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SCENIC CABIN 35Ac Peace&Quiet Creek Pets Hiking 35min-MesaVerde, 5min-SandCanyon

Bedrooms 2
Space 2,100 sq ft
Property type cabin
Minimum Stay 2 nights


About the property

Comfortable 2BR 2FullBath Lightpine paneled 2100sf in red rock canyon (Sleeps 6)

The cabin is located in the heart of the Four Corners area. If you like exploring red rock canyons, have an interest in the ancient peoples of the Southwest or just want to get away to a stunningly beautiful area to enjoy the peace and quiet while relaxing in the space of 35 acres just off a paved road in canyon country, this cabin will fill your needs. Make this your private getaway to a land filled with history and ancient mystery. This cabin feels remote but is only a 1/4 mile down a well maintained gravel road from a paved road and provides a base for taking advantage of all that the four corners has to offer. It lies exactly midway between Mesa Verde and Hovenweep and 5 min from great hiking at the Sand Canyon entrance to Canyons for the Ancients.

Situated along the year-round creek in the midst of the red rock cliff section of historic McElmo canyon, the cabin sits a shady elm grove, next to red rock cliffs and a Macintosh & Jonathan apple orchard. Long since abandoned by the 'Anazasi' who lived in the surrounding countryside from its mesa tops to its canyon bottoms; this canyon was once home to the ancestors of the Pueblo peoples of New Mexico. Their legacy remains visible today as is illustrated by the cliff dwellings across the creek seen from the cabin front porch and the pottery sherds surfacing as the rains and winds uncover buried layers of of an earlier civilization in the surrounding fields.

One of our neighbors,a professionally trained archaeologist, roams the surrounding landscape and is often available to guide hikes to nearby sites in the Canyons of the Ancients. Once home to Mormon settlers and farmers scattered along the stage coach road by the creek, the canyon is still home to cowboys and ranchers alongside the farmers, archaeologists, artists, stone carvers, horses, cows, sheep, donkeys, foxes, deer, grape growers, wine makers and the very rare occasional mountain lion.

Keywords: Cabin, large shaded porch, redrock canyon views, creek, hiking.

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Member since: 2010
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
April 7, 2018

About Bernard

The owner and his Grand-kids. For many years I have had an interest in Archaeoastronomy, a blend of archeology and astronomy. I have made numerous trips to the Andes in Peru to investigate Inca ruins with my neighbors. The Anasazi people of the Four Corners region of the Southwest hold that same allure for me - only they lived right in my back yard! There are kivas, stone towers, petroglyphs and sun spirals within easy reach and lots of educational opportunity to learn about it nearby. We felt blessed to find this vacation cabin in the heart of the Anasazi country with plenty of opportunity to explore and to study the ancient peoples and their knowledge of practical astronomy. We hope you will enjoy the area as much as we have.

Bernard purchased this cabin in 2003

Why Bernard chose Cortez

This property has McElmo Creek running through it the red rock sandstone canyon all year long, an apple orchard, spectacular views and borders on the Canyons of the Ancients National Monument. Our neighbors are friendly, knowledgeable and handy folks: horse riders, healers, Andean & Southwest explorers, farmers, wine makers, fruit growers, and creative people. With sunny Colorado skies only 10 miles from great bars and restaurants in a real four corners small town with that out west county beat, a natural park, and wonderful hiking to Anasazi ruins just out the back door, but far enough from the city lights that the skies are dark and the entire sky is available for viewing.

What makes this cabin unique

Perfect views from the front porch swing of the red cliff rock section of McElmo canyon. The incredibly dark views of the night sky in the dry desert air, the solitude of being away from town, the slow and peaceful lifestyle, spectacular scenery, finding a new pot shard in the yard, watching the deer and fox, all the apples we can eat, good wine tasting just up the road - these are some of the things that make our Cabin in McElmo Canyon special.

Guestbook comments from the owner

We had a wonderful time at your cabin and, after finding it easily from your directions, found it very clean and comfortable, with beautifully maintained grounds. Our stay coincided with the last day of the Perseid meteor showers and we saw many amazing shooting stars. My husband also took a cool time lapsed star trail photo off the back of the porch! We enjoyed spending time in the living room area in the evening, with the kids falling asleep on the couches while we waited for the meteors, as well as hanging out in the early morning on the porch and in the yard, too.

