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Secluded Animas River View Retreat

Bedrooms 4
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 nights


About the property

House, 4 Bedrooms + Sleeping Porch, 3 Baths, (Sleeps 2-13), 3 twin rollaways,etc

Awesome views 360----Custom built 3100 square foot/3 level home (4 bedroom/3 bath - sleeps 13) situated on a private 3 1/2 acre parcel covered with cedar and pinon trees and overlooking the Animas River and the spectacular Rocky Mountains to the north. Durango, CO, Farmington, NM, and Navajo Lake are nearby. All three within 30 minutes. Enjoy the beautiful sunrises and sunsets. Watch the deer/wild life cross the river down below. We have a variety of birds ranging from sandhill crane to bald eagles to the small ones.

Bring your sleeping bags (we have 2 inflatable mattress) to sleep on the raised deck(s) and hear the river below. This home is completely furnished with all appliances (all you bring is the food) including w/d, enjoy 47" flat screen tv with DISH 250 channels/SIRIUS music with speakers wired throughout the home and deck, exercise equipment and a pool table. Pets are welcome with prior approval. For the adventuresome, hike to the river below.

Just minutes away from world class fishing, rafting, golfing, mountain biking (The Alien Trail just 10 minutes away - my favorite), boating, hiking, skiing, and cultural activities. Take the train to Silverton----Durango is just minutes away. Or if you just want a nice place to stay for comfort and relaxation, this is your ticket. You won't be disappointed. Great place for family reunions--child friendly! Plan your next stay with us!

Keywords: House---A very private custom delight!

More Details

Gary Wimsatt
Member since: 2009
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a day
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
March 14, 2018

About Gary Wimsatt

We are life long residents of the area and we personally built this home in 1998. We built the home wherein you capture views from all of the windows. It is peaceful and quiet and we believe it has probably has one, if not the best, panoramic views in San Juan County.

Gary Wimsatt purchased this house in 1998

Why Gary Wimsatt chose Aztec

Well, it is centrally located in the 4 cornere area and is located between the towns of Durango, CO and Farmington, NM---both only 25 minutes away. It is also close to the CO/NM border and the snow melts once you cross the state line:)

What makes this house unique

You may hike to the river below if you so desire to fish and/or just simply would enjoy a river walk. We have one of the best mountain bike trails in the country "The Alien" (also, a historical space ship crash/site recorded in 1948 and kept secret by the US Gov't)---just 5 miles down the road. "Aztec Ruins" is just 10 minutes away. And for the Durango enthusiasts; San Juan 'Quality Waters' fisherman; golfers; rafters; skiers, etc...., you are just 30 or less minutes away----all the amenities of the 4 corners are nearby as this home is centrally located.


Aztec House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM / Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 11
  • pets considered
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Mountain View
  • Water View
  • Air Conditioning
  • Broadband Access
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Gas Fireplace
  • Linens Provided
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer
  • Washing Machine
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Dining Area
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
    Bathroom 3 -
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 11
  • Queen Bed (1), Double Beds (3), Sleep Sofa or Futons (2)
  • Pool Table
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo
  • Balcony ...
  • Deck / Patio
  • Outdoor Grill
  • wheelchair accessible
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • museums
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • boating
  • horseback riding
  • horseshoes
  • miniature golf
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • fitness center
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • racquetball
  • rafting
  • rock climbing
  • sailing
  • skiing
  • snowboarding
  • snowmobiling
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing


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Secluded Animas River View Retreat
average rating of 4.785714 based on 14 reviews
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Perfect for any vacation or work event! The cabin is amazing

  • 5 of 5

It was spacious and had everything we needed! We were very pleased and comfortable! Gary was very welcoming and easy to get a hold of for anything we needed. I would recommend this place for anyone!

  • Submitted: Feb 11, 2018
  • Stayed: February 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: We had good dialogue with Calder prior, during and after his stay. His group was thoughtful and respectful of the place and would be a blessing for future hosts.
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Hot Rock Hogs

  • 5 of 5

Absolutely beautiful home and setting. Gary was a welcoming, friendly, helpful host. GREAT experience!

  • Submitted: Aug 3, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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The place needs a good cleaning.

  • 3 of 5

It is disappointing that such a nice home with such a great view is not being kept up with from a cleanliness perspective. If it gets cleaned up I will stay there again.

  • Submitted: Mar 23, 2017
  • Stayed: March 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: I feel most certain our departing guest is referring to the carpet. It had some bad carpet stains from the previous guests and I was not able to address them professionally. Rest assured, that issue will be addressed and I am sorry for your disappointment. This is our first unfavorable review since being in business for almost 10 years. We welcome any other concerns you might have as we always look to improve our place.
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Nice house. Great view.

  • 4 of 5

Great location. Awesome view.

  • Submitted: Jul 18, 2016
  • Stayed: July 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Spacious, spectacular views and well maintained

  • 5 of 5

Plenty of space for everyone to enjoy family time or quiet time. Kitchen well equipped and setup for cooking and buffet serving.

Owner very responsive when contacted. Views are spectacular, look forward to returning in the spring.

Location is perfect close to major highway yet set back so you don't have the traffic noise.

Grocery store, restaurants and other services minutes away.

  • Submitted: Jan 7, 2016
  • Stayed: December 2015
  • Source: Vacation Rentals, from HomeAway
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Wonderful Views

  • 5 of 5

I am the uncle my nieces and nephews came to visit. I stayed with them for three days. This is an amazing property with great views. I would like to live in this house and would buy it if is for sale.

  • Submitted: Jul 11, 2015
  • Stayed: June 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
25 Miles
Durango, CO
Nearest Barpub
10 Miles
Aztec, NM
Nearest Golf
25 Miles
Pinon Hills
Nearest Train
25 Miles
Durango to Silverton
Nearest Motorway
1 Miles
Hwy 550
Nearest Restaurant
10 Miles
Aztec, NM
Nearest Ski
50 Miles
Durango Resorts

Aztec Ruins (10 mi.), Chaco Canyon Ruins (40 to 50 mi.), Mesa Verde Ruins (60 to 70 mi.)are all within reach. Alien mountain bike trail 5 miles away.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning fee $185 + Tax
Tax Rate 7.5%

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 7 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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