"Luna Mesa" a beautiful hidden gem. The contemporary straw-bale steel post and beam home with a guest casita/cottage and art studio is situated on 17 private acres at the base of Mesa Verde National Park. The unique southwest property with it's adobe walled gardens and spectacular forever views of Mesa Verde, the Mancos valley and La Plata mountains will gift the traveler with memories of Colorado at it's best! Relax after your day touring ancient pueblo cliff and pit dwellings in Mesa Verde National Park or exploring canyon and mountain trails by foot, snowshoe, ski, mountain bike, ATV, jeep or snow mobile. The lakes and rivers near by are to be enjoyed by boat, kyak, canoe or rod. The Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge train depot is just 40 minutes away and the historical mining towns of Durango and Silverton will have you stepping back in time. The Mesa Verde Museum, Canyon of the Ancients Cultural Museum Center and the Cortez Cultural Center are excellent for education about the Ancient Pueblo People who left their mysterious mystical ruins for us to visit. There are so many wonderful things and places to experience and explore you'll be happy to know your hosts have lived in the area for 29 and 45 years and will happily help you plan your excursions in the Four Corners region. After your full day relax at "Luna Mesa" and enjoy the luxury Queen "Mesa Verde Vista" Room and the Hot Spring Tub. (Please note: Pets are not allowed in the "Mesa Verde Vista" Upstairs Suite due to the very special Cherry Wood Floors and Navajo Rugs.) The forever views are beautiful day or night with a luminous moon or dark sky milky-way stars and planets so bright you'll want to reach for one and make a wish. There are excellent restaurants and entertainment within a short drive. As a "Mesa Verde Vista' room guest, should you like breakfast before you leave for your day of exploring travels, we will make a previously arranged gourmet breakfast for an additional fee. We will also give you easy directions to the local very popular favorite cafe known for wonderful organic and local food, baked goods and locally roasted coffee, the "Absolute Bakery Cafe". "Luna Mesa" - make it your perfect hidden gem central location on your map as you explore the beautiful southwest Four Corners Colorado region! COLORADO at it's best!
- House793 sq. ft.
- Separate WCs0
- Min. Stay2 nights
Queen Room Suite Upstairs in Main Home with Grand Mesa Verde Views
Rhonda and Dennis
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- Response time:
- within a few hours
- Calendar last updated:
- 7 Dec 2018
About Rhonda and Dennis
Rhonda (The Artist) and Dennis (The Jokester) have lived in Durango and the Mesa Verde National Park region for 30 & 45 years respectively. We happily enjoy sharing the history and local stories that will enhance your stay and will steer you in the right direction to make the most of your stay. Dennis will show you where to find the best mountain bike and jeeping/4wheel trails while Rhonda can guide you to the best trails for touring ancient ruins and artistic sites to photograph, paint or journal. We love enjoying local music, dancing and creative special events and will help you find the best restaurants, shows and events to make your visit memorable. Private Plein Air Painting Classes with Rhonda (Award Winning Artist) as your guide and instructor are available with prior arrival arrangements and separate fees. A truly special way to experience beautiful Colorado and have special art you create and take home with you! *Rhonda's painting "Spirits' View - from inside Long House Ruin" was featured on Mesa Verde National Park's Centennial website in 2006. This painting was only possible with special permission from the Park and a Ranger Guide as a work specially created for the Centennial Celebrations. Rhonda's dream opportunity!
Rhonda and Dennis purchased this House in 2018
Why Rhonda and Dennis chose Mancos
We bought our property this year with the emphasis to find the perfect retirement home with large acreage, beautiful views and easy travel distances for our family and friends to enjoy staying with us and create special memories for everyone! Our son who is a realtor with Keller Williams certainly found our dream home! We wanted a unique southwest style home with unique healthful sustainable attributes. Our contemporary Steel Post and Beam Adobe Straw-bale home with thick earthen walls and floors, stained concrete and fine Cherry Wood floors, fine Teak built in library and gorgeous marble and granite every where is sunny and bright, while gifting us with grand forever views! Our dream is to share our very special home and joy of where we live with all who visit us!
What makes this House unique
Enjoy the absolute gorgeous forever views of Mesa Verde, Mancos Valley, La Plata Mountains, Lone Cone and the Telluride mountain range! Wildlife and birds are abundant on this private secluded property which is just 5 minutes from the Mesa Verde National Park Visitor Center Entrance! Consider taking a day to Plein Air Paint with Award Winning Artist owner Rhonda, as your private guide and instructor with prior arrival arrangements and separate fees. Enjoy the grand views while swinging in our large veranda swing or soaking in the luxury Hot Tub. The dark sky starry nights and luminous moons are amazing! Grab a star and make your wish!!
Pool / Spa
100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date. 50% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
Just Lovely. truly a home away from home.
From the first contact, Rhonda was very responsive and friendly.
the property: Lovely. well taken care of garden surrounds the luxurious hot tub. both the house and the casita are gorgeously appointed; tasteful decor and comfortable furniture everywhere.
