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We often sled, ski, and snowmobile into early Apr., right out the front door.

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Last updated: 08/21/2014
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  • Minimum stay:2-3 nights
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:No
  • Wheel chair accessible:No

Fort Garland cabin description


Nestled in the dense forests of the Sangre de Cristo Range of Colorado's Rocky Mountains. Off I-25 west of Walsenburg and east of Ft.Garland, Forbes Park is a private gated community encompassing over 13000 acres of fenced and protected land. Over 5000 acres of which is commons land, preserved for residents use and can never be built on or developed. Our cabin is located approximately 13 miles into the rear of the park, a short walk to the San Isabel National Forest Trail head. Far from 'all' the civilized world's distractions. We now offer guided, birding, hiking, and wildlife viewing excursions. Miles of cross country skiing and snowmobiling from the front door on seldom plowed roads and old logging trails, which we seldom see anyone on for most of the winter months.
Off the grid, total solar, not even 'connected' to the world.
Abundant wildlife, including Elk, Deer, Bear, Porcupine, Bobcat, Turkey, and Mountain Lion, all of which have been observed 'on' the property. Interested in the bull elk you saw? Not here, but you can meet him on his turf just up the trail and into the National Forest. Hunting is permitted there and we know the folks you need to know for assistance with game ventures during the seasons. We can assist with most any seasonal arrangements for small or big game hunts.
NOTE: Forbes Park Landowners Association restricts access to the national forest from the park. All Colorado hunting regulations are supported and enforced! Absolutely no hunting or discharging of any weapon is allowed within the boundries of Forbes Park! A copy of these rules/regs furnished upon request.
Constant comfort at 10,000 feet, during the winter, provided by radiant floor heating and a very efficient wood burning heater. During the summer it is so cool you will need to wear long sleeves, maybe a sweater, at night with the windows open. Light snows can surprise you at anytime, even during the summer months.
Seven years now and we still are grabbing our book to identify new birds on our porch feeders. You can literally approach and 'touch' our Hummingbirds. We have photos of the hummers perched on our fingers. We have Gray Jays that will perch on your knee and eat from your hands. Our occasional bear visitors (no Grizzlys) are much more shy than the birds. They don't normally approach anywhere near if anyone is out and about. Bear sightings are very rare but increasing in frequency. We have photos of them, which we took from the porch, early one morning, while sitting quietly sipping our tea. Cougar sightings are extremely rare, but I have, along with several guests, observed a large cougar walking through the back yard.
Winters are not for words. Words will never describe the beauty of these mountains following a heavy snow. Never worry, first light, following moderate to heavy snows, and our snow plows are already on their way up the roads. We also own our a large snowblower for the driveway and plowing trails. Our home owners association contracts out properly maintained snow removal in excess of six inches. Occupied roads, such as ours are kept clear year round, but would it be BAD to get snowed in for a day? It does happen! Besides, most guests will already be out on our snow mobiles riding the miles of seldom plowed 'back' roads and trails which join the back of our property. We have ridden on snows well over four feet in depth from the back of the property. Kids will play tirelessly, all day on paths we plow for their sleds. You won't have any trouble getting them into bed at night, leaving you time for some Caveman television! Winter play will bring out the kid in anyone and you will not want to leave here.
Three bedrooms and a sleeping loft, can accommodate 7 (max.) persons. We live on-site to better serve our guests and assist with unexpected needs, especially during the winter months. We can 'disappear' upon request. We do stay out of your way, in our basement apartment unless invited .
Winter visitors flying in, especially during the winter months, are encouraged to purchase airline tickets that can be changed, because of the threat of heavy snow storms at any time.
Standard Check-in: 4:00 PM, check-out: 11:00 AM. We try to avoid back to back reservations, so that we can be flexible either way with check-in, check-out times.
There is an abundance of historical and tourist attractions within a couple of hours of the cabin. Ft.Garland's Pioneer Village, Great Sand Dunes National Park, Zapata Falls, San Luis' Stations of the Cross, San Luis itself, plenty of local museums and other places of interest.




Keywords: mountain retreat,Log Cabin, secluded, hiking, mountain biking, birding, backpacking, snow mobiling, sledding, skiing, elk hunting, deer hunting, fishing, rock climbing. Peace and quiet, solitude star gazing.This is my home,when I do not have guests I live there.If you are uncomfortable with personal belongings being on the walls,or in the cabin,then this place is not for you.I have an apartment in the basement I stay in when I have guests.

