Michael Martin Murphey Cabin, America's Cowboy Singer/Songwriter Getaway Cabin

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Michael Martin Murphey Cabin in the Snow


Last updated: 10/25/2016
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  • Minimum stay:3-4 nights
  • Internet:No
  • Pets considered:No
  • Wheel chair accessible:No

Property description

The Michael Martin Murphey (MMM) Cabin is located 3.5 miles from Red River on Bobcat’s Peak. We purchased the home from Mr. Murphey in 2004 and have tried as much as possible to keep the cabin as it was when he spent time in it writing songs, perfecting his music and enjoying its solitude. A number of memorabilia signed by Murph adorns the house. On occasion he and his family rent the cabin back from us to enjoy the seclusion of a quiet get-away in the mountains. Murph says he feels at home at the cabin because we haven't changed it very much. The cabin sits on six acres at an elevation of 10,200 feet and borders the Carson National Forest. The views to the West are of meadows where elk and deer come out of the forest in the summer, sometimes in the winter for a late evening and early morning snack. Summer brings the hummingbirds, chipmunks, ground squirrels, Stellar jays and grey jays (camp robbers) and chickadees, occasionally a wild turkey or a bear. We do have neighbors but most have jobs and are only able to get away a few days now and then, two of our neighbors are full-timers but work commitments seem to keep them away from home quite a bit. We are close by down at the Bobcat Mountain Lodge, if you need something.
The MMM cabin is an authentic log cabin, logs 12-16 inches, two porches, one on either side of the house and a back deck with a small grill and a train grill/smoker made especially for Mr. Murphey. The porches have chairs for relaxing and the deck has chairs and a table for outdoor eating. Mr. Murphey ordered the logs from Tennessee and had the cabin built in 1993. The kitchen counter tops are of galvanized steel, per Mr. Murphey, made to stand fish cleaning, or anything else that needed doing when preparing food! The cabin dining area has deer antler chandelier and a dining table, with what we call twig furniture. Each chair has a sheep skin to ease the derriere a bit when sitting on the twig. The cabin has several twig rockers with sheepskins so that you can sit by the real wood-burning rock fireplace in the living area. We furnish firewood free for your use as extra heat in the winter and in the summer to just knock a bit of the chill off. Summer nights can easily get down into the 40s and 50s! Nothing feels as good as a warm fire, in a log cabin high in the mountains! Please clean the ashes from the fireplace before your departure and put them in the trash can at the back steps. This helps prevent forest fires. Please NO SMOKING in the cabin. If you are a smoker, please smoke outside and carefully dispose of all butts. New Mexico has been a drought for more than three years. A careless butt could burn our beautiful forests and our forests would not recover in our lifetimes. The living area has a flat screen TV, with Direct TV. We have a number of paperbacks on our book shelves, games, and a couple of decks of cards for quiet times when you are not out and about. We do not have a phone or Wi-Fi in the cabin. Wi-Fi is available at the library in Red River usually 3G or better.
The cabin has a washer and dryer for your convenience. The cabin does not have a dishwasher so don’t forget paper plates. We provide towels, linens, supplies, such as, toilet paper, dishwashing liquid, and laundry detergent and trash bags. The cabin has a coffee pot, toaster, crock pot, hand mixer, full set of dishes and silverware for six people, pots and pans, microwave. A half bath down stairs, with a sink and commode, the upstairs bathroom has a sink, a door closes to the commode and claw foot tub for bathing and has a with shower curtain surround on the claw foot tub when showers are your thing. The two bedrooms are upstairs. One bedroom has a queen-size bed; the second bedroom has a queen size bed, and a day bed with a trundle. The cabin will sleep six people comfortably.
Parking is available for your four wheeler and snowmobile trailers with easy turn-around. The cabin property connects to the Carson National Forest. There are a few short logging roads that you can ride/walk on, but careful not to ride on private property. Check with the Forest Service near Questa for required permits. You can also walk into the Carson from the cabin to hunt. Northern New Mexico has a large population of elk. The area around the MMM cabin is Area 53. Trout fishing on the Red River, Fawn Lakes and at the town ponds is great fun and usually successful as the Red River is the most stocked river in the state of New Mexico. Eagle Nest Lake is 12 miles away and stocked with rainbows, perch and salmon. Northern Pike are also being caught in Eagle Nest Lake. The MMM Cabin is across Highway 38 from the Enchanted Cross Country Ski area and 3.5 miles from the Red River downhill ski area, approximately 25 miles from Angel Fire Ski area, 35 miles from Taos Ski area. Oh, and don’t forget River Rafting on the Rio Grande in the summer, hook up with a Rafting company in Taos, if you have a need to gamble there is the Taos Pueblo Casino.
Red River has a small grocery store and a number of restaurants. Some of the more popular restaurants require reservations. Red River has a celebration for every holiday and seems to make some holidays up! It is a fun town. At the MMM cabin, you will be close enough to town to get into town for all the “doings” yet far enough away to enjoy some quiet relaxing time too.
Four-wheel drive is an absolute necessity in the winter from mid-October to mid-April. We plow the road and the MMM cabin driveway as needed. We have a 'Boss' snow plow and chains on our truck to clear the road down to the highway. You will still need a 4-wheel vehicle in the winter.

