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A Private Mountain Hideaway High Above The Uncompahgre River Valley

Bedrooms 2
Space 1,220 sq ft
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 nights


About the property

2 Bedrooms, 2 Bathrooms, Sleeps 6

Experience sweeping vistas of the San Juan Mountains and the lush river valley ranches below. Take in amazing mountain sunsets as you grill out on the spacious deck. Unwind at night with a glass of wine in the private hot tub as the Milky Way arches across the mountain ranges. These are just some of the many rewards for choosing Red Rock Overlook as your vacation getaway near Ouray.

The 2-bedroom, 2-bath home sits 150 feet above the Uncompahgre River Valley 6 miles north of Ouray and 4 miles south of Ridgway, Colorado. The 5 acre property is carved out of the red rock mountainside in mature Pinyon and Juniper forestland. The east side of the property is BLM land, so long hikes around the property are unlimited.

The house has an open kitchen, great room, living room and dining room with large windows looking south and west onto the 13,000 ft San Juan peaks. The kitchen is fully equipped with everything you'll need to create memorable meals. The dining area easily seats six. The living area is comfortable and has a large flat screen TV with satellite TV, surround sound, WiFi connectivity, Xbox, and DVD.

There are 2 bedrooms, each with a full bathroom. The master bedroom has a king bed and the second bedroom a queen bed. The great room sofa has a queen sleeper. Six guests can stay comfortably. The side-entry mudroom is equipped with new high-efficiency washer and dryer for getting those muddy hiking clothes or wet ski clothes turned around fast.

The home's location midway between Ouray and Ridgway makes it ideally situated to access all the activities in the area conveniently, while retaining the solitude of a remote setting with no neighbors other than bighorn sheep, deer, and elk.

Activities within 5 to 15 minutes drive include: Ouray Hot Springs waterpark, Orvis Hot Springs and Spa, rock climbing, ice climbing at the world-famous Ouray Ice Park, a multitude of hiking trails, Jeep/4WD trails, world-class fishing, Ridgway State Park & reservoir, cross country skiing, horseback riding, mine tours, and innumerable scenic drives into the mountains of the "Switzerland of America."

Within an hour's drive: Telluride with its extensive ski slopes and summer festivals, the Million Dollar Highway to the old mining town of Silverton with its narrow-gauge railroad; Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park, and Owl Creek Pass and Silver Jack Reservoir in the Cimarron Mountains.

During snow season, even though snow-plowing is maintained, an all-wheel drive vehicle is needed for the driveway to the property.

More Details

Sheri and Dan Marley
Member since: 2017
Premier Partner

This VRBO partner has demonstrated and is committed to fast response times, the best rates, and a great guest experience.

Speaks: english
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
August 18, 2018

About Sheri and Dan Marley

We are Sheri and Dan Marley and live in central Illinois. Sheri is a dance teacher at a university. Dan is a family practice physician. We are avid outdoor photographers, hikers, and Jeep enthusiasts. We've been in love with the Rocky Mountains for 45 years. Dan was a forester prior to becoming a physician, and worked in the Ouray area and San Juan mountains and we just knew we had to make this area our home away from home.

Sheri and Dan Marley purchased this house in 2013

Why Sheri and Dan Marley chose Ridgway

We had looked at places in Colorado to live once we retire. When Sheri saw Ouray and the San Juans, we knew it had to be here. We found this lovely secluded home up for sale but it needed some work. We worked hard getting it into shape. We had always stayed in vacation rental homes for our stays in the area so decided to make our place available to others when we are not living here. We come out usually 5 times a year for a week or two. We really strive to make the home comfortable with all the amenities travelers might need to have a care-free, incredible San Juan mountain experience.

What makes this house unique

The home has five acres of mountainside property, adjacent to Bureau of Land Management land, allowing free access to the forest and red rock hills surrounding the home. Lots of wildlife up here: chipmunks and squirrels, deer, elk, bighorn sheep, foxes, turkeys, lynx, and very rarely bears. We have driven up the driveway to find 12 Bighorn sheep placidly grazing around the house. Large herds of elk bed down in the hay fields below the house through the summer.

Perhaps one of the primary benefits is simply the seclusion. There are no close neighbors. So if you want to walk out on the deck in your PJs, who cares?

The hot tub is so nice after a day skiing in Telluride or hiking the mountain trails, or to just watch for shooting stars on a summer night.


