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SCENIC CABIN 35Ac Peace&Quiet Creek Pets Hiking 35min-MesaVerde, 5min-SandCanyon

Cortez, CO, USA
  • Cabin2100 sqft
  • Bedrooms2
  • Sleeps6
  • Bathrooms2
  • Half Baths0
  • Minimum Stay2 nights

Comfortable 2BR 2FullBath Lightpine paneled 2100sf in red rock canyon (Sleeps 6)

The cabin is located in the heart of the Four Corners area. If you like exploring red rock canyons, have an interest in the ancient peoples of the Southwest or just want to get away to a stunningly beautiful area to enjoy the peace and quiet while relaxing in the space of 35 acres just off a paved road in canyon country, this cabin will fill your needs. Make this your private getaway to a land filled with history and ancient mystery. This cabin feels remote but is only a 1/4 mile down a well maintained gravel road from a paved road and provides a base for taking advantage of all that the four corners has to offer. It lies exactly midway between Mesa Verde and Hovenweep and 5 min from great hiking at the Sand Canyon entrance to Canyons for the Ancients.

Situated along the year-round creek in the midst of the red rock cliff section of historic McElmo canyon, the cabin sits a shady elm grove, next to red rock cliffs and a Macintosh & Jonathan apple orchard. Long since abandoned by the 'Anazasi' who lived in the surrounding countryside from its mesa tops to its canyon bottoms; this canyon was once home to the ancestors of the Pueblo peoples of New Mexico. Their legacy remains visible today as is illustrated by the cliff dwellings across the creek seen from the cabin front porch and the pottery sherds surfacing as the rains and winds uncover buried layers of of an earlier civilization in the surrounding fields.

One of our neighbors,a professionally trained archaeologist, roams the surrounding landscape and is often available to guide hikes to nearby sites in the Canyons of the Ancients. Once home to Mormon settlers and farmers scattered along the stage coach road by the creek, the canyon is still home to cowboys and ranchers alongside the farmers, archaeologists, artists, stone carvers, horses, cows, sheep, donkeys, foxes, deer, grape growers, wine makers and the very rare occasional mountain lion.

Keywords: Cabin, large shaded porch, redrock canyon views, creek, hiking.



Member Since 2010
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Response time:
within a few hours
Calendar last updated:
Apr 07, 2018
About Bernard

The owner and his Grand-kids. For many years I have had an interest in Archaeoastronomy, a blend of archeology and astronomy. I have made numerous trips to the Andes in Peru to investigate Inca ruins with my neighbors. The Anasazi people of the Four Corners region of the Southwest hold that same allure for me - only they lived right in my back yard! There are kivas, stone towers, petroglyphs and sun spirals within easy reach and lots of educational opportunity to learn about it nearby. We felt blessed to find this vacation cabin in the heart of the Anasazi country with plenty of opportunity to explore and to study the ancient peoples and their knowledge of practical astronomy. We hope you will enjoy the area as much as we have.

Bernard purchased this Cabin in 2003

Why Bernard chose Cortez

This property has McElmo Creek running through it the red rock sandstone canyon all year long, an apple orchard, spectacular views and borders on the Canyons of the Ancients National Monument. Our neighbors are friendly, knowledgeable and handy folks: horse riders, healers, Andean & Southwest explorers, farmers, wine makers, fruit growers, and creative people. With sunny Colorado skies only 10 miles from great bars and restaurants in a real four corners small town with that out west county beat, a natural park, and wonderful hiking to Anasazi ruins just out the back door, but far enough from the city lights that the skies are dark and the entire sky is available for viewing.

What makes this Cabin unique

Perfect views from the front porch swing of the red cliff rock section of McElmo canyon. The incredibly dark views of the night sky in the dry desert air, the solitude of being away from town, the slow and peaceful lifestyle, spectacular scenery, finding a new pot shard in the yard, watching the deer and fox, all the apples we can eat, good wine tasting just up the road - these are some of the things that make our Cabin in McElmo Canyon special.


    • Internet
    • Pets Welcome
    • Air Conditioning
    • Heater
    • Satellite or Cable
    • Washer & Dryer
    • Parking
    • TV
    • No Smoking


      • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
      • Master
        1 king, Private bath with soaking tub
      • Second BR
        1 queen, Also has full bath
      • Extra Beds
        1 queen, 1 double, Inflatable air bed with built-in electric pump
      • Master- King with private bath. Second-Queen with private door to hall bath Extra - Queen and Double Automatic Airbeds.


