Stunning Colorado Cabin Rental near Telluride, Colorado

Ophir, Colorado (United States)
1 unit
12 guest capacity

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Accommodation Description

· Kid-friendly · Pets allowed · Private Barbecue

This delightful cabin near Telluride and has two bedrooms, one with a King size bed and one that sleeps four with a Queen size bed that also has two twin pull-out beds. The loft sleeps four and has two full bunk beds, and all linens are provided for guests. The recently updated kitchen is fully equipped with tools for guests to prepare and enjoy meals with a dishwasher, a coffee bean grinder and coffee maker, a toaster, a microwave, a drinks refridgerator, a crockpot and an outdoor grill.

The recently updated bathroom has a shower and is located on the second floor, while the half bath is situated on the main floor. Towels, shampoo and soap are all provided for guests. With regards to entertainment for guests, there is a hot tub and sauna, a TV, board games and books, a CD player / Stereo system plus a cell repeater (located in the cabin for service). The living and dining area has a table that seats ten, a wood burning fireplace (with hand chopped wood for guests!) and a comfy leather sectional sofa. Read More

Accommodation Features

  • Towels
  • Bathroom
  • King-size bed
  • Running water
  • Shower
  • Queen-size bed
  • Bunk bed
  • Wi-Fi/Internet additional charge
  • Coffeemaker
  • Fridge
  • Kitchen equipment
  • Microwave
  • Shared Kitchen
  • Toaster
  • Dishwasher
  • Linens
  • Private Barbecue

This beautiful accommodation benefits from the purest water on the planet from a private well! There is an onsite washer and dryer (laundry detergent is provided for guests!). Due to the altitude being so high, there is a free oxygen supply / machine in case guests struggle, and the breathtaking views are all free of course!

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Guest Services

The property offers catering recommendations for guests and referrals to a masseuse to give on-site treatments. Guests can request the hosts to stock the pantry and there is a shuttle service (people and/or gear) to and from property.

Location + Surroundings

Located adjacent to the ski resort in Telluride, Colorado, it is one of only a few homes in the United States at an altitude higher than 11,000-feet! This picturesque cabin is nestled underneath the 13,000-foot Palmyra and Silver Peaks of the San Juan Mountains.

The History of The Observatory

Jim Russell came to Telluride in the fall of 1972 after finishing a tour of Vietnam with the Navy. He wanted to build a place similar to something he had seen in Breckenridge. After buying a Silver Mountain Mining Company mining claim with a partner, Russell designed The Observatory on a bar napkin at the Sheridan Bar. George Greenbank, a new architect in Telluride, drew up the plans and construction began in 1975.

It took Russell and his self-proclaimed hippie crew three summers to build The Observatory. Due to the remoteness of the site and the character of the crew, they all lived in the ghost town of Alta during the summers. A cook was onsite and they had generators because none of the homes had electricity.

The Observatory was built to last. It is made of stone (from the nearby talus fields), concrete and timber. The foundation is attached to the bedrock, the walls are composed of 12-foot logs, the interior is constructed of cedar and Douglas fir and the exterior logs are from the Wilson Mesa (these trees were not chopped down but killed by beetles).

When you visit The Observatory today, you turn right at the 1941 Army truck that was used to haul whatever materials that were needed that Russell could not find onsite. It is still there, marking the “driveway” to The Observatory, although it is slowly sinking into the ground.

When you visit The Observatory, there are many details that will catch your eye. One thing that is immediately noticeable is the custom ironwork throughout...hand-forged on site during construction. Another example is the window frame over the agate-lined hot tub. It is actually a bull wheel from a mining tram that operated above The Observatory many years ago. The handcrafted stain glass windows, which are even more beautiful with the sunshine streaming through them, definitely are one of the features of The Observatory that contribute to its uniqueness.

It did not take long for the locals to catch onto the heart and soul of The Observatory. By the early to mid 1980s, The Observatory had been rented out for weddings, full moon parties, end of ski season celebrations, workshops and retreats. It was during this time that The Observatory earned its name…being at 11,300 feet puts you so close to the moon and stars! Read More


  • Fishing
  • Yoga
  • Meditation
  • Biking
  • Kayaking/Canoeing
  • Winter sports
  • Stand-up paddleboarding

At Alta Lakes, guests can visit the old mining/ghost town and see the original site of alternating current electricity, as well as the remnants of the aerial tramway that used to move the ore from the mine to the mill a little ways down the mountain. Just a few miles away, Telluride’s L.L. Nunn joined forces with Nikola Tesla and George Westinghouse to build the world’s first commercial alternating-current power plant. It was used to fuel the operations of the Gold King Mine, which was just south of the property.

Mountain Village and Telluride are sister cities that compliment one another. Mountain Village was founded in 1987 and covers over 2100 acres. It sits at 9,500 feet and is adjacent to the ski area and the Uncompahgre National Forest. Mountain Village is home to many shops, restaurants, spas and the Telluride Ski School. To reach Telluride, just hop onto the free and of course, scenic, gondola. This 13-minute ride is unique to Mountain Village and Telluride – there is no other gondola system like this anywhere else in the States.

During the snow season The Observatory is accessible via snowmobile, skiing or snowshoeing. Additional costs for snowmobiles do apply.

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Accommodation Rules

  • Check-in: 04:00 p.m.
    early check-in allowed additional charge
  • Check-out: 11:00 a.m.
    late check-out allowed additional charge
  • Infants allowed Under 2 years old
  • Children allowed 2-12 years old
  • Pets allowed additional charge
  • No smoking
  • No parties
  • Events allowed
  • Some spaces are shared

Cancellation policy

  • The host does not offer refunds once a booking is confirmed.
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Additional Information

This host offers a 10% discount on the nightly rate for six or more nights. There is a two-night minimum stay in the summertime. The cleaning fee is $200 and there is optional Wi-Fi for $20 a day.

Early check-in request for summer stays only is $100 for an early check in time of 2:00 pm (regular check in time is 4:00 pm); guests must request at least three days in advance of check-in and owner must confirm early check-in.

This host can transport guests and gear for a fee of $100 round-trip, there is a two-person limit per snowmobile.

A two-night minimum is required for major local festivals including, Bluegrass, Blues & Brews, The Mountain Film Festival, Telluride Film Festival and the following holidays: New Year´s Day, Easter, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving and Christmas.

This property is pet-friendly for a fee of $50 per pet. Read more

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