Ridgway House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1220 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • Max. adults: 6
  • Min. age of primary renter: 25
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only
  • If staying during snow season (November through April) you MUST have a 4-wheel drive or All-wheel drive vehicle--driveway is steep, 1/4 mile long.
Location Type:
  • Mountain View ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king , with en suite full bath, 2 dressers
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen , with full bathroom, one dresser, one closet
  • Queen sleeper sofa in living room can sleep 2
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Video Games
  • Video Library
  • Deck / Patio
  • Outdoor Grill
Pool / Spa:
  • Hot Tub
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • restaurants
  • water parks
Leisure Activities:
  • boating
  • horseback riding
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cross country skiing
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • hiking
  • hot air ballooning
  • hunting
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • rafting
  • rock climbing
  • sailing
  • skiing
  • snowboarding
  • snowmobiling
  • swimming
  • water tubing


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A Private Mountain Hideaway High Above The Uncompahgre River Valley
average rating of 5.0 based on 17 reviews

Perfect mountain getaway

  • 5 of 5

This is an amazing cabin. The amenities were perfect. If you’re looking for a private mountain getaway that is still close to everything this is the place for you. We highly recommend!!

  • Submitted: Aug 17, 2018
  • Stayed: August 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great stay at this cabin near Ouray!

  • 5 of 5

My family and I loved staying at the Red Rock Overlook Cabin! The owners, Sheri and Dan, were very responsive and helpful during our stay. The cabin is very secluded with plenty of land to explore. Make sure you find the two hidden swings! The washer and dryer were great to have. The decor is cute and lovely, I was tickled to be able to purchase a similar sponge holder as the one in the kitchen at a little gift shop in Ouray 😁?. There is not a bathtub inside so leave your bath bombs at home but the hot tub was AWESOME!!! The hummingbirds stole the show! We counted over 15 of them at one point! The cabin was very clean and comfortable, plenty of games and a variety of books available. The kitchen was well stocked with plenty of amenities such as canola oil, olive oil, coffee, basic spices, mayo and much more. Hope to get the chance to stay at the Red Rock Overlook again some day soon!

  • Submitted: Aug 2, 2018
  • Stayed: July 2018
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Woodland Park, CO

Fantastic Views

  • 5 of 5

Very nice place to stay, 5 Stars! Views were wonderful, deck and hot tub are perfect. Loved all the hummers flying around, they were very entertaining to watch. Lots of room to park our ATVs. Everything we needed was provided, all we had to do was bring in the food. Very private, we would stay here again that is for sure!!

  • Submitted: Jul 31, 2018
  • Stayed: July 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

Loved everything! The bucket of bones by the back door kinda creeped out the Loved the view. Thank You.

  • Submitted: Jul 2, 2018
  • Stayed: June 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for the wonderful review Sandy! That bone bucket just sort of started up as a tradition! We had a couple of bones in there years ago and as guests would find more they'd throw them in the bucket. Our 5 acres and the BLM land behind it has a lot of wildlife and if you go exploring you almost always find a few sun-bleached bones. Sorry if it spooked them! Dan
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Arlington, Texas

A Little Slice of Heaven

  • 5 of 5

This was our second of 7 properties my wife and I stayed during my 5 week work sabbatical trip and it was everything advertised and more. Photos of the property do not do it justice. Tucked in between Ouray and Ridgway and built on the side of a mountain with breathtaking views of the valley below with deer and elk roaming every day. The home was perfect and the deck and hot tub were a great way to watch the sunset after exploring Ouray and Ridgway. Hiking above and below the property was our favorite. Finding and getting to the swing hanging from the rocks was a fun challenge. Drive down to the valley and park next to the river and walk down to the water for spectacular views and photos. We will definitely have this amazing property on our radar when returning to Colorado. The property owners were very responsive and will give you excellent recommendations on things to do in the area. Thank you for the opportunity to stay at your wonderful home.

  • Submitted: Jun 6, 2018
  • Stayed: May 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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Wonderful place to stay

  • 5 of 5

My family and I enjoyed 2 nights at this property. The views are breath taking and accommodations were very nice. The seclusion of the property provides amazing views during the day and night, including wildlife and the stars above the mountain tops. The only issues we had were related to opening/closing home windows and the hot tub lid (to be fair, Dan reached out in advance about the hot tub to inform us so we were prepared to handle that). On that note, let me add that the Marley's are fantastic hosts. They communicated through the chat system almost on demand, never missed a beat. We truly appreciate everything!

  • Submitted: Jun 4, 2018
  • Stayed: May 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for staying with us, Rob! And thank you for the kind review! Not sure what the problem with the windows was--some are a little "sticky" to open but they work. The hot tub cover had fallen apart after 5 years in the mountain sun and UV and we were waiting on a replacement top but the shipment was delayed. The new top is on the tub and working great now! We are so sorry for any inconvenience. By the way, we also have a new room air conditioner unit that keeps the great room cool on those hot summer days when the "usual" afternoon thunderstorms fail to materialize and cool things off naturally. We'd love to have you stay with us again in the future! Dan
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Nearest Airport
30 Miles
Montrose Regional Airport, Montrose, CO
Nearest Barpub
4 Miles
Ridgway, Colorado
Nearest Train
90 Miles
Grand Junction, Colorado
Nearest Restaurant
4 Miles
Ridgway, CO
Nearest Ski
40 Miles
Telluride, Colorado
Car: necessary


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $150
Refundable Damage Deposit $100

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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