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We often sled, ski, and snowmobile into early Apr., right out the front door.

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Last updated: 09/22/2016
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  • Minimum stay:2-3 nights
  • Internet:No
  • Pets considered:No
  • Wheel chair accessible:No

Property description


Nestled in the dense forests of the Sangre de Cristo Range of Colorado's Rocky Mountains. Off I-25 west of Walsenburg and east of Ft.Garland, Forbes Park is a private gated community encompassing over 13000 acres of fenced and protected land. Over 5000 acres of which is commons land, preserved for residents use and can never be built on or developed. Our cabin is located approximately 13 miles into the rear of the park on a well maintained dirt road. A short walk to the San Isabel National Forest Trail head. Far from 'all' the civilized world's distractions. We offer birding, hiking, and wildlife viewing. Miles of cross country skiing and snowmobiling from the front door on seldom plowed roads and old logging trails, which we seldom see anyone on for most of the winter months.
Off the grid, total solar, not even 'connected' to the world.
Abundant wildlife, including Elk, Deer, Bear, Porcupine, Bobcat, Turkey, and Mountain Lion, all of which have been observed 'on' the property. Interested in the bull elk you saw? Not here, but you can meet him on his turf just up the trail and into the National Forest. Hunting is permitted there and we know the folks you need to know for assistance with game ventures during the seasons. NOTE: Forbes Park Landowners Association restricts access to the national forest from the park. All Colorado hunting regulations are supported and enforced! Absolutely no hunting or discharging of any weapon is allowed within the boundries of Forbes Park! A copy of these rules/regs furnished upon request.
Constant comfort at 10,000 feet, during the winter, provided by a very efficient wood burning heater. During the summer it is so cool you will need to wear long sleeves, maybe a sweater, at night with the windows open. Light snows can surprise you at anytime, even during the summer months.
Seven years now and we still are grabbing our book to identify new birds on our porch feeders. You can literally approach and 'touch' our Hummingbirds. We have photos of the hummers perched on our fingers. We have Gray Jays that will perch on your knee and eat from your hands. Our occasional bear visitors (no Grizzlys) are much more shy than the birds. They don't normally approach anywhere near if anyone is out and about. Bear sightings are very rare but increasing in frequency. We have photos of them, which we took from the porch, early one morning, while sitting quietly sipping our tea. Cougar sightings are extremely rare, but I have, along with several guests, observed a large cougar walking through the back yard.
Winters are not for words. Words will never describe the beauty of these mountains following a heavy snow. Never worry, first light, following moderate to heavy snows, and our snow plows are already on their way up the roads. We also own a Skidsteer for plowing the driveway . Our home owners association contracts out properly maintained snow removal in excess of six inches. Occupied roads, such as ours are kept clear year round, but would it be BAD to get snowed in for a day? It does happen! Besides, most guests will already be out on our snow mobiles riding the miles of seldom plowed 'back' roads and trails which join the back of our property. We have ridden on snows well over four feet in depth from the back of the property. Kids will play tirelessly, all day on paths we plow for their sleds. You won't have any trouble getting them into bed at night, leaving you time for some Caveman television! Winter play will bring out the kid in anyone and you will not want to leave here.
Three bedrooms and a sleeping loft, can accommodate 7 (max.) persons. We live on-site to better serve our guests and assist with unexpected needs, especially during the winter months. We can 'disappear' upon request. We do stay out of your way, in our basement apartment unless invited .
Winter visitors flying in, especially during the winter months, are encouraged to purchase airline tickets that can be changed, because of the threat of heavy snow storms at any time.
Standard Check-in: 4:00 PM, check-out: 11:00 AM. We try to avoid back to back reservations, so that we can be flexible either way with check-in, check-out times. An all wheel drive or 4 wheel drive car is a necessity from November-May.
There is an abundance of historical and tourist attractions within a couple of hours of the cabin. Ft.Garland's Pioneer Village, Great Sand Dunes National Park, Zapata Falls, San Luis' Stations of the Cross, San Luis itself, plenty of local museums and other places of interest.

