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Terri Sanders

Member since: 2009
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Remote and Private Mountain Log Home Getaway

21 Reviews
Bedrooms 3
Separate WC's1
Property type cabin
Minimum Stay 2 - 3 nights

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Photos and Description of this 3 bedroom holiday cabin in Colorado - Sangre De Cristo Mtn Cabin

Cabin, 3 Bedrooms + Loft, 1.5 Baths, (Sleeps 7)

Nestled in the dense forests of the Sangre de Cristo Range of Colorado's Rocky Mountains. Off I-25 west of Walsenburg and east of Ft.Garland, Forbes Park is a private gated community encompassing over 13000 acres of fenced and protected land. Over 5000 acres of which is commons land, preserved for residents use and can never be built on or developed. Our cabin is located approximately 13 miles into the rear of the park on a well maintained dirt road. A short walk to the San Isabel National Forest Trail head. Far from 'all' the civilized world's distractions. We offer birding, hiking, and wildlife viewing. Miles of cross country skiing and snowmobiling from the front door on seldom plowed roads and old logging trails, which we seldom see anyone on for most of the winter months.

Off the grid, total solar, not even 'connected' to the world.

Abundant wildlife, including Elk, Deer, Bear, Porcupine, Bobcat, Turkey, and Mountain Lion, all of which have been observed 'on' the property. Interested in the bull elk you saw? Not here, but you can meet him on his turf just up the trail and into the National Forest. Hunting is permitted there and we know the folks you need to know for assistance with game ventures during the seasons. NOTE: Forbes Park Landowners Association restricts access to the national forest from the park. All Colorado hunting regulations are supported and enforced! Absolutely no hunting or discharging of any weapon is allowed within the boundries of Forbes Park! A copy of these rules/regs furnished upon request.

Constant comfort at 10,000 feet, during the winter, provided by a very efficient wood burning heater. During the summer it is so cool you will need to wear long sleeves, maybe a sweater, at night with the windows open. Light snows can surprise you at anytime, even during the summer months.

Seven years now and we still are grabbing our book to identify new birds on our porch feeders. You can literally approach and 'touch' our Hummingbirds. We have photos of the hummers perched on our fingers. We have Gray Jays that will perch on your knee and eat from your hands. Our occasional bear visitors (no Grizzlys) are much more shy than the birds. They don't normally approach anywhere near if anyone is out and about. Bear sightings are very rare but increasing in frequency. We have photos of them, which we took from the porch, early one morning, while sitting quietly sipping our tea. Cougar sightings are extremely rare, but I have, along with several guests, observed a large cougar walking through the back yard.

Winters are not for words. Words will never describe the beauty of these mountains following a heavy snow. Never worry, first light, following moderate to heavy snows, and our snow plows are already on their way up the roads. We also own a Skidsteer for plowing the driveway . Our home owners association contracts out properly maintained snow removal in excess of six inches. Occupied roads, such as ours are kept clear year round, but would it be BAD to get snowed in for a day? It does happen! Besides, most guests will already be out on our snow mobiles riding the miles of seldom plowed 'back' roads and trails which join the back of our property. We have ridden on snows well over four feet in depth from the back of the property. Kids will play tirelessly, all day on paths we plow for their sleds. You won't have any trouble getting them into bed at night, leaving you time for some Caveman television! Winter play will bring out the kid in anyone and you will not want to leave here.

Three bedrooms and a sleeping loft, can accommodate 7 (max.) persons. We live on-site to better serve our guests and assist with unexpected needs, especially during the winter months. We can 'disappear' upon request. We do stay out of your way, in our basement apartment unless invited .

Winter visitors flying in, especially during the winter months, are encouraged to purchase airline tickets that can be changed, because of the threat of heavy snow storms at any time.

Standard Check-in: 4:00 PM, check-out: 11:00 AM. We try to avoid back to back reservations, so that we can be flexible either way with check-in, check-out times. An all wheel drive or 4 wheel drive car is a necessity from November-May.

There is an abundance of historical and tourist attractions within a couple of hours of the cabin. Ft.Garland's Pioneer Village, Great Sand Dunes National Park, Zapata Falls, San Luis' Stations of the Cross, San Luis itself, plenty of local museums and other places of interest.

