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Super Snow Year Means great skiing, boating season and beautiful scenery in 2017

Bedrooms 4
Space 2,000 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 nights


About the property

Spacious 4 bedroom home in the beautiful Dolores Valley.

This two-story, four bedroom home provides you with a comfortable and convenient location for all your fun in Southwest Colorado. Great outdoor sports and interesting destinations lie in all directions and when the day is done, come 'home' to relax in comfort. Sleeps 6 comfortably in each of three fully loaded bedrooms and then there are extra beds enough for 2 more and we can accommodate extra children that love to 'camp out'. Fully loaded kitchen, two bathrooms, an outdoor patio and a fully accessible balcony. The Pony Expresso coffee shop next door can get your caffein needs and breakfast burrito ready to go.

All four seasons are a wonderful time to visit the Southwestern United States. Spring weather can have a few storms but generally we have sunny days and the national parks are open, and the weather is beautiful for exploring. Summer days are for bike riding, hiking, boating, and adventures. Fall is a wonderful time in the Southwest region for your color watch - seeing the trees change into their glorious new wardrobe before winter. Hunters can have all the amenities and still be close to a multitude of good hunting spots. Wintertime equates to great skiing at either Purgatory (formerly known as the Durango Mountain Resort) or Telluride. Cross country ski almost anywhere when the snow is good. The Dolores River is literally 300 yards from your front door. Go skiing in Telluride or Durango, great mountain biking can be found at Boggy Draw (3 miles away) or Phil's World (12 miles away) just to name a few. Visit Mesa Verde or check out the Ute Mountain Tribal park to fulfill your archeological dreams. Truly there are too many things to do in the area to list them all.

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Roberta Henes
Member since: 2015
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
July 26, 2017

About Roberta Henes

Steve is a true local, born and raised here and Robby is an 'almost local' having moved to the area when she was 5 years old. After working overseas for almost 15 years, Robby came home to take a break and met Steve who convinced her that life in Dolores was worth sticking around for! Steve currently continues his furniture restoration business in and amongst restoring old cars and improving on some mountain property. Robby is deeply involved in a seed company providing native grasses and wildflowers for reclamation. Pickle ball is the newest addition to their lives adding more exercise and fun. Beware if you stay very long we will try to recruit you.

Roberta Henes purchased this house in 1990

Why Roberta Henes chose Southwest

201 is one of the older homes in Dolores. In its day it was considered a luxurious home (although by todays standards it was very small) and built by a local doctor. Before Steve purchased the home in 1990, it was a day care center. With Steve's construction skills and artistic vision, the home has been updated and modernized including raising the roof and turning the head knocker second floor into a relaxing and spacious master bedroom. Influences from Mexico grace the kitchen and bathroom. Funky spaces that would make most people scratch their head have been converted into great storage or interesting architectural features. Robby and Steve live in an upstairs flat next door with a huge open air plan. We don't need the space of 201 and are always excited to share it with new people.

What makes this house unique

As you can probably see from the photo's this house makes you want to explore it. With interesting dormers and porches, it calls for a good book and cup of coffee, or supplies a haven after a long hike. It is a landmark in Dolores and if you have the good sense to visit in December, we normally have a sailboat out front decorated from head to toe in lights.

Guestbook comments from the owner

As is usual for the guests that visit here in Dolores, we enjoy meeting them and getting to know new friends. Agi and her family were no exception. Except they felt so comfortable to be around and interesting, we sort of wished we could be adopted into the family and join in the vacation fun. They left the house in amazing condition and will be welcomed back any time. Of course if we could shorten the distance from here to Denver we would - just for you! Although it might not have quite the same charm as it does being so far from all big cities.
Sep 2016
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Dolores House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 2000 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: Noon / Check-out: Noon
  • Max. occupancy: 10
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Downtown ...
  • Lake View ...
  • Water View ...
  • Sports & Activities
  • Clothes Dryer
  • 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
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , combination tub/shower
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10
  • Bedroom 2 - 1 queen , The 'Brown Room' is quiet and relaxing.
    Bedroom 1 - 1 queen , Master Bedroom with walk-in closet and private bathroom.
    Bedroom 3 - 1 double , Bright and cheery bedroom
    Bedroom 4 - 1 double , 1 twin/ single , 2 sleep sofa /futon , Large bedroom with balcony. Has a double bed and a single.
    Bedroom 5 - 1 sleep sofa /futon , A futon mattress is available to accommodate 2 more.
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Toys
  • Video Library
  • Balcony
  • Deck / Patio
  • Kayak / Canoe
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • churches
  • festivals
  • library
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • ruins
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • racquetball
  • rock climbing
  • sailing
  • snowboarding
  • snowmobiling
  • swimming
  • tennis


