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Needle Mountain Chalet - Close to the Durango Mountain Resort

Bedrooms 3
Space 3,400 sq ft
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 - 4 nights


About the property

House, 3 Bedrooms + Convertible bed(s), 3 Baths, (Sleeps 6-10)

Welcome to our home, Needle Mountain Chalet. We are located in one of Colorado’s most beautiful valleys about two and one half miles from the Durango Mountain Resort and Purgatory ski slopes.

At 8900 feet elevation, Needle Mountain Chalet is situated on five acres covered with Aspen trees and Colorado Blue Spruce. With easy access to Highway 550, the Chalet is an all season vacation home where the roads are always plowed which makes for an easy 5 minute drive to the ski slopes.

Our home is large and accommodating. The Chalet is approximately 4,000 square feet with three bedrooms and three baths. We can easily sleep ten people. The views from our home from every window and both spacious decks are spectacular.

The Needle Mountain Range, which rises to over 14,000 feet elevation, forms the eastern wall of the valley, and the finely chiseled Hermosa Cliffs rise in back of the Chalet on the west side. The Needle and West Needle ranges provide a veritable feast to the eyes. Towering 6,000 feet above the valley floor, they dominate the view from the master bedroom, main living room, loft living room, dining room, and front deck.

Regardless of season or time of day, the vision is always changing and very dramatic at times. The back of the house faces the Hermosa Cliffs where the magnificent Castle Rock rises almost 2,000 feet above the Chalet.

The majestic rise of the cliffs is breathtaking when viewed from the back patio, loft living room, upper level and main level bedrooms, and especially the deck adjoining the upper level bedroom. And the views are equally spectacular when hiking our 5 acre lot of aspen trees and spruce and the one mile loop around the neighborhood.

The Chalet has a large living and dining area. The kitchen is one that a professional cook would love and feel at home with. We can easily seat fourteen in the dining room, but have dishes for 25. The pantry is stocked with many basics so that guests do not have to reinvent the wheel on their stay here. There are two large ovens and an oven/warming drawer to keep meals hot. In addition, we offer personal chef services as well as daily cleaning and baby sitting services. If you wish to have the kitchen stocked with your fresh items, we can provide that service as well.

The decks have wonderful seating with patio heaters to keep you snug and warm. If you are coming in from a long day on the ski slopes slip outside and relax in the hot tub on our large deck. The hot tub is kept heated for our guests and is spotless clean. The view is of the Hermosa Cliffs - specifically Castle Peak.

The garages accommodate a total of three vehicles and guests have the use of our garage door openers. There is also some covered parking for parties with more than three cars. In the winter time make sure you either have a four wheel drive or chains for your tires. We get a lot of snow at 8,900 feet.

The office is available for the use of our guests. We have wired internet access and wireless internet access that is available throughout the house. The phone service includes unlimited long distance calling throughout the USA as well, so if this needs to be a working vacation, you will have all you need.

The Durango winters can be cold on the mountain. The Chalet has heated floors and central heat that also has an air cleaner and humidifier. There is also a backup generator in case the power goes out – which can occasionally occur on the mountain. The generator automatically turns on if the power goes out to keep our guests warm and comfortable.

We have two 60 gallon hot water heaters that are in tandem, so hot water is unlimited.

Our home is dog friendly, and we welcome your pets as a member of the family. A dog bed is provided in the laundry room along with a gate that can be used to secure your pet in the laundry room. There are also watering and food dishes for your pet.

But more than anything, you will enjoy and be awe struck with the fantastic views from every one of the many windows in the house and the immediate access to skiing, hiking, snowshoeing, golfing, and numerous other outdoor activities. A favorite activity is sitting on the decks admiring the beauty with the heaters on if it cold and then, of course, if you are coming in from a long day of skiing there is the long soak in the hot tub off the back deck.

