The Space***If this cabin is rented we have 6 other cabins listed on Airbnb that are two bedroom with some having lofts (2 twin beds). We also have a large cabin that can hold up to 12 people. The ranch is located on a 160 acres in a mountain valley and each cabin has plenty of privacy, so please do not think the cabins are stacked upon each other. There is nothing like Oleo Ranch in this area***
Oleo is 18 miles from Lake City on the backside of Slumgullion Pass. Basically we are between the start of Slum pass and Spring Creek pass in Quite Valley. You can (SENSITIVE CONTENTS HIDDEN) Map Oleo Ranch and see our location.
At 10,500 feet, this cabin is located in a remote part of southwest Colorado (between Creede and Lake City) and surrounded by some of the most beautiful scenery the Rocky Mountains have to offer. It is secluded, offers privacy, and breathtaking views with comfortable accommodations. It’s built overlooking a beautiful valley. The cabin water is drawn directly out of the mountain it’s built upon. Propane gas runs appliances, lights and heats water for the kitchen and bathroom. Electricity is neither needed nor available, and we do enforce a no generator policy. Anything which needs to be plugged in will not be of use and you will not miss the electricity. You are truly "off the grid" at this cabin, and your mind and body will thank you for it. Don't worry, technology, electricity, restaurants and other conveniences are just a short beautiful drive over Slumgullion Pass into Lake City if need be. The cabin is pet friendly as well.
Recreational activities around the cabin include miles and miles of scenic trails for mountain hiking/climbing, photography, fishing, or just relaxing. Moose and Elk are often seen and several kinds of hummingbirds are always around the feeders. The colorful wildflowers in summer, the wind blowing through the Aspens, and the spectacular fall foliage are nature at its best. Five stocked ponds and 1.5 miles of streams provide guests with private fishing, so beginners to avid fly fishermen will have ample opportunity to wet their lines. Peace and quiet is not something you have to seek out... the wind blowing through the Aspens will be the only thing you'll hear while reading your book on the deck. There is zero light pollution at night so stargazing is one of the most incredible things you will ever witness. Also, look no further than the area to escape the heat of the summer. Even in the dog days of summer, the average temperature during the day is 70 and nights can drop below freezing. Day trip opportunities "off the ranch" are abundant- anything from climbing one of the seven area 14K mountains, fishing the Rio Grande river, hiking the Continental Divide Trail, renting a jeep in Lake City and driving over Engineer Pass, as well as something as simple as having an ice cream cone, sitting on a Lake City bench. There is so much to see and do in one of the most beautiful areas of the Rockies. Thank you for taking a look at our cabin and we hope to see you there soon enjoying the simple life! Interaction with GuestsWe have an onsite manager who is a retired fire fighter out of CA. He knows this area like the back of his hand. He is there to help if you need anything, but you won’t see him if you don't. Other Things to NoteLocation: The cabin is located off of Highway 149 north of Creede between mile marker 56 and 57. The entrance will be before the start of Slumgullion Pass and Rambouillet Creek. As you turn in you will need to drive a mile or so before you will see the ranch
Lake City, CO – 17
Creede, CO – 36
Gunnison, CO – 72
Denver, CO – 272
Albuquerque, NM – 303
Weather: Average temps are around 70 day and 30 at night. Short rain storms can roll in almost every day, but it is usually just a quick storm
Altitude: The cabin is at 10,500 feet. It may take a day to get acclimated to the altitude. Try to drink plenty of water before coming up and continue when at the ranch. Also water boils at a lower temperature at this altitude compared to sea level. This can alter cooking times for some dishes (pasta)
Electricity: There is no electricity at the cabin. Everything runs off of propane. It has a full stove with 4 cook top burners, a refrigerator (not full size), and hot water
Water: The water for the cabin comes directly from a mountain spring and it is tested each year
Hot water: It has a standard water heater, just like you find in most homes
TV/Internet/Cell Phones: None of these items can work off of propane (thankfully) so no to all
Generators: we do not allow generators to be run at anytime. This is to keep the noise down
Lights: The lights work off of propane and are turned on by a lever and using a match. Very simple operation. If you plan on reading at night you should bring a book light
Heater: There is a wall heater in the cabin, but it retains heat well and you may not need the heater
Kitchen: The kitchen has a stove, refrigerator, and full size sink
Utensils, pots/pans, glasses and dishes: It has everything you need. You may want to bring some sturdy paper plates as it is all hand washing/drying
Bathroom: The bathroom has a walk in showers, sink and a toilet
Bath and dish towels, paper towels, and toilet paper: all are provided
Cleaning supplies: dishwashing soap, garbage bags are provided
Coffee: Coffee is brewed using a percolator. If you are not familiar with this type of brewing please see the links below:
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Fireplace and wood: It has a fireplace and there will be wood provided on your deck. If splitting is needed, it will have an ax and chopping block
Dogs: Dogs are allowed. Please see below for policies
-$25 per dog, per stay fee, with a $100 damage deposit per dog, at time of check-in. Deposit check will be destroyed after cabin is cleaned, if no damage occurs.
-Limit of 2 dogs per stay.
-Dogs must be kept under control at all times.
-No loud or uncontrollable dogs.
-Keep dogs off of furniture and beds.
-Dogs cannot be left unattended in the cabin for a prolonged period of time. Portable pet kennels are available upon request. It is the renters responsibility to clean these before departing.
-Renter to clean cabin of all dog hair before leaving.
-When registering at check-in the pet owner agrees to abide by the Pet Policies. You are responsible for any damage or injury caused by your pet and must absolve us of any liability resulting from your pets action.
Food: You will need to bring in all your food. Access to the nearest grocery stores is Lake City (17 miles) and Creede (36 miles). There is a small store at Freemons Ranch (over Spring Creek pass on the way to Creede) as well, but not a large selection.
Grocery stores: Alamosa will have a couple large grocery stores with good prices. Also pick up your beer, wine and liquor there. If not, Creede will have a grocery store, but higher prices and a more limited choice. Lake City has a grocery store as well, but with the same situation as Creede
Grills: It does have a gas grill on the deck
How does food stay cool: There is a fridge in the kitchen, but it is smaller than normal. If your stay is only a couple days you will be just fine. If you have a big party and staying longer, then we suggest bringing in some coolers and ice. The ice will stay frozen if the coolers are kept outside
Suggested food items (stuff you may not think about while the temps are in the 100’s where you are): hot chocolate mix (marshmallows)
Good Meals: Pretty much everything will taste good up there, but here are a few suggestions that always seem to work well
Breakfast - eggs, sausage, blueberry pancakes, cereal, etc.
Lunch - sandwiches, etc.
Dinner - steaks, grilled chicken, spaghetti, etc.
Suggested Clothes: normal cool weather clothes. Bring some rain gear as well
Other suggested items: batteries, flash light, binoculars, camera, lightweight fishing gear, sunscreen, lip balm, books and magazines
Fishing on the Ranch: There are 5 ponds on the ranch that will provide great fishing by either using a fly rod or a basic rod/reel set up. There is a worm farm by the old corral next to the Willows cabin, if you choose to use a hook. We urge “catch and release” but keeping a few for dinner is always ok. Fly or spin fishing is also available in the small Cebolla Creek that runs through the ranch. Many streams and lakes are in the area nearby as well.
Area attractions: For area things to do, scenic drives, outdoor recreation, and much more info about the Lake City area please see the Lake City Switchback website.
ATV’s: We do not allow ATV’s to be driven on the ranch property. You can park your trailer in the barn area, and trailer them to the many trailheads in the area. Be sure and get the required permit by the state of Colorado.