The modern A-frame log cabin with a wraparound porch is ideal for logging off and checking in with good ol’ Mother Nature. Here you’ll admire ample views of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains, a seasonal stream that runs right by the house and the golden Great Sand Dunes themselves.
Oh, and there’s no WiFi here, so your typing fingers are going on a forced sabbatical, and that’s a good thing.
What makes it special?
You’ll feel like you’re all alone at the cabin though you’re still close to plenty of outdoorsy fun. This tucked-away retreat is in a gated community that even happens to be within hiking distance of a 25-foot cascade called Zapata Falls, to which you’ll have a private access point.
The most “Colorado” thing about this place
It’s gotta be the cabin’s modern-meets-mountain architectural style, with gargantuan picture windows that let in all that Colorado sunshine.
Skip the lines at Great Sand Dunes Oasis and rent sand sleds from the cabin host for whooshing down ridged sand dunes like they’re snow-powdered hills.
Quirkiest thing to expect
Check out the enormous DVD collection that’ll make you feel like you’re reliving the early aughts in style. "Friends," anyone?
Top sensory encounter you’ll experience
It’s gathering on the expansive wooden deck at sunset to watch streaks of tangerine and rose paint the never-ending skyline. Wake up with the dawn to watch the flaming sun rise over towering Mount Blanca. Or step out at midnight to view startlingly bright stars shimmering overhead. The nearby national park is an International Dark-Sky Association Designated Park, so eye-popping starlight is all but guaranteed on clear nights.
Our favorite traveler review
“The house was exactly what I was hoping for. Secluded enough that the wonders of the night sky sparkled, and close enough that the morning shadows on the sand dunes could be taken in while listening to the clear stream waters right beside the house. Doug was very easy to deal with and everything was in perfect shape with gifts and a welcome card upon our arrival. What a peaceful retreat!” — Shirley M., Vrbo
Things to see & do nearby
No cabin visit is complete without a day trip to the Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve where you can craft a towering sand sculpture, slide down a wind-hewn dune (using that sand sled mentioned above) or dangle your feet in chilly snow-melt water from the springtime-only Medano Creek. Stop at the Great Sand Dunes Oasis, a downhome restaurant and shop, for souvenirs and snacks, before heading back to the cabin.
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