Keywords: mountain retreat,Log Cabin, secluded, hiking, mountain biking, birding, backpacking, snow mobiling, sledding, skiing, elk hunting, deer hunting, fishing, rock climbing. Peace and quiet, solitude star gazing.This is my home,when I do not have guests I live there.If you are uncomfortable with my personal belongings being on the walls,or in the cabin,then this place is not for you.I have an apartment in the basement I stay in when I have guests.

More Details
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Terri Sanders (Owner)
Member since: 2009
Call Owner
Speaks English

About Terri Sanders

I was born in southern Colorado leaving when I was 10 and spending most of the next 45 years in Northwest Florida .

The cabin is a custom built log home. There is a cozy but very efficient wood burning stove for heat.. I have spent many sub-zero temperature nights in the cabin and stayed very comfortable. . I don't feel inconvenienced when 'occasionally' stranded for a day, until the snow plow clears our road. I am a First Responder so help if needed is close. I am totally off the grid with solar power so conserving electricity is important as is conserving water.

Terri Sanders purchased this cabin in 2006

Why Terri Sanders chose Colorado

The property is very secure yet well isolated from other homes. We wanted a place remote and private yet with road maintenance and snow removal. We wanted the best of both the civilized and the uncivilized worlds. We are so remote most of the wildlife is near tame and we can hand feed the birds including the hummingbirds. We keep our snowmobiles on site as we access the back roads and trails from our front door. We also own, and keep on site a skid steer snow blower large enough to clear trails for our guest to cross country ski, hike or snowmobile. NOTE: Winter months often come with challenging road conditions at our altitude. Although our HOA plows the roads after all substantial snows, four/all wheel drive or snow chains are often required. Summers we hike and mountain bike primarily on the trails of San Isabel National Forest, a 20 minute walk from the front door.

What makes this cabin unique

We spend a great deal of time watching 'caveman' television, 'the fire', during the heavy snow months! . We also are guilty of feeding the wildlife (birds) and watching them, especially the hummingbirds. We have photos of them perched on our fingers. We do a great deal of walking on and around the property. We occasionally join with other locals for an extended day hike. Winter 'snow' months we ride the snowmobiles and sleds on the back roads which we access from the back of the property. A wide variety of movies for those who like to watch movies in the eveningg as well as a varied selection of books!

Winter months require 4 wheel drive vehicles. If you choose to book without having a 4 wheel drive and cannot get in or get out there are no refunds. The snow plow runs when there is 6 inches or more of snow on the roads. However it does not run while it is snowing.


based on 21 holidaymaker reviews

Remote and Private Mountain Log Home Getaway
average rating of 4.6190476 based on 21 reviews

Fabulous log cabin retreat!

  • 5 of 5

This place is delightful with all the amenities you need. Beautiful and peaceful. I highly recommend this place to my family and friends. I hope to be back some day. Note that this is place is very remote so bring in what you need to eat/drink and plan your meals accordingly. Loved the wood burning hot tub and the million of stars at night.

  • Review Submitted: Sep 16, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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Great for Nature Lovers

  • 5 of 5

The location alone is worth 5 stars. The dirt roads in early September were in good condition even after a light rain. The turn-off from Highway 160 is well marked onto Road 25 (not 6). We saw about a dozen deer and lots of wild turkeys and prairie dogs along the roads in Forbes Park during our 2-day stay. We saw a couple of deer from the upstairs balcony of the cabin. There were also chipmunks, rabbits, lots of hummingbirds, Steller’s Jays and numerous other birds visible from the cabin. Power is provided by solar array and wind turbine, with a backup generator. We had no problems with electricity or water supply. Cabin has a refrigerator, microwave and gas stove as well as a wood burning stove. Pots, pans and a coffee pot are provided. The entryway stairs are steep and were a bit of a challenge for our aging knees. Terri was very helpful in explaining everything and giving us hiking directions. Overall it was an extremely enjoyable stay in a comfortable, roomy cabin. We’re already looking forward to our next stay.

