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New 3 BR house on canyon ridge/Borders Forest/31 windows- just 3 miles from town

Bedrooms 3
Half Baths1
Space 2,000 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 - 5 nights


About the property

Vacate in house 10' from canyon ridge & blocks from San Juan Forest


The Video


A video of the house and some of its immediate surroundings can be seen by looking at the photos and accessing the last one (#25), which is actually a video. Click on the play icon to see the house in motion.


The View, Canyon, and Privacy


Our 2014 home sits on the edge of a canyon that provides solitude, wildlife, and a pleasant view across the ½ mile wide canyon. It’s on a cul-de-sac with several nearby entrances (within blocks) into the San Juan National Forest for immediate hiking, biking, snow shoeing, and cross country skiing. Our cul-de-sac is almost attached to one of the San Juan National Forest entrances with no streets in between ours and the forest.


Downtown Convenience


It's about 5 blocks on very low/no slope roads (hard packed dirt) out of the subdivision to the main paved road thereafter. Pagosa Springs is a town of two main centers- the original down town and the newer developed area of shops & restaurants. The house is 3.5 miles to the newer developed district and 8.5 miles to the original down town.

Whether summer or winter, it takes about 5 minutes to get to the “new” downtown or 10 minutes to the “original” down town area.


The Main Room


The main room is a wall of 6 large windows overlooking the canyon. It's designed to make you feel like you're sitting in the canyon.


The Mighty Sun


When the sun rises the east side of the canyon the house sits on lights up bright. The high quality shades in the main room are light colored and tone down the glare real well without darkening the room too much. The shades in all of the bedrooms are tan colored but they have the black out feature so it gets quite dark when you're ready to go to sleep. When the sun sets it lights up the west side of the canyon for a really pleasant effect.


Modern Architecture


It's hip, modern architecture at 2 stories with 9' ceilings, a granite kitchen, 31 windows for an open feel. The 1st floor has the MB bedroom/shower and a hallway ½ bath room for easy day time usage, the main living/dining room, and a gas fire place. The 2nd floor has 2 guest bedrooms, a full bath, a large "music" room and an exterior balcony. The backyard rock patio faces west over the canyon. All appliances are new and the kitchen is fully stocked.


Local Knowledge


We don't live there so what we know we gather on our own vacations along with what we learn from our local friends. We ask them lots of questions. There is a guide book that details all of the things we discover, however that happens, so that you may benefit from it. The idea being to reduce as much time wondering what/how to do something as possible. The book grows annually.


Sleeping arrangements


The master bedroom has a king size bed.

Guest bedroom #1 upstairs has a queen size bed. Underneath it is a full size futon that can be used on top of the sleeper couch, or by itself.

Guest bedroom #2 upstairs also has queen size bed.

The "music" room upstairs has a sleeper sofa (full size bed) with an extra futon mattress pad under one of the queen beds.

All mattresses are new Simmons BeautyRest. I've had back trouble in my time, I know mattress importance. There's also a twin size air mattress perfect for people with young backs . The down stairs leather sofa has a queen size pull out mattress too.


Short term Property Damage protection


In a nutshell, it costs $59 and it insures up to $1,500 of damage. To me it's a no brainer for both your party and mine. There's a catch. New policy states you have an option to buy it or not. BUY IT. If you don't choose to buy the application automatically charges your card $1,500, which you eventually get back, but let's not tie your card up with this extreme amount.


Rental Agreement


Some people have asked about a rental agreement to sign. There is a rental agreement but you don't sign it with a pen and send it back to me. Instead, the rental agreement is available to you off the VRBO site and you agree to it electronically when you pay.


Warm Options


Too many to list. Hiking options are everywhere close by.


Winter Options


Downhill skiing- Wolf Creek in 30 minutes or Durango resort in 70 minutes. Cross country/snow shoeing from as close as the front door. There are lots of other excellent options for these within a few miles. There is also a new tubing park nearby and outdoor skating options.


Music Room


There is an extra room on the 2nd story above the garage. It has a 36" TV and 5 large windows. It also has a Yamaha digital piano (88 weighted keys), a Yamaha FG401 acoustic guitar, and bongos for those (like me) less musically skilled.


