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Secluded mountain retreat - 2 miles from ski resort

Chrissy Dearien

Member since: 2008
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Speaks: english
Bedrooms 4
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights

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Secluded mountain retreat - 2 miles from ski resort

Bedrooms 4
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights


Durango House Rental Photos and Description

4 bedrooms plus loft, 3 bathrooms, sleeps 10+

Longhorn Lodge is a 4 bedroom plus queen loft home located in the secluded Lake Purgatory subdivision, approximately 2 miles from Durango Mountain Resort at Purgatory. It is located off of Highway 550 about 24 miles north of Durango, midway between Durango and Silverton, Colorado. The house, which borders on the San Juan National Forest, sits on one acre of secluded land with no neighboring houses in sight, giving you the ultimate in seclusion and privacy. At 3300 square feet in size, the house sleeps 10 easily and can accommodate larger groups via the use of a queen futon and two queen sofa sleepers. Minutes from your door are all of the activities that make southwest Colorado a vacation paradise. World class hiking, biking, fishing, horseback riding, kayaking, rafting, jeeping, and skiing are all available here. In addition, the most scenic area of Colorado is at your doorstep. The home has a hot tub, direct TV, wireless Internet, and all of the other amenities of home.

The greatest asset of this house is its proximity to a multitude of mountain activities while maintaining seclusion and privacy. Seclusion, however, means that a car is necessary. In addition, during the winter months, visitors will absolutely need four wheel drive vehicles (or two wheel drive with chains). Snowfall that affects driving wil usually start in mid-November and continue through April. On occasion, even 4 wheel drive with chains will even be necessary during times of heavy snow. The road to the house is plowed for snowfall over 6 inches, but there are multiple hills and curves on the way, making travel in a two wheel drive vehicle without chains virtually impossible. In winter, the two mile drive to the house from Highway 550 will take about 10-12 minutes. Please drive carefully.

Please refrain from smoking in the house, and please try to be careful with the house contents. We want everyone who stays here to have an enjoyable and pleasant stay. If you have any problems, accidents, or spills, please contact us so that we can get things taken care of as quickly as possible. If at all possible, we ask that you try to leave your shoes outside or in the garage or entry area. We would love to have repeat visitors in the future, so treat the home well and come back and see us!

More Details
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Chrissy Dearien (Owner)
Member since: 2008
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Speaks: english
Calendar last updated:
May 4, 2015

About Chrissy Dearien

We are a family of four from central Texas. We have traveled to the mountains for summer, fall, and winter activities for years, and in 2007 we finally decided to buy a home in southwestern Colorado. We get here about 6-8 weeks per year, but we'd come more often if we could figure out a way.

Chrissy Dearien purchased this house in 2007

Why Chrissy Dearien chose Durango

This property spoke to us because of its seclusion. We are in the back of the subdivision on an otherwise undeveloped cul-de-sac on a one acre lot that backs up to the national forest. This home is an incredibly easy place to unwind while still being close to the ski resort, and it offers wonderful and easy access to all of the fun that the San Juan mountains have to offer. The home itself is very roomy at 3300 square feet, and we feel that it's quite inviting. We've decorated it in way so that it feels as comfortable as possible to our much like their own home as possible. We hope you'll come stay with us. We already have several repeat visitors who stay with us regularly.

What makes this house unique

The most unique benefit of staying in this house it the complete seclusion that you'll feel. This is a home where you can truly 'get away from it all'. It's located in the middle of undeveloped land and backs up to the national forest and the Weimenuche wilderness. The only sounds you will hear are the sounds of wildlife and the sounds you make yourselves. The house is nicely appointed and compares very well from an interior standpoint to other rental homes in the area. We provide this seclusion, yet we are still only 2 miles to Highway 550 and 2.25 miles to the Purgatory mountain ski resort. Longhorn lodge offers a nicer finish out and ultimate seclusion compared to neighboring properties. As a side note, this seclusion does come at a price. Winter road conditions require a four wheel drive vehicle and occasionally chains. Also, maintaining internet service with our DSL is a challenge in a remote location such as this, and on occasion, the internet will not work effectively. We think these are minor trade offs for the incredible unwinding that can occur here at Longhorn Lodge, and we think you will agree. Come see us!

Guestbook comments from the owner

Thank you so much for your hospitality! Your house is amazing! It was great to have all 12 of us together under the same roof. All the decor was wonderful. The kids loved the hot tub and we all enjoyed the snow. Thank you again and happy new year!"
Dec 2010
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Secluded mountain retreat - 2 miles from ski resort
average rating of 5.0 based on 8 reviews
Houston, TX

Christmas vacation

  • 5 of 5

Our family loved this home! There were 11 of us and there was plenty of room. We definitely look forward to coming back again!

  • Submitted: Dec 30, 2013
  • Stayed: Dec 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway


Nearest Airport
40 Miles
Pa Plata County Airport (DRO)
Nearest Motorway
2 Miles
US Highway 550
Nearest Ski
2 Miles
Purgatory Mountain Resort
Car: necessary

Durango sits in the southwest corner of Colorado in the heart of the San Juan Mountains. It is convenient to the entire Southwestern part of the US and offers a multitude of entertainment options. World class hiking, biking, jeeping, and fishing is available just a short drive away. Durango Mountain Resort (Purgatory) offers a wonderful family environment for skiing, and the Animas River provides an opportunity for any level of river rafting. The towns of Silverton, Ouray, and Telluride are all nearby, linked by the San Juan Skyway, which ranks as one of the most scenic drives in North America.

