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Rustic Cabin at Base of La Plata Mountains

Bedrooms Studio
Space 750 sq. ft.
Property type cabin
Minimum Stay 2 nights


About the property

Lodging in the Cabin can sooth the most stressed of souls.

Originally a bunkhouse for backpackers and staff, the Cabin has 2 living rooms divided by a fully contained kitchen. There are 2 sleeping lofts and one bath w/shower. The Cabin is pet friendly and perfect for a family, two couples, four good friends, honeymooners, or several weeks/months of sabbatical. One full size futon and 2 full size beds (all w. memory foam mattresses) offer rest for 4-6 persons. Cool and comfortable in the summer ... warm and cozy in winter.

Treat your special Valentine to a cozy few days in a winter cabin.

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ruthe olson
Member since: 2015
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a day
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
November 13, 2017

About ruthe olson

With a background in outdoor education, Ruthe and Jim have called "Mayday" their home for nearly 40 years. Raising two children here, they now are blessed with four grandkids who live just down the road.

ruthe olson purchased this cabin in 1979

What makes this cabin unique

Books in the Cabin offer a variety of genres: fiction, non-fiction, young adult and childrens lit, documentaries, and more. Curl up by the wood stove to read or snooze. X-C skiing is just outside your door and Hesperus Ski Area is the perfect slope to either learn technique or hone your telemark skills offering night skiing.


Hesperus Cabin Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cabin
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 750 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 3:00 PM / Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • pets considered
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Downtown ...
  • Mountain View ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Heating
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided
  • Wood Stove
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower
  • one shower and toilet
  • Studio, Sleeps 6
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Game Room ...
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Bicycles
  • Deck / Patio
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Ski & Snowboard ...
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • synagogues
Leisure Activities:
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • rafting
  • rock climbing
  • swimming


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Rustic Cabin at Base of La Plata Mountains
average rating of 4.878788 based on 33 reviews

cozy cabin, friendly hosts, nice location

  • 5 of 5

comfortable place with a nice kitchen (gas stove which we liked) and tv room and the gas grill worked well. ruthe and jim are very friendly and helpful. beautiful views at dawn and dusk and night when i took our dogs for their walks. quiet location with durango and mancos still conveniently close.

  • Submitted: Oct 11, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Comfy, Cozy Cabin in the woods!

  • 5 of 5

Stayed a Fall few days with a friend here to mtn bike and explore the area. AMAZING fall foliage views!! Cabin has a loft with a ladder that leads up to a comfy bed with a down comforter so I felt like Laura Ingalls. Ruthe, the owner was very hospitable but unintrusive.

  • Submitted: Sep 30, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Cute cabin in the mountains

  • 5 of 5

This place is great and Ruthe is so nice. We enjoyed our stay. The cabin is in a wonderful location for exploring the mountains and Mesa Verde.

  • Submitted: Sep 28, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Wonderful peaceful getaway

  • 5 of 5

Jim and Ruthe were wonderful hosts - welcoming and helpful. The cabin is a former trekking bunkhouse, and is clean and rustic. The road leading up to the cabin is just spectacular - I probably took 2 dozen pics with different lighting and moods!

There's an excellent restaurant on the corner of 160 and the road leading to the cabin. Hiking nearby.

It's close enough to Durango so the drive into town isn't a big deal, but is out in the country - the stars at night are spectacular!

  • Submitted: Sep 25, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: What an awesome review you have written!! You guys were the perfect guests ... and we look forward to your return. Ruthe
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  • 5 of 5

This is a very quiet, beautiful place. It was everything we were looking for. Accommodations were great and the Olsons are wonderful hosts.

  • Submitted: Sep 18, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
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This is a rustic, spacious cabin in proximity to San Juan Forest, a fine restaurant, and Durango.

  • 5 of 5

We stayed at the Windhover Cabin only for two nights. The cabin is rather big, divided into several sections, and offers many surprising finds, such as a ladder up to the second loft that we didn't noticed when first explored the whole space, or a functioning wooden stove, which we didn't have a chance to use. There are enough of sleeping options for 5-6 people. The whole cabin is decorated with many personal items that give one a glance at the owners' life.

After a long drive to Colorado, we were most grateful for Ruthe's kindness and attention to us and our needs. She showed us around and was very kind to our doggie as well; such things always matter a lot.

During the only one day that we stayed at the cabin, we drove into San Juan Forest, went to Durango, and had a very nice dinner at the Kennebeck restaurant nearby. Overall, it was a good day!

  • Submitted: Sep 2, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
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Nearest Airport
25 Miles
La Plata Airport
Nearest Golf
17 Miles
Nearest Train
15 Miles
Durango Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad
Nearest Motorway
4 Miles
Hwy 160
Nearest Restaurant
4 Miles
Kennebec Cafe
Nearest Ski
30 Miles
Purgatory Ski
Car: recommended

Built in early 1980 the Cabin housed staff and backpackers who would trek in the San Juan Mountains. At 8733' elevation, the mining area "Mayday" sits at the base of the historic and majestic La Plata Mountains beside the La Plata River running its course south to New Mexico.

Whether motorcycling, traveling by car or riding your road bike, you will agree few places in the southwest possess such breath-taking scenery! For mountain biking or running enthusiasts whose goal is to summit Kennebec Pass, just 1/4 mile outside your door the pavement turns to gravel for the next challenging 11 miles. The La Plata River is stocked with trout each year, so just take a nearby trail and toss in your line. Glorious fall colors grace our hillsides September/October when aspen, sumac, and oak forecast a change is coming.

World reknown Mesa Verde National Park is just 35 miles from our Cabin. Another must-see-and-do: the Durango Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad daily chugs 50 miles to Silverton along the Animas River with spell-binding views.

Southwest Colorado is outdoor heaven with a plethora of activities and things to do. Our beautiful scenery and environment can sooth the most stressed souls.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Pet Fee $10
Refundable damage deposit $250
Tax Rate 6.8%

Add fee: $10 per day per pet will be charged.

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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