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

Bedrooms 2
Half Baths1
Property type cabin
Minimum Stay 3 - 4 nights

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Half Baths
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 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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Faye and Finis Long
Member since: 2014
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few hours
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Calendar last updated:
January 16, 2017

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 New Mexico

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!


Wonderful! 4.9/5 -
(36 traveler reviews)

Michael Martin Murphey Cabin, America's Cowboy Singer/Songwriter Getaway Cabin
average rating of 4.861111 based on 36 reviews

Great Christmas Adventure

  • 5 of 5

We had a great time in the MMM cabin. Everything was great. We ordered lots of snow and got it even with a little storm that took our electricity from about 1 a.m. to 7 a.m. Really enjoyed meeting Faye and Finis. They made sure we were tucked in and everything was working.

  • Submitted: Dec 29, 2016
  • Stayed: Dec 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for taking your time to write a review. We enjoyed meeting you all and so happy you enjoyed the MMM Cabin and our fresh snow. We also woke up to a power outage but found out later it was a planned outage, although the Electric Co-op didn't notify anyone. We are always concerned that everything works well for our guests and they are "tucked in" and all is well. Thank you for being our guests!
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Very very nice. Actually perfect.

  • 5 of 5

Close enough to town, yet isolated. Wife and I went alone. Perfect get away for a couple. Mr and Mrs Long are awesome people and enjoyed a short visit with them. Would highly recommend.

  • Submitted: Oct 18, 2016
  • Stayed: Oct 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: What a great review! Thank you. It was a pleasure meeting you both. We often have couples at the MMM Cabin for anniversary, honeymoon and just time together. We love having guests that want to get away and have time together. We try to stop by sometime during our guest's stay to make sure everything is ok and if anything is needed, otherwise we just go by and say "hi" and enjoy! Thanks for being our guests.
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A Perfect Mountain Getaway

  • 5 of 5

The MMM Cabin was a perfect place for a weekend in the mountains. This was our first VRBO experience, and it couldn't have gone better. The cabin was immaculate and rustic at the same time. It provided a wonderful home base for our mountain activities. We don't have a single complaint about this place, and I can't wait to get back again.

  • Submitted: Oct 11, 2016
  • Stayed: Oct 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for your great review! Love having guests that appreciate a rustic cabin in the mountains! We try hard to be sure everything is clean, comfortable and ready for our guests. If we think you will be arriving late, we turn on lights inside and outside and turn up the heat. We want our guests to feel welcome when they arrive. Love to have you back anytime.
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MMM Cabin

  • 4 of 5

Perfect setting for four adults. Cabin very comfortable with lots of amenities, especially plenty of wood for am and pm fires!

Aspens beautiful this time of year.

For a quiet get-a-way, this is the place!

  • Submitted: Oct 4, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for taking time to write a positive review. We provide firewood summer and winter for our guests. At 10,000 feet elevation, most nights/evenings a fire feels good, warm and cozy. Since we did not receive five stars, I would have appreciated knowing what you found lacking. We can't improve unless we know! Thanks for staying at the MMM Cabin.
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Amazing and unique retreat

  • 5 of 5

The MMM Cabin was a perfect get-away for our family of 5, and a welcome break from the craziness of life and the Texas heat! This was our first VRBO experience, and it was a great one. The cabin was just as the listing described, and the amenities provided were near perfect. Our only very minor and insignificant complaint was the size of the older toaster that wasn't able to accommodate our bagels. :)

The property was clean and well-maintained, save a bit of clutter around the grounds (some broken plastic pipes and such from previous plumbing work, I suppose). But the view of the surrounding mountains and amazing sunsets more than made up for it. The Longs provided great customer service and were very friendly, and we would definitely recommend the MMM Cabin to family and friends. Make note that the cabin doesn't have a DVD/Blu-ray player or wi-fi, nor were we able to get much cell phone reception with AT&T (the latter was a blessing for us, but might frustrate those who need to stay in touch/online while away).

