Our cabin was built on plans that I had in my head for the 22 years that I served in the Army. It finally became a reality in 2009/2010, when we built our dream cabin in the Wet Mountains overlooking the 14,000'+ Sangre de Cristo mountain range in south-central Colorado. Our cabin was built for our relaxation (my wife is still active duty) and our children's enjoyment. The kitchen is fully stocked with all the latest and greatest appliances and utensils. The bedrooms are set up with log beds that accent the cabin feel. The cabin is heated with in-floor radiant heat on the first and second floor, electric baseboard heat in the basement. The sauna is lined with redwood, and easily seats several adults. The master bedroom has a beautiful east-facing exterior balcony overlooking the Wet Mountains for enjoying a coffee in the morning, while the master bath has a double-slipperfoot tub, glassed in shower, and unique handcrafted vanity with granite countertop and vessel sinks. The main floor bath has a rain shower and heated air jets in the tub. The loft has a 52 inch plasma TV for watching DVDs or the many VHS tapes we have of popular family movies, while the kid's playroom has a 32 inch LCD TV with DVD player. The 650 sq ft of covered porch allows you to sit and watch the wildlife in the morning and evening, take in a passing thunderstorm on a summer afternoon, or relax and watch the red sunsets over the Sangres in the evening.
The nearby cute mining/ranching town of Westcliffe has a grocery store, bowling alley, lots of antique stores, art galleries, restaurants, some nice grassy parks and a great playground. Westcliff is located in the Wet Valley, which is sparsely settled, with very few lights; you will see more stars at night than you had ever thought possible. Of all the places we have lived in the world due to our Army careers, the nights at our cabin were the first time our kids saw the Milky Way galaxy. At the cabin it was easy to teach our kids how to locate the North Star using the Big Dipper, and using a star locator, we have found all the northern constellations, and several of the planets. A short while after sunset it is also possible to see satellites moving overhead, if you know how to distinguish them from aircraft.
We have 15 acres to roam on, with thousands more acres of National Forest and Wilderness Areas just a short drive away. There are valley and mountain lakes for fishing and kayaking, with world famous Arkansas River white water rafting in the Bighorn Sheep Canyon a half-hour's drive to the North, the Wolf Springs Ranch bison herd and Mission Wolf, a wolf sanctuary, a half-hour's drive to the south. Your kids can play on our big treehouse that features a cargo net climb, and monkey bars. Day trips can take you to the Great Sand Dunes National Park, the US Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Pikes Peak, the River Walk in Pueblo, the hot springs at Salida, the ghost towns of St Elmo, Tincup and others, Royal Gorge, Bishop's Castle, the historic mining towns of Rosita, Victor and Leadville (the highest incorporated town in North America) the mining/gambling town of Cripple Creek, the Gold Belt Tour roads, Mount Princeton Hot Springs, Joyful Journey Hot Springs, Garden of the Gods Park, the Air Force Academy and Mission:Wolf, the free wolf study center. For the more adventurous, there are literally thousands of miles of paved and dirt mountain roads, clothing optional hot springs in the San Luis Valley, and hiking trails up 14,000+ foot mountains. But don't let the many activities fool you, the cabin is in a very sparsely populated, but beautiful, valley. Located on a well-maintained dead-end dirt road, there is very little traffic that goes by the cabin.
There is a cell phone tower on the mountain nearby, so that you have some communication with the outside world if that is what you want. But the cabin will make you want to shut off the phone and just sit and relax.
Keywords: Relax at our cabin, with top of the line kitchen, beautiful 360 views of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains and Wet Mountains in South Central Colorado. Sit on the large covered porches as you watch the deer and other wildlife graze on the land, or listen to the coyotes call at night. Play in the treehouse, relax in the sauna, or just let the stress of life disappear in our mountain retreat. Whether using the double slipperfoot tub with a view, watching movies on the plasma TVs in the loft or kid's playroom, cooking in the beautiful new kitchen, using the large sauna, or just relaxing on the porch, there is enough luxury in our cabin to keep everyone in the family satisfied.
We are an Army family. I did 22 years in the Army before retiring, and my wife is still on Active Duty. We have four children, all who love being at the cabin when we can make it. While there, we enjoy hiking, biking, backpacking, fishing, cooking and just plain relaxing.
We love the Wet Valley for the views we get of both the Wet Mountains (the cabin is at 8600' in the Wet Mts) and the Sangre de Cristo Mountain range to the west. During the spring, the views are of lush green grasses and leaves. The summer brings afternoon thunderstorms over the Sangres and through the valley, and we often sit on the porch and watch the lightning as it passes by. The fall turns the valley golden as the ranches bring in the hay and the aspens that fill the mountainsides turn yellow beneath the snow-capped peaks. In the winter we get snows that only occasionally are heavy at the cabin, but are massive further up the two mountain ranges to the east and west.
The Wet Valley is sparsely populated, and mostly cattle ranches. You will occasionally see the local Amish families taking their horse-drawn buggies into town to purchase items or sell their home-made items at the Farmers Market. The town of Westcliffe has a cute downtown section with lots of specialty stores, mining, railroad and ranching history and a summer rodeo that is a lot of fun to watch. The town still has an Independence Day parade that reminds me of those I saw as a child; where every man takes off his cowboy hat as the flag goes by. We wanted our children, world travelers due to our many overseas postings, to know what small-town America really looks like, and Westcliffe is a perfect example of that.
This area is one of the last remaining parts of Colorado that has not changed very much in the last 100 years. You can look at pictures of Westcliffe from the mining days of the early 1900s, and you'll see the same buildings on Main Street then as you see today. We like that.
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