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Luxury Mountain Cabin overlooking Cascade Creek 7th nite FREE

Bedrooms 3
Half Baths1
Space 1,661 sq. ft.
Property type cabin
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights


About the property

1650 Sq Ft 3 bedroom 2.5 bath home has awesome views of Cascade ck & cliffs

*****NOTE : 4x4 vehicle necessary for Winter Months with good all terrain tires or chains if you have street tires **** NOV 1 - APR 1 NO EXCEPTIONS! See note at bottom as well. Two wheel drive vehicles can't make it in the winter months!

Our Calendar is up to date. No need to 'inquire' unless you have questions. Simply fill in your dates and click "book it" to begin the process to reserve your nights. Know that we also lowered our prices a bit to offset VRBO's recently added percentage charge to customers. Also, if you "input" 7 nights, you won't be charged for the 7th one (except during Christmas Break).


Our mountain side home looks out over Little Cascade Creek! You will love the unique placement of our home because it allows you to look upstream for 100 yards of the creek / river where you can see multiple falls which run directly at you. The peaceful sound of the rushing water will sooth you as you relax by the fire pit or sit in the hot tub on our deck. Occasionally you will see wildlife crossing the creek or in the meadows below. Mark stocks the stream with rainbow trout each spring, too.

We purchased this home because of his desire for artistic inspiration. Mark is an artist, you see, and we love to come here to recharge. 'Keathley' artwork adorns every possible wall in the home, but the outside views are what you will enjoy the most.

The bay windows of the dining area surrounds our huge round dining table (with a lazy-susan) and offers a great view of the creek, as well. This will be a place for making memories with your family and having intimate conversations as you enjoy the beautiful surroundings. We have a box of fun and unique questions on or near the table to help kick start interesting conversations, and all the fancy utensils, and serving items one would need for an elegant Dinner.

The living room windows on each side of the river rock fireplace look out over the rushing water of Cascade creek as well. You won't know where to stand and take it all in. Well - yes you will - the deck is simply amazing! The weather up here at 8800 ft above sea level is 10 - 15 degrees cooler than in Durango just 25 minutes away - you won't want to go inside!

Our cozy living room is furnished with two leather sofas (one is a sleeper with memory foam mattress.) A 55' HDTV and all the channels of entertainment you need hangs on the wall above a cabinet full of books. Besides, did I mention the view from the deck? You won't want to be indoors spring, summer or fall. So grab one of those books and spend some time outside. If it is chilly, you can fire up the glistening fire pit with the turn of the gas valve and the strike of a lighter, or light up the fireplace and warm yourself indoors from stacks of firewood on the front porch. As dusk comes, watch a dozen automatic timed candles turn on around the living room and stairs. It's a magical place.

Our kitchen is outfitted with new GE appliances and everything you need for the gourmet chef in you. Cook up something delightful to enjoy on the deck or around the table. You'll find lots of tools you would have at home. A blender for making margaritas to sip on by the fire, and many other 'necessities' for your use and enjoyment - stashed away in the large pantry.

The bedrooms are upstairs. To the right you will find a romantic get-a-way in the master Bedroom, complete with a huge window - creek view by day, and twinkling stars at night. A crystal chandelier table lamp will put a soft light on the linen tufted King size bed. Complete with Adjustable "air" bed, and memory foam topper. The bed is so comfy you won't want to get up in the morning and go on any of the amazing adventures all around you.

At the other end of the upstairs hall is another smaller romantic cabin room with red velvet covered Queen bed, Mountain Sheep fur wall hanging, and cozy mountain cabin feel complete with grand art work and Direct TV in these first two rooms. The sun streams in early and invites you to the great outdoors on this east side room.

In the small kids bunk room, where four little ones can easily sleep, there is a DVD/TV combo along with cowboy and Indian Artwork and a giant fur bean bag. Bring your favorite DVDs, but we have plenty on a shelf in the closet.

Though the house is only 1600 sq ft, is it elegantly appointed and invitingly cozy. the living area is room and spacious, and we have had 6-8 people many times.