After a long but wonderful day on the ski slopes or the hiking trail or the golf course---or just sightseeing or riding the narrow gauge railroad or shopping in Durango--- get away from the crowds and congestion and enjoy the essence and solitude of the Rockies. The Chalet is truly Rocky Mountain High. So come and stay a spell.

Keywords: Private Home Owner Managed

More Details

Sue Holland
Member since: 2006
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 a day
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
August 15, 2018

About Sue Holland

Hello, we are Sue and Royce Holland from Dallas, Texas. We love Durango and decided to purchase a second home here in 2008. We are out of town, about 24 miles from downtown Durango. Our home is at 8,900 feet altitude on five acres of aspen trees. It is beautiful. There is lots of wildlife around the house which is fun to watch. And we just are away from it all.

The ski resort is 2 1/2 miles north of the house, so its a quick trip in the winter time. There are a few restaurants that are within a mile or two from the house as well.

The views are second to none. We love spending the early part of the evening watching the sun set. We love our home and hope you will too.

Sue Holland

Sue Holland purchased this house in 2008

Why Sue Holland chose Durango

My husband is all about the view. And the view of the Needle Mountains and the Hermosa Cliffs are amazing.

What makes this house unique

There is a fire pit out back with beautiful view of the Needle Mountain range and the Hermosa Cliffs. The Cliffs rise dramatically behind the house. It is an amazing sight.

Enjoy the hot tub off the large deck.


Durango House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 3400 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM / Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 12
  • pets considered ...
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • Mountain View ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Broadband Access ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Covered Parking ...
  • Free Long Distance ...
  • Garage ...
  • Gas Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Mobile Phone ...
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Wood Fireplace ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 14 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , tub , shower , Master Bath has large shower, soaker tub and heated floors
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower , This bathroom has walk in shower
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , shower , This insuite bathroom has a walk in shower.
  • 3
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 12
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king , Master bedroom has king bed, sofa, reading chair, fireplace
    Bedroom 2 - 1 king , Mini master has king bed, reading chair and fireplace
    Bedroom 3 - 1 queen , Loft bedroom has queen bed and it's own deck
    Convertible bed(s) - 2 twin/ single , Twin blow up beds and make into standard twin beds.
  • King size beds (1) In the master bedroom and the second master., Queen size Beds (1) The upstairs guest room has a queen bed., Sleep Sofa or Futons (1) The sofas convert into sofa beds. They are a full size. There are two.
  • Books ...
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • VCR
  • Balcony ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Ski & Snowboard ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Hot Tub ...
  • jetted tub ...
  • cinemas
  • live theater
  • museums
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • horseback riding
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • 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
  • water tubing
Heated floors, humidifier, forced air heat, in the winter. The house stays very warm and cozy. In the summer open the windows and enjoy the cool breezes. The mountain and cliff views are absolutely breath taking. There are patio heaters outside if you get cool. There is also a fire pit in the back yard and tons of fire wood at your disposal. The hot tub seats six at a time and is a part of our large deck we are adding in the summer of 2011. If you are a 2012 skier you will love coming home and having a long soak in the tub. It will be warmed for your stay by our house manager.


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Needle Mountain Chalet - Close to the Durango Mountain Resort
average rating of 5.0 based on 17 reviews

Spacious and Beautiful

  • 5 of 5

My fiance and I recently stayed at Needle Mountain Chalet with a few friends and let me start by saying, you will not be let down! The home was very spacious, clean, and well decorated. The kitchen was large, and stocked with every cookware item imaginable. The towels were plentiful. The master bathroom was large and luxurious. Every detail was thought of in this home. There are incredible views in every room that just take your breath away. We will definitely be back!

  • Submitted: Feb 21, 2018
  • Stayed: February 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Worth every penny!!!

