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in Pitkin Town, on Quartz Creek, Satisfy Your Taste For Adventure

Pitkin, CO, USA
  • Cabin1100 sqft
  • Bedrooms3
  • Sleeps4
  • Bathrooms1
  • Half Baths1
  • Minimum Stay7 nights

Full Cabin, 3 Bedrooms , 1.5 Baths, (Sleeps 4) Satisfy Your Taste For Adventure

THE CABIN AT QUARTZ CREEK is in the heart of the historic mining town of Pitkin in the Quartz Creek Valley. ATV's may be used on Pitkin Town roads to access trails directly from the cabin. Guests must ride below the posted speed limit and obey all local laws and ordinances.

A service animal may be considered and may require an additional cleaning fee. Please inquire with Thomas Kelley at 340-690-2440., or email Thomas@TheCabinAtQuartzCreek.com.

Our custom hand-crafted cabin offers features unlike any cabin you have ever visited! Satisfy Your Taste For Adventure! Reserve your holiday in the heart of the Rocky Mountains at The Cabin At Quartz Creek! The cabin was recently renovated - new class A chimney pipes, added insulation, double- glazed windows, etc.

Our master bedroom the West Elk Suite features a private balcony: the Bear Den has twin beds and the Ptarmigan Nest features an antique double bed. See full descriptions and photos below!! The soothing sounds of Quartz Creek, which flows through the property, can be enjoyed from every room! Open the window for better listening.

We are licensed by the State of Colorado to collect and pay lodging taxes. Taxes are paid to the State of Colorado, Gunnision County and the Town of Pitkin for each rental. All applicable TAXES ARE INCLUDED in the rental price along with the cleaning fee. A local property manager checks in guests on arrival, fully explains all Pitkin Town ordinances, and is available for questions or concerns during their stay.

Pitkin is a small, quiet community and we welcome guests who will enjoy and help preserve the charm and slow pace of Pitkin.

Between June and October the entire cabin can be rented for periods from seven nights and up to twenty-one nights. Special rates may apply to rental terms of eight or more nights.

Details are explained under Description and more completely at our website.

Phone Thomas Kelley at 340-690-2440 with any questions or for more information.

The cabin is loacated in the Heart of Pitkin Tkown, in the Quartz Creek Valley in Gunnison County. The cabin is located along a paved two lane highway and is nine miles from the Continental Divide; it is available in summer and fall, but not winter or spring. Concierge services available at reasonable rates.

Big Game Hunters inlufing Archers, Muzzle-loaders and Rifle Hunters please inquire about cabin availability for the 2017 (or later) seasons.

The town of Pitkin may be accessed in all weather conditions via County Road 76, which is paved and maintained in both summer and winter. The cabin is completely winterized and recently renovated with new roof, siding, increased insulation, class A stove and chimney pipes, and new doors and windows. Currently the cabin is only available for summer and fall rental.

The cabin is nestled on a rise above Quartz Creek, which flows through about 200 feet of the property, within the town. The premises include over one-half acre of land with a few mature pine trees and plentiful willows along the stream. Wildflowers of many types may be observed on the property in the summer, and great views of colorful aspens and willows in the fall. We have ample off-street parking.

The interior features a large and comfortable living area with an enormous lichen-stone fireplace an nearby antique wood burning stove. Eight persons may be comfortably seated in cushioned overstuffed chairs or couch. A dining nook easily seats six or more at a round antique table near the modern kitchen. The kitchen is well-stocked with antique utensils and cookware, with modern appliances including an electric stove, microwave, coffee maker, etc. The centerpiece is a 30 x 30 inch hickory butcher block, upon which many a harvested elk have been processed.

The cabin hosts a comfortable full bathroom and ample mudroom for coats and boots. Meals may also be taken on either of the two large decks overlooking the stream. The sound of Quartz Creek decreases later in the summer, but may be heard even in the winter with the doors and windows closed. Enjoy being lulled into a deep sleep by the gentle sounds of the creek flowing from the nearby Continental Divide to the Pacific Ocean! The sound is similar to winds flowing through a stand of pine trees.

Please scroll down to read a brief review of the three newly renovated bedrooms.

