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Private Mountain Chalet In the River Valley, Hiking & Biking, 5 minutes to town

Durango, CO, USA
  • House1550 sqft
  • Bedrooms2
  • Sleeps6
  • Bathrooms1
  • Half Baths1
  • Minimum Stay3 nights

2 Bedrooms + Loft,1 full bathroom with shower and jetted tub,1 half bathroom

This gorgeous, private mountain chalet is built with huge timbers and a massive rock fireplace. The eastern wall of the living area is composed of wall to wall windows facing the magnificent cliffs in the distance. The oversized master bedroom is on the main floor and consists of its own large sitting area with a TV. The master bathroom is in the adjacent hallway and includes a jetted bathtub and a nice shower. From the living area take the spiral staircase to the gorgeous loft area. The loft area has a living area with a large LCD TV and soft chairs, sofa etc. Neighboring the loft area is the upstairs private bedroom and bathroom.

This private chalet is only 5 minutes from the Durango city limits and is located on a quiet, county road great for walking, jogging and biking. Your backyard is directly below the incredible Animas rock climbing area, great for technical rock climbing or easy hiking. This private property is abundant with majestic Ponderosa Pine trees and wildlife.

There are many attractions for a visitor to enjoy such as the amazing cliff dwellings at Mesa Verde National Park only 30 minutes away and skiing only 20 minutes away. Relax at Trimble Hot Springs after a long day of skiing or hiking. Enjoy access to a private tennis court and high speed internet!

Property Manager

Lana Swearingen

Member Since 2003
Response rate:
Response time:
within a few hours
Calendar last updated:
Apr 18, 2018


    • Internet
    • Pets Welcome
    • Heater
    • Fireplace
    • Satellite or Cable
    • Kids Welcome
    • Washer & Dryer
    • Parking
    • TV
    • No Smoking


      • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
      • Bedroom 1
        1 king
      • Bedroom 2
        1 double


        • 1 Bathroom, 1 Half Bath
        • Bathroom 1
          toilet, tub, shower, jetted tub
        • Bathroom 2

          Location Type

            • Mountain
            • Mountain View
            • River
            • Rural
            • Water View


                • Away From It All
                • Romantic


                    • Guests provide their own meals


                        • Linens Provided
                        • Alarm Clock
                        • Clothes Dryer
                        • Filtered Water
                        • Fireplace
                          Incredible stone wood burning fireplace in the great room
                        • Hair Dryer
                        • Heating
                        • Internet
                        • Iron & Board
                        • Ceiling Fans
                        • Living Room
                        • Paper Towels
                        • Parking
                        • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer
                        • Toilet Paper
                        • Towels Provided
                        • Washing Machine
                        • Wireless Internet
                        • Wood Fireplace


                            • Kitchen
                            • 4 Ring Stove
                            • Coffee Maker
                            • Cooking Utensils
                            • Dishes & Utensils
                            • Dishwasher
                            • Freezer
                            • Grill
                            • Blender
                            • Kitchenette
                            • Microwave
                            • Oven
                            • Refrigerator
                            • Stove
                            • Stove
                            • Toaster


                                • Dining Area
                                • comfy seating for 6 people


                                    • Books
                                    • CD Player
                                    • DVD Player
                                    • Radio
                                    • Satellite / Cable
                                    • Stereo
                                    • Television
                                      Two LCD TVs
                                    • VCR


                                        • Deck / Patio
                                          Incredible views of Majestic cliffs from the East deck
                                        • Golf
                                          Hillcrest city golf course with views of majestic peaks 10 minutes away, Dalton Ranch semi private course in the river valley is 7 minutes away. Glacier club is 20 minutes away, 2 great Mt. courses.
                                        • Lawn / Garden
                                          Huge pine trees in a forested setting
                                        • Outdoor Grill
                                        • Outdoor Grill Gas
                                        • Patio
                                        • Porch / Veranda
                                          Enclosed sun porch
                                        • Screen Porch / Veranda
                                        • Tennis
                                          Can use our private court 1/2 mile away where we have other private homes
                                        • Wood Deck


