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Casa Cielo, a Gateway to Outdoor Play or Meditative Retreat

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Last updated: 09/24/2015
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  • Minimum stay:4 nights
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:No
  • Wheel chair accessible:N/A

Property description

Places of Interest: all within 1-4 hours drive

* Mesa Verde National Park- ancient cliff dwellings & tours

* Hovenweep National Monument- ancient towers & cliff dwellings

* Crow Canyon Archaeological Center- educational talks and experiential workshops about ancient peoples and dwellings in the entire southwestern states

* Dolores River Canyon- fly fishing, canoeing, hiking, picnics

* Telluride- skiing, snowmobiling, hiking, biking, fly fishing, 4-wheeling, fine dining, gallery walking, annual jazz & blues music, art & film, and culinary festivals

* Durango- skiing, snowmobiling, Trimble Hot Springs, Durango Narrow Gauge Railroad, hiking, mountain biking, rafting, fly fishing, brew pubs & dining, galleries, concerts & film festivals, Snow Down Festival, Music in the Mountains

* Pagosa Springs- hot springs, skiing Wolf Creek Pass, snowmobiling, hiking, fly fishing, horseback riding, 4-wheeling, blue grass festivals, meditation centers

* Moab and Canyon Lands, Arches National Park, Utah- technical rock climbing, hiking, slick rock biking, rafting, jeeping rallies, 4-wheeling, rafting

*Monument Valley - historic trading post and surreal rock formations

* Northern New Mexico- pueblos & native cultures’ annual feast and festival days, Chaco Canyon, Canyon de Chelley, arts and cultural events of Taos, Abiquiui, Santa Fe, Albuquerque, and local hot springs with massage and body therapies

Casa Cielo, The Dwelling

Located on 40 acres of high-desert pinon juniper terrain on an open canyon ridge, this retreat vacation home floats above the Montezuma Valley. Off the beaten path, the only noise you might hear is the occasional contented mooing of grazing cattle or the yipping of skittish coyotes on graceful moonlit nights.

Your separate dwelling features two bedrooms ( 2 queens), 2 baths, and an open kitchen-living area. The encased windows let you contemplate the geologic intersection between valley, mesa and mountains. A sleeper couch in the upper-level open den which looks over the canyon from your front door can accommodate two additional people. A second building on the premises can be used for an additional dormitory or retreat space.

Personal guided fly-fishing trips with a resident master-fisherman and therapeutic massage sessions are available upon request. Enjoy our private hiking/mountain bike riding trail for those daily cardio workouts by stepping out your back door. The separate 400 square foot meeting hall can be used for secluded creative endeavors such as writing, music, meditation, yoga practice or other quiet activities.

The Locale

Need to escape your daily routines and hectic schedules? Get creative, get quiet, or get active with unparalleled, thrilling, year round, outdoor experiences in a locale that offers hiking, biking,skiing, 4-wheeling, fishing, canoeing and rafting as starters.

In a more northerly direction, only an hour and a half drive away, is the glamour and glitz of a transformed mining town and ski area of Telluride. This Victorian vintage-style village is world famous for its annual outdoor music, arts, culinary and wine events, and film festivals.

Rich in First American cultures, we are within half a day’s drive to the pueblos of northern New Mexico and their festive feast days and unique artistic expressions in pottery, silver-smithing and upright loom weavings. Taos, Santa Fe, and Albuquerque bring the colorful architectural and art influences of the old country of Spain and its more modern expressions through its mingling with southwestern traditions and landscapes.

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Property Type

  • House
  • 1475 sq. ft.

Accommodation Type

  • Guest House
  • Guest House


  • Guests Provide Their Own Meals

Onsite Services

  • Massage
  • Private Chef


  • Long-Term Renters Welcome
  • Children Welcome
  • Non Smoking Only
  • Pets Not Allowed

Bedrooms: 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6, Beds for 6

  • Bedroom 1: 1 queen


  • Bedroom 2: 1 queen


  • Master bedroom is on an upper split level, off from the kitchen and is very private. Bedding is 100% cotton sheeting. ...moreless

Bathrooms: 2 Bathrooms


  • Books
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Radio
  • Stereo
  • Television


  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions


  • Autumn Foliage
  • Churches
  • Cinemas
  • Forests
  • Health/Beauty Spa
  • Library
  • Museums
  • Playground
  • Recreation Center
  • Restaurants
  • Ruins

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/Bank
  • Fitness Center
  • Groceries
  • Hospital
  • Massage Therapist
  • Medical Services

