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

Placerville, CO, USA
  • Cabin3000 sqft
  • Bedrooms3
  • Sleeps8
  • Bathrooms3
  • Half Baths0
  • Minimum Stay3 nights

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


John Fuhler

Member Since 2001
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within one day
Calendar last updated:
Apr 09, 2018
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 Placerville

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.


    • Internet
    • Fireplace
    • Kids Welcome
    • Washer & Dryer
    • Parking
    • TV
    • No Smoking


      • 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.


        • 3 Bathrooms
          • 3

          Location Type

            • Mountain View


                • Adventure
                • Away From It All
                • Family
                • Sports & Activities


                    • Guests provide their own meals


                        • Linens Provided
                        • Clothes Dryer
                        • Garage
                          This is the small barn next to cabin.
                        • Hair Dryer
                        • Internet
                          Internet is available through your cell phone.
                        • Iron & Board
                        • Fireplace
                        • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer
                          There is a large parking area next to the cabin.
                        • Telephone
                          Cell phones work very well here. There is no land line to the premises. You are off the grid here.
                        • Towels Provided
                        • Washing Machine
                          Located in the mud room.
                        • Wood Fireplace
                          The fireplace is also for heating, like a stove, but you can see the flames. Firewood is supplied.


                            • Coffee Maker
                            • Cooking Utensils
                            • Dishes & Utensils
                            • Dishwasher
                            • Kitchen
                              There is a full kitchen on the main level. There is also a partial kitchen downstairs.
                            • Oven
                            • Refrigerator
                              (2) Propane, not electric.
                            • Stove
                            • Toaster


                                • Dining Area


                                    • Books
                                      There are a few novels. Mostly books on the local mountains, many maps and tourist information.
                                    • CD Player
                                    • Ping Pong Table
                                    • Television
                                      We do NOT have a TV here and have never missed it once. The view of the clouds, mountains, animals and weather is always changing and dramatic.


                                        • Balcony
                                          There is a balcony off the master bedroom.
                                        • Bicycles
                                          We have mountain bikes
                                        • Deck / Patio
                                          There is a wood deck off the kitchen. And a Stone patio off the Sunroom.
                                        • Outdoor Grill


                                            • wheelchair inaccessible

                                              Pool / Spa

                                                • Communal Pool
                                                  Hot Springs pool in Ridgway and Ouray


                                                    • 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

                                                                • mountain climbing
                                                                • cross country skiing
                                                                • fishing
                                                                • fly fishing
                                                                • golf
                                                                • hiking
                                                                • hunting
                                                                • kayaking
                                                                • mountain biking
                                                                • cycling
                                                                • mountaineering
                                                                • rafting
                                                                • rock climbing
                                                                • skiing
                                                                • snowboarding
                                                                • snowmobiling
                                                                • swimming
                                                                • tennis
                                                                • whitewater rafting


                                                                    • There are four mountain bikes here. Telescope.

                                                                      16 Reviews


                                                                      Latest reviews

                                                                      Great home.

                                                                      Rusty E.

                                                                      We will be back. Everything was above par! Thanks guys!

                                                                      October in Cabin near Telluride

                                                                      mark g.

                                                                      Great Cabin, space and expansive view of the mountains and great alpenglow sunsets. Central to multiple sites including Ridgeway, Ouray, Silverton, and Telluride. Also visited Mesa Verde 2 hours away .

                                                                      Cabin stayed comfortable with woodburning fireplace/insert and no problem with electric capacity.

                                                                      Absolutely beautiful

                                                                      Scotty B.

                                                                      This is an amazing property. The views are truly million dollar views! We watched between 30 and 100 elk everyday in front of the house. Would I recommend this ABSOLUTELY!

                                                                      Most excellent!!

                                                                      Jeff S.

                                                                      My family had an amazing time! Great accommodations in the heart of the San Juans. Been a long time since I've seen so many stars at night. Would highly recommend!!

                                                                      Wonderful mountain cabin with a view!

                                                                      Mark R.

                                                                      We absolutely loved the cabin which was so comfortable and accommodating for our children and grandchildren. We especially enjoyed the spectacular view of the mountains. Hope to return again!

                                                                      Beautiful cabin with Breathtaking views!!

                                                                      David C.

                                                                      The cabin was perfect for our 2 families (4 adults and 4 children). Each couple had a comfortable bedroom, while the kids shared the basement area equipped with their own bathroom, kitchen and play area (incl. a ping pong table!). The 8 of us had more than enough room in this beautiful cabin...with space for even more people...and comfortably too! The cabin was furnished with everything we needed for our week long getaway in the Colorado mountains. We highly recommend this hidden treasure and look forward to staying here again soon!


                                                                      Placerville, CO, USA

                                                                      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.

                                                                      Rates & Availability

                                                                      Additional information about rental rates

                                                                      Cleaning Fee
                                                                      Additional Guest Fee
                                                                      Damage Deposit

                                                                      We do require a security deposit of $500 to reserve your time. This is refunded after your stay provided the home is left reasonably clean, normal wear and tear excepted. Cabin is NOT available from Nov. 28th through April 13th. The Cabin is available From April 14th to Nov. 27th

                                                                      16 Reviews
                                                                      Exceptional 5/5
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