Down hill Skiing, River Rafting, Hot Springs, Hunting, Fishing, Hiking, or just peace and quiet!! Our house is located in the beautiful Northern San Luis Valley. This is a new (2014) 1,600 SF home on 40 acres. We have 2 beautiful decks to watch the sunrise and the sunset in the valley. We are at the base of the Sangre De Christo mountain with many 14,000 ft peaks of the San Juan range. Great opportunity to see antelope, deer and elk while there. We have 300 plus days of sunshine in the valley each year, and the nights are incredible, with the elevation at roughly 7,600FT and very little light pollution, the stars are amazing! There is so much to explore here! We are only 3.7 miles straight West of Valley View Hot Springs, 3 miles from Joyful Journey Hot Springs, 35 min from beautiful town of Salida, 45 min from Princeton Hot Springs, 45 min from Monarch Ski resort, 90 min from Wolf Creek ski resort. Other attractions to visit are the Great Sand Dunes, the Rio Grande railroad for weekend concerts and the famous Alligator farm! But the most important feature of this house is it's peaceful location!!
- House1600 sq. ft.
- Half Baths0
- Minimum Stay2 nights
40 Acres, 3 Bedroom, 2 Bathroom, 2 large decks with stunning views & Secluded!
Bob and Karen Schwanke
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- Jul 14, 2018
About Bob and Karen Schwanke
We have been married 33+ years, love to travel and I spent 30 years in the US Air Force. We both still work full time and will retire to this house in the Valley sometime in the near future! In the meantime, we thought we'd let others enjoy the beauty and peacefulness of the Valley (and help pay for our future garage - LOL!!), of which we both fell in love with! We are both originally from WI and High School sweethearts.
Bob and Karen Schwanke purchased this House in 2014
Why Bob and Karen Schwanke chose Saguache County
We built here because of the peacefullness, the dry air and beauty of the mountains! The Breathtaking views of sunrises and sunsets! Our favorite time is when they are snowcapped in the Fall!!
What makes this House unique
300+ days of sunshine, what more can you ask for??!! No humidity, no yardwork, and within 45 minutes of almost anything you'd like to do including several Hot Springs, Hiking, Mountain Bike Riding, River Rafting and Fishing on the Arkansas River, Great Sand Dunes, The Alligator Farm (including the gator from Happy Gilmore!!), town of Salida which is a must do!! Did I mention the skiing at Monarch 45 min away, awesome snow, locals hangout and fricken awesome skiing!! The stars at night at 7,600FT Elevation along with very little light pollution will make you feel like you can reach out and touch them. The sunrises and sunsets are extremely special! Train excursions 45 min away, Great Sand Dunes and Royal George all within driving distance.
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Check-in: 3:00 PM
Check-out: 11:00 AM
100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date. You must contact the owner directly to request cancellation.
Beautiful home with breathtaking views
We had a wonderful time at this home. The views are breathtaking, the home is beautiful and the owners were very helpful. The owners told us about a bat cave tour in the area and it was spectacular, we couldn’t have asked for a better place for our family to stay.
We are glad you enjoyed your stay! The bat tour is amazing with over 300,000 bats departing the orient cave every evening! Highly recommend to anyone staying during the summer! Bob and Karen
Peaceful, Beautiful and Comfortable
We were very pleasantly surprised at this wonderful home in a most fabulous setting.
We already miss it and want to go back! Bob and Karen have thought of everything. Its really like home from the moment you walk in the door. The views are mind-blowing, the house is well appointed, the beds are comfortable, the kitchen has all the conveniences you might need to prepare your meals. We hope to return in the near future!
We absolutely loved our stay in the valley. The house is perfect. You can watch sunrise from your bed and sunset from the living room. That is if you can keep yourself off the deck, which we couldn't. We loved setting on the deck looking at the surrounding mountains and wildlife. While we were there we saw several pronghorn's and even a group elk. If you want a quiet relaxing stay with no crowds and abundant beauty with plenty of things to do within a short drive then we highly recommend this place.
A beautiful and peaceful getaway centrally located for exploring the San Luis Valley. While not relaxing on the spacious decks we made our way around the valley and found numerous places to hike and fish.
The property and home was excellent and exceeded our needs and expectations. We had a great getaway here.
Just what I needed👌
The place is great decided to stay there for a week while I was getting some work done down south. the house was very comfortable and private with ample parking for a trailer which I needed. Not to mention three different Hot Springs 😎�two of which are across the way. Great place for stargazing👽�🖖�
Another great stay.
Came here in December and came back again in Feb. As long as it's available I'll come stay here when I want to soak at Joyful Journey.
ARE YOU READY FOR SKIING??!! Some of the best skiing in CO (snowfall and less crowds!!) is at Monarch Ski Resort less than 45 minutes away!! All activities and attractions are within an hour, most less than 45 minutes. Orient Land Trust is a must do for their summer bat migration (watch thousands of Brazilian bats exit the mine every evening) tours available or go on your own! There are several Hot Springs around with Joyful Journey 5 minutes away, Valley View (Clothing Optional) 10 minutes, Mt. Princeton Hot Springs 45 min, Salida Indoor Hot Springs (35 min) away! Granite Mountain Outfitters offers some of the best horseback riding into the mountains anywhere, and the view of the Valley is spectacular! The Alligator farm is 25 minutes away, feed and/or wrestle the alligators! The Gator from "Happy Gilmore" is at this location as well!! Free golfing at Crestone Golf Course! The weekend excursions out of Alamosa (45 min) into La Veta Pass, where they have weekend concerts is a MUST DO!! Including Rails and Ales!! Salida is a MUST SEE town, so many great restaurants, breweries and local stores!