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Casa Cielo, a Gateway to Outdoor Play or Meditative Retreat

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Last updated: 09/09/2014
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  • Minimum stay:3 nights
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:Yes
  • Wheel chair accessible:No

Cortez house description

Places of Interest: all within 1-3 hours drive

* Mesa Verde National Park- ancient cliff dwellings & tours

* Ute Mountain Ute Tribal Park- contiguous with Mesa Verde with private and group guided tours of ancient sites

* Hovenweep National Monument - ancient towers & cliff dwellings

* Crow Canyon Archeological 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 posts 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. Historic Mesa Verde World Heritage Park and the serene Sleeping Ute Mountain grace the sweeping vistas. It is off the beaten path, and a quiet place for star and moon gazing nights.

Your separate dwelling with surround windows affords views of the entire valley. There are two bedrooms (queen and full), 2 baths, and an open kitchen-living area. A sleeper couch in the upper-level open den which looks over the canyon 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 by stepping out your front 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, year round, outdoor experiences. As mere starters, the area offers hiking, biking,skiing, 4-wheeling, fishing, canoeing and rafting.

We are a mere 2 hours from Moab, Utah, and its slick rock and canyon river country or Monument Valley with its surreal rock formations.

Durango, being only one hour away, offers downhill skiing and perfect high altitude cyclist training along with many other outdoor activities. A delightful array of pubs, boutiques, and galleries allow you to amble easily through this quaint college town. Its historic narrow gauge steam engine courses through the high mountain country to the old mining town of Silverton.

In a more northerly direction, only an hour and a half drive away, is the glamour of Telluride, a transformed mining town and ski area. 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. Taos, Santa Fe, and Albuquerque bring the colorful architectural and art influences of the old country of Spain.

In the immediate vicinity, trading posts showcase traditional Navajo rug weavings and Ute Mountain Indian beading creations. And casinos are also available. The splendor of ancient stone cliff dwellings, petroglyphs and archeological sites of ancient peoples dot the entire local area of Mesa Verde National Park ,Ute Mountain Tribal Park and Hovenweep National Monument. Tours or individual walks are regular features. The mysterious Chaco Canyon is a mere 3 hours away, as is Canyon de Chelley.

Come and indulge all your longings to experience the enchanting southwest!

Keywords: House,Separate Yoga/Meditation Hall,Private Hiking/Biking Trail

Property Type

  • House
  • 1475 sq. ft.

Accommodation Type

      • Vacation Rental


          • Guests Provide Their Own Meals

          Onsite Services

          • Massage
          • Private Chef


          • Pets Considered:

            A huge fenced yard off a studio is available for dogs during day trips when travel prohibits animals. ...moreless

          • Non Smoking Only
          • Children Welcome
          • Long-Term Renters Welcome

          Bedrooms: 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6, Beds for 4-6

          Bathrooms: 2 Bathrooms

          Kitchen & Dining

          • Pantry Items:

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

          • Dining:

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

          • Kitchen:

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

          • Dining Area Seats:


          • Stove
          • Oven
          • Dishwasher
          • Cooking Utensils
          • Dishes & Utensils
          • Coffee Maker
          • Toaster
          • Microwave
          • Refrigerator
          • Seating for 6 people


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

          Other Amenities

              • There is a 1.3 mile walking/biking trail on the property built by the famous Phil of 'Phil's World' in Cortez, CO. which is great for early morning or evening exercise!...moreless


              • Shared Hot Tub:

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

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


                  • Wireless Internet

                  Pool & Spa

                      • Hot Tub

                      Outdoor Features

                      • 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

                      • Golf:

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

                      • Tennis:

                        Public courts in Cortez, CO....moreless

                      • Deck / Patio
                      • Outdoor Grill


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

                      Location & View

                          • Mountain View


                          • Health/Beauty Spa
                          • Rock Climbing
                          • Golf
                          • Snowboarding
                          • Water Skiing
                          • Hiking
                          • Jet Skiing
                          • Kayaking
                          • Cycling
                          • Basketball Court
                          • Mountain Biking
                          • Skiing
                          • Fishing
                          • Snowmobiling
                          • Hunting Big Game
                          • Hunting Small Game
                          • Mountain Climbing
                          • Mountaineering
                          • Ski Lift Privileges
                          • Water Tubing
                          • Whitewater Rafting
                          • Racquetball
                          • Swimming
                          • Cross Country Skiing
                          • Hunting
                          • Restaurants
                          • Museums
                          • Churches
                          • Library
                          • Playground
                          • Recreation Center
                          • Ruins
                          • Cinemas
                          • Horseback Riding
                          • Rafting
                          • Bird Watching
                          • Sledding
                          • Wildlife Viewing
                          • Boating
                          • Sight Seeing
                          • Fitness Center
                          • ATM/Bank
                          • Hospital
                          • Massage Therapist
                          • Tennis
                          • Gambling Casinos
                          • Sailing


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                          • Taxes Not included


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                          Last updated: 09/09/2014
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                          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.

                          The Unique Benefits at this House:
                          On-Site Hiking/Mountain Biking Trail Personally Guided Fly-Fishing Trips Private Therapeutic Massage Sessions Small Venue Retreats w/Limited Catering Cooking Classes in Traditional New Mexican Cuisine Meeting Hall or Yoga/Meditaion Space Ceramic Studio SnowShoeing & Cross-Country Skiing On-Site Outrageous Views of valley and mountains High Altitude Training- bike or track

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                          • Evening Sunset

                            Evening Sunset

                          • Around Back of CasaCielo

                            Around Back of CasaCielo

                          • Upper Entry & Entertainment Space

                            Upper Entry & Entertainment Space

                          • CasaCielo Trail

                            CasaCielo Trail

                          • Local Sharkstooth Trail

                            Local Sharkstooth Trail

                          • Gathering Chanterelles

                            Gathering Chanterelles

                          • El Diente Near Telluride

                            El Diente Near Telluride

                          • Inside Mesa Verde

                            Inside Mesa Verde

                          • CasaCielo Overlooking Mesa Verde

                            CasaCielo Overlooking Mesa Verde

                          • Combined Kitchen/Dining Space

                            Combined Kitchen/Dining Space

                          • Master Bedroom Suite w/Bath

                            Master Bedroom Suite w/Bath

                          • Gazing from CasaCielo Trail

                            Gazing from CasaCielo Trail

                          • Stream in La Platas

                            Stream in La Platas

                          • Fall Drive to Telluride

                            Fall Drive to Telluride

                          • Leonard's Pet

                            Leonard's Pet

                          • Mesa Verde

                            Mesa Verde

                          VRBO #322770

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                          This listing was first published here in 2010.

                          Date last modified - Monday, August 11, 2014

                          $200 per night (USD)

                          2 Bedroom / 2 Bathroom
                          Sleeps 6

                          View calendar: Updated 09/09/14
                          Minimum stay: 3 nights
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