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Our Canyon's namesake in late summer. View of CASITA and La Platas from our home

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Last updated: 09/17/2016
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  • Minimum stay:7 nights
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:Yes
  • Wheel chair accessible:N/A

Property description

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.
THE CASITA:
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.
ACTIVITIES:
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.
HOLISTIC AND SPIRITUAL:
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.
FOOD AND SPIRITS:
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

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Property Type

  • House

Accommodation Type

  • Vacation Rental

Suitability

  • Minimum Age Limit For Renters:

    18 years old or older to rent...moreless

  • Non Smoking Only
  • Pets Considered:

    Pets considered. May require additional deposit...moreless

Bedrooms: 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6, Beds for 4-6

  • Bedroom 1

    ...moreless

  • Bedroom 2

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  • Loft

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  • 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. ...moreless

Bathrooms: 1 Bathroom

Other Amenities

  • Tubes, Snow shoes available and other equipment may be available from the owners....moreless

Entertainment

  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Video Library

Attractions

  • Cinemas
  • Restaurants

Local Services & Businesses

  • Fitness Center

Leisure Activities

  • Boating
  • Horseback Riding
  • Shopping
  • Sight Seeing
  • Sledding
  • Wildlife Viewing

Location Type

  • Mountain View:

    La Platas to the east, Mesa Verde to the south and Sleeping Ute to the west...moreless

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

General

  • Broadband Access
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Covered Parking
  • Linens Provided
  • Parking Off Street
  • Parking For RV/Boat/Trailer
  • Telephone:

    local calls only...moreless

  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Wood Stove:

    Main source of heat in the casita. There are also electric in-floor radiant heat zones.....moreless

Kitchen

  • Cooking Utensils
  • Kitchen:

    Fresh ground coffee, teas in stock. ...moreless

  • Microwave
  • Refrigerator

Outside

  • Outdoor Grill
 

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My Standard Rate
7 night min stay

$1,500

Additional information about rental rates

Fees:

  • Cleaning fee $175
  • Refundable Damage Deposit $500
  • Tax Rate 4.8%

Notes:

Longer term rentals available


Owner's cancellation policy:

50% refund for cancellations more than 7 days before check-in date.

100% refund for cancellations more than 14 days before check-in date.


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Location

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

 

Owner info

Year Purchased: 2009

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.

Why the Owner Chose Dolores, CO, USA:
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..

The Unique Benefits at this House:
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.


Contact us

Speaks: english

 

Photos

  • Our Canyon's namesake in late summer. View of CASITA and La Platas from our home

    Our Canyon's namesake in late summer. View of CASITA and La Platas from our home

  • Seating in the open living room dining room area, from the kitchen facing south.

    Seating in the open living room dining room area, from the kitchen facing south.

  • Fully Equipped Kitchen

    Fully Equipped Kitchen

  • From Bedroom Loft, Lower right-dining table, upper right-artists/writers loft

    From Bedroom Loft, Lower right-dining table, upper right-artists/writers loft

  • Dining For Four. Stereo with record player AM FM CD will play your IPOD or MP3's

    Dining For Four. Stereo with record player AM FM CD will play your IPOD or MP3's

  • South Facing Patio stays warm in winter. Straw bale keeps house cool in summer.

    South Facing Patio stays warm in winter. Straw bale keeps house cool in summer.

  • The Casita nestled in Pinon & Juniper forest.

    The Casita nestled in Pinon & Juniper forest.

  • Double Rainbow

    Double Rainbow

  • Front of the house

    Front of the house

  • living room with propane stove

    living room with propane stove

  • Upper Loft: Artists / writers desk, yoga, above it all views/sunsets.

    Upper Loft: Artists / writers desk, yoga, above it all views/sunsets.

  • Bedroom Loft with queen bed.

    Bedroom Loft with queen bed.

  • Bedroom/Den with Queen Lay-Z-Boy Slumber-Aire mattress. It really is comfortable

    Bedroom/Den with Queen Lay-Z-Boy Slumber-Aire mattress. It really is comfortable

  • Slipper Tub in our "victorian" Bathroom

    Slipper Tub in our "victorian" Bathroom

  • Lightening looking west from Rainbow Canyon

    Lightening looking west from Rainbow Canyon

  • Sunrise over the La Platas

    Sunrise over the La Platas

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This listing was first published here in 2012.

Date last modified - Wednesday, September 21, 2016

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