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Colorado Banana Belt Getaway

Sleeps12
Bedrooms 4
Bathrooms2
Half Baths1
Space 3,200 sq. ft.
Property type cabin
Minimum Stay 2 - 3 nights

Overview

About the property

Private Cabin Retreat on 45 Acres @ 9200' Elevation in the Royal Gorge Region

This charming 3200 sq ft mountain cabin sits on a private, gated ranch property & offers 360° of mountain views including the majestic Sangre de Cristo Mountains. Breathe in the tranquility whether on foot, mountain bike or leisurely from the cabin's treasured wrap- around deck. Check out living GREEN off the grid with this solar powered house with an automatic backup generator. We have a excellent deep well with the best tasting mountain water you'll find.

Conveniently located in the Royal Gorge Region less than 20 miles up from some of our country's greatest white water rafting & fly fishing, this self-sufficient cabin runs on solar and offers 5 bedrooms, 2.5 baths, a family room, a dining room and a loft. It is on 45 private acres with access to an additional 1500 BLM acres. The adventurous possibilities are limitless!

The master bedroom offers a queen bed and on-suite bathroom. Across the hall is the second bedroom with a double bed and serene views. A fun ladder leads you to the loft area above the living room where there's additional sleeping space with a double bed and a twin bunk bed. Oh yeah, there's another full bath - how plush for a remote cabin!

The cozy living room, kitchen and dining area offer an intimate place to prepare and enjoy a meal, read a good book or simply take in the stunning views. Appreciate the true perfection that only nature can offer in the home's custom touches such as the Douglas Fir beams, beautiful hard wood floors and the charming wood-burning heater with its exquisite moss-rock hearth. Another unique amenity is the property's parking situation - a three-car garage for your use!

The property strategically sits in Cotopaxi, the home to fabulous white water rafting tours and guided fly fishing experiences. Whether you love skiing in the winter or hiking in the summer, you will have day-trip opportunities to explore many great areas.

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'Nature has been for me, for as long as I remember, a source of solace, inspiration, adventure, and delight; a home, a teacher, a companion.'

-- Lorraine Anderson

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There's so much to discover on the 45-acres & the adjacent 1500 BLM acreage, that you can plan to spend your entire vacation on the property. Below you'll find some of our favorite things to do on the property. And, if you're wanting to add a day-trip or two, ALL of these fantastic activities are available in the Royal Gorge Region:

* White Water Rafting, Fly Fishing & 4-Wheeling ... Cotopaxi - 15 miles S

* Salida ... Horseback Riding, Hot Springs, Golfing, Jeep Trails - 38 miles W

* Canon City ... The Royal Gorge, the Royal Gorge Dinner Train, Zip-Lining, Colorado Prison Museum, Holy Cross Abbey & Wine Tasting - 47 miles W

* Monarch ... Skiing (GREAT FOR KIDS), Snow-Boarding, Snowmobiling, Dog Sled Rides - 56 miles W

* Cripple Creek ... Gold Mining & Gambling - 77 miles NE

* Alamosa ... The Sand Dunes & Rio Grande Scenic Railroad - 133 miles S

You will enjoy the flexibility of being able to explore all of the exciting areas and activities in the dichotomous region of Central Southern Colorado & the chance to return to the seclusion and beauty that only a truly remote, mountain cabin can offer.

Here are some of our favorite things to enjoy on the property...

- The summer wildflowers that blanket the rolling meadows between June and August.

- Explore the cliffs behind the home to the east & the beautiful slot trail leading to the top of the peak.

- Go in search of arrowheads and antler sheds in the washes on the property and the BLM property.

- Bird and animal watching - deer, bear, coyotes and the occasional elk.

- Watch the weather roll in and at night stargaze at an electric sky

- Appreciate the spectacular sunsets with a cup of coffee in hand on the wrap-around deck.

Please Note: Given the wonderful seclusion, 4-wheel drive is suggested but not needed. Many visitors have arrived in cars.

