Bear Basin Mountain House overlooks the Bear Basin Valley with stunning views of the Sangre de Cristo Range to the west and the Collegiate Peaks to the northwest. Located just 11 miles east of the picturesque town of Westcliffe, CO, this convenient location offers easy access to the Sangre de Cristo range and is just minutes away from fantastic hiking in the Wet Mountains. An ideal getaway spot for those seeking solitude and a great basecamp for all your mountain adventures.
The Mountain House sits atop Tonso Peak on 70 acres of pine and aspen forest. This is a mountain setting yet very accessible. We are located just four miles from paved road and accessed via county-maintained roads, making year-round access one of its best features. Need more room? A smaller guest house is also located on the property and can be booked separately. Look for the Rebel Ridge guest house listing on VRBO.
There are two houses on this property and I would like to keep them both rented as much as possible. The houses are about 50 yards apart and share a parking area. If you absolutely do not want to see another human being during your stay please let me know this when you book and I will gladly block the dates for the other house. On the other hand, if you are more social and would not mind saying hello to other guests in the driveway you need not do anything. I will leave the dates open for the other house and it may or may not be booked during your stay.
Guests will have access to the entire house and patio area as well as the forested grounds. Feel free to take a walk in the woods and enjoy the birds and wildlife that inhabit the area. There are closets and dressers in the bedrooms for guest use. Help yourself to any of the food items and spices in the kitchen cabinets.
Interaction with guests:
I like to give people their space but am available to assist when needed. I do not live on the property full time but will sometimes be staying in the guesthouse nearby while I am working around the property. If I am not present I will be reachable by cell phone.
Other things to note:
Please double check the property address with a mapping application to find the address before arrival and be aware that many cell phones will not have service once in the mountains. AT&T seems to be the only carrier with service in our area. You can also turn on wifi calling on your cell phone and use our wifi to access your cell service.
A note for winter guests: There are a couple of things you should know if you plan to book with us between Nov 1 - May 1. Our guest house sits at 8900 ft. elevation. Although we do not get lots of snow until spring, we often get a few inches at a time throughout the winter and while we do have road maintenance, it may be icy in spots and difficult or impossible for a rear wheel drive vehicle to make it up our lane. I strongly recommend you have a front wheel drive or four wheel drive vehicle to get here during the winter months.
Not suitable for pets
No parties or events
Check-in is anytime after 3PM
Check out by 12PM (noon)
Self check-in with lockbox
- Must be at least 25 to book or have no negative feedback from previous VRBO hosts. All guests must read the house manual upon arrival. The manual contains simple and important instructions for operating the various systems on the property and keeping them in good working order. We ask simply for courteous, neighborly behavior and respect for our home and property. Smoking of any kind is not allowed, including marajana. Well-behaved children are welcome. Historically, most damage occurs from kids so please watch them closely. We have them too ;-) Pets are not allowed in the guest house or on the premises. Please keep the property and all furnishings in good order.
You agree not to use the premises for any activities or purposes that violates any criminal law or governmental regulation or to engage in any illegal activity while on property – such use or activity will result in immediate eviction and forfeiture of all fees.
There is no daily housekeeping service. Linens and bath towels are provided. Please do not remove towels, linens, or any other items from the house.
The property is on a well and septic systems. The septic system is very effective; however, it will clog up if improper material is flushed. Do not flush anything other than toilet paper. No feminine products or baby wipes should be flushed at anytime. If it is found that these products have been flushed and clogged the septic system, you will be charged damages of up to the cost of repair which could be upwards of $500. We would contact you to discuss, if the issue arises. Do not flush any toxins.
The owners are not responsible for any accidents, injuries or illness that occurs while on the premises or its facilities. The owners are not responsible for the loss of personal belongings or valuables of the guest. By accepting this reservation, it is agreed that all guests are expressly assuming the risk of any harm arising from their use of the premises or others whom they invite to use the premise.
Damages to Premises: Should guest, or guest's invitees, cause any damages to the premises, or contents thereof, that require repair or replacement, guest authorizes owner to charge the guest's credit card for all damages. All damages must be reported to the owner before check-out and upon vacating, any missing or damaged property or inventory will be charged via your credit card on file, the amounts required to conduct the necessary repairs, or if necessary to replace the missing items at full replacement value within 14 days.
Lastly, we will do everything we can to ensure you have a good experience and a good stay. Inevitably there will be power outages, equipment failures, or any number of unforeseen events that we have no control over. If any issue arises please give us the opportunity to work out a solution with you before resorting to negative feedback. Thanks for staying with us!