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Casa Cielo, Gateway to Outdoor Play or Meditative Retreat

Bedrooms 2
Space 1,475 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 1 - 4 nights


About the property

2 bedroom, 2 baths, sleeps 6

Panoramic views of Montezuma Valley afford hours of leisurely rest on the wrap around porches with unparalleled sunsets. Mesa Verde National World Heritage Park and the Ute Mountain are the views out your floor to ceiling living room windows.Our 40 acres have a meandering walking trial built by Phil of the famous Phil's World mountain biking course in Cortez, CO. This is a lovely way to start or end your days of exploration in the area. There is a shared hot tub that affords the most amazing star gazing and dreaming during your special vacation in this enchanted country...If you have a larger group than what the casa accommodates there is a small studio space with one bath, queen bed, microwave, toaster oven and mini fridge at extra pricing. Let us help you make this an enriched experience here in the southwest!

Places of Interest: all within 1-4 hours drive

* Mesa Verde National World Heritage Park- ancient cliff dwellings & tours

* Ute Mountain Tribal Park - seasonal, personally guided tours

* Hovenweep National Monument- ancient towers & cliff dwellings

* Crow Canyon Archaeological Center- educational talks and experiential workshops about ancient peoples and dwellings in the entire southwestern states

* Dolores River Canyon- fly fishing, canoeing, hiking, picnics

* Telluride- skiing, snowmobiling, hiking, biking, fly fishing, 4-wheeling, fine dining, gallery walking, annual jazz & blues music, art & film, and culinary festivals

* Durango- skiing, snowmobiling, Trimble Hot Springs, Durango Narrow Gauge Railroad, hiking, mountain biking, rafting, fly fishing, brew pubs & dining, galleries, concerts & film festivals, Snow Down Festival, Music in the Mountains

* Pagosa Springs- hot springs, skiing Wolf Creek Pass, snowmobiling, hiking, fly fishing, horseback riding, 4-wheeling, blue grass festivals, meditation centers

* Moab and Canyon Lands, Arches National Park, Utah- technical rock climbing, hiking, slick rock biking, rafting, jeeping rallies, 4-wheeling, rafting

*Monument Valley - historic trading post and surreal rock formations

*Four Corners Monument - where the 4 states, Colorado, Utah, Arizona, New Mexico, intersect and you can be in all of them with a bit of body "gyrations"

* Northern New Mexico- pueblos & native cultures’ annual feast and festival days, Chaco Canyon, Canyon de Chelley, arts and cultural events of Taos, Abiquiui, Santa Fe, Albuquerque, and local hot springs with massage and body therapies

Casa Cielo, The Dwelling

Located on 40 acres of high-desert pinon juniper terrain on an open canyon ridge, this retreat vacation home floats above the Montezuma Valley. Off the beaten path, the only noise you might hear is the occasional contented mooing of grazing cattle or the yipping of skittish coyotes on graceful moonlit nights.

Your separate dwelling features two bedrooms ( 2 queens), 2 baths, and an open kitchen-living area. The large expanse of encased windows let you contemplate the geologic intersection between valley, mesa and mountains. A sleeper couch in the upper-level open den which looks over the canyon from your front door can accommodate two additional people. A second building on the premises can be used for an additional dormitory or retreat space.

Personal guided fly-fishing trips with a resident master-fisherman and therapeutic massage sessions are available upon request. Enjoy our private hiking/mountain bike riding trail for those daily cardio workouts by stepping out your back door. The separate 400 square foot meeting hall can be used for secluded creative endeavors such as writing, music, meditation, yoga practice or other quiet activities.

The Locale

Need to escape your daily routines and hectic schedules? Get creative, get quiet, or get active with unparalleled, thrilling, year round, outdoor experiences in a locale that offers hiking, biking, skiing, 4-wheeling, fishing, canoeing and rafting as starters.

In a more northerly direction, only an hour and a half drive away, is the glamour and glitz of the transformed mining town and ski area of Telluride. This Victorian vintage-style village is world famous for its annual outdoor music, arts, culinary and wine events, and film festivals. A free gondola ride will put you on top of the world for views that will take your breath away...

Rich in First American cultures, we are within half a day’s drive to the pueblos of northern New Mexico and their festive feast days and unique artistic expressions in pottery, silver-smithing and upright loom weavings. Taos, Santa Fe, and Albuquerque bring the colorful architectural and art influences of the old country of Spain and its more modern expressions through its mingling with southwestern traditions and landscapes.

More Details

Jeanne Cain
Member since: 2010
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
February 20, 2018

About Jeanne Cain

Leonard and Jeanne Cain were drawn to New Mexico and southwestern Colorado by the crystal clear skies, aspen and pine forests and rivers with their majestic red rock canyons. After working in rural health care clinics, they moved to the Cortez area where Leonard had a family medical practice. Mountain biking, backpacking, hiking, skiing, and fly fishing have been a few of their passions.

Their many years of zen study are reflected in the open quiet spaces they have built and the sculptural ceramic and fiber arts Jeanne currently pursues. After 35 years of living in the southwest, the family is eager to share their enchantment in this retreat setting and in the surrounding area which is a rich cultural crossroads of native American life, cattle ranching, and outdoor splendors.

What makes this house unique

This quiet setting allows you to contemplate expansive vistas of mesa and mountains or catch the migrations of elk and deer foraging on grasses up to your windows. A shared hot tub lets you take in even greater views on star lit nights of the Milky Way and orbiting planets. Early morning or evening walks on the private trail built by the creator of Phil's World, a nationally heralded biking park, is a soothing and easy amble through sage brush and pinon...


