Risco Rojo's outdoor spaces always beckon (the fire pit perfect for a big blaze and s'mores!).The views are spectacular. Here is a favorite looking southwest across the Animas Valley during monsoon season.
Exquisite Eco-home in Animas Valley
Exquisite Eco-home in Animas Valley
6 guests
2 bedrooms
4 beds
2 baths
6 guests
2 bedrooms
4 beds
2 baths
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Nurture rest, romance, good health & adventure! Delightful eco-home on quiet stretch of County Road 250 (15 minutes north of Durango). Modern rustic style with state-of-the-art technology systems and a variety of natural & no/low VOC finishes. Deliciously comfortable inside with incredibly gorgeous, panoramic views outside. A large fire pit sets the outdoor stage for enjoying Colorado's beauty with family and friends.

The space

Risco Rojo Guest House was designed to be easy on the Earth and heaven for the body and soul! Let your senses and spirit be delighted:

The zero net energy eco-home sits against the backdrop of one of the Animas Valley's most dramatic red sandstone cliff formations. 360 degree views will dazzle you from dusk to dawn! Artwork from around the world offers a visual feast indoors. There's also superb wildlife viewing opportunities: elk, deer, wild turkey, bear, bobcat, coyote and various raptors frequently make appearances.

Located on 10 acres along pastoral County Road 250, the 2000 square foot modern rustic-styled home offers privacy, seclusion, and a delicious amount of peace and quiet.

Or lack thereof! A continuous fresh air exchange system makes for luxurious comfort and superior indoor air quality. This home is perfect for allergy or chemically sensitive guests, thanks to zero VOC paints, natural finishes, no pets/tobacco/cologne/perfume policies and use of gentle, unscented cleaners.

Great care was taken in selecting quality beds, mattresses, carpets, rugs, linens and towels, etc. - the majority made from natural products and fibers that pamper the body in a way synthetics can’t. An extra plus: I keep Risco Rojo fastidiously maintained and impeccably clean!

I provide coffee, tea, cream, spices, oil, sugar and a variety of other condiments to make it easy and affordable for my guests to enjoy the fully stocked kitchen. An attached greenhouse often has fresh herbs available too!

And if that isn’t enough to tempt you…

Risco Rojo is less than 15 minutes to Durango and only 20 minutes to Purgatory Ski Resort. It’s as an ideal adventure hub, offering immediate access to premier southwest Colorado biking routes (road and mountain), national forests, winter sports and scenic hikes. Trimble Hot Springs and the Dalton Ranch Golf Course are three miles away and Missionary Ridge Road is just a couple miles north. Any guest with artistic tendencies will also find ample inspiration at Risco Rojo with the changing light dancing on the cliffs and across the valley.

The home is a fine example of efficient, sustainable design - powered almost entirely by active and passive solar systems. The incredible comfort this house offers over conventional built homes is remarkable. Other technology features include in-floor radiant heating, heat-recovery ventilation system, induction stove, LED lighting, ultra-efficient appliances and an outlet for electric car charging.

Guest access

The home is well suited for 4 people (an ideal spot for couples traveling together), but can accommodate 1 or 2 more people with the day bed and trundle in the Reading Room (upstairs loft).

The Verde Suite with king bed provides spectacular east, south and west facing views of the Animas Valley. The Terlingua Room has a queen bed and is cozily tucked away on the first floor with views to the east and north. Exquisite granite, natural stone and tile designs adorn both bathrooms.

The house is fully furnished and stocked with linens, towels, cookware, kitchen utensils and a BBQ grill. The outdoor fire pit is perfect for a roaring blaze and making s’mores. There is also Wifi, a TV with DirectTV satellite service (including movie channels), a full stereo system (with outdoor speakers), and a Sonos player in the Verde Suite. Safely store bikes and other gear in the spacious garage.

Guests are welcome to consume marijuana on the premises, but there is no smoking indoors (vaporizers okay).

Other things to note

Airbnb gives only a few options for setting cancellation policies, mine is listed as strict. Specifically, however, this is my refund policy:
*Full refund if cancelled 28 days prior to arrival.
*75% refund if cancelled 21-27 days prior to arrival.
*50% refund if cancelled 8-20 days prior to arrival.
*No refund within 7 days of arrival unless house can be rebooked. I will always attempt to rebook the house and refund as appropriate.

IMPORTANT: During certain winter conditions the road up to the house can get quite icy. It's only 50 yards from CR 250, but you will need 4X4 and good tires to safely navigate it. Alternatively, you can park at the entrance and walk up.

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Sleeping arrangements
Bedroom 1
1 king bed
Bedroom 2
1 queen bed
Common spaces
2 single beds

House Rules
No smoking
Not suitable for pets
No parties or events
Not safe or suitable for children (0-12 years)
Check-in is anytime after 4PM
Check out by 10AM
Self check-in with keypad
Security deposit is $378

Absolutely no smoking indoors or near open windows/doors. A cleaning fee of $500 will be charged if this policy is violated.

Risco Rojo is 420 friendly so cannabis (marijuana) consumption is allowed but same rules above apply - outdoors only or use a vaporizer.

