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The Bunker At Battle Rock

Bedrooms 1
Space 850 sq. ft.
Property type apartment
Minimum Stay 2 nights


About the property

Apartment, 1 Bedroom (sleeps 2 in twins or king) + sleeper sofa, 1 Bath

Stunning views—grand but intimate—with miles of hiking/biking/riding trails.

Out the back gate, you step into 165,000 acres within Canyons of the Ancients National Monument. Temperate high desert climate, vineyards, orchards and irrigated farmland set among red rock hoodoos in McElmo Canyon. Close to SE Utah (12 miles), Four Corners Monument (55 miles), Cortez (15 miles), Durango (60 miles), Telluride (90 miles), with striking expanses of Ute Mountain Ute and Navajo Nation reservation lands nearby. Heart of the Four Corners area -peaceful, challenging, and waiting for you.

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Susan Thomas
Member since: 2012
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
December 14, 2017

About Susan Thomas

Born in NYC, I grew up in Cleveland and heard family stories about the West from childhood. Indian baskets and pots, photos, tall tales about Western adventures filled our house. When it came time for college, I chose Prescott College, a mile high in the Pinyon Juniper country of Western Arizona. The Four Corners got me in its grip, and never let me go.

Susan Thomas purchased this apartment in 2003

Why Susan Thomas chose Cortez

McElmo Canyon has been a special place since the days of Butch Cassidy's gang, who wintered in a local cave and rode up to Dolores for their favorite home cooking (Mrs. Hall's cafe). The canyon's micro-climate supports orchards, truck gardens and grapes, with intriguing side canyons, hoodoos, and monoliths like Battle Rock, dominant and majestic. To our back is Canyons of the Ancients National Monument, we look south at Sleeping Ute Mountain, Battle Rock, Sutcliffe Vineyards, Mesa Verde National Park to the east - and red rock and native Fremont cottonwoods everywhere.

What makes this apartment unique

No need to get back in the car: hike, bike, ride your horse on sandstone trails throughout Canyons of the Ancients National Monument, out our back gate. A grand but intimate view - splendid, protected and private. Relax in the quiet sunny Bunker with flagstone patio, full amenities, a step away from an ancient and sacred place.


Cortez Apartment Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • apartment
  • floor 1
Building Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 850 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: Flexible / Check-out: Flexible
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • pets considered ...
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • Monument View ...
  • Mountain View ...
  • Rural
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Historic
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Mobile Phone ...
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Wood Stove ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 -
  • Roomy and comfortable, tub/shower.
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 4
  • Other (See Description) - 1 sleep sofa /futon , Full sized Tempur-pedic sleeper sofa
    Bedroom 1 - 1 king , 2 twin/ single
  • Two twin beds can be made into a king. The sleeper sofa is in the living room.
  • Books ...
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Music Library ...
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television ...
  • Video Library
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • library
  • live theater
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • freshwater fishing
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • rock climbing
  • skiing
We can help you develop itineraries for spectacular day trips throughout the Four Corners. Discover those special places that only locals know about, and make them your own memories.


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The Bunker At Battle Rock
average rating of 5.0 based on 20 reviews

Great place to stay

  • 5 of 5

This was a very comfortable, well furnished place to stay for a week. The owner is gracious, and the setting is beautiful. Near Mesa Verde, terrific hiking nearby, many activitIes and points of interest to fill your days. Highly recommend!

  • Submitted: Jul 7, 2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Amazing property and a great location for exploring the four corners areas.

  • 5 of 5

We were on the road most of the time just used it for sleeping.

  • Submitted: Jun 8, 2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: You are absolutely correct - there are so many things to do and places to go in the Four Corners that staying put in the Bunker sometimes has to come last. Whether you enjoy the patio with its stunning view and canyon ambiance or remain on the go, you will return time and again to do and see it all. Isn't that the best problem, though, a landscape so remarkable with its cultural history so absorbing that you can never get enough? It's waiting for you...
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Wonderful spot, beautiful home, lovely owner! We all enjoyed it very much.

  • 5 of 5

It's great!