You can literally see the visitor center of Mesa Verde national park from the driveway; VERY easy (less than ten min drive) to get there. mancos and cortez are maybe 15 minutes away, with cool local food and bars. dispensaries are close, too, if that's your thing. if you're looking to explore the 4 corners and learn about ancient Pueblo people, this is a GREAT place to base your adventure from!
I'm searching for the words to really capture the feeling of Luna Mesa: tranquil; beautiful; welcoming all come to mind. But the truth is this: two kind, friendly, artistic people have made a beautiful retreat from the world, and they really put themselves into it. The result is a warm, welcoming home to unwind in. I can't recommend it enough.
Thank you SO MUCH for hosting us!!!
Thank you so much! We love that you enjoyed our Luna Mesa as much as we do and that we were able to share our unique peaceful home and casita with you! Knowing that we were able to provide you a home away from home that gave you some much needed rest and relaxation, makes all we do to make Luna Mesa a memorable experience our very special joy! We look forward to the next time! All the best from Luna Mesa - Rhonda & Dennis
Lovely, tasteful room in a beautiful out of town setting
What a gem this VRBO is! We had a lovely and spacious upstairs suite and sitting area in a well appointed, tastefully decorated, and comfortable straw bale home. Situated between the town of Mancos and Mesa Verde National Park, it exceeded our expectations. The home itself is a newer-build, warm and inviting straw bale house with stunning cherry floors and soaring ceilings. The southwest decor is fitting to the four corners area. Outside there is a large covered porch surrounded by beautiful desert landscaping (and a private hot tub that we did not get a chance to use but will on our next visit). We enjoyed eating our breakfast on the patio in the morning and sharing a glass of wine in the evening with the owners, Dennis and Rhonda. There is fantastic mountain biking at Phil's World a few miles drive. We will definitely return!
We are so happy you enjoyed your stay! Thank you for appreciating all we love to do for our guests/new friends! We want to share our Luna Mesa in ways that create very special memories and gives total respite from the norm back home. Remember the starry nights in the Hot Springs Hot Tub are to be enjoyed and our Luna Mesa is here for you! We look forward to your next stay with us!
Rhonda and Dennis' home is beautiful and our spaciuos living area was ultra comfortable. Best of all was the gorgeous views in all directions and the lovely gardens surrounding their home. The location was also perfect for exploring Mesa Verde National Park (less than a mile from Park entrance). Rhonda and Dennis are gracious hosts and even invited us to a special event featuring Ute Elder Russell Box Senior and his newly released biography. Wonderful experience all around.
Amazing location and jaw dropping views!
The owners Rhonda and Dennis did an amazing job! Very comfortable cozy upscale home perched on a knoll overlooking some of the most beautiful scenery in the entire four corners area! The hospitality far exceeded our expectations and Rhonda's cooking is to die for. She made organic blueberry pancakes for us one morning and I have never tasted better pancakes anywhere. I highly recommend staying here if you are in the four corners. Rhonda and Dennis go above and beyond!
Thank you so much for the beautifully written review and all your special comments about Dennis and I and our "Luna Mesa". We feel blessed to have had you Rose and little Elliott as our guests and now new friends! Your family is a wonderful example of why we have chosen to have our VRBO business on our home property. To be able to enjoy very special people that help make our world a joy is our dream come true!
Take care and blessings in all you do!
Looking forward to seeing you again!
Rhonda and Dennis
Buddy and Blink too!
Mesa Verde National Park Visitor Center & Entrance is just 5 minutes away! Plan on spending a whole day touring the ancient ruins within the magnificent park!
The Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Train is just 35 minutes away. Go online to choose your travel options for 1/2 day and all-day excursions to the historic mining town of Silverton. While there you may want to enjoy the Gold Mine Tour.
Phil's World Mountain Bike Trail Park is only six miles away. Wonderful biking, hiking and four wheeling trails all within short distances of our Luna Mesa! Hike ancient ruin trails in deep slick rock Canyon of the Ancients just 30 minutes away.
Arrange a Hosted Mountain Bike Trail excursion with Dennis. A Picnic Lunch or Energy Snacks can be included in your excursion price just ask.
Arrange a Private Plein Air Painting Class or Photo Shooting Tour with Rhonda. (Beautiful Ancient Ruin Sites to view and photograph or paint.) *Create a special sketch journal of your trip in the Southwest. Picnic Lunch can be included in your excursion price just ask.
A Photographer’s or Artist’s portfolio of works can be done within just a few miles.
Bring your rod as there are many lakes, rivers and streams! Prearrange a hosted fly-fishing excursion.
Kyak & Canoe rentals, Jeep Tours, mine tours, Skiing and Nordic trails are within easy distances.
Enjoy local breweries and wineries, wonderful restaurants and live entertainment! The Bar D a great dinner and western entertainment show is just an hour away! Take in a live show at the Strater Hotel Theater in Durango just 35 minutes away!
There are always special events the year round in our Mesa Verde, Mancos, Cortez and Durango area! The emphasis here is ENJOY LIFE in COLORADO at its BEST!!