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Amazing Views & Solitude, 7 Miles from Downtown

Bedrooms 3
Space 680 sq. ft.
Property type cabin
Minimum Stay 2 - 4 nights
Popular Features
  • Internet
  • Washing Machine
  • Parking
  • non smoking only
  • Barbecue
  • children welcome


About the property

Amazing Views & Solitude, 7 Miles from Downtown

**If you read in the reviews that the water is smelly, well, that issue has been fixed with a new treatment system. NO MORE SMELLY WATER!!!

The Red Barn Retreat is located 7 miles from downtown Durango and 20 miles from Durango-La Plata County Airport. It sits at 7,333 feet on 35 acres of a 200 acre conservation easement offering amazing La Plata Mountain views, abundant wildlife and almost complete seclusion with easy access to town and amentities. Built in 2012, the Red Barn Retreat features rustic reclaimed barn wood and a rusted metal roof to give a genuine barn feel just without the hay and cow pies! You can gaze for hours at Silver Mountain from the second story deck, the chair lift swing or the new stone fire pit*. Or lounge in a hammock in the Oak Room, a shady private oasis under a gambel oak grove located just to the east of the driveway.

Inside, the three level living space features charming shabby sheik decor. There is a bedroom with a queen bed, a fun loft accessed via ladder with a double bed and a bunk bed downstairs. The open concept kitchen includes a large refrigerator/freezer, dish washer, oven and cook top, microwave, coffee maker and seating for six. Living room adjoins the kitchen offering big views of the mountains and a wood burning stove the keeps you toasty warm in the winter in addition to heaters in every room. Bathroom has a tub and shower. There is Wifi to stay connected to the world and no TV to stay connected with each other! Lots of games and books when you're not spending time outdoors. Washer and dryer downstairs. No air conditioning.

*When visiting in the winter, we recommend that you have good snow tires and front wheel or four wheel drive (true for any Colorado winter driving!). The Red Barn is located just 1/4 mi off highway 160 but there is a bit of an incline at the beginning of the road which, when covered with snow could be tricky in a rear wheel drive vehicle. The road will be plowed whenever it snows.

Durango has much to offer including four nearby ski areas:

- Hesperus Ski Area (5.8 mi, small but fun)

- Purgatory at Durango Mountain Resort (34 mi, excellent winter skiing and tons of fun summer activities too)

- Wolf Creek Ski Area (90 mi)

- Telluride Ski Resort (102 mi)

Durango is also famous for our Durango & Siverton Narrow Gauge Railroad (7 mi) and many bike races such as the annual Iron Horse Bicycle Classic in May where bicyclists race the train from Durango to Silverton, a total of 47 miles and an altitude increase of 6,700 feet! There are also several themed train rides such as the Blues Train, Wine and Rails, Brew Train, Cowboy Poet Train and the very popular, very magical Polar Express train ride to the North Pole and back!

Between the Animas River, Haviland Lake, Vallecito Lake, Lemon Reservoir and the much anticipated opening of Lake Nighthorse there are plenty of rafting, paddling, tubing and fishing opportunities. Not to mention the hundreds of miles of hiking and biking trails. Plus, Mesa Verde National Park (29 mi) offers a spectacular look into the lives of the Ancestral Pueblo people who made it their home for over 700 years.

Music and theater lovers will enjoy a continuous supply of live entertainment at the Animas City Theatre, Henry Strater Theatre, Music in the Mountains and everywhere in between! Golfers can enjoy some of Durango's best views from any one of our three golf courses (Hillcrest 9.8 mi, Dalton Ranch 16 mi and Glacier Club Private Course 25 mi). We have world-class artists in Southwest Colorado and their best work is on display right here. Restaurants range from simple to absolutely gourmet. And if you have a college bound kid, don't forget to visit Durango's four year college, Fort Lewis University (8.8 mi).