Other Features


1) About 60% of the property falls into a canyon- the main living room is 15' from it.

2) Within blocks of the San Juan National Forest. There's a cool panoramic ledge

6 blocks from the front door.

3) 2 car garage (admittedly a tight fit for 2 cars as total width = 20 feet).

4) Our subdivision, Twin Creeks, gets its name from two cool canyons that

intersect and our house sits on one, within blocks of the other.

5) Central heat but also, central air conditioning.

6) A 2nd story family room above the garage that has its own 36” TV area,

sleeper sofa, and 5 large windows for excellent views/air flow.

7) 4 different areas for personnel space- a) main living room b) 2nd story

family room c) 2nd story balcony d) backyard deck/patio with speakers.

8) Hot water on demand system.

9) Ceiling fans in every room.

10) Various recreational equipment you may borrow in the garage, such as

3 mountain bikes, 3 tennis\racquetball rackets, basketball, baseball

gloves, helmets, 2 sets of name brand golf clubs and a football that

helps you throw like Joe Montana until you suddenly realize you actually

resemble John Banana.

11) New high quality German ping pong table can be set up in the garage in

minutes. No, not a Mercedes, a Kepler.


A Caveat


The house sits about 10 – 15 feet from the canyon ledge. You assume full responsibility for managing all risks inherent to this canyon. So far everyone has found it to be a non issue and very safe. It has a gradual 30% slope down into the canyon, but if it is a concern email me and I will email you additional pictures that I email you. These should be sufficient for you to make a decision. I took the thumbnail picture of the house from below this canyon by carefully walking under it, so it's not that steep. An adult could walk to the canyon floor in 10 minutes.


Hawaii Bound ???


if you're ever thinking Hawaiian beaches then check out my friend's really cool condo at He has a 2nd one on the beach near this one. Great owner, we play golf together about once a week, you'd like his style.


More Details

Alec/Cristy Harris
Member since: 2014
Premier Partner

This VRBO partner has demonstrated and is committed to fast response times, the best rates, and a great guest experience.

Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
February 21, 2018

About Alec/Cristy Harris

My Mother purchased this lot in 1977 on a whim while living in Houston, Texas. She never had the chance to pursue her dream to build here so in 2014 we did it for her. I think she would approve.

My wife and two young daughters live in Austin, Texas. We love to be active and the San Juan National Forest challenges us to be as active as we want. For us, this area is perfect because it is cool, open, mountainous, and peaceful. Then you have Pagosa Springs- a town that offers a great vibe for escaping one's busy routine.

If our policies are slightly off for you, ask us, we're flexible.

Alec/Cristy Harris purchased this house in 2014

Why Alec/Cristy Harris chose Pagosa Springs

I suppose mother Helen chose it for us. Once we visited Pagosa Springs we decided this is where we would build to escape the hot climate we live in. It's on a cul de sac next to the San Juan National Forest. It offers a variety of outdoor activities both in summer and winter and since the lot boundaries drop directly into the canyon, privacy is guaranteed.

What makes this house unique

It's just so close to the forest, next to a fantastic canyon, so quiet, yet minutes from down town with the primary highway (HW 160) 2 miles away.

You almost feel like you're living in this canyon. The architect grew up in the area and lives there today. So did the builder. The house is contemporary, hip, and designed to fit in with the environment. The canyon is the house- it provides space, peace, wildlife, wind, an overall relaxing feel.


