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Little Dome, Wrights Lake,St. Elmo, Mt. Princeton Hot Springs,Colorado Trail

Bedrooms 1
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 nights


About the property

1 Bedroom, 1 Bathroom, Sleeps 6

This is a "Pay it Forward" cabin, I did my part you do yours, "Thank You"

The peacefulness of this location, the views. the little dome only a 10 minute walk to Wrights lake.

This cabin is approximately 800 square feet, with a loft, with a queen bed and futon couch. Down stairs or on the main floor is the kitchen area, living area with a fold out couch chairs and the bath room. There is also a laundry room. The kitchen is equipped with a stove, refrigerator, microwave, coffee pot, blender, toaster, pots and pans along with cooking and eating utensils.

The water in this "Little Dome", is from a well, the well water is approx. 98 degrees at the well, , It is natural warm water from the geothermal in the area.

I suggest you bring drinking water, although some drink it, it just is what it is.

Cabin price based on 2 people all extra guests and pets are $10 more per night. Make sure you verify all before arrival. This is your home and others in the mountains, surprises are good but not the type that is to sneak one over on Jeff or the other guests on the property. Like you tell me one pet and got 5 , or one guest and I arrive to find a tent and a camper. Thank You,,All and Jeff

If you bring extra guests (people or pets) and did not include when booking it is best you inform Jeff immediately and /or use the drop box on the property located at Jeff's house. If you do not inform Jeff/use the drop box , you will be charged double when leave. This will come out of your damage deposit. That is $20 per night for each and not $10. HONESTY IS THE BEST POLICY. (OR) you will lose your deposit. I am tired of people not the pets trying to get over on me and me letting it happen. It took two many years to fix these places up, never getting paid and now, I just wanted to be treated as I ask. Thank You Jeff and all honest guests!



No wood stove here a pellet stove " I try to keep a bag of pellets at the Dome"

also there is a gas stove and some electric heaters.

Please turn all heaters off or to low when leave. I may not show-up before the next guest so I ask them how the previous guest left, Please respect all, enjoy.


Remember, this is your cabin and others in the mountains "Cheers"

Linens or sleeping bags and pillow cases

Towels and dish cloths

Toilet paper and paper towels

Trash Bags

"Provided are pillows and blankets, not pillowcases"

All can be provided for a fee but advanced notice is a must, minimum cost is $25 per bed, includes bedding(top and bottom sheet), 2 pillow cases, 2 towels, 2 wash cloths.

"Firewood is available for purchase on the property for outside fires"

Outside there is a gas grill, charcoal grill and a fire pit.

Bring Firewood, whenever possible, for outside camp fires or go to Bunnylane and buy.

Outside there is a gas grill, charcoal grill, smoker and a fire pit.

PLEASE, be respectful of all and leave clean. Please remind children to do the same, clean-up after any pets.



If the floor is wood then sweep, there are brooms and dust pans for you to use.' also a mop and mop bucket.

If the previous guest left anything wrong please inform me ASAP so I can stop them from getting their deposit back according to what they did. Thanks


There is a dumpster at Bunnylane Cabins approx. 1/2 mile away beside Wrights Lake, where Jeff lives. Leave your trash at that dumpster.

Thank You



ANY ITEM NOT DONE WILL BE A $50.00 DEDUCTION FROM YOUR DEPOSIT or lose your deposit and for those that gave their word and not a deposit, Jeff can send them a bill requesting the full damage deposit or whatever he feels reasonable. See the Availability/Reservations link at the bottom "Do Not Get On The Bad List"



Fishing: 5 minute walk to chalk creek, 1/2 mile from wrights lake

Hiking: everywhere, walk to nearby colorado trail

Hot springs: only 2 miles away

Horse back rides: are only a 5 minute drive

Rafting: 10 minute drive to white water rafting

Museum: 15 minute drive

Golf: 15 minute drive

Boating: 45 minute drive to 4 different reservoirs

Mountain bike: starts from property

Down hill skiing: 45 minute drive to monarch ski resort

Cross country skiing: 15 minute drive

Snowmobile country: 15 minute drive

Rentals: jeeps, snowmobile , atv, mountain

Bikes: 15 minute drive

Hunting: 10 minute drive to big game hunting

Restaurant: 5 minute drive

Water slides, swimming pools: 5 minute drive

I do no have internet here but it is at Bunnylane Cabins 1/2 mile away or down at Mt. Princeton Hot Springs 1-1/2 miles away. If you come to Bunnylane to use internet you will have to find me or ask me after you have booked this place.

I want people to spend time together not by texting but by bonding as the old days. I will give you the password but I do not want down loading movies or streaming music, it will slow or shut down from overuse, business only.

"Do not give to children tell them to play games,puzzles,catch/kick ball, enjoy the out doors"


There is a 2-night minimum, but exceptions can be made if cabins are rented the nights before or after the night you want.

“Exceptions can be made”,,, as long as rentals tie into another, it is on weekdays or you are able to make an offer that that justifies the time to talk about it. Have a Great Day,, Thank You ,,Jeff

Reservations 2 (+) month’s before requested dates, must be for a 1 week minimum stay.