The Needles Store is just 3 miles down the road - handy for things you run out of or forgot in Durango! And the Sow's Ear Restaurant is a 4 star type joint with a bar and a fun crowd just 2 miles away at the Silver Pick Lodge. There is a lot happening at the Resort up the road (1/2 mile down the highway) with a pizza joint and a fancy restaurant called 'Purgy's' and lot's of folks. The kids will love the alpine slide and other fun summer things at DMR as well as all the winter activities.

For your small pets, we have a cute little doggie hotel in the living room under the stair way landing. It is made out of wood, and is intended for keeping your pets from roaming at night or bothering you while your eating. Since it is wood, we don't intend it to keep your pet while you leave on an excursion for the day, as they would surely fear being left behind and try to chew out. 2.3x5 feet x 2.2 ft high. We keep our three Maltese in it every night when we are there. There is also a tie/leash outside in the yard, but not intended for 'leaving them' as we do have predators in the area. And we recently bought a 48' wire kennel that we hang in the mud room for our sons large dog. It's there for you to use, if you need it, too.

National forest borders all around. You literally walk down to the creek (which I stock regularly with brown and rainbow trout) and get lost for hours as you explore along the creek and hike to the north (Columbine Lake - 30 mins) or hike to the left (south) and see the magnificent Electra Lake (a couple hours) to the south. The southern hike is too treacherous when the creek is flowing strong in the pictures, though. This southern hike is an "extreme" hike - with falls and dangerous things to maneuver - my kids love it when the creek is low and they can rock hop down the stream! (take a rope for getting up and down some tough areas.) You'll see all kinds of wildlife if you are quiet and looking. Bear, Big horn sheep, Elk, turkey, beavers, Eagles, geese, Deer, mountain lions and even an occasional moose are possible. There is so much to take in! We (personally) have only seen mule deer, but some guest have seen Elk, mountain lion and cubs, and eagles.

Remember - get all 7 nights of a week for the price of 6 (except Christmas and New Years weeks) Simply input all 7 nights, and the system gives you the 7th free.

*****NOTE: 4 wheel drive is necessary in the winter. No exceptions! And if you have 4x4 with street tires, you need chains too. The larger the vehicle the more they struggle. I've never needed chains with good all terrain tires and 4x4. But I have seen 4x4 vehicles stuck because they had highway / high speed tires only (like a BMW SUV might have). Lake Purgatory Drive is 1.5 miles of up and down and will have patches of ice on steep hills. In fact, most winters, it is packed snow you are driving on the whole time. It is plowed as soon as we get snow, so you can get out and in, but it is still icy often. Notice the pictures above to see the winter conditions. This is the real deal ... dangerous conditions... but totally doable if you are prepared. We've seen out of control cars and trucks on ice while the locals are walking their dogs. There is talk of banning VRBO guests during the winter because of this. So please take care of the details on this issue. Call O'Reily, or Advanced Auto Parts in Durango to reserve a set of chains to have in your vehicle when you head through town if you don't have all terrain off road type tires. They are often out of stock, so don't depend on showing up last minute to get chains. Please adhere to this for the safety of our neighbors.

WINTER SKIING - Purgatory has some awesome skiing and you can park in the lower parking (where the locals do) and then walk across the road to the bunny lift for a free ride up to the base area where tickets,etc can be purchased. No need to trek uphill once you have rented your gear (which you can get by the needles store just before our road. Also, snow comes at different times. Some spring breaks are amazing, like 2014 when we got 7 feet of snow in one week in March. 2015 only 3 feet of snow all month. But there is so much to do - like a snowmobile tour you won't forget - a two hour tour from the parking lot at Purgatory (pay in the village) and it will be an afternoon to remember! We, also, built a 10x9 entry cover to relieve the icy front step issue one of our guests mentioned in the reviews, so you will be safe and warm in our home in the winter. We have two boot and glove dryers out and handy for your wet boots, etc. We, also, stock a chord of wood on the porch as well, so a crackling fire will add to your enjoyment! Winter is awesome and fearsome up here ! Very Exciting.