Rustic and recently renovated cabin in quaint mountain town, nestled about nine miles from the Continental Divide (as a crow flies). Near Gunnison National Forest and the Alpine Tunnel National Historic District. Luxuriate on the spacious deck with the relaxing sound and view of Quartz Creek stream, which flows through the property. Watch your children experience private trout fishing in the creek. For big game hunters, areas 55 and 551 are delineated by County Road 76 which leads to Pitkin from US Highway 50 and in summer and fall connects to Almont from majestic Cumberland Pass (11 miles from Pitkin).

Along side Quartz Creek, one mile walk to Gunnison National Forest & Alpine Tunnel National Historic District, & excellent hiking, fishing, hunting, backpacking, camping, photography, wildlife viewing etc opportunities. Wide variety of scenic four AND ATV vehicle trails in immediate vicinity. Curecanti National Recreational Area offers great boating, fishing, waterskiing kayaking, rafting & scuba diving options, and is 40 miles/minutes from Pitkin. Historic mining towns including Tincup & St Elmo; excellent hot springs and fabulous Crested Butte and numerous art galleries,and the Almont Triangle area rafting opportunities, are each within a one-hour drive. The Gunnison Regional Airport (GUC) offers rentals of standard and 4 WD vehicles; the area has grocery stores, a regional hospital & many gear, clothing and specialty stores and boutiques.

Watch the aspen bloom early in the summer or enjoy the magnificent color changes late in summer. Great wildflower viewing and photography is available from the myriad of local flowers throughout Pitkin, to the small flowers such as forget-me-knots which abound as you explore the high alpine tundra.


The three bedrooms below feature tongue and grove pine walls, knotty alder doors, wrought iron sconces and new, double glazed double slider (or awning) screened windows. All are on the second floor accessible by ladder; two have doors with locks and keys, and one room (The Ptarmigan Nest) uses a solid pocket door with a privacy lock.


Private 25 square foot balcony with railing, vaulted ceiling, chandelier, Queen antique wooden bed and dresser, twin bed (32 inches) in raised level we call the Book Nook; window overlooking Quartz Creek; CD player, radio, alarm clock, humidifier, tastefully appointed with down comforter, organic flannel sheets and New Zealand sheepskin pillows. About 175 square feet, this room sleeps three.


The room features an antique Queen bed, dresser, chair and table, appointed with CD player, radio, alarm clock, humidifier; organic flannel sheets and down comforter. About 125 square feet, with solid alder pocket door with privacy latch; room sleeps two persons.


Features include an antique wooden bed (42 inches wide) from the Western State Normal School circa 1910; a second twin bed (36 inches wide); an antique dresser and mirror ensemble; appointed with CD, radio, alarm, lamp, chair, table, and organic flannel sheets. About 110 square feet; room sleeps two persons.

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Thomas Kelley

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About Thomas Kelley

Middle-aged professional conservationist couple, we explore the world seeking eco-tourism venues, and seek to strive adventurous places with special people and families. The Quartz Creek Valley is one such special place, with few options to enjoy the area without the needing the equipment and where-with-all to camp in the high elevation.

Thomas Kelley purchased this Cabin in 1975

Why Thomas Kelley chose Pitkin

Grew up exploring the Rocky Mountains and seek to spend more time there in the future. The family investment allows this while providing access to a limited number of others to enjoy this special area in comfort. The Cabin was built in 1975 and refurbished in 2009, call Thomas and Sybille at 340-690-2440. Five generations have now enjoyed the cabin, and many continue the adventure on a regular basis.

What makes this Cabin unique

A concept we call rugged luxury. In a short distance one can be practically in the wilderness and experience those attributes, then return to the warm family hearth and relish in modern luxury. Hence rugged-luxury combines these two concepts into a single holiday adventure. Satisfy Your Taste For Adventure - visit The Cabin At Quartz Creek!


    • Internet
    • Air Conditioning
    • Heater
    • Fireplace
    • Satellite or Cable
    • Kids Welcome
    • Washer & Dryer
    • Hot Tub
    • Parking
    • TV
    • No Smoking


      • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
      • Bedroom 1
        1 double, The West Elk Suite includes a private balcony.
      • Bedroom 2
        1 double, The Ptarmigan Nest includes a newly refinished antique bed.
      • Bedroom 3
        2 twin/ single, The Bear Den has two twin beds, one 42 inches one 36 inches
      • Double Beds (2) Please see bedroom descriptions etc on website
        www.TheCabinAtQuartzCreek.com TWO bedrooms have full-sized antique beds, ONE room also includes a small twin bed, ideal for a child THIRD bedroom has two twin beds (42 and 36 inches wide) . Twin or Single Beds (1) Please visit website address (at left) for many photos and details of each bedroom and all cabin rooms, etc. The larger single bed is an antique from the Western State Normal School circa 1918., Sleep Sofa or Futons (1) Relatively comfortable (firm) couch for one person, folds out for a decent full-sized bed for two. A coffee table must be moved about 5 feet to allow the couch to open into a bed.


