About the property
- Half Baths1
- Minimum Stay5 nights
Cabin, 4 Bedrooms , 2.5 Baths, Sleeps 8, Min 2 Nights, Max 2 Weeks
Our cabin was built on plans that I had in my head for the 22 years that I served in the Army. It finally became a reality in 2009/2010, when I retired and we built our dream cabin in the Wet Mountains overlooking the 14,000'+ Sangre de Cristo mountain range in south-central Colorado on land I had bought years before after a backpaking trip with the kids. Our cabin was built for our relaxation (my wife is still active duty) and our children's enjoyment. I need mountains, and there's a mountain view out of every single window in the cabin; north, south, east and west. The kitchen is fully stocked with all the latest appliances and utensils. The bedrooms are furnished with log beds that accent the cabin feel. The cabin is gently heated with in-floor radiant heat on the first and second floor, electric baseboard heat in the basement. The sauna is perfect for relaxing after a long day's hike. It's lined with redwood, heats quickly, easily seats several adults, and has a changing area nearby. The master bedroom has a beautiful east-facing exterior balcony overlooking the Wet Mountains for enjoying a coffee in the morning, while the master bath has a double-slipperfoot tub, glassed in shower, and unique handcrafted vanity from Tennessee with granite countertop and vessel sinks. The main floor bath has a rain shower and heated air jets in the tub. The loft has a 52 inch plasma TV for watching DVDs or the many VHS tapes we have of popular family movies, while the kid's playroom in the finished basement has a 32 inch LCD TV with DVD player. The 700+ sq ft of covered porch allows you to sit and watch the wildlife in the morning and evening, take in a passing thunderstorm on a summer afternoon, enjoy the hummingbirds at the feeder, and relax and watch the red sunsets over the Sangres in the evening on the Adirondack chairs.
The nearby cute mining/ranching town of Westcliffe has a grocery store, bowling alley, lots of antique stores, art galleries, restaurants, some nice grassy parks and a great playground for the kids, and a Wednesday Farmer's Market on Main St where the locals bring their goods to sell (don't miss the Amish baked goods, especially the large cinnamon rolls). Westcliffe is located in the Wet Valley, which is sparsely settled with very few lights; you will see more stars at night than you had ever thought possible. Of all the places we have lived in the world due to our Army careers, the nights at our cabin were the first time our kids saw the Milky Way galaxy. At the cabin it was easy to teach our kids how to locate the North Star using the Big Dipper, and using a star locator, we have found all the northern constellations, and several of the planets. A short while after sunset it is also possible to see satellites moving overhead, if you know how to distinguish them from aircraft.
We have 15 acres to roam on, with thousands more acres of National Forest and Wilderness Areas just a short drive away. The 100 mile Rainbow Trail (www.coloradodirectory.com/maps/hiking_rainbow.html)
along the front of the Sangres, and the trails into the Sangre de Cristo Wilderness (www.alltrails.com/parks/us/colorado/sangre-de-cristo-wilderness) can provide the most adventurous with days of glorious hiking. There are valley and mountain lakes for fishing and kayaking, with world famous Arkansas River white water rafting in the Bighorn Sheep Canyon a half-hour's drive to the North, or Class 6 rafting, ziplines and bungee jumpming through the Royal Gorge (http://www.royalgorgerafting.net/)
At the Wolf Springs Ranch, there's a bison herd and Mission Wolf, a wolf sanctuary; both a half-hour's drive to the south. Your kids can play on our big treehouse that features a cargo net climb, and monkey bars. Day trips can take you to the Great Sand Dunes National Park, the US Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Pikes Peak, the River Walk in Pueblo, the hot springs at Salida, the ghost towns of St Elmo, Tincup and others, Royal Gorge, Bishop's Castle, the historic mining towns of Rosita, Victor and Leadville (the highest incorporated town in North America) the mining/gambling town of Cripple Creek, the Gold Belt Tour roads, Mount Princeton Hot Springs, Joyful Journey Hot Springs, Garden of the Gods Park, and the Air Force Academy. There are literally thousands of miles of paved and dirt mountain roads, clothing optional hot springs in the San Luis Valley, and hiking trails up 14,000+ foot mountains. But don't let the many activities fool you, the cabin is in a very sparsely populated, but beautiful, valley. Located on a well-maintained dead-end dirt road, there is very little traffic that goes by the cabin.
There is a cell phone tower on the mountain nearby, so that you have some communication with the outside world if that is what you want, as well as a satellite internet connection (if you are unfamiliar with satellite connections, they are slower than broadband). But the cabin will make you want to shut off the phone and just sit and relax.
Keywords: Relax at our cabin, with top of the line kitchen, beautiful 360 views of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains and Wet Mountains in South Central Colorado. Sit on the large covered porches as you watch the deer and other wildlife graze on the land, or listen to the coyotes call at night. Play in the treehouse, relax in the sauna, or just let the stress of life disappear in our mountain retreat. Whether using the double slipperfoot tub with a view, watching movies on the plasma TVs in the loft or kid's playroom, cooking in the beautiful new kitchen, using the large sauna, or just relaxing on the porch, there is enough luxury in our cabin to keep everyone in the family satisfied. Minimum 2 night stay, Maximum two week stay.
