Off-Grid A-Frame Cabin Nestled 8,400' in CO Mtns

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Entire chalet hosted by Andrew & Yesenia

  1. 4 guests
  2. 1 bedroom
  3. 2 beds
  4. 1 bath
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Relax & reconnect with nature in our off-grid, 100% solar & wind powered A-Frame cabin set 8,400' high in the beautiful foothills of the Wet Mountains! Enjoy awe-inspiring views of the night sky, dramatic sunrises/sunsets, & quiet not found in the city. Retreat in the uniqueness of our A-Frame cabin with a loft, queen size bed, full bath w/ claw foot tub, full kitchen, & large deck for stargazing/yoga/chill time.

Unplug from life's craziness, relax & enjoy it!

P.S. We're cannabis friendly! 🤩

The space
Our off-grid A-Frame cabin, the Red A Chalet, gives you the opportunity to experience awe-inspiring views of the Milky Way with light so bright it can cast a shadow! You'll enjoy constellations not able to be seen anywhere near a city, innumerable stars, and full moons so bright you can read a book under its light. If you cannot recall the last time you saw unpolluted skies, be prepared to be overwhelmed. Our local community is one of only a few, certified Dark Skies locales (& the highest) in the world. In the nearest town of Westcliffe, you can schedule a private evening at the Smokey Jack Observatory for even more dramatic stargazing.

In addition to experiencing the wonders of the night sky, you will relax and hear the sounds of nature. With around 260 sunny days, you are likely to wake up to bright blue skies, and birds singing songs. You may even be lucky enough to see one of our local eagles, falcons, or hawks circling the skies (we provide binoculars for use during your stay). Or you might see our local mule deer herd, which can be as large as 40, eating grass right outside the cabin. You can also walk to the front of our 10 acre property for beautiful views of the Sangre de Cristo mountains from a newly built wood deck.

Our vision is to have an experience that integrates the simplicity of our natural surroundings with low impact living. The property is a continual work in progress converting a former animal ranch to a sustainable vacation rental. Therefore, you may see ongoing projects (any potential disturbances would certainly be paused for your stay) on the property, such as the building of our new geodesic dome, or other home renovations.

As the A-Frame is powered by 100% renewable energy via solar panels and a wind turbine, all electricity is available per the power generated by the sun on any given day and/or as the wind decides to blow. While we have a relatively large solar array & battery system, the amount of electricity can range from essentially unlimited during high sun periods, to a small trickle or even none on very cloudy or stormy days. We obtain running water from our well, which is also powered by solar, as is our water heater. We have a secondary vintage hand pump well (good for workouts and relating to your grandparents) 😉 for any instance in which water is required and none is available in the house.

You can view your stay here as a traditional cabin that has the added luxuries of modern living when the Sun and Wind decides it to be the case. ;)

If you cannot be without the 'creature comforts' of the city, we highly advise against booking with us. Staying out here in the off-grid mountains means being willing to adapt to changes, in rarer situations like extreme weather and limited amenities, as part of the experience.

Please be sure to be prepared for adverse weather and limited/no power as a worst case scenario. Your stay will be an experience in living in accordance with nature and this can be a challenge to some, especially if there is an expectation of unlimited power and on-grid climate control settings (aka no air conditioning!😉). Also, please note that power availability into the night via battery power is much more limited during the Winter when the sun sets ~4:20 vs as late as ~9pm in the Summer, ie shorter days mean there is less time for the sun to charge the batteries. If you have any questions about a potential stay, please do not hesitate to contact us directly and we will be more than happy to assist! :)

The cabin is comprised of a full bath, kitchen, living room, bedroom loft, and an extra large deck for stargazing, meditating/yoga, eating outside, and just general chilling. The bathroom has just been renovated and consists of a refinished antique claw foot bathtub with shower handle, new low flow Toto toilet with heated seat, and new Duravit sink. The kitchen contains an ultra high-efficiency Blomberg frig with freezer, a small energy efficient Wolfgang Puck countertop oven, two burner electric stovetop (primarily for use during sunlight hours), Mr. Coffee espresso machine, french press, Berkey water filter, and kitchen sink. We also have an all-in-one LG washer/dryer for clothes cleaning. Outside, we have a Weber charcoal grill for use except for periods of county wide burn bans or some of our very high wind days. And for backup purposes, we have a two-burner propane camping stove when electricity is not available for cooking, for which we provide the propane.

