Verified Review icon check navigate-up navigate-left navigate-right expand mail svg-lightning svg-24hr svg-house svg-sleeps svg-bedrooms svg-bathrooms svg-stay svg-toilet calendar svg-report-flag pet-dog svg-multiunit Default Owner Icon heart-filled Family icon
Book Online or call HomeAway Booking Assistance 888-640-7927
Book Online or call HomeAway Booking Assistance 888-640-7927

Awe-Inspiring Views, Privacy & Trees - 5 Minutes from Town

Bedrooms 3
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 nights


About the property

House, 3 Bedrooms, 2 Baths, (Sleeps 6)

SKI SEASON IS HERE!! NO HIDDEN FEES---CLEANING & TAXES INCLUDED (this saves a lot, be sure to compare). Skis season is here, and you can still hike, road bike, mountain bike in and around Salida. Or, just RELAX and enjoy the 270 degree views from the new addition to what was already the finest deck in the valley, or lounge on the patio, where the views are just as good. If you can bring yourself to come inside, watch the huge HD-TV! No hidden costs make this place a great value for a week-long vacation or a weekend get-away. You can go mountain biking or hiking on all the new trails on S mountain. The new North Backbone Trailhead is just 1.2 miles from the house. Over 3 miles of sweet singletrack, perfect for both biking and hiking, that connects with the rest of the ARKANSAS HILLS TRAIL SYSTEM (Backbone, South Backbone, Front Side, and others). On the other side of the valley (only minutes away), the Little Rainbow Trail now links with the Double Rainbow Trail. They are also available to bikers and hikers for four-season fun. See link below for more information (thanks to Salida Mountain Trails and Absolute Bikes). Exploring our attractive town is always fun. We, the owners (college professors), stay at our lovely Salida vacation home at least two months per year. That's how we know it is ready for your comfort, recreation and relaxation. The view from the 600 square foot deck is second to none and includes broad expanses of the Sangre de Cristo and Sawatch Mountain Ranges and the Continental Divide. Chaffee County has more 14,000 foot mountains than any county in the country. The ones visible from the deck include Mount Shavano (14,229’) and Mount Antero (14,269’). Many other snow-capped peaks are visible including Mount Ouray (13,973’).

The patio, just outside one bedroom, is a smaller, more intimate outdoor space. An ancient pinon pine provides shade and privacy. A lovely rock garden is a serene foreground to the spectacular backdrop of the Sangre de Cristo Mountain Range and Mount Ouray. This is also the view, through two floor to ceiling windows and a glass door, from the bed in this bedroom.

The main living area has an open floor plan and is furnished with a combination of new, very comfortable seating and antique heirlooms. The living room has four floor to ceiling windows, so one can enjoy the spectacular views in complete comfort. The two main bedrooms are separated by the living area and hallway.

Each has its own full bathroom, providing quiet and privacy for two couples or a family, not to mention HUGE VIEWS through floor-to-cieling windows. The third bedroom doubles as the 'electronics room.' The WiFi router is there, as is a fifty inch flat screen HD-TV with more then 50 channels via satellite and a DVD/VCR combo. This room also has a new fold-out couch for viewing or sleeping. Needless to say, the view is magnificent through the large window.

The full kitchen has all amenities and opens on to the main living area. Immediately adjacent is the dining area, which easily seats six adults.

Keywords: House

More Details

Member since: 2006
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
January 19, 2018

About The Owner

We are college professors at Mizzou (Biological Engineering, Special Education). The flexibility in our schedules and wireless access allow us to spend time in our Salida vacation home (VRBO 99827). That's why we know they are ready for your relaxation and enjoyment.

The Owner purchased this house in 2005

Why The Owner chose Salida

No place else has Salida's combination of hiking, mountain biking, skiing and river running. The town is charming. The downtown area has many galleries and boutiques in historic buildings, but it is removed from routes 50 and 285. This gives it a quiet, off-the-beaten path feel. It's a privelege just existing in such a beautiful setting.

What makes this house unique

The best views in the valley from the patio, deck and through floor to ceiling windows throughout the house.

Guestbook comments from the owner

The deck was wonderful. We had a great time and are lucky to be able to stay in such a wonderful place.
Jun 2008
  • 1 of 10


Salida House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM / Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Mountain View ...
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Computer Available ...
  • Linens Provided
  • Parking Off Street
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Wood Stove ...
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Refrigerator ...
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Queen size Beds (1) The master bedroom and second bedroom have queen beds., Sleep Sofa or Futons (1) The third bedroom is set up as a TV room and has a new (June 2011) Lazy Boy pull-out couch (queen size).
  • DVD Player
  • Music Library ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo
  • VCR
  • Video Games ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Outdoor Grill
  • limited accessibility ...
  • cinemas
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • theme parks
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • horseback riding
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • wildlife viewing
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • rafting
  • rock climbing
  • skiing
  • snowboarding
  • snowmobiling
  • swimming
  • tennis
Two wonderful metal chaise lounges (with pads) and two metal rockers (also with pads) facilitate enjoyment of the deck, A metal love seat (also with pads) is on the patio, Other amenities include, Wireless Internet (bring your laptop), 47" LED/LCD "Smart" HDTV with Blu Ray, Stereo & Hook-up for an Ipod/phone


Wonderful! 4.9/5 -
(27 traveler reviews)

92% Complete
7% Complete
0% Complete
0% Complete
0% Complete
Awe-Inspiring Views, Privacy & Trees - 5 Minutes from Town
average rating of 4.9259257 based on 37 reviews

Exactly as described. Great Views, Location

  • 4 of 5

We really enjoyed our stay here. As described the views from the deck and living room are some of the best in the valley. Place was clean and had all the items you need to make your stay hassle free. Location is close to Salida so we actually got food to go one night. Took me only 15 minutes to go pick it up.

