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Monument Canyon Ranch = SOLITUDE

Bedrooms 2
Space 1,300 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 nights


About the property

Two Bedrooms. Two Baths

We are located only 1 mile off the beaten path, but it seems like a million miles from nowhere. All you see is trees and birds during the day and at night you can listen to the coyotes. Your rental has two bedrooms (mix and match between singles, a queen or a king), two baths, living room, full kitchen, patio with grill, sauna, hot tub, shooting range. Whatever you want to do on 88 acres we will try to make it happen.

Dave or Carolyn McCuskey, owners
Member since: 2012
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
March 17, 2018

About Dave or Carolyn McCuskey, owners

I am a retired Air Force and Airline pilot, My wife worked for Crown Zellerback in Las Vegas and now owns a local hair salon. Since I've retired I hate to leave this property except to buy materials for the ongoing projects. Our little Blue Heeler (Matilda) and her friend (Tigo, a neighbor's dog) watch after me every minute of the day.

My wife, carolyn and I are both from Parkersburg, WV. and we visit family there often.

Dave or Carolyn McCuskey, owners purchased this house in 1999

Why Dave or Carolyn McCuskey, owners chose Dove Creek

My wife and I lived in Las Vegas, NV. for many years while in the Air Force and airline business. We wanted to get away from the traffic and other bustle so we looked for solitude and reasonable weather and Dove Creek found us. We have beautiful summers, mild winters, bright starry nights, no neighbors in sight, hardly a cloud in the sky, unlimited visibly and more days of sunshine than southern California. As a lifestyle, the remoteness is not for everyone, but for a vacation or a couple-of-days getaway is for everyone.

What makes this house unique

We purchased this land for the beautiful views and the character of the property. We have a barn with stalls, a corral, and 20 acres of grazing; just in case you want bring horses. We have built up the property to our liking and it is complete, but still a work in progress. If you own a house you know what I mean. This property is us, we love it and we want you to visit. We are sure you will see it just as we see it.

Guestbook comments from the owner

Thank you for sharing your guest house with us. The peace and quiet is just want we needed.
Oct 2013
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Dove Creek House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1300 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • pets considered ...
  • Events Allowed
  • children welcome
  • smoking allowed
Location Type:
  • Mountain View
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Fireplace ...
  • Fitness Room / Equipment ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer ...
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , combination tub/shower
  • Two full baths. Each identical with toilet, tub with shower and sink.
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 3 twin/ single , 3 twin beds
    Bedroom 2 - 3 twin/ single , Up to 3 single/twin beds
  • Two bedrooms and two full baths. Each bedroom can be configured with up to three singles or a queen in one bedroom and a king in the other. We mix and match for your needs.
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Outdoor Grill
  • 10 garden chairs
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Hot Tub ...
  • Sauna ...
  • churches
  • restaurants
  • ruins
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cross country skiing
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • rock climbing
If you are looking for relatively inexpensive, but very nice accommodations this is it. An easy drive to ancient history, biking, hunting or sight seeing. We stay out of your way but are available to make your stay as enjoyable as possible.


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Monument Canyon Ranch = SOLITUDE
average rating of 5.0 based on 10 reviews

Majestic service and sky!

  • 5 of 5

Carolyn and Dave were the most gracious hosts we have ever had at a rental property. There attention to our needs were impeccable. The close vicinity to several national parks made this property perfect. Advise to go two different ways to and from Telluride made our trip even more memorable.

The amenities at the property made everything so enjoyable, and helped ease the pain from hiking. Please make this your summer destination, you certainly wont be disappointed. Thank you again Carolyn and Dave for making my 50th extra special. We will most defiantly be back for sure.

Our sincere thanks,

Eric & Joey

PS. Love the jalapeño jelly

  • Submitted: Jun 4, 2017
  • Stayed: April 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

The house was like home away from home and the owners were great, they live next door but after we got there we never saw them again, the property is also centrally located to a lot of activities in the four corners area, we will definitely be going back, Tommy Stephenson

  • Submitted: Jun 3, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
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Pueblo, CO


  • 5 of 5

If you are looking for a base to explore the four corners area, look no more! Within easy driving distance of Mesa Verde, the beautiful Arches National Park, Hovenweep national monument, and other national parks and monuments in Utah. There are trout and warm water lakes nearby if fishing is your thing. There is also a shooting range on the property. But the thing that would make your stay a pleasure are the owners, Dave and Carolyn, who make you feel like family. Finally, The price is an absolute bargain for what you receive at Monument Canyon Ranch.

  • Submitted: Jul 16, 2015
  • Stayed: July 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Couldn't possibly have been any better!

  • 5 of 5

Everything about Monument Canyon Ranch was fabulous--the comfort and spaciousness of the accommodations, the exceptionally well-equipped kitchen, the cozy fireplace, the workout room, sauna, and hot tub! We even roasted marshmallows and made s'mores in the lovely fire pit. And to top it all off, there was a sublime peace and quiet, wonderful views, and an infinite number of stars in the country sky.

As owners of a VRBO property ourselves, we aspire to be the perfect hosts that Dave and Carolyn were--extraordinarily gracious and helpful, always available, but very sensitive about not being intrusive. How do they do it!

We can't imagine a more perfect place to stay in the entire Four Corners area; we can't recommend it too highly.

  • Submitted: Apr 28, 2015
  • Stayed: April 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Johnstown, CO


  • 5 of 5

My husband and I were looking for a location in the southwest part of Colorado for our honeymoon, this was the most reasonable BEST choice I ever found. Dave and Carolyn were so sweet and helpful. To my horror, I realized that there were no queen or double bed when we arrived, which the pictures on the internet clearly show twins, this was my error. Dave and Carolyn went straight to work and made our sleeping arrangements better (pushing to twins together), which worked perfectly. They were available if needed but left us two alone to enjoy ourselves. We went to Moab, Mesa Verde or just sat around the hot tub at night. My husband wants to go back there for hunting because it is in an ideal location and I secretly think he would love to finish that fire pit for Dave. lol :) Book this property it is worth it!

  • Submitted: Sep 27, 2014
  • Stayed: September 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Excellent lodging; gracious hosts and perfect location

  • 5 of 5

My family and I stayed at Monunent Canyon Ranch recently and had wonderful 6 day vacation! The property lives up to the description (I think the pictures do not do justice to how nice it really is). My husband enjoyed the workout room and hot tub... we all enjoyed the fully equipped kitchen for breakfast and dinner after long days of sight seeing in the area. The owners, Dave and Carolyn, answered all of our questions before we came and while we were there -they are wonderful! We picked this vaction home because it is close to so many sights in southeast UT and southwest CO that we wanted to see. We visited 3 National Parks (Mesa Verde, Archs and Canyonland); 2 National Monuments (Hovenweep and the 4 Corners) and numerous state parks and local sites in our 6 day vacation. The home has a couple of nice nearby diners and 24 hour groceries. BONUS: the groceries here were less expensive than nearby larger cities. The scenery was breathtaking both at the ranch and nearby with gorgeous blue skies against the red rock formations; surprising canyons with Indian ruins off of dirt roads (very close to the home) and starry night skies. If we are back in this area we would stay again not only for the hospitality of Dave and Carolyn and the wonderful lodging, but also because there is so much to do within 1-2 hours of the property.

  • Submitted: Aug 15, 2014
  • Stayed: July 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
35 Miles
Cortez, Co.
Nearest Barpub
4 Miles
Rusty's and The Frontier Bar
Nearest Golf
20 Miles
Monticello, Ut.
Nearest Motorway
1.5 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
4 Miles
Three small restaurants in Dove Creek
Nearest Ski
90 Miles
Car: necessary

Pueblo Indian ruins, hiking, fishing, hunting, sightseeing. The Four Corners Mesa Verde Pueblo Indian ruins and other smaller ones are the only place in the world where these ruins exist. Within a few miles we have The Anasazi Heritage Center, the Hovenweep Ruins, the Lowry Ruins and one ruins that is on public land but not shown on maps. We are centrally located to many other southwest attractions such as Monument Valley, Durango, Silverton, Telluride, Uray, Moab, Arches, Canyonlands and several national parks which are within a two to four hour drive. A very short drive by Southwest Colorado standards.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Our rate is $120/night for four people and $30/night for each additional person. We desire 20% to reserve the property and the remainder sometime before departure. Down payment can be made by check or PayPal ( WE DON'T TAKE CREDIT CARDS – PLEASE DON'T USE A CREDIT CARD ON VRBO. (Credit Cards have been more of a hassle than a help)

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.

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