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The Bunker At Battle Rock

13 Reviews
Bedrooms 1
Property type apartment
Minimum Stay 2 nights

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Cortez Apartment Rental Photos and Description

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.

  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
  • wheelchair inaccessible

Susan Thomas
Member since: 2012
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 12 hours
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Calendar last updated:
October 17, 2016
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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 Southwestern Colorado

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.


based on 13 traveler reviews

The Bunker At Battle Rock
average rating of 5.0 based on 13 reviews
West Linn, Oregon USA

Quiet retreat!

  • 5 of 5

My husband & I used this home for our base to explore Mesa Verde. Even though it was a bit of a drive to the national park, it did get us away from all the other visitors. After long days spent in the park, it was wonderful to come back to a quiet and peaceful retreat. The kitchen was well stocked and, when we couldn't find a needed item or two, Susan graciously provided them.The outdoor bar-b-cue & patio overlooked a pastoral setting with horses grazing. We had all but one meal in. We had access to the washer/dryer...but hung all our clothes to dry. The clothes were dry before the washer completed the next load! Our bed & linens were quite comfortable.The is very clean & well maintained. Susan lives in the adjoining living space, but she is as a quiet as a mouse. Our privacy was never compromised. Susan provided internet service as needed. Because our focus was Mesa Verde NP, we didn't have time to really explore the nearby attractions...perhaps next time!

  • Submitted: Jun 19, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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The best place on Earth!

  • 5 of 5

Whoo! I spent 2 nights at The Bunker at Battle Rock and I really didn't want to leave. The house is beautiful and the location can't be beat for scenery, peace and quiet, and for nearby access to excellent hiking inside Canyons of the Ancient National Monument. I was there in the middle of a 17-day road trip and I took a whole day off the road to just rest and enjoy this place. Susan is a great host - friendly and informative. I highly recommend this property.

  • Submitted: Jun 4, 2015
  • Stayed: May 2015
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  • 5 of 5

My husband and I spent a week here with out dog and it was absolutely incredible. The views were absolutely amazing looking to the mountains every day. We went right out of the back gate and hiked the Canyon of the Ancients. We visited the Guy Drew Winery, Mesa Verde, Four Corners, Hovenweep National Monument and even managed a trip to the Grand Canyon. Every night we cooked in the full kitchen. This was a great place to relax and enjoy the quiet outdoors. Susan was wonderful and gave us advice on things to see and do. I will definitely try to go back, it was such a wonderful experience the whole time. We were very sad to leave such a wonderful place.

  • Submitted: Mar 30, 2015
  • Stayed: Mar 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Afton, Virginia

Told ya I'd be back!

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I were here in July, 2013 and had it on our to-do list to return. We got our wish and returned in September, 2014 for another extended stay. This place is just so wonderful. All of the many amenities have been well-maintained and it was as fresh and comfortable as last year. This time we used it as a jumping off place for a trek to Zion and Bryce in Utah, a visit to northern New Mexico and even attended a Navajo rug auction in New Mexico (we came home with new possessions) as well as other activities. And still we could plan many more adventures.

The Bunker is a perfect place to make it your home-away-from-home and Susan, the host, is full of wonderful suggestions and knowledge of the area. She supplied us with a terrific National Geographic geo-tourism map which was quite helpful in guiding some of our itinerary and just was so enthusiastic about what the area has to offer.

I don't want to sound too gushing but this is the definitive vacation destination for making the Four Corners area your own. I'd like to say (again) we'll be back.

  • Submitted: Nov 14, 2014
  • Stayed: Sep 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Stuarts Draft, Virginia

Unbelievably Wonderful!

  • 5 of 5

The Bunker is fantastic. Views are stunning. The apartment has all the features a vacationer could want. The host's dogs are very friendly and the property is very well maintained. Kitchen, washer & dryer, separate entrance, internet, living room with a view are all super amenities that should not be missed. Enjoy the Valley of the Ancients and Mesa Verde. Can't wait to go back.

  • Submitted: Sep 2, 2014
  • Stayed: Aug 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Fantastic Stay!

  • 5 of 5

This was off the main grid and part of the charm for sure! The perfect place to unpack for the week, cook our own meals and take advantage of the many options for day trips. Susan was the perfect hostess (there if needed and not at all intrusive) The horses, dogs and friendly cat were an additional plus for us, The house is so well equipped and nice we kidded after our first night that she might have to evict us. I sincerely hope we get another chance to visit. We are honored to have been guests.

  • Submitted: Jun 17, 2014
  • Stayed: May 2014
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Nearest Airport
10 Miles
Cortez, Colorado
Nearest Barpub
15 Miles
Cortez, CO
Nearest Golf
15 Miles
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.


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Tax Rate 5.2%

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Cortez Apartment Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • apartment
  • floor 1
Building Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 850 sq. ft.
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
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king , 2 twin/ single
    Other (See Description) - 1 sleep sofa /futon , Full sized Tempur-pedic sleeper sofa
  • 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 ...
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets considered ...
  • 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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