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Private Home Lake Purgatory-Awesome Views-NEW RATES-Last Minute Specials

Bedrooms 4
Half Baths1
Space 4,000 sq ft
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 - 5 nights


About the property

House, 4 Bedrooms + Other (See Description), 3.5 Baths, (Sleeps 10)

The city of Durango and Durango Mountain Resort (Purgatory) in southwest Colorado is an area devoted to an active outdoor lifestyle. Nestled in the San Juan National Forest, this western town is where the high desert meets the high alpine.

Blackjack Lodge sits atop sloping cliffs overlooking Lake Purgatory, with sweeping views of the Hermosa Cliffs, Spud, Engineer and Needles Mountains from its large picture windows. Surrounded by groves of pine and aspen trees, it affords complete privacy, though conveniently located just one mile south of Durango Mountain Resort.

The large, open-plan family room has stunning views, a massive wood burning, sandstone fireplace and state-of-the-art entertainment complete with Sony 51' Surround Sound TV, DVD/CD, VCR and Stereo. A second family room (or the 'Bear Den') with 2-Twin Trundle Bed, TV, DVD, a regulation-size billiard table and also a ping-pong table is located in the basement, adjacent to the fourth bedroom which is outfitted with two sets of bunk beds and the location makes it an ideal room for the kids. All king and queen beds have Modal linens and goose down comforters to ensure a cozy and comfortable night's rest!

A wonderful bonus after a day of outdoor activities is the Hot Springs Spa 6 person hot tub on the covered deck. Luxuriate in its soothing warmth while taking in the stunning lake and mountain views and cool, clean mountain air. At night, the stars seem almost touchable.

Our home is that wonderful combination of rusticity and luxury. The bedrooms are comfortable and private and the family areas are well appointed with fine leather couches. Ceiling fans in every room and radiant-heated floors make it comfortable throughout the year. Our location offers you a choice between the dozens of activities available in the area, or complete seclusion - whichever kind of vacation you seek.

Keywords: Lakefront Lodge


More Details

McGregor Converse
Member since: 2000
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 an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
September 22, 2018

About McGregor Converse

Commercial Real Estate Broker in the Dallas Ft Worth and North Texas area representing national developers and tenants looking for new development and new business locations. Love all outdoor recreation, especially in Southwest Colorado.

McGregor Converse purchased this house in 2003

Why McGregor Converse chose Columbine Lake (Purgatory Lake Drive)

The Durango area and the San Juan National Forest are one of the most beautiful places on earth. The affordable price of real estate and potential for appreciation help in the realization of a life long dream.

What makes this house unique

You will bask in the peacefulness and luxury of seclusion at The Blackjack Lodge. The amenities are wonderful to enjoy at your home away from home. The views are amazing of the surrounding mountains and you feel like you could almost touch the stars at night!

Guestbook comments from the owner


We had a terrific week here at the Blackjack Lodge. There was plenty of snow for skiing, we even got snowed in one day however we needed the break from the slopes. The views out of all windows is fantastic. My family had a great time. Thank you for allowing us the opportunity to enjoy your home.
Apr 2005
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Columbine Lake (Purgatory Lake Drive) House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 4000 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 10
  • Min. age of primary renter: 25
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets considered ...
  • Non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Lake View
  • Lakefront ...
  • Mountain View ...
  • Broadband Access ...
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace
  • Free Long Distance ...
  • Garage ...
  • Gas Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
    Bathroom 3 -
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10
  • King size beds (1), Queen size Beds (2),, Bunk Beds (2), 2 twin trundle A Baby Crib May be available upon request.
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Game Room
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Pool Table
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • VCR
  • Deck / Patio
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Outdoor Grill
Pool / Spa:
  • Hot Tub ...
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • live theater
  • museums
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • ruins
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hot air ballooning
  • hunting
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • rafting
  • rock climbing
  • skiing
  • snowboarding
  • snowmobiling
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • whitewater rafting
Two Family Rooms, Hot Springs Spa Hot Tub, Billiard Table, Wood-burning Gas Fireplace, Phones (FREE local & long distance within USA & Canada), High-Speed Internet (DSL) Connection, Sony 51' Surround Sound Big Screen TV, Satellite Direct TV, DVD/CD Player, Toaster Oven, Coffeemaker, Blender, Cookware, Plates, Glasses, Silverware, Full-size Washer and Dryer, One-car Garage, Gas Grill (barbecue), No Pets please.


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average rating of 4.8070173 based on 60 reviews

Wonderful vacation in a lovely location!

  • 5 of 5

Our family from Texas visited Blackjack Lodge during the third week of June. This very large, extremely private, well designed home with lake access was perfect for our family of 9. Our kids especially loved the downstairs game area and the lake access with a canoe!! The master bedroom/bath are amazing! The views are beautiful! Being between Durango and Silverton (and across from Purgatory ski resort) made it convenient to enjoy many outdoor adventures in this gorgeous area. Also, the owner, McGregor Converse, is very kind to deal with. Would highly recommend this rental. Thank you for sharing your home with us!

  • Submitted: Jun 24, 2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you all for staying with us and for your lovely review. Please come back soon!
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Great Cabin, big, very clean, nice views, lake near by, we spent a great time!

  • 5 of 5

We enjoyed our stay! I would definitely recommend this place! Lots of things to do outdoors and indoors including pool table and ping pong. Lake is within walkable distance and with beautiful views. Lots of rooms, good for big groups. Owners were easily reachable for any questions. We spent a great time!

  • Submitted: Sep 21, 2018
  • Stayed: September 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you all for staying with us, so glad you enjoyed yourselves. Come back soon.
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Denver, co

Stunning View!

