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Rooms with a View: Bear House Near Ouray

Bedrooms 3
Half Baths1
Space 1,838 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 4 nights


About the property

The surrounds of Ouray, Colorado, located near the heart of the rugged and magnificently picturesque San Juan Mountains, is a glorious piece of paradise for adventuresome souls. This home, situated 5 miles north of town, offers a relaxing place to soak in the area’s beauty and a base to venture out to explore its wonder. We refer to this place as “Bear House,” named for the chainsaw bear sculpture welcoming you aside the front door.

Bear House sits on a shelf about 100 feet above the floor of the Idlewild valley, privately located at the end of a spur on a 1.3 acre wooded lot. The home features an inviting great room with tongue-and-groove cathedral ceilings, a spacious, well-equipped kitchen, and generous master bedroom and bath. Two additional bedrooms and an adjoining full bath occupy a partial second story. You can enjoy your meals inside on a large dining room table or outside on a wooden porch. This porch and large windows that span the northeast facing aspect—including great room, master bedroom, and upstairs bedroom—offer stunning, unimpeded views across the valley to Cutler Creek and Baldy Peak directly to the east, the Bridge of Heaven area rising sharply above Dexter Creek, and, in the distance to the north, the south rim of the Ouray amphitheater.

Located in the great room is a collection of books about the region’s history, jeeping in the area, and hiking trails, as well as trail and road maps. You’ll also find a small library of other fiction and non-fiction books, DVDs, and games. A utility room, located off the kitchen, has a washer and dryer. The property also has a 2.5 car garage to park your car and store outdoor gear.

**NOTE: We receive internet connection through a Verizon hotspot. In this rural area, cable or fiber optics are not available for internet. This option (“broadband”) is very much like using a hotspot on your cell phone, thus to supply data to the house is expensive. Because of this, we have to limit the amount of data each guest can use during their stay. Please be aware of automatic updates and notifications that might unnecessarily use your limited data.

You will only have a certain amount of data to use, and we will let you know so that you can budget your use and keep track of it how you wish. We are very sorry about this, but we of course have the same problem when we are there. There are several places in Ouray that have Wi-Fi if you need to use data. We thank you for your understanding. But if you want to spend time using data, then perhaps houses in between Ouray and Ridgway will not be suitable for your needs.

More Details

Property Manager
Sara Brant & Steve Gangestad
Member since: 2013
Speaks: english, spanish
Response time:
Within a few days
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
June 15, 2017

About Sara Brant & Steve Gangestad

We are Sara and Steve, a university researcher and professor currently residing primarily in Albuquerque, New Mexico. We have regularly recreated, relaxed, and revitalized in the Ouray area for years and, indeed, were married just off of Bear Creek trail, high above the Uncompahgre gorge south of town. We recently bought this house to spend more time in the region doing things we love, introduce our young son to the joys brought by outdoor adventure and beauty, share good times here with family and friends, and perhaps ultimately adopt this place as our primary residence. On a seasonal basis, we’re also happy to rent our home to visitors. Whether you’re just now discovering and exploring the Ouray region or, like us, have been revisiting it for years, we very much hope you enjoy your stay.

Sara Brant & Steve Gangestad purchased this house in 2012

Why Sara Brant & Steve Gangestad chose Ridgway

We had looked to buy a piece of this area for years. When we stepped into Bear House and experienced its spacious warmth, private feel, and breathtaking views, we fell in love with it.


Idlewild Estates House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1838 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • children welcome ...
  • pets not allowed ...
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Mountain View
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Fireplace ...
  • Garage ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Master Bathroom - toilet , combination tub/shower , privately located off the Master Bedroom
    Guest Bathroom - toilet , a small convenient half bath located off the living area
    Bathroom Upstairs - toilet , combination tub/shower , a 'Jack-and-Jill' bathroom serving both upstairs bedrooms
  • Each bathroom has towels, toilet paper, hair dryer, bandaids, shampoo/condition and body wash
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Master Bedroom - 1 queen
    Upstairs Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
    Upstairs Bedroom 2 - 1 bunk bed , Bottom mattress of the bunk is a double, top is a twin.
  • The Master Bedroom and Upstairs Bedroom 1 each feature three large southeast-facing windows (60+ sq ft.) looking over the Idlewild valley and into the Cimarron range east of Ouray
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • health/beauty spa
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • horseback riding
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • rafting
  • rock climbing
  • sailing
  • skiing
  • snowboarding
  • swimming
  • tennis
There is a high chair that attaches to the dining room chairs for small children. There is also a baby seat, for those children not yet walking, but can sit up and crawl around.


