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Spacious, Mountain Home w/Hot Tub! Only 45 min to Great Sand Dunes/Zapata Falls!

Bedrooms 3
Space 3,000 sq ft
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 nights


About the property

Clean, Cozy, Well-kept, 3 Bedroom, 3 Bathroom Home With Mountain Views.

Clean, family-friendly mountain home with hot tub! Only 1.5 hours to Red River Ski Area. House sleeps up to 9. Spacious family room overlooks Mt. Lindsay and Mt. Blanca. Stay cozy in the cold weather with electric baseboard heating and/or with the modern wood stove. Enjoy cooking in the kitchen overlooking the beautifully landscaped yard. Kitchen is fully equipped with refrigerator (ice trays), built in oven, microwave, electric stove with griddle, and dishwasher. There is also a toaster and coffee maker for your convenience. Enjoy meals in the dining room overlooking the mountain view or outside on the deck. Relax in the solarium taking in the serene alpine setting through the wall of windows or have fun playing games. A full bath with shower is located just off the solarium. Outside upper deck with deck chairs is accessible from the solarium. All the bedrooms are downstairs. Master bedroom with king-size bed, full, in-suite bath (sunken tub), second bedroom with 2 single twin beds, third bedroom with a twin over double bunk bed. Full bath in downstairs hall (shower) serves both second and third bedrooms. Also available are 2 twin cots that can be placed wherever desired in the house and used to sleep two additional people.

Full size washer and dryer are located in downstairs hall for all your laundry needs.

The yard surrounding Casa Friede has been painstakingly landscaped over the years by the former owners and adds to the charm of the home. In addition to the upper deck, there is a lower deck area with bench seating where you can sit, enjoy the lovely yard and listen to the wind rushing through the trees.

Wildlife is abundant in Forbes Park as are the opportunities to enjoy it. Access to San Isabel National Forest is available from within the Park. You can walk the many roads within the development and enjoy some of the 5,000 acres of protected common land which includes meadows, streams, forests, lakes and beaver ponds. Also available in Forbes Park are many miles of hiking, cross country skiing, and mountain biking.

Visit Great Sand Dunes National Park only 45 minutes away. You'll be amazed at the massive sand dunes and will feel like you are in the middle of a desert. You can get up close and personal and climb the dunes and enjoy the creek that runs through it during the spring and early summer. This is one of our family's favorite spots in Colorado.

Also within 2 hours are several ski areas (see link below for more info) that you can take a day trip and enjoy. La Veta and Cuchara are about an hour or less drive from Casa Friede and offer local dining, shopping and entertainment options fun for all ages.

We invite you to come experience Casa Friede and explore beautiful Southern Colorado.

More Details

Michelle Kuhtenia
Member since: 2013
Speaks english
Response time
Within an hour
Response rate
Calendar last updated:
21 July, 2018

About Michelle Kuhtenia

My husband, David and I (Michelle) currently live in Central Ohio with our 3 children. David fell in love with Colorado and the Rocky Mountains many moons ago when he went on his first hiking trip. A few years ago, while surfing the internet looking for potential property in Colorado, he discovered Forbes Park. He visited the area several times then brought me along. We both agreed this was a great place to buy a vacation home, and the rest is history!

Michelle Kuhtenia purchased this house in 2013

Why Michelle Kuhtenia chose Fort Garland

We started our search in Forbes Park by looking at available lots with the intent to build; however, when we were shown Casa Friede on a whim, we fell in love with the house. The former (and original) owner was so nice and had kept up the house so beautifully that we decided to continue their legacy in the name of the house.

What makes this house unique

The fact that Forbes Park has access to San Isabel national forest, is within around 2 hours or less of several nice ski areas, and is close to a host of other options for hiking, sightseeing, cross country skiing, etc. was very attractive to us. There are great options for either summer or winter activities for the whole family.


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday house rental in Fort Garland

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 3000 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 3:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:30 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 9
  • Min. age of primary renter: 25
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events allowed ...
  • Pets considered
  • Non smoking only
  • HOT TUB Upon return from Sand Dunes and BEFORE using hot tub, please rinse off with the water hose in the backyard outside or shower first.
  • LARGE PARTY CLEANING FEE Cleaning fee = $180 - 1-6 guests Cleaning fee = $200 - 7-9 guests - add'l amount will be added to quote if applicable.
Location Type:
  • Mountain View
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Garage ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet
  • Wood Stove
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 8 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Master Bath - toilet , bath (no shower)
    Downstairs Hall Bath - toilet , shower enclosure
    Upstairs Bath - toilet , shower enclosure , Located off of solarium.
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 9
  • Bedroom 2 - 2 single bed
    Bedroom 3 - 1 bunk bed , Twin over double bunk bed - could sleep up to 3.
    Master Bedroom - 1 extra lg. double bed , Master bedroom has in-suite master bath with sunken tub.
    Cots Available - 2 single bed , Two twin cots are available for use anywhere in house.
  • DVD Player ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television
  • Balcony
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lawn / Garden
  • long term rentals available
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Hot Tub
  • churches
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation centre
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • horse riding
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • rafting
  • rock climbing
  • ski lift pass
  • ski
  • snowboarding
  • snowmobiling
  • swimming
  • whitewater rafting


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Spacious, Mountain Home w/Hot Tub! Only 45 min to Great Sand Dunes/Zapata Falls!
average rating of 4.818182 based on 22 reviews

This was a great cabin! My family will definitely stay again on our next Colorado visit.

  • 5 of 5

The property was easy to find, very spacious, comfortable beds, great views and everything you could possibly need. We saw coyote, deer and the elk heard during our stay at the cabin. The owners were Wonderful. They kept us updated about everything with the cabin and were always available if we had any questions. Great Cabin with Great Owners. A Must Stay!

  • Review Submitted: 04/07/2018
  • Date of Stay: June 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so very much!
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Quiet, serene, complete package

  • 5 of 5

Our family loved every moment of our stay.

  • Review Submitted: 06/08/2017
  • Date of Stay: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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We were very impressed by the views and condition of the home upon arrival.

  • 5 of 5

We were surprised by how secluded the home was (3-4mi of dirt road from the highway) and loved it. I'm sure this oversight was on our part. Regardless, the seclusion was a bonus! We stopped in Trinidad/Walsenburg for a grocery shopping prior to arriving, which