      • 2 Bathrooms
      • Bathroom 1
        toilet, tub, shower, Separate shower and soaking tub
      • Bathroom 2
        toilet, tub, shower, Separate shower & tub
      • Bathrooms are large. They are pine paneled and sink, counter, tub, shower, toilet, closet and wall heater for extra warmth.

      Location Type

        • Monument View
          Sleeping Ute Mountain to South, Canyons of the Ancients to the North.
        • Mountain View
          Gorgeous views: red rock sandstone in McElmo Canyon and sacred Sleeping Ute Mountain. Dark skies for sky watching.
        • Water View
          Mcelmo Creek runs year round.
        • Waterfront
          McElmo creek frontage.


            • Adventure
            • Away From It All
            • Family
            • Historic
            • Romantic
            • Tourist Attractions


                • Guests provide their own meals


                    • Linens Provided
                    • Air Conditioning
                      Evaporative Cooler.
                    • Clothes Dryer
                      New HE front loader in basement.
                    • Covered Parking
                      Carport for two cars/trucks, additional bay for compacts or motorcycles.
                    • Hair Dryer
                    • Heating
                      Forced air.
                    • Internet
                    • Broadband Access
                    • Living Room
                      Open area with large picture window for Canyon Views
                    • Parking
                      Large uncovered spaces
                    • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer
                      Parking without hookups
                    • Telephone
                      local land line only calling card available
                    • Towels Provided
                    • Washing Machine
                      New HE Front loader in basement.
                    • Wireless Internet
                      WIFI in house.


                        • Kitchen
                          Gas stove top & oven, Microwave, toaster, coffee maker, refrigerator, dishwasher, dual sink.
                        • Coffee Maker
                          Standard Mr Coffee type.
                        • Dishes & Utensils
                          All you need to serve and eat for six.
                        • Dishwasher
                        • Ice Maker
                        • Cooking Utensils
                          Everything you need is provided.
                        • Microwave
                        • Oven
                        • Refrigerator
                          Ice maker
                        • Stove
                        • Toaster
                          4 slot


                            • Dining Area
                            • comfy seating for 6 people


                                • Books
                                  Area handbooks & historical books Misc fiction
                                • CD Player
                                • DVD Player
                                • Games
                                  Board Games & Puzzles
                                • Satellite / Cable
                                • Television
                                • Video Library


                                    • Deck / Patio
                                      Large covered front porch with glider, picnic table and great canyon view.
                                    • Golf
                                    • Lanai / Gazebo
                                    • Lawn / Garden
                                      Wildlife: Deer, humming birds, fox, occasional bear and mountain lion.
                                    • Outdoor Grill
                                      Weber Red Classic
                                    • Ski & Snowboard
                                      Telluride is about an hour away


                                        • Long-term Renters Welcome


                                            • cinemas
                                            • health/beauty spa
                                            • library
                                            • museums
                                            • recreation center
                                            • restaurants
                                            • ruins
                                            • water parks
                                            • winery tours

                                              Leisure Activities

                                                • photography
                                                • antiquing
                                                • boating
                                                • gambling casinos
                                                • horseback riding
                                                • horseshoes
                                                • bird watching
                                                • 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

                                                        • mountain climbing
                                                        • basketball court
                                                        • cycling
                                                        • equestrian events
                                                        • fishing
                                                        • fly fishing
                                                        • freshwater fishing
                                                        • golf
                                                        • hiking
                                                        • hunting
                                                        • kayaking
                                                        • mountain biking
                                                        • cross country skiing
                                                        • mountaineering
                                                        • racquetball
                                                        • rafting
                                                        • rock climbing
                                                        • sailing
                                                        • skiing
                                                        • snowboarding
                                                        • snowmobiling
                                                        • swimming
                                                        • water skiing
                                                        • whitewater rafting

                                                          House Rules

                                                          Check-in: 4:00 PM

                                                          Check-out: 11:00 AM

                                                          Cancellation Policy

                                                          100% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 7 days before arrival date. You must contact the owner directly to request cancellation.