Thank you again for allowing us to stay for just the one night. We couldn't have asked for a more perfect spot!
Aug 2013
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Cortez Cabin Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cabin
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 2100 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM / Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • pets considered ...
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Monument View ...
  • Mountain View ...
  • Water View ...
  • Waterfront ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Broadband Access ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Covered Parking ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove
  • Toaster ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , tub , shower , Separate shower and soaking tub
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , tub , shower , Separate shower & tub
  • Bathrooms are large. They are pine paneled and sink, counter, tub, shower, toilet, closet and wall heater for extra warmth.
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Master - 1 king , Private bath with soaking tub
    Second BR - 1 queen , Also has full bath
    Extra Beds - 1 queen , 1 double , Inflatable air bed with built-in electric pump
  • Master- King with private bath. Second-Queen with private door to hall bath Extra - Queen and Double Automatic Airbeds.
  • Books ...
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television
  • Video Library ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Ski & Snowboard ...
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • museums
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • water parks
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • horseshoes
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • racquetball
  • rafting
  • rock climbing
  • sailing
  • skiing
  • snowboarding
  • snowmobiling
  • swimming
  • water skiing
  • whitewater rafting


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SCENIC CABIN 35Ac Peace&Quiet Creek Pets Hiking 35min-MesaVerde, 5min-SandCanyon
average rating of 4.3965516 based on 62 reviews

Secluded and relaxing

  • 4 of 5

Bernard's place worked perfectly our needs. I was travelling with 2 Siberian Huskies, so this was much better than staying in a motel. The cabin is about 10 minutes from town, and very secluded. It could have been more relaxing, but there are dogs next door that bark a lot at night - not a deal-breaker though. There is a small fenced area for pups in front of the house. The backyard, however is not closed in, so I ended up using a tie out. The house itself is older, but clean. For this price point, I thought it was a great deal.

If you drive an ATV, there is access to BLM land about 15 minutes down the road, starting at the Cannonball Mesa Trailhead (37°20'50.4"N 108°55'56.7"W). There are enough trails for a full day of riding and, if you get lucky, you'll come across some ruins.

All in all, a very pleasant stay.

  • Submitted: Jan 21, 2018
  • Stayed: January 2018
  • Source: Vacation Rentals, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are glad it worked for you and your huskies. There are actually 3 separate fenced areas to hold dogs temporarily. Only one is suitable for running excercise as the other two are smaller. The dogs next door are mother and son Great Pyrenese and are fenced in with the sheep to guard them. They mainly bark at lion or bear or other predators in a effort to protect their herd. Fortunately that is fairly rare but we do have those in the canyon. The dogs, Athena and Andy, are very people friendly. They make also have been on the alert sensing your huskies nearby especially if you had them tied in the yard.
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Amazing place. Great value

  • 5 of 5

We were a family of 5 visiting from Australia. This was a fantastic house set against an amazing landscape with acres of land around for the kids to play in. The visiting tame peacock who sought fruit (preferring banana to apple) was amusing. The house itself was very clean and comfortable. Bernard was a terrific host via text message who made suggestions about landmarks we might (and in the event did) enjoy visiting. Highly recommended. Thanks very much Bernard. Kate and Rob

  • Submitted: Jan 11, 2018
  • Stayed: December 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Very comfortable cabin in a beautiful location.

  • 5 of 5

We were a group of four adults and found the cabin very clean, comfortable, and spacious . The great room (kitchen, dining, and living room combined) was a good size, making it easy to relax together. The owners provided a library of books and movies in case we got bored watching the big TV in the evening, but we were never bored in this lovely spot. The view from the porch was exceptional, looking out over a large field to a red rock formation across a flowing creek. There was a lot of wildlife to watch in the evening. The ambiance was very peaceful. We look forward to coming back next year as there is so much to see and do in this area, and the location is very convenient for visiting the many ancient ruins. On a final note, I noticed some previous reviewers were unable to use their cell phones. We had no such problem.

  • Submitted: Nov 11, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Great place to stay

  • 4 of 5

It was a great place to stay great setting quiet and peaceful and plenty of room.No problem finding the place from directions given. The only problem we had was getting a hold of Bernard when needed. The only way to get him was with cell phone when we had a signal. The land line phone to call him long distance did not work with the sprint card by the phone.But other than that we really enjoyed the place.

  • Submitted: Oct 6, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: I have a 4G cell phone booster at the cabin. It works for Verizon and AT&T. Unfortunately, the cell service away from the cabin is very poor. It has been improving up and down the canyon but there are still some dark spots - hence the booster. We will replace the phone card for long distance dialing. I have verified that Sprint phone card number no longer works - although Sprint never told us why. Local calls do work and you can receive long distance calls on the land line 970-565-5379.
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St louis

Great location but not clean

  • 3 of 5

Loved the location and quiet. Would return but the living room and kitchen was actually disgusting.

Living room: We had to move one of the couches and underneath it was a lot of trash - so that means the carpet has not been vacuumed. Underneath the carpet mat in the middle of the room had a wet spot and who knows what it was from. So not sure when it was actually steam cleaned. New carpets might be better.

