About the property
- House1838 sqft
- Half Baths1
- Minimum Stay4 nights
The surrounds of Ouray, Colorado, located near the heart of the rugged and magnificently picturesque San Juan Mountains, is a glorious piece of paradise for adventuresome souls. This home, situated 5 miles north of town, offers a relaxing place to soak in the area’s beauty and a base to venture out to explore its wonder. We refer to this place as “Bear House,” named for the chainsaw bear sculpture welcoming you aside the front door.
Bear House sits on a shelf about 100 feet above the floor of the Idlewild valley, privately located at the end of a spur on a 1.3 acre wooded lot. The home features an inviting great room with tongue-and-groove cathedral ceilings, a spacious, well-equipped kitchen, and generous master bedroom and bath. Two additional bedrooms and an adjoining full bath occupy a partial second story. You can enjoy your meals inside on a large dining room table or outside on a wooden porch. This porch and large windows that span the northeast facing aspect—including great room, master bedroom, and upstairs bedroom—offer stunning, unimpeded views across the valley to Cutler Creek and Baldy Peak directly to the east, the Bridge of Heaven area rising sharply above Dexter Creek, and, in the distance to the north, the south rim of the Ouray amphitheater.
Located in the great room is a collection of books about the region’s history, jeeping in the area, and hiking trails, as well as trail and road maps. You’ll also find a small library of other fiction and non-fiction books, DVDs, and games. A utility room, located off the kitchen, has a washer and dryer. The property also has a 2.5 car garage to park your car and store outdoor gear.
**NOTE: We receive internet connection through a Verizon hotspot. In this rural area, cable or fiber optics are not available for internet. This option (“broadband”) is very much like using a hotspot on your cell phone, thus to supply data to the house is expensive. Because of this, we have to limit the amount of data each guest can use during their stay. Please be aware of automatic updates and notifications that might unnecessarily use your limited data.
You will only have a certain amount of data to use, and we will let you know so that you can budget your use and keep track of it how you wish. We are very sorry about this, but we of course have the same problem when we are there. There are several places in Ouray that have Wi-Fi if you need to use data. We thank you for your understanding. But if you want to spend time using data, then perhaps houses in between Ouray and Ridgway will not be suitable for your needs.
Sara Brant & Steve Gangestad
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- Mar 15, 2018
About Sara Brant & Steve Gangestad
We are Sara and Steve, a university researcher and professor currently residing primarily in Albuquerque, New Mexico. We have regularly recreated, relaxed, and revitalized in the Ouray area for years and, indeed, were married just off of Bear Creek trail, high above the Uncompahgre gorge south of town. We recently bought this house to spend more time in the region doing things we love, introduce our young son to the joys brought by outdoor adventure and beauty, share good times here with family and friends, and perhaps ultimately adopt this place as our primary residence. On a seasonal basis, we’re also happy to rent our home to visitors. Whether you’re just now discovering and exploring the Ouray region or, like us, have been revisiting it for years, we very much hope you enjoy your stay.
Sara Brant & Steve Gangestad purchased this House in 2012
Why Sara Brant & Steve Gangestad chose Idlewild Estates
We had looked to buy a piece of this area for years. When we stepped into Bear House and experienced its spacious warmth, private feel, and breathtaking views, we fell in love with it.
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Great place, clean and well maintained. Very well supplied. Parking was interesting with two trailers and tow vehicles plus two Jeeps. Owner told us before booking there could be a problem but it worked out. No complaints only problem was with WiFi but that was no fault of owner. Worked fine upon arrival but later in week could find network but would not accept password. Before we left it was back up and working. Again no fault of owner. We did try to contact local property manager with no success. The bottle of sparkling wine was great and appreciated. Thanks very much for sharing your mountain home with us. We would highly recommend this home for your trip to Ouray.
We stayed here for a week. It was great!
Beautiful clean property.
This was like staying at home. It was the most well stocked VRBO we've ever rented. Beautiful views and great info about what to do in the area.
Beautiful home with beautiful views!
We really enjoyed our week in the CO mountains and staying in this home. It was well appointed with all of the essentials, including a lovely bottle of sparkling wine upon our arrival! What a nice surprise. The home was spacious and provided lots of room for our family of 4 and my mother. We met the property manager when we arrived who was very helpful and informative. We had a great time in the mountains and would definitely stay here again!
Wonderful stay at a property that is handy to the Ridgway & Ouray area.
We stayed at the "Bear House" with our friends from Loveland for 8 days. The property was a wonderful place from which we were able to enjoy the Ouray, Ridgway, Telluride, Montrose area. The property was clean and the accommodations for the 4 of us were perfect. The two main bedrooms both felt like a Master Suite, with their own bathroom and shower (one on the main floor and one upstairs). There is a 2 car garage if you want to use it, but we just parked out front with our 2 vehicles and ATVs. When we arrived, there was a very nice note with a bottle of champagne for our enjoyment.
We would highly recommend the "Bear House" to anyone that wants to spend a week or so in this beautiful part of Colorado.
Comfortable, Great Location, Impeccably Clean, Stunning Views
We thoroughly enjoyed our stay at Bear House. It was a lovely, comfortable, private home in a quiet area, with beautiful views of the mountains from the multitude of windows. The home was impeccably clean and amply supplied with things you might not want to haul on vacation (e.g., spices of all sorts, grill), things you might forget (such as, butter, pencils and writing pad, CD's) and things you didn't know you needed until you got there (trail books for hiking and 4 wheeling). Sara and Steve were very accommodating, and even had suggestions for hikes suitable for our family.
Our time in the area of Ouray, Colorado was filled with thrilling adventures. We went whitewater rafting on the San Miguel River with Rigs. Apparently the end of June is also the tail end of that sport and the beginning of fly fishing. We were glad to be able to go rafting, for we all had to work together, and of course, also all got splashed with mountain snow melt together!
Then we rented 4 wheelers from Colorado Jeeps and explored the San Juan Mountains. We went to Yankee Boy Basin the first evening which offered amazing views of snow-capped mountains as well as the beautiful basin. The next day we went up the Corkscrew Trail to Hurricane Pass and then on to Engineer Pass. Another set of awesome views! Then we headed down to Stony Pass (and climbed up to a peak) and closed the day with trails by the Red Mountains. Next day we went to Ophir Pass and along the Lost Dollar Trail. Little did we know that Trip Advisor rates the Alpine Loop as the best 4 wheeling in North America! I can see why because even those new to it, (though it is not for the faint of heart or poor drivers!) can ascend to astounding views along numerous trails that are strung together. Note: We went BEFORE the fourth of July crowds.
Some of our party like hiking. Upon the recommendation of Steve, they headed for the summit of Mt. Sneffels from Yankee Boy Basin and got to about 100 feet of the top. If only they had crampons and ice picks! Those views were utterly amazing! Our last day we went to Telluride for the gondola ride and to walk around town for the shoppers of our family.
This was one of our best family vacations, and we would love to be able to return. Bear House would definitely be our first choice for accommodations!
We're very happy to hear that you had an excellent time! Thanks for sharing your adventures. We hope you can make it back sometime. All the best, Steve and Sara
Ouray is widely renowned as the Jeep Capital of America. Old mining roads, some passing historic ruins, abound in the San Juans. In winter, Ouray transforms into the Ice Climbing Capital of America, highlighted by the climbing park in the town's box canyon. The area is also well-known for its splendid hot springs, whether enjoyed at a public pool in Ouray or private resorts (such as the Wiesbaden in Ouray or Orvis Hot Springs near Ridgway).