Thoreau's Cabin

Thoreau's Cabin

Find your heaven — deep in the mountainous Uncompahgre Wilderness — with a stay at Thoreau’s Cabin. It’s located waaay off the beaten path, 16 miles up a dirt access road and across a lengthy suspension bridge. Your nearest towns will be Lake City (15 miles away) and Silverton (20 miles away).

Thoreau’s Cabin is uncommonly beautiful. From the picturesque mountain landscape to the accommodation’s thick wooden beams, not to mention a roof that matches the grassy hillsides, you’ll feel like you’re in your own private fairytale. And private it will be. There are no nearby neighbors, so — minus the occasional traveler driving by — you’ll have this place all to yourself. It sleeps six (three bedrooms and one bathroom), so bring your immediate family or friend group and gather for a Colorado getaway to remember.

What makes it special?

This cabin is solar powered, heated by wood and fueled by propane, so it’s truly off the grid. There’s no Wi-Fi either, so you’ll be forced to disconnect from modern life’s daily stressors and that’s a good thing. Here you’ll have time for that crazy cat puzzle you’ve been putting off or the hardcover biography you never seem to finish. The cabin comes with a telescope, too, so you can stargaze and survey your distant surroundings with ease.

The most “Colorado” thing about this place

It’s the fact that a 4x4 vehicle with clearance will make your life much easier when trekking to this fabulous spot from Lake City. The cabin’s elevation is 11,500 feet, which means you can expect fast-changing weather, cooler temperatures and snow often starting in September.

Insider tip: Colorado temperatures drop about 4 degrees for every 1,000 feet that’s gained in elevation, so it’ll be much colder at the cabin than, say, Denver. Always check the weather and road conditions for where you’re going, not just where you’re coming from. See more Colorado safety tips for backcountry adventures >>

Thoreau's Cabin
Thoreau's Cabin
Thoreau's Cabin

Coolest amenity

The Uncompahgre Wilderness is basically your backyard, so you’ll be able to step out into the craggy, tree-peppered landscape right after breakfast to hike amongst wildflowers and see cascading waterfalls. Then enjoy the rosy hues of a high-country sunset from the cabin’s picture window while dining at the sturdy pine table.

Top sensory encounter you’ll experience We’re going with the views of sky-tickling peaks that you’ll see right from bed. You only need to open your eyes to be awed by Mother Nature when staying at this cabin.

Our favorite traveler review

“Just book it. This place is special. The setting is obviously incredible, but what makes this place so wonderful is the vibe that’s been created with intention and love. It really is one of a kind. The drive is part of the appeal (note that Lake City makes for an easier drive than Silverton or Ouray). Fantastic. We will be back.” — Ben, Airbnb

Things to see & do nearby

Drive the Alpine Loop scenic byway to see ghost towns, bloom-strewn meadows and San Juan mountain scenery around Lake City, Ouray and Silverton. Pause in Ouray for a hike to Box Canyon Falls. Don’t forget to stop for a sip of LCBC Cream Ale or Slumgullion Stout at Lake City Brewing Company after you stock up on groceries for your stay.


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