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Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights

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3 - 7 nights

About the property


'Ralph Lauren' appeal including 3 bedrooms, 2 baths, stocked kitchen, wood-burning Franklin stove, 42'' LCD with DVD/VCR player. New propane grill, large front deck with upgraded patio furniture.

Bedroom 1: queen bed, shared bath with bedroom #2, dresser, closet

Bedroom 2: queen bed, dresser, chest, closet, has passthrough to bedroom 3 separated by pocket door

Bedroom 3: step down into a separate suite with a queen bed, shaved pine bunk beds for 2, sitting area with game table, small futon (comfortable for a child to sleep on), private shower (no tub) with coffee maker and dressing table, washer/dryer [bedroom 3 was added as a separate addition to the original cabin creating a large, spacious bunkroom fondly referred to as the 'grandkids room' by family]

NESTLED IN THE BEAUTIFUL SAN JUAN RANGE OF THE ROCKIES' WESTERN SLOPE, the Vandiver Cabin is a guaranteed spot for enjoying Colorado's best kept secret. Lake City is a small, riverside historic community that has escaped commercialization. Although this cabin has the comforts of three bedrooms, two baths, the internet, and a 42' LCD with satellite & DVD/VHS player, you'll be taken back in time to the days of the gold rush, wagon trails, and the historic Packer massacre.

This QUAINT SINGLE-STORY CEDAR CABIN lies in the Ball Flats less than one mile from the town center and only one block from the Lake Fork of the Gunnison River. The cabin was built in the 1960's by Ed & Syllrene Vandiver after discovering the best fly-fishing in Colorado. The VANDIVER CABIN received MAJOR RENOVATIONS IN 2012, including new appliances, dishwasher, granite countertops, updated bathroom, new furniture & linens, and added porch amenities including outdoor seating, picnic table with umbrella, and a new gas grill. IN JUNE OF 2015, THE MASTER BATHROOM WAS FULLY REMODELED, including new tub with tile with safety bar, porcelain pedestal sink, custom V joint woodwork, rustic faux wood porcelain tile, and new linens.

There are THREE BEDROOMS each with a queen-sized bed. The first two bedrooms share a bath with a tub/shower off of the family room. The third, larger bedroom includes twin shaved pine bunk beds in addition to the queen and also has a private bath with shower. The kitchen, which has served many Thanksgiving and Christmas dinners around the antique maple table, is amply supplied with cooking tools including a crockpot, pancacke griddle, blender, waffle maker, blender, mixer, food processor, and pots & pans of every shape and size. The cabin has an open floorplan with the kitchen connecting to the family room which is heated by an old fashioned Franklin wood-burning stove. Great for a chilly evening! The large front porch with outdoor seating encourages viewing of the moutain scenering while eating meals under the spruce and aspen trees. Washer and dryer are included in the cabin, connected to the back bedroom.

The TOWN OF LAKE CITY takes pride in having well-maintained walking & biking trails along the river. This cabin is just two blocks from the access point to this riverfront trail. These paths travel along the river and make for a fun morning walk with the birds and deer or an easy trip to the park, baseball field, local restaurants, churches, and local shops. There's even a hidden skateboard park! The cabin is conveniently close to the Lake City bakery which draws a crowd by 7 AM for their famous fruit pockets & cinnamon rolls (don't miss this!). The well-stocked country grocer store is just across the river.

There are 8-10 locally-owned restaurants with menus ranging from pizza with calzones & hand-breaded fried chicken to fine French dining. A dozen local shops make for a fun afternoon of discovering local artists and craftsmen, painters, & sporting goods. The personal feeling as you explore the town is like no other. The Cabin Fever Players (the local community theeater), Lake City Chorus, and old-fashined ice cream parlor make for enjoyable entertainment.

