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Alta Lakes Observatory; Rustic Mountain Cabin Outside Telluride

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The Observatory in the winter - this is a classic photo!

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Last updated: 02/27/2017
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  • Minimum stay:1 night
  • Sleeps:12
  • Bedrooms:2
  • Bathrooms:1.5
  • Property type:Cabin
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:Yes
  • Wheel chair accessible:N/A

About the Property

Cabin, 2 Bedrooms + Loft, 1.5 Baths, (Sleeps 10-12)

Alta Lakes Observatory was hand built in the early 70's by some of the earliest 'settlers' of Telluride's Ski Resort town, Jim and Salli Russell. It is constructed of local timber and stone, stained glass windows, a huge fireplace, hot tub, sauna, decks, and an ambience that settles the soul.
It's remote, off the beaten path and not for everyone! ALTA IS VERY REMOTE!

SUMMER TIME: Alta Lakes Observatory is located 13 miles from Telluride, 5 miles off the highway, on a dirt road, accessible by 2 wheel drive vehicle through breathtaking scenery! Wild flowers abound! Great fishing, hiking, mountain biking - they are right out our front door..In the summer it's the perfect venue for small weddings, retreats, or corporate groups (45 people max).

WINTER TIME: Alta Lakes Observatory is ajacent to the Telluride ski area and is accessible by snowmobile, snowshoe or skiing from the back country access gate from the Telluride ski area. Snowmobile shuttles of gear and food are available.

Alta Lakes Observatory is a favorite venue for the locals, Telluride's organizations, clubs and schools - in the summer and winter. Come visit, you won't want to leave!



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Member since: 2004

Speaks: english
Response time: Within 24 hours
Response Rate: 90%
Calendar last updated: 02/27/2017

Property Type

  • Cabin
  • 2400 sq. ft.

Accommodation Type

  • Vacation Rental

Meals

  • Guests Provide Their Own Meals

Suitability

  • Events Allowed
  • Minimum Age Limit For Renters:

    Not suitable for kids 7 & under unless pre-approved......moreless

  • Non Smoking Only
  • Pets Considered

Bedrooms: 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 12, Beds for 10-12

  • Loft: 2 bunk bed

    Bunk beds are full size (sleeps 4). ...moreless

  • Bedroom 2 - The Sunshine Room: 1 queen, 2 twin/ single

    Private deck; breathtaking view! ...moreless

  • Bedroom 1 - The Wilson Room: 1 king

    Fireplace; amazing views and very spacious!...moreless

  • King size beds (1), Queen size Beds (1), Double Beds (2) Sleeps 4 (two double bed bunk), Two Oversize Chairs pull out for Twin Beds....moreless

Bathrooms: 1 Bathroom, 1 Half Bathroom

  • Bathroom 1: toilet, shower

    Recently renovated with 2 shower heads; on the 2nd floor....moreless

  • Bathroom 1: toilet

    Located on the first floor....moreless

Other Amenities

  • The Observatory is many things to many people. It is a base for adventure, it is a local Telluride icon with its own special place in the history of Telluride, it IS a tourist attraction and is a favorite stop for tour guides. It is also away from it all which can make it romantic or the perfect getaway to be with family and friends. There are many activities just out the front door…if you want to go out. ...moreless

Entertainment

  • Books
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Video Library

Theme

  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions

Leisure Activities

  • Boating
  • Horseback Riding
  • Sledding
  • Wildlife Viewing

Location Type

  • Lakefront
  • Ski-In

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • Cross Country Skiing
  • Fishing
  • Hiking
  • Hunting
  • Kayaking
  • Mountain Biking
  • Mountaineering
  • Rafting
  • Rock Climbing
  • Skiing
  • Snowboarding
  • Snowmobiling

Dining

  • Dining
  • Dining Area

General

  • Clothes Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet:

    Wifi is available at an additional charge of $20/day. ...moreless

  • Linens Provided
  • Mobile Phone:

    Cell phone repeater in the cabin...moreless

  • Telephone:

    There is a cell phone booster and a landline....moreless

  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Fireplace:

    One of the most spectacular fireplaces ever!...moreless

Kitchen

  • Catering Available
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven:

    Double; Convection...moreless

  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster

Outside

  • Balcony
  • Deck / Patio
  • Kayak / Canoe
  • Outdoor Grill

Pool / Spa

  • Hot Tub
  • Sauna
 

Reviews

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Rental basis: Per property
Dates Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
My Standard Rate
1 night min stay
$750

Additional information about rental rates

Fees:

  • Optional Wifi (per day) $20
  • Pet Fee $50
  • Cleaning Fee $200
  • Taxes Not included

Notes:

Summer Rate (Memorial Day Weekend - Labor Day) for 1-7 guests is $850/night, 8-12 guests is $950/night; there is a 2 night minimum for summer reservations.

Spring, Fall & Winter Rate for 1-7 guests is $750/night, 8 - 12 guests is $850/night.

Inquire about the Altamate if you need snowmobiles for your stay.

Just need us to transport provisions or a person or two for you? $100 per round trip per sled (2 people per sled).

10% discount on the nightly rental rate for 6 or more nights.

Cleaning Fee is $200 (one-time rate, not daily).