Keywords: mountain retreat,Log Cabin, secluded, hiking, mountain biking, birding, backpacking, snow mobiling, sledding, skiing, elk hunting, deer hunting, fishing, rock climbing. Peace and quiet, solitude star gazing.This is my home,when I do not have guests I live there.If you are uncomfortable with my personal belongings being on the walls,or in the cabin,then this place is not for you.I have an apartment in the basement I stay in when I have guests.

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Property Type

  • Cabin
  • 1600 sq. ft.

Accommodation Type

  • Vacation Rental

Meals

  • Guests Provide Their Own Meals

Suitability

  • Minimum Age Limit For Renters:

    21...moreless

  • Children Welcome
  • Non Smoking Only:

    smoking allowed outside...moreless

  • Pets Not Allowed
  • Wheelchair Inaccessible

Bedrooms: 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 7, Beds for 7

Bathrooms: 1 Bathroom, 1 Half Bathroom

Entertainment

  • Books:

    MANY books. Wife reads in her sleep?...moreless

  • DVD Player
  • Games:

    Several board games, and our favorite Dominoes 'Mexican train'....moreless

  • Music Library
  • Toys
  • Video Library:

    Primarily 'family' movies. Ex. Nature, travel, and of course 'Little House on the Prairie' epiodes....moreless

Theme

  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities

Leisure Activities

  • Bird Watching
  • Photography
  • Scenic Drives
  • Shopping
  • Sight Seeing
  • Sledding
  • Walking
  • Wildlife Viewing

Location Type

  • Mountain View:

    Although located at 10,000 ft you have a mountain view (Henderson Peak) to the West....moreless

  • Ski-In
  • Ski-Out

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • Cycling
  • Freshwater Fishing
  • Hiking
  • Hunting
  • Mountain Biking
  • Mountain Climbing
  • Rock Climbing

Dining

  • Dining Area
  • Seating for 6 people

General

  • Air Conditioning:

    NEVER is there a need for AC!...moreless

  • Heating:

    heated with a wood burning stove...moreless

  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Mobile Phone:

    limited availability. Quality of reception depends greatly on your provider. ...moreless

  • Parking:

    Includes an RV site upon request....moreless

  • Parking Off Street:

    Private drive....moreless

  • Parking For RV/Boat/Trailer
  • Towels Provided
  • Wood Stove

Kitchen

  • Catering Available
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items:

    Routinely stocked pantry for 'surprised' needs....moreless

  • Refrigerator
  • Stove

Outside

  • Balcony:

    The Master bed room has 'The View' from it's balcony. Harrison Peak is 'on you' from there....moreless

  • Deck / Patio
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Ski & Snowboard:

    Cross country skiing and snow shoeing right out the front door! We have a couple 'kids' snowboards and sleds. We have two, double rider, snowmobiles, which we make available during snow season....moreless

Pool / Spa

  • Communal Pool:

    There is a public (heated) pool available to Forbes Park residents and their guests in nearby Ft.Garland....moreless

 

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Rental basis: Per property
Dates Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Hunting Season Pkgs.
Sep 15 - Oct 30
3 night min stay
$149
Winter Season and Holidays.
Nov 1 - Feb 15
2 night min stay
$149 $129
Fri, Sat, Sun
$943
My Standard Rate
2 night min stay
$119 $129
Fri, Sat, Sun
$847 $3,150
* Approximate Monthly rates, actual rate will depend on the days of the month you stay

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Fees:

  • Taxes Not included

Owner's cancellation policy:

100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.


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Location

50 Miles
Nearest Airport
Alamosa, Colorado
30 Miles
Nearest Barpub
Ft. Garland has a liquor store
13 Miles
Nearest Train
The Forbes Park Gate
30 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
Ft. Garland
80 Miles
Nearest Ski
Wolf Creek Pass

Please do not try and GPS this address or use Google Earth. You will most likely get lost. From Highway 160 you will turn south on County road 25.Cross railroad tracks turn left. Go to Forbes Gate and enter gate code you are given by me before check in.. This is Forbes Road. Go about 10 miles to Forbes LOOP Road and turn right. Go about 2 miles to Purnell Lane and turn right. Go .5 mile to my driveway on the right marked by an American flag and Colorado flag. Go in the red door and up the stairs. Stair light switch is on your left.The house is not locked.