Some of Colorado's best HIKING AND JEEP/ATV TRAILS are found at Lake City's near-9,000 foot elevation. Explore waterfalls, cross rivers over log bridges, picnic while overlooking Lake San Cristobal, and climb area fourteeners with breathtaking views of wildflowers, marmots, grazing moose, and long-horn sheep. Locak jeep rentals can provide your 4-wheel access to the Alpine Loop via the infamous Cinnamon & Engineer's passes. This drive is along steep & austere mountainside paths and suitable for eager explorers or avid photographers, especailly in July & August when the wildflowers are blooming. These sights offer a new burst of color in September & October when the aspen leaves change to fall hues. The Alpine Loop provides access to Silverton, Colorado, which is known for its steam engine train ride to Durango. The Alpine Loop can be traveled in one day and is a do-not-miss, 'bucket list' experience. Of course, fishing is one of Lake City's greatest draws. Explore the rivers and lakes on your own or enlist a local fishing guide for a safe-bet fish fry that same evening.

The VANDIVER CABIN is smoke-free and welcomes well-behaved pets and owners. This cabin is available from spring until late fall, usually May 1st until October 31st. Inquire for LONG-TERM RATES for stays of 8 days or longer, especially perfect for watching the aspens change in September and October. THE FALL COLOR IS BREATHTAKING.

Owned and operated by MOUNTAIN MEMORIES, LTD, described by many as having Lake City's finest rentals with the special touches usually seen in the country's nicest B & B's. See our sister riverfront properties at VRBO #302010 and VRBO #959925! We'd love to have you.

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Member since: 2010
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January 21, 2017

About Joslyn

My grandparents built the Vandiver Cabin in 1966, and we have been enjoying Lake City for summer vacations, spring break, and holiday gatherings ever since. Bedroom 3 (the back suite), referred to as the 'grandkids room,' was added on to the original cabin years later. The legacy has been shared down through the generations and continues to be the vacation-of-choice for our children!

Joslyn purchased this house in 2012

Why Joslyn chose Southwest

Mountainside beauty, 1 block from the Lake Fork of the Gunnison River, access to pristine riverside walking paths leading to the town center with restaurants/shopping/churches, fantastic fly fishing just minutes away, amazing hiking (Cataract Gulch and Alpine Gulch are our family favorites). Wireless internet added in 2013.

What makes this house unique

Perfect layout for one or two families sharing a cabin. Excellent cooking facilities for feeding large groups. New granite counters, new stove, new dishwasher, new fridge. Large dining table seats 8 comfortably. Breathtaking views of surrounding mountains. Walking distance from country grocery store, the bakery, and most restaurants.

Guestbook comments from the manager

Lake City holds a very special place in our hearts. We've been visiting for many years and even were married here exactly 14 years ago. We came to celebrate our anniversary and a milestone birthday. This cabin was perfect. Our family felt right at home! Thank you for welcoming us. Our 4 kids loved the red carpet room! We hope to return soon for another stay! Thank you --
Sep 2012
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Wonderful! 4.8/5 -
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average rating of 4.85 based on 25 reviews

Beautiful as always

  • 5 of 5

It was so good to see the cabin come into view after driving for nine hours. Once inside it was nice to sit down and relax in the comfortable living room. Everything was so nice and just like last year it didn't take long for us to settle in.

The cabin is so well stocked and livable. We had a great time and the new law change about OHV's made it so easy to get started on the trails.

We had a great time, thank you Joslyn for lending us your beautiful cabin.

  • Submitted: Sep 5, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
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  • 5 of 5

The property was wonderful for our group of 6. It was very clean and supplies - dishes, bedding, etc. above and beyond. Even extras like spices, paper products (could have used a couple more rolls of toilet tissue) foil, plastic wrap were in included. The grill was a nice addition as were the chairs and front porch seating. Access to town, walking trails, etc. was great. Location was also very quiet.