*** We can't wait for you to come up and experience our secluded piece of heaven with majestic views you have to see to believe!

- Dave & Tammy May ***

More Details

Owner
Tammy & Dave May
Member since: 2014
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
100%
Calendar last updated:
September 29, 2017

About Tammy & Dave May

Tammy and I are avid outdoors-types and we love the endless paths to hike, mountain bike & in Tammy's case, run. :)

I proposed to Tammy under the big ponderosa pine by the house before we built the home in 2003. Fondly, we call that spot 'Engagement Point'. We love the areas activities....we lived and loved the log home for 7 years full time. Today, we love escaping back up to the property & we're excited to share our little piece of heaven with you and other vacation renters.

Tammy & Dave May purchased this cabin in 1993

Why Tammy & Dave May chose South Central Colorado

We bought the gorgeous 45 acres because this area is considered the 'Banana Belt' of Colorado due to the moderate winters. We fell in love with the property for its views, meadows and privacy. It also is more enjoyable not having to deal with I-70 congestion to and from the Denver metro area.

What makes this cabin unique

On the property, we love...

* The variety of foliage visible from the cabin is awesome - yucca & oak brush on the south facing slopes, aspens in the meadow and pine and fir trees on the north slopes.

* The summer wildflowers that blanket the rolling meadow between June and August.

* Exploring the cliffs behind the detached garage to the east & the beautiful slot trail leading up to the top of the peak.

* Hiking in search of arrowheads and antler sheds in the washes on the property and the BLM

* Bird and animal watching - deer, bear, hear coyotes singing, fox, bobcat and the occasional elk.

* Watching the weather roll in and at night stargaze at an electric sky.

* The spectacular sunsets with a cup of coffee in hand on the wrap-around deck.

Map

Nearest Airport
95 Miles
Colorado Springs (COS) & Pueblo (KPUB) less than
Nearest Golf
39 Miles
Salida Golf Club
Nearest Train
47 Miles
Royal Gorge Route Railroad
Nearest Motorway
18 Miles
Hwy. 50
Nearest Ski
63 Miles
Monarch Ski Resort
Car: necessary

Perched at 9200' Elevation, this custom cabin home proudly offers 360 degrees of STUNNING unobstructed Mountain Views. The 45 private acres and access to 1500 BLM acres present limitless possibilities for YOU to create your dream vacation EVERY TIME you visit!

[Located 18 miles up from Highway 50 & the Arkansas River (County Roads 12 & 16).]

On property or within a short drive experience: Some of our country's BEST White Water Rafting & Fly Fishing; ATV/4-Wheeling Adventures; Horseback Riding; Zip-Lining; Kayaking; Mountain Biking; Big & Small Game Hunting; The ROYAL GORGE - It's Scenic Train Rides & Helitours; Mountain Climbing & Rappelling; Skiing or Cat tours @ Monarch Ski Resort, Skyline Drive, Colorado Prison Museum, Tunnel Road, The Gold Mine Rock Shop,...& ENDLESS STUNNING Sightseeing!

Here are some specifics...

* White Water Rafting, Fly Fishing & 4-Wheeling ... Cotopaxi - 15 miles S

* Salida ... Horseback Riding, Hot Springs, Golfing, Jeep Trails - 38 miles W

* Canon City ... The Royal Gorge, the Royal Gorge Dinner Train, Zip-Lining, Colorado Prison Museum, Holy Cross Abbey & Wine Tasting - 47 miles W

* Monarch ... Skiing (GREAT FOR KIDS), Snow-Boarding, Snowmobiling, Dog Sled Rides - 56 miles W

