Down hill Skiing, River Rafting, Hot Springs, Hunting, Fishing, Hiking, Hang-gliding 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!!
40 Acres, 3 Bedroom, 2 Bathroom, 2 large decks with stunning views & Secluded!
Bob and Karen Schwanke
- Calendar last updated:
- Jan 11, 2019
About Bob and Karen Schwanke
We have been married 34+ 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??!! Extremely low 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.
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.
Another stellar stay
If you are seeing this all I can say is come here! Look no further. You found THE place.
I cannot say enough good things about this gorgeous house and the delightful owners. The location is perfect. The house has everything you could possibly need. You're surrounded by incredible mountains and the valley is...well suffice it to say, this is my favorite vacation spot. I will continue coming here until I can't move any more 😀�. Hot Springs close by. Kim next door is the housekeeper and goes out of her way to take care of things and make you feel welcome. If you go to Joyful Journey ask for Tad should you want a massage. One of the reasons I come as often as I do. There are many excellent therapists at Joyful Journey.
Great view and stars are amzing
We loved our stay here. The place is clean and plenty of room for my family. We loved looking at the stars at night. The view of the Mountains was great.
If you want a remote place that has a view of the mountains this is the place for you.
Clean, peaceful, responsive, great mountain views!
We had a wonderful trime celebrating our 25th anniversary at this home. The home is new, clean, and very peaceful. Just what we were looking for. The kitchen is well stiocked which made preparing meals easy.
Would definitely rent again!
Great family vacation!
The house was perfect for our family vacation. It was spacious and very well equipped. We loved watching the hummingbirds and the pronghorns. We did whitewater rafting, went sledding at the Great Sand Dunes, visited some of the nearby pools and did some hiking as well. The house was the perfect base for all our activities.
beautiful peaceful property
Had an awesome time. . looking forward to our next visit. . thanks
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!
ARE YOU READY FOR SKIING??!! Some of the best skiing in CO (snowfall and less crowds!!) is at Monarch Ski Resort less than 50 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! We just had visitors from Germany and Switzerland on a 4-state tour for Hang - gliding. The valley (Sangre De Cristo Mountains) along with several other close opportunities (Mt. Princeton and Bonanza Hills) offer some of the best hang - gliding in the world!!
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We do not allow pets due to wife's allergies.