Kitchen: There was so much "crap" in the drawers and cabinets. They should be cleaned out. Like partially empty boxes, trash, really old spices and other items. It was scary opening them.

Bedrooms and bathrooms were okay.

  • Submitted: Oct 1, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Living Room: The carpet was cleaned Aug 15th - roughly a month before your stay. That wet spot you mentioned was the remains of a spot cleaning scrub done the morning before you checked it - this type of cleaning is done whenever we find a spot in between full carpet cleanings. Kitchen: I looked to see what you were found "scary". Here's what I found open or "partially empty". -7/8 th of a Box of Quaker Oatmeal -3 packages of different types of dried rice. -Half package of country egg style pasta -Half package of thin spaghetti -Bag of dried Anasazi Beans -2 bags of Cumin type spice -one whole seed, one ground -2 cloves of organic garlic -Cayenne Pepper bottle -Ground Tumeric bottle -Creole Seasoning bottle -Garlic Powder bottle -Can of Coleman’s Mustard Powder -2 bottles of Chili Powder: 1 full and 1 half full -1 patial bag of Chili Mix Seasoning -Black Pepper bottle -Ground Cinnamon bottle (this one WAS old – June 2015) -Bottle of Salad Herb Blend -Bag of Chili mix seasoning -Bottle of Yellow Mustard Seeds -Skippy Peanut Butter – almost empty! -Box of Triscuit – almost empty (June 017) -Box of Taco shells (Sept 28, 2017) -Birthday candles -Salt -2 Bottles of different types of Olive Oil -Bottle of wine vinegar -Bottle of rice vinegar -Half bag of white Sugar (humming bird food) -Half bottle of vanilla -Bottle of light corn syrup -Bottle of dark corn syrup -Unopened Box of Posole Box of Grits Box of Sweet Corn Muffins Box of Idaho mashed potatoes Bottle of Italian Dressing Cans corn peaches enchilada sauce chicken breast Bottom line: I am sorry that you found this cabinet "Scary". I confess this was a surprise to us as we thought this was useful stuff. IT HAS ALL BEEN REMOVED . ALL THAT REMAINS IS A CLEAN EMPTY CABINET. You were correct in that we didn't vacuum under the couches every time we cleaned. Our cleaning person will now move everything in between rentals to make certain no trash is left. We are glad you enjoyed your stay in the peace and quiet and would come again.
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Rough Country Cabin

  • 3 of 5

We arrived after dark; and , the property looked a bit unkempt as it was under construction.

The cabin itself was large, roomy; but a bit unkempt. We felt that the personal items and food items that were around should have been placed in a locked "owners closet".

We would not stay there again.

  • Submitted: Sep 22, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are adding a mud room, some storage space and an office to one end of the cabin so there has been some construction ongoing. Sorry to hear that you found it "unkept" as we do pride ourselves on guests finding it clean and spacious. The construction materials are mostly gone now as the project is almost done and as the drywall is being finished. We had been in the practice of leaving shampoo, conditioner, soap, etc in the bathrooms and some condiments in the kitchen. As of now, this is all gone into a closet and the opened bottles of condiments have been trashed. All the food items in the cabinets have been removed to leave clean and empty cabinets. We are glad that you would not stay again.
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Nearest Airport
9 Miles
Cortez Municipal (CEZ)
Nearest Barpub
12 Miles
Main Street, Cortez
Nearest Golf
12 Miles
Cortez Municipal
Nearest Train
56 Miles
Durango ( Narrow Gauge Scenic Railway )
Nearest Motorway
10 Miles
Hwy 160 & 491
Nearest Restaurant
12 Miles
Many Available in Cortez
Nearest Ski
76 Miles
Telluride Colorado

Property abuts Canyons of the Ancients National Monument and is 5 min from the main entrance at Sand Canyon. It is nearby Mesa Verde (35min), Mancos Canyon, Goodman Point, Hovenweep, Anasazi Heritage Center, Crow Canyon Archeological Center, Ute Mountain Tribal Park, Lowry Indian Ruins, Cortez Cultural Center, Ute Mountain Casino at Towaoc, Guy Drew Winery, Mancos Staqecoach ride, Durango to Silverton Narrow Gauge Train, Million Dollar Highway, Rico Mining town, Durango Mountain Ski Resort, Telluride Ski Resort, Moab, Canyonlands and Arches National Parks.




Additional information about rental rates

Pet Fee $30
5GB WIFI Unused Refunded $50
Property Damage Protection $59
Tax Rate 5.2%

The cabin provides high speed WIFI via a Verizon MIFI and a roof mounted Wilson 4G Cell Booster and antenna. The cost is passed on as follows: A $50 WIFI Data DEPOSIT is required. This covers 50GB of WIFI data. More {or less} data used during your stay will be charged {or refunded} at $10/GB.

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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