      • 1 Bathroom, 1 Half Bath
      • Bathroom 1
        toilet, shower, The Moose-A-loo....Newly installed in 2011
      • Bathroom 2
        toilet, The Pica- loo
      • The Moose-A-loo located on second floor features antique sink, great mirrors, ample light, wall heater, knotty alder door, neo-angle shower, two bathrobes, polished bronze features, comfortable and functional. Lower level has the Pica-loo with antique mining boards and convenient location near stairway. Guests may choose an ink color and 'sign the wall.' Features great reading material and antiques.

      Location Type

        • Downtown
          Located in the heart of historic Pitkin Town.
        • Monument View
        • Mountain View
          Fabulous view north toward the Continental Divide and Mount Helmer, a dog leg peak off the divide, sweeping views from the windows, decks and private balcony of sweeping pine forests with aspen groves
        • Rural
          Beautiful homestead ranch lands are found along the Quartz Creek Valley between Highway 50 at Parkin to Pitkin, about 20 minutes.
        • Village
          The historic Town of Pitkin offers the Silver Plume general store, offering gas, grocery, jewelry and new cafe.
        • Water View
          Besides views of and easy access to Quartz Creek a few steps from the new River Deck, the soothing sounds of water lowing over stones reaches every room in the cabin. Sleep well with this unique treat
        • Waterfront
          200 feet of Quartz Creek flow through the property immediately below the cabin with easy access via staircase from the new River Deck.


            • Adventure
            • Away From It All
            • Budget
            • Family
            • Historic
            • Romantic
            • Sports & Activities
            • Tourist Attractions


                • Guests provide their own meals


                    • Living Room
                      Seats seven in comfortable chairs and folding chairs are available for others. The floor is carpeted.
                    • Air Conditioning
                      Fans are provided in each bedroom, A/C is considered unnecessary in this location. All windows have screens for good cross ventilation.
                    • Elevator
                    • Fireplace
                      Yes large fabulous custom stone fireplace adorned with novelties - wood is provided inside the cabin for convenience at no charge. See Wood Fireplace below for more informatio.
                    • Hair Dryer
                    • Heating
                      Central heat is unnecessary in the summer. Guests tend to enjoy a small fire on one evening got the terrific ambiance but not for heat. Beds are prepared with quality cotton sheets., flanel in fall.
                    • Internet
                      AT&T service is now available in Pitkin ant thus at the cabin. Free WiFi is available 24/7 at the Silver Plume Store just two blocks away.
                    • Iron & Board
                    • Linens Provided
                      Some organic flannel sheets are available on request, many guests find them too warm in the summer and prefer cotton sheets. Extra blankets are available for each bedroom.
                    • Clothes Dryer
                      Outdoor clothes line provided.
                    • Parking
                      Plenty of parking.....FYI. ATVs may be ridden on the town roads by licensed operators, providing easy access to numerous trails and adventure from the cabin door.
                    • Parking Off Street
                      Plenty of off-street parking is available and only two steps are necessary to access the main cabin level (bedrooms are upstairs on second level).
                    • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer
                      Ample off-street parking available- please notify owners in advance if a large trailer, boat etc are being towed. Camping trailers are typically disallowed .
                    • Telephone
                      Long distance care necessary local call available, Gunnsion, Crested Butte and Juanita Hot Springs are all local calls. AT&T cell service tower located in Pitkin.
                    • Towels Provided
                      Towels, sheets provided.
                    • Wood Fireplace
                      The Cabin features a fireplace 'insert' for heat - which is not often needed in the summertime. The Cabin also has a wood-burning wood stove, (used for heat not cooking) and this is rarely needed in the summer. Wood is included with the price.
                    • Wood Stove
                      Cooking is done on electric range but this stove may be used to provide heat - typically only necessary in early morning hours in early summer or in the fall. (Unless it is winter-time, this feature is typically not worth the trouble and may render the cabin too hot).
                    • Free Wifi