  • Submitted: May 26, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Beautiful birthday weekend

  • 5 of 5

Loved staying at the Bunker; incredible views and access to the Monument. Very private and cozy. My husband and I stayed here for my 40th weekend, which we spent running and hiking in Canyon of the Ancients, checking out Hovenweep, and exploring Cortez - perfect jumping point for all places. Highly recommend.

  • Submitted: Dec 15, 2016
  • Stayed: December 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Stellar hiking, Native ruins, wine, and seclusion

  • 5 of 5

This property won't be for everybody, but if it's for, it will really be for you.

This is a one-bedroom apartment occupying the full first floor of a house, fully separated from the rest of the house. It has a bedroom, an open plan main room with good-sized eat-in kitchen and den, bathroom, and laundry room. The den also has a fold-out sofa (an excellent American Leather one that's actually comfortable). Everything was spotlessly clean.

It's located about 30 minutes west of downtown Cortez in McElmo Canyon. The location is very, very secluded, so you'll definitely want to think about planning your meals in advance (there are a handful of remarkably good restaurants in Cortez, but it's a minor trek to get to them).

Despite the seclusion, the property is sandwiched within walking distance of two phenomenal attractions. To the north, literally out the back gate of the property, is Canyons of the Ancients National Monument, comprised of nearly 200,000 acres of back country wilderness filled with Native American ruins from the same people who lived in Mesa Verde. To the south is woefully underappreciated Sutcliffe Winery, which may very well be making the best off-coast wines in the country right now.

Susan, the owner, was pleasant, flexible, helpful, and unobtrusive. She provided some good intel on restaurants and on the adjoining hiking trails, and was fine with our moving-target arrival time. When we left an e-reader in the apartment, she was kind enough to mail it to us, refusing to let us reimburse her.

A few caveats that were totally fine by us, but you may want to consider:

* There's a bit of a menagerie on premises. Two sweet, very friendly dogs, a cat, and at least one very well-cared-for horse. All animals were well behaved and, aside from a few "notice me" whimpers from the greyhound as we walked by, very quiet, but if you're not an animal person, you should know that the property isn't exactly animal-free. Again, the apartment is totally separate from the rest of the house, so it's not like you'd find the dogs sleeping in your bed or anything.

* The bed is pretty firm. Comfortable, but firm.

* Internet and cell service are spotty. I had one bar of Verizon LTE, and there are numerous dead spots on the drive down McElmo Canyon. The apartment has Wi-Fi that I didn't try, but Susan said it wasn't the greatest either. Possibly of concern if you need to telecommute.

We loved our stay, we'll definitely be back.

  • Submitted: Dec 14, 2016
  • Stayed: December 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Quiet, comfort away from it all (yet still close)!

  • 5 of 5

I was traveling with my husband and 11 yo son. We have a long weekend and we're looking for something a little off-the-grid but close to "stuff." We felt at home right away. The owner was very friendly and welcoming - even gave us a bottle of wine from a local vineyard. The rental is the bottom half of a stunning home. It's very cozy, warm and welcoming. The property is huge....even has horses, a couple of dogs and a very friendly cat. My son loved interacting with the animals (my son wanted to bring the cat home ha!). There was even a camper set up in the driveway, which she let my son use as a hideout. The best part: Canyons of the Ancients is literally in the backyard! You don't even have to drive to find hiking. The scenery surrounding the area is stunning. We enjoyed sitting out front, watching the sun set. Hovenweep and Mesa Verde are a short drive away....and 20 min to town for groceries, gas, etc. We had an excellent adventure! I would stay again in a heartbeat. Thank you!

  • Submitted: Nov 9, 2016
  • Stayed: October 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
10 Miles
Cortez, Colorado
Nearest Barpub
15 Miles
Cortez, CO
Nearest Motorway
13 Miles
US Highway 160
Nearest Restaurant
15 Miles
Nearest Ski
90 Miles
Car: necessary

We are close to Bluff, UT which has many events, ancients sites, a wonderful museum and trading post, restaurants, rafting and fabulous geography.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

VRBO now uses an on-line default reservation system, so all payments are handled by credit card through VRBO.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 7 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.