Wonderful! 4.9/5 -
(16 traveler reviews)

Super Snow Year Means great skiing, boating season and beautiful scenery in 2017
average rating of 4.9375 based on 19 reviews
Twin Cities

Very Nice and convenient. Beautiful wood furniture.

  • 4 of 5

We enjoyed our stay at "Fort Dolores" June 21-28. It was a convient base camp for our day trips to Mesa Verde, Canyons of the Ancients, Hovenweep, and River rafting. My husband enjoyed practicing his flying fishing on the Dolores River. The rainbow trout he caught was delicious. My son and husband also enjoyed kayaking on the reservoir.

The temperature was in the mid 90s when we arrived and the house was a little warm the first night. Using the fans in the house and a couple more we had brought, we were able to cool the house. During the day, the temperature inside was below 75 degrees.

The wood furniture in the house is absolutely beautiful. The beds are comfortable, firm yet cushy. In general, Fort Dolores was a wonderful place to come home to and relax.

  • Submitted: Jul 11, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: So glad you enjoyed the home and furniture. Providing a really enjoyable and pleasing home is very important to us. I know that the temperatures can get a little intense during the June heat. We are so lucky that for 95% of the year, we don't really need air-conditioning in Dolores, but I am sorry you got that 5% period where the temperatures do remind you how hot it can be. We will look into getting a few more fans for the upstairs just to help keep cool air circulating. I was just out kayaking last night and saw a lot of fish jumping so the fishing must be pretty good this year. Thanks!
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Quirky, clean, comfortable, and full of character

  • 5 of 5

We were gone most of the time. Robby and Steve were very friendly. We enjoyed our stay.

  • Submitted: Jun 19, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Ingham, Australia

Charming house with a dozen nooks to explore.

  • 5 of 5

Very large and fully appointed. We had a great time in Delores attributable to the quiet town on the Delores River and the house, which, at the end of the day play tourist, we were always rushing 'home' to. We stayed here with four kids and they had a great time. I think they spent the first half an hour exploring the big bedrooms, the portholes, the cupboards in little hideaways, rounded corners and skylights. Highly recommended.

  • Submitted: Jun 12, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Fort Dolores was 5 Star!

  • 5 of 5

Fort Dolores perfectly accommodated my family of 8 for a great visit over Mother's Day. We had a ball! There was plenty of room for everyone in this charmingly-furnished home; the three children especially liked their sleeping space what with all the books, games, and puzzles to explore. ALL the beds were extra-comfy and everything in the bathrooms was in good working order. Roomy and functional kitchen. As others have mentioned, great location with a coffee shop next door and the Dolores River nearby. We highly recommend this home away from home and would come back in a heartbeat! Thank you Robby and Steve!

  • Submitted: May 17, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hey Donna and Family Glad our home and the area lived up to expectations. That always makes us happy. Thanks for being great guests and leaving the home looking great! Robby
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great spot in downtown dolores

  • 5 of 5

a very spacious and comfortable house - close to Durango and Mesa Verde! Very clean, great customer service. I would highly recommend !

  • Submitted: Nov 30, 2016
  • Stayed: Nov 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Wonderful guests, who left the home in great condition and were so busy we never even got to say hello. (Well perhaps we were so busy!) You will be welcome back any time. Enjoy the Holidays!
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Exceeded all expectations!