As far as Red River goes, the town is very quaint and cool. Lots to do. We went horseback riding at the Red River Stables (on Main Street in town and the staff was very friendly), went fishing at Fawn Lake (about 4 miles outside of town), ate at Anchovies Pizza (on Main Street and VERY good), and enjoyed the Grill at the Lift House a lot. Avoid the WAY overpriced Dairy Bar. Not worth it and super unfriendly staff who were stingy with napkins and ketchup. We also did the Platinum chair lift to the top of the mountain, but the $20 average cost per person felt like a steep price to just ride it up and down.

All in all, a near perfect experience with the MMM Cabin and low-key, beautiful Red River. We're sad it had to end!

  • Submitted: Aug 15, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for taking time to write such a detailed review. We are happy to hear you enjoyed your stay and your experience with VRBO. As we detail in the MMM Cabin description, WiFi and DVD player is not available at the MMM Cabin and should not have been a surprise. Because of the slow process of WiFi connections in the area, it may be quite some time before WiFi is available. As for the DVD player, numerous guests had problems, changing the TV from DirecTV to the DVD player resulting in frustration for guests and for us. We gave up having a DVD player in the cabin. We do have DirecTV with over 150 channels. Verizon and ATT cellphone coverage is not great but I have Verizon and simply deal with it as all of us do with regards to cell phones! The MMM Cabin is on six acres. When you rent the cabin, it does not include all six acres! It is our personal property and we have personal property located on the six acres. We try to mow, weed wack and keep the property around the cabin spruced up for our guests, however our greatest concern, always, is that our guests have a clean, well stocked with promised items, cabin to enjoy. Red River has a wide array of entertainment, some things more reasonably priced than others. Sometimes, you have to go to know! Again, thank you for your review and we will see about a toaster that will toast bagels!
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Quiet, Peaceful Cabin

  • 5 of 5

The cabin and owners are top notch. The cabin is very comfortable, well stocked and in such a beautiful setting. We liked that it was quiet and peaceful and also just a few miles away from the activities of Red River.

  • Submitted: Jul 30, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for the review. The MMM Cabin is a unique property and quiet and peaceful. Sometimes it is wonderful for our world to slow down a bit and take time just relax. High on the mountain at 10,000 feet elevation is the perfect place to do just that. Thanks for staying at the MMM Cabin.
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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

Red River Cabin Rental Rates

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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
2017 Winter Season
Jan 18 2017 - Feb 16 2017
3 night minimum stay
2017 Presidents Day Holiday
Feb 17 2017 - Feb 21 2017
3 night minimum stay
2017 Winter Season
Feb 22 2017 - Mar 2 2017
3 night minimum stay
2017 Spring Break
Mar 3 2017 - Mar 31 2017
3 night minimum stay
2017 Spring Season
Apr 1 2017 - May 24 2017
3 night minimum stay
2017 Memorial Day Holiday
May 25 2017 - Jun 4 2017
3 night minimum stay
2017 Early Summer
Jun 5 2017 - Jun 15 2017
3 night minimum stay
2017 Peak Summer
Jun 16 2017 - Jun 29 2017
3 night minimum stay
2017 July 4 Holiday
Jun 30 2017 - Jul 9 2017
3 night minimum stay
2017 Summer Season
Jul 10 2017 - Aug 31 2017
3 night minimum stay
2017 Labor Day Holiday
Sep 1 2017 - Sep 10 2017
3 night minimum stay
2017 Fall Season
Sep 11 2017 - Nov 16 2017
3 night minimum stay
2017 Thanksgiving Holiday
Nov 17 2017 - Nov 26 2017
3 night minimum stay
2017 Winter Season
Nov 27 2017 - Dec 18 2017
3 night minimum stay
2017 Christmas Holiday
Dec 19 2017 - Jan 8 2018
4 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning $100
Refundable Damage Deposi $200
Tax Rate 7.12%

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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Red River Cabin Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cabin
  • Guests provide their own meals
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 ...
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  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove ...
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  • 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 ...
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets not allowed
  • 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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