|Minimum Stay||2 nights|
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
This property won't be for everybody, but if it's for you...man, 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.
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!
Our experience at the Bunker At Battle Rock was delightful. The location, adjacent to the Canyon Of The Ancients National Monument, is peaceful and we particularly enjoyed the hike through Sand Canyon. (If you hike through, consider sending the person in your group that doesn't like to hike to pick you up at the far end. We were glad we did.). The location provides easy access to Mesa Verde (35 Minutes), Durango-Silverton Railroad (1hr 15min), and other great experiences.
Susan is a gracious hostess and made certain that all of our need and wants were met.
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!
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.
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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