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

Pagosa Springs, CO, USA
  • House2000 sqft
  • Bedrooms3
  • Sleeps8
  • Bathrooms2
  • Half Baths1
  • Minimum Stay2 - 5 nights

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 www.vrbo.com/316531. 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.



Alec/Cristy Harris

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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 Archuleta County

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.


    • Internet
    • Air Conditioning
    • Heater
    • Fireplace
    • Satellite or Cable
    • Kids Welcome
    • Washer & Dryer
    • Parking
    • TV
    • No Smoking


      • 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.


      • 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.

      Location Type

        • Downtown
          The heart of downtown Pagosa Springs is about 3 miles from this location off of the main boulevard into town.
        • Mountain View
          House sits on a canyon next to the San Juan National Forest. You can see Pagosa peak (12,500 feet) from one of the guest bedrooms
        • Village
          Pagosa Springs is a tourism town and this location is a gentle 3 mile climb from the newest part of the town.


            • Adventure
            • Family
            • Sports & Activities


                • Guests provide their own meals


                    • Internet
                      Wireless WiFi
                    • Air Conditioning
                      Central AC (if even required)
                    • Fireplace
                      Gas fire place for convenience and added warmth. Very effective heat source.
                    • Garage
                      A high quality Kettler ping pong table can be unfolded for use beforehand provided you don't park inside it. 2 cars- it is 16'opening but only 1' on each side for 18' so 2 big cars will be tight.
                    • Hair Dryer
                    • Heating
                      Central Heating
                    • Clothes Dryer
                      New Samsung Gas Dryer
                    • Iron & Board
                    • Linens Provided
                      New linens with 500+ thread counts on almost all of them (excluding back ups). Extra comforters.
                    • Living Room
                      The Dining\Living rooms combined are 28' by 14' with a 2 story vaulted ceiling that is wood tongue & groove. High quality leather couch and chair, 42' Sharp flat screen TV, stereo and DVD.
                    • Parking
                      Drive way will handle up to four cars.
                    • Towels Provided
                      We have a lot of them.
                    • Washing Machine
                      New Samsung


                        • Coffee Maker
                        • Dishes & Utensils
                          We bought so many post & pans, cookware, that we repeated a few of the items. High quality.
                        • Dishwasher
                          Kenmore bought in 2014
                        • Kitchen
                          Excellent slow closing cabinets, granite counter tops, island with sink, new cookware and got advice from my chef friend for a complete inventory. Also- kitchen sponge matt for feet.
                        • Microwave
                          Bought in 2014
                        • Oven
                          Gas Kenmore oven & stove bought in 2014
                        • Pantry Items
                          All basics like paper towels, detergent, hand soap, toilet paper, foil, etc., in pantry. Important- trash pickup system instructions here too for Thursday 7am pick up (only if you have full load)
                        • Refrigerator
                          Samsung split refrigerator top with bottom freezer, water filtering system and ice maker.
                        • Stove
                          Kenmore Gas bought in 2014
                        • Toaster


                            • Dining
                              The Dining\Living rooms combined are 28' by 14' with a 2 story vaulted ceiling that is wood tongue & groove. Table seats 8 with extra leaf in garage to add 2 more people.
                            • Dining Area
                            • comfy seating for 8 people


                                • Books
                                  The main contribution is a guest book that covers basic administrative details but other info of things we have found to be fun. We continue to update it, we hope it reduces wasted vacation time.
                                • DVD Player
                                  2 blue ray players, one on 1st floor and one on 2nd floor.
                                • Game Room
                                  Extra large room above garage with 5 big windows overlooking canyon, a 36' flat screen TV, sleeper sofa, leather chair, and 3 quality musical instruments- digital piano, acoustic guitar, bongos.
                                • Games
                                  The games are in the bunk room, but limited at the moment.
                                • Ping Pong Table
                                • Satellite / Cable
                                  Direct TV. Yamaha RX-V677 home theater receiver. With instructions!
                                • Stereo
                                • Television
                                  1 HDTV flat screen 42' Sharp in living room. 1 HDTV flat screen 36' Samsung in family room. 1 HDTV flat screen 24' in Master bedroom. Direct TV access to all 3. DVR on 1/DVD players for 2. All LCD.
                                • Video Library
                                  Has about 100 movies, stand up comedians, music concerts, documentaries, and TV shows.


