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The Mountain Log Cabin that You've Been Dreaming of...

Bedrooms 3
Space 3,000 sq ft
Property type cabin
Minimum Stay 3 - 90 nights


About the property

Cabin, 3 Bedrooms + Bunk Area, 3 Baths, (Sleeps 6-12)

If you have been dreaming of staying at a picturesque wilderness log cabin with end of the road privacy and spectacular mountain scenery, this is the place. Located on Hastings Mesa at an elevation of 9000 feet, San Juan Cabin was built in 1999 out of hand-crafted Scandinavian full scribe Engleman spruce logs. The cabin sits on 78 acres on the side of a ridge overlooking Willow creek and meadow . There are groves of aspen and oak to picnic in. Also stands of large Ponderosa pine trees. It is just outside of Telluride with views so large and spectacular that you can see many of the most famous peaks including; Mt. Sneffels, Mears Peak, North Pole, the San Miguel range and the extinct volcano, Lone Cone.

San Juan Cabin is remote yet easily accessible to Telluride (30min.) Ridgway (20min.) and Montrose (1 hour) The trip to Telluride can be by highway or the scenic old stage coach path known as Last Dollar Road. The location puts you in the heart of the wilderness yet an easy drive to town or the regional airport in Montrose.

Much of the original True Grit movie was filmed in this area. If you have seen the movie you will recognize our view to the South as the opening scene.

The cabin has 3000 square feet of finished living space. It has a full kitchen as well as a partial kitchen on the lower level. The lower level can be separate independent living quarters for a second family.

It also is environmentally 'green' with a very small carbon footprint running on solar and wind power. Heating comes from passive solar and a stone fireplace, the fireplace has catalytic combustion for low emissions. The water supply for the cabin comes from a well on the ridge above it. It is pumped by solar power into a 1,200 gallon cistern, then with gravity pressure it comes into the cabin. When the cistern is full the excess water goes into an overflow pipe and comes out in a fountain near the front door. This waters the ground around the area.

The wildlife is abundant here. Deer and Elk are everyday sites along with Coyote, Turkey, Grouse,and Eagle. Sometimes Bobcat, Porcupine and Bear are seen. Wildflowers abound in May, June and July with fields of lupine and arrowroot by the thousand. The Autumn colors are awesome, with red oaks and aspens of purple and gold.

You can hike and bike right out the front door on trails and dirt roads around the cabin. There is also great biking on the abandoned railroad grades. Mountain bikes are provided. You can hike on the National Forest trails with access from many of the neighboring roads. Hot springs beckon at both Ouray and Ridgway. Stargazing is magnificent from the telescope on the deck with stars so bright it will give you the sense of wonder and awe back that you knew as a child.


If the dates that you are looking for are booked at the cabin, please take a look at our home located 15 miles from the cabin in Ridgway, CO.

Keywords: Log Cabin

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John Fuhler
Member since: 2001
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a day
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Calendar last updated:
September 24, 2018

About John Fuhler

We are a family of five that love the outdoors. We live in Illinois, but grew up in the mountains.

John Fuhler purchased this cabin in 1999

Why John Fuhler chose Placerville

These are some of the most beautiful mountain landscapes that we have ever seen. We like to be in nature away from the crowded city.

If the dates that you are looking for are booked at the cabin, please take a look at our home located 15 miles from the cabin in Ridgway, CO.

What makes this cabin unique

Animals frequently come right up to the house whether you are inside or out. Sometimes I feel like I am a guest at their place, we are the visitors in their environment. We live off the grid here. The power comes from the wind and the sun. You feel so much more in tune with the world around you here.


Placerville Cabin Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cabin
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 3000 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • Children welcome ...
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Mountain View
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Sports & Activities
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace
  • Garage ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wood Fireplace ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
    Bathroom 3 -
  • 3
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Queen size Beds (2) 2 Queen beds, 1 in master bedroom and 1 in lower level bedroom., Double Beds (1) 1 Double bed in first floor bedroom., Sleep Sofa or Futons (1) There is a convertible sofa if needed. The mattress is thin., Bunk Beds (3) There are 3 bunk beds, that sleep 6 people.
  • Books ...
  • Games
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Toys
  • Balcony ...
  • Bicycles ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Outdoor Grill
  • 4 bicycles
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool ...
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • live theater
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • rafting
  • rock climbing
  • skiing
  • snowboarding
  • snowmobiling
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • whitewater rafting
There are four mountain bikes here. Telescope.


