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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 few days
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
July 23, 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.


Durango 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


Wonderful! 4.9/5 -
(23 traveler reviews)

Rustic Cabin at Base of La Plata Mountains
average rating of 4.869565 based on 23 reviews

Perfect mountain getaway!

  • 5 of 5

This was our 2nd year staying in this cute rustic cabin! We love the location. There is plenty of hiking and exploring to do. Durango was a 20 minute drive with lots of great stores and restaurants. The cabin was so cozy and had everything we needed. If there was anything we needed Ruthie & Jim were just a short walk away. We were always greeted by their precious dog Molly. She stayed just long enough to say hello and off she was. Ruthie & Jim are the most gracious hosts. We hated to say goodbye but hope to see them again soon!

  • Submitted: Jul 15, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Cozy Cabin!!

  • 5 of 5

This is a truly unique and beautiful cabin! We enjoyed our stay so much and would love to stay there again! The cabin is so very cozy and you instantly feel right at home! A perfect getaway spot in the beautiful La Plata Mountains!

  • Submitted: Jul 15, 2017
  • Stayed: Jul 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Windsor, CO

Nice rustic cabin

  • 4 of 5

The cabin has a stunning location and Ruth gave us some advice to head up the road where we encountered waterfalls, and great hiking, including Kennebec Pass which has amazing views. The cabin has everything you might need, but is definitely a cabin. We didn't make much use of the deck, as the owner's dog Molly, though not unfriendly, tended to bark at us. They always did their best to stop that so we could enjoy our stay. We just chose not to make it an issues. The cabin fits a lot more people than we had and is a great home base for a family going camping or a few couples or friends vacationing together. Great option close to soooo much beauty. Within driving distance from Durango where you can get great food too.

  • Submitted: Jun 30, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Wonderful cabin in the woods!

  • 5 of 5

My family of 4 had a lovely time at this charming cabin near Durango. So much more special and memorable than staying at a hotel. Plus it is nice to be able to cook some meals and not have to eat out constantly (the grill was great for this). My kids LOVED the dart board and played with it for hours. Ruthe and Jim are thoughtful and kind hosts. I have nothing but praise for these 2 dear people, their dog Molly, and their special cabin.

  • Submitted: Jun 14, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: thank you, thank you, thank you!!! r
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Quaint little cabin with very sweet host!

  • 4 of 5

Host is very nice and willing to give recommendations on things to do in the area. Cabin is definitely a little "rustic" but in a charming way. Very comfortable beds and the cabin is filled with everything you could possibly need for your stay. We didn't spend too much time at the cabin, mostly just to sleep, but it would be great for families for sure!

  • Submitted: Jun 10, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Phoenix, AZ

Perfect for us

  • 5 of 5

This was a perfect property for all of us. Ruthe and Jim the hosts were fabulous. Arrived after midnight with no issues finding the cabin. Sitting on the porch with a glass of wine listening to the river run below us was perfect. The ability to have my daughter's service dog with us with absolutely no hassle is always a bonus. Everything you need is here. The recommendation for the restaurant at the end of the road Kennebec has us hooked! All in all - a perfect Easter weekend. THANK YOU!

  • Submitted: Apr 26, 2017
  • Stayed: Apr 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

Durango Cabin Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
May 25 2017 - Sep 15 2017
2 night minimum stay
Christmas/New Years
Dec 12 2017 - Jan 10 2018
2 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay

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.
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