PLEASE NOTE: This property is for sale and we now have instated a 60 day cancellation notice in the event of sale.
This cabin cannot be used as a base for hunting. No hunting is allowed in the subdivision.
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There is a master bedroom with a queen-sized bed and a second bedroom with 2 twin beds down the hall. We have a couch that unfolds like a futon which can accommodate 1 person. There is a roll away available, but it is small. The bathroom has a jetted tub and a double flush toilet. It's still a cabin, but is updated for more comfort. Please be aware that the dog door is out of operation at this time. There is a fenced dog yard where you could keep your dog for short periods of time; however, we do not guarantee that your dog will not escape!
In winter, fall, and spring the wood burning stove makes the cabin very toasty warm, though there are other heat sources too. The kitchen has a dishwasher. There is a small dining room table and the bar has 3 stools. There is a small refrigerator/freezer without icemaker, an electric range, toaster, coffee maker, stereo, DVD player, TV (no cable or satellite) for watching DVDs, a ROKU box, Wi-Fi, gas grill, and in the summer, hummingbird feeders. There is a washer/dryer. We provide: coffee filters, paper towel, tp, dish soap, dishwasher soap, clothing detergent, hand soap (bathroom), propane, spices, linens, towels, and wood for the stove. We ask that you recycle 1 & 2 plastic, magazines, white paper, aluminum cans, steel cans, cardboard. Glass cannot be recycled here in the valley. If you live in Denver you could take it home for recycling. There is a dumpster near the front of the subdivision where you can leave your trash.
This cozy cabin is located in the spectacular San Luis Valley in South Central Colorado just 5 miles south of the Great Sand Dunes National Park. Located 1500 feet above the valley floor (at 9000 feet) the cabin and large deck have 360 degree view of 14,000 ft. peaks of the Sangre de Cristo Range, an expansive view of the vast San Luis Valley including the far off San Juan Mountains and the Great Sand Dunes National Park. If you are looking for unequaled quiet, wildlife, (eg. bears, elk, antelope, deer, bobcats, coyotes etc.), amazing views and walking/hiking, this is the place for you - spring, summer, fall or winter. There is great hiking right outside the cabin door. We leave directions for a terrific hike to Zapata Falls (the back way!) Spring, summer and fall brings us four kinds of hummingbirds not to mention many other songbirds and raptors. We are dog friendly with just a few common sense rules.
Other attractions nearby include: Rail tours on the Toltec-Cumbres Pass Railroad & Denver and Rio Grande Railroad, Old Ft. Garland, San Luis Stations of the Cross, The Gator Farm, numerous cultural heritage sites and museums, hiking trails, bird watching, Greater Sandhill Cranes (Mar-Apr, Oct-Nov), summer farmers' market (Saturdays starting in July 8am-1pm), local festivals, and rock climbing or hiking at Penitente (a famous climbing area with beautiful rock formations). A natural hot springs pool, The Sand Dunes Pool, is within a 30 minute drive. The Pool features a large 'hot tub temperature' pool and a somewhat cooler very large swimming pool (no chlorine) with deep end and diving boards, baby pool, and small restaurant that features organic tomatoes and basil grown in their own greenhouse. The SDPool now offers a wonderful adults only area including a bar. You may eat there whether or not you choose to swim. Google them for detailed information. Joyful Journey is a spa located about 1 hour north just south of the intersection of 285 and 17. They offer massage and several natural pools. Valley View (clothing optional ) is located east of Joyful Journey. They are located near a large bat cave where you can observe the bats emerge in the summer evenings. (The Orient Mine). In the summer Splashland near Alamosa provides a terrific outdoor pool with slide and diving board.
San Luis Valley Regional Airport airport is located in Alamosa (35 minutes away) and has daily connections to Denver.
WEBSITES OF INTEREST: Any desired websites can be Googled easily. Try www.Alamosa.org
I chose Zapata because of the unique valley bordered by two mountain ranges that provide a range of outdoor activities. The Great Sand Dunes National Park is right next door and numerous hot springs allow for a good soak after a long day of outdoor activities.
