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Remote and Private Mountain Log Home Getaway

Sleeps7
Bedrooms 3
Bathrooms1
Half Baths1
Space 1,600 sq. ft.
Property type cabin
Minimum Stay 2 - 3 nights

Overview

About the property

Cabin, 3 Bedrooms + Loft, 1.5 Baths, (Sleeps 7)

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.

More Details

Owner
Terri Sanders
Member since: 2009
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a day
Response rate:
80%
Calendar last updated:
June 27, 2017

About Terri Sanders

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.

Terri Sanders purchased this cabin in 2006

Why Terri Sanders chose South Central

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.

What makes this cabin unique

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!

Amenities

Fort Garland Cabin Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cabin
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1600 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 7
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • Mountain View ...
  • Ski-In
  • Ski-Out
Theme:
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
General:
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Heating ...
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Mobile Phone ...
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer
  • Towels Provided
  • Wood Stove
Kitchen:
  • Catering Available
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
Dining:
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
Bathrooms:
  • 1 Bathroom
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 -
  • 1.5+
Bedrooms:
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 7
  • Queen size Beds (1), Double Beds (1), Twin or Single Beds (3),
Entertainment:
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Music Library
  • Toys
  • Video Library ...
Outside:
  • Balcony ...
  • Deck / Patio
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Ski & Snowboard ...
Suitability:
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool ...
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • freshwater fishing
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • rock climbing

Reviews

Excellent! 4.5/5 -
(33 traveler reviews)

Remote and Private Mountain Log Home Getaway
average rating of 4.5454545 based on 33 reviews
Fort worth Texas
5

It was perfect for what we wanted. Great location at the back of the park.

  • 5 of 5

Used a percolator for our coffee in the mornings and it was perfect. We saw bear elk turkey and mule deer every evening. We mainly explored the other side of the mountain during the day but loved going back there in the evenings and grilling out! Our friends and us would love to come back!

  • Submitted: Jun 22, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: So glad you enjoyed your stay!
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5

Our Stay In The Woods

  • 5 of 5

Just returned from our stay in Jerry and Terri's cabin in the mountains of south central Colorado. This cabin is off the grid and we still had all the amenities necessary for a very comfortable stay. The home owners were very pleasant to visit with and left a plate of tasty cookies for us to enjoy upon our arrival. We definitely would go back to this cabin and community. Thank you to both of them for opening up their home in order that others can get a glimpse of life in the mountains.

  • Submitted: May 28, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

Nice People and Beautiful Property

  • 5 of 5

Terry was very accommodating and friendly and the surrounding property is beautiful!

  • Submitted: May 22, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
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4

We really enjoyed our stay at the cabin. It was "as advertised"....peaceful and beautiful!

  • 4 of 5

The cabin was just as Terri describes it...remote, off the grid, and extremely beautiful. The snow and the night time sky are beyond words! One of our favorite experiences was talking with Terri and Jerry...they are wonderful people! We hope to get back there one day in the future.

  • Submitted: May 21, 2017
  • Stayed: Apr 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

A perfect mountain cabin experience!

  • 5 of 5

This cabin is in a beautiful part of Colorado. Best to arrive during daylight due to winding roads and possible snowfall. Driving around the area in the late afternoon we saw groups of deer and elk, prairie dog villages and an enjoyable variety of birds. The house has many bird feeders and provides seed to draw them in.

We wish we could have stayed longer. Maybe next time!

  • Submitted: May 21, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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4

It was beautiful

  • 4 of 5

Was very warm and welcoming and our family felt right at home. It snowed off and on but it was just nice and relaxing. Terri was very nice and her dog was a joy to have around too.

  • Submitted: Apr 6, 2017
  • Stayed: Mar 2017
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Map

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

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Rates & Availability

Fort Garland Cabin Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
USD
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
 
Hunting Season Pkgs.
Sep 15 - Oct 30
3 night minimum stay
$149
 
 
Winter Season and Holidays.
Nov 1 - Feb 15
2 night minimum stay
$149
From
$129
Fri,Sat,Sun
$943
 
 
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay
$119
From
$129
Fri,Sat,Sun
$847
$3,150
 

Owner's Cancellation Policy

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