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The Mountain Log Cabin that You've Been Dreaming of...
average rating of 5.0 based on 19 reviews

Relaxing and spectacular views, great cabin

  • 5 of 5

We enjoyed our stay we only regret we did not have more time there. We can’t wait to come back some time soon. Owners are very nice cabin is beautiful . The views are just amazing a very nice property we live seeing all the wild life and relaxing on the deck . We are so happy to find this cabin available . it was a great find.!!!!Thank you so much for sharing your property with others . Great vacation !!!

  • Submitted: Sep 17, 2018
  • Stayed: September 2018
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Excellent location and amazing home

  • 5 of 5

We enjoyed staying in this home for our family vacation. It was great to be in an off grid environment with no television, wifi, etc. The wind and solar power systems were easy to figure out and manage.

The house was an excellent jumping off point to Telluride, Ouray, and even a day trip to Mesa Verde. Excellent access to hiking, climbing, and horseback riding for the kids.

Excellent views of the mountains, stars, and wildlife.

  • Submitted: Aug 6, 2018
  • Stayed: July 2018
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Outstanding mountain cabin with the most impressive view!

  • 5 of 5

This is the second time we have stayed at the cabin and it was as incredible as our memories served. Both times we had some of our children and grandchildren with us. They were warned that it is off the grid, and no TV, and they didn't miss out on anything! We enjoyed watching the elk in the meadow, about 35 on several occasions, at sunrise and sunset. The cabin was very clean and well-furnished. There are many condiments and supplies so that you don't have to pack and/or buy everything! We were pleased to find more screens on the windows to help cool the cabin during periods of higher temperatures. We enjoyed walking the property and felt we were all alone in this wonderful place. Watching the stars on a clear night from the back deck is the most beautiful and serene experience - along with the famous mountain ranges, clear air and blue skies!! The cabin is very affordable when you consider all you are getting!

  • Submitted: Jul 26, 2018
  • Stayed: July 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great home.

  • 5 of 5

We will be back. Everything was above par! Thanks guys!

  • Submitted: Oct 25, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
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October in Cabin near Telluride

  • 5 of 5

Great Cabin, space and expansive view of the mountains and great alpenglow sunsets. Central to multiple sites including Ridgeway, Ouray, Silverton, and Telluride. Also visited Mesa Verde 2 hours away .

Cabin stayed comfortable with woodburning fireplace/insert and no problem with electric capacity.

  • Submitted: Oct 16, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Absolutely beautiful

  • 5 of 5

This is an amazing property. The views are truly million dollar views! We watched between 30 and 100 elk everyday in front of the house. Would I recommend this ABSOLUTELY!

  • Submitted: Oct 10, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
40 Miles
Nearest Barpub
20 Miles
Colorado Boy Brewery
Nearest Golf
20 Miles
Nearest Motorway
4 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
20 Miles
Adobe Inn, Ridgway
Nearest Ski
30 Miles
Nearest Point of Interest
Last Dollar Road
Nearest Point of Interest
Ouray Hot Springs
Nearest Point of Interest
Mount Sneffels
Nearest Point of Interest
Orvis Hot Springs
Nearest Point of Interest
Dallas Divide
Nearest Point of Interest
Horsefly Peak
Nearest Point of Interest
Wilson Peak
Nearest Point of Interest
El Diente
Nearest Point of Interest
Lone Cone
Nearest Point of Interest
Lizard Head Pass
Nearest Point of Interest
Red Mountain Pass
Nearest Point of Interest
Imagene Pass
Nearest Point of Interest
The Black Canyon
Nearest Point of Interest
Animas Forks
Nearest Point of Interest
Courthouse Mountain
Car: necessary

The view here is spectacular. The house is oriented to take in the mountain and mesa views from the sunroom, deck and patios to the South and West. With the cabin overlooking the meadow on the side of the ridge, animals frequently come out to drink in the creek at sun up and sun down.

If the dates that you are looking for are booked at the cabin, please take a look at our home located 15 miles from the cabin in Ridgway, CO.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $200
Refundable damage deposit $500

We do require a security deposit of $500 to reserve your time. This is refunded after your stay provided the home is left reasonably clean, normal wear and tear excepted.

Cabin is NOT available from Nov. 28th through April 13th. The Cabin is available From April 14th to Nov. 27th

If the dates that you are looking for are booked at the cabin, please take a look at our home located 15 miles from the cabin in Ridgway, CO.

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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