  • Submitted: Sep 12, 2015
  • Stayed: Sep 2015
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Best Cabin in Lake City

  • 5 of 5

Walking in to the cabin for our second stay here was like walking in to our own place. We absolutely love it. We brought the whole family this time and had enough space for everyone. The largest bedroom was perfect for my son and his family. The kids loved the bunk beds and loved having their own space. The kitchen is nicely stocked for a cook with a great sized dining room table to sit the whole family. We too brought 2 large vehicles and 2 Jeeps so the ability to drive them in and out worked well. We saw several deer every evening and the boys enjoyed walking to the river to do some fishing and rock throwing. Thanks so much for having the best cabin in Lake City.

  • Submitted: Sep 3, 2015
  • Stayed: Aug 2015
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Location, Location...

  • 5 of 5

If you are looking to stay in a 5 star cabin close to the most charming town, close to the greatest mountian trails, in the best neighborhood, this is your cabin.

Inside and out this cabin is so nice, clean and well stocked. We needed and were impressed that the driveway was large enough for our two pickups, and trailers, we were able to unload our OHV's, drive one or more vehicles without having to jocky everything around and keep everything parked in the drive at night.

We could walk to town in the mornings, take evening walks around the beautiful neighborhood, and to the river.

It is just a couple of miles to the staging area for all the great trails.

We spent all day at the trails, then we would come back to the cabin, clean up, cook dinner in the best stocked kitchen of any rental we have ever rented. I still can't get over them having Denby place settings. And the living area is so spacious with plenty of comfortable seating. I mean really comfortable where we could really relax. For us the added space in the back of the house with its own bathroom was perfect.

If I get to return to Lake City, Co. This is hands down the place I want to stay again.

A Great Big, Thank you, to the owners for giving us a wonderful place to rest, plan and rejuvenate, a part of our perfect vacation includes this perfect cabin.

  • Submitted: Aug 26, 2015
  • Stayed: Aug 2015
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I'll be back!

  • 5 of 5

I have vacationed in Lake City every summer for 44 years and have stayed in numerous cabins. This one was my favorite. Great views, hiking trials, 2 full bathrooms, and lots of room. Cute decor and super clean! I plan to book again! Thanks~

  • Submitted: Aug 14, 2015
  • Stayed: Jul 2015
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Nemo, TX

I'll be back!

  • 5 of 5

I have vacationed in Lake City every summer for 44 years and have stayed in numerous cabins. This one was my favorite. Great views, hiking trials, 2 full bathrooms, and lots of room. Cute decor and super clean! I plan to book again! Thanks~

  • Submitted: Aug 13, 2015
  • Stayed: Jul 2015
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Nearest Airport
50 Miles
Gunnison, CO


Rates & Availability

Lake City House Rental Rates

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Dec 1 2016 - Jun 3 2017
3 night minimum stay
Jun 4 2017 - Jun 30 2017
3 night minimum stay
July Fourth
Jul 1 2017 - Jul 8 2017
7 night minimum stay
Jul 9 2017 - Jul 31 2017
7 night minimum stay
Aug 1 2017 - Aug 31 2017
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Sep 1 2017 - Oct 31 2017
3 night minimum stay
Nov 1 2017 - May 31 2018
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3 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Property Damage Protection $59
Pet Fee $50 + Tax
Cleaning fee $175 + Tax
Tax Rate 9.8%

7 nignt minimum stay in July; 4 night minimum all other months. $500 refundable deposit required at time of booking. Lease amount due 60 days prior to check-in. Cancellations received at least 21 days prior to check-in will be refunded 50% of lease payment. Cancellation fees apply.

Manager's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
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Lake City House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Location Type:
  • Mountain View
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Internet
  • Linens Provided
  • Mobile Phone
  • Parking Off Street
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Fireplace
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Refrigerator
  • Dining Area
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
  • 2
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Queen size Beds (3), Bunk Beds (1)
  • DVD Player
  • Television ...
  • VCR
  • Deck / Patio
  • Outdoor Grill
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • horseback riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • rafting
  • ski lift privileges
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • whitewater rafting

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