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Casa Cielo, Gateway to Outdoor Play or Meditative Retreat

Dolores, CO, USA
  • House1475 sqft
  • Bedrooms2
  • Sleeps6
  • Bathrooms2
  • Half Baths0
  • Minimum Stay0 - 4 nights

2 bedroom, 2 baths, sleeps 6

Panoramic views of Montezuma Valley afford hours of leisurely rest on the wrap around porches with unparalleled sunsets. Mesa Verde National World Heritage Park and the Ute Mountain are the views out your floor to ceiling living room windows.Our 40 acres have a meandering walking trial built by Phil of the famous Phil's World mountain biking course in Cortez, CO. This is a lovely way to start or end your days of exploration in the area. There is a shared hot tub that affords the most amazing star gazing and dreaming during your special vacation in this enchanted country...If you have a larger group than what the casa accommodates there is a small studio space with one bath, queen bed, microwave, toaster oven and mini fridge at extra pricing. Let us help you make this an enriched experience here in the southwest!

Places of Interest: all within 1-4 hours drive

* Mesa Verde National World Heritage Park- ancient cliff dwellings & tours

* Ute Mountain Tribal Park - seasonal, personally guided tours

* Hovenweep National Monument- ancient towers & cliff dwellings

* Crow Canyon Archaeological Center- educational talks and experiential workshops about ancient peoples and dwellings in the entire southwestern states

* Dolores River Canyon- fly fishing, canoeing, hiking, picnics

* Telluride- skiing, snowmobiling, hiking, biking, fly fishing, 4-wheeling, fine dining, gallery walking, annual jazz & blues music, art & film, and culinary festivals

* Durango- skiing, snowmobiling, Trimble Hot Springs, Durango Narrow Gauge Railroad, hiking, mountain biking, rafting, fly fishing, brew pubs & dining, galleries, concerts & film festivals, Snow Down Festival, Music in the Mountains

* Pagosa Springs- hot springs, skiing Wolf Creek Pass, snowmobiling, hiking, fly fishing, horseback riding, 4-wheeling, blue grass festivals, meditation centers

* Moab and Canyon Lands, Arches National Park, Utah- technical rock climbing, hiking, slick rock biking, rafting, jeeping rallies, 4-wheeling, rafting

*Monument Valley - historic trading post and surreal rock formations

*Four Corners Monument - where the 4 states, Colorado, Utah, Arizona, New Mexico, intersect and you can be in all of them with a bit of body "gyrations"

* Northern New Mexico- pueblos & native cultures’ annual feast and festival days, Chaco Canyon, Canyon de Chelley, arts and cultural events of Taos, Abiquiui, Santa Fe, Albuquerque, and local hot springs with massage and body therapies

Casa Cielo, The Dwelling

Located on 40 acres of high-desert pinon juniper terrain on an open canyon ridge, this retreat vacation home floats above the Montezuma Valley. Off the beaten path, the only noise you might hear is the occasional contented mooing of grazing cattle or the yipping of skittish coyotes on graceful moonlit nights.

Your separate dwelling features two bedrooms ( 2 queens), 2 baths, and an open kitchen-living area. The large expanse of encased windows let you contemplate the geologic intersection between valley, mesa and mountains. A sleeper couch in the upper-level open den which looks over the canyon from your front door can accommodate two additional people. A second building on the premises can be used for an additional dormitory or retreat space.

Personal guided fly-fishing trips with a resident master-fisherman and therapeutic massage sessions are available upon request. Enjoy our private hiking/mountain bike riding trail for those daily cardio workouts by stepping out your back door. The separate 400 square foot meeting hall can be used for secluded creative endeavors such as writing, music, meditation, yoga practice or other quiet activities.

The Locale

Need to escape your daily routines and hectic schedules? Get creative, get quiet, or get active with unparalleled, thrilling, year round, outdoor experiences in a locale that offers hiking, biking, skiing, 4-wheeling, fishing, canoeing and rafting as starters.

In a more northerly direction, only an hour and a half drive away, is the glamour and glitz of the transformed mining town and ski area of Telluride. This Victorian vintage-style village is world famous for its annual outdoor music, arts, culinary and wine events, and film festivals. A free gondola ride will put you on top of the world for views that will take your breath away...

Rich in First American cultures, we are within half a day’s drive to the pueblos of northern New Mexico and their festive feast days and unique artistic expressions in pottery, silver-smithing and upright loom weavings. Taos, Santa Fe, and Albuquerque bring the colorful architectural and art influences of the old country of Spain and its more modern expressions through its mingling with southwestern traditions and landscapes.


Jeanne Cain

Member Since 2010
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Response time:
within one hour
Calendar last updated:
Apr 16, 2018
About Jeanne Cain

Leonard and Jeanne Cain were drawn to New Mexico and southwestern Colorado by the crystal clear skies, aspen and pine forests and rivers with their majestic red rock canyons. After working in rural health care clinics, they moved to the Cortez area where Leonard had a family medical practice. Mountain biking, backpacking, hiking, skiing, and fly fishing have been a few of their passions. Their many years of zen study are reflected in the open quiet spaces they have built and the sculptural ceramic and fiber arts Jeanne currently pursues. After 35 years of living in the southwest, the family is eager to share their enchantment in this retreat setting and in the surrounding area which is a rich cultural crossroads of native American life, cattle ranching, and outdoor splendors.