                                                          58 Reviews


                                                          Latest reviews

                                                          Secluded and relaxing

                                                          Deron H.SALIDA

                                                          Bernard's place worked perfectly our needs. I was travelling with 2 Siberian Huskies, so this was much better than staying in a motel. The cabin is about 10 minutes from town, and very secluded. It could have been more relaxing, but there are dogs next door that bark a lot at night - not a deal-breaker though. There is a small fenced area for pups in front of the house. The backyard, however is not closed in, so I ended up using a tie out. The house itself is older, but clean. For this price point, I thought it was a great deal.

                                                          If you drive an ATV, there is access to BLM land about 15 minutes down the road, starting at the Cannonball Mesa Trailhead (37°20'50.4"N 108°55'56.7"W). There are enough trails for a full day of riding and, if you get lucky, you'll come across some ruins.

                                                          All in all, a very pleasant stay.

                                                          Owner's Response:

                                                          We are glad it worked for you and your huskies. There are actually 3 separate fenced areas to hold dogs temporarily. Only one is suitable for running excercise as the other two are smaller. The dogs next door are mother and son Great Pyrenese and are fenced in with the sheep to guard them. They mainly bark at lion or bear or other predators in a effort to protect their herd. Fortunately that is fairly rare but we do have those in the canyon. The dogs, Athena and Andy, are very people friendly. They make also have been on the alert sensing your huskies nearby especially if you had them tied in the yard.

                                                          Amazing place. Great value

                                                          Rob B.

                                                          We were a family of 5 visiting from Australia. This was a fantastic house set against an amazing landscape with acres of land around for the kids to play in. The visiting tame peacock who sought fruit (preferring banana to apple) was amusing. The house itself was very clean and comfortable. Bernard was a terrific host via text message who made suggestions about landmarks we might (and in the event did) enjoy visiting. Highly recommended. Thanks very much Bernard. Kate and Rob

                                                          Very comfortable cabin in a beautiful location.

                                                          Beverly F.

                                                          We were a group of four adults and found the cabin very clean, comfortable, and spacious . The great room (kitchen, dining, and living room combined) was a good size, making it easy to relax together. The owners provided a library of books and movies in case we got bored watching the big TV in the evening, but we were never bored in this lovely spot. The view from the porch was exceptional, looking out over a large field to a red rock formation across a flowing creek. There was a lot of wildlife to watch in the evening. The ambiance was very peaceful. We look forward to coming back next year as there is so much to see and do in this area, and the location is very convenient for visiting the many ancient ruins. On a final note, I noticed some previous reviewers were unable to use their cell phones. We had no such problem.

                                                          Great place to stay

                                                          David S.

                                                          It was a great place to stay great setting quiet and peaceful and plenty of room.No problem finding the place from directions given. The only problem we had was getting a hold of Bernard when needed. The only way to get him was with cell phone when we had a signal. The land line phone to call him long distance did not work with the sprint card by the phone.But other than that we really enjoyed the place.

                                                          Owner's Response:

                                                          I have a 4G cell phone booster at the cabin. It works for Verizon and AT&T. Unfortunately, the cell service away from the cabin is very poor. It has been improving up and down the canyon but there are still some dark spots - hence the booster.

                                                          We will replace the phone card for long distance dialing. I have verified that Sprint phone card number no longer works - although Sprint never told us why. Local calls do work and you can receive long distance calls on the land line 970-565-5379.

                                                          Great location but not clean

                                                          roger s.St louis

                                                          Loved the location and quiet. Would return but the living room and kitchen was actually disgusting.

                                                          Living room: We had to move one of the couches and underneath it was a lot of trash - so that means the carpet has not been vacuumed. Underneath the carpet mat in the middle of the room had a wet spot and who knows what it was from. So not sure when it was actually steam cleaned. New carpets might be better.

                                                          Kitchen: There was so much "crap" in the drawers and cabinets. They should be cleaned out. Like partially empty boxes, trash, really old spices and other items. It was scary opening them.

                                                          Bedrooms and bathrooms were okay.

                                                          Owner's Response:

                                                          Living Room: The carpet was cleaned Aug 15th - roughly a month before your stay. That wet spot you mentioned was the remains of a spot cleaning scrub done the morning before you checked it - this type of cleaning is done whenever we find a spot in between full carpet cleanings.

                                                          Kitchen: I looked to see what you were found "scary". Here's what I found open or "partially empty".