Guests must also refrain from using scented perfumes, colognes or lotions indoors.

No large parties unless prior approval given and additional deposit taken.

No pets - sorry.

Otherwise, I just ask guests to treat this little piece of paradise with common sense and respect! Thanks much...


39 Reviews

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Martha User Profile
September 2017
The home is well equipped with everything you need to kick back and relax the views of mountains and cliffs are fantastic.

Matt User Profile
September 2017
Vicky was a pleasure to meet and she had thought of every detail for our stay. We will be back.

Cord User Profile
August 2017
Risco Rojo is a beautiful vacation home in beautiful surroundings, hosted by a wonderful person. Vicki went above and beyond to make sure we were comfortable and had a perfect vacation in Durango. We have rented several high end houses and this may be our favorite. It is located in the perfect area for those wanting to feel like they are secluded in the mountains, but just a few minute drive from groceries and the town of Durango. When we are in the mountains in the summer we want to maximize our time outdoors, and Vicki's home has jaw dropping views of the mountains from an amazing patio, outdoor dining table, and fire pit. We roasted s'mores every night in the fire pit while gazing at the stars. The interior is decked out with high end furnishings, a Sonos sounds system, and the most well stocked kitchen of any rental we've ever used. Vicki replies within minutes to any request or question. We will be back!

Diane User Profile
August 2017
Vicki's house is beautiful. Tucked into a spot that has lots of nature (we loved the humming birds) and beautiful landscape. The peace and quiet was just what we wanted and Vicki was great showing us through the house and how everything worked so we could enjoy our stay better.

Javier, Kathleen User Profile
August 2017
Vicki,was the best host so helpful and very nice to talk to..We had questions about Durango and places to visit while we were there and she had all the right answers...we recommend her beautiful home and her as a host ..(URL HIDDEN)Thank You(URL HIDDEN) Javier and Kathleen(URL HIDDEN) Vasquez

Patty User Profile
July 2017
It was absolute heaven. Our first visitors were hummingbirds, ground squirrels and turkeys -- they all came close to the front porch to welcome us. We very quickly fell into the Animas Valley routine: (a) listening for the afternoon trains on their return from Silverton, edging slowly down the valley back to Durango, (b) enjoying the local beers on the porch with our hummingbird friends, and (c) watching the sun drop over the mountains on the other side of the valley. The house was beautiful -- everything was pristine, and we had all of the amenities we could wish for, including spices/herbs, condiments and wonderful teas to ease our stay. The appliances were all state-of-the-art, so on those many occasions when we cooked, our time was efficient, and pleasantly spent in the kitchen. The real bonus was outside, of course. Our host, who was always available for calls or a visit, has built a vast, hummingbird-friendly tiered garden, which we'd admire for hours as our little friends scooted around between the feeders and their favorite local flowers. It was quite a treat, and we were in a trance watching the dozens of hummingbirds make their rounds. The house is just minutes away from shopping for essentials, and all of 6 minutes away from the hot springs. The house is also just minutes away from some great trails -- from challenging, to quite simple. Vickie was amazing and went out of her way to make sure we were comfortable. We will certainly be coming back to enjoy our little piece of heaven!

Barb User Profile
July 2017
Vicki's home is the perfect location if you want to be close to Durango, yet secluded at the same time. It's a short 15-minute drive to town and super scenic all the way. The beds are comfortable, the amenities high end. There are 16 steps to the upper level where the master bedroom is located so take that into consideration before booking. Vicki provided detailed written instructions on how things work in this beautiful home so it was very easy to refer to them when you needed them. There were sweet surprises in every nook and corner of this house from fresh flowers to beautiful artwork. The outdoor area views are fantastic and the seating very comfortable. Perfect for viewing Missionary Ridge across the Animas Valley! Vicki is a gracious and considerate host and made our stay very comfortable.

Durango, Colorado, United StatesJoined in March 2013
Vicki User Profile
Interaction with guests

I love meeting my guests and helping to make their vacation a success! I am available to assist you with questions about the home technology systems and the area in general. For additional fees, I can stock the refrigerator before your arrival, prepare meals for your party during your stay (advance notice required), provide bike shuttles and/or offer other concierge-like services.

There is an attached, private apartment with the main house called the Tree Ghost Studio (separate entrance on the opposite side of house with private deck) - I occasionally stay especially when working on the grounds. For guests with longer stays, I may need to occasionally access the garage and main house to water indoor plants or perform other maintenance duties. Entry times with estimated lengths of stay are coordinated with guests ahead of time by text to ensure respect of privacy.

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About Vicki

I was born and raised in south Texas, making my way to Colorado shortly upon college graduation. With the exception 5 fabulous years in Portland, OR, the state has been home since. My rental - Risco Rojo (means "red cliff" in Spanish) - merges my professional experience and passions: 5 years in the hospitality industry (restaurant, hotel and property management), a decade in public relations and marketing, and 12 years in the nerd world of energy efficiency and renewable energy. Top that off with my German heritage and together you have a superbly clean sustainable home that is the epitome of comfort for rest, relaxation, adventure and romance!

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