What makes this House unique

This quiet setting allows you to contemplate expansive vistas of mesa and mountains or catch the migrations of elk and deer foraging on grasses up to your windows. A shared hot tub lets you take in even greater views on star lit nights of the Milky Way and orbiting planets. Early morning or evening walks on the private trail built by the creator of Phil's World, a nationally heralded biking park, is a soothing and easy amble through sage brush and pinon...


    • Internet
    • Air Conditioning
    • Heater
    • Kids Welcome
    • Washer & Dryer
    • Hot Tub
    • Parking
    • TV
    • No Smoking


      • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
      • Bedroom 1
        1 queen
      • Bedroom 2
        1 queen
      • Master bedroom is on an upper split level, off from the kitchen and is very private. Bedding is 100% cotton sheeting. Second bedroom uses a bath area for the entire home.


      • 2 Bathrooms
      • Bathroom 1
        toilet, tub, shower
      • Bathroom 2
        toilet, shower

        Location Type

          • Mountain
          • Mountain View
            Panoramic valley view of Mesa Verde National Park and Ute Mountain.


              • Adventure
              • Away From It All
              • Family
              • Historic
              • Romantic
              • Sports & Activities
              • Tourist Attractions


                  • Guests provide their own meals


                      • Living Room
                      • Air Conditioning
                      • Clothes Dryer
                      • Hair Dryer
                      • Heating
                      • Internet
                      • Iron & Board
                      • Laundry Soap
                      • Linens Provided
                      • Basic Soaps
                      • Paper Towels
                      • Parking
                      • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer
                      • Sofa Bed
                      • Toilet Paper
                      • Towels Provided
                      • Washing Machine
                      • Wireless Internet


                          • Kitchen
                            A fully equipped space with most tools in a domestic kitchen.
                          • 4 Ring Stove
                          • Coffee Maker
                          • Cooking Utensils
                          • Dishes & Utensils
                          • Dishwasher
                          • Freezer
                          • Grill
                          • Blender
                          • Microwave
                          • Oven
                          • Pantry Items
                            There is an array of spices previous renters have 'donated' so check it out before shopping. Usually condiments, too!
                          • Refrigerator
                          • Stove
                          • Stove
                          • Toaster


                              • Dining
                                Open kitchen and dining area offers casual and spacious meal experience.
                              • Dining Area
                              • comfy seating for 6 people


                                  • Books
                                  • CD Player
                                  • DVD Player
                                  • Games
                                  • Radio
                                  • Stereo
                                  • Television


                                      • Outdoor Grill Gas
                                      • Boat
                                        Rentals in Dolores,CO.
                                      • Golf
                                        The Conquistador Golf Course in Cortez is considered to be an excellent, affordable game.
                                      • Kayak / Canoe
                                        Rentals in Dolores, CO.
                                      • Lanai / Gazebo
                                      • Lawn / Garden
                                        Vegetable gardening is shared with guests
                                      • Outdoor Grill
                                      • Deck / Patio
                                      • Patio
                                      • Porch / Veranda
                                        Surrounds entire house for near 360 degree views.
                                      • Ski & Snowboard
                                        Fantastic world famous skiing in Telluride,just 1 1/2 hours away and Durango Mountain Resort about 1 1/2 hours away; plenty of x-country
                                      • Tennis
                                        Public courts in Cortez, CO.
                                      • Unscreened Porch / Veranda
                                      • Wood Deck


                                          • Long-term Renters Welcome

                                            Pool / Spa

                                              • Hot Tub
                                              • Shared Hot Tub
                                                Views of the entire valley and pristine star gazing nights.

                                                Onsite Services

                                                  • Massage
                                                  • Private Chef


                                                      • library
                                                      • autumn foliage
                                                      • cinemas
                                                      • forests
                                                      • health/beauty spa
                                                      • churches
                                                      • museums
                                                      • playground
                                                      • recreation center
                                                      • restaurants
                                                      • ruins

                                                        Leisure Activities

                                                          • photography
                                                          • bird watching
                                                          • gambling casinos
                                                          • horseback riding
                                                          • paddle boating
                                                          • boating
                                                          • scenic drives
                                                          • sight seeing
                                                          • sledding
                                                          • walking
                                                          • wildlife viewing

                                                            Local Services & Businesses

                                                              • ATM/bank
                                                              • fitness center
                                                              • groceries
                                                              • hospital
                                                              • massage therapist
                                                              • medical services

                                                                Sports & Adventure Activities

                                                                  • mountaineering
                                                                  • basketball court
                                                                  • cycling
                                                                  • fishing
                                                                  • fly fishing
                                                                  • freshwater fishing
                                                                  • golf
                                                                  • golf privileges optional
                                                                  • hiking
                                                                  • hunting
                                                                  • jet skiing
                                                                  • kayaking
                                                                  • mountain biking
                                                                  • mountain climbing
                                                                  • cross country skiing
                                                                  • racquetball
                                                                  • rafting
                                                                  • rock climbing
                                                                  • sailing
                                                                  • ski lift privileges
                                                                  • skiing
                                                                  • snowboarding
                                                                  • snowmobiling
                                                                  • swimming
                                                                  • tennis
                                                                  • water skiing
                                                                  • water tubing
                                                                  • whitewater rafting


                                                                      • We have another one double bedroom, one bath "tiny home" glamping space on the premises called The Moon Room you could reserve for additional persons in your party.

