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.
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…
LOCATION, LOCATION, LOCATION
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.
EXPERIENCE HOW LOVELY ECO-DESIGN CAN BE
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.
MORE DETAILS ABOUT THE HOUSE
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.
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...
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.
Questions? Please send!
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!