* Cripple Creek ... Gold Mining & Gambling - 77 miles NE

* Alamosa ... The Sand Dunes & Rio Grande Scenic Railroad - 133 miles S

Amenities

Cotopaxi Cabin Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cabin
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 3200 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 3:00 PM / Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 12
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • pets considered ...
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Mountain View ...
  • Rural ...
Theme:
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
General:
  • Garage ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided
  • Wood Stove ...
Kitchen:
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 9 people
Bathrooms:
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 3 - toilet
    Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower
Bedrooms:
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 12
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 2 - 1 double
    Loft - 1 double , 2 twin/ single , Loft with a double bed & twin bunk beds
    Bedroom 3 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 4 - 1 double
Entertainment:
  • Foosball
  • Games ...
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • Video Library
Outside:
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
Suitability:
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • limited accessibility
Attractions:
  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • festivals
  • forests
  • museums
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • horseback riding
  • horseshoes
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • rafting
  • skiing
  • water tubing
  • whitewater rafting

Reviews

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average rating of 4.8846154 based on 26 reviews
5

It's awesome.

  • 5 of 5

We came hot CO for our son's parents weekend at AFA. We are looking for quite place and this is for sure a "quite" place.

We had great time here. The view of mountains and sunset is breathtaking.

House is clean. Very nice.

Thank you. :)

  • Submitted: Sep 6, 2017
  • Stayed: Aug 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Denver, CO
5

What a great getaway

  • 5 of 5

What a great location with amazing views. Would definitely come back!!

  • Submitted: Aug 14, 2017
  • Stayed: Aug 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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4

amazing house with amazing views!

  • 4 of 5

the house was perfect for our group of 9. amazing views, very secluded, and hiking available on site. needs internet! very spotty cell service. a more accurate decription of the travel required up the mountain to reach the house would be nice. average time traveled to go along with the distances would be helpful! overall very satified, looking to return in 2 years, would definitely take this same house!

  • Submitted: Aug 13, 2017
  • Stayed: Aug 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Shawnee, Kansas
5

A beautiful location enough off the beaten path that you are guaranteed a great, relaxing, stay.

  • 5 of 5

Perfect! The Mays explain in their description it to a tee. Because it is remote, allow yourself a little extra time to get to rafting, Salida, etc. While it was not a necessity, we were glad we had a SUV. The road to the cabin has a few minor bumps.

  • Submitted: Aug 5, 2017
  • Stayed: Jul 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Conroe, TX
5

Perfect Remote Getaway

  • 5 of 5

We prefer to camp when we visit Colorado but now we have two little ones in tow so we get a cabin. This place made us feel like we were camping because of the location and amazing view, so it was perfect! It does take about 45 minutes to get to a main road but that didn't bother us because we planned for that. We loaded up on groceries so we could just enjoy our surroundings instead of spending all our time driving in to town. It worked out great!

  • Submitted: Jul 22, 2017
  • Stayed: Jul 2017
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4

Fabulous cabin & furnishings with breathtaking views

  • 4 of 5

The size of the cabin was outstanding. The landscaping was a delight. It was exceptionally well furnished & stocked. The views at sunrise or sunset are inspirational. This is a remote location and that should be disclosed. It takes40 minutes from Hwy 50 to get there. The map services mistakenly offer CR 9 as an access route (which is dangerous & gated off). The proper route from CR 12 should be sent with the reservation. We had 4 wheel drive vehicles so the "rustic" unpaved rough drive at the final miles was no issue for us. We loved it, but not everyone will want the isolation.

  • Submitted: Jul 9, 2017
  • Stayed: Jul 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Sorry you felt mislead in any way. We don't rely on map services for any remote area and the driving instructions sent in the House Instructions are very accurate. There are only two turns you have to make once you get off the highway to get to the cabin and in bold letters we say "MILEAGES ARE ACURATE SO JUST KEEP GOING. ROAD IS CURVY AND SLOW GOING." Don't know what else we can do.
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Rates & Availability

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Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $300
Pet Fee $125 + Tax
Cleaning fee $135 + Tax
Tax Rate 7.4%

Rates are subject to change until booking is confirmed. We are a family vacation rental property and do not allow bachelor parties or similar events.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.

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