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Alta Lakes Observatory; Rustic Mountain Cabin outside Telluride

Telluride, CO, USA
  • Cabin2400 sq. ft.
  • Bedrooms2
  • Sleeps12
  • Bathrooms1
  • Half Baths1
  • Mininum StayNone

High Altitude Lakefront 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. The Observatory. Extremely. Comfortable. Backcountry. 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! Keywords:


Alta Lakes Observatory

  • Member Since 2004
  • Response rate: 100%
  • Response time: within one day
  • Speaks: english


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


      • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 12
      • Loft
        2 bunk bed, Bunk beds are full size (sleeps 4).
      • Bedroom 2 - The Sunshine Room
        1 queen, 2 twin/ single, Private deck; breathtaking view!
      • Bedroom 1 - The Wilson Room
        1 king, Fireplace; amazing views and very spacious!
      • 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.


      • 1 Bathroom, 1 Half Bath
      • Bathroom 1
        toilet, Located on the first floor.
      • Bathroom 1
        toilet, shower, Recently renovated with 2 shower heads; on the 2nd floor.
      • 1.5

      Location Type

        • Lakefront
        • Mountain View
        • Rural
          High clearance vehicle recommended (does not have to be 4WD) as 5 mile mountain road is not maintained.
        • Ski-In
          Back Country from Bald Gate.
        • Ski-Out
          Back Country.


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


                • Guests provide their own meals


                    • Mobile Phone
                      Cell phone repeater in the cabin
                    • Air Conditioning
                      We don't have it because we don't need it.
                    • Hair Dryer
                    • Heating
                    • Internet
                      Wifi is available at an additional charge of $20/day.
                    • Linens Provided
                    • Clothes Dryer
                    • Parking
                      Limited parking; no more than 6 vehicles in the drive at any time.
                    • Telephone
                      There is a cell phone booster and a landline.
                    • Towels Provided
                    • Washing Machine
                    • Wood Fireplace
                      One of the most spectacular fireplaces ever! The one in the Wilson room (the master) is also incredible!


                        • Microwave
                          Under counter.
                        • Catering Available
                          We are happy to provide referrals for our guests.
                        • Cooking Utensils
                        • Dishes & Utensils
                        • Dishwasher
                        • Kitchen
                        • Coffee Maker
                        • Oven
                          Double; Convection
                        • Pantry Items
                          We supply some basics! We can also stock the pantry for you!
                        • Refrigerator
                        • Stove
                        • Toaster


                            • Dining
                              Comfortable seating for 10 at the table; 2 additional spots at the island counter on stools.
                            • Dining Area


                                • Books
                                • CD Player
                                • DVD Player
                                • Games
                                • Satellite / Cable
                                • Stereo
                                • Television
                                  DirecTV. If there is a pay per view event you want you pay Owner directly or by a separate invoice.
                                • Video Library


                                    • Balcony
                                    • Deck / Patio
                                    • Kayak / Canoe
                                      We provide canoes (2) and paddles.
                                    • Outdoor Grill
                                      We have the propane tanks for your use.
                                    • Ski & Snowboard
                                    • Water Sports Gear
                                      We have 2 stand up paddle boards for your enjoyment.

                                      Pool / Spa

                                        • Hot Tub
                                          Brand new in 2017 - it's outside and is spectacular!
                                        • Sauna

                                          Leisure Activities

                                            • boating
                                            • photography
                                            • sledding
                                            • wildlife viewing

                                              Sports & Adventure Activities

                                                • mountain biking
                                                • cross country skiing
                                                • hiking
                                                • hunting
                                                • kayaking
                                                • fishing
                                                • mountain climbing
                                                • mountaineering
                                                • skiing
                                                • snowboarding
                                                • snowmobiling


                                                    • 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. The Observatory. Extremely. Comfortable. Backcountry.

                                                      House Rules

                                                      Check-in: 4:00 PM

                                                      Check-out: 11:00 AM

                                                      Cancellation Policy

                                                      Canceled bookings will not receive a refund

                                                      21 Reviews


                                                      Latest reviews

                                                      Absoutely amazing!