Exceptional! 5/5 -
(12 traveler reviews)

Rooms with a View: Bear House Near Ouray
average rating of 5.0 based on 12 reviews

Wonderful stay at a property that is handy to the Ridgway & Ouray area.

  • 5 of 5

We stayed at the "Bear House" with our friends from Loveland for 8 days. The property was a wonderful place from which we were able to enjoy the Ouray, Ridgway, Telluride, Montrose area. The property was clean and the accommodations for the 4 of us were perfect. The two main bedrooms both felt like a Master Suite, with their own bathroom and shower (one on the main floor and one upstairs). There is a 2 car garage if you want to use it, but we just parked out front with our 2 vehicles and ATVs. When we arrived, there was a very nice note with a bottle of champagne for our enjoyment.

We would highly recommend the "Bear House" to anyone that wants to spend a week or so in this beautiful part of Colorado.

  • Submitted: Sep 9, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Comfortable, Great Location, Impeccably Clean, Stunning Views

  • 5 of 5

We thoroughly enjoyed our stay at Bear House. It was a lovely, comfortable, private home in a quiet area, with beautiful views of the mountains from the multitude of windows. The home was impeccably clean and amply supplied with things you might not want to haul on vacation (e.g., spices of all sorts, grill), things you might forget (such as, butter, pencils and writing pad, CD's) and things you didn't know you needed until you got there (trail books for hiking and 4 wheeling). Sara and Steve were very accommodating, and even had suggestions for hikes suitable for our family.

Our time in the area of Ouray, Colorado was filled with thrilling adventures. We went whitewater rafting on the San Miguel River with Rigs. Apparently the end of June is also the tail end of that sport and the beginning of fly fishing. We were glad to be able to go rafting, for we all had to work together, and of course, also all got splashed with mountain snow melt together!

Then we rented 4 wheelers from Colorado Jeeps and explored the San Juan Mountains. We went to Yankee Boy Basin the first evening which offered amazing views of snow-capped mountains as well as the beautiful basin. The next day we went up the Corkscrew Trail to Hurricane Pass and then on to Engineer Pass. Another set of awesome views! Then we headed down to Stony Pass (and climbed up to a peak) and closed the day with trails by the Red Mountains. Next day we went to Ophir Pass and along the Lost Dollar Trail. Little did we know that Trip Advisor rates the Alpine Loop as the best 4 wheeling in North America! I can see why because even those new to it, (though it is not for the faint of heart or poor drivers!) can ascend to astounding views along numerous trails that are strung together. Note: We went BEFORE the fourth of July crowds.

Some of our party like hiking. Upon the recommendation of Steve, they headed for the summit of Mt. Sneffels from Yankee Boy Basin and got to about 100 feet of the top. If only they had crampons and ice picks! Those views were utterly amazing! Our last day we went to Telluride for the gondola ride and to walk around town for the shoppers of our family.

This was one of our best family vacations, and we would love to be able to return. Bear House would definitely be our first choice for accommodations!

  • Submitted: Jul 11, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: Vacation Rentals, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We're very happy to hear that you had an excellent time! Thanks for sharing your adventures. We hope you can make it back sometime. All the best, Steve and Sara
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A Superb Place !

  • 5 of 5

Bear House was absolutely perfect for a home away from home!!! Steve and Sara pretty well have all bases covered with everything you might need . We were totally impressed and loved the view and the quiet country atmosphere...

