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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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More Details

ruthe olson
Member since: 2015
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a day
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
March 14, 2018

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 4.891892 based on 37 reviews


  • 5 of 5

Property is cozied up on the mountain side. Views from just outside the cabin were amazing and the night was littered with stars.

Cabin was rustic and perfect for what we were looking for on our family Christmas vacation.

Ruthe, the owner, was more than accommodating when it came to our stay. If we texted her or called, she responded immediately with whatever need we had. She was always super sweet and wanted to make sure we felt at home. The first time we met her officially, she made us feel like family.

And we absolutely loved their dog Molly!!

  • Submitted: Jan 8, 2018
  • Stayed: December 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Superior, CO

Beautiful, cozy cabin with lots of peace and quiet.

  • 5 of 5

This cabin was perfect for our trip, far enough out to provide some much needed peace and quiet, but close enough to Durango to easily go into town for meals, shopping, etc.. The cabin itself was cozy and provided everything we needed to be comfortable during our stay. Loved the wood fireplace and the charming character of the cabin.

  • Submitted: Jan 3, 2018
  • Stayed: December 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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We loved it!

  • 5 of 5

Very clean and comfortable. Felt like we were in our own little cabin in the woods. We will definitely stay there again!

  • Submitted: Dec 10, 2017
  • Stayed: November 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: VERY kind words! Hope you THREE return and you'll always be welcome. Ruthe
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Backyard Splendor!

  • 5 of 5

My wife, daughter (5 yrs), two hounds (100 lbs Pyrenees-Lab Mix) and I just returned from a magical 3 day weekend at "the Bunkhouse." Our only regret was that we only had 2 nights there! What were we thinking!?!?

Shortly after our late arrival (8 PM), Ruthe came over to greet us. The outside lights were already on and the Bunkhouse was clean and warmed for our arrival. Ruthe's welcoming demeanor, kindred heart, and impassioned area expertise launched us on our wayfaring weekend, crammed with adventure and abounding with history!

The first morning we got started early with a quick "shop" in nearby Durango (the morning light on the surrounding peaks are breathtaking), returned, made a cooked breakfast, and ate at the picnic table on the patio. The air was crisp, but the morning sun was warm on our backs. Then, we drove a few miles up the road and launched on our bikes. It’s worth noting that without the dogs, we definitely would have disembarked straight from the Bunkhouse.

Armed with our mountain bikes, hitched-up with a tag-along bike and 2 wet nosed companions, we set off toward the ole town of Mayday. The day was spent on and off the bikes, playing in the river, mini-hikes and general frivolity in the canyon. We then returned to have a wonderful dinner (the grill had been stored for the winter, so had to use the broiler) and then it was playtime with the native drums! What fun, and so iconic of the area!

The last morning, we launched early on our travels back to Boulder, but filled with biking, walks, and play as we meandered home via Hwy 550, past Purgatory Resort (be sure to stop at the new park across the street from the resort if you’re with kids!), Silverton, awe-inspiring Red Mountain Pass, Ouray, and onward!

For us, well… we are already brainstorming on how we can return and finish what we’ve started! Thank you, Jim and Ruthe for sharing in your labor of love that brought us there!

  • Submitted: Nov 21, 2017
  • Stayed: November 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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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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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
Damage Deposit $250

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.