The cabin is located in the heart of the Four Corners area. If you like exploring red rock canyons, have an interest in the ancient peoples of the Southwest or just want to get away to a stunningly beautiful area to enjoy the peace and quiet while relaxing in the space of 35 acres just off a paved road in canyon country, this cabin will fill your needs. Make this your private getaway to a land filled with history and ancient mystery. This cabin feels remote but is only a 1/4 mile down a well maintained gravel road from a paved road and provides a base for taking advantage of all that the four corners has to offer. It lies exactly midway between Mesa Verde and Hovenweep and 5 min from great hiking at the Sand Canyon entrance to Canyons for the Ancients.
Situated along the year-round creek in the midst of the red rock cliff section of historic McElmo canyon, the cabin sits a shady elm grove, next to red rock cliffs and a Macintosh & Jonathan apple orchard. Long since abandoned by the 'Anazasi' who lived in the surrounding countryside from its mesa tops to its canyon bottoms; this canyon was once home to the ancestors of the Pueblo peoples of New Mexico. Their legacy remains visible today as is illustrated by the cliff dwellings across the creek seen from the cabin front porch and the pottery sherds surfacing as the rains and winds uncover buried layers of of an earlier civilization in the surrounding fields.
One of our neighbors,a professionally trained archaeologist, roams the surrounding landscape and is often available to guide hikes to nearby sites in the Canyons of the Ancients. Once home to Mormon settlers and farmers scattered along the stage coach road by the creek, the canyon is still home to cowboys and ranchers alongside the farmers, archaeologists, artists, stone carvers, horses, cows, sheep, donkeys, foxes, deer, grape growers, wine makers and the very rare occasional mountain lion.
Keywords: Cabin, large shaded porch, redrock canyon views, creek, hiking.
The owner and his Grand-kids. For many years I have had an interest in Archaeoastronomy, a blend of both archeology and astronomy. I have made numerous trips to the Andes in Peru to investigate Inca ruins with my neighbors. The Anasazi people of the Four Corners region of the Southwest hold that same allure for me - only they lived right in my back yard! There are kivas, stone towers, petroglyphs and sun spirals within easy reach and lots of educational opportunity to learn about it nearby. We felt blessed to find this vacation cabin in the heart of the Anasazi country with plenty of opportunity to explore and to study the ancient peoples and their knowledge of practical astronomy. We hope you will enjoy the area as much as we have.
Bernard purchased this cabin in 2003
This property has McElmo Creek running through it the red rock sandstone canyon all year long, an apple orchard, spectacular views and borders on the Canyons of the Ancients National Monument. Our neighbors are friendly, knowledgeable and handy folks: horse riders, healers, Andean & Southwest explorers, farmers, wine makers, fruit growers, and creative people. With sunny Colorado skies only 10 miles from great bars and restaurants in a real four corners small town with that out west county beat, a natural park, and wonderful hiking to Anasazi ruins just out the back door, but far enough from the city lights that the skies are dark and the entire sky is available for viewing.
Perfect views from the front porch swing of the red cliff rock section of McElmo canyon. The incredibly dark views of the night sky in the dry desert air, the solitude of being away from town, the slow and peaceful lifestyle, spectacular scenery, finding a new pot shard in the yard, watching the deer and fox, all the apples we can eat, good wine tasting just up the road - these are some of the things that make our Cabin in McElmo Canyon special.
We had a wonderful time at your cabin and, after finding it easily from your directions, found it very clean and comfortable, with beautifully maintained grounds. Our stay coincided with the last day of the Perseid meteor showers and we saw many amazing shooting stars. My husband also took a cool time lapsed star trail photo off the back of the porch! We enjoyed spending time in the living room area in the evening, with the kids falling asleep on the couches while we waited for the meteors, as well as hanging out in the early morning on the porch and in the yard, too.
Thank you again for allowing us to stay for just the one night. We couldn't have asked for a more perfect spot!
We spent New Year's week at this cabin. Loved every single minute! The cabin in exactly as represented. The water did not have the sulphur odor some mention. Excellent filters in place. Tasted great too! The cabin was very clean, stocked with everything that might be needed. In fact, the owner seemed to anticipate our needs! I got fuzz from my new scarf all over my jeans. When I noticed I stood up straight wondering how to remove it and my eyes landed on a lint roller laying on a small table! It was so relaxing, unbelievably beautiful scenery! it hardly seemed real when a winter storm hit and moved back and forth in the canyon in front of us. Perfectly located 10 miles west of town. Hovenweep and Mesa Verde only a short drive away, Canyon of the Ancients hike 2 miles down the road. Thank you for sharing your little piece of heaven with us. We will be back!
