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Remote and Private Mountain Log Home Getaway

Bedrooms 3
Separate WC's1
Space 1,600 sq. ft.
Property type cabin
Minimum Stay 2 - 3 nights


About the property

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

Terri Sanders
Member since: 2009
Speaks English
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
25 April, 2017

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 therefore I do not rent the cabin after late November. 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 chilly spring and fall 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. A wide variety of movies for those who like to watch movies in the eveningg as well as a varied selection of books!


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday cabin in Fort Garland in Costilla County

Property Type:
  • cabin
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 1600 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 7
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets not allowed
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome
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 ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool ...
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • Shopping
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
  • Wildlife Viewing
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • freshwater fishing
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • Rock Climbing


Excellent! 4.5/5 -
(28 traveller reviews)

Remote and Private Mountain Log Home Getaway
average rating of 4.5 based on 28 reviews

It was beautiful

  • 4 of 5

Was very warm and welcoming and our family felt right at home. It snowed off and on but it was just nice and relaxing. Terri was very nice and her dog was a joy to have around too.

  • Review Submitted: Apr 6, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Mar 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Sand Springs

Absolutely beautiful!

  • 5 of 5

We absolutely love it! Its very secluded! I would definitely rent this again! Terry is also very nice and informative!

  • Review Submitted: Mar 24, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Mar 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Loved it!!

  • 5 of 5

If you want to be wrapped in the arms of the forest, this is place for you, we loved feeding the birds and seeing wildlife, snowmobiling and snowshoeing was very enjoyable, nice peace and quiet!!

  • Review Submitted: Jan 5, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Dec 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Red Lion, PA

If you want secluded, this is it!

  • 4 of 5

This is a secluded, off-grid property; yet, it has all the comforts of home! Don't plan on going out to eat... the closest restaurant where we ate was in Alamosa which was about a 45-minute drive. We stocked up on our groceries before we arrived, and we cooked our meals in the fully-stocked kitchen. The owner joined us for our first night's dinner, and it was a lot of fun chatting with her. She was always easy to communicate with if we had any questions.

There is plenty of wildlife around... we enjoyed driving around looking for deer and elk... we even saw a coyote and some turkeys!

We loved the location, but we were looking for some quiet time, and that is what we got!

  • Review Submitted: Oct 11, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great off the grid get away!

  • 4 of 5

We enjoyed our stay very much! The cabin was very comfortable with 3 perfect decks to chose from to enjoy your morning coffee with fresh mountain air, and an air show put on by the hummingbirds. Saw plenty of wildlife and beautiful scenery.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 16, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
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The area was very quite and peaceful .

  • 3 of 5

Our over all experience was very good . We enjoyed hiking and exploring the area .

  • Review Submitted: Aug 12, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
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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
Nearest Ski
80 Miles
Wolf Creek Pass

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 Fort Garland, USA

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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