Pagosa Springs House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 2000 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 3:00 PM / Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome ...
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Downtown ...
  • Mountain View ...
  • Village ...
  • Adventure
  • Family
  • Sports & Activities
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Fireplace ...
  • Garage ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • 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
  • Guest Bathroom - toilet , tub , shower , Between guest bedrooms, 2nd floor
    Half Bathroom - toilet , Next to living room for easy access
    Master Bathroom - toilet , shower , Tiled walk in with sit down bench
  • Master bathroom- walk in tiled shower Guest bedroom - shower/bath Half bath- next to living room.
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Guest Bedroom #1 - 1 queen , New-ish Serta mattress with 500+ thread count sheets
    Guest Bedroom #2 - 1 bunk bed , Bottom = Full w/new Serta mattress and top = twin
    Living Room - 1 sleep sofa /futon , Pull out leather sleeper sofa- very high quality
    Master - 1 king , New BeautyRest mattress with 500+ thread sheets
    Family Room - 1 sleep sofa /futon , Game room on 2nd floor sleeper sofa
  • 3 bedrooms, 1 big room that can sleep several more, living room sleeper sofa if necessary.
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player ...
  • Game Room ...
  • Games ...
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Balcony ...
  • Bicycles ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Ski & Snowboard ...
  • Tennis ...
  • 3 bicycles
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool ...
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • ruins
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • horseback riding
  • miniature golf
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hot air ballooning
  • ice skating
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • racquetball
  • rafting
  • rock climbing
  • snowboarding
  • snowmobiling
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water tubing
  • whitewater rafting
There are also hiking backpacks you may borrow. The Twincreeks subdivision is next to the San Juan National Forest with multiple entries nearby. One is at the end of the cud de sac. The newest part of Pagosa Springs with the primary grocery store is about 3 miles off the main boulevard into Twincreeks, along with shopping and restaurants.


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New 3 BR house on canyon ridge/Borders Forest/31 windows- just 3 miles from town
average rating of 4.9555554 based on 45 reviews
Kountze Texas

Very quiet! Beautiful views! Modern amenities, everything you need for a fantastic vacation!

  • 5 of 5

The owner was very easy to work with! Great place for great memories!

  • Submitted: Jan 5, 2018
  • Stayed: December 2017
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Staunton, VA

Beautiful spacious accommodations with lovely private views over a box canyon.

  • 5 of 5

My wife and I spent a few days there and did a number of drives into the high country. Alec was thoughtful Andy gracious. We would definitely stay there again.

  • Submitted: Nov 12, 2017
  • Stayed: November 2017
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  • 5 of 5

Beautiful home with a spectacular view!!

  • Submitted: Jul 20, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
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Nice property, well furnished, and quiet area for a great stay in Pagosa Springs!

  • 4 of 5

The owner was very responsive to our questions and needs regarding what needed to be done at the house. Nice place to stay and enjoyed the area around Pagosa Springs. The house is a ways from town, but that distance allowed for a quiet time each night and beautiful sunrises each morning. All in all our family of 5 fit nicely into this property and it fit our needs very well. Would definitely consider staying there again if we return to Pagosa Springs in the future.

  • Submitted: Jul 9, 2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
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Richardson, tx

Awesome Week at Canyon Ridge

  • 5 of 5

We had an awesome week at this beautiful house. The views are awesome and the setting is spectacular. The house had everything we needed and then some. We did a lot of cooking in the well equipped kitchen and I loved having the bicycles and other toys available to us. Alec was very helpful with things to do and the way he has documented everything made things very easy. Thank you for a wonderful week and sharing your house with us. Hope to be back soon.

  • Submitted: Jun 13, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
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A beautiful property that exceeded all expectations

  • 5 of 5

Where do I begin, great location, superb amenities, great recommendations for local fare, will definitely be back

  • Submitted: Jun 11, 2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
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Nearest Airport
50 Miles
Nearest Barpub
4 Miles
Nearest Golf
5 Miles
Pagosa Springs
Nearest Motorway
180 Miles
Interstate 25 / Santa Fe
Nearest Restaurant
4 Miles
Nearest Ski
35 Miles
Wolf Creek
Car: necessary

The San Juan National Forest surrounds the house and several official entry points are blocks away. The town of Durango (20,000) is about 60 miles away and offers a lot to do as well. The are also numerous other areas of special beauty hours away if you want to spend a day or two away from this home.




Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $300
Cleaning Fee $100 + Tax
Property Damage Protection $59
Tax Rate 10.5%

- We may pay the rental in two separate payments of 50/50, 40/60, 30/70, whatever works for you
- Due to the canyon ledge proximity you will receive additional pictures that highlight its inherent risk, particularly to children younger than 7 years old. You must sign a rental agreement acknowledging this.
- No pets, no smoking. This is a quiet cul de sac street so please, no loud late night partying.
- You assume all risks for borrowed equipment.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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