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Sneffels Retreat! Enjoy Amazing Mountain Views in Peace & Comfort!

Bedrooms 3
Half Baths1
Space 1,600 sq ft
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 nights


About the property

Home, 3 Bedrooms + Convertible bed(s), 2.5 Baths, (Sleeps 8) Panoramic views

Enjoy amazing mountain views from our beautiful home. Be a part of nature while having the use of modern conveniences and antiques. We use green friendly cleaners. With our unique location, you can enjoy all the mountain benefits of exercise, adventure, sight seeing, or shopping, then escape for solitude and relaxation in a homey atmosphere. Soak in the nearby hot springs pools, enjoy one of the local restaurants, or relax on the deck and eat in.

Our home is clean, with rustic charm of the old west, sprinkled with modern conveniences.

Keywords: Outdoor activities 365 days a year, easy access to Telluride, Ouray, and Ridgway. Enjoy antique furnishings, and all the comforts of home. A piano, fully stocked kitchen including spices. Watch birds, elk and deer seasonally on the property. Hike, bike, or ski from the front porch, or curl up with a good book on the sofa or deck, and enjoy incredible views of 14,150 ft. Mt. Sneffles in the San Juan Mountain Range. Bathrooms on each level. Open, comfortable, and inviting.

More Details

Marsha Waugh
Member since: 2011
Premier Partner

This HomeAway partner has demonstrated and is committed to fast response times, the best rates, and a great guest experience.

Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
April 23, 2018

About Marsha Waugh

Jody and Marsha welcome you to their dream home. As outdoor enthusiasts, they have spent over 30 years exploring the hidden wonders of western Colorado. They completed their mountain retreat in 2010 and hope you too will come experience the grandeur of the San Juan Mountains.

Jody is research scientist who has spent his career cleaning up the legacy waste of the Cold War. He loves downhill skiing, biking, and mountain climbing. Marsha, a music teacher, loves spending time hiking, mountain biking, and playing with their grand children, 2 cats, and 2 llamas. She teaches Tai-chi, Yoga, and Pilates. They both love traveling and spending time with family. They are happy to help their guests enjoy there home, and create life long memories.

Marsha Waugh purchased this house in 2010

Why Marsha Waugh chose Elk Meadows

Jody grew up in Durango and always wanted to live in the mountains. After spending their honeymoon in the San Juan mountains, Jody and Marsha dreamed of having a place to share with family and friends. This spot is within an hour of many of the area's attractions. Our newly built home lets you experience life in the mountains with all the comforts of home at the end of the day.

What makes this house unique

With year round access, our guests can enjoy travel any time of the year. The cozy home allows you a place of refuge along with all the modern amenities. Our guests love the antiques and art that are displayed in the house. It is wonderful to sit on the sofa and watch the sunrises, and sunsets on Mt. Sneffles. The deck is a great place to relax, read, or eat. Seasonally, we watch the deer and elk stroll through the property. Hawks and other birds fly overhead. During the summer months, hummingbirds dart around stopping to drink from the seasonal wildflowers.


Elk Meadows House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1600 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • Min. age of primary renter: 25
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Mountain View ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Fireplace
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Mobile Phone
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wood Stove ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower , Antique sink, slate floors on main level
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , shower , Granite top sink. Travertine shower.
    Bathroom 2 - Quaint! Pedistal sink, bamboo floors. Off master bed room.
  • 2.5
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen , Very private and relaxing. Master bedroom has half bath.
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen , Log bed. Comfy!
    Bedroom 3 - 2 bunk bed , Custom built in beds suitable for adults! Cozy bunk room!
    Convertible bed(s) - 1 baby crib , 1 sleep sofa /futon , Full size sofa. Located in family room, near bathroom.
  • Queen size Beds (2), Double Beds (1) This is a fold out sleeper sofa bed., Baby Cribs (1) This is a play-n-pack, Bunk Beds (1)
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • Stereo
  • Toys ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Balcony ...
  • Bicycles ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Ski & Snowboard ...
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • 1 bicycles
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool ...
  • churches
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • horseback riding
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hot air ballooning
  • hunting
  • ice skating
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • rafting
  • rock climbing
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • ski lift privileges
  • ski privileges optional
  • skiing
  • snowboarding
  • snowmobiling
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • whitewater rafting
  • wind-surfing
Piano, Art , Hardwood & slate floors, Granite tile counter-tops, Passive solar and clean electric heat, Blow dryer, Swing, Out door seating,Bose ipod/iphone hook-up, Mini library,


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(62 traveler reviews)

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Sneffels Retreat! Enjoy Amazing Mountain Views in Peace & Comfort!
average rating of 4.967742 based on 62 reviews

Beautiful and comfortable

  • 5 of 5

My family and I had a wonderful, relaxing week! The view from the house was gorgeous and the house was so accommodating. The kids and adults loved it! My favorite was cuddling on the couch, coffee in hand, and watching the mountains during sunrise with the fire lit. I would love to come back again someday!

