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Historic, Very Unique, Secluded House on 35 Acres.

Bedrooms 1
Property type house
Minimum Stay 7 nights


About the property

House, 1 Bedroom, 1 Bath, (Sleeps 2-4)

Anasazi Dreamin' Secluded w/ View

Welcome to Magic Rock. This unique house is set in the middle of 35 acres and is not visible from the road. You are one mile from Main St. Cortez, but feel like you are far from the city. This is the perfect place to do lots of interesting day trips of hiking, biking, fishing, rafting, hunting and exploring canyons for Anasazi ruins. You can see beautiful views of Mesa Verde and the La Platas Mountains while relaxing on the couch in the living room, or sitting out on the deck. The property has lots of historical and prehistorical sites of interest. Please feel free to explore around the property but do not take any pot shards, or other historical artifacts, or dig for them. We would like to keep it as untouched as possible for the next guests. The cold spring on the property was the first source of water for the town of Cortez. There are many Anasazi sites and some rock art on a large rock in the canyon, east of the house. Be careful getting down to see it. The eastern edge of the property runs down the middle of McElmo creek.

Magic Rock is within easy driving of Durango, Delores, Mancos, Mesa Verde, Canyon Lands, Four Corners Monument, Land of the Ancients, Telluride, Shiprock, Moab, the Delores and San Juan rivers, and lots of Anasazi points of interest. You could easily spend a week exploring all the local canyons. The Ute Mountain Casino is 11 miles away.

There is one bedroom with a queen size bed and then the sofa unfolds into a queen size bed. I've slept on the sofa bed and it is very comfortable. :^) The kitchen has stove, fridge, microwave, blender, toaster oven, crock pot, coffee grinder and coffee maker. Plenty of pots and pans for cooking and baking. Many spices are in the cupboard to the left of the stove. Lots of condiments in the refridgerator. If you enjoy drinking your wine out of crystal glasses or eating on fine china, this kitchen has what you need. There is a TV/DVD player that gets local station, also a TV in the bedroom. All the comforts of home!

This location is perfect for a stop over or extended stay.

Please call Kim, or email, if you are interested in this rental.

Oak St/ 8250 Road 25 (google map) (yahoo map)


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Property Manager
Member since: 2009
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
April 26, 2017

About KIM

I live in Alaska, but plan to move to this property when I reitre. I am very into the historical as well as natural wonders of this area. I hope you enjoy your stay at Magic Rock as much as I do.

KIM purchased this house in 2006

Why KIM chose Southwestern Colorado

I've always been interested in archeology and native american history and culture specifically. My friends mother lives in the area and told me about this great property that was for sale. It has all the characteristics of the Hawkins Preserve(across the canyon) but is privately owed. I bought it site unseen and have not regretted my hasty action.

What makes this house unique

This property and the surrounding area are full of history, from the Anaszi Indians, to the first white settelers in the area. On this 35 acers you will find the original water supply for the town of Mitchell Springs, to the remains of a black smith shop, and Indian ruins. It is close to town approx. 1 mile to Main St. It is close to Sand Canyon which offers hiking, biking, and horse trails among the ruins of the Native Americans, want to go fishing, boating? no problem, not to brag but we are truley situated with in a hour of anything you want to do. Mesa Verde National Park can be seen from the door step of this home and is only 9 miles away,Historic Durango is a 1 hour drive, library, rec. center, parks, tennis courts are all in town here.


Cortez House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • children welcome
Location Type:
  • Monument View ...
  • Mountain View
  • Away From It All
  • Historic
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Hair Dryer
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking Off Street
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer
  • Telephone ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Wood Stove ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 -
  • 1
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 4
  • Queen size Beds (1), Sleep Sofa or Futons (1)
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Video Library
  • Deck / Patio
  • Gazebo
  • Outdoor Grill
  • alternative lifestyle
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • library
  • live theater
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • water parks
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • horseshoes
  • miniature golf
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • ice skating
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • racquetball
  • rafting
  • rock climbing
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • skiing
  • snowboarding
  • snowmobiling
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • whitewater rafting
  • wind-surfing
DSL internet.


Wonderful! 4.8/5 -
(25 traveler reviews)

Historic, Very Unique, Secluded House on 35 Acres.
average rating of 4.76 based on 25 reviews

03/30/17 Vacation

  • 3 of 5

The house is secluded, quiet, cute and clean. The bed slept very well but several things were wrong with the house and my husband had to do maintenance several times, rather than calling the care taker to come out. First the closet door fell off when we arrived and went to put clothes in the closet and one lamp in bedroom did not work (caretaker knew about it and said her son was supposed to have fixed those). then the second lamp went out. First night there, when I plugged in the blow dryer, it threw the breaker and he had to go outside in the dark to find it. Thankfully we brought flashlights with us since we didn't know where anything was. Overhead light with ceiling fan in bedroom would not work until I cleaned the batteries and remote. It was heated with 2 electric space heaters and a pellet burning fireplace (that we did not know how to use). The fireplace door gasket leaked smoke and carbon monoxide out which caused the alarm to go off two days until we stopped using the fireplace and aired the house out with low 20's degree temps outside so we just used the space heaters. The shower was a couple of pipes coming out of the wall (no shower head) with the stall so small you could hardly turn around. The owner was coming down from Alaska two days after we left, so maybe she got these things fixed, but I would check on it.

