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Cozy Ranch House - Elk and Wildlife Preserve Southwest Co

Bedrooms 2
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 nights


Minimum Stay
3 nights

About the property

Ranch house, 2 Bedrooms + Den, 2 Baths, (Sleeps 4-5)

Located 11 miles west of Ridgway at 9,100 feet on Hastings Mesa . Situated on 85 acres as the northernmost building on the Lakota S Ranch. Former ranch manager’s home, remodeled with new kitchen and bathrooms. Private setting adjacent to the 105 acre Black Canyon Land Trust Elk Preserve. A well-maintained one mile long gravel driveway takes you to the famous scenic Last Dollar Road /CR58P; one mile on Last Dollar Road puts you on the all weather Skyway Scenic Byway [State Hwy 62] to Telluride [ 35 minute drive], Ridgway [15 minute drive], Ouray [35 minute drive].

Views of Mt. Hayden and North Pole Peak and much of the Sneffels Range due South and Cimarron Range to the East. Ralph Lauren's Double RL Ranch is directly east of the property. True Grit Ranch [John Wayne movie fame] is one mile west; Marlboro Photo shoots done on the Last Dollar Ranch directly across from the driveway end. National Forest and Wilderness very near, south of the ranch. Ridgway Reservoir is a few miles north of Ridgway – great boating and water sports. Girls’ Getaway. Romantic Holiday.

Keywords: Located 11 miles west of Ridgway at 9,100 feet on Hastings Mesa. Lakota S Ranch.Ranch house, adjacent to the 105 acre Black Canyon Land Trust Elk Preserve, near Last Dollar Road, Telluride Skyway Scenic Byway , Ouray

Views of Mt Hayden and North Pole Peak

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Member since: 2012
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
August 19, 2016

About The Owner

We have enjoyed the natural beauty of Hastings Mesa for over 20 years. We also appreciate the convenience of all weather highways nearby to get us to Telluride, Ouray and Ridgway very quickly. We can watch an Elk herd in the morning and have lunch in Telluride, kayak on the reservoir in Ridgway or enjoy the hot pools in Ouray - all easily accessible on the State Highways.

The Owner purchased this house in 1989

Why The Owner chose Colorado

Views of 14,000+ ft Sneffels. Gorgeous year round.

What makes this house unique

So close yet so far away! Enjoy the serenity of Hastings Mesa and Last Dollar Road area while able to quickly access Telluride, Ridgway and Ouray.


Exceptional! 5/5 -
(13 traveler reviews)

Cozy Ranch House - Elk and Wildlife Preserve Southwest Co
average rating of 5.0 based on 13 reviews
Baton Rouge

The Best of the Best

  • 5 of 5

We have been renting hotel rooms, motel rooms, condos and homes in Southwest Colorado for over 35 years and this home is our favorite. The location is perfect in a grove of Aspens with a view of the Sneffels Range. It was spotlessly clean and well decorated and the views around it were breathtaking. The owners were very friendly and personable. The only small issue with the house is that it has no cell phone or WiFi service but that is a small price to pay considering the location and its 360 degree views. Cell phone service is available less than a mile away.

  • Submitted: Oct 11, 2014
  • Stayed: Oct 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Glad you had a good stay. You picked the absolute peak of Fall color -- especially beautiful this season!
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albuquerque, nm


  • 5 of 5

The location and setting was perfect. In the mountains, lots of wildlife(deer, elk, grouse, etc.) and phenomenal views right out the window. The owners were very hospitable, we were even treated to vegetables from the garden. Very secluded and in easy range of hiking trails. We have stayed in alot of vrbo's and this was our favorite

  • Submitted: Aug 20, 2014
  • Stayed: Aug 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Come back soon - glad you had a good time!
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Fort Collins, Colorado

Staying here was quite a treat

  • 5 of 5

Fred and Cheryle have really done a super job renovating the former foreman's house and it is a truly fine place to stay. It is fully and I mean fully-equipped and nicely decorated in with rustic/fashionable Colorado fashion. The setting is incredible, with views of the Sneffels range, an aspen forest and animals of all sorts that wander through the acreage where the Back House is located. Sunsets are awe-inspiring. The owners are super people and the pride they take in their property is evident in all aspects. You really get away from it all (including internet and cell phone reception, which we were more than willing to abandon for a week), and it is just plain refreshing for the soul. The location is about halfway between Ouray and Telluride, which is convenient. Fred and Cheryle, thanks for everything and we hope to return often!

