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

Bedrooms 2
Half Baths1
Space 1,200 sq ft
Property type cabin
Minimum Stay 3 - 4 nights


About the property

2 Bedrooms, 1.5 Bathroom, Sleeps 6

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 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 two twin beds. 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/walk on private property. Check with the Forest Service near Questa for required ATV 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 52. 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. Our neighbors at Bobcat Wilderness Adventures has snowmobiling, 4-wheeling, and horseback riding and Cowboy Evening, an evening of great food and entertainment just across Highway 38. Michael Martin Murphey provides an evening of entertainment as his venue on Bitter Creek (check his website for dates and details). 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.

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 deposit 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.

More Details

Faye and Finis Long
Member since: 2014
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Calendar last updated:
August 20, 2018

About Faye and Finis Long

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.

Faye and Finis Long purchased this cabin in 2004

Why Faye and Finis Long chose Red River

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.

What makes this cabin unique

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!


Red River Cabin Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cabin
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1200 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome ...
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • Mountain View
  • Rural
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower , Upstairs Clawfoot tub and shower, toilet separate sink
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , Sink and Toilet downstairs
  • Half bath downstairs, Full bathroom upstairs, with clawfoot tub, shower curtain surround, rain shower head, toilet with door closing off. Sink right outside.
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen , Log Queen Bed, Dresser with mirrow, large closet
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen , 2 twin/ single , Queen Bed Log/Metal Art Head board, twin daybed with trundle
  • Bedrooms are upstairs, one looking North, one on Southwest side of cabin overlooking meadow
  • Books
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • churches
  • library
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
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
If you need a Pack & Play or High Chair, please request prior to arrival.


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Michael Martin Murphey Cabin, America's Cowboy Singer/Songwriter Getaway Cabin
average rating of 4.8461537 based on 52 reviews
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Quaint, cozy, peaceful. Had a wonderful time

  • 5 of 5

Absolutely recommended if you are looking for a quiet and peaceful vacation surrounded by all nature has to offer. The cabin is comfortable and well stocked.

  • Submitted: Aug 11, 2018
  • Stayed: August 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Very cute and relaxing cabin

  • 5 of 5

Cute cabin away from the hustle and bustle but a quick drive to town. Loved the porch that looked over a meadow with elk, chipmunks and lots of birds. Cabin very cozy and comfortable. Had a very relaxing stay and are so happy we found this place. Would definitely recommend.

  • Submitted: Aug 7, 2018
  • Stayed: July 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Secluded & peaceful

  • 5 of 5

This is our second time staying here. Away from town, but close enough. There were a couple of dogs that barked continuously at times. I think we heard them due to the fact that the area was soo peaceful, and quite. This will not detour further stays, in fact, we have already booked another trip.

  • Submitted: Jul 28, 2018
  • Stayed: July 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Perfect Get-away Cabin!

  • 5 of 5

We enjoyed staying here so much we will be back if it works out!!! Cozy, clean, rustic, peaceful all describe this cabin... Sleeps 6 no problem, nice beds... Easy access off the main road out of Red River... We had the best vacation yet in the Michael Martin Murphy Cabin!! Thanks so much!!

  • Submitted: Jul 26, 2018
  • Stayed: July 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for your review. We are always thrilled when our guests enjoy the MMM Cabin. And thank you for taking your time to write a review, we know you are busy! Hope you can come again and enjoy the MMM Cabin.
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Cabin in the Mountains! Don’t miss this opportunity!

  • 5 of 5

The cabin was a great place to stay. Very quiet and peaceful. Short drive into RedRiver. Highly recommend as a place to stay and you won’t find better people to deal with then Fenis and Faye Long. They make sure your stay is complete. They treated us Like family. I want to return and do more outdoor activities in Red River and will stay here again. Thank you Fenis and Faye. Rick and Linda

  • Submitted: Jul 11, 2018
  • Stayed: June 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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Very quaint and secluded.

  • 4 of 5

Enjoyed our time there. My only suggestion would be new sofas and chairs as the ones there are ALL worn out.

  • Submitted: Dec 29, 2017
  • Stayed: December 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: I am sorry to hear the furniture did not fit you. Oh, and you are welcome for us agreeing to you all arriving two hours early at "No Charge" You actually arrived five hours early. I agreed to two hours early, giving us time to clean the cabin to our standards prior to your arrival. Vacuum around your feet was no fun! Also, sorry you were unaware that New Mexico is on Mountain Standard Time and not Central Standard Time. Something to keep in mind when visiting New Mexico!
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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.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $100

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.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

Please ask the owner or check their rental agreement when booking the property.

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