 

Owner info

Year Purchased: 2006

About the owner: I was born in southern Colorado leaving when I was 10 and spending most of the next 45 years in Northwest Florida . The cabin is a custom built log home. There is a cozy but very efficient wood burning stove for heat.. I have spent many sub-zero temperature nights in the cabin and stayed very comfortable. . I don't feel inconvenienced when occasionally' stranded for a day, until the snow plow clears our road. I am a First Responder so help if needed is close. I am totally off the grid with solar power so conserving electricity is important as is conserving water.

Why the Owner Chose Fort Garland, CO, USA:
The property is very secure yet well isolated from other homes. We wanted a place remote and private yet with road maintenance and snow removal. We wanted the best of both the civilized and the uncivilized worlds. We are so remote most of the wildlife is near tame and we can hand feed the birds including the hummingbirds. We keep our snowmobiles on site as we access the back roads and trails from our front door. We also own, and keep on site a skid steer snow blower large enough to clear trails for our guest to cross country ski, hike or snowmobile. NOTE: Winter months often come with challenging road conditions at our altitude therefore I do not rent the cabin after late November. Summers we hike and mountain bike primarily on the trails of San Isabel National Forest, a 20 minute walk from the front door.

The Unique Benefits at this Cabin:
We spend a great deal of time watching 'caveman' television, 'the fire', during the chilly spring and fall months.. We also are guilty of feeding the wildlife (birds) and watching them, especially the hummingbirds. We have photos of them perched on our fingers. We do a great deal of walking on and around the property. We occasionally join with other locals for an extended day hike. A wide variety of movies for those who like to watch movies in the eveningg as well as a varied selection of books!


Contact us

Speaks: english

 

Photos

  • We often sled, ski, and snowmobile into early Apr., right out the front door.

    We often sled, ski, and snowmobile into early Apr., right out the front door.

  • Cozy fire for relaxing and heating.

    Cozy fire for relaxing and heating.

  • This is where kids love to sleep. It has a balcony for watching the wildlife.

    This is where kids love to sleep. It has a balcony for watching the wildlife.

  • Our friends are back! Spring is here? Taken April 10th!

    Our friends are back! Spring is here? Taken April 10th!

  • Zapata Falls, just before the Great Sand Dunes. Another coool summer site.

    Zapata Falls, just before the Great Sand Dunes. Another coool summer site.

  • View from our commons land, a couple miles down, following a light snow.

    View from our commons land, a couple miles down, following a light snow.

  • View from the 2nd level deck. He disappeared the second he saw me.

    View from the 2nd level deck. He disappeared the second he saw me.

  • Day hike view from the summit of West Spainish Peak.

    Day hike view from the summit of West Spainish Peak.

  • There is a wood fired hot tub under the snow. We will dig it out for you!

    There is a wood fired hot tub under the snow. We will dig it out for you!

  • Main gate into Forbes Park.

    Main gate into Forbes Park.

  • We cook a great deal on the wood heater but you can use the new gas stove.

    We cook a great deal on the wood heater but you can use the new gas stove.

  • Terri hand feeding the Grayjays.

    Terri hand feeding the Grayjays.

  • The Great Sand Dunes. Yes that is water! Cool visit during the summer months.

    The Great Sand Dunes. Yes that is water! Cool visit during the summer months.

  • Yep! The corner of our property. Time to ride the fresh trails.

    Yep! The corner of our property. Time to ride the fresh trails.

  • Well... We do have restrictions on age when loaning out the snowmobiles.

    Well... We do have restrictions on age when loaning out the snowmobiles.

  • I counted 144 Elk in this herd, by the big lake, 5-10 min. from the cabin.

    I counted 144 Elk in this herd, by the big lake, 5-10 min. from the cabin.

  • A flock of wild turkeys.

    A flock of wild turkeys.

  • Colorado Trail hikers. Terri 'Our Pro' is wearing the red head band.

    Colorado Trail hikers. Terri 'Our Pro' is wearing the red head band.

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This listing was first published here in 2009.

Date last modified - Wednesday, September 28, 2016

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  • Bedrooms
    3
  • Bathrooms
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Speaks: english
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