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The Mountain Log Cabin that You've Been Dreaming of...

Bedrooms 3
Space 3,000 sq. ft.
Property type cabin
Minimum Stay 3 - 90 nights
Popular Features
  • Internet
  • Washing Machine
  • Outdoor Grill
  • non smoking only
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer
  • Wood Fireplace
  • children welcome


About the property

Cabin, 3 Bedrooms + Bunk Area, 3 Baths, (Sleeps 6-12)

If you have been dreaming of staying at a picturesque wilderness log cabin with end of the road privacy and spectacular mountain scenery, this is the place. Located on Hastings Mesa at an elevation of 9000 feet, San Juan Cabin was built in 1999 out of hand-crafted Scandinavian full scribe Engleman spruce logs. The cabin sits on 78 acres on the side of a ridge overlooking Willow creek and meadow . There are groves of aspen and oak to picnic in. Also stands of large Ponderosa pine trees. It is just outside of Telluride with views so large and spectacular that you can see many of the most famous peaks including; Mt. Sneffels, Mears Peak, North Pole, the San Miguel range and the extinct volcano, Lone Cone.

San Juan Cabin is remote yet easily accessible to Telluride (30min.) Ridgway (20min.) and Montrose (1 hour) The trip to Telluride can be by highway or the scenic old stage coach path known as Last Dollar Road. The location puts you in the heart of the wilderness yet an easy drive to town or the regional airport in Montrose.

Much of the original True Grit movie was filmed in this area. If you have seen the movie you will recognize our view to the South as the opening scene.

The cabin has 3000 square feet of finished living space. It has a full kitchen as well as a partial kitchen on the lower level. The lower level can be separate independent living quarters for a second family.

It also is environmentally 'green' with a very small carbon footprint running on solar and wind power. Heating comes from passive solar and a stone fireplace, the fireplace has catalytic combustion for low emissions. The water supply for the cabin comes from a well on the ridge above it. It is pumped by solar power into a 1,200 gallon cistern, then with gravity pressure it comes into the cabin. When the cistern is full the excess water goes into an overflow pipe and comes out in a fountain near the front door. This waters the ground around the area.

The wildlife is abundant here. Deer and Elk are everyday sites along with Coyote, Turkey, Grouse,and Eagle. Sometimes Bobcat, Porcupine and Bear are seen. Wildflowers abound in May, June and July with fields of lupine and arrowroot by the thousand. The Autumn colors are awesome, with red oaks and aspens of purple and gold.

You can hike and bike right out the front door on trails and dirt roads around the cabin. There is also great biking on the abandoned railroad grades. Mountain bikes are provided. You can hike on the National Forest trails with access from many of the neighboring roads. Hot springs beckon at both Ouray and Ridgway. Stargazing is magnificent from the telescope on the deck with stars so bright it will give you the sense of wonder and awe back that you knew as a child.


Keywords: Log Cabin

More Details

John Fuhler
Member since: 2001
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
March 8, 2017

About John Fuhler

We are a family of five that love the outdoors. We live in Illinois, but grew up in the mountains.

John Fuhler purchased this cabin in 1999

Why John Fuhler chose Colorado

These are some of the most beautiful mountain landscapes that we have ever seen. We like to be in nature away from the crowded city.

What makes this cabin unique

Animals frequently come right up to the house whether you are inside or out. Sometimes I feel like I am a guest at their place, we are the visitors in their environment. We live off the grid here. The power comes from the wind and the sun. You feel so much more in tune with the world around you here.


Placerville Cabin Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cabin
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 3000 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy 8
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • children welcome ...
Location Type:
  • Mountain View
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Sports & Activities
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Garage ...
  • Internet ...
  • Linens Provided
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wood Fireplace ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
    Bathroom 3 -
  • 3
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Queen size Beds (2) 2 Queen beds, 1 in master bedroom and 1 in lower level bedroom., Double Beds (1) 1 Double bed in first floor bedroom., Sleep Sofa or Futons (1) There is a convertible sofa if needed. The mattress is thin., Bunk Beds (3) There are 3 bunk beds, that sleep 6 people.
  • Books ...
  • CD Player
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Television ...
  • Balcony ...
  • Bicycles ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Outdoor Grill
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool ...
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • live theater
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • rafting
  • rock climbing
  • skiing
  • snowboarding
  • snowmobiling
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • whitewater rafting
There are four mountain bikes here. Telescope.