COLORADO Sales and Lodgers Tax ID # 29843016

More Details

Mark Keathley
Member since: 2014
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few hours
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Calendar last updated:
March 22, 2018

About Mark Keathley

Mark and Bonnie live in Texas near Austin and love the high altitude change. Mark is an artist, and the two of them travel for subject matter and inspiration. Durango and the San Juans are his favorite subject to paint. "Buying a home here so we could experience Colorado in all her glory," was the next step for thier personal adventure.

Mark Keathley purchased this cabin in 2014

Why Mark Keathley chose Columbine Lake (Purgatory Lake Drive)

It is a one of a kind property with the view and access to Cascade Creek. It's proximity to the the Ski Resort (2 miles), high altitude climate (8800ft) , 2 miles to great restaurant, 2.5 miles to local 'needles store' for things you forgot, and so many adventures a week is not enough time. Super Quiet too!

What makes this cabin unique

Easy access to the creek for exploring national forest land right out your back door.

8 minutes from the best restaurant around (the Sow's Ear) and easy access to the lower parking ski lift at Purgatory Resort (2 miles). Simply park in the lower lot, walk across the street to the beginner lift and catch a free ride up to the ticket area.

30 minutes from Silverton and tons of jeep trails and exploring. Only and hour from Ouray and the million dollar highway! keep going on around to Ridgeway and then west and south to Telluride and drive past Ralph Laurens Double R ranch. You can ride the free gondola in Telluride to Mountain village for a fun meal and high end shopping. It's a fabulous day adventure.

You're only an hour and a half from the San Juan River - one of the best fly fishing spots in the USA - where fish are all around you at all times. So much to see and do. A month wouldn't be enough!


Columbine Lake (Purgatory Lake Drive) Cabin Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cabin
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1661 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • pets considered ...
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Downtown ...
  • Mountain View ...
  • Resort ...
  • Rural ...
  • Water View ...
  • Waterfront ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace ...
  • Fitness Room / Equipment ...
  • Garage ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower , elegant master bath with two sinks and large walkin shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , combination tub/shower , cute and cozy bath with unique 8-9 towel rack
    Bathroom 3 -
  • Full sized elegant master bath, normal second bath with extra towel racks, and 1/2 bath downstairs.
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom 2 - 1 queen , 2nd Bedroom has Queen Bed, pillow top mattress, down comfort
    Bedroom 1 - 1 king , Elegant and Romantic Luxury
    Bedroom 3 - 1 bunk bed , twin over full bunk with roll away trundle under for 4
  • Roomy Master Bedroom has a KING dual chamber sleep # air bed with memory foam topper, high end sheets, linen covered down comforter, extra blankets, plush pillows, recliner, Direct TV and a great view. 2nd Bedroom has a pillow top / memory foam Queen Bed, down comforter, luxury blankets, great pillows, etc. Direct TV and is a small and cozy room. 3rd kids room has cowboy and indian art and TV/ dvd combo - with giant fur bean bag. Even though it is small, it sleeps 4 with the twin over full bunk and roll out trundle each room has room for suitcases in closets, and the master walk in is spacious and easy to spread out it so you aren't living on top of your travel stuff. There is, also, a cot and a baby bed / play pen in the master closet to pull out if you need either one.
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Ski & Snowboard ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool ...
  • Hot Tub ...
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • miniature golf
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • ice skating
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • rafting
  • rock climbing
  • snowboarding
  • snowmobiling
  • swimming
  • whitewater rafting
Did I mention the fire pit! It is wonderful!


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Luxury Mountain Cabin overlooking Cascade Creek 7th nite FREE
average rating of 4.9555554 based on 45 reviews


  • 5 of 5

My husband and I just got back from celebrating our 20th year anniversary. We could have not picked a better house to stay at. The house was warm, cozy, and absolutely beautiful. It had everything we could have needed (they even provided boot warmers - this was for when your boots got wet from the snow you could dry them). The beds were very comfortable and the master bedroom was just beautiful. The mattress in the master bedroom was one that you could adjust from hard to soft. We took advantage of the Jacuzzi on the outside deck along with the fireplace (you talk about a beautiful sight...sitting in the Jacuzzi, having a glass of wine and looking at all the stars up in the sky)!! As for the location, it is perfectly set as you are close to Durango, Purgatory Mtn, Silverton, etc.