  • 4 of 5

All in all, this was a great vacation. I planned this trip with some family, some came from out of town, most of us were from Denver. We wanted to come out near Durango so we could take the train from Durango to Silverton. Since it’s a 6 Hour drive from Denver I decided to rent a house for everyone to stay in. The price was great for 10 of us to stay here!

Getting there:

My GPS freaked out and we went the wrong direction once we got on purgatory drive. Just take a right before you go over the little bridge and it will take you right to it.

The house:

The house was pretty cool. It’s likely that no matter where I went, my stuck up aunt from California would have found some way to complain about it. I did agree with her on a couple of things.

1. The bathrooms could use a good scrub down and we found trash under the beds. So the cleaning crew did a less than perfect job.

2. Carpet really needs to be replaced ( I imagine it’s hard to keep clean when people who rent it don’t care much about property because they don’t own it.)

3. Everyone in my family said the beds were uncomfortable. They were.

We used the pool table and ping pong table in between fishing and canoeing. We never got bored.


The hot tub didn’t work when we got there but they had someone come out within hours and fixed it all up. I’m glad we had them do that because we were in it all the time. The hot tub out on the deck overlooks the lake and you really can’t beat that view. We especially enjoyed the hot tub in a torrential downpour! The hike down to the lake from the house was pretty steep, two of my family members could not make it because of knee issues. My 70-year-old dad made it down but took a tumble by the water. He was fine, but I was wondering what I would have done if he had gotten hurt down there! Yikes! Be careful!

My family was raving about the trip the moment we packed up and none of us wanted to leave. I highly recommend staying here. One of the best parts about is the communication with the owner. McGregor is very responsive! If the cleaning crew had done their job right, I probably would have given this cabin five stars.

All my friends asked me where this beautiful place was that I posted on Facebook. It’s quite stunning. Book a trip

Here you will be glad you did!

  • Submitted: Sep 7, 2018
  • Stayed: August 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Greatest Place to Stay in Durango, CO

  • 5 of 5

The view from this place is breathtaking. The location of this place is secluded giving you all the privacy you want and amongst a ton of wildlife. We really enjoyed seeing deer everyday, a marmot, and about 40 hummingbirds on the back porch while sitting in the hot tub and looking out at the lake. I also caught a large Rainbow Trout out of the private lake that is below the property. This is our 3rd trip to this property and won't be our last. Owner is fantastic to deal with and quick to respond. I would give it 10 stars if VRBO would let me.

  • Submitted: Jul 27, 2018
  • Stayed: July 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Amazing experience

  • 5 of 5

I have to write a review because dealing with McGregor Converse was amazing. My teenage boys were instructed to narrow down my search for vacation homes in Durango and they all independently of each other came up with this house. It was my favorite as well during my search!!!! The only issue was that the wildfires prevented us from ever getting to it!!! The only road to the home was closed by the Fire Dept. the reason I am writing this review is to talk about the strong character of the home owner. We stayed in contact before flying out from Florida and during the whole week trying to make this rental work. Unfortunately, we were never able to make it to the home and had to find alternative stays at multiple hotels though out Utah and Colorado. We had every intention to get to this amazing house even if it was only for 1/2 the time and McGregor was willing to make anything work. In the end, he gave me a total refund despite the fact that I was an idiot and did not get trip insurance. to me, that is enough reason to ONLY consider this rental in the future when we head back out to Durango for skiing or the summer!!!!!

  • Submitted: Jun 21, 2018
  • Stayed: June 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: It was a pleasure to deal with you as well Bob. Mother Nature deals a crazy hand sometimes and you all made the best of things. Thankfully the area is getting back to normal, the Resort and National Forest are back open for business. A big thanks to our firefighters, the Durango community and to God.
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Best Purgatory Family Rental!

  • 5 of 5

Our family has enjoyed an annual ski trip for a decade, and the last 5 years has been in Purgatory. This is far and away the best rental home we've stayed in for many reasons. Primarily it is the most stocked home we've stayed in...only needed to bring our food. Additionally, we LOVED having the entire lower level for our grandkids to sleep and play in. It provided a nice separation which made for a really enjoyable experience for all. Finally, we were blessed with lots of snow that was promptly and routinely plowed allowing us easy and safe travel to the ski resort.

Thank you, McGregor, for sharing your home with us!

The Ted and Jenny Hess extended family of 10!

  • Submitted: Feb 24, 2018
  • Stayed: February 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
42 Miles
Durango La Plata County Airport
Nearest Barpub
0.6 Miles
Sow's Ear and The Old School House
Nearest Golf
15 Miles
Glazier Club, Dalton Ranch
Nearest Train
28 Miles
Durango Silverton Railroad
Nearest Motorway
0.4 Miles
Highway 550
Nearest Restaurant
0.6 Miles
Sow's Ear and The Old School House
Nearest Ski
1 Miles
Durango Mountain Resort - Purgatory Ski Resort
Nearest Point of Interest
Durango Mountain Resort
Nearest Point of Interest
Lake Purgatory
Nearest Point of Interest
Downtown Durango
Nearest Point of Interest
Rockwood Depot
Nearest Point of Interest
Zip Line - Soaring Tree Top Adventures
Nearest Point of Interest
Narrow Gauge Railroad
Nearest Point of Interest
Rafting - Jeep Tours - Mild to Wild Rafting
Nearest Point of Interest
Silverton, CO
Nearest Point of Interest
Ouray, CO
Nearest Point of Interest
Mesa Verde
Car: recommended

Narrow Gauge Railway, Mesa Verde Ruins, Durango Purgatory Resort


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning $300
Pet Fee $100
Refundable damage deposit $250

Weekly Rental Rates Quoted include One Night Free.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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