Day 1 - grilled burgers on the deck and had wine while enjoying the views to late.

Day 2 - Had breakfast at the Bounty. Great food and service. Then shopped in town and went on drive / hike up Spiral drive. Another great views. Had dinner at the Boatroom on the river. Food was good and the table on the river was perfect

Day 3 - Went hiking up to Boss Lake. While fairly steep, it is well worth the time. Got back and ordered food from Amica Italian. Pizza was decent. Spaghetti was excellent.

Would stay here again.

  • Submitted: Sep 5, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Our vacation home has received hundreds of reviews since 2006! All were five-stars until this one. Our perfect record is no more :( Future renters please not this is a very positive review, just didn't get that fifth star.
Did you find this review helpful?
0 0
Fort Collins

Amazing view!!

  • 5 of 5

Well equipped , convenient, comfortable. Amazing views from the beautiful deck.

  • Submitted: Mar 19, 2017
  • Stayed: March 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Did you find this review helpful?
0 0

One more 5 star review

  • 5 of 5

We booked this home because of the reviews. I can't add anything more than others have already written. We are two couples who came for skiing Monarch and hiking. Perfect location. Charming town. Perfect house for our needs. Kitchen is very well supplied for cooking meals.

We plan to be back same time next year. Thank you, Bill and Rebecca for sharing your home with us. We truly enjoyed every minute.

  • Submitted: Mar 12, 2017
  • Stayed: March 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Did you find this review helpful?
0 0

Great views, wonderful deck, close to everything yet far away

  • 4 of 5

Sunny bright home with beautiful views and and a terrific deck. Bedrooms and bathrooms are a good size. Third small bedroom is used for a TV room which was perfect for our baby. Comfy beds, fluffy towels. House could use some updating...looks like owners are slowly making improvements. Good separation of bedrooms and bathrooms. Kitchen is small but workable. We like this area when we stay in Salida. Good value and Bill is easy to work with. Yes, I would recommend this property.

  • Submitted: Nov 28, 2016
  • Stayed: November 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Did you find this review helpful?
0 0
Golden, CO

fantastic place - not the Four Seasons but if you're looking for that Salida isn't for you!

  • 5 of 5

We stayed at the house for 3 nights over President's Day this year. It had been cold on the Front Range so it was sooo nice to get to Salida where it was in the upper-60s every day! The house is as advertised - very spacious, at the top of a neat little subdivision above Salida, the deck is phenomenal (we spent most of our time there), and the views are superb - all the way from Mt. Princeton up north to the Sangres to the southeast!

The house itself has pretty much everything you could want or need. There were a few things that weren't working quite right - the tv service was wonky, and one of the oven burners was staying on all night (yikes!). We just turned off the breaker to the stove when we weren't using it and Bill was right on it when we called and told them. (I think they got it fixed right after we left the next day). But other than that everything was working fine.

The rest of the house is really well laid-out for the views and surrounding area. The master bedroom has huge windows and so does the main room. To be honest it's not the newest house and could probably stand for a complete overhaul in the next couple of years (disclaimer - I'm a bit of a remodel fanatic so I'm always looking at peoples' places for possibilities!). If you're looking for something with updated kitchen / bathrooms etc. this probably isn't for you. But it's quirky in all the right ways, and for the price its absolutely incredible!!!

We really appreciated the fact that all taxes / cleaning fees are included in the price too. What you see is what you pay! There's a trailhead to the S Mountain trail system right down the street, and town is walkable (but would probably take 30 min or so). Salida is one preimium funky town too! Again not a high-end joint, but lots of artsy, funky people and bars, stinky river rats and bikers. Bring your good time attitude and leave the button-downs at home!

In short the home is fantastic. If this is your price range then you won't find a better deal in the state!

  • Submitted: Apr 11, 2016
  • Stayed: February 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Did you find this review helpful?
0 0
Aurora, Colorado. USA

Great getaway!!!

  • 5 of 5

The awe-inspiring views, yes they are!!! Great view overlooking Salida. When we arrived the weather was nice, low 60s and there wasn't any snow on the ground. That evening the weather changed and started snowing. the next morning, because of the snow cover, it seemed as if we had yet another great view! I cant say enough about the views, hands down the best feature of this property. The place was very clean and organized when we arrived. Everything we could possibly need at home, they had here. Plenty of room for my wife, 2 daughters and me. Very simple booking process and Bill was really great to work with as he communicated and had quick response time. We would definitely recommend this to our friends and family!

  • Submitted: Mar 20, 2016
  • Stayed: March 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Did you find this review helpful?
0 0


The North Backbone Trailhead is 1.2 miles from the house, providing easy access to the best hiking and mountain biking in the Salida vicinity. Run the river in a raft or kayak (inflatable kayaks or 'duckies' are easy, fun, exciting, and available for rent), The hiking and mountain biking are world famous, Monarch Ski & Snowboard area is less that 30 minutes on beautiful roads without traffic, a far cry from the weekend road rally to Summit County on on I-70, Monarch has the best snow in Colorado (Wolf Creek may dispute this claim, but no other resort comes close) and recently opened 'extreme terrain' called Mirkwood Basin, Other activities include, Road Biking, Aspen Viewing, and Riding ATVs, Dirt Bikes and Snowmobiles


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Damage Deposit $200

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.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.