The living room has a wood burning stove, which is the primary heat source for the cabin and will be invaluable on cold days and nights (so will extra warm clothes and blankets). You can also do simple cooking/warming up of food with our iron skillets on top of the wood stove itself. We will provide you with wood during your stay to help keep you cozy, except for the Summer months.

There is also a full size convertible sleeper sofa with soft linens and two extra pillows, and a 46" energy efficient LED LCD tv with standard and mini-hdmi cables for connecting devices. You can also stream directly from your device using our Chromecast device. You can also listen to our vast collection of vinyl on our record player. We also provide a small Bluetooth radio/speaker for your use.

We do have internet with speeds of around 5-10Mb/s. However, there is no reliable cell service at the A-Frame and the closest, reliable cell service is located in the town of Westcliffe (~25min drive), including free public wifi on Main St and at the Library. Our neighbor has a land line that can be used for emergency situations.

The bedroom is accessed by a narrow staircase, originally from a boat's cabin. The loft bedroom has a queen sized Tuft & Needle memory foam mattress for relaxing into a quiet night's sleep.

Lastly, please note that we do not charge a cleaning fee, unlike most Airbnb rentals. We simply ask that you clean up after yourself and leave the cabin as you found it, meaning putting things back in their place and wiping surfaces/floors of excessive food crumbs and stains. However, we do not require washing of any linens and towels, they can all be left in their place. We simply ask that you keep this in mind when booking a stay as the cabin is actually our home when not renting. Thank you! 🤗

Where you'll sleep

Bedroom
1 queen bed
Living room
1 sofa bed

What this place offers

Mountain view
Kitchen
Wifi
Free driveway parking on premises
42" HDTV with Chromecast
Free washer – In unit
Free dryer – In unit
Bathtub
Private patio or balcony
Unavailable: Carbon monoxide alarm

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Where you’ll be

Westcliffe, Colorado, United States

Our closest neighbor is about 300 yards away and his property can be seen from directly off our deck. He has been the best thing that has happened to us since moving out to the mountains. He, like many other people out here, have yards full of equipment, storage, back-hoes, cars, etc...so please do not expect to be in complete secluded wilderness. We are an experience in a very rare, off grid rural community where people actually live. The local area is relatively rugged where you have to connect and rely on each other as a small community.

For hiking/walking, you can walk the local dirt roads, which seem more like wide trails since cars are so infrequent. You can also hike to the top of the mountain (~900ft) right across the street from us, via a neighbor's vacant property, and see one of the most majestic 360 degree mountain views in Colorado, including a number of the highest peaks in the state. Additionally, there are large number public hiking trails, most of which are on National Forrest land, within a 20-45min drive.

Hosted by Andrew & Yesenia

  1. Joined in January 2013
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We live off the grid in the peaceful and awe-inspiring Southern Rockies just outside of Westcliffe, CO. We previously rented our property in San Antonio, TX, hosting over 150 guests from all over the world. We could not enjoy our Airbnb experiences more, which inspired our move to the mountains to rent our A-Frame cabin.

We have previously lived in Mexico and in Washington DC. We love to travel and always avoid chain hotels for the independent b&b experience. Simply put, we love good times, our dog, positive energy, and a peaceful existence with the world around us. : )
We live off the grid in the peaceful and awe-inspiring Southern Rockies just outside of Westcliffe, CO. We previously rented our property in San Antonio, TX, hosting over 150 gues…

During your stay

We almost always will meet you at check-in for a quick outside tour and provide an overview of what to expect during your stay.

During most stays we will be on the other side of our 10-acre property staying in our retro trailer. When we are on the property we will certainly provide you with your privacy but are always happy to make ourselves available if assistance is needed.

Other times we may take the opportunity to travel ourselves and will provide you with all the necessary information for a self check-in.

Our number one priority as hosts is to bring you a memorable, clean, and relaxing space for your stay. And our goal for guest interactions is to introduce ourselves at arrival whenever we can and always be accessible for questions and advice whenever we can be of help. So you may not see us, but we are always at your service. :)
We almost always will meet you at check-in for a quick outside tour and provide an overview of what to expect during your stay.

During most stays we will be on the othe…

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Things to know

House rules

Check-in: After 4:00 PM
Checkout: 12:00 PM
No smoking
No pets
No parties or events

Health & safety

Airbnb's COVID-19 safety practices apply
No carbon monoxide alarm
May encounter potentially dangerous animal
Smoke alarm

Cancellation policy