Reservations 1 to 2 , month’s before requested dates, must be 3 night minimum stay

Reservations requested 2(+) month’s before, that are not for 1 week, must be for 2 cabins and a minimum of 4 nights.

Reservations for 3 nights, can be made less than 1.5 months before.

Reservations over Holidays, must be for 3 nights and can be made 1.5 month’s before

Reservations for a 2-night stay, can be made 3 weeks prior to your proposed visit.

Reservations over weekends , must be for two night minimum, exceptions can be made , see reservations for a 1 night stay.

Reservations for a 1-night stay, can be made 2 days before requested date or follow or start a guest that has made reservations per the calendar.

You can ask to be penciled in for a specific cabin for one or more nights and I will hold it for you, unless others want more / multiple nights.

More Details

Jeffery Determan
Member since: 2014
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a day
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Calendar last updated:
March 19, 2018

About Jeffery Determan

Born a carpenter wanted to be a mechanic, ended up an electrician and now hospitality manager. :)

Where to start, hhmm, how time goes bye, Someone once told me, You know when you start this, you are going to have to deal with people. I told them, "No", people will have to deal with me, my place my rules".

Some of my favorite sayings,

1. Ignorance is Temporary, Attitude is forever

2. Forgiveness is the fragrance the flower left upon the foot that trampled it into the


3. Engage brain before opening mouth

I was born and raised in this area and still growing up. I look at these cabins as my babies and my guests my children. I have done my part now my children take care of my babies and together they take care of me. Sounds good coming from someone that was never a parent, I think that would be the dream of a parent. Having children that you know are respected by many for just being what they are, everyone involved with them know they will take care of you and you will take care of them.

This reminds me of my theory on working, Surround yourself with good people, they will take care of you and you will take care of them, which will make every ones life better.

A break down of my life, high school in Buena Vista, then the Marine Corp and volunteer for every thing that came up, overseas duty, jungle survival, etc. Once out of USMC, got into construction, houses, schools, power plants, Telluride Airport,pump stations,fresh water and waste water plants, etc. Then projects in Hawaii, Kuai, top of Mauna Kea, volcano national park, Kuai missile range, then Johnston Atoll Chemical burn facility, Adak , Alask, then Micronesia, Diego Garcia in the Indian ocean and much more.

Then on my own to Russia, Costa Rica, Belize, Jamaica, Colombia, Panama, etc.

A few years back, New Zealand, couch surf, hitch hike then rent a car, freedom camping, picking up all hitchhikers and taken them wherever they wanted to go.

Life is truly what you make it, ;) Jeff

Jeffery Determan purchased this house in 1981

Why Jeffery Determan chose Nathrop

Location, Location, Location

When I bought this place I saw the potential it had, just as I see in people.

When I bought this place I just got out of the Marines, well 2 years after I got out and had already learned carpentry from my dad, electric from another, plumbing from my uncle and the ability to see from my mother that do not expect anything to be given to you.

My Uncle drove out here and said I heard you bought this boy, I said, Yes. He asked what I was going to do with it. I told him fix this( My house) place up then that one(Cottontail) and rent it out then possibly that one(Rabbit Den or Lodge) and then that one(Thumper) and I am not sure about that one(Wild Hare). I said, What do you think or see, Chet? He said , you really want to know what I see. I said , Sure. He said, All I see is a lot of work. I chuckled and after 35 years still chuckling and working . That is why I say I did my part , you do yours. I do not need no more work. I traveled around the planet working, came home and worked then left again to work. People say, you are so lucky going to Hawaii, I said yes 6 days a week 10 to 12 hours a day, well, life is what you put into it and you get out what you put in if everything goes good. The Filipinos once asked me, What is your favorite beer? I said , Free beer. So they laughed and said so free beer is your favorite? I said,, hhhmmm ,"No". They asked what is better than free beer? I said . "Cold , Free beer."

I like people with a good attitude in life so if I can bring them around me , even if I never meet them I know their good attitude and positive energy will part of this place.

Thank You all for reading my words , if you come here great, just know. I created this place or brought it back to life for all to enjoy and take care of, so it can take care of all of us, I did my part you do yours. Cheers "Semper Fi", "Pura Vida", "Aloha"

What makes this house unique

Meeting other people that wanted a place in the mountains to get away from the hussel and bussel of the city, someone with similar interests and the respect as you or not meeting anyone, just relax and do whatever you want. You have access to just about everything, high lakes, trails or bushwhacking, fishing in the lake 200 yards away or the creek. The Colorado trail goes through the property so you take off from here on your mountain bike or just do some real good day hikes or morning/evening hikes up the old railroad grade. Got to St, Elmo the historic ghost town, where you can just think about what went on 100 plus years ago. Also feeding the chipmunks in the summer time is a highlight to many.

