Looking for a cabin in the woods in Colorado? Do you fish, hike, bike, bird watch enjoy photographing nature or maybe you’re just looking for a place in the Colorado Mountains to kick back and do nothing? This cabin for sale in Ouray County Colorado might be just what you are looking for.
Asking price is $339,900.
After a 20-year labor of love, my folks are selling their little slice of heaven which is a gorgeous cabin nestled at the edge of a meadow on 40 acres of spruce and aspen forest located on the western slope of Colorado. It even has a creek running through it. I can see the bright blue sky, hear the chirping birds and smell the fresh mountain air just writing these words down on paper. Inhale. Exhale. Repeat. Ahhhhh! It is a nature lover’s nirvana. It is high country heaven.
Calling it a mere cabin seems unjust since it is more of a mountain chalet in my mind. Truth be told, it is roomier and better built than the tiny bungalow my husband and I first owned near Washington Park. Even more impressive is the fact that my parents built most of it themselves, investing great thought and care into every aspect of its construction. It has truly been a labor of love for them and it shows. There is no “roughing it” at the cabin with all of its modern conveniences of home including two comfy bedrooms and a ginormous loft, which could easily sleep ten for a slumber party. It also has a full kitchen and bathroom powered by a propane tank, solar shed and well water.
Picnics and happy hours aplenty have graced the cabin’s wide front porch, where I swear the food tastes better, the beer is colder and the catnaps are more restful. But my all time favorite place to chill out at the cabin is in the living room, with its tall, bright aspen wood ceilings, its giant windows and cozy blue wood stove. It is a real treat to lounge in the rocking chair either sipping some morning coffee, or savoring an evening glass of wine, all while watching for animals to emerge from the forest into the meadow. Deer and elk are common visitors including the occasional trophy size bull elk. We‘ve seen adorable fawns and watched a huge flock of wild turkeys parade across the meadow. My folks have even seen bears. Although I am not a hunter, I think the cabin is a hunter’s paradise given its close proximity to prime hunting areas and abundant wildlife.
With 40 acres of forest to explore, there is never a lack of something fun to do, whether it is riding ATVs on the many forest trails, hiking to check on the massive 500-year old tree, or taking a Jeep ride to surrounding areas. The winter is equally entertaining with snowmobiling, snowshoeing or cross-country skiing amidst a snow covered winter wonderland.
Since my family lives in Denver, and we don’t venture into the backwoods very often, my parent’s cabin has been our golden ticket into the great outdoors. Not to mention a great way for my two sons to spend quality time with their grandparents. I believe they have gained a good appreciation for the outdoors through our many cabin visits over the years. With any luck, my sons absorbed a tiny bit of their grandparent’s knack for building and fixing just about anything.
I know the boys will sorely miss riding on the ATVs, hiking along the creek bed to check out the nearby beaver pond, playing in the dirt, throwing rocks in the creek, throwing sticks for the family dogs to fetch, picking dandelions in the meadow and building stick forts in the nearby trees. At night, they got to embrace their inner pyromaniacs, learning the finer tips to building a good campfire, while debating with Grandpa the best methods for roasting the perfect hotdog or a gooey marshmallow. I will miss seeing their dirty, S’more covered faces lit up by the glowing campfire while they listen to their Grandpa tell ghost stories. Before I herd them into the shower to hose off the goo and grime from their day of adventures. My sons believe “Dirt Don’t Hurt”, but I believe a hot shower before bedtime sure is sweet and it keeps them in Grandma’s good graces.
So many great memories have been created on this beautiful 40-acre slice of heaven. It has been an ideal adventure spot, but my folks are ready to tackle new projects, travel to new places and create new memories. It’s time for new owners to stake their claim to this special patch of ground. Thankfully the hard work is already done. All new owners need to do is just enjoy the heck out of it.
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