Security Deposit is equivalent to a one night's stay ($750, $850 or $950).

Early Check-In Request: Summer Stays Only: $100 for an early check in time of 2pm (regular check in time is 4pm); Guest must request at least 3 days in advance of check-in and owner must confirm early check-in.

Rates and terms are subject to change.

Security Deposit is required to hold reservation.

Balance in full is due sixty (60) days prior to check in.

Payment is online with credit card; Owner sends invoice.

Owner has a no refund policy however, Owner will reschedule based upon availability.


Owner's cancellation policy:

Cancelled bookings will not receive a refund.


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Location

Come experience for yourself what others have known for years! The Observatory is unique! It is not for everyone, but if it is for you - you are in for an experience like none other! It is a paradise for snow lovers and summer guests revel in the pristine outdoor setting whether in the canoes, hiking or just being with family and friends. Not the outdoorsy type? The inside is spectacular on it's own! A fireplace that is legendary, a chef's kitchen, views from literally every window that will take your breath away. The Observatory. Extremely. Comfortable. Backcountry.

 

Owner info

Year Purchased: 1974

About the owner: This is Matt Bowling. He is a long time Telluride local who IS The Observatory. So, what is The Observatory? What's the deal? In the summer of 1974, Jim Russell started to build the cabin along with the help of about 25 other young locals while living in the abandoned mining town of Alta. It earned it's name, The Observatory, by the many locals who have stayed there over the years...at 11,300 feet it's so close to the moon and stars! In 2010, Matt and his two brothers, were thrilled to purchase The Observatory from Papa Russell (Jim). Some improvements have been made; however, the soul, the essence of The Observatory remains unchanged. Matt aka "Mattie" and his loved-by-everyone-who-meets-her wife, Ana, live in Telluride proper. One of the brothers currently lives in Denver and the other is in Bogota, Colombia. It's a small family business and the Bowling brothers are committed to helping you make memories that you will cherish forever - whether you are a once in a lifetime guest or a guest that must have their fix of The Observatory repeated.

Why the Owner Chose Telluride, CO, USA:
There are truly but a few places in Colorado that can offer the beauty and remoteness that The Observatory offers. Lakes, meadows of wildflowers, forests, mushrooming, eagles soaring, wild life exploring...someone summed it up by saying 'Oh! THIS is where God goes on vacation!'. Whether you are seeking pure mountain solitude or an outdoor adventure, The Observatory is the perfect location.

The Unique Benefits at this Cabin:
Adjacent to the Telluride Ski Area, the Observatory is the perfect 'off-piste' back country lodge in the winter. Enjoyed by some of the top extreme skiers from around the world, it is family friendly as well! The Observatory is perfect for snowmobile, sledding, ski or star watching parties! The Observatory. Extremely. Comfortable. Backcountry.


Contact us

Speaks: english
Response time: Within 24 hours
Response Rate: 90%
Calendar last updated: 02/27/2017

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Photos

  • The Observatory in the winter - this is a classic photo!

    The Observatory in the winter - this is a classic photo!

  • Wintertime access is typically by snow-mobile.

    Wintertime access is typically by snow-mobile.

  • How gorgeous is the road up to The Observatory in the Fall?

    How gorgeous is the road up to The Observatory in the Fall?

  • Main living and dining area is spacious and comfortable.

    Main living and dining area is spacious and comfortable.

  • One of the coolest fireplaces ever built!

    One of the coolest fireplaces ever built!

  • The updated kitchen is well equipped.

    The updated kitchen is well equipped.

  • Second bedroom with a queen bed and two single beds.

    Second bedroom with a queen bed and two single beds.

  • Living area in loft; this overlooks the dining area.

    Living area in loft; this overlooks the dining area.

  • Full bathroom on the second floor.

    Full bathroom on the second floor.

  • The unique stained glass windows - one of the many details you will discover.

    The unique stained glass windows - one of the many details you will discover.

  • Stunning seclusion

    Stunning seclusion

  • The Observatory in summer - this keeps it all in perspective.

    The Observatory in summer - this keeps it all in perspective.

  • This British phone box is an eclectic addition to The Observatory.

    This British phone box is an eclectic addition to The Observatory.

  • The dining area and recently remodeled kitchen is the perfect gathering spot.

    The dining area and recently remodeled kitchen is the perfect gathering spot.

  • The family room comfortably seats a lot of people.

    The family room comfortably seats a lot of people.

  • Third-floor master bedroom with king-sized bed, fireplace and amazing views.

    Third-floor master bedroom with king-sized bed, fireplace and amazing views.

  • Large loft area with two full-sized bunk beds and living area.

    Large loft area with two full-sized bunk beds and living area.

  • View from loft to Kitchen.  Say hello to the moose!

    View from loft to Kitchen. Say hello to the moose!

  • The world-famous (yes, literally) agate-inlaid hot tub ajoins the sauna.

    The world-famous (yes, literally) agate-inlaid hot tub ajoins the sauna.

  • Situated near the base of Palmyra Peak; surrounded by national forest land.

    Situated near the base of Palmyra Peak; surrounded by national forest land.

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This listing was first published here in 2009.

Date last modified - Monday, February 27, 2017

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