climbing
                          • Hiking
                          • Snowboarding
                          • Swimming
                          • Mountain Biking
                          • Fly Fishing
                          • Golf
                          • Laundromat
                          • Hospital
                          • Groceries
                          • ATM/Bank
                          • Restaurants
                          • Library
                          • Playground
                          • Recreation Center
                          • Ruins
                          • Winery Tours
                          • Health/Beauty Spa
                          • Cinemas
                          • Mountain Climbing
                          • Bird Watching
                          • Scenic Drives
                          • Walking
                          • Sledding
                          • Sight Seeing
                          • Antiquing
                          • Wildlife Viewing
                          • Horseback Riding
                          • Fitness Center
                          • Eco Tourism
                          • Mountaineering
                           

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                          $260/night+tax (minimum 2 nights).  
                          Please inquire for longer term rate. 
                          50% advanced deposit will be required for guaranteed booking. 
                          Additional person (when exceed 5): $15/day/person.  Maximum capacity 6. 
                          Cancellation policy: 2 weeks prior to arrival date. 
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                          Location

                          Petroglyph Tours, Ancient Indian Ruins/Archeological Expedition, Cultural events in Cortez

                           

                          Owner info

                          Year Purchased: 2006

                          About the owner: It seemed to be our destiny to settle here after we got married. Garry came to visit Mesa Verde when he was 6 and since then he was fascinated with native Indian culture and architecture. More interesting is that I found a piece of pottery at my sister-in-law's house in town with my Chinese last name on. It made me speechless!! We love it here and the history of this place. Since we moved here, we have been making a lot of efforts to preserve the old history of this ranch. We restored the Elden Stone House, renovated the Cowboy Log Cabin and the Pioneer Barn House. We grow organic vegetables, raise grass-fed beef and our chickens are very happy roaming around our pastures. Even though we are not farmers by trade, it is the simplicity and freedom of life we treasure. We enjoy meeting people around the world and hope to make this place more self-sufficient and a place that our guests will come back again and again...

                          The Unique Benefits at this Cabin:
                          You will be able to experience the authentic farm life here at our place. It is a working ranch with livestock happily walking around, our 30+ chickens are pretty happy playing around the coop and pastures. You are welcome to pick up fresh free-ranch eggs and organic vegetable for your meal. It's a place to relax and rejuvenate your mind and soul....


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                          Speaks: spanish, mandarin, english

                           

                          Photos

                          • Ranch Overview with Sleeping Ute at the back. (canyonoftheancients.com)

                            Ranch Overview with Sleeping Ute at the back. (canyonoftheancients.com)

                          • Elden Stone House living Room with beautiful stone wall & fireplace

                            Elden Stone House living Room with beautiful stone wall & fireplace

                          • Elden Stone House 2nd bedroom with queen bed

                            Elden Stone House 2nd bedroom with queen bed

                          • Ranch in the Fall

                            Ranch in the Fall

                          • Our Navajo Churro sheep

                            Our Navajo Churro sheep

                          • Free range eggs from happy chickens

                            Free range eggs from happy chickens

                          • Cannonball Mesa ruin
canyonoftheancients.com

                            Cannonball Mesa ruin canyonoftheancients.com

                          • Skull rock nearby 
(canyonoftheancients.com)

                            Skull rock nearby (canyonoftheancients.com)

                          • Monument Valley 
(canyonoftheancients.com)

                            Monument Valley (canyonoftheancients.com)

                          • Canyon of the Ancients Guest Ranch aerial view 
(canyonoftheancients.com)

                            Canyon of the Ancients Guest Ranch aerial view (canyonoftheancients.com)

                          • ruin site at ranch 
(canyonoftheancients.com)

                            ruin site at ranch (canyonoftheancients.com)

                          • Stunning view of the ranch
(Canyon of the Ancients Guest Ranch)

                            Stunning view of the ranch (Canyon of the Ancients Guest Ranch)

                          • Elden Stone House Patio

                            Elden Stone House Patio

                          • Elden Stone House Bedroom with Queen bed

                            Elden Stone House Bedroom with Queen bed

                          • Elden Stone House

                            Elden Stone House

                          • Our organically-grown vegetables and watermelons

                            Our organically-grown vegetables and watermelons

                          • Our happy cows with Sleeping Ute Mountain at the back drop.

                            Our happy cows with Sleeping Ute Mountain at the back drop.

                          • Our cattle drive in spring

                            Our cattle drive in spring

                          • Sand Canyon (Canyons of the Ancients National Monument)

                            Sand Canyon (Canyons of the Ancients National Monument)

                          • Mesa Verde National Park 
2011 Luminaria

                            Mesa Verde National Park 2011 Luminaria

                          • Telluride 
(canyonoftheancients.com)

                            Telluride (canyonoftheancients.com)

                          • Twin rocks north side of Ranch
(canyonoftheancients.com)

                            Twin rocks north side of Ranch (canyonoftheancients.com)

                          • Gooseneck Overlook
(canyonoftheancients.com)

                            Gooseneck Overlook (canyonoftheancients.com)

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                          Sleeps 4

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