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- Calendar last updated:
- Apr 08, 2018
About Property Manager
We are an Army family. I did 22 years in the Army before retiring, and my wife is still on Active Duty. We have four children, all who love being at the cabin when we can make it. While there, we enjoy hiking, biking, backpacking, fishing, cooking and just plain relaxing.
Property Manager purchased this Cabin in 2009
Why Property Manager chose Westcliffe
We love the Wet Valley for the views we get of both the Wet Mountains (the cabin is at 8600' in the Wet Mts) and the Sangre de Cristo Mountain range to the west. During the spring, the views are of lush green grasses and leaves. The summer brings afternoon thunderstorms over the Sangres and through the valley, and we often sit on the porch and watch the lightning as it passes by. The fall turns the valley golden as the ranches bring in the hay, and the aspens that fill the mountainsides turn yellow beneath the snow-capped peaks. In the winter we get snows that only occasionally are heavy at the cabin, but are massive further up the two mountain ranges to the east and west. The Wet Valley is sparsely populated, and mostly cattle ranches. You will occasionally see the local Amish families taking their horse-drawn buggies into town to purchase items or sell their home-made items at the Farmers Market on Wednesday. The town of Westcliffe has a cute downtown section with lots of specialty stores, mining, railroad and ranching history and a summer rodeo that is a lot of fun to watch. The town still has an Independence Day parade that reminds me of those I saw as a child; where every man takes off his cowboy hat as the flag goes by. We wanted our children, world travelers due to our many overseas postings, to know what small-town America really looks like, and Westcliffe is a perfect example of that. This area is one of the last remaining parts of Colorado that has not changed very much in the last 100 years. You can look at pictures of Westcliffe from the mining days of the early 1900s, and you'll see the same buildings on Main Street then as you see today. If you have an interest in viewing the night sky in all it's glory, this is the valley to do it in. In March of 2015, Westcliffe was designated a Dark Sky Community, the ninth such community in the world to be awarded that designation by the International Dark Sky Association.
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Check-in: 2:00 PM
Check-out: 11:00 AM
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.
Extremy family friendly and exactly as advertised.
Beautiful property where you can truly refresh in peace and comfort.
We are so glad you had a good time.
We stayed here over the Thanksgiving Holiday as a very last minute plan. We are so grateful to the Cleveland family not only for their service to our country but all the hard work they put into this home especially for opening it up for others to enjoy. This home was extremely comfortable and clean which is important for someone with severe asthma and allergies. When we arrived at the home it was dark and you could not tell that you are surrounded by mountains. But when we woke up it was a surreal experience to look out the windows and see the view all around the cabin. We enjoyed every moment even though we did not leave the cabin but did sit outside on the porch even though it was cold. You just cannot resist to sit out there and take in the view surrounding the area. We have three boys and they enjoyed the home, as well as the tree house. It took them several hours to find it. I was not able to go down to the tree house but they did say they decorated it so I apologize ahead of time if they put branches and leaves in it. We had a very relaxing and revitalizing time here and it was just what we needed! We definitely look forward to hopefully staying here again in the future. Once again thank you so much for your service and may God bless you and your family!
We are so glad you had a good stay, and you are welcome to come back any time.
Loved the house and especially love the 360degree views!
The house was beautiful, secluded, with gorgeous views! My wife love the layout of the house... we would have been content just sitting on the deck looking at the Sangres! We would definitely go back to this rental. Thank you Cleveland family for letting us stay in your home.
Thank you, We are very happy that you enjoyed our little slice of heaven.
Cabin was great with beautiful views! Very comfortable, clean, and relaxing.
The cabin was every bit as amazing as it looks on the VRBO web site and them some. Clean, well equipped, unbelievable views off the front porch, and a brand new fawn greeted us on arrival. The cabin has all the amenities you could ever want and is at the top of our list for the next mountain vacation. The property management team was extremely responsive and everything went exactly as it should have. Had a few glitches on the VRBO end which caused a bit of confusion but the property manager was on top of it. If you are visiting the Westcliffe area and this cabin is available be sure to book it. You will not be sorry!!
We are glad you enjoyed your stay. You are welcome back any time.
The house had plenty of room for our group of 6 adults and 4 children. The deck is child-proof and the kids enjoyed their time out there. They also enjoyed the tree house. Management was very responsive when we had to contact them. Our goal was to learn more about the area and this cabin was centrally located for us to explore the region. Overall, a very lovely week in the mountains!
Thank you. Glad you had a good time.
Rates & Availability
Additional information about rental rates
Minimum of five nights per rental. Maximum two week stay during the months May to September. Maximum of one month stay during off season, October to April. Contact us for pricing. Pets are not allowed, as our son has an allergy to pets.