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South Fork Retreat, Ski, Fish, Hike, Photograph, Magnificent Views

Bedrooms 2
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 - 5 nights


About the property

House, 2 Bedrooms + Sunroom w Queen Hidabed, 2 Baths, (Sleeps 6-8)

This unusual property provides a unique setting for a memorable vacation. Whether you are an artist, photographer, sportsperson, or someone who just wants to relax, this home will meet your needs.

Its location, adjacent to National Forest and near the San Luis and Rio Grande valleys, makes a vast array of recreational activities easily accessible and the house itself provides a relaxing and comfortable environment with ever-changing mountain vistas outside and quality art prints inside.

For the chef, it includes a well-equipped kitchen where you can indulge your creative culinary instincts.

For the artist or photographer, it provides magnificent mountain views and night stars from the outside deck, from the dining room, the sunroom and the master bedroom. It also provides some inspiration in the form of Jerry Schurr, Wilbur Streech and Ten prints, an original steel dragon sculpture, and an antique tricycle.

For the outdoor person, it borders USFS land for hiking, snowshoeing, and biking. It is a convenient 18 miles from the fabulous powder skiing provided by Wolf Creek Ski area. And for the fishermen/women, not only is guided float fishing available within a few miles of our front door, but our guests have access to our community fish pond and to the bank of the South Fork of the Rio Grande River.

For those seeking some excitement, raft or paddle the Rio Grande on your own or under the care of nearby guides.

For the golfer, it is a short drive to the highly acclaimed Rio Grande Club golf course.

For the person that desires to relax, we have a first-floor sunroom and a comfortable master suite on the second floor. There, you can doze in a comfy king-sized bed, read in a sun-lit nook, or take a relaxing soak in the Jacuzzi tub.

For the road warrior businessperson that needs to bring along some work or stay connected to home, wired and wireless access to the internet is provided.

First Floor Rooms: Theater/Family; Kitchen; Dining Room; Office; Sun Room (pullout queen bed); Bath; and Porch. The family room is adjacent to the kitchen and features a large screen TV with cable connection and surround sound. The kitchen is well-equipped and features a commercial gas cook top, double oven, microwave, and an outdoor gas grill. The dining room and sun room provide mountain vistas. The office provides wired or wireless internet. The south facing porch provides a warm and sunny location to relax, read or watch the birds, and wraps to the west for watching the sunset.

Second Floor Rooms: Master bedroom (1 king + 1 queen futon bed) with walk-in closet and treadmill; Master bath with Jacuzzi tub, shower, toilet and bidet; Guest bedroom (1 queen bed)

Top Floor: Exercise/play room with Concept II rowing machine and children's play area with board games.

Garage: Detached, two-car

Keywords: Residential, Retreat, Vacation Home, Borders USFS Land, River Fishing Access, Fish Pond, Easy Paved Access,

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Chet Pauls
Member since: 2009
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
March 3, 2018

About Chet Pauls

Of all the places I have lived, Colorado is my favorite, and within Colorado, South Fork has to be one of the very best places to enjoy the awesome beauty of Mother Nature. I hope you have the opportunity to spend some time here. It will invigorate your spirit!

My name is Chet Pauls and I hope to retire with my partner Kathryn in the South Fork area one of these days in the near future. I grew up in Linden, New Jersey, attended undergraduate school in Milwaukee, Wisconsin and then entered the Air Force as an environmental engineer. I was stationed at Mather AFB, California; Brooks AFB, Texas; Tuy Hoa AB, Viet Nam; Griffiss AFB, New York, University of Florida in Gainesville, Florida, McClellan AFB, California and Washington, DC. In 1979, a commission in the United States Public Health Service was accepted and I was assigned to the Environmental Protection Agency in Washington, DC. There, I worked in the Safe Drinking Water Program until 1990, when I was selected for a position in Region 8, EPA in Denver, Colorado. In 1997, I was hired by the State of Colorado, Department of Public Health and Environment and currently I work part time in their Safe Drinking Water Program.

I have now lived in Colorado for longer than any other location – it is now my home.