  • Submitted: Sep 29, 2015
  • Stayed: Sep 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks much! We're very glad you enjoyed your stay! All the best, Sara and Steve
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Home Away From Home

  • 5 of 5

Our family has rented from VRBO several times, but this was the first time we have truly felt at home while staying away from home. What you see in the pictures is spot-on; it is a very spacious home that is well-kept, very clean, and stocked better than any place we have ever stayed can actually leave your kitchen sink and most of your junk at home...if you choose to stay here. It is very convenient to Ouray, Telluride, Ridgway, and Montrose. There is ample parking for multiple families and multiple jeep even has a two-car garage. Try to find that in-town. We will be staying here again...if the opportunity presents itself. I know this is short and sweet, but if I truly were to write everything we loved about the place, your computer would likely shut down; suffice to know that the owner is very nice, very concerned about your comfort, and very helpful. Even though there is no A/C (like most Colorado lodging), the temperature is very easy to regulate and manage with ample windows and fans. We're from Texas...and we love our A/C LOL. Thanks for reading.

  • Submitted: Jul 14, 2015
  • Stayed: Jul 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks very much for your kind review. We're very glad to know you enjoyed your visit. And we look forward to you returning in the future! All the best, Steve and Sara
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Spencerville, IN

San Juan Mountains are Beautiful!

  • 5 of 5

Very spacious house with charming decor. Hosts were very accommodating and helpful about the area. This was our third trip to the area and the nicest place we have ever stayed. The house was well stocked, displayed gorgeous views, and had a good atlas and great information about the area. This was an ideal location for us since we head for the mountain trails, with Engineer Mountain and Imogene being our favorites. We rented a UTV RZR from Colorado West Jeep Rental in Ouray for the first time and were very pleased with their service. We also tried something new and took a rafting trip with Mild to Wild Tours which was great fun and would recommend to others.

There had been a slight misunderstanding with the owner's cleaning lady but the owner more than compensated us for any inconvenience we experienced. The owner provided exceptional service and was very prompt in contacting us. He truly went the extra mile to accommodate us and we would highly recommend the property to anyone staying in the area.

  • Submitted: Jul 3, 2015
  • Stayed: Jun 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks much for your kind review! We're very glad you enjoyed the area, and enjoyed staying at our place. Hope to see you return someday. All the best, Sara and Steve
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Chicago, IL

My New Favorite Getaway!

  • 5 of 5

I stayed at Bear House with my family just after Christmas. Even blanketed in snow this is an amazing spot. Close enough to enjoy Ouray and so many mountain trails but tucked away in a private, quiet spot with sweeping views from every room. I loved opening my eyes in the morning to be greeted by the mountains and trees. One morning we were visited by three grazing deer. The home is spacious, open, warm, cozy and clean. The kitchen very well appointed with lots of space to cook and still interact. We enjoyed soaking in the nearby steaming hot springs while the temperatures were in the teens! Interesting experience. The Vapor Caves are unique. The property owners made sure I was comfortable and had everything I needed for my stay. A wonderful place I plan on returning to many times and will recommend to anyone! I can't wait to see it in the summer!

  • Submitted: Jan 11, 2015
  • Stayed: Dec 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
35 Miles
Montrose, CO
Nearest Golf
14 Miles
Divide Ranch and Club
Nearest Motorway
2 Miles
US 550
Nearest Restaurant
5 Miles
Ouray, Colorado
Nearest Ski
45 Miles
Telluride Ski Resort
Car: necessary

Ouray is widely renowned as the Jeep Capital of America. Old mining roads, some passing historic ruins, abound in the San Juans. In winter, Ouray transforms into the Ice Climbing Capital of America, highlighted by the climbing park in the town's box canyon. The area is also well-known for its splendid hot springs, whether enjoyed at a public pool in Ouray or private resorts (such as the Wiesbaden in Ouray or Orvis Hot Springs near Ridgway).


Rates & Availability

Idlewild Estates House Rental Rates

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4 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Property Damage Protection $59
Tax Rate 4.9%

Manager's Cancellation Policy

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