Leisure Activities

  • Bird Watching
  • Boating
  • Gambling Casinos
  • Horseback Riding
  • Scenic Drives
  • Sight Seeing
  • Sledding
  • Wildlife Viewing

Location Type

  • Mountain
  • Mountain View

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • Basketball Court
  • Cross Country Skiing
  • Cycling
  • Fishing
  • Fly Fishing
  • Freshwater Fishing
  • Golf
  • Golf Privileges Optional
  • Hiking
  • Hunting
  • Jet Skiing
  • Kayaking
  • Mountain Biking
  • Mountain Climbing
  • Mountaineering
  • Racquetball
  • Rafting
  • Rock Climbing
  • Sailing
  • Ski Lift Privileges
  • Skiing
  • Snowboarding
  • Snowmobiling
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Water Skiing
  • Water Tubing
  • Whitewater Rafting


  • Dining:

    Open kitchen and dining area offers casual and spacious meal experience....moreless

  • Dining Area
  • Seating for 6 people


  • Air Conditioning
  • Basic Soaps
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking
  • Parking For RV/Boat/Trailer
  • Sofa Bed
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet


  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Blender
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Kitchen:

    A fully equipped space with most tools in a domestic kitchen....moreless

  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items:

    There is an array of spices previous renters have 'donated' so check it out before shopping. Usually condiments, too!...moreless

  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Stove
  • Toaster


  • Bicycles
  • Boat:

    Rentals in Dolores,CO....moreless

  • Deck / Patio
  • Golf:

    The Conquistador Golf Course in Cortez is considered to be an excellent, affordable game....moreless

  • Kayak / Canoe:

    Rentals in Dolores, CO....moreless

  • Lanai / Gazebo
  • Lawn / Garden:

    Vegetable gardening is shared with guests...moreless

  • Outdoor Grill
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Patio
  • Porch / Veranda:

    Surrounds entire house for near 360 degree views....moreless

  • Ski & Snowboard:

    Fantastic world famous skiing in Telluride,just 1 1/2 hours away and Durango Mountain Resort about 1 1/2 hours away; plenty of x-country...moreless

  • Tennis:

    Public courts in Cortez, CO....moreless

  • Unscreened Porch / Veranda
  • Wood Deck

Pool / Spa

  • Hot Tub
  • Shared Hot Tub:

    Views of the entire valley and pristine star gazing nights....moreless



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Last updated: 09/24/2015
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Other Activities: snowboarding, snowmobiling, skiing, wildlife viewing, hiking and backpacking, cycling, health/beauty spa, boating, kayaking, rafting, fitness center, indoor and outdoor pools, raquetball courts, basketball courts, tennis courts, city golf course


Owner info

About the owner: Leonard and Jeanne Cain were drawn to New Mexico and southwestern Colorado by the crystal clear skies, aspen and pine forests and rivers with their majestic red rock canyons. After working in rural health care clinics, they moved to the Cortez area where Leonard had a family medical practice. Mountain biking, backpacking, hiking, skiing, and fly fishing have been a few of their passions. Their many years of zen study are reflected in the open quiet spaces they have built and the sculptural ceramic and fiber arts Jeanne currently pursues. After 35 years of living in the southwest, the family is eager to share their enchantment with this retreat setting and rich cultural crossroads of native american life, cattle ranching, and outdoor splendors.

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  • Exquisite sunsets

    Exquisite sunsets

  • Casa Cielo entry

    Casa Cielo entry

  • Casa Cielo entry

    Casa Cielo entry

  • Combined living and kitchen

    Combined living and kitchen

  • From living room to entry way

    From living room to entry way

  • Evening serenity

    Evening serenity

  • Rests and views on casa trails

    Rests and views on casa trails

  • Hasperus Peak off Sharkstooth Trail

    Hasperus Peak off Sharkstooth Trail

  • Local backpacking

    Local backpacking

  • Towards Telluride

    Towards Telluride

  • Local culinary mushrooms

    Local culinary mushrooms

  • Mesa Verde National Park petroglyphs

    Mesa Verde National Park petroglyphs

  • Casa Cielo south view

    Casa Cielo south view

  • Kitchen


  • Mountain views

    Mountain views

  • Master bedroom

    Master bedroom

  • Trail on casa property

    Trail on casa property

  • Local fall colors

    Local fall colors

  • Local Sharkstooth Trail

    Local Sharkstooth Trail

  • Owners fishing

    Owners fishing

  • Local Bear creek

    Local Bear creek

  • Combwash


  • Snowshoeing at Casa Cielo

    Snowshoeing at Casa Cielo

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