  • 5 of 5

We stayed a Needle Mountain Chalet from December 23-31. There was 9 of us total (two families) and plenty of room for everyone. Last year we rented a house down the highway. It slept all of us, but there was not enough space for the kids to hang out, watch tv, etc without it feeling like we were on top of each other. The kids had the upstairs. The loft is a great place for them to hang out and watch tv. They slept on the fold out couch and we used the E-Z beds (2) for two more kids in the loft. Our oldest was in the queen bedroom upstairs by himself. The living area, kitchen and dining room are very large and plenty of sitting for everyone. This place is stocked! We never ran out of towels or dishes. They have every cooking appliance you need-- plus some that you always wanted to try and wouldn't buy for yourself. I felt spoiled the entire trip. Did I mention....heated floors.

Sue Holland was so easy to work with. She helped us plan our trip, told us where to rent ski equipment for a discount, and her binder at the house gave a ton of information about local restaurants etc.

The house was decorated for Christmas inside and out. Sue and Gwen (property manager) definitely made our trip special. Our whole crew would recommend staying at this home. You will NOT be disappointed!

  • Submitted: Jan 4, 2018
  • Stayed: December 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Very Impressed! Would stay again in a heartbeat!!

  • 5 of 5

I would agree with another review... The pictures don't do the house justice at all! We were very impressed and enjoyed our stay. I've lived in Colorado my whole life and the views off the front deck are spectacular. The flow of the house is awesome and the back deck and hot tub were tucked away nice in the back. Very nice property and the small details were handled very well. Location relative to the ski area was perfect, I don't think the heater even had time to warm up the drive was so short!! Great attention to detail in the house including the furniture, decorations and layout. You won't be disappointed!

  • Submitted: Mar 16, 2017
  • Stayed: March 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Exceeded All Expectations!!!!

  • 5 of 5

This home was amazing, the photos available do not show how large and beautiful the house is. The home has an open floor plan with gorgeous views. When we arrived we were greeted by the housekeeper who provided some goodies (Snacks, emergency, Advil, etc.) The homeowner also keeps the home stocked with plenty of sheets, blankets, and towels. All of which came in handy when traveling with a group of 10 people. We were all so impressed and pleased with the home it has become a favorite property of all the homes we have rented on VRBO! Cannot wait to go back!

  • Submitted: Feb 16, 2016
  • Stayed: February 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Dripping Springs, Texas

Spring Break Ski Trip

  • 5 of 5

This is the second time we have rented this property and will do so again. This is an awesome place and the owners are extremely helpful. There is too much to say about this wonderful property. It is by far the best VRBO Property we have rented.

  • Submitted: Mar 23, 2015
  • Stayed: March 2015
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Moriarty, NM


  • 5 of 5

Rented this home based on the views for our vow renewal. Ceremony was on the back porch w/the aspen grove in background. Wonderful for entertaining and slept 10 very comfortably. Great for photography too. Fun sledding and all the amenities were wonderful. Pantry was well stocked. Owner is very friendly and had good tips. 2 miles from ski resort.

  • Submitted: Feb 17, 2015
  • Stayed: February 2015
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Nearest Airport
40 Miles
Durango/La Plata County Airport
Nearest Barpub
1 Miles
The Old Schoolhouse
Nearest Golf
7 Miles
Glacier Club
Nearest Train
8 Miles
Durango - Silverton Narrow Gauge Train
Nearest Motorway
1 Miles
Hwy 550
Nearest Restaurant
1 Miles
The Old Schoolhouse
Nearest Ski
2 Miles
Durango Mountain Resort
Car: necessary

In addition to its quick access to one of the finest ski resorts in the Rockies, the Chalet is located a quarter mile from the trailhead of the beautiful Elbert Creek Trail which stretches 9.9 miles into the San Juan Mountains and is a good challenge for accomplished hikers.

The initial portion of the trail is a relatively easy and scenic trail for less strenuous hiking or snowshoeing. Numerous other excellent hiking trails are within 5 to 20 miles north of the Chalet as you travel Highway 550 over Coal Bank Pass and Molas Pass on the way to Silverton. And for golfers, there are about half a dozen courses located within about 25 miles of the Needle Mountain Chal


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $500
Pet Fee $150
Cleaning Fee $350

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 7 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.