So you want to stay at the MMM cabin……

February 2016 Homeaway/VRBO has started charging the traveler a fee of 4-10% on a sliding scale. This fee does not come to the owners but goes directly to Homeaway for "improvements to" and advertising of Homeaway. I hate this for our guests, but can't do anything about it. My apologies for this additional fee. (We, the owners, pay over $900 for the listing, should be enough.)
You will be charged the nightly rate, plus 8.4375 tax, and $100 cleaning/supplies fee per stay. Most times we have a three (3) night minimum. A Refundable Damage Deposit of $200 will be charged initially and refunded to your credit card if no damage is found when cleaning the cabin. Bag and dispose of your trash at the dumpsters in Red River or Eagle Nest. Also, wash your dishes and put them away. Trash or dirty dishes will result in an a $25 charge to your damage deposit. Occasionally, due to commitments, we have to hire cleaning folks to clean the cabin and they don’t like to wash dishes or take out trash, thus the $25 charge to your damage for either one. We clean the MMM cabin most of the time ourselves and we don’t like to wash dishes or take out trash either! Any damages will also be charged against your $200 damage deposit. It is not our desire to keep any portion of your damage deposit so do your dishes, take your trash and respect the MMM Cabin like you would your own home and you will see your damage deposit refunded to your credit card in 5-7 days after departure. If something doesn’t work properly, tell us and we will take care of it. We love the MMM cabin and believe you will too. Thanks in advance for treating the MMM cabin with the respect you would like for your own home.

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Property Type

  • Cabin

Accommodation Type

  • Vacation Rental


  • Guests Provide Their Own Meals


  • Minimum Age Limit For Renters:

    Must be 21 or over...moreless

  • Children Welcome:

    Pack & Play and High Chair Available upon request. Children can play outside without worrying about them. Build a fort in the woods, play in the snow, sled on the drifts....moreless

  • Non Smoking Only:

    Feel free to smoke outside but be sure carefully dispose of butts. Protect our forests....moreless

  • Pets Not Allowed
  • Wheelchair Inaccessible

Bedrooms: 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6, Beds for 6

  • Bedroom 1: 1 queen

    Log Queen Bed, Dresser with mirrow, large closet...moreless

  • Bedroom 2: 1 queen, 2 twin/ single

    Queen Bed Log/Metal Art Head board, twin daybed with trundle...moreless

  • Bedrooms are upstairs, one looking North, one on Southwest side of cabin overlooking meadow...moreless

Bathrooms: 1 Bathroom, 1 Half Bathroom

  • Bathroom 1: toilet, combination tub/shower

    Upstairs Clawfoot tub and shower, toilet separate sink...moreless

  • Bathroom 2: toilet

    Sink and Toilet downstairs...moreless

  • Half bath downstairs, Full bathroom upstairs, with clawfoot tub, shower curtain surround, rain shower head, toilet with door closing off. Sink right outside. ...moreless

Other Amenities

  • If you need a Pack & Play or High Chair, please request prior to arrival. ...moreless


  • Books
  • Satellite / Cable:

    Direct TV getting New York and LA. We do not get FOX network ...moreless


  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions


  • Churches
  • Library
  • Museums
  • Playground
  • Recreation Center
  • Restaurants

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/Bank
  • Groceries

Leisure Activities

  • Bird Watching
  • Gambling Casinos
  • Horseback Riding
  • Scenic Drives
  • Shopping
  • Sight Seeing
  • Sledding
  • Walking
  • Wildlife Viewing

