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San Juan Cottage

Keith

San Juan Cottage

10 guests
3 bedrooms
4 beds
1.5 baths
10 guests
3 bedrooms
4 beds
1.5 baths

The space

Located on a scenic hillside, this cottage gives incredible views of distant Broken Point Mountain and other mountains close to the Chimney Rock area. 8,000 ft. Mount Wilson sits close by. The San Juan National Forest wraps around the property, providing wonderful views and miles of hiking trails through rugged and beautiful mountain country.

We discovered the piece of land in Pagosa Springs in 2007 and fell in love with the spot. We love rugged, natural out-in-the-woods country, and that's what this spot offers. We didn't want the feel of a neighborhood, with mowed lawns and neighbors just over a fence. We wanted to be out where we could really feel like mountain folks...where real Colorado people lived. We built the cottage on the property during 2010 and 2011, and just completed little finish items during the summer of 2012. We love spending time there; it's a little bit of heaven there for us, partly because of the wonderful climate and partly because it truly is a peaceful, natural woodsy retreat for us to escape to.

The cottage is located at the entrance to the San Juan National Forest; just climb on up the hill to the back of our property and you're in the forest. You'll be amazed at the rugged beauty as you climb the gently sloping trails going up from the cabin. We think it's some of the most beautiful countryside you'll find anywhere in the area ! And you can hike and explore for many miles north in the San Juan. Due north from the cottage you reach the Weminuche Wilderness, the largest wilderness area in the state, if not the nation. It's wonderful country!

Our cottage is between Pagosa Springs and Durango, which places it ideally for all kinds of day trips and excursions. Go west to Durango for all kinds of restaurants, shopping and sight-seeing. Drive six miles and visit Chimney Rock. Go East and visit Pagosa, then branch out from there to Wolfcreek, Creede, or a wide variety of daytrips into the mountains. The combined areas around Durango and Pagosa offer an incredible variety of experiences and sightseeing.

Being close to both Pagosa Springs and Durango, this cottage gives you a wide range of choices. Durango is an exciting small city that is packed with entertainment, cultural, shopping and sightseeing spots; it was chosen this year as one of Smithsonian Magazine's Top 20 Small Towns in the U.S. It offers amazing river rafting, hiking, and biking; and it's homebase for the narrow gauge train that travels to Silverton in the Continental Divide mountains. Pagosa Springs, on the other hand, is a charming, quaint little village with wonderful hot springs, incredible views, and the warmth/friendliness that only a tiny Colorado town can give. Pagosa is the gateway to a whole variety of daytrips in the mountains: Wolfcreek, Creede, Williams Lake and the Weminuche Wilderness...the largest wilderness area in the state of Colorado. Before you go to Pagosa you need to be warned that many of the current residents passed through there on vacation and decided right away to move to Pagosa. It's habit forming! And if you love historic sites, you're in luck. The cottage is near two of the most notable Pueblo ruin sites in the country. Chimney Rock--the Pueblo ruins recently designated a national monument--is just six miles from the cottage and offers a full day of hiking, guided tours of the ruins, and marveling at the scenery from the top of a splendid mountain peak. Mesa Verde is near Durango and is one of the most visited Pueblo ruins in the country.

Amenities

Air conditioning
Heating
TV
Free parking on premises
Kitchen

House Rules

Cottage contains king-size bed in master upstairs bedroom, queen bed in one of downstairs bedrooms, queen sleeper sofa in the other downstairs bedroom, and a queen sleeper sofa in the living area, with two inflatable rubber single beds.

There are three parking areas, with space for 4-5 autos. In winter a four-wheel drive is recommended, as the drive is somewhat steep. Recent guests who stayed there in the snow simply parked in the lower part of the drive and said they did fine, but a four-wheel drive will let you drive on up to the top level by the cabin.

Call us if you have other questions. Our caretakers Chris and Lisa live just a short distance from the cottage, and they're great to help if you need anything.
The front door has a keypad; I'll give you the code when we talk by telephone.

Availability

10 Reviews

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Sam
January 2017
Absolutely perfect place to stay! Like heaven on earth, lots of wild animals, beautiful scenery and the best location in all of Pagosa!
Kathy User Profile
Kathy
March 2016
Keith was a wonderful host, making us feel welcome even before we arrived. The cabin was beautiful, spacious, and everything we had hoped for, especially the deck. The area surrounding was incredible. We hiked, sledded and enjoyed feeding the birds from the back porch. The re…
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Erik
February 2016
The owner was in constant communication whenever needed. The caretaker of the cabin lives minutes away and was absolutely fantastic. We arrived in Denver Airport and Alamo gave away our 4x4 so we were stuck with a front wheel drive Altima. Two things, the caretaker came and got u…
Catherine User Profile
Catherine
February 2015
The house was just as pictured and described. Very clean, cozy and comfortable. Keith was helpful and responsive to all questions. The hike up the mountain behind the house is great. We were there in time for an unexpectedly heavy snowstorm, which made it even more beautiful …
Jessica User Profile
Jessica
February 2015
Keith was very responsive to every question I had. He made us feel welcome and cared for. The house was airy and filled with light. The kids loved feeding the birds and then watching them. The porch is lovely, with a nice view. The kitchen was well equipped, and the beds were ver…
Alex User Profile
Alex
February 2015
Another perfect stay at the San Juan Cottage! This was my second second time staying at the cottage and it was even better than my first. The location is excellent for trips to Durango and all that SW Colorado has to offer. Downtown Pagosa Springs is nearby, as well as Wolf Cr…
Paula User Profile
Paula
January 2015
This was such a great experience. We loved staying at the San Juan Cottage. The host described the cabin perfectly and it had many amenities. Will definitely stay at San Juan again. Fantastic!!
Keith User Profile
Response from Keith:
Paula and her family were the perfect guests....they were great and communicating with us and working out details. I can't imagine more considerate and thoughtful guests. We'd love to have them back in the future.
January 2015

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Tulsa, Oklahoma, United StatesJoined in January 2013
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We're Glenda & Keith Huckabay of Tulsa, Oklahoma, where we've lived for 25 year...but we love Colorado and love exploring around in small Colorado towns and the Colorado mountains. We're both semi-retired now; Glenda managed large call centers until a couple of years ago, and …
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