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Rainbow Canyon Strawbale Casita Near Mesa Verde

Bedrooms 2
Property type house
Minimum Stay 7 nights


About the property

House, 2 Bedrooms + Loft, 1 Bath, (Sleeps 4-6)

The Rainbow Canyon Casita is nestled on the high desert plateau bordering the San Juan Mountains. It has an amazingly efficient straw bale, passive solar design that compliments the surrounding 35 acre setting. The name of our high desert paradise comes from the abundant rainbows that grace the canyon between the rental home and our residence during the 'monsoon' season. Designed to embrace the needs of individuals desiring a quiet space for creativity or travelers looking for southwest-style outdoor fun, this home is centrally located and designed to meet your needs.

Located above the Dolores River Valley, just 2.5 miles from the Town of Dolores and 12 miles north of Cortez, Colorado 'the gateway to the southwest', the house sits on a mesa top at 7400 ft. above sea level. There are big sky views of the mountains and mesas in all directions. Frequent visitors include humming birds, mule deer, coyotes and nighthawks. See the sunrise over the La Plata Mountains from bed, and enjoy spectacular sunsets. Every day and every season brings a new host of activities and sights to enjoy.


This unique and artistic house has been completely remodeled including a new kitchen and bath. It has an open floor-plan with a 2 level loft (bedroom & study) and a 2nd bedroom/TV room downstairs, along with the kitchen - dining - living room area. The loft serves as the main bedroom with a queen bed and a separate upper loft sunroom suitable for writing, yoga, playing a favorite instrument, exercising, painting, meditation or just watching the ever-changing “Stanton Engleheart” skies over Mesa Verde and Ute Mountain. One or two additional guests may use this space for a queen Aero-Bed. Yoga mat included! The downstairs bedroom serves as a tv room or separate room to hang-out if you need some space. The bed is a new La-Z-Boy queen sleeper sofa with their unique 'SlumberAir' technology. The bed is very comfortable and can be adjusted to your desired level of firmness. The bathroom is equipped with a slipper tub and separate tiled shower. A fully equipped kitchen allows flexibility for food preparation, whether it’s ready-to-eat organics from the Dolores Food Market or produce from the seasonal Cortez Farmer’s Market.


Central to Durango, Telluride, and Mesa Verde, this location includes Lake McPhee, San Juan National Forest, Canyons of the Ancients National Monument, Navajo and Ute Mountain Tribal reservations and other southwest sites. Outdoor activities are plentiful. For example; the area is a mountain biker’s paradise with Boggy Draw trails at your doorstep and Phil's World a few miles away. River rafting the Dolores in season is a local favorite, including a float from Riverside Park, jumping off the boulder at the “swimming hole” and more. For music fans the local festivals include the fabulous Telluride Bluegrass Festival, Silverton Jubilee, Four Corner's Folk Festival, and Dolores River Festival. The area is rich in ancestral Puebloan culture. The Anasazi Heritage Center is a good source for planning excursions into native lands.


For those looking for holistic approaches to health, the owners can provide information about local massage therapy, chiropractor, acupuncture, body talk, aromatherapy, yoga, pilates, reiki, tarot, naturopathic healing and more in the area.


There are numerous organic farms in the area and a spirit of providing local and sustainable produce and other foods to the community. From the Cortez Farmer’s Market in the summer to the range of organic and gourmet foods available at local restaurants and the Dolores Food Market, guests will be pleased to discover the abundance of good food and drink. Local wineries include well-known Sutcliffe and Guy Drew Vineyards and the Dolores River Brewery has handcrafted ales and food.

We’ve travelled around and found out that paradise is at our door every day. Come see for yourself how rejuvenating and relaxing a stay with us can be, living like you are at home in our comfortable Rainbow Canyon Casita!

Keywords: biking, skiing, quiet, secluded, energy efficient, southwest, Anasazi

More Details

Member since: 2012
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few days
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
September 17, 2016

About The Owner

Don is retired and Lori a local physician. Our daughter. Elizabeth is at Dolores High School. We all enjoy mountain bikiing the nearby trails (bike from the house!), paddling the Dolores river and skiing at our 'home mountain' in Telluride. We also enjoy making music in the mountains and are avid 'festivarians' at the near-by venues.

The Owner purchased this house in 2009

Why The Owner chose Dolores

We live on the 35 acres adjacent to the rental property in our own energy-efficient strawbale home. We bought this house to preserve the natural beauty of our area and hope to protect the joined properties through a conservation easement in the future..