Property Type

  • 3 story
  • Cabin
  • 1600 sq. ft.

Accommodation Type

      • Vacation Rental

      Meals

          • Guests Provide Their Own Meals

          Suitability

          • Non Smoking Only
          • Children Welcome
          • Pets Not Allowed

          Bedrooms: 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 9, Beds for 8-9

          Bathrooms: 1 Bathroom, 1 Half Bathroom

          Kitchen & Dining

          • Pantry Items:

            Routinely stocked pantry for 'surprised' needs....moreless

          • Dining Area Seats:

            6...moreless

          • Oven
          • Microwave
          • Dishes & Utensils
          • Coffee Maker
          • Kitchen
          • Refrigerator
          • Cooking Utensils
          • Catering Available
          • Stove
          • Seating for 6 people

          Amenities

          • Washing Machine
          • Clothes Dryer
          • Wood Stove
          • Parking For RV/Boat/Trailer
          • Linens Provided
          • Towels Provided
          • Living Room

          Entertainment

          • Video Library:

            Primarily 'family' movies. Ex. Nature, travel, and of course 'Little House on the Prairie' epiodes....moreless

          • Television:

            We do not have TV receception but the TV has a CD player, and you can down load vis NetFlix etc....moreless

          • Games:

            Several board games, and our favorite Dominoes 'Mexican train'....moreless

          • Satellite / Cable:

            We have HughesNet satellite www with wifi....moreless

          • Books:

            MANY books. Wife reads in her sleep?...moreless

          • DVD Player

          Communications

          • Mobile Phone:

            limited availability. Quality of reception depends greatly on your provider. ...moreless

          • Computer Available:

            Satellite high speed service by Hughes Net...moreless

          • Broadband Access:

            Hughes Net Satellite...moreless

          • Internet
          • Wireless Internet

          Pool & Spa

          • Communal Pool:

            There is a public (heated) pool available to Forbes Park residents and their guests in nearby Ft.Garland....moreless

          • Hot Tub:

            Wood fired, Snorkel brand tub. Takes a little work to get it heated up, so ask us about it, in advance....moreless

          Outdoor Features

          • Ski & Snowboard:

            Cross country skiing and snow shoeing right out the front door! We have a couple 'kids' snowboards and sleds. We have two, double rider, snowmobiles, which we make available during snow season....moreless

          • Balcony:

            The Master bed room has 'The View' from it's balcony. Harrison Peak is 'on you' from there....moreless

          • Bicycles:

            We own mountain bikes which we can loan out upon advanced request....moreless

          • Deck / Patio:

            Three decks on two different levels....moreless

          • Outdoor Grill

          Theme

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

          Location & View

          • Mountain View:

            Although located at 10,000 ft you have a mountain view (Henderson Peak) to the West....moreless

          • Ski-In
          • Ski-Out

          Activities

          • Recreation Center
          • Cycling
          • Fishing
          • Hunting
          • Hiking
          • Cross Country Skiing
          • Snowmobiling
          • Snowboarding
          • Mountaineering
          • Rock Climbing
          • Hunting Big Game
          • Freshwater Fishing
          • Sight Seeing
          • Wildlife Viewing
          • Walking
          • Sledding
          • Scenic Drives
          • Bird Watching
          • Antiquing
          • Mountain Climbing
          • Mountain Biking
           

          Reviews

          Write a review 4.5
          from 14 traveler reviews
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          Rental basis: Per property
          Dates Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
          Hunting Season Pkgs.
          Sep 15 - Oct 30
          3 night min stay
          $149
          Winter Season and Holidays.
          Nov 1 - Feb 15
          2 night min stay
          $149 $129
          Fri, Sat, Sun
          $943
          My Standard Rate
          2 night min stay
          $119 $129
          Fri, Sat, Sun
          $847 $3,150
          * Approximate Monthly rates, actual rate will depend on the days of the month you stay

          Additional information about rental rates

          Fees:

          • Taxes Not included

          Cancellation policy:

          100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.