Lake Purgatory subdivision is a mountain community located just off Highway 550 24 miles north of Durango and about 1/4 mile south of the entry to Durango Mountain Resort. The house is nestled in the back of the subdivision on a secluded cul-de-sac and backs up to the National Forest. Every mountain activity conceivable is nearby, but you will still feel miles away from it all!

Other Activities: The southwest corner of Colorado is a summer haven and a winter wonderland with an almost unlimited number of options available to make your vacation memorable. Snow skiing, snowmobiling, cross country skiing, hiking, river rafting, mountain biking, scenic driving, four wheeling, fly fishing, golfing, and many other options are all available within a short distance. The San Juan Mountains offer every conceivable activity in one of the most beautiful areas of the country, and the climate is truly second to none. Our home is managed by a long time local resident who has managed multiple properties and who knows many of the local outfitters, restaurants, etc... In addition, there are several websites linked on our home's website ( that will provide you with all you need to start planning your vacation. Can't miss activities include riding the Durango Silverton train, driving the Alpine Skyway, river rafting on the Animas river, and enjoying Durango itself.

Golf: Dalton Ranch is a mountain links course located about 20 miles south of the house on highway 550 just north of Durango. It is available for daily play at a reasonable rate. There are several other courses both north and south of the house within 1-2 hour drives, and there is a nice municipal course in Durango itself. If you have a fortune or friends in high places, see if you can get on to the Glacier Club course just 10 miles from the house near the Tamarron resort on highway 550. This is a very private course, but it's definitely worth the opportunity if you can get access.

Ski: Durango Mountain Resort was previously known as Purgatory Resort, and it is located about 2.25 miles away from the house on Highway 550. It has almost 1400 acres of skiable terrain, with 10 lifts and 88 runs to choose from. The resort receives 260 inches of snow per year, and is usually one of the warmer places to ski in Colorado. It is a wonderful family mountain with options for the whole family to enjoy. In the winter, it is usually a 10-12 minute drive to the base, and ample parking and valet service are available.

Wolf Creek Pass is located near Pagosa Springs, and it is famous for it's tremendous snowfall numbers, ranking second in Colorado annually for snowfall. It's about 2 hours away, but makes for a fun excursion. Silverton Mountain is an expert only mountain that boasts the greatest snowfall numbers in Colorado annually, and it located about 30-40 minutes away in Silverton. We have made the 3 hour drive to Telluride as well for skiing when road conditions permit.


Rates & Availability

From $450 Per night

Durango House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Spring/Early Summer 2015
Mar 23 2015 - Jun 26 2015
3 night minimum stay
Peak Summer 2015
Jun 27 2015 - Aug 16 2015
4 night minimum stay
Late Summer/Fall
Aug 17 2015 - Dec 18 2015
3 night minimum stay
Holiday Season
Dec 19 2015 - Jan 3 2016
7 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $200
Refundable damage deposit $500
Pet Fee $75
Tax Rate 9.0%
Notes We accept cash, checks, and credit cards (mastercard and visa). Rates are subject to change until booking is confirmed. Confirmation of a booking occurs when a 50% deposit is paid. The remainder of the fees are due 60 days before arrival for a holiday or peak summer booking. The remainder will be due 30 days before arrival for the rest of the year. Late cancellation penalties apply.
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Durango House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 3400 sq. ft.
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Activities Guide
  • Alarm Clock
  • Basic Soaps
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Computer Available
  • Firewood
  • Garage
  • Gas Heating
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Area
  • Living Room
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Mobile Phone
  • PC
  • Paper Towels
  • Shampoo
  • Sofa Bed
  • Telephone
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Water Cooler
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Wood Stove
  • Blender
  • Coffee Grinder
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 8 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower , jetted tub , His and hers shower heads
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , shower
  • Upstairs master bath has a Jacuzzi tub and his and hers shower heads in a fully tiled, newly remodeled bathroom. There is a second full bathroom upstairs that serves the guest bedroom and the loft as well as the upstairs den. There is a third full bathroom downstairs that has also been newly remodeled. It serves the living areas and the downstairs guest bedrooms.
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 15
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king
    Bedroom 2 - 1 king
    Bedroom 3 - 1 king
    Bedroom 4 - twin over double bunk bed
    Loft - 1 queen , loft w/ queen bed
  • There are three bedrooms with king beds, while the fourth bedroom has a twin over double bunk bed for the kids. The loft upstairs has a queen bed. In addition, there is a queen futon in the upstairs loft along with two queen sofa sleepers (one in each living area). Pricing for the house is based on sleeping 10, but with the futon and sofa sleepers, larger parties can be accommodated. This will be handled on a case by case basis depending on the makeup of the guest party (ie number of adults and number of children).
  • Books
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Foosball
  • Games
  • Games for Kids
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • Toys
  • VCR
  • Deck / Patio
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Wood Deck
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Hot Tub
  • Jacuzzi
  • Outdoor Hot Tub
  • autumn foliage
  • forests
  • pond
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • rafting
  • skiing
  • whitewater rafting

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