For our over 21 guests, Durango has six micro breweries: Animas Brewing Company, Brew-Pub & Kitchen, Carver Brewing Co, Durango Brewing Company, Steamworks Brewing Company and Ska Brewing Co - all serve food and children are welcome. We also have a distillery (Durango Craft Spirits), a winery (Four Leaves Winery) and many recreational marijuana dispensaries.

If breathtaking views and solitude with easy access to an almost limitless supply of Colorado goodness is what you are looking for, look no further. Great for families and couples. The Red Barn Retreat is a hidden gem you don't want to miss!

*Seasonal fire bans may apply

**All distances are from the Red Barn Retreat

More Details

Diane Zahorodny
Member since: 2014
Speaks English, Spanish, We speak basic spanish
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
29 March, 2017

About Diane Zahorodny

After almost two years of searching, Eleanor, her daughter, Diane and husband Anthony bought the Red Barn Retreat in June of 2016. "We just couldn't get over the view...The plan is to eventually build a home together, raise a few chickens, garden and soak in the landscape. Plus, we will be able to provide so many more personal touches when we live onsite"

Eleanor and Diane are from Chicago originally and Anthony is a Durango native. Diane and Anthony met in college and, together, found their way back to Durango in 2009. Eleanor currently lives outside Nashville but has visited Durango several times and is looking forward to building her dream home. "It is such a lovely place and we love sharing it with the people that stay with us."

Diane Zahorodny purchased this cabin in 2016

Why Diane Zahorodny chose Durango

You are so close to town (10 min highway drive to town - no stop lights!) and yet feel like you are in the middle of nowhere. There are daily wildlife sightings of hawks, eagles, owls, turkeys, coyotes, deer and elk (surprisingly no bears or mountain lions).

What makes this cabin unique

You can sit around large fire pit in the 20 acre 'back yard' and roast marshmallows or relax on the second story deck sipping any one of the many local libations. The loft is a favorite among older kids, teens and adventurous adults. At night, enjoy the wood burning stove and more stars than you can count.


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday cabin in Durango West in Durango

Property Type:
  • cabin
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 680 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy 5
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets considered ...
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome ...
Location Type:
  • Mountain View ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Stove
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - Bath with Shower
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 5
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Large Double Bed , Memory foam mattress pad
    Bedroom 2 - 1 Bunk Bed , Sleeps two children
    Bedroom 3 - 1 Double Bed , Small loft area accessed via ladder
  • Books
  • Games
  • Terrace
  • Barbecue
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • Health/Beauty Spa
  • library
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation centre
  • restaurants
  • ruins
Leisure Activities:
  • antique hunting
  • bird watching
  • gambling casinos
  • horse riding
  • Miniature golf
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • Shopping
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
  • Wildlife Viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • Cross Country Skiing
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • ice skating
  • Kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • rafting
  • Rock Climbing
  • ski
  • Snowmobiling
  • tennis
  • water tubing
  • whitewater rafting


Excellent! 4.6/5 -
(34 traveller reviews)

Amazing Views & Solitude, 7 Miles from Downtown
average rating of 4.5588236 based on 34 reviews

Lovely property!

  • 5 of 5

This is a lovely property with convenient access to downtown Durango ~10 min drive. It was just right for us as we wanted to escape the busy of town, but still want easy access to the restaurants and conveniences of the area. The views were wonderful! Thanks!

  • Review Submitted: Mar 20, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Mar 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Beautiful & Serene

  • 5 of 5

We loved everything about this property! The view is amazing, and so is the location. Not far from town & yet still secluded enough for a very peaceful vacation. The bed was probably the most comfortable that I've ever slept on & we also LOVED that there was no television. My now husband and I were married on this property & would suggest it to anyone else planning to elope. Very convenient with a gorgeous view! The only suggestions I would make towards this property is to have the water treatment put in asap, (although it was tolerable for us) & to possibly have curtains put up in the living room area. We hope to come back in the near future to show our children where we said "I DO". Thank you SO much for sharing The Red Barn Retreat with us!