Exceptional! 5/5 -
(9 traveler reviews)

The Mountain Log Cabin that You've Been Dreaming of...
average rating of 5.0 based on 9 reviews

Tremendous all around

  • 5 of 5

When you first drive into the property you can't be but totally mesmerized by the sheer beauty of this location. Open the door into the cabin and you are immediately impressed with the high level of craftsmanship and walk into the sun room and you are drawn to the large bank of windows overlooking probably one of the finest views in Colorado...and I've seen a lot of Colorado! There is a gorgeous deck with equally impressive big vista views into the valley below and the mountains beyond. You won't want to do anything other than just sit back and enjoy the view. The accommodations are very comfortable and the house is nice and warm. The home is very well equipped, clean, and comfortable. Although it's fairly remote, it is but a short drive to Last Dollar Road, one of the most scenic drives in Colorado. Being off the grid was no problem and the cellular connection was very can see the cell tower on a mountain top towards Telluride. Highly recommend.

  • Submitted: Aug 19, 2015
  • Stayed: Aug 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Crystal Lake, Illinois

Amazing Views, Lots of Wildlife

  • 5 of 5

A great mix of wilderness and comfortable accommodations. Enjoyed the "off the grid" atmosphere.

  • Submitted: May 12, 2014
  • Stayed: May 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Rockford, IL

Excellent place to call home for a vacation!!!!!

  • 5 of 5

This house is an excellent place to call home for a vacation. Centrally located so you can easily get to Telluride, Ridgway, and Ouray. Incredible biking, hiking and activities in each town. On top of location, the views are breathtaking can't wait to go back!!!!!!

  • Submitted: Jul 19, 2013
  • Stayed: Jul 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Chandler, Arizona

Great Cabin, great location

  • 5 of 5

Thank you for the use of your cabin, we had a wonderful time and hope to return again and again! The location was perfect for us, secluded but close to Telluride and Ridgway. The views are incredible and numerous deer visited us daily. The cabin is very comfortable with plenty of space for everyone.

  • Submitted: Aug 27, 2012
  • Stayed: Jun 2012
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Champaign, Illinois


  • 5 of 5

My family loved this property! The views were stunning, the house was lovely. We enjoyed living a "green" lifestyle for the week off the grid. We'll be back next year because we only brushed the surface of all the activities in the area.

  • Submitted: Jul 27, 2012
  • Stayed: Jul 2012
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Fort Collins, CO


  • 5 of 5

This place surpassed our expectations and is truly one of the prettiest spots we have seen in CO. The house is comfortable, functional and has a gorgeous view from every window. Telluride is an easy and beautiful drive, but we had a hard time leaving the property!!

  • Submitted: Jul 20, 2011
  • Stayed: Jul 2011
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Rates & Availability

Placerville Cabin Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Nov 28 2016 - Apr 14 2017
90 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add $15 per night, per additional guest

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $200
Refundable damage deposit $500

Cabin is NOT available all year. Summer only. From April 14 to Nov. 17th.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
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Last Dollar Rd
"Beautiful drive, plan at least an hour to get to Telluride"
Ouray Hot Springs Pool And Park
Orvis Hot Springs
Wilson Peak
"Another Fourteener, A spectacular mountain"
Lizard Head Pass
"Worth the drive for the view. Continue South past it for a view of Lizard Head."
Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Monument
"Who would have thought a hole in the ground could be so spectacular as to take your breath a..."
Courthouse Mountain
"The Cimarron Mountain Range. Drive east of Ridgway to Owl Creek Pass. It takes an hour to ge..."
Mount Sneffels
"14,142 feet in elevation. You can see from cabin."
Imagene Pass
"Extreme 4 wheel drive road over 13,114 foot pass. The road is 13 miles long between Ouray an..."
Nearest Airport
40 Miles
Nearest Golf
20 Miles
Nearest Motorway
4 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
20 Miles
Nearest Ski
30 Miles
Nearest Point of Interest
Last Dollar Road
Nearest Point of Interest
Ouray Hot Springs
Nearest Point of Interest
Mount Sneffels
Nearest Point of Interest
Orvis Hot Springs
Nearest Point of Interest
Dallas Divide
Nearest Point of Interest
Horsefly Peak
Nearest Point of Interest
Wilson Peak
Nearest Point of Interest
El Diente
Nearest Point of Interest
Lone Cone
Nearest Point of Interest
Lizard Head Pass
Nearest Point of Interest
Red Mountain Pass
Nearest Point of Interest
Imagene Pass
Nearest Point of Interest
The Black Canyon
Nearest Point of Interest
Animas Forks
Nearest Point of Interest
Courthouse Mountain
Car: necessary

The view here is spectacular. The house is oriented to take in the mountain and mesa views from the sunroom, deck and patios to the South and West. With the cabin overlooking the meadow on the side of the ridge, animals frequently come out to drink in the creek at sun up and sun down.


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