This is a great property for anyone who enjoys nature and wants to stay in a comfortable, welcoming home. The house had all the amenities one could wish with for, with hiking and exploring right outside the door. We loved our stay and can imagine returning one day.
This was our second stay at the Bell property in McElmo Canyon. The views offered from the porch of the red rock canyon are spectacular. There is very little light to compete with the night sky full of stars. The accommodations are comfortable and clean. This unique property provides a very private retreat in a remote secluded location.
We had a very nice time at this property in Mc Elmo Canyon. It was our first experience renting with VRBO so we came in with few expectations and were pleasantly surprised. What initially stood out to me was the owner, Bernard. He was pleasant and helpful, available without being intrusive, and he returned calls before and during our stay. He also emailed us detailed “cabin notes”, introducing us to his home and how it works. If you follow the directions and are careful with the screens and windows there won’t be any moths and the house will stay cool and comfortable.
We loved sitting on the porch in the mornings and evenings, watching the colors change over the canyon and listening to the farm animals nearby. The dogs were never a problem and there was just occasional barking in the distance. We were treated, each evening, to a deer snacking in the apple orchard by the porch. We also made friends with the small lizard who basks in the porch's sunlight each morning. She was there each day, thus earning the right to be named….so “Lydia” is how this little gal will be known to our family:-) On a short hike across the property one morning we found large cat tracks in the mud, so perhaps, a mountain lion happened by…which is fun to think about for city folks like us.
Regarding human creature comforts, the kitchen was well-appointed, the king bed is, indeed, extremely comfortable and the sheets are luxurious. Everything was clean and orderly and the RO system at the kitchen sink yielded perfectly fine-tasting water with no sulphur smell.
The blow-up mattress was easy to inflate and deflate and the evaporative cooler system worked well and had been left on for our comfort before we arrived. We actually turned it off when we went to bed and never turned it back on because there was always a nice breeze around the cabin. We did use the room AC at bedtime which drowned out any noises from outside so we were not awakened by the roosters.
We spent only two nights here and wish we had had time for more as there is much to see in the area. Bernard had a basket full of pamphlets, fliers and maps which helped us to choose activities for our one, full day in the canyon. We settled on Mesa Verde where we hiked the Petroglyph Point Trail which turned out to be the high point of our 18 day Southwest vacation.
So happy to have stayed here!
The stay was fun and exciting love to come back. Everything was so well orginized, and labeled. My family loved it there the enviorment was beautiful. The only thing that bothered me was the internet. Id surely recommend this to all families.
My husband and I stayed 4 nights here in August 2014. The house was clean and well-appointed. Comfortable bed, luxurious sheets, fresh towels, and a serene view of beautiful McElmo Canyon. The water has a mineral smell, as others have noted, but it dissipates quickly. We didn't find it objectionable. The reverse-osmosis drinking water tap in the kitchen was much appreciated. We enjoyed watching the moon rise over the canyon in the evenings. The neighbor dogs came over the first day to check us out and apparently decided we were okay - we didn't see or hear from them after that. We wanted to go on a trail ride, and Bernard recommended a neighbor, Canyon Trails Ranch. We had an amazing morning riding the canyon - thank you so much, Bernard, for the great recommendation. This is a really nice house in a beautiful location, ideal for exploring Canyons of the Ancients and Mesa Verde. I really hope we are able to visit again one day.
Property abuts Canyons of the Ancients National Monument and is 5 min from the main entrance at Sand Canyon. It is nearby Mesa Verde (35min), Mancos Canyon, Goodman Point, Hovenweep, Anasazi Heritage Center, Crow Canyon Archeological Center, Ute Mountain Tribal Park, Lowry Indian Ruins, Cortez Cultural Center, Ute Mountain Casino at Towaoc, Guy Drew Winery, Mancos Staqecoach ride, Durango to Silverton Narrow Gauge Train, Million Dollar Highway, Rico Mining town, Durango Mountain Ski Resort, Telluride Ski Resort, Moab, Canyonlands and Arches National Parks.