San Juan Cabin

Southwest, Colorado, United States


Accommodates: 8

Bedrooms: 3

Bathrooms: 3


A picture-perfect log cabin sits at the end of a winding dirt road, the only structure visible in a mountain wilderness panorama. It sounds like a cinematic dream -- and you may pinch yourself a few times during your stay at the San Juan Cabin. Located on Hastings Mesa at an elevation of 9,000 feet, the cabin was built in 1999 out of hand-crafted Scandinavian Engelmann spruce logs. The cabin is perched on the side of a ridge overlooking Willow and Meadow Creeks, the lone structure on 78 acres dotted with groves of aspen, oak, and ponderosa pine. Its location location outside of Telluride is convenient, and provides spectacularly large views of the region's most famous peaks, including Mt. Sneffels, Mears Peak, North Pole, the San Miguel range and the extinct volcano, Lone Cone.

San Juan Cabin is remote yet easily accessible to Telluride (30 min) Ridgway (20 min) and Montrose (1 hour). The trip to Telluride can be by highway or the scenic and historic stage coach route known as Last Dollar Road. The location puts you in the heart of the wilderness yet provides an easy drive to town or the regional airport in Montrose.

Wildlife is abundant here. Deer and elk are everyday sites along with coyote, turkey, grouse,and eagle. Bobcat, porcupine and bear are occasional visitors. Wildflowers abound in May, June and July with fields thick with lupine and arrowroot. Autumn colors are awesome with red oaks and aspens streaking purple and gold along the mountainside.

Trails and dirt roads right out the front door offer amazing adventures hiking and biking. There is also great biking on nearby abandoned railroad grades. You can hike on the National Forest trails with access from many of the neighboring roads. Hot springs beckon at both Ouray and Ridgway. The deck’s telescope lets you view stars so bright it will give you a childlike sense of wonder and awe.

The 3,000 sq ft cabin has a full kitchen as well as a partial kitchen on the lower level allowing privacy if two families wish to share the space. The cabin runs on solar and wind power. Heating comes from passive solar and a stone fireplace, the fireplace has catalytic combustion for low emissions. The water supply for the cabin comes from a well which is pumped by solar power into a 1,200 gallon cistern, then with gravity pressure it comes into the cabin. When the cistern is full the excess water goes into an overflow pipe and comes out in a fountain near the front door which waters the ground around the area.
Open April 14 to November 17th

Location and Access

Near: Telluride, CO

Summer: Access off HWY 62 between Ridgway and Placerville, CO. The cabin is about 16 miles, 20 minutes west of Ridgway and about 32 miles, 30-40 minutes from Telluride.


Sitting atop a beautiful mesa in the picturesque San Juan Mountains, the cabin offers opportunity to enjoy.

Hiking, Mountain biking, Trail running, Fishing, Golfing, Kayaking, Rafting, Horseback riding, Jeeping


Enjoy some of the most stunning scenery in Colorado by hiking the trails around Aldasoro Ranch or the town of Telluride. From Telluride, Jud Wiebe trail offers incredible views from the tiny town up to the ski area and surrounding peaks. Both the Bear Creek and Cornet Creek trails take you up to a breathtaking waterfall. But if you really want to see a waterfall, drive straight through Telluride and traverse the dirt road up the end of the valley to experience the Bridal Veil (the second tallest waterfall in CO at 300 feet) and Ingram waterfalls.

Fish in the San Miguel river.

Kayak or canoe on Trout Lake, about half an hour to 45 minutes away.

Explore the ghost town of Tomboy, high above the town of Telluride.

Visit Orvis Hot Springs (clothing optional, FYI) or the Ouray hot springs (clothing required).

Sleeping arrangements

  • Sleeps 8, beds for 6-8
  • Bedroom 1: queen bed
  • Bedroom 2: queen bed
  • Bedroom 3: double bed
  • Bunk area: three bunk beds that sleep six people

Sleeper sofa also available

Three bathrooms with toilets and hot showers

What you need to bring

  • Food

Additional amenities

  • Mountain bikes
  • Telescope

Property Policies

$150 clean fee

Tax is not included.

$500 security deposit required. This will be charged to your credit card at the time of booking and will be refunded after cabin is cleaned.

Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.


No pets please.



Kid Friendly


Coffee Maker

Flushing toilet

Full Kitchen


Hot Shower

Solar Power

Well Water

Rates and Availability

Weeknight Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Min Stay Max Stay
Standard Rate $500 / night N/A $2090 / week $5800 / month 2 nights N/A
Closed 10/18/16-4/16/17Nov 18 2016 - Apr 15 2017 $500 / night N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A

Specific Rate Details

Rates based on four guests. Additional guests are $15/night.