  • Submitted: Apr 21, 2017
  • Stayed: Mar 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Ray, Once again please accept my sincere apology for the difficulties you experienced. I offered to compensate you for the inconveniences, but you graciously declined. It is unfortunate that so many issues arose, almost like a perfect storm. All of the things you brought up have been fixed. We always appreciate guests feedback and attempt to make those changes quickly, so that future guest will have a good experience. Thanks, Kim
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Peaceful and great views

  • 4 of 5

We enjoyed our stay at Magic Rock. The house was cozy and comfortable. We saw deer and jack rabbit in the yard and a fox and kits in the distance. Enjoyed exploring the property. It was a great place for day trips to Mesa Verde, Houvenweep, Canyon de Chelly.

  • Submitted: Mar 25, 2017
  • Stayed: Mar 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks Phoebe. I'm glad it worked out for you.
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Review of two stays at Magic Rock

  • 5 of 5

This is a belated review of my stays in May and August of 2015. I enjoyed both stays very much, and am hoping to return again this year. When looking for rentals I always try to find secluded places where I can quietly relax, and Magic Rock is truly unique in being so very close to Cortez, and yet so very private and peaceful. I love the property, and I’ve walked most of the perimeter of the 35 acres, much enjoying the “pioneer artifacts” that are found here and there. I’m also very much interested in Anasazi culture, and staying at a place where I can walk the land where they lived and pick up and handle the remaining potsherds is “magic” for me!

The house itself is clean and comfortable, and the kitchen is more than adequate for all meal preparation. I love to be able to leave the curtains open, and the isolation of Magic Rock allows me to do this even after dark so I can “enjoy the night sky” from inside! The evening I arrived in fall I was just in time to watch the full moon rise over Mesa Verde. With a glass of wine in the gazebo, it was spectacular! From the top of the rise behind the house there’s also a perfect view of Sleeping Ute Mountain. One thing I would echo from an early reviewer would be to bring bottled water for drinking and cooking. The well water does have a “distinctive” taste that I don’t like. Other than that, everything was perfect!

My primary interest when I’m at Cortez is the Ute Mountain Tribal Park—the visitor center is only 18 miles south of Magic Rock. Tribal park is immediately south of Mesa Verde and is three or four times larger in area than M. V. For anyone who’s seriously interested in Anasazi culture, I highly recommend a tour. You must have a Ute Mountain Ute guide to enter the Park, which means you’re with someone who has intimate knowledge of both Ancestral Puebloan and Ute history of the land and the ruins. The full day tour includes 4 of the Park’s cliff dwellings which have been stabilized, but unlike Mesa Verde, have not been reconstructed, so you see them very much as the early explorers and archaeologists did. There are potsherds, corncobs, and other artifacts lying all around you! It’s like walking thru a museum--where you can actually touch and hold the artifacts! For anyone interested in “even more,” the private all-day tour allows even closer interaction with your guide and the ability to decide how long you want to stay in a particular area.

Thank you, Kim, for a wonderful home away from home!

  • Submitted: Mar 31, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great place

  • 5 of 5

We loved the place. It is close to town; but you have all the privacy you want. Decorated with perfect southwest decor. Living room large. We really liked the place. Only negative is the bed.

  • Submitted: Aug 21, 2015
  • Stayed: Aug 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks Milo for letting us know about the bed. This is the first time someone has said anything. We'll be checking on getting a new one. Glad you enjoyed your stay.
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4 corners base camp

  • 5 of 5

In planning our vacation for all the beautiful regional sights (Grand Canyon, Canyon De Chelly, Monument Valley, Natural Bridges, Mesa Verde, Durango-Silverton Train, etc. etc.), we had originally thought of staying a night or two at one place and seeing the sights, moving to another place and seeing the sights, and then another place and seeing the sights, and so on. Then we re-thought the process and decided that staying in one place and making day trips to the sights would make for a more enjoyable 8-night vacation. This spot was great!!!

As my family slept in each morning, I had coffee while looking at a great view. We only unpacked and packed once. We were in the middle of nowhere on a 35-acre lot with the town of Cortez only next door (3 min.). Everything we needed was available, not to mention at a much better price than brand name hotels.

For our budget, this was a very nicely done basic one bedroom place. We happened to come after a couple of weeks of rain so the mosquitos very active which limited our ability to enjoy the outdoors as much as we had wanted. It was really nice to know that we could spend a long and hot day driving and sightseeing and come back to a nice, cool place (created by the very effective swamp cooler) and just crawl into bed before the next adventure.

Thank you for making your place available to us. It made our possibly "once in a lifetime trip" to the region a great one.

  • Submitted: Jul 8, 2015
  • Stayed: Jun 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for your kind words.
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Cute, Clean and Comfortable

  • 5 of 5

We thoroughly enjoyed our month at Magic Rock. It is a very special place and the name is fitting. The LaPlata, Mesa Verde and Ute Mountain views are amazing as is the ever-changing sky. Mid-May through mid-June worked out well. The temperatures were pleasant and the blooming cactus and rain-filled rock ponds were a plus. The place was cute, clean and comfortable, and we felt at home. Thank you for sharing this wonderful place and thanks to Terri for taking such great care of us!

  • Submitted: Jun 11, 2015
  • Stayed: May 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: You are welcome. I'm glad you found it as "magical" as we do. Teri is definitely a keeper! Happy trails in all your other adventures.
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Nearest Airport
2 Miles
Nearest Barpub
1 Miles
Nearest Golf
3 Miles
Montezuma Golf Course
Nearest Restaurant
1 Miles
Nearest Ski
80 Miles
Car: necessary


Rates & Availability

Cortez House Rental Rates

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7 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $200
Pet Fee $25

Manager's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
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