Location Type

  • Mountain View
  • Rural

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • Cross Country Skiing
  • Cycling
  • Fishing
  • Fly Fishing
  • Hiking
  • Hunting
  • Mountain Biking
  • Mountain Climbing
  • Mountaineering
  • Rafting
  • Rock Climbing
  • Skiing
  • Snowboarding
  • Snowmobiling
  • Whitewater Rafting


  • Dining:

    Twig table and chairs, with sheepskins, extra chairs, 1 twig bar height chair, always a clean tablecloth ...moreless

  • Dining Area
  • Seating for 6 people


  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace:

    Rock fireplace, free wood on the side porch...moreless

  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating:

    Forced Air furnace, thermostat by half bathroom door...moreless

  • Linens Provided:

    Extra pillows...moreless

  • Living Room:

    Lazyboy chairs, leather sofa (foot rests no longer work, too much use?) rocking chairs, throws for snuggling, flat screen TV, lots of books, decorated in cowboy/wildlife style...moreless

  • Parking:

    Ample parking and turning around space for 4-wheeler, snow mobile trailers...moreless

  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine:

    Laundry detergent and dryer sheets provided. He detergent only...moreless


  • Kitchen:

    Kitchen is equipped for six, toaster, coffee pot, mixer, blender, crock pot, pots and pans, pantry, galvanized counter tops ...moreless

  • Microwave:

    Built in over stove...moreless

  • Oven:

    Large self-cleaning oven...moreless

  • Pantry Items:

    Coffee Filters, one roll of paper towels per stay, trash bags...moreless

  • Refrigerator
  • Stove:

    Ceramic top electric stove...moreless

  • Toaster:

    Two slicer...moreless


  • Deck / Patio:

    Porch on each side and back deck with table and chairs...moreless

  • Outdoor Grill:

    Train Grill/Smoker and Charcoal modern grill...moreless



Write a review 4.9
from 34 traveler reviews
Rental basis: Per property
Dates Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
2016 Fall Season
Sep 9 - Nov 20, 2016
3 night min stay
2016 Thanksgiving Holiday
Nov 21 - Nov 27, 2016
3 night min stay
2016 Winter Season
Nov 28 - Dec 15, 2016
3 night min stay
2016 Christmas Holiday
Dec 16 - Jan 8, 2017
4 night min stay
2017 Winter Season
Jan 9 - Jan 12, 2017
3 night min stay
2017 MLK Holiday
Jan 13 - Jan 17, 2017
3 night min stay
2017 Winter Season
Jan 18 - Feb 16, 2017
3 night min stay
2017 Presidents Day Holiday
Feb 17 - Feb 21, 2017
3 night min stay
2017 Winter Season
Feb 22 - Mar 2, 2017
3 night min stay
2017 Spring Break
Mar 3 - Mar 31, 2017
3 night min stay
2017 Spring Season
Apr 1 - May 24, 2017
3 night min stay
2017 Memorial Day Holiday
May 25 - Jun 4, 2017
3 night min stay
2017 Early Summer
Jun 5 - Jun 15, 2017
3 night min stay
2017 Peak Summer
Jun 16 - Jun 29, 2017
3 night min stay
2017 July 4 Holiday
Jun 30 - Jul 9, 2017
3 night min stay
2017 Summer Season
Jul 10 - Aug 31, 2017
3 night min stay
2017 Labor Day Holiday
Sep 1 - Sep 10, 2017
3 night min stay
2017 Fall Season
Sep 11 - Nov 16, 2017
3 night min stay
2017 Thanksgiving Holiday
Nov 17 - Nov 26, 2017
3 night min stay
2017 Winter Season
Nov 27 - Dec 18, 2017
3 night min stay
2017 Christmas Holiday
Dec 19 - Jan 8, 2018
4 night min stay
My Standard Rate
3 night min stay

Additional information about rental rates


  • Cleaning $100
  • Refundable Damage Deposi $200
  • Tax Rate 7.125%


CANCELLATION POLICY: For cancellations more than 30 days prior to arrival date, a Cancellation Fee of one (1) nites rental + tax will be retained, balance will be refunded. No refunds for cancellations made 30 days or less prior to arrival. No Refunds will be given for Holidays. REFUNDABLE DAMAGE DEPOSIT refunded to credit card 5-7 days after departure, if no damage. See Rental Agreement.