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          Last updated: 08/21/2014
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          Location

          50 Miles
          Nearest Airport
          Alamosa, Colorado
          13 Miles
          Nearest Train
          The Forbes Park Gate
          30 Miles
          Nearest Barpub
          Ft. Garland has a liquor store
          30 Miles
          Nearest Restaurant
          Ft. Garland
           

          Owner info

          Year Purchased: 2006

          About the owner: My wife and I were raised in Florida but fell in love with Colorado. Our first visit we purchased land in Forbes Park a gated community between La Veta and Ft Garland. We RV'd on the property for several years while researching log homes before deciding to build from a custom designed log kit. We incorporated radiant floor heat and a cozy but very efficient wood burning fireplace. We have spent many sub-zero temperature nights in the cabin and stayed very comfortable. Nothing like walking on warm floors in the winter months. We don't feel inconvenienced when 'occasionally' stranded for a day, until the snow plow clears our road.Terri is a First Responder so help if needed is close.

          Why the Owner Chose Fort Garland:
          The property is very secure yet well isolated from other homes. We wanted a place remote and private yet with road maintenance and snow removal. We wanted the best of both the civilized and the uncivilized worlds. We are so remote most of the wildlife is near tame and we can hand feed the birds including the hummingbirds. We keep our snowmobiles on site as we access the back roads and trails from our front door. We also own, and keep on site a skid steer snow blower large enough to clear trails for our guest to cross country ski, hike or snowmobile. NOTE: Winter months often come with challenging road conditions at our altitude. Although our HOA plows the roads after all substantial snows, four/all wheel drive or snow chains are often required. Summers we hike and mountain bike primarily on the trails of San Isabel National Forest, a 20 minute walk from the front door.

          The Unique Benefits at this Cabin:
          We spend a great deal of time watching 'caveman' television, 'the fire', during the heavy snow months! We can accommodate the more modern forms of entertainment too. We also are guilty of feeding the wildlife and watching them, especially the hummingbirds. We have photos of them perched on our fingers. We do a great deal of walking on and around the property. We occasionally join with other locals for an extended day hike. Winter 'snow' months we ride the snowmobiles and sleds on the back roads which we access from the back of the property. We offer guided, wildlife, birding, and hiking excursions into the national forest.


          Contact us

          Speaks: english

           

          Photos

          • We often sled, ski, and snowmobile into early Apr., right out the front door.

            We often sled, ski, and snowmobile into early Apr., right out the front door.

          • Cozy fire and radiant floor heat. Nice warm floors and a heated towel rack.

            Cozy fire and radiant floor heat. Nice warm floors and a heated towel rack.

          • This is where kids love to sleep. It has a balcony for watching the wildlife.

            This is where kids love to sleep. It has a balcony for watching the wildlife.

          • Terri hand feeding the Grayjays.

            Terri hand feeding the Grayjays.

          • The Great Sand Dunes. Yes that is water! Cool visit during the summer months.

            The Great Sand Dunes. Yes that is water! Cool visit during the summer months.

          • Yep! The corner of our property. Time to ride the fresh trails.

            Yep! The corner of our property. Time to ride the fresh trails.

          • Well... We do have restrictions on age when loaning out the snowmobiles.

            Well... We do have restrictions on age when loaning out the snowmobiles.

          • I counted 144 Elk in this herd, by the big lake, 5-10 min. from the cabin.

            I counted 144 Elk in this herd, by the big lake, 5-10 min. from the cabin.

          • Colorado Trail hikers. Terri 'Our Pro' is wearing the red head band.

            Colorado Trail hikers. Terri 'Our Pro' is wearing the red head band.

          • There is a wood fired hot tub under the snow. We will dig it out for you!

            There is a wood fired hot tub under the snow. We will dig it out for you!

          • Main gate into Forbes Park.

            Main gate into Forbes Park.

          • We cook a great deal on the wood heater but you can use the new gas stove.

            We cook a great deal on the wood heater but you can use the new gas stove.

          • View of dining room area.

            View of dining room area.

          • Our friends are back! Spring is here? Taken April 10th!

            Our friends are back! Spring is here? Taken April 10th!

          • Zapata Falls, just before the Great Sand Dunes. Another coool summer site.

            Zapata Falls, just before the Great Sand Dunes. Another coool summer site.

          • View from our commons land, a couple miles down, following a light snow.

            View from our commons land, a couple miles down, following a light snow.

          • View from the 2nd level deck. He disappeared the second he saw me.

            View from the 2nd level deck. He disappeared the second he saw me.

          • Day hike view from the summit of West Spainish Peak.

            Day hike view from the summit of West Spainish Peak.

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          3 Bedroom / 1.5 Bathroom
          Sleeps 9

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