  • Review Submitted: Sep 7, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Very private and remote

  • 5 of 5

We had a wonderful time in this cabin. There were five of us and the home accommodated us perfectly. I was able to enjoy the sound and smell of falling rain on Saturday without getting wet due to the covered porches all throughout the house. The power did go out and we had to find the generator - Terri's instructions were that it is out the door and to the left - but should include that it's in front of the hot tub as it took us about 10 minutes to find it since we thought it was right outside the door and it was already dark. We also had the water stop running our first night but fortunately were able to get it hooked up to the battery and never had an issue. Minor things considering that this home is off the grid and we're all city folk!! LOL. The directions I received said to take Highway 6 which we never did find so I don't know if there is a back way in or what but we did find our way with little error. The drive into Forbes Park is on a pretty well maintained dirt road and is absolutely stunning!! We saw plenty of deer, wild turkeys and even a porcupine!! Terri has hummingbird feeders all over outside and it was so nice to wake up to hummingbirds right outside the window. There is a nice stream out behind the house and a fire pit area that we enjoyed our first night. All in all, this was the perfect getaway and I am pretty sure we will be back again next summer!!

  • Review Submitted: Aug 5, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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LaSalle CO

Family time off the grid

  • 4 of 5

Our family of 7 stated recently and were very impressed by our stay. We have nearby vacant property and wanted a place to take shelter for a week of four wheeling and exploring. The house was simple, thoughtful, and welcoming. There is no electricity, but a cozy fireplace for heating. No cable or phone, but great movies, music, and games. All of the comforts needed to create the perfect family reconnecting vacation. And the hummingbirds playing around each of the 3 walk out balconies, were just delightful. We will be back next year!

  • Review Submitted: Jul 29, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: I think they meant off the grid instead of no electricity....we do have electricity...thanks for the review...
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Wichita KS


  • 5 of 5

This is a wonderful home which is most accurately described as remote. It is a comfortable home that is charming and well appointed. I would recommend this home for people wanting to be in a natural mountain setting. It is remote, so don't stay here if you're looking for places to shop and dine out. Don't arrive in a Corvette as there is a long gravel road to travel from the park gate to the home. It's perfect if you want to hike and just relax in the deep mountains. The owner stays in an apartment in the basement and leaves you alone unless you invite her in, which I would suggest, as she's fun and interesting. Great place for families. I would recommend this to family and friends. We'll definitely stay here again.

  • Review Submitted: Sep 22, 2014
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Wonderful Experience

  • 5 of 5

When the house was advertised as off the grid they really mean it. solar and wind powered with a back up generater. WAter from a stream and a sistern that had been purified thrice. It was a beautiful three story home set back away from everything. It was everything that we were looking for and more. I defintly plan on going back.

  • Review Submitted: Sep 9, 2014
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
50 Miles
Alamosa, Colorado
Nearest Barpub
30 Miles
Ft. Garland has a liquor store
Nearest Train
13 Miles
The Forbes Park Gate
Nearest Restaurant
30 Miles
Ft. Garland

Please do not try and GPS this address or use Google Earth. You will most likely get lost. From Highway 160 you will turn south on County road 25.Cross railroad tracks turn left. Go to Forbes Gate and enter gate code you are given by me before check in.. This is Forbes Road. Go about 10 miles to Forbes LOOP Road and turn right. Go about 2 miles to Purnell Lane and turn right. Go .5 mile to my driveway on the right marked by an American flag and Colorado flag. Go in the red door and up the stairs. Stair light switch is on your left.The house is not locked.


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday cabin in Cuchara, Southeast Colorado

Rental Basis:
per property
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event Price
Hunting Season Pkgs.
15 Sep - 30 Oct
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Winter Season and Holidays.
1 Nov - 15 Feb
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday cabin in Colorado, USA

Property Type:
  • cabin
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 1600 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Mountain View ...
  • Ski-In
  • Ski-Out
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Heating ...
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Mobile Phone ...
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer
  • Towels Provided
  • Wood Stove
  • Catering Available
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • 1 Separate WC
  • Bathroom 1 -
  • 1.5+
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 7
  • Queen size Beds (1), Double Beds (1), Twin or Single Beds (3),
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Music Library
  • Toys
  • Video Library ...
  • Balcony ...
  • Terrace
  • Barbecue
  • Ski & Snowboard ...
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool ...
  • recreation centre
Leisure Activities:
  • antique hunting
  • bird watching
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
  • Wildlife Viewing
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • Cross Country Skiing
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • Rock Climbing
  • Snowboarding
  • Snowmobiling

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