Chet Pauls purchased this house in 2005

Why Chet Pauls chose South Fork

I chose South Fork for its recreational opportunities, for its rural flavor and associated wildlife and it’s ever changing beauty. For the winter, Wolf Creek ski area is located just 18 miles west on Highway 160 and boasts the most and the finest natural powder skiing in all of Colorado. We can snowshoe directly off our porch and into the adjacent Forest Service land. Occasionally, we get the desire to utilize motorized winter transportation and this area provides many opportunities to quench that desire. In the spring, summer and fall we hike the nearby wilderness areas, watch the birds and other abundant wildlife, practice our photography, and this year, ran the Rio Grande from Coller State Wildlife area to South Fork in our canoe. We have seen moose at Hunter Lake, Bear at Wagon Wheel Gap, bobcat at Coller State Wildlife area, deer and coyote in our yard, and elk in the meadow at the south end of our street. I have even committed to taking a fly fishing lesson to experience the challenge of outsmarting a gold medal trout in the near-by Rio Grande. The scenery is always changing – from snow covered peaks in the winter, lime green aspen of the spring, multicolored wildflowers of the summer and the gold of the fall aspen. And no matter what time of year, the sky is always magnificent: whether it is the clear blue of the morning sky, the stars from the brilliant Milky Way or known constellations, ephemeral bright shooting stars, the recurring but never-the-same shapes and hue of the moon, the changing clouds and storm fronts with their lightning and thunder, or the daily dosido between sun and clouds by day and the mountain's crest in the evening. Finally, there is the darkness - the moonless sky on a clear night sparkles with the stars and the Milky Way. It can't be adequately described, you have to see it for yourself.

What makes this house unique

The beauty and recreational opportunities available nearby make a vacation in South Fork memorable. You can ski, hike, bike, boat, fish, hunt, bird watch, read, photograph, star gaze, antique, theater, concert, jeep, or railroad to your heart’s content, and this particular house provides benefits that enhance your experience: It is beautifully finished and maintained; it is quiet; it provides amenities to sooth your spirit, like a Jacuzzi tub, or wonderful mountain views and king sized beds. It provides the opportunity to relax with your favorite media entertainment, or to experiment with your culinary skills in a fully equipped kitchen with commercial gas cook top, double oven and outdoor gas-fired grill. If the children come, you can relax while they play games in a safe place, distantly upstairs. Or you can work out on the Concept II rowing machine. And if you must stay in touch or do some work, wired and wireless internet access are available. When night comes, you can use our telescope to appreciate some of the constellations more intimately.


South Fork House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 3:00 PM / Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • children welcome ...
  • pets not allowed ...
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Mountain View ...
  • Ski-In ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Broadband Access
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Fitness Room / Equipment ...
  • Garage ...
  • Gas Fireplace
  • Internet
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • King size beds (1) Also a Queen Futon in MBR suite in addition to the California King Sized bed- The Futon is the BEST location for star watching while dozing off!, Queen size Beds (1), Sleep Sofa or Futons (1) Located in the Sun Room on ground level
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Music Library ...
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • VCR
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Outdoor Grill
  • limited accessibility ...
Pool / Spa:
  • jetted tub
  • churches
  • library
  • live theater
  • museums
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • horseback riding
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • laundromat
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • rafting
  • rock climbing
  • skiing
  • snowboarding
  • snowmobiling
  • whitewater rafting
Fishing pond, River access for fishing, Concept II Professional Quality Rowing Machine, Snow sleds, Telescope, Maps and local guide books


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South Fork Retreat, Ski, Fish, Hike, Photograph, Magnificent Views
average rating of 4.8 based on 5 reviews
Cleveland, Texas

Beautiful and very relaxing!!

  • 5 of 5

It was a beautiful location with lots of room. I loved the open kitchen plenty! I would definitely recommend Staying at this property😘?

  • Submitted: Jan 19, 2018
  • Stayed: December 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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A fantastic Colorado vacation home

  • 4 of 5

The views of the snow covered mountains are breathtaking. We loved the Viking kitchen appliances and even took pictures Overall the accommodations were very comfortable and relaxing. I highly recommend this home.

  • Submitted: Jan 4, 2017
  • Stayed: December 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Oklahoma, USA

Great place

  • 5 of 5

Comfortable home, wonderful kitchen, excellent view!

  • Submitted: Jul 7, 2015
  • Stayed: June 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Comfortable Event

  • 5 of 5

This is a class home, and the owner makes you feel so welcome. I loved the fact that there were notes to help you use and utilize the home as if you were there before. Those kinds of help take away the confusion of staying.

I really enjoyed having a garage, since then I did not need to put the top on the jeep every night. Wonderful place to stay, or live forever if you wanted to.

  • Submitted: Oct 4, 2013
  • Stayed: September 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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New York City

Great Place!!!

  • 5 of 5

This was a fantastic place to spend a ski week! A quick 17 miles from Wolf Creek and the house and amenities were awesome. The owner was great to work with and everything went off without a hitch. I highly recomend staying here.

  • Submitted: Feb 5, 2013
  • Stayed: January 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Car: recommended

Community fishing pond,

Bank access to the South Fork of the Rio Grande for fishing


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $150
Damage Insurance $59
Damage Deposit $300

Renter may elect to pay for property damage protection as offered by VRBO at $49.00
or provide a $300.00 refundable security deposit

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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