  • Review Submitted: Mar 13, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Mar 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hi Kelsey, We feel so lucky that we got to host your big day and it would be so special to have you back with your kids one day! Thank you for all the kinds words and the suggestion about the curtains. Take care! Diane
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Albuquerque, NM

Property was beautiful!

  • 4 of 5

Had a wonderful stay and really loved the area and the property. Would definitely stay again!

  • Review Submitted: Mar 9, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Feb 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Roomy, comfortable, great views

  • 4 of 5

Except for the stinky (sulphorus) tap water, all was good, heaters worked well, beds all comfortable, nice kitchen, etc. great views and not difficult at all to get into even in the snow (though access road in did ice up under the snow)

with good parking. Plenty of good wood for fire and stove worked well.

  • Review Submitted: Jan 7, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Dec 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Conroe, Tx.

The perfect getaway......

  • 5 of 5

The Red Barn does not disappoint! It is small but it was exactly what my family and I were looking for in our Pre-Christmas vacation. Secluded but yet close enough to enjoy everything Durango has to offer, nothing like taking the early morning drive to the Durango Dinner, we highly recommend this place if you find yourself vacationing in the area. Many rentals do not post pictures of the surroundings, only to find yourself disappointed with nearby neighbors. Well..... NOT THIS PLACE!! You will find yourself turning off the main road onto dirt/gravel road winding up to the barn, perfect. The kids enjoyed the open area the barn has to offer to run and play, following tracks left behind in the snow from wildlife. Everything is included in the red barn including fire wood for the beautiful room heater located in the living area. We found the BBQ pit to come in handy despite the cold weather. The Red Barn also includes many fun family games including a massive Jenga set that can be found downstairs in the garage. Our only complaint was the sulfur smell in the water, the renters note on the refrigerator states to run the water for a few minutes and the smell will disappear. Well this was not the case, the smell remained throughout our stay and it was found to be a bit excessive at times, the kids had a hard time adjusting to this. Owner advised they will be implementing a new water treatment system sometime this year, looking forward to it. We highly recommend the Red Barn if you are looking to get away and relax with the family, we will be returning for sure.

  • Review Submitted: Jan 2, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Dec 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hi Horacio, We are so glad you enjoyed your stay! You were lovely guests. We'll get that water fixed soon!
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Loved our stay!! Would stay there again!

  • 5 of 5

Loved how close it was to Durango – but you felt completely isolated, which is what we wanted. The fire pit was amazing. The house was amazing. The only downsides were the water smell and there was no hairdryer. But that's pretty minor. I know you are trying to mitigate the water situation- and getting a hairdryer would be pretty easy! Thank you so much! We'll be back!

  • Review Submitted: Nov 18, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Nov 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Yeah! So happy you enjoyed yourselves : ) Thank you for reminding me about the hair dryer!
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Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday cabin in Durango West, Southwestern Colorado

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event Price
Memorial Day
26 May 2017 - 30 May 2017
4 night minimum stay
for 4 nights
4th of July
30 Jun 2017 - 5 Jul 2017
4 night minimum stay
for 4 nights
Labor Day
1 Sep 2017 - 5 Sep 2017
4 night minimum stay
for 4 nights
17 Nov 2017 - 27 Nov 2017
4 night minimum stay
for 4 nights
Christmas & New Years
22 Dec 2017 - 2 Jan 2018
4 night minimum stay
for 4 nights
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights

Additional pricing information

Cleaning fee £89
Pet Fee £12 + Tax
Refundable Damage Deposit £161
Tax Rate 6.8%

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund for cancellations more than 14 days before check-in date.
  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
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Nearest Airport
15 Miles
Durango Airport
Nearest Barpub
5 Miles
Nearest Golf
8 Miles
Nearest Motorway
0.2 Miles
160 West
Nearest Restaurant
5 Miles
Nearest Ski
5.8 Miles
Hesperus Ski Area
Car: recommended


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