                                            • Long-term Renters Welcome

                                              Pool / Spa

                                                • jetted tub


                                                    • live theater
                                                    • autumn foliage
                                                    • cinemas
                                                    • coin laundry
                                                    • festivals
                                                    • forests
                                                    • health/beauty spa
                                                    • library
                                                    • churches
                                                    • museums
                                                    • playground
                                                    • recreation center
                                                    • restaurants
                                                    • ruins
                                                    • waterfalls
                                                    • winery tours

                                                      Leisure Activities

                                                        • photography
                                                        • antiquing
                                                        • gambling casinos
                                                        • horseback riding
                                                        • miniature golf
                                                        • outlet shopping
                                                        • bird watching
                                                        • scenic drives
                                                        • shopping
                                                        • sight seeing
                                                        • sledding
                                                        • walking
                                                        • wildlife viewing

                                                          Local Services & Businesses

                                                            • ATM/bank
                                                            • fitness center
                                                            • groceries
                                                            • hospital
                                                            • laundromat
                                                            • massage therapist
                                                            • medical services

                                                              Sports & Adventure Activities

                                                                • kayaking
                                                                • basketball court
                                                                • cycling
                                                                • equestrian events
                                                                • fishing
                                                                • fly fishing
                                                                • freshwater fishing
                                                                • golf
                                                                • hiking
                                                                • hot air ballooning
                                                                • hunting
                                                                • ice skating
                                                                • cross country skiing
                                                                • mountain biking
                                                                • mountain climbing
                                                                • mountaineering
                                                                • racquetball
                                                                • rafting
                                                                • rock climbing
                                                                • skiing
                                                                • snowboarding
                                                                • snowmobiling
                                                                • swimming
                                                                • tennis
                                                                • water tubing

                                                                  House Rules

                                                                  Check-in: 4:00 PM

                                                                  Check-out: 11:00 AM

                                                                  Cancellation Policy

                                                                  100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date. You must contact the owner directly to request cancellation.

                                                                  19 Reviews


                                                                  Latest reviews

                                                                  Quaint experience in the mountains with our family

                                                                  Christopher V.

                                                                  We loved the chalet. It was quaint and perfect for our family vacation - well appointed and conveniently located near Durango and lots of surrounding activities. One thing we particularly loved was the altitude at this chalet is < 7000 feet so if you have any family members who tend to suffer altitude sickness this is a perfect situation to meet the old saying "climb high, sleep low". We did hikes and day trips above 9000 feet but being able to come back to the chalet and sleep below 7000 ft was very helpful. There is an amazing hiking area directly off the property as well.

                                                                  Secluded, yet close to town

                                                                  Lori o.

                                                                  We stayed in this Chalet while visiting our son in Durango the week between Christmas and New Year's. The chalet was located just outside of town, but had an isolated country feel. My son and his pup stayed with us and he had a less than 10 minute ride to work on Main St. We enjoyed every bit of this home; I'd love to rent it again in the summer to enjoy the deck and screened in porch.

                                                                  Owner's Response:

                                                                  Thanks Lori for the great review on the Chalet! I hope to be able to welcome you and your family back to the Chalet or one of our other five homes along County Road 250 in the not too distant future.

                                                                  Very best wishes for a happy, healthy 2018!


                                                                  Wonderful winter retreat

                                                                  Chris A.

                                                                  The chalet was spacious, extremely clean and had all the amenities needed for our weeklong stay. Our children especially loved having the upstairs loft and bedroom to themselves.

                                                                  The large windows in the main living area offered a beautiful view of the mountains, and we enjoyed exploring and hiking around the property.

                                                                  The chalet offers a sense of seclusion while still being close to town.

                                                                  While the lack of snowfall limited some of our planned activities, we were able to make many memories during day trips to Ouray and Pagosa Springs and a ride on the Polar Express.

                                                                  We do much fun, we are already talking about planning another visit.