                                                                        House Rules

                                                                        Check-in: 4:00 PM

                                                                        Check-out: 9:00 AM

                                                                        Cancellation Policy

                                                                        Please ask the owner or check their rental agreement when booking the property.

                                                                        62 Reviews


                                                                        Latest reviews

                                                                        A most amazing place to stay

                                                                        Fred A.Madison, WI

                                                                        As soon as we walked in the door we were "spell-bound" by the beauty of the place. We had no idea it would be so spacious, containing everything we needed for our two night stay (wish it could have been many more). We enjoyed the peace & quiet of it, the morning & evening deer shows, the night darkness so we able to see so many stars & the beautiful sliver of a new "orange" moon right on the horizon. We hope to be able to return some day, and will certainly tell our friends about this lovely place.

                                                                        Just what we needed: roomy, well-supplied, convenient, charming, and a herd of mule deer to watch.

                                                                        Jane H.

                                                                        Perfect setting and all the comforts of home

                                                                        Beautiful views!

                                                                        Karen B.Alexandria, Virginia

                                                                        We had a lovey week at Casa Cielo. The house is very peaceful and quiet, with spectacular views of Sleeping Ute Mountain and Mesa Verde. The owner's house is next door, but it is situated so that you have plenty of privacy. We enjoyed the hiking trail on the property, as well as just sitting on the porch and admiring the beautiful sunsets. There is lots to do nearby, with Mesa Verde, Canyon of the Ancients, and the Anasazi Heritage Center within a short drive, as well as some excellent restaurants in Dolores and Cortez. Highly recommend!

                                                                        Peaceful Beauty

                                                                        Jack B.Olathe,ks

                                                                        Peaceful morning to night. We could not get enough of the view of the mountains. My idea of heaven. Home was comfortable with everything we needed.

                                                                        Mary from Kansas City

                                                                        Fabulous private setting with a killer view!

                                                                        Sallie B.

                                                                        Casa Cielo was a wonderful experience for me on my friends. Loved the privacy and the view were spectacular. The house was great and was actually better than the listing pictures. Great location for Durango and Cortez, we took the Train from Durango to Silverton. Be sure to go first class, that was the best! Went to Mesa Verde but didn't allow enough time for the whole park. Allow a full day at least. Went to the east and southern rims of the Grand Canyon. Took a plane rides and saw spectacular sights. Allow a full day for that trip too. The house was the perfect location and setting. Would definitely go back again.

                                                                        Peaceful, Relaxation With A Beautiful View!

                                                                        Brenda M.Kannapolis

                                                                        We stayed 13 nights at Casa Cielo and enjoyed every minute! We didn't want to leave! Jeanne has created a peaceful haven for those seeking adventure as well as for weary travelers! Casa Cielo is a great place to relax, take in the scenery, watch the wildlife and walk the trail on the property. The kitchen is well equipped with everything you need to prepare a meal. We especially enjoyed making soup in the CrockPot and grilling on the grill. On the days you want to explore, you will find the location is centrally located to Mesa Verde, Hovenweep, Cortez, Mancos, Four Corners, Durango, San Juan/Million Dollar Hwy, etc. We did all of these things and more! Drop in for lunch and cookies at the Absolute Bakery in Mancos!

                                                                        Another reviewer mentioned the small TV. The TV is small - 18 inches to be exact. This was not a problem for us because there was so much more to do!

                                                                        We are hoping to stay at Casa Cielo again in the future!


                                                                        Dolores, CO, USA

                                                                        Other Activities: snowboarding, snowmobiling, skiing, wildlife viewing, hiking and backpacking, cycling, health/beauty spa, boating, kayaking, rafting, fitness center, indoor and outdoor pools, racquetball courts, basketball courts, tennis courts, city golf course Guided tours of Mesa Verde National World Heritage Park and Ute Mountain Tribal Park

                                                                        Rates & Availability

                                                                        Additional information about rental rates

                                                                        Cancellation- 1 month ahead, full refund less $100; less than 1 month ahead, full refund less $200 Check for monthly rates with owners. Cancellation : 4-7 day rental full refund less $200 if 3 weeks from date and full refund less $400 if 2 weeks prior to dates; a 2-3 day rental is full refund less $100 upon any time cancelled.

                                                                        62 Reviews
                                                                        Wonderful 4.9/5
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