                                    • Balcony
                                      The 2nd story has a loft and small balcony overlooking the canyon. I'd say 3 - 4 people can sit comfortably.
                                    • Bicycles
                                      3 mountain bikes you can borrow- 1 K2, 1 Mongoose, and 1 no name brand. There are 5 helmets you may borrow.
                                    • Deck / Patio
                                      Rock patio deck to front of canyon ridge with a small rock retainer wall.
                                    • Golf
                                      Public mountain course (even a 9 hole rate) 5 minutes away. At least 4 excellent courses within an hour. I have 2 sets of name brand clubs you may borrow.
                                    • Kayak / Canoe
                                      San Juan river is down town Pagosa Springs and various lakes/rivers within close proximity.
                                    • Ski & Snowboard
                                      Wolfcreek (most snow in Colorado and cheapest rates) about 35 minutes away and big ski resort in Durango about 70 minutes away.
                                    • Tennis
                                      I have 3 tennis racquets and 2 racquetball racquets in the garage you can borrow. 6 tennis courts at the Wyndom hotel available to public.

                                      Pool / Spa

                                        • Communal Pool
                                          The recreation center is about 5 minutes away and has an indoor pool and spa, racquetball courts, full gym.


                                            • 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

                                                        • mountain climbing
                                                        • basketball court
                                                        • cycling
                                                        • fishing
                                                        • fly fishing
                                                        • freshwater fishing
                                                        • golf
                                                        • hiking
                                                        • hot air ballooning
                                                        • ice skating
                                                        • mountain biking
                                                        • cross country skiing
                                                        • 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.

                                                              House Rules

                                                              Check-in: 3:00 PM

                                                              Check-out: 11:00 AM

                                                              Cancellation Policy

                                                              100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date. You must contact the owner directly to request cancellation.

                                                              47 Reviews


                                                              Latest reviews

                                                              Spring Break 2018

                                                              Brian H.

                                                              This is our 3rd trip to Pagosa in 3 years and we always have a wonderful. The town is small and friendly, perfect for getting away from the fast pace of the big city.

                                                              The home is amazing and very inviting. Everything that you need to make your stay comfortable and enjoyable is available. There are even gloves/boots/sleds to borrow for the snowy days. A ping pong table in the garage is an added bonus. The house offers great views of the canyon below and we were even surprised on our last day with 3-4 inches of fresh snowfall. The snow made the canyon view even more beautiful.

                                                              Thanks for a wonderful trip!

                                                              Fantastic house! Peaceful, bright and secluded.

                                                              Kyle H.-

                                                              We had a great time staying here, it is a perfect place to stay in Pagosa Springs. It is close to town and we got to the Wolf Creek Ski Area in 30-40 minutes every day. The huge windows overlooking the canyon just puts you in a peaceful state of mind. Alec and Cristy have thought of everything to make your stay successful. There is a huge binder of ideas and descriptions of activities in the area, organized by season! They also let you know their opinion of all the local places to eat and hike. The house itself is a few houses down from a trailhead, so you don't need to travel far at all to start your vacation! The house is fully equipped with everything you could possibly need, from humidifiers to extra comforters to an expansive DVD collection. I'm ready to go back and I just got home!

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

                                                              Jesse F.Kountze Texas

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

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

                                                              Pack F.Staunton, VA

                                                              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.


                                                              Pam M.

                                                              Beautiful home with a spectacular view!!

                                                              Nice property, well furnished, and quiet area for a great stay in Pagosa Springs!

                                                              Jeff S.

                                                              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.


                                                              Pagosa Springs, CO, USA

                                                              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.

                                                              Rates & Availability

                                                              Taxes and fees are additional

                                                              Additional information about rental rates

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                                                              Damage Insurance
                                                              Tax Rate

                                                              - 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.

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