                                                                  Owner's Response:

                                                                  Thanks Chris for the very nice review on the Chalet. I'm happy to hear you and your family had such a great time in Durango. I'll look fowardr to welcoming you back in the not too distant future!

                                                                  All the best in the New Year!


                                                                  Thoroughly enjoyed our three-week stay!

                                                                  Frank M.

                                                                  We found The Chalet to be as described in the VRBO listing, and we would recommend this property. Lana Swearingin, the owner lives nearby and was very prompt and helpful when we contacted her. Property is clean and well maintained, the kitchen is fairly well equipped, and the master bedroom is large with plenty of closet space, and the king bed is quite comfortable. The location of this property is excellent...to quote the locals, it's "up the valley, east of the Animas." It's less than 10 minutes to downtown. There's a good grocery store (Gourmet Market) about 5 miles to the north of the property, and a wonderful golf course (Dalton Ranch) is right next to the grocery.

                                                                  We did a bit of hiking during our stay, and getting to trail heads, either near Durango or to the north toward Silverton, was easy as highway 550 was nearby. We cooked many of our meals at the Chalet, but we did enjoy dining at Eolus and the Mahogany Grille, which is in the Strater Hotel. Also, the bar in the Strater has the best happy hour in Durango! The Durango to Silverton train is a must do, it's a great experience and the scenery is spectacular! We'd recommend taking the train from Durango to Silverton, and taking the bus back from Silverton to Durango.

                                                                  All in all, we were very satisfied with the Chalet, and we had a totally wonderful time enjoying Durango and all it has to offer!

                                                                  Owner's Response:

                                                                  Thanks for the lovely review Frank and Cathy! You were wonderful guests and I hope to be able to welcome you back to the Chalet or one of our other homes along CR 250 in the future. All the best,


                                                                  The perfect romantic getaway

                                                                  Kevin F.

                                                                  The home was exactly as described and we were very comfortable there. All the amenities we needed (and then some) were available. We enjoyed perfect solitude, far removed from the hustle & bustle of a hotel, yet were geographically close to town for a night out.

                                                                  We look forward to doing this again with you!

                                                                  Owner's Response:

                                                                  Thanks Kevin for the very nice review on the Chalet. I will look forward to welcoming you and your wife back to the Chalet or one of our other homes along County Road 250 in the near future. Until then.... all the best! Lana

                                                                  Our Durango chalet met our high expectations with

                                                                  Madelyn L.

                                                                  We adorned the chalet's quaintness and privacy. We loved rhe towering cliffs in our backyard and the easy access to historial downtown Durango. The stay was exceptional and we will definitely look forward to another stay in the perfect vacation hamlet!

                                                                  Owner's Response:

                                                                  Thanks Mattie for the lovely review of the Chalet. I hope to welcome you and your family back to the Chalet or one of our other properties in the near future! All the best, Lana


                                                                  Durango, CO, USA

                                                                  Quiet, private, incredible views Other Activities: kayaking, snowboarding, wildlife viewing, hot air ballooning, snowmobiling, racquetball, mini golf, shopping, basketball. Recreation center 5 minutes Golf: Hillcrest 4 miles Dalton Ranch golf 5 miles Tamarron golf 17 miles Ski: Durango Mountain Resort 25 minutes Wolf Creek 1 1/2 hour Telluride 1 1/2 hour Numerous Cross Country Areas Backcountry Skiing and cross country

                                                                  Rates & Availability

                                                                  Additional information about rental rates

                                                                  Cleaning Fee
                                                                  Pet Fee
                                                                  Additional Guest Fee
                                                                  Damage Deposit
                                                                  Tax Rate

                                                                  RATES ARE FOR 2 PEOPLE ONLY. PLEASE INQUIRE FOR THE RATES FOR ADDITIONAL GUESTS $199-265/night, $1195-$1590/week Peak season June to September Off season November to February Shoulder season rates: please inquire for rates March, April, May, October Holiday Rates are higher,please inquire $125 cleaning fee, $15/pet/night Weekly rate includes 6 nights

                                                                  19 Reviews
                                                                  Wonderful 4.9/5
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