                        • Microwave
                        • Catering Available
                          On-site home cooked meals may be available please contact Thomas at 340.690.2440 for sample menu and details.
                        • Cooking Utensils
                          Standard kitchen utensils, graters, strainers, etc available including many interesting antiques.
                        • Dishes & Utensils
                          Full kitchen set provided.
                        • Dishwasher
                        • Kitchen
                          Electric Stove/oven, coffee maker, blender, electric fry pan, crock pot, 30' x 30' hickory butcher block, chefs cutlery, range of iron, modern and antique cookware. Napkins, dishtowels, paper plates, paper towel, thermos and picnic basket provided.
                        • Coffee Maker
                        • Oven
                          Electric oven.
                        • Pantry Items
                          Some basics including limited condiments and spices are provided. All paper items including paper towels, toilet paper, napkins etc are provided, including a nice picnic basket with plastic utensils
                        • Refrigerator
                          Standard refrigerator with freezer above.
                        • Stove
                          Electric stove.
                        • Toaster


                            • Dining
                              Round antique wooden dining table uses padded bench within dormer window for some seating, comfortably seating 6-7 may seat 8. Kitchen counter has the Serenity Prayer hand-carved into the counter.
                            • Dining Area
                            • comfy seating for 8 people


                                • Books
                                  A variety of books and magazines are available for reading including some vintage and historical publications, as well as wildlife viewing guides.
                                • CD Player
                                • DVD Player
                                • Games
                                  An array of board and card games are provided including chess, and scrabble.; crayons and coloring paper.
                                • Music Library
                                  The AM/FM Radios in each bedroom and living room have jacks to a accomodate i-pods.
                                • Pool Table
                                • Satellite / Cable
                                  Cable TV is available - sometimes intermittent service - and includes ABC, CBS, FOX, NBC and PBS.
                                • Television
                                  Color 32 inch TV, includes a DVD and VCR Player.
                                • VCR
                                • Video Library
                                  Various DVD's of a family nature, and several comedy VHS tapes including classics such as Red Skelton and Johnny Carson.


                                    • Balcony
                                      Overlooking Quartz Creek which runs through the property year round. Two other outdoor balconies are available from the main level. West Elk Suite (master bedroom) has small private balcony
                                    • Bicycles
                                      Terrific mountain biking access from the cabin.; bikes can be rented in Gunnison.
                                    • Boat
                                      Yes within. 35 mile drive.
                                    • Deck / Patio
                                      Deck overlooks charming creek which runs through the property, and includes a wooden table and seats six persons.
                                    • Golf
                                      Yes within a 50 mile drive.
                                    • Kayak / Canoe
                                      Within 35 miles many boating and more fishing and water sports options are available.
                                    • Lawn / Garden
                                      Special fenced yard with rock and moss gardens. A new tsp person swing was installed at the new River Deck in June 2014 .
                                    • Outdoor Grill
                                      Gas grill available in an enclosed grassy private area with a deck at one end overlooking Quartz Creek.
                                    • Tennis
                                      Yes within a 35 mile drive.
                                    • Water Sports Gear
                                      Yes within a 35 mile drive including SCUBA rental and instruction.

                                      Pool / Spa

                                        • Communal Pool
                                          See sauna comments below.
                                        • Hot Tub
                                          See sauna comments below.
                                        • Sauna
                                          Gooogle Waunita Hot Springs for details of their hot tubs, only one hour away via a scenic well-maintained gravel road.

                                          Onsite Services

                                            • Concierge
                                            • Private Chef


                                                • churches
                                                • library
                                                • museums
                                                • playground
                                                • restaurants
                                                • ruins

                                                  Leisure Activities

                                                    • bird watching
                                                    • boating
                                                    • eco tourism
                                                    • horseback riding
                                                    • scenic drives
                                                    • sight seeing
                                                    • walking
                                                    • wildlife viewing

                                                      Local Services & Businesses

                                                        • ATM/bank
                                                        • Babysitter
                                                        • groceries