What makes this house unique

We live in an area that was once a 350 acre mesa top ranch which was developed into ten, 35 acre parcels. It is quiet with great views and only 3 miles to town and the river. We enjoy being able to take a walk around the 35 acres and along our rural gravel road, From our front door we can step into cross country skis or ride our mountain bikes to the nearby trailhead. We love living in the sunshine and beauty of the southwest in our strawbale paradise. We look forward to sharing our experience and knowledge of the area with you.


Dolores House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
House Rules:
  • Check-in: Flexible / Check-out: Flexible
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • pets considered ...
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Monument View ...
  • Mountain View ...
  • Broadband Access
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Covered Parking
  • Linens Provided
  • Parking Off Street
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer
  • Telephone ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Wood Stove ...
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Refrigerator
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 -
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Queen size Beds (1) Main Bedroom, loft level. Queen Aero-Bed for aditional guests., Sleep Sofa or Futons (1) La-Z--Boy SlumberAir mattress technology. In downstairs (2nd) bedroom / den.
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Video Library
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Outdoor Grill
  • cinemas
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • boating
  • horseback riding
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • fitness center
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • rafting
  • rock climbing
  • sailing
  • skiing
  • snowboarding
  • snowmobiling
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
Tubes, Snow shoes available and other equipment may be available from the owners.


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Rainbow Canyon Strawbale Casita Near Mesa Verde
average rating of 5.0 based on 2 reviews
Austin, TX

A Little Bit of Heaven on Earth

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I rented the Rainbow Casita for the month of July, and we were thrilled with our vacation home. The owners are amazing people, and they made sure that everything was perfect from start to finish. The house is spacious, well appointed, and filled with natural light, with a beautiful view from every window. We woke up to sunrises over the La Plata mountain range and ended each day with sunsets over Sleeping Ute Mountain, followed by amazing stargazing at night. Inside, the house is warm and friendly, with extremely comfortable beds, great sofas and chairs, and a lovely sound system. Everything is top notch: from the linens and quilts to the DKNY towels and Patagonia blankets to the fluffy pillows and beautiful rugs, all the appointments are elegant and make a unique contribution to the beauty of this vacation home. The kitchen is a chef's dream, with full sets of Oneida cookware, Henkel knives, and Fiestaware dishes, and the pantry is stocked with a variety of spices, condiments, soups, popcorn, coffees, and teas. Outside, the gas Weber grill made grilling a breeze. The owners have invested time and treasure into this beautiful home so that their guests have a cozy, comfortable, and relaxing experience at the Rainbow Casita. We were treated with great consideration and respect, and left with many happy memories. We hope to come back soon!

  • Submitted: Aug 5, 2012
  • Stayed: June 2012
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Corrales, NM

Beautiful weekend get away

  • 5 of 5

Our stay was perfect. We came to the four corners as part of a road trip along the million dollar highway. The house is on the mesa above Dolores, CO. in a setting that is secluded and peaceful, with great views. The house was warm, clean and comfortable. The decor has a charming southwest mountain vibe. Very homey. Amazing stars at night.

Dolores is a quiet town. We were pleasantly surprised to find the local Brew Pub serves brick oven pizza and great local brews. Apparently there is a happening local music scene as well.

The owners were very friendly and helpful, pointing us to many other restaurants and attractions in the area.

I would certainly recommend this property to anyone venturing through the four corners area. It's close to so many things.

Happy travels

  • Submitted: Apr 1, 2012
  • Stayed: March 2012
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Point of Interest
Dolores Food Market
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Dolores River Brewery
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Boggy Draw Mountain Bike Trails
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Arborena's Restaurant and Wine Bar
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Dolores Library
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Kim Lindell Massage
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Post Office
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Phil's World
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Kokopelli Bike and Board
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Stone Fish Sushi
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The Farm Bistro
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Cortez Airport
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Sophia Peace Center
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Anasazi Heritage Center
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Flying Pig
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Sideshow Emporium
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Hollywood Bar and Grill
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Swimming Hole
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Cortez Rec Center
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Joe Rowell Park
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Sutcliff Vineyards
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Guy Drew Vineyards
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Telluride Ski Resort
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Durango Silverton Train
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Absolute Bakery
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Spruce Tree Coffee Shop

Cross country skiing, fly-fishing, paddle boarding, snow shoeing, snow mobiling, tubing, yoga, birding


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning fee $175
Refundable damage deposit $500
Tax Rate 4.8%

Longer term rentals available

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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