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Rustic Cabin at Base of La Plata Mountains

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Hesperus Cabin Rental Photos and Description

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.

  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
  • wheelchair inaccessible

ruthe olson
Member since: 2015
Speaks: english
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Calendar last updated:
December 5, 2016
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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.


Wonderful! 4.9/5 -
(13 traveler reviews)

Rustic Cabin at Base of La Plata Mountains
average rating of 4.923077 based on 13 reviews

Beautiful Respite in SW Colorado

  • 5 of 5

We stayed at Ruthe and Jim's place for two nights and it exceeded our expectations! The setting was beautiful, the little house was charming and comfortable and the walk to the river was soothing. Our dog also enjoyed his time there; this is a perfect place to stay with an adventurous pup. The location between Durango and Mancos, our two areas of exploration, was perfect. You can choose to cook in the kitchen, which has all you need to make a meal (including a sharp kitchen knife which I almost never find in a VRBO) or you can drive 5 minutes down the road to eat at the fabulous Kennebec Cafe. If you have a chance to chat with Ruthe and Jim I highly recommend it. They are very knowledgeable about the area and have great stories to share. We will be back!

  • Submitted: Oct 15, 2016
  • Stayed: Oct 2016
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Dallas, Texas

In Pursuit of Magic

  • 5 of 5

My boyfriend, daughter, chocolate lab and I stayed in the cabin for a couple days and nights in late September. It began to snow as soon as we arrived and we couldn't imagine a more perfect place to be than Windhover Cabin. The area surrounding the cabin is beautiful and once you walk through the door you experience an entire different kind of magic. Ruthe and Jim have created a truly special place! The cabin is so cozy and the attention to detail can't be matched! My daughter enjoyed the books, board games, and unique loft-style bedrooms. We can't say enough wonderful things about the host, Ruthe, and her awesome dog, Molly. We hope to return soon and highly recommend this one-of-a-kind stay to all!

  • Submitted: Oct 7, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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monterey, ca

Perfectly simple

  • 5 of 5

2 adults, 2 kids & 2 dogs stayed over Labor Day weekend '16. Great hosts (including Molly), great location and a neat cabin. Kids loved the loft/ladder and our youngest beat us all at Monopoly! Absolutely no complaints...

  • Submitted: Sep 9, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
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Baton Rouge

Perfect place to stay!

  • 5 of 5

My boyfriend and I stayed in the cabin for a quick trip to the Durango area. The cabin was perfect! The location/area was gorgeous and Ruthe was absolutely wonderful. She provided us with restaurant recommendations as well as tips for our activities around the area. We loved being away from everything and just getting to relax after a long day. I also loved all the personal touches in the cabin! Such a cool experience.

  • Submitted: Aug 11, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Awesome location!

  • 5 of 5

My son and I rented Windhover Cabin so we could enjoy nature, peace and quiet during our Durango area vacation. Ruthe was so wonderful to deal with and very helpful with any information we needed. The cabin is EXACTLY what we wanted and location was perfect! WHY would anyone stay in a boring hotel when they could stay in this beautiful location for less? The scenery was gorgeous, weather was wonderful. It was a perfect base camp for everything we wanted to do in the area. We loved the town and spent a whole day shopping at the unique shops. Enjoyed Steamworks Brewing Company very much, and our favorite restaurant turned out to be Gazpacho. Food was delicious and their house margaritas were superb :) We visited Mesa Verde National Park which is a short 30 minute drive from the cabin. Just absolutely stunning views, and so interesting to see and learn about the ancient villages. I could go on and on.... I hope to be able to visit the area again, and would definitely stay at Windhover Cabin again! LOVE, love, love it there!!

  • Submitted: Jun 1, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
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Really inviting and wonderful hosptiality!

  • 5 of 5

This cabin was perfect for the three of us. Our daughter loved being here especially loved the snow. Ruthe and Jim were very nice and very inviting to us. This cabin has everything we needed for our stay for the weekend. The wood burning stove inside was perfect to roast marshmallows and extra perfect for the snow! We would definitely recommend it to others! Thank you guys!

Kristie, Jeremy, and Sophia

  • Submitted: Apr 19, 2016
  • Stayed: Apr 2016
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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

Hesperus Cabin Rental Rates

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Christmas/New Years
Dec 10 2016 - Jan 7 2017
2 night minimum stay
May 25 2017 - Sep 10 2017
2 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

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

Add fee: There is a $200 refundable damage deposit according to conditions agreed upon.
$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.
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Hesperus Cabin Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cabin
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 750 sq. ft.
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
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
  • 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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