Alta Lakes Observatory; Rustic Mountain Cabin Outside Telluride(17 Reviews)
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- Minimum stay:1 night
- Property type:Cabin
- Pets considered:Yes
- Wheel chair accessible:N/A
About the Property
Cabin, 2 Bedrooms + Loft, 1.5 Baths, (Sleeps 10-12)
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
- 2400 sq. ft.
- Vacation Rental
- Guests Provide Their Own Meals
- Events Allowed
- Non Smoking Only
- Pets Considered
Bedrooms: 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 12, Beds for 10-12
Bathrooms: 1 Bathroom, 1 Half Bathroom
- 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
- CD Player
- DVD Player
- Satellite / Cable
- Video Library
- Away From It All
- Sports & Activities
- Tourist Attractions
- Horseback Riding
- Wildlife Viewing
Sports & Adventure Activities
- Cross Country Skiing
- Mountain Biking
- Rock Climbing
- Dining Area
- Linens Provided
- Mobile Phone:
- Catering Available
- Coffee Maker
- Cooking Utensils
- Dishes & Utensils
Pool / Spa
- Hot Tub
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My Standard Rate
1 night min stay
Additional information about rental rates
- Optional Wifi (per day) $20
- Pet Fee $50
- Cleaning Fee $200
- Taxes Not included
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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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.
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.
- Primary: 970-239-0027
- Secondary: 404-226-5186
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The Observatory in the winter - this is a classic photo!
Wintertime access is typically by snow-mobile.
How gorgeous is the road up to The Observatory in the Fall?
Main living and dining area is spacious and comfortable.
One of the coolest fireplaces ever built!
The updated kitchen is well equipped.
Second bedroom with a queen bed and two single beds.
Living area in loft; this overlooks the dining area.
Full bathroom on the second floor.
The unique stained glass windows - one of the many details you will discover.
The Observatory in summer - this keeps it all in perspective.
This British phone box is an eclectic addition to The Observatory.
The dining area and recently remodeled kitchen is the perfect gathering spot.
The family room comfortably seats a lot of people.
Third-floor master bedroom with king-sized bed, fireplace and amazing views.
Large loft area with two full-sized bunk beds and living area.
View from loft to Kitchen. Say hello to the moose!
The world-famous (yes, literally) agate-inlaid hot tub ajoins the sauna.
Situated near the base of Palmyra Peak; surrounded by national forest land.
This listing was first published here in 2009.
Date last modified - Monday, February 27, 2017
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