  • Submitted: Jul 20, 2014
  • Stayed: Jul 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Glad you had a good time. Come back soon!
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Exceeded our expectations!!

  • 5 of 5

This was our first time in Ridgway and staying at the Lakota guest house, which was outstanding, both as to location interior and exterior finishes. The property is very well maintained. Very easy to communicate with the owners, who respect your privacy while staying at this beautiful guest house. Very close to Ridgway with great restaurants and 30 minutes to Telluride. We hope to stay at Lakota again in the future.

  • Submitted: Sep 29, 2013
  • Stayed: Sep 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: So happy you had a good time. We hope to see you again soon.
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Dothan, Alabama

Such a peaceful place

  • 5 of 5

It really is hard to find anything new to add to the other reviews. The Lakota S Ranch property was excellent. Very clean, bed very comfortable, everything provided as needed and promised, everything in good repair, peaceful, and felt remote yet close to all we wanted to do. The hosts are friendly and helpful but give you your space. They went out of their way to help us When my husband had a health issue arrise and that was so much appreciated. It was just our favorite place we have stayed anywhere in Colorado. And exactly what we needed to recover from a very stressful time in our lives. We loved seeing the stars at night (okay the rain this year was unusual and we ony had a couple nights when we could see them!). Loved waking to the sound of fawns playing outside our window. It was fun watching the deer each evening. And I have never seen so many birds in one spot in Colorado! Hope to come back some time in the fall to see what the area is like. This would absolutely be our first choice of a place to stay again. Highly recommend this property to anyone who wants a peaceful lovely place to stay. You will not be disappointed. And Mouse's Chocolates down in Ouray is a vitally necessary stop on a trip to the area. Their scrap cookies and chai were awesome.

  • Submitted: Sep 5, 2013
  • Stayed: Aug 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hope you are both well! Come back and enjoy the Fall color.
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Highlands Ranch, CO

Couldn't have asked for a more perfect location!

  • 5 of 5

The Stemmler's created a home away from home. The scenery is breathtaking, the accommodations suburb and the the location peaceful but handy to everything. The home is decorated with great taste and the kitchen is stocked with everything you would need. We will definitely be back.

  • Submitted: Jul 22, 2013
  • Stayed: Jul 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Ouray town Hot Springs [family oriented] in Ouray west of Ridgway; Orvis Hot Springs is also west of Ridgway. Ridgway Reservoir north of Ridgway. Telluride 35 minute drive west. Ute Native American Culture Museum in Montrose 25 minutes north of Ridgway.


Rates & Availability

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3 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $300
Cleaning Fee $95

Rent due at reservation - no refunds on cancellations. Refundable no damage deposit due at reservation plus cleaning fee.
Check in: 4:00 PM
Check out: 11:00 AM
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Placerville House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1300 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Mountain View
  • Away From It All
  • Romantic
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Stove
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 5 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
  • 2
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 5
  • Queen size Beds (2), Twin convertible Bed (1)
  • Books
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Music Library
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • churches
  • playground
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • horseback riding
  • horseshoes
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • hiking
  • hot air ballooning
  • hunting
  • ice skating
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • rock climbing
  • skiing
  • snowboarding
  • snowmobiling
  • whitewater rafting
Fall colors for photographers and painters, we can arrange for airport transfers, river rafting, hiking, fly fishing, mountain biking, snowmobiling, snow shoeing, cross country skiing, alpine skiing, snow boarding, hot air ballooning, horse back riding, uncovered parking for RV boat trailer. Open and un-fenced stock pond. Most of home on one level [except for one bedroom and one bath, which are down two steps].

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