Colorado Mountain Retreat: The Perfect Vacation Hideaway

A log cabin on prime mountain real estate is perfect for large families.

Just off Colorado Highway 145 in Dolores, a long driveway leads to a secluded mountain retreat. A log cabin waits at the middle of the curved road, ready to provide space to a large vacationing family or as a permanent residency. A massive 5,206 square-foot custom home atop 47 acres, this single family vacation home is just the secluded getaway plenty of people need.

Amidst the San Juan National Forest and affectionately called Wildcat Ranch, 28081 Highway 145 remains an icon among custom log homes available for year-round enjoyment of Montezuma County, Colorado. This eightbedroom and six-bath getaway is ideal for large families or perhaps a buy-in among a group of friends. Either way, this resort of a house comes at a hefty price of $2.25 million. At the time of publication, the mountain resort has been on the market for roughly a month.

It’s immense size isn’t the only reason for the high value.

The Town of Dolores is “a must-stop for anyone who is nearby. A wonderful small town located in a canyon with the beautiful Dolores River cutting along one side and rock cliffs on the other.” Only a short distance from Wildcat Ranch are several hiking and biking trails and the Canyons of Ancient Visitors Center and Museum. When not enjoying the vast outdoor mountain sights and experiences, be sure to stop into the museum and local downtown for a quaint western village.

Being in the middle of nature with no one around is the ideal hideaway from a busy world of work. Located on the banks of the Dolores River, this is a sportsman’s paradise just 30 minutes from Telluride, a hotspot for skiing and snowboarding. However, you won’t have to travel elsewhere. With approximately 47 acres of land, Wildcat Ranch is ideal for hunters and nature enthusiasts alike. The San Juan Mountains are public grounds, so recreational hunters are in for a treat. The ranch is well known for the trophy potential of both Elk and Mule Deer, according to United Country Real Estate.

After a long day of hunting or hiking, step Inside this custom log cabin. Handcrafted woodworking and cabinetry replicate the stunning beauty of a home built from the very trees that surround it. The wood itself has a simple, protective varnish that reveals its raw color. Much of the home’s decor plays off of earthy tones, kitschy quilt patterns from the pioneer days and a personalized Bass Pro Shop.

The kitchen itself has a picnic-style table, made from the same wood as the cabinets in addition to the wall paneling and stairway in the open living room. With a stone-tiled floor and adorned with modern, stainless steel appliances, the “wild west wide open” doesn’t feel so archaic in this roomy kitchen.

An open concept layout, the main living spaces blend together with vaulted ceilings and a peaked roof. All the wooden structures in the home blend and meld perfectly, creating an even flow between each and every one of the eight rooms. Freshly-installed carpet makes the house appear much newer, its neutral tone cascading into the color of the woods and other surrounding furniture, giving the accent colors a bigger pop.

Rich black stone counters in the kitchen, as well as beige granite counters in the six bathrooms, add luxury while still maintaining a “back to nature” vibe. With a veritable feast of bed sizes and plenty of rooms, there is a bed for everyone in the family—no need for air mattresses, uncomfortable futons or couch surfing. But with a mountain vista view off the deck, it’s clear you’ll want to be up to watch the sunrise and sunset, all in the comfort of the ultimate mountain vacation hideaway.