South Fork Retreat, Ski, Fish, Hike, Photograph, Magnificent Views

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Last updated: 11/23/2015
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  • Minimum stay:3-5 nights
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:No
  • Wheel chair accessible:N/A

Property description

This unusual property provides a unique setting for a memorable vacation. Whether you are an artist, photographer, sportsperson, or someone who just wants to relax, this home will meet your needs.

Its location, adjacent to National Forest and near the San Luis and Rio Grande valleys, makes a vast array of recreational activities easily accessible and the house itself provides a relaxing and comfortable environment with ever-changing mountain vistas outside and quality art prints inside.

For the chef, it includes a well-equipped kitchen where you can indulge your creative culinary instincts.

For the artist or photographer, it provides magnificent mountain views and night stars from the outside deck, from the dining room, the sunroom and the master bedroom. It also provides some inspiration in the form of Jerry Schurr, Wilbur Streech and Ten prints, an original steel dragon sculpture, and an antique tricycle.

For the outdoor person, it borders USFS land for hiking, snowshoeing, and biking. It is a convenient 18 miles from the fabulous powder skiing provided by Wolf Creek Ski area. And for the fishermen/women, not only is guided float fishing available within a few miles of our front door, but our guests have access to our community fish pond and to the bank of the South Fork of the Rio Grande River.

For those seeking some excitement, raft or paddle the Rio Grande on your own or under the care of nearby guides.

For the golfer, it is a short drive to the highly acclaimed Rio Grande Club golf course.

For the person that desires to relax, we have a first-floor sunroom and a comfortable master suite on the second floor. There, you can doze in a comfy king-sized bed, read in a sun-lit nook, or take a relaxing soak in the Jacuzzi tub.

For the road warrior businessperson that needs to bring along some work or stay connected to home, wired and wireless access to the internet is provided.

First Floor Rooms: Theater/Family; Kitchen; Dining Room; Office; Sun Room (pullout queen bed); Bath; and Porch. The family room is adjacent to the kitchen and features a large screen TV with cable connection and surround sound. The kitchen is well-equipped and features a commercial gas cook top, double oven, microwave, and an outdoor gas grill. The dining room and sun room provide mountain vistas. The office provides wired or wireless internet. The south facing porch provides a warm and sunny location to relax, read or watch the birds, and wraps to the west for watching the sunset.

Second Floor Rooms: Master bedroom (1 king + 1 queen futon bed) with walk-in closet and treadmill; Master bath with Jacuzzi tub, shower, toilet and bidet; Guest bedroom (1 queen bed)

Top Floor: Exercise/play room with Concept II rowing machine and children's play area with board games.
Garage: Detached, two-car

Keywords: Residential, Retreat, Vacation Home, Borders USFS Land, River Fishing Access, Fish Pond, Easy Paved Access,


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Property Type

  • House

Accommodation Type

  • Vacation Rental


  • Guests Provide Their Own Meals


  • Children Welcome:

    Third floor play area with carpet and bean chairs provides a spaceous indoor area away from other gathering areas for quiet or noisy creative games....moreless

  • Limited Accessibility:

    Ramp in rear of house allows wheelchair access, but is not ADA compliant. A person unable to climb stairs would need to sleep on the pull out sofa in the sun room on ground level...moreless

  • Non Smoking Only
  • Pets Not Allowed:

    Contact owner for possible exceptions...moreless

Bedrooms: 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8, Beds for 6-8

  • Bedroom 1


  • Bedroom 2


  • Sunroom


  • King size beds (1) Also a Queen Futon in MBR suite in addition to the California King Sized bed- The Futon is the BEST location for star watching while dozing off!, Queen size Beds (1), Sleep Sofa or Futons (1) Located in the Sun Room on ground level...moreless

Bathrooms: 2 Bathrooms

Other Amenities

  • Fishing pond, River access for fishing, Concept II Professional Quality Rowing Machine, Snow sleds, Telescope, Maps and local guide books...moreless


  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Music Library:

    Whole house stereo broadcasts from Direct TV Satellite...moreless

  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • VCR


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


  • Churches
  • Library
  • Live Theater
  • Museums
  • Restaurants

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/Bank
  • Groceries
  • Laundromat

Leisure Activities

  • Antiquing
  • Bird Watching
  • Boating
  • Horseback Riding
  • Scenic Drives
  • Shopping
  • Sight Seeing
  • Sledding
  • Wildlife Viewing

Location Type

  • Mountain View:

    Magnificent views of the Sawtooth Range, and the Palasades of the La Garita mountains...moreless

  • Ski-In:

    Snow shoe or cross country ski directly from the deck to National Forest land; 18 miles to Wolf Creek Ski area...moreless

Sports & Adventure Activities

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


  • Dining Area
  • Seating for 8 people


  • Broadband Access
  • Clothes Dryer:

    In the house...moreless

  • Fitness Room / Equipment:

    We have both a treadmill and Concept 2 rowing machine...moreless

  • Garage:

    Detached 2 car...moreless

  • Gas Fireplace
  • Internet
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room:

    Large screen TV with DVD, VCR and Satellite TV...moreless

  • Parking:

    At the front door or inside the 2 car garage...moreless

  • Parking For RV/Boat/Trailer
  • Telephone:

    Nationwide Long Distance...moreless

  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine:

    In the house...moreless

  • Wireless Internet


  • Cooking Utensils:

    Includes microwave, toaster, blender and coffee maker...moreless

  • Dishwasher
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen:

    Commercial cooktop, double oven, coffee maker, blender,microwave. Basic-use food items stocked: flour, sugar, spices, etc....moreless

  • Microwave
  • Refrigerator:

    Viking Professional stainless side by side with ice maker...moreless


  • Deck / Patio:

    2 Decks - one with west and south exposure and one with east exposure...moreless

  • Outdoor Grill

Pool / Spa

  • Jetted Tub


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from 3 traveler reviews
Rental basis: Per property
Dates Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Fall 2015
Sep 21 - Dec 17, 2015
3 night min stay
$1,350 $2,600
Dec 18 - Jan 3, 2016
5 night min stay
$1,800 $2,600
Jan 4 - Feb 12, 2016
3 night min stay
$1,350 $2,600
Spring Break
Feb 13 - Mar 31, 2016
3 night min stay
$1,800 $2,600
Early Summer
Apr 1 - Jun 30, 2016
3 night min stay
$1,350 $2,600
Jul 1 - Jul 31, 2016
3 night min stay
$1,800 $2,600
Fall 2016
Aug 1 - Dec 18, 2016
3 night min stay
$1,350 $2,600
My Standard Rate
3 night min stay
$1,350 $2,600
* Approximate Monthly rates, actual rate will depend on the days of the month you stay

Additional information about rental rates

Fees and Rental Conditions:

  • Refundable Damage Deposit $300
  • Cleaning $150
  • Property Damage Protection $59
  • Tax Rate 7.4%


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100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.

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Last updated: 11/23/2015
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Community fishing pond,

Bank access to the South Fork of the Rio Grande for fishing


Owner info

Year Purchased: 2005

About the owner: Of all the places I have lived, Colorado is my favorite, and within Colorado, South Fork has to be one of the very best places to enjoy the awesome beauty of Mother Nature. I hope you have the opportunity to spend some time here. It will invigorate your spirit! My name is Chet Pauls and I hope to retire with my partner Kathryn in the South Fork area one of these days in the near future. I grew up in Linden, New Jersey, attended undergraduate school in Milwaukee, Wisconsin and then entered the Air Force as an environmental engineer. I was stationed at Mather AFB, California; Brooks AFB, Texas; Tuy Hoa AB, Viet Nam; Griffiss AFB, New York, University of Florida in Gainesville, Florida, McClellan AFB, California and Washington, DC. In 1979, a commission in the United States Public Health Service was accepted and I was assigned to the Environmental Protection Agency in Washington, DC. There, I worked in the Safe Drinking Water Program until 1990, when I was selected for a position in Region 8, EPA in Denver, Colorado. In 1997, I was hired by the State of Colorado, Department of Public Health and Environment and currently I work part time in their Safe Drinking Water Program. I have now lived in Colorado for longer than any other location – it is now my home.

Why the Owner Chose South Fork:
I chose South Fork for its recreational opportunities, for its rural flavor and associated wildlife and it’s ever changing beauty. For the winter, Wolf Creek ski area is located just 18 miles west on Highway 160 and boasts the most and the finest natural powder skiing in all of Colorado. We can snowshoe directly off our porch and into the adjacent Forest Service land. Occasionally, we get the desire to utilize motorized winter transportation and this area provides many opportunities to quench that desire. In the spring, summer and fall we hike the nearby wilderness areas, watch the birds and other abundant wildlife, practice our photography, and this year, ran the Rio Grande from Coller State Wildlife area to South Fork in our canoe. We have seen moose at Hunter Lake, Bear at Wagon Wheel Gap, bobcat at Coller State Wildlife area, deer and coyote in our yard, and elk in the meadow at the south end of our street. I have even committed to taking a fly fishing lesson to experience the challenge of outsmarting a gold medal trout in the near-by Rio Grande. The scenery is always changing – from snow covered peaks in the winter, lime green aspen of the spring, multicolored wildflowers of the summer and the gold of the fall aspen. And no matter what time of year, the sky is always magnificent: whether it is the clear blue of the morning sky, the stars from the brilliant Milky Way or known constellations, ephemeral bright shooting stars, the recurring but never-the-same shapes and hue of the moon, the changing clouds and storm fronts with their lightning and thunder, or the daily dosido between sun and clouds by day and the mountain's crest in the evening. Finally, there is the darkness - the moonless sky on a clear night sparkles with the stars and the Milky Way. It can't be adequately described, you have to see it for yourself.

The Unique Benefits at this House:
The beauty and recreational opportunities available nearby make a vacation in South Fork memorable. You can ski, hike, bike, boat, fish, hunt, bird watch, read, photograph, star gaze, antique, theater, concert, jeep, or railroad to your heart’s content, and this particular house provides benefits that enhance your experience: It is beautifully finished and maintained; it is quiet; it provides amenities to sooth your spirit, like a Jacuzzi tub, or wonderful mountain views and king sized beds. It provides the opportunity to relax with your favorite media entertainment, or to experiment with your culinary skills in a fully equipped kitchen with commercial gas cook top, double oven and outdoor gas-fired grill. If the children come, you can relax while they play games in a safe place, distantly upstairs. Or you can work out on the Concept II rowing machine. And if you must stay in touch or do some work, wired and wireless internet access are available. When night comes, you can use our telescope to appreciate some of the constellations more intimately.

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    Skyline Retreat in Summer

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    Skyline Retreat Winter Sunset View from Dining Room

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    Skyline Retreat Master Bedroom Alcove (Futon for Private Sitting or Extra Bed)

  • Pet Dragon

    Pet Dragon

  • Skyline Retreat in Winter

    Skyline Retreat in Winter

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    Skyline Retreat Dining Room

  • Skyline Retreat Theater/Family Room

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    Skyline Retreat Sun Room

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    Pet Dragon guarding the dinner table

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Date last modified - Monday, November 23, 2015

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