"What a lovely place! We had a great time - The panoramic view is amazing. The hummingbirds' antics kept us mesmerized. Great place to bring kids - especially with the WiFi (Netflix & internet games capablility!) when they are needing some "down time".
Very comfy cabin - Thanks for making it SO easy! Couldn't find a guest book, so feel free to add these comments. 5-29-10 Mary, David et.al. "
(Manager's comment: Netflix is not provided by owner. Guestbook now in place)
The previous reviews are right on point! This place was perfect for us, three adults and two dogs. Comfortable, quiet, gorgeous views, and all the comforts you could need. We were sorry to leave and certainly hope to be back. Thank you!
Words can not describe this romantic, remote, perfect, peaceful hideaway. From the minute we pulled up to the cabin, we were in love. Breathtaking views of sand dunes, valleys, sunrises, and sunsets. Hummingbirds greeted us every morning, and joined us for breakfast on the deck. We didn't want to leave, and we really didn't need too! Kim thought of everything possible to make it a perfect stay. This was a dream vacation, and it was because we had the opportunity to have spent it here. Photo don't do this cabin justice. It's even better in person. Thank you, thank you, thank you!
Beautiful cabin with truly awesome views! The property is clean & well maintained. We enjoyed sand boarding at the dunes, star gazing at night, and simply sitting on the deck watching the hummingbirds! I question why we had to pay a cleaning fee and then were asked to put linens & towels in the washer... but overall a great place! Would definitely come back again.
Une vue à vous couper le souffle sur toute la vallée d'alamosa et les Great sand dunes. Couchers de soleil magnifiques dans un chalet au confort moderne. Un vrai bijou à découvrir absolument avant qu'il ne soit vendu!
Our family stayed at the cabin from July 8 to 11. The view of the cabin is simply amazing and it cannot be well described by words. The large deck overlooks the Zapata ranch with mountains and the sand dunes on the sides. The moment when we enter the cabin, we already start to think that we could cancel other travel plans and just stay in the cabin for three days and enjoy the view. We took so many photos everyday at the beautiful sunset. The cabin is super clean. Kim prepared everything we can think of. Plus, we have never seen so many hummingbirds in our lives! Anyway, the cabin is absolutely the shining part of our trip to the national park. We would definitely recommend the cabin to everyone else. Thanks Kim for letting us stay in your vacation home!
My wife, myself, and our two kids (aged 6 and 10) stayed at this cabin for 4 nights in late March, and there wasn’t a single thing about the entire experience we would change. Kim, the cabin manager, was incredibly helpful, flexible and responsive, and the cabin itself exceeded our expectations in every way. The wide-wide view from the cabin across the San Luis Valley is simply astonishing. It includes the sand dunes, the Sangre di Cristos, and stretches an incredible 180 miles from the Collegiate Peaks to the north to the mountains of the San Juan to the south. But it wasn’t just the view – the cabin itself would have made a worthy base even without it. The beds were comfortable – we all slept well. The nights were peacefully quiet; songbirds announced each dawn. The kitchen was superbly stocked with all the utensils we needed to cook every meal, and the living area was far larger, better furnished and filled with light and space than we expected from the photos. And then there were all the little details: the cleanliness of the place upon arrival, the great stock of firewood, the children’s and other books, the cabin’s decorations… they all added to the pleasure of being there and increased the great feeling of comfort. We didn’t turn on the TV or music center once. My 10-year old, who typically loves his hour of TV a day, said: “I could live without a TV after this!” To me, that says everything. With the cabin as our (hard-to-leave) base we explored the sand dunes, the Zappata Canyon, and the Colorado Gator center, and the combination of these adventures and the perfect base made our stay one of the most fun and fulfilling of short vacations we’ve ever enjoyed. I hesitated in writing this review… I’d hate to play a part in making the cabin so popular it becomes harder to book because of increased demand… but ultimately I had to comment honestly. If we can, we will definitely return.