                                                          -7/8 th of a Box of Quaker Oatmeal

                                                          -3 packages of different types of dried rice.

                                                          -Half package of country egg style pasta

                                                          -Half package of thin spaghetti

                                                          -Bag of dried Anasazi Beans

                                                          -2 bags of Cumin type spice

                                                          -one whole seed, one ground

                                                          -2 cloves of organic garlic

                                                          -Cayenne Pepper bottle

                                                          -Ground Tumeric bottle

                                                          -Creole Seasoning bottle

                                                          -Garlic Powder bottle

                                                          -Can of Coleman’s Mustard Powder

                                                          -2 bottles of Chili Powder: 1 full and 1 half full

                                                          -1 patial bag of Chili Mix Seasoning

                                                          -Black Pepper bottle

                                                          -Ground Cinnamon bottle (this one WAS old – June 2015)

                                                          -Bottle of Salad Herb Blend

                                                          -Bag of Chili mix seasoning

                                                          -Bottle of Yellow Mustard Seeds

                                                          -Skippy Peanut Butter – almost empty!

                                                          -Box of Triscuit – almost empty (June 017)

                                                          -Box of Taco shells (Sept 28, 2017)

                                                          -Birthday candles


                                                          -2 Bottles of different types of Olive Oil

                                                          -Bottle of wine vinegar

                                                          -Bottle of rice vinegar

                                                          -Half bag of white Sugar (humming bird food)

                                                          -Half bottle of vanilla

                                                          -Bottle of light corn syrup

                                                          -Bottle of dark corn syrup


                                                          Box of Posole

                                                          Box of Grits

                                                          Box of Sweet Corn Muffins

                                                          Box of Idaho mashed potatoes

                                                          Bottle of Italian Dressing




                                                          enchilada sauce

                                                          chicken breast

                                                          Bottom line: I am sorry that you found this cabinet "Scary". I confess this was a surprise to us as we thought this was useful stuff. IT HAS ALL BEEN REMOVED . ALL THAT REMAINS IS A CLEAN EMPTY CABINET.

                                                          You were correct in that we didn't vacuum under the couches every time we cleaned. Our cleaning person will now move everything in between rentals to make certain no trash is left.

                                                          We are glad you enjoyed your stay in the peace and quiet and would come again.

                                                          Rough Country Cabin


                                                          We arrived after dark; and , the property looked a bit unkempt as it was under construction.

                                                          The cabin itself was large, roomy; but a bit unkempt. We felt that the personal items and food items that were around should have been placed in a locked "owners closet".

                                                          We would not stay there again.

                                                          Owner's Response:

                                                          We are adding a mud room, some storage space and an office to one end of the cabin so there has been some construction ongoing. Sorry to hear that you found it "unkept" as we do pride ourselves on guests finding it clean and spacious. The construction materials are mostly gone now as the project is almost done and as the drywall is being finished.

                                                          We had been in the practice of leaving shampoo, conditioner, soap, etc in the bathrooms and some condiments in the kitchen. As of now, this is all gone into a closet and the opened bottles of condiments have been trashed. All the food items in the cabinets have been removed to leave clean and empty cabinets.

                                                          We are glad that you would not stay again.


                                                          Cortez, CO, USA

                                                          Property abuts Canyons of the Ancients National Monument and is 5 min from the main entrance at Sand Canyon. It is nearby Mesa Verde (35min), Mancos Canyon, Goodman Point, Hovenweep, Anasazi Heritage Center, Crow Canyon Archeological Center, Ute Mountain Tribal Park, Lowry Indian Ruins, Cortez Cultural Center, Ute Mountain Casino at Towaoc, Guy Drew Winery, Mancos Staqecoach ride, Durango to Silverton Narrow Gauge Train, Million Dollar Highway, Rico Mining town, Durango Mountain Ski Resort, Telluride Ski Resort, Moab, Canyonlands and Arches National Parks.


                                                          Additional information about rental rates

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                                                          The cabin provides high speed WIFI via a Verizon MIFI and a roof mounted Wilson 4G Cell Booster and antenna. The cost is passed on as follows: A $50 WIFI Data DEPOSIT is required. This covers 50GB of WIFI data. More {or less} data used during your stay will be charged {or refunded} at $10/GB.

                                                          58 Reviews
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