|Space||1,400 sq. ft.|
|Minimum Stay||2 nights|
The Snowshoe Inn, nestled in the quaint little town of Monarch, CO can be home base for all your mountain adventures. Just 3 miles from Monarch Mountain Ski Area and surrounded by the beautiful San Isabel National Forest the Snowshoe Inn offers something for almost everyone. You can go sledding, snowshoeing, snowman building, or cross-country skiing right out of the front door. Or take a day to relax in historic downtown Salida, CO for some shopping and dining.
Ask about discount lift tickets at Monarch Mountain!
I moved to Salida, CO in 2003 to raft guide on the Arkansas River with Independent Whitewater after guiding in Alaska, West Virginia, and Texas. I worked for the Guest Services Department at Monarch Mountain that winter. I quickly fell in love with the mountains, rivers, and people in the Arkansas River Valley. I now enjoy being the Manager of Guest Services, skiing, mountain biking, hiking, camping, and am still guiding local rivers.
Matthew B. Miller purchased this cabin in 2008
I bought the Snowshoe Inn because it's as close as you can get to Monarch Mountain and because the owner, builder, and friend who previously owned it was willing to owner finance me. It's hard to get a home loan as a raft guide/ski bum!
The hand crafted Snowshoe Inn has a cozy, welcoming feel to it. It was built in 1977 with 130 year old barn wood interior from a local ranch and has hand hewn timbers from the local Lilly Mine which mined gold and silver in the 1800s. With wooden skis from the 1940s, a small library of outdoor adventure, ski, and travel books from the 1960s on, old sleds, snowshoes, ice skates, and historic Monarch photos it's like a little museum of Monarch, ski, and winter sports nostalgia.
The house is a classic and is quite cozy but it could use maintenance. It took us about 5 minutes to get the front door open as the door knob is loose and/or sticking and although the lock seemed to release it wouldn't open - it was a problem every time we went in or out and I assume at some point it will fail completely. The storm door is also about ready to pull completely away from the house. The other concern was the kitchen faucet which leaked really badly when in use and slowly all the time - in getting a trash bag out from underneath it was also dripping slowly from the supply lines - numerous buckets underneath and a recent caulk job around the faucet made it clear the owner was aware but didn't see the need to repair it. The other issue we had involved communication and access. Although the seller mentioned discount lift tickets, when I inquired about them I got no reply, another inquiry went unanswered as well. The final problem was the access... we did have a 4 wheel drive and are experience winter drivers but the location of the house seems to be a bit of a ghost town. The road was plowed when we arrived (they hadn't had snow in a week) but the driveway is on an incline and was a sheet of ice - not pleasant when trying to unload ski gear. Overnight on our second day we got about a foot of snow - fantastic news for skiers - except the town plow didn't show up until after 11am and the main access into town actually gets plowed in by the Highway 50 plows... so if you could get out on an icy road with a foot of snow, you met a wall of snow at the intersection to highway 50 - our neighboring renters made a brave but failed attempt to get out but only succeeded in getting stuck and only got out after a lot of shoveling and still needed the local plow. When I called to ask the owner (around 9 am) if the house/ town gets plowed he said we were pretty low on the list and they'd get to it eventually... I realize that 12" is a lot of snow, but this house is on a mountain pass and it can't be that uncommon. If we had known getting in and out would be an issue we never would have stayed here.
The property was very cool. We all thoroughly enjoyed our stay and the access to incredible winter activities! The snow was awesome during the stay and the cabin offered a comfortable reprieve during those times we weren't out enjoying ourselves. Thank you Miller for being available and giving us a wonderful place to stay!
My family used to stay in this cabin years and years ago and not much has changed which is great! It's definitely the best cabin in the area for a family trip.
The housekeeping could have been a tad better... There was an old bag of trash sitting outside the back door; the coffee pot had rotting grounds in it and had to be totally scrubbed before we could use it; dog poop all over outside; spider webs everywhere...
Overall we love the place and plan to make it a yearly tradition.
We had such a wonderful time at the Snowshoe Inn! Thanks so much for your hospitality and popping in to say "hello". It was the perfect place to relax and enjoy the family after a day of wonderful Monarch skiing. Loved the movies and games! We'll be back!
The Snowshoe Inn was perfect for our family get together. We had ample space for everyone (10 and 1 pup) to eat, sleep and reacquaint. My son cooked gourmet meals for 10 in the kitchen as the rest of us talked and watched classic movies. The location near Monarch Ski Resort (5 minutes) sealed the deal this year and our experience will bring us back.
My family of 6 (4 kids) have been visiting the Snowshoe Inn for the past several years-- I think 4 years now and loving it! We usually come for 4-5 days during the Christmas holiday or for Spring skiing. We've brought up to 10 people (lots of kids) for birthday events and ski trips and it's so convenient...5 minutes to Monarch...and Salida is just down the road with great shops, food and entertainment. The sleeping arrangements are perfect for my kids with a private bedroom for my husband and I. The kitchen is great for family meals and saving on eating out. It's also great because we can bring our well-behaved dogs and there's no worry about leaving anyone behind. We will continue to visit this terrific vacation cabin and our favorite ski area, Monarch.
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My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay