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Secluded And Peaceful River View Retreat

33 Reviews
Bedrooms 1
Property type apartment
Minimum Stay 3 - 6 nights

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Minimum Stay
3 - 6 nights


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Apartment, 1 Bedroom, 1 Bath (Sleeps 2-4)

A River Runs By It! This lovely property is located directly on the upper river bank, offering gorgeous views and the gentle sounds of the Pine River. A pretty hiking trail climbs gently to an outlook for views of Vallecito Lake and the mountains. Boating, bike riding, hiking and barbequing from the deck are just a few of the wonderful activities that can be enjoyed from your private paradise in the pines. If you enjoy fishing, some of the best fly fishing in southern Colorado is just a 5-10 walk from your front door to your own private fishing spot on the Pine river. You are only minutes away from Vallecito Lake and the town of Durango has some of the best river rafting and mountain biking in Colorado. Durango is only a thirty minute drive along a beautiful, winding country road, where you are bound to see elk and deer on the rolling hillsides.

This newly built guest quarters was designed for your comfort, convenience, and for the best views! The upper deck is directly off the main floor for relaxing and grilling. With all this available from your quarters; views, flowing water, hiking and hills, you may never need to get in your car! But if you do, in addition to all that Vallecito Lake and Durango offers, your retreat borders the Weminuche Wilderness, the largest in the state of Colorado. Here, you can enjoy beautiful hikes in the forest.

If you want more… Pagosa Springs is a magnificent and scenic sixty mile drive where you can soak in sulfur hot springs.

* Due to the quiet and serene nature of this property please no Harley Davidsons or guns.

More Details
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
  • wheelchair inaccessible

Chris Zoll
Member since: 2013
Speaks: english
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Calendar last updated:
October 10, 2016
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About Chris Zoll

I have lived in two of the nicest places in the world! born in Hawaii moving to Durango when I was 15. I have travelled the world but Durango is still at the top of my list. I am an outdoor enthusiast (always a mountain bike on the back of my car).

Chris Zoll purchased this apartment in 2004

Why Chris Zoll chose Southwestern Colorado

I chose this property on the river bank, and built my home and the guest quarters for best views, and it turned out to be better than I could have imagined!

What makes this apartment unique

This unique 3 acre property is at the end of a private road. It's such a wonderful spot that sometimes the best way to spend the day is on the deck, in the hammock with a good book, listening to the sounds of the river.

Plus, the owner offers guided mountain biking trips for those interested in exploring some of the best trails in Colorado!


based on 33 traveler reviews

Secluded And Peaceful River View Retreat
average rating of 4.878788 based on 33 reviews


  • 5 of 5

The property was very clean and attractive. Chris was a gracious host. He was able to give tips on nearby attractions. It was very pretty and quiet and I would use this property in the future.

  • Submitted: Aug 15, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Perfect getaway!

  • 5 of 5

Chris is an excellent host and his hospitality was very much appreciated. Stunning views of the river and lots of space to let loose and have fun outside. The cabin overall is very nice and we'll taken care of. We've stayed here in Vallecitos before at a different cabin and it was run down and our stay wasn't as pleasant as. Thank you Chris' for hard work and letting us stay at your place!

  • Submitted: Aug 7, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for the very nice review, It was great having you here and sharing the beautiful place I live with someone that appreciates it as much as we do.
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Nice accomodations in a lovely setting.

  • 5 of 5

Not luxurious but very nice accomodations. The apartment was spacious for the two of us but holds 4. Well appointed kitchen. The grounds are in a mature Ponderosa pine forest with nearby cabin homes. The grounds overlook the Pine river which is beautiful. A bit of it can be seen from the patio. Very pet friendly. The owners were gracious and helpful but not intrusive. There is about a 1/4 mile of river available for fishing. The Pine is larger than I expected and requires chest waders and wading pole to fish. Still one cannot cross the river due to depth and current. It was running over 600 cps compared to the Animas which was just over 400 cps. I couldn't cover the river adequately due to depth, width and current. There is a lot of nearby hiking. An easy 2.7 mile hike up the Pine above Vallecito reservoir gets one to the Weminuche wilderness and good fishing. One can also take a moderate 3 mile hike up the Vallecito creek to arrive at many very nice pools for fishing. Both hikes are beautiful and the trails are good. One can also fish in the Vallecito reservoir or nearby Lemon reservoir. It is a 30 minute scenic drive to Durango where there is fishing on the Animas including a gold label area. There are 2 good nearby restaurants on Vallecito reservoir which is about a mile from the property. Very good restaurants are found in Durango. The owners gave us good tips on dining. Spectacular mountain scenery can be seen on the drive or train ride from Durango to Silverton. We loved the "Soaring" zip line adventure accessed by narrow gauge railroad from Durango.

  • Submitted: Aug 2, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your review. The river was running a bit higher this summer as we have had some good rains! It's good to hear the zip-line was worth the visit and hope to ride the train up to check it out in the future. Chris
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Clean and Quiet

  • 5 of 5

You will not be disappointed if you are looking for a peaceful, quiet, relaxing place to stay during vacation. The accommodations are very clean and well kept. The short walk down to the river is a nice morning and evening walk. There are also several nice hiking trails nearby. Durango is a pleasant 30 minute drive away.

  • Submitted: Aug 1, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Very nice, quiet place!

  • 5 of 5

Thoroughly enjoyed our visit to the area and the rental property was immaculately kept. Very nicely decorated and homey. I would recommend this property to anyone who is coming to this area!

  • Submitted: Jul 25, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for taking your time to write that review. We really do appreciate it. Glad you enjoyed your stay. -Chris and Marisa
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Heavenly honeymoon

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I stayed at Chris's place to get away from the big city and relax after a big wedding. It was perfect!! We were greeted by Chris and he was more than accommodating to help us with directions and local favorites for all of the activities we had planned. About 10 minutes away from Vallacito Lake, it was an ideal place to go kayaking, hiking, mountain biking or just stroll around Durango. The cabin is nestled in a woodsy subdivision and the sound of the nearby river fills the air. The apartment is spacious and open and we had plenty of room to house all of our equipment. We had an amazing time and will definitely be going back, next time with our dog.

  • Submitted: Sep 24, 2015
  • Stayed: Sep 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
18 Miles
Nearest Barpub
2.5 Miles
Pura Vida
Nearest Golf
18 Miles
Nearest Train
15 Miles
Durango narrow guage scenic train
Nearest Motorway
1 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
2.5 Miles
Pura Vida Cafe
Nearest Ski
45 Miles
Durango Mountain Resort
Nearest Beach
1 Miles
Vallecito lake
Car: necessary

Located on the edge of the San Juan National Forest. Overlooking the Pine River, 10 minutes from Vallecito lake, 30 minutes from Durango. Fly fishing, Mountain Biking, Hiking are just a few of the many things to take advantage of in the area.


Rates & Availability

Bayfield Apartment Rental Rates

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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
4th of July week
Jul 1 2017 - Jul 7 2017
6 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

cleaning $55
Pet Fee $60
Tax Rate 6.8%

Check in time 3pm check out time is 10am

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
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Bayfield Apartment Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • apartment
  • floor 2
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 800 sq. ft.
  • 2 stories
Location Type:
  • Monument View
  • Mountain View ...
  • Water View ...
  • Waterfront
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Heating ...
  • Internet
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower
  • All tile shower and sink
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
  • Queen size bed, large closet, Dresser
  • Books
  • DVD Player ...
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Balcony ...
  • Deck / Patio
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • churches
  • library
  • marina
  • restaurants
  • ruins
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • horseshoes
  • miniature golf
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • 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
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hot air ballooning
  • hunting
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • pier fishing
  • rafting
  • rock climbing
  • sailing
  • ski lift privileges
  • skiing
  • snowmobiling
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • whitewater rafting
  • wind-surfing
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