                                                          Sports & Adventure Activities

                                                            • mountain biking
                                                            • cycling
                                                            • fly fishing
                                                            • freshwater fishing
                                                            • hiking
                                                            • hunting
                                                            • kayaking
                                                            • fishing
                                                            • mountain climbing
                                                            • mountaineering
                                                            • rafting
                                                            • rock climbing
                                                            • sailing
                                                            • water tubing
                                                            • whitewater rafting


                                                                • Horses can be rented about 10 miles from the cabin - to include guided half or full day trips for two or more people - kids welcome. Two of the three decks have round wooden tables; the main deck table is solid but imperfect; the Barbeque Deck table has wooden benches and can seat up to about 8 persons; the River Deck is one level below the other two decks, and has a small wooden table with several comfortable lounge chairs. A fenced lawn provides privacy near the Barbeque Deck and in times of good rainfall, is wonderfully covered in green grass (featured in one of the photos).

                                                                  House Rules

                                                                  Check-in: 3:00 PM

                                                                  Check-out: 11:00 AM

                                                                  Cancellation Policy

                                                                  100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date. You must contact the owner directly to request cancellation.

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                                                                  Latest reviews

                                                                  Rocky Mountain Gold

                                                                  William W.Kansas City MO

                                                                  I come to Colorado every year to ride ATV's when the Aspens turn gold. This was a great location for us because there was excellent parking for my truck, trailer, and 5 ATV's. There is also enough room for a large RV to park with a 50 amp elec. hook up, which I had planned on using but my RV broke down and ultimately didn't make the trip. Thomas the owner, even offered to let me stay an extra day when I got in a day late when my RV broke down. The owners were very nice and easy to work with and provide a lot of information about the area. The cabin is in a perfect location in the small town of Pitkin, it sits above a creek that runs thru town that you can fish for trout in the back yard.The cabin itself is very unique with lots of books on the history of the area, and just about anything you can think of hanging on the walls, like when you go in a Cracker Barrel Restaurant but in a good way. You just need to sit down in the living room and look around and you will notice something different everyday. The stairs going up to the bedrooms and bathroom are more like a ladder than stairs. My mother who is 78 years old and in excellent shape was able to manage them without problem, but her 78 year old boyfriend could not because of a bad hip. This is one thing to consider with this rental but I was informed of this the very first time I contacted Thomas it is not something they are trying to hide it is just how the cabin is. I slept in the master bedroom which has plenty of room, I don't know how old the mattress is, I would guess old because it sinks down in the middle quite a bit but I still slept great. The bathroom was small but nice, clean and newly remodeled, with nice towels, shampoo and soap. The only place you can bathe is in the upstairs bathroom, there is only a toilet down stairs but no complaints, I new this going in. Thomas's father met us on arrival and gave us a walk thru explaining everything like the wood stove and general information which was helpful, usually you just have a book explaining the rental, which they also have but it was nice to have an explanation in person.

                                                                  This is not a high end hotel or resort style property, it is a rustic, unique, well used, clean,authentic family cabin that I will recommend to my friends, and if I come to the area again I hope to be able to stay in again. The area is great for ATV's, hiking , biking, hunting and just being in the outdoors. Thank you Thomas for sharing your family cabin with my family.


                                                                  Pitkin, CO, USA

                                                                  Along side Quartz Creek, one mile walk to Gunnison National Forest & Alpine Tunnel National Historic District, & excellent hiking, fishing, horseback riding, river rafting, hunting, backpacking, camping, photography, wildlife viewing etc opportunities. Wide variety of scenic four WD and ATV vehtrails in immediate vicinity. Currecanti National Recreational Area offers great boating, fishing, waterskiing kayaking, rafting & scuba diving options, and is 40 miles/minutes from Pitkin. Historic mining towns including Tincup & St Elmo; excellent hot springs, fabulous Crested Butte and numerous art galleries and the Almont Triangle area rafting opportunities, are each within a one-hour drive. The Gunnison regional airport (GUC) offers rentals of standard and 4 WD vehicles; the area has grocery stores, a regional hospital & many gear, clothing and specialty stores.

                                                                  Rates & Availability

                                                                  Additional information about rental rates

                                                                  Damage Deposit

                                                                  Please visit our website at www.TheCabinAtQuartzCreek.com. For more information or contact Thomas Kelley at 340.690.2440 to request service animals, a shorter stay, etc. choosing e-check payment will save a service charge to VRBO which they require to process credit card payments.

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