  • 5 of 5

In late September, my family (two sisters, my husband and I) planned a last minute trip to Mesa Verde and the Four Corners for early October. During our search for accommodations, the house in Dolores got our attention. Dolores is a lovely little town located at the gateway to many attractions in the four corners area. The 4-5 bedroom house was very roomy and comfortable. The older house has been lovingly renovated by the owners, and it retains the essence of an old home (large wood doors, arches, nooks, wood floors) with modern updates in the kitchen and bathrooms. Most everything in Dolores is within walking distance of the home. While Dolores is a small town, it has many amenities, the best being the local grocery store with its variety of offerings including fresh baked goods (try the turkey pot pie for dinner!), organic produce, and very friendly staff. Steve and Robbie are great hosts. They made sure that we had everything we needed, and shared their advice about things to see and experience in the area. We all felt very fortunate to have stayed in their home for our vacation. I highly recommend this property to anyone in search of a convenient base for visiting the Four Corners area.

  • Submitted: Nov 19, 2016
  • Stayed: Oct 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We love it when people get turned on to Dolores and the Southwest and all the treasures we have around here AND like their accommodations as well! Half the fun of having a vacation rental is meeting great new people! We enjoyed you and your gang mightily and still hope it works out to meet up with Carolyn in Florida in December. Also mighty glad that you could be enjoying life in Colorado but your homes were spared during Hurricane Matthew. You were great guests and we wish you all the best.
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Nearest Airport
15 Miles
Cortez Municipal Airport
Nearest Barpub
0.5 Miles
Dolores River Brewery
Nearest Golf
10 Miles
Conquistador Golf Course
Nearest Motorway
Highway 145
Nearest Restaurant
5 Metres
Pony Expresso Coffee and Cafe
Nearest Ski
80 Miles
Durango Mountain Resort and/or Telluride Mountain
Car: necessary

Located in the heart of the Ancient World of the Anasazi, there is a wealth of archeological adventure in the area. You can visit three different National Parks, each as a days adventure. Mesa Verde, Canyonlands and Arches National Park. Hiking, biking and fishing are the reasons locals live here! National forests and BLM lands on many sides guarantee adventures in the outdoors. Come to Dolores if you want to experience the great outdoors and its many glories and then retire to your comfortable 'home' for the night!


If hiking makes you happy, there are a few good trails right out of Dolores and then innumerable hikes in all directions, take your pick: alpine lakes, geyser hot springs, 14,000’ peaks, indian ruins, desert wildflower hikes, aspen tree adventures, ghost towns, the variety is limitless.

Our region is renowned for archaeological ruins. Mesa Verde National Park enjoys the greatest fame, however, you can go exploring on your own at Canyon of the Ancients or Cedar Mesa (Utah). The Ute Mountain Ute tribe has tours guided by members of their tribe on reservation land, taking you to places not seen by many.

Mountain bikers have many options to choose from including Phil’s World and Boggy Draw close by and Alien Run in Aztec, New Mexico. Skiers will find Purgatory ski area in Durango or Telluride ski area meet all their ski expectations (given that we get snow) and cross country skiers won’t be disappointed either. Chicken Creek is one of our favorite locations.

Sport Fishermen will find the Dolores River a wonderful challenge and many other tributaries and high mountain streams offer trout to the intrepid.

There are so many more opportunities for adventure and exploration in the region. Moab, Utah, Canyonlands National Park, Arches National Park, Canyon of the Ancients, Durango – Silverton narrow gauge Railroad, Monument Valley and more.

We have assembled a pretty good library of brochures and articles on many of the attractions of the area so you can plan your vacation from your home away from home. As you may have noticed, you come here for nature and adventure and sport. We are not a shopping mecca – although there is some world class American Indian Jewelry in the region.


Rates & Availability

Dolores House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
May 2 2017 - Oct 31 2017
3 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $300
Cleaning $100

Rates and availability are subject to change until booking is finalized.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 7 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
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