                                                      We had the most amazing stay at The Observatory. Our entire group loved the cabin and the surroundings. The Observatory is truly a special place. We enjoyed the hot tub, star gazing, spending time on the lake, hiking around, and had a great time in town for Blues and Brews. It was a fantastic weekend! We definitely plan to come back, especially in the winter. Thanks again for sharing such a special place!
                                                      Oct 30, 2017
                                                      Sep 2017


                                                      We picked the Observatory for our wedding based on pictures we found online. We had no clue how perfect this decision was! The first time we drove the dirt road up, we kept smiling and saying, this is where we're getting married? It can't get better. But every little bit we went up, it got better! That spot was absolutely incredible!! Matt showed us a spot up the hill from the old truck we ended up using as our ceremony spot. It was perfect. Our families and guests LOVED it as well. I don't think there was anything negative about the weekend at all. It was a bit rainy but even then, it didn't matter and didn't detract from the weekend. The house itself is comfortable and the kitchen is really well done. The drive isn't that bad and shouldn't be an issue for most people! We're glad to have been able to experience this location for our wedding and know we'll be back for years to come!
                                                      Aug 24, 2017
                                                      Jul 2017

                                                      This Place is Incredible!

                                                      Alta Lakes Observatory is a magical place. Nestled in the back side of Telluride Ski Resort, with a private lake, and tons of hiking/skiing routes, this place is perfect for the adventure seeker; or someone who just wants to go relax! It is a good drive to the house from town, but once you get up there you don't want to leave! Tons of wildlife, a beautiful house and private lake with canoes, and tons of access to hiking during the summer or skiing during the winter. This place has a rich history in Colorado, and is an amazing vacation. We cannot wait to go back.
                                                      Aug 18, 2017
                                                      Jul 2017

                                                      A Storybook High Altitude Rustic and Luxurious Mountain Cabin in the Backcountry of Telluride CO

                                                      We spent a few days and a couple magical nights at the Observatory at Alta Lakes with my brother-in-law and sister-in-law. Our mountainman concierge, the unflappable and resilient "Matty Ice" was also our adventurous snowmobile tour guide, sharing remarkable and electrifying stories of human history, wildlife and mountain lore. On two of the nights he snowmobiled in Chef Patrick of Wine Geek Food Freak (great guy) for spectacular evenings of 5 course dinners with 5 wine pairings, as we stayed toasty by the crackling and roaring fire in the giant stone fireplace, while laughing, telling stories over a background of Continental Jazz and a good mix of the Argentina/France Gotan Project. Mornings were spent snowshoeing around the lake and area or with a bit of fireside reading at sunrise followed by delicious breakfasts, and afternoons at full throttle trying to keep up with my hilarious but fearless beast of a brother in law "shredding the gnar" on snowmobiles at 11,300ft+. We also had some more sublime, but absolutely magical snowglobe-like snowmobile tours through and above the treeline in a mountain snow storm. The cabin is everything you would dream of in it's rustic and quirky nature, mountain luxury, and perfect location. There is an O2 generating machine should you feel the effects of altitude or just want a bit of a boost. There is a beautiful fully functional kitchen with higher end stainless appliances and cabinets full of all the pots, pans, and utensils necessary for any meal preparation. The two bedrooms are spacious and relaxing with private decks. The master bedroom has another stone fire place. There is even a loft area with bunk beds and a couch, so there is plenty of room for a small to medium size group to spread out and have their own space. We really hope to return this summer and then again next winter for more adventure and active relaxation. Spectacular, secluded, rustic and mountain-luxurious! Thanks Matty Ice and Nicole, talk to you soon!!!
                                                      Mar 24, 2017
                                                      Feb 2017


                                                      Our 2nd year to stay at the Observatory! Fell in love last year and had to come for another week! Great hiking, so romantic, secluded...BEAUTIFUL! We will be back!
                                                      Aug 05, 2016
                                                      Jul 2016

                                                      Perfect Honeymoon Escape

                                                      We visited Alta Lakes Observatory for our "mini-moon" and it was amazing. It was the perfect quiet retreat that we needed right after our wedding. As you can see from the pictures the location is spectacular and extremely secluded. I highly suggest a high clearance vehicle if you are visiting in the summer and will be driving up to the house. While 4 wheel drive is not necessary, the road has lots of very large potholes and high clearance will make the drive in much more enjoyable. We pre-planned a few days worth of meals and picked up groceries in Telluride before heading out to the Observatory. The Observatory sits above 11,300 ft in elevation, thus altitude sickness is something to keep an eye out for. Luckily, we were not affected. We rented inflatable paddle boards and also brought them out to the Observatory....which was really fun! We also hired Metamorphic Massage out of Telluride to come out to the house one day for a couples massage! And we hiked! The whole trip was really fantastic! Matty was extremely knowledgeable about property and was available by text to answer all of our questions. Nicole was so friendly and helpful in the booking process. I cannot recommend this place enough. And might be planning a return trip already!
                                                      Oct 20, 2015
                                                      Sep 2015


                                                      Telluride, CO, USA

                                                      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, stand up paddle boards, 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.

                                                      21 Reviews

                                                      Exceptional 5/5

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