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Last updated: 10/25/2016
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In the 1800’s, Red River was a gold mining town. (You can still pan for gold, check with the Forest Service for where.) Getting into Red River in the 1800’s meant negotiating the Old Red River Pass, now a jeep trail. The Old Red River Pass was a challenge to all comers, winter and summer. Even today, the new Red River Pass gets a cleaning of rocks coming off the mountains each morning by the highway crews. If you are an observant person when the Aspens are turning, as you descend the Pass into Red River, you will see the shape of a butterfly in Aspens on the mountain. Watch for it in early October. The Red River ski area, with its new chair lifts, is one block off Main Street. The town is small enough to walk down Main Street, shop, eat, drink, see and be seen. Look up and you will see that Red River is surrounded by the high mountains of the Carson National Forest. Of course, the Carson boosts the highest peak in New Mexico, Wheeler Peak, 12,000+ feet. (Wheeler Peak can be seen as you go up and down the road to the MMM cabin.)

Jeep rentals are available in town, also, jeep tours if you prefer to be driven. There are many jeep trails around Red River with spectacular views as far as Colorado. The most popular jeep trail is the Goose Lake trail starting less than a mile from Main Street. The Carson has many hiking trails including a hiking trail to top of Wheeler Peak. Trout fishing is good in the Red River, town ponds, Fawn Lakes, Middle Fork and is usually a fun and rewarding experience as the Red River is one of the most stocked streams in the state of New Mexico. Eagle Nest Lake and the Colin Nesbitt Wildlife area, Cimarron Canyon, are about 15 miles away to the East and have great fishing also. Two other downhill ski areas on the Enchanted Circle are at Angel Fire about 35 miles and Taos Ski Valley about an hour away. Across the highway, from the MMM cabin is the Enchanted Forest X-country Ski area.

The Carson National Forest has one of the largest elk herds in Northern New Mexico. Bow hunting, muzzleloader hunting and rifle hunts start early fall. Check the New Mexico Fish and Game website for the particulars.

Also, across the highway, Bobcat Pass Adventures offers snowmobiling in the winter, horseback riding and four wheeling in the summer. For the best steak cooked outside and cowboy coffee that will provide a week’s worth of caffine, be sure to go over for the Cowboy Evening Dinner and entertainment in the summer. On occasion, Michael Martin Murphey provides the entertainment. During the summer he also plays at his own Bitter Creek amphitheater just outside of Red River. Check his website for dates and venue.

For a day trip, head over to Taos. Check out the Fish Hatchery just South of Questa. Bring quarters so the kids can feed the fish. Continue on and check out the Rio Grande Bridge, one of 7 or 8 like it in the entire US about 7 miles west on Highway 64. Watch for the sign. Return to the main highway, the Overland Sheep Company is on the left for a little shopping. Cruise the Taos Plaza with its Southwest shops, the Taos Pueblo, the Taos Casino for a little gambling. Whitewater rafting can be booked with one of the many river runner companies for a fun day on the Rio Grande.

If a day trip isn’t that appealing, head down to Red River for one of its many festivals during the year, including Mardi Gras in the Mountains late February, the Memorial Day Harley Run, the Classic Car Show in June, Whole town Garage Sale in June, Wine and Art festival, Blues and Brews, 4th of July parade, Aspencade in September, Octoberfest to name a few.


Owner info

Year Purchased: 2004

About the owner: For years we used a management company to manage the MMM cabin. In February 2013, after a disagreement in basic rental philosophy with the management company, the management, decided to terminate our agreement with them. After careful thought, we have decided to manage the MMM cabin ourselves rather than chose another management company. We believe we can provide our guests with a high quality rental property for less by renting through VRBO. We have reduced the nightly rate. Also, we will not be charging booking fees, (aka credit card fees), we will not force you to purchase damage insurance. We will charge a $200 Refundable damage deposit at the time of booking, to be refunded 5-7 days after departure to your credit card if no damage. As a guest, you have always paid an embedded cleaning fee. To provide full disclosure, the cleaning/supplies fee is a line item of your rental invoice. We have always cleaned the MMM cabin and taken care of the maintenance ourselves even when we had the management companies. We did so because we wanted it cleaned and maintained with a commitment that most cleaning services do not provide. After retirement in 2010, I have run the Bobcat Mountain Lodge just two curves down on the same road from the MMM cabin making it easy to go up and clean the MMM cabin and being close by if the guests need something or have a problem. We love having guests enjoy the Murphey Cabin and enjoy meeting our guests. We hope our returning guests will book the cabin through VRBO and our new guests will feel free to call us with their questions. Be assured, whether you and your family are new to the MMM cabin or returning quests, we want to make your vacation at the MMM cabin comfortable and special. For our returning guests, be assured MMM cabin will be as clean and comfortable as always.

Why the Owner Chose Red River, NM, USA:
We love the mountains of New Mexico, the views, the wildlife and just the overall peacefulness of the high country. When we saw the Murphey cabin in one of the real estate magazines, we had to see it. It had a uniqueness about it that made us want it for ourselves. We purchased it from Mr. Murphey and have spent many nights in it ourselves, but felt we could share its uniqueness with others and at the same time make a few bucks to help pay the costs of owning it.

The Unique Benefits at this Cabin:
The MMM cabin is a true log cabin, built with huge logs, rustic, yet with all the modern necessities needed to be comfortable. It sits on six acres and joins the Carson National Forest, quiet, secluded and unique. Formerly owned by Michael Martin Murphey, a great cowboy singer, committed to the cowboy way of life. The cabin reflects his love of the quiet, simple life, a place to enjoy nature and wildlife. When he owned the cabin, he did not allow a TV because he felt it disrupted the peacefulness. We love the quiet, but also wanted to know what was happening in the world, so now the cabin has a TV, but the TV does have an OFF/ON switch!

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  • Michael Martin Murphey Cabin in the Snow

    Michael Martin Murphey Cabin in the Snow

  • Living Room Flat Screen TV, Stairs

    Living Room Flat Screen TV, Stairs

  • Half Bathroom - Lower Level

    Half Bathroom - Lower Level

  • Washer and Dryer

    Washer and Dryer

  • Bathroom - Clawfoot Tub with Shower

    Bathroom - Clawfoot Tub with Shower

  • Looking Down Stairs from Second Level, Guitar signed by Mr. Murphey

    Looking Down Stairs from Second Level, Guitar signed by Mr. Murphey

  • Bedroom 2, Log Headboard, queen bed, Pictures cowboys/ sidekicks, recognize them

    Bedroom 2, Log Headboard, queen bed, Pictures cowboys/ sidekicks, recognize them

  • Train Grill/Smoker, Charcoal Grill on Back deck

    Train Grill/Smoker, Charcoal Grill on Back deck

  • Wagon in the Snow

    Wagon in the Snow

  • Wagon with Aspens Turning

    Wagon with Aspens Turning

  • Ground Squirrel enjoying a Snack

    Ground Squirrel enjoying a Snack

  • Elk Calf 2 or 3 days old, taken with phone camera.  Only in mountains of NM!

    Elk Calf 2 or 3 days old, taken with phone camera. Only in mountains of NM!

  • Living Room

    Living Room

  • Fireplace for Cozy Evenings

    Fireplace for Cozy Evenings

  • Dining Area with Antler Light Over Table, Twig Chairs

    Dining Area with Antler Light Over Table, Twig Chairs

  • Dining Area, Murphey's WestFest Poster

    Dining Area, Murphey's WestFest Poster

  • Top of Stairs, Extra Pillows, Twig Chair for Waiting for Your turn in Bathroom!

    Top of Stairs, Extra Pillows, Twig Chair for Waiting for Your turn in Bathroom!

  • Bedroom, Queen Bed, Quiver used by Murphey in TV Show

    Bedroom, Queen Bed, Quiver used by Murphey in TV Show

  • View of Bedroom 2 showing Daybed with trundle

    View of Bedroom 2 showing Daybed with trundle

  • Table and chairs on Back Deck, a little snow still left

    Table and chairs on Back Deck, a little snow still left

  • Big Beautiful Snow in 2009

    Big Beautiful Snow in 2009

  • Aspens with Wheeler Peak in Backgrown on way up to cabin

    Aspens with Wheeler Peak in Backgrown on way up to cabin

  • Elk Herd - Spring, Hunting Season Over!

    Elk Herd - Spring, Hunting Season Over!

  • Michael Martin Murphey in center after singing at Cowboy Evening, that's us too!

    Michael Martin Murphey in center after singing at Cowboy Evening, that's us too!

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This listing was first published here in 2014.

Date last modified - Tuesday, October 25, 2016

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