  • Submitted: Oct 13, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are so glad you enjoyed your stay. It is relaxing to just watch the views. The large windows really make me feel like I'm outside. Thanks for your wonderful review, and we do hope you will come again!
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Mansfield, TX - USA

Wonderful house in the mountains

  • 5 of 5

My family and I just finished up our stay here and we all had a great time. The views from the house are spectacular, and just what we were looking for. The house was cozy and accommodating. There were toys for the kids to play with, and some books and movies too. The local area has tons to do for the nature enthusiast. Our kids had great fun playing in the snow, and the wife and I really enjoyed sitting outside on the deck at night looking up at the stars. If you're looking to relax to some beautiful scenery, away from the rush of the city, this is the place.

  • Submitted: Mar 21, 2018
  • Stayed: March 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are happy your family enjoyed our home! The stars are amazing, and I’m glad there was some snow for your children. Thanks for sharing your thoughts with us!
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Plano, TX

Great cabin

  • 5 of 5

We really enjoyed staying at Mt. Sneffels Retreat. It was comfortable and very quiet. The stars at night were amazing to look at and the aspens and early snow on the mountains really added to the beauty of the area. The cabin is centrally located to explore many places. We visited Telluride, Ridgeway, Ouray, Silverton and Black Canyon. Marsha was very friendly and quick to answer questions. Looking forward to another stay at Sneffels Retreat!

  • Submitted: Oct 7, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Opelika, AL

Awesome mountain views!

  • 5 of 5

Sniffles Retreat offered a great mountain stay! I could not believe the awesome view of the mountain range we observed straight from the living room couch or the kitchen table. The wrap around porch drew us out as we were fixated on the view. While outside we saw various wildlife including a coyote and deer. Down the road, bear and elk were encountered. This cabin was perfect for our visit with my son who lives in the area. The kitchen was well stocked with cooking utensils. Ridgway has many fine restaurants that we enjoyed such as Eatery 66 and Kate's, but we also had Freshly delivered the Friday prior to our arrival and easily had home cooked in the evening after exploring the area. While my husband and father we focused on fly fishing, I enjoyed hiking to Blue Lakes and even conquered the 14150 ft Mt Sneffels peak. A local bike shop next to the ice cream parlor allowed be to rent a bike and ride CR 23 to CR 17 to Ouray which was challenging but so beautiful. Ridgeway is an awesome are and Sneffels Retreat a perfect Howe Away

  • Submitted: Sep 16, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Wow! You got to do and see the things we enjoy most about our mountain home! Thanks so much for the wonderful review. We really try to make sure each of our guests enjoys our home! Congratulations on climbing my sneffels!
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Fantastic Home in the Mountains

  • 5 of 5

We were extremely impressed with the Sneffels Retreat, as this is a home, not just a rental. What I mean by that is some rental are sparsely outfitted, but not this home. You can tell the owners built this home with love. Every detail here is set up to make your stay inviting and comfortable. The kitchen is well appointed with the necessary items to cook and prepare meals. The beds are very comfortable and the bathrooms clean. I just cant say enough on how nicely everything is set up. The views from the family room and deck are amazing. Your just a few minutes from Ridgeway, which is a great little town in its own right with restaurants and groceries. Ouray is just a short drive too. We saw deer in the yard and even a small bear climbing out of the creek a few miles down the road, which the kids loved seeing. The views of the Milky Way stars from the deck at night are absolutely amazing. Overall our experience was a 10, we could not have asked for more.

We wanted to thank the owners for creating and sharing such a special place.

Thank you,

The Wilson's.

  • Submitted: Sep 5, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: It always makes us feel good to know our guests have enjoyed our home! Thank you for noticing the details. We try to make every effort to make this dwelling a "home" just as you mentioned. Thank you so much for your lovely review!
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Enjoyed our stay- the house was great - the view from the house was amazing.

  • 4 of 5

The only reason we can't give it five stars is the distance from town and the road getting there. Because we were riding trails around Ouray every day, the time spent getting in and out was too long. The road needed to be graded badly because of the recent rains, so pulling a trailer was super slow going.

  • Submitted: Aug 5, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
35 Miles
Montrose Colorado
Nearest Barpub
6 Miles
Nearest Golf
10 Miles
Log Hill Mesa
Nearest Train
95 Miles
Amtrak Grand Junction
Nearest Motorway
8 Miles
US 550, CO 62
Nearest Restaurant
8 Miles
Ridgway has awesome restaurants!
Nearest Ski
40 Miles
Telluride Ski Area
Car: necessary

Mountain climbing, 4 wheeling, Weekly concerts in the park during the summer, Ice climbing, Near to Music Festivals, Wildflower festival, Mushrooming,Canoeing, Near Ouray County Fair Grounds, Excellent dining in Ridgway, Quaint shops, Weekly farmers markets, Concerts in the park, Hiking, Hot air Balloons, Rodeo, Parades


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $120
Damage Deposit $200

If you are a returning guest, we offer a discount. Also, if you have special requests, or additional questions, please feel free to contact us!

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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