Go to the hot springs , Mt. Princeton or Cottonwood hot springs, Mt Princeton is more like a resort but has soaking pools in the creek that are nice during low water, a water slide, and 3 pools , where Cottonwood has a different look on things like clothing optional after dark.

Once here you will do as you want, plans will change and the time will slip past , so keep that in mind. Make some plans but do whatever you want, go rock hounding, rafting, hike a mountain, set and stare, a drive to Aspen and back, go to the local pubs and art stores or get a broom and brush of the spider weds or pick up branches, wash some windows, play some horse shoes, star gaze at night, walk to the lake and do a canon ball, dive in and swim across a true wake up call. Feed your wild side , roast some marshmallows, make smores, all good this is your home in the mountains, Enjoy


Nathrop House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 2:00 PM / Check-out: Flexible
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • pets considered
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Mountain View ...
  • Dining Area
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower
  • Bath Tub with shower
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 6
  • Queen bed upstairs and a Futon Couch/Bed and downstairs a fold out couch queen size. You bring all your linen, towels, dish clothes , toilet paper and paper towels. This is your home in the mountains and many others so please take care of for all and enjoy thank You Jeff
  • limited accessibility
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • library
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • water parks
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • horseback riding
  • horseshoes
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • ice skating
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • rafting
  • rock climbing
  • skiing
  • snowmobiling
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water tubing
  • whitewater rafting


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Little Dome, Wrights Lake,St. Elmo, Mt. Princeton Hot Springs,Colorado Trail
average rating of 4.5333333 based on 15 reviews

Little hideaway perfect for family of three!

  • 4 of 5

Great location, great home, lots of history in the area. Family of three had plenty of room. Bed could be improved, but we would definitely be looking to come back!

  • Submitted: Dec 29, 2017
  • Stayed: December 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Port Isabel , Texas

It was awesome

  • 5 of 5

We enjoyed our stay at the dome so much. Wonderful place. It was an awesome Christmas

  • Submitted: Dec 26, 2017
  • Stayed: December 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Mead Co

Rustic Clean Dome Cabin, Great Location

  • 4 of 5

The Little Dome was a perfect choice for our weekend get away. It is located near Mt Princeton Hot Springs and Cottonwood Hot Springs, Buena Vista and historic St Elmo ghost town. The fall colors were at their peak! We spent a lot of time playing backgammon by the fire. A perfect place for a relaxing weekend!

  • Submitted: Sep 25, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Good base camp

  • 3 of 5

Little Dome was a good base camp from which to enjoy the surrounding beautify of the county. The house is very dated, but well supplied. It has issues which guests are expected to attempt to repair if they it forward. The queen bed is quite old and extremely uncomfortable, expect a back ache in the morning. The futon is okay and the hide-a-bed is, what can I say....a hide-a-bed. If you enjoy doing minor repairs and fix-ups and a place to prepare meals and stay out of the weather, Little Dome is for you. The location is excellent!

I am curious as to when we can expect a refund of our deposit. We left the house and property as requested with a few improvements.

  • Submitted: Sep 13, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Perfect place to stay and had everything we needed.

  • 5 of 5

Very nice place for a relaxing unplugged weekend.

  • Submitted: Sep 4, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Glad to meet you Ryan, even if it was not at the Little Dome, I knew as soon as you got there you could start relaxing and have that feeling of just peace. Thanks for taking care of the place and leaving it ready for the next guest, cheers to you. Jeff
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Excellent, as shown property

  • 5 of 5

We really enjoyed our stay. Jeff had lots of puzzles and games at the cabin to help us unwind from th digital world, and reconnect with real life! We couldn't be happier!

  • Submitted: Jul 15, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
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Very peaceful,


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $250
Tax Rate 7.0%


You bring, linen or sleeping bags for beds , paper towels, toilet paper, trash bags ( blankets /pillows provided. Any thing needed can be accommodated, for a fee Pets are guests so treat pets as guests in calculating costs.

Bring extra people or pets, did not inform when booking, best tell Jeff on arrival and use drop box or get charged double.

Never leave a pet or child unattended in the cabin, leave clean and ready for next guest.
Not following rules can cost you your damage deposit.
Thank You

Reservations by night or week
Must be approved by Jeff unless auto book is turned on

"Exceptions can be made",,, as long as rentals tie into another

Reservations 2 (+) months before requested dates must be for a 1 week minimum stay or 2 cabins 4 nights.
Reservations 1 to 2, months before requested dates, must be 3 night minimum stay
Reservations requested 2(+) months before, that are not for 1 week, must be for 2 cabins and a minimum of 4 nights.
Reservations for 3 nights can be made less than 1.5 months before.
Reservations over Holidays must be for 3 nights and can be made 1.5 months before
Reservations for a 2-night stay can be made 3 weeks prior to your proposed visit.
Reservations over week ends, must be for two night minimum, exceptions can be made, see reservations for a 1 night stay.
Reservations for a 1-night stay can be made 2 days before requested date or follow or start a guest that has made reservations per the calendar.

Make sure you ask for the lock box code

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • Canceled bookings will not receive a refund

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