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River Rock Ranch - Durango, CO

10 reviews
Max occupancy: 6 1 King Bed, 1 Queen Bed, 2 Twin Bed 3 bedrooms 2 bathrooms No pets 
12236 County Road 250, Durango, CO 81301

Luxury home set on private, secluded property - gas fireplaces & valley views!

You don't have to pitch a tent in the mountains or hunker down in an off-the-grid cabin to experience a relaxing vacation far away from the hustle and bustle of daily life. When you stay at this three-bedroom vacation rental, you'll enjoy a beautiful forested setting, as well as the comfort and amenities of a gorgeous luxury home.

This historic property is located 15 miles north of Durango and one-and-a-half miles from Highway 550, so you aren't too far from the conveniences of civilization. The property, which features two ponds and a creek, is also just 14 miles south of Purgatory Resort, creating a wonderful escape for skiers and snowboarders.

Inside, this vacation rental combines modern, upscale decor with traditional cabin-esque touches. Expansive windows and vaulted ceilings bring lightness and balance to natural stone finishes.

When you enter the home, you'll find yourself in the living area. Notice the comfy couch and the gas fireplace - in cold weather, there's no better place to curl up with a good book.

From the living room, step into the open kitchen, which features ample counter space, a farmhouse sink, and a full host of appliances (including a Viking range). With such a beautiful space to work in, you'll be glad of the chance to cook at home - and thanks to the dishwasher, there's no need to worry about cleanup.

Eat in style at the six-person dining room table in the next room. Afterward, retire to the couches at the other end of the room for a family movie night on the flatscreen cable TV, or catch up on your social media using the complimentary wireless internet.

This rental includes a private washer and dryer, so you can keep your clothes fresh and clean no matter how long your stay. There's also a spacious office on the first floor, great for anyone looking to do some work in private.

Just behind the house, a stone shelter from the 1950s houses patio furniture and a gas grill, so if you get the urge to barbecue - perhaps after a day of fishing? - you'll find everything you need for a proper cookout. Admire outbuildings (also built in the 1950s), watch cattle graze in the pasture over the summer, and enjoy the flowers in the fields. The pond is home to a school of goldfish, and by late spring, apply and apricot trees are bearing fruit.

When night falls, up to six guests can sleep comfortably in this home's three bedrooms. On the first floor, a master suite features a king-size bed, a gas fireplace, and a private bathroom with a walk-in shower and separate bathtub. The home's second full bathroom is also on the first floor.

Head up the spiral staircase to find the remaining two bedrooms. In one, you'll find two twin beds, perfect for kids. The other bedroom, which includes a queen-size bed, is a loft-style bedroom and overlooks the main living area.

As far as entertainment goes, Durango has no shortage of pastimes. Take a leisurely walk around the property, admiring the lovely views of the San Juan Mountains. Go fly fishing in the Animas River, which is less than a mile from your front door. Enjoy mountain biking or hiking at one of the numerous nearby trails.

If you do feel the urge to spend time in town, Durango itself is a mecca of restaurants, local breweries, and local shops. Purgatory Resort offers dog sledding, snowshoeing, skiing, and snowboarding, as well as spas, restaurants, and shops in the Base Village.

For a laid-back, outdoor-oriented vacation in the San Juan Mountains, you can't go wrong with this incredible Durango home.