We have owned a higher end vacation home that we rented out and we also have stayed at many other vacation rentals and this definitely topped everyone of them. We will be back here again as my husband wants to take advantage of the summer weather in this area next time and this rental has a small river just behind the house that is beautiful.

You know the owners go out of their way to make sure their guest have everything they need and make your stay extra special. They owners also did a fantastic job on providing you all the information that you needed to understand the way everything works. If you are looking for a place to stay...Search no more!! Stay here!!!!!!

  • Submitted: Mar 7, 2018
  • Stayed: February 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Absolutely amazing

  • 5 of 5

Absolutely amazing views and we felt at home and very cozy can’t wait to go back

  • Submitted: Feb 26, 2018
  • Stayed: February 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

Words can’t describe how amazing this cabin was. They have everything you could need and want for your stay. The area was incredible and beautiful. We will book this cabin again.

  • Submitted: Feb 24, 2018
  • Stayed: February 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks so much for the review and we are so glad you enjoyed it!
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We had an awesome time and the house was very well appointed with every amenity covered.

  • 5 of 5

If you're going to be in the Durango area, you won't find a better home to stay in. Views are breathtaking and the artwork in the home is unbelievable. Everything we could have wanted was there. 24 inches of snow fell during our four day stay. Postcard beautiful.

  • Submitted: Feb 17, 2018
  • Stayed: February 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: It's good to hear that you have a great time! We do try to have it like we would want it. It's the way it should be in the world, right!?
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Perfect dog friendly cabin

  • 5 of 5

This cabin was by far the best cabin we have stayed in! It had a warm friendly feeling. It has everything to make your stay relaxed not to mention the art work was beautiful. If I ever come back this way I will stay here again.

  • Submitted: Jan 5, 2018
  • Stayed: December 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks so much! That's what we were hoping for! We are so glad you had a good time. Bon :-)
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Beautiful home with awesome views!

  • 5 of 5

We absolutely loved the home and the views. The hot tub at night with the stars out was amazing. We did not want to leave!

  • Submitted: Oct 22, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: You two are welcome back anytime! and we are so glad you enjoyed it !
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Nearest Airport
30 Miles
Nearest Barpub
2 Miles
Sow's Ear
Nearest Golf
12 Miles
Glacier Club
Nearest Train
25 Miles
Durango Silverton
Nearest Motorway
1.4 Miles
US Hwy 550
Nearest Restaurant
2 Miles
Sow's Ear, School house, Village Center Restaurant
Nearest Ski
2 Miles
Durango Mountain Resort (Purgatory)
Car: necessary

There is so much to do around here, you will wonder where you will find the time to explore the many sports activities, hiking trails, shops and restaurants of Durango. We are located half way between Durango and Silverton, you can easily do day trips and sight see the area, rent a jeep and go over engineer pass, raft the mighty Animas river, do the alpine sled and mountain biking at the ski resort in the summer, or just sit by the fire pit and listen to the chimes, the train whistle in the afternoon and watch the hummingbirds, eagles, geese, and more. You can hike for hours around the house and head down stream to Electra Lake, or drive a couple miles to the Needles store and do a grand hike over the Hermosa Cliffs. You can see for forty miles up there!

Downtown Durango is a hopping place with great out door restaurants, shops and a few art galleries. And don't forget the day trip of riding the Durango Silverton Train which leaves three times in the morning starting at 8 am... spends a couple hours in Silverton so you can see the old west mining town as it was in the 1800's and then enjoy the ride back to Durango arriving in time for shopping and dinner. What a great day! You will love it all. It truly is the best place on earth! IMHO


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $180
Pet Fee $100
Damage Insurance $59

Rates are subject to change until reservation is confirmed and deposit made.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

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