Dolores House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
Accommodation Type:
  • Guest House
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1475 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 9:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only
  • we have a "no shoes in the house" policy and absolutely NO SMOKING
Location Type:
  • Mountain
  • Mountain View ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning
  • Basic Soaps
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer
  • Sofa Bed
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Blender
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 1 - toilet , tub , shower
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen
  • Master bedroom is on an upper split level, off from the kitchen and is very private. Bedding is 100% cotton sheeting. Second bedroom uses a bath area for the entire home.
  • Books
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Radio
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Boat ...
  • Deck / Patio
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Patio
  • Porch / Veranda ...
  • Ski & Snowboard ...
  • Tennis ...
  • Unscreened Porch / Veranda
  • Wood Deck
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
Pool / Spa:
  • Shared Hot Tub ...
Onsite Services:
  • Massage
  • Private Chef
  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • forests
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • ruins
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • golf privileges optional
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • racquetball
  • rafting
  • rock climbing
  • sailing
  • ski lift privileges
  • skiing
  • snowboarding
  • snowmobiling
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • whitewater rafting
We have another one double bedroom, one bath "tiny home" glamping space on the premises called The Moon Room you could reserve for additional persons in your party.


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Casa Cielo, Gateway to Outdoor Play or Meditative Retreat
average rating of 4.919355 based on 62 reviews
Madison, WI

A most amazing place to stay

  • 5 of 5

As soon as we walked in the door we were "spell-bound" by the beauty of the place. We had no idea it would be so spacious, containing everything we needed for our two night stay (wish it could have been many more). We enjoyed the peace & quiet of it, the morning & evening deer shows, the night darkness so we able to see so many stars & the beautiful sliver of a new "orange" moon right on the horizon. We hope to be able to return some day, and will certainly tell our friends about this lovely place.

  • Submitted: Oct 13, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Just what we needed: roomy, well-supplied, convenient, charming, and a herd of mule deer to watch.

  • 5 of 5

Perfect setting and all the comforts of home

  • Submitted: Sep 19, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Alexandria, Virginia

Beautiful views!

  • 5 of 5

We had a lovey week at Casa Cielo. The house is very peaceful and quiet, with spectacular views of Sleeping Ute Mountain and Mesa Verde. The owner's house is next door, but it is situated so that you have plenty of privacy. We enjoyed the hiking trail on the property, as well as just sitting on the porch and admiring the beautiful sunsets. There is lots to do nearby, with Mesa Verde, Canyon of the Ancients, and the Anasazi Heritage Center within a short drive, as well as some excellent restaurants in Dolores and Cortez. Highly recommend!

  • Submitted: Aug 24, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Peaceful Beauty

  • 5 of 5

Peaceful morning to night. We could not get enough of the view of the mountains. My idea of heaven. Home was comfortable with everything we needed.

Mary from Kansas City

  • Submitted: Jul 26, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Fabulous private setting with a killer view!

  • 5 of 5

Casa Cielo was a wonderful experience for me on my friends. Loved the privacy and the view were spectacular. The house was great and was actually better than the listing pictures. Great location for Durango and Cortez, we took the Train from Durango to Silverton. Be sure to go first class, that was the best! Went to Mesa Verde but didn't allow enough time for the whole park. Allow a full day at least. Went to the east and southern rims of the Grand Canyon. Took a plane rides and saw spectacular sights. Allow a full day for that trip too. The house was the perfect location and setting. Would definitely go back again.

  • Submitted: Jul 9, 2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Peaceful, Relaxation With A Beautiful View!

  • 5 of 5

We stayed 13 nights at Casa Cielo and enjoyed every minute! We didn't want to leave! Jeanne has created a peaceful haven for those seeking adventure as well as for weary travelers! Casa Cielo is a great place to relax, take in the scenery, watch the wildlife and walk the trail on the property. The kitchen is well equipped with everything you need to prepare a meal. We especially enjoyed making soup in the CrockPot and grilling on the grill. On the days you want to explore, you will find the location is centrally located to Mesa Verde, Hovenweep, Cortez, Mancos, Four Corners, Durango, San Juan/Million Dollar Hwy, etc. We did all of these things and more! Drop in for lunch and cookies at the Absolute Bakery in Mancos!

Another reviewer mentioned the small TV. The TV is small - 18 inches to be exact. This was not a problem for us because there was so much more to do!

We are hoping to stay at Casa Cielo again in the future!

  • Submitted: Jun 8, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
65 Miles
La Plata County Airport, Durango, CO
Car: necessary

Other Activities: snowboarding, snowmobiling, skiing, wildlife viewing, hiking and backpacking, cycling, health/beauty spa, boating, kayaking, rafting, fitness center, indoor and outdoor pools, racquetball courts, basketball courts, tennis courts, city golf course

Guided tours of Mesa Verde National World Heritage Park and Ute Mountain Tribal Park


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cancellation- 1 month ahead, full refund less $100; less than 1 month ahead, full refund less $200

Check for monthly rates with owners.

Cancellation : 4-7 day rental full refund less $200 if 3 weeks from date and full refund less $400 if 2 weeks prior to dates; a 2-3 day rental is full refund less $100 upon any time cancelled.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

Please ask the owner or check their rental agreement when booking the property.