Washer/dryer : Private

Gas fireplace







Internet : Charter


Cable : Charter

Wireless router





10 reviews

Marnix B. Aug 2019
This house is great if you're looking for a nature experience on a very nice spot, near the lovely town Durango. The house is a little old fashioned, but fits well in the surrounding area.
Amber C. Oct 2018
The house was so cute and cozy.
Carol D. Jun 2018
the space & the fireplaces & the setting
Dale Robert C. Mar 2018
I would like to start by saying that me and my family/ friends had a wonderful time in the area. The only issue with the house was that the website and all the pictures lead you to believe that its 8 private acres. In fact there is a small house (I assume a long term rental) that was occupied 200 ft. from the front door. Also a collection of homes and RV's. it just didn't feel like we were on 8 "private" acres. That being said the house itself was great and the amenities inside the house were as described on the site. Distance to Purgatory and Durango was ideal.
Lora T. Mar 2018
We loved the space the house had. The property was beautiful and my children loved being able to walk around the property. It was private but at the same time not too far from town.
Edith C. Feb 2018
Beautiful place to stay
Alyssa G. Oct 2017
The king bed in the master was terrible. It was rock hard. I couldn’t sit on any of the furniture in the house because it looked disgusting it needs to be replaced and new rugs. Def need somebody to come and clean up the outside of the spider webs and bugs. Within 10 minutes of arriving we killed a bee and 2 other bugs all inside the house. I got the broom out and tried to remove webs all over the property.
Manager response:
We apologize for the issues this guest encountered. The mattress is firm, but there is a memory foam topper to make it softer for guests that have that preference. We have inspected all the furniture and found it all to be clean. The couch has a brand new slip cover that is very clean. The owner has had pest control fill in the cracks that would allow bugs to slip through. We will be more diligent about keeping insects and cobwebs swept up. There will still be bugs and spiderwebs in the home due to it being located in the woods.
Sharon W. Oct 2017
We recently enjoyed a week at this rustic ranch house outside of Durango. Lots of decorative rock architecture, much of it dating from the 1950's. Foot thick walls ensure the house is warm and quiet. Comfortable beds, no nearby lights, and a quiet neighborhood ensure peaceful sleep.
Deer were bedding down on the small back lawn when we arrived. Quaint outside patio (with lots of cool rock work and a very low ceiling) has a well seasoned gas grill. Outside fire pit and numerous fireplaces (gas) add a nice touch.
The home was not decorated by some interior designer from the big city and lends some interesting points to ponder. I particularly enjoyed the small office space provided with double doors and an exterior window as I had some business work to do, and the privacy was appreciated.
Comfortable furniture is well used and generously furnished in both the large living room and the sitting room opposite the kitchen.
The kitchen isn't terribly well appointed. No coffeemaker, (just a Keurig), no corkscrew, cheap knives, thrift store pots and pans offset by very nice crystal wine glasses and nice cups and drinking glasses. Kind of a mixed bag, adequate but not gourmet tier.
The bathrooms are newly remodeled and are gorgeous. Oddly, the master bath had a pair of worn and filthy bath rugs that we placed outside during our stay. The master BR has a massive walk in closet that was quite welcome. The upstairs bedrooms are without a restroom, and access is via a narrow winding staircase. One of the bedrooms has a door, one is a loft, open to the living area over the kitchen. Of note, one of our party slipped on the steep steps when wearing slippers which caused us to remark the upstairs bedrooms are best for the young and fit.
The place is not without it's quirks. In addition to the bathmats, we did find a dried out fried chicken wing on the floor next to the couch. We also had a bit of a time with mice, losing some bread and fruit that had been left on the kitchen counter. It's apparently a chronic problem as I found 4 traps already baited on the service porch. Caught one, missed two, not bad. The beautiful neighborhood Siamese cat apparently can't keep up. There was also something rooting around in the locked attached garage though we never saw what it was.
Nothing off putting for country folks here, but if you're a prima donna who can't get by without concierge service you might think twice.
Jennifer H. Mar 2017
This is a pretty cool place in a nice location. We have stayed in many different places around Durango before. There were a few drawbacks- some of the upholstery and draperies could be updated. Some of the upholstery is frayed and worn. I have never seen a kitchen with all appliances in a different color but we thought it was great! (blue, stainless, black, and almond). We honestly were not paying attention to the fact that there is a spiral staircase leading upstairs and no restrooms upstairs which means getting up in the middle of the night and navigating that staircase down. It is described clearly in the description, though. We did get used to it. The whole yard had an abandoned feel that we disliked the most (old trampoline frame, swing set falling apart and we had to ensure the kids didn't try to play on it. A lone basketball that has been out in the elements for way too long)- this led to a bit of a depressing feel. Also, the trash bin was full upon arrival. It was put out for trash day a couple of days later so although it was initially full, we were ok after trash day. The BBQ area was absolutely filthy and unusable but to be fair, it was early in the season. If some things were updated and cleaned up, this would be a great place to stay!
Manager response:
Now that the snow has melted we have been able to address the uninviting landscaping this guest experienced. The yard and BBQ area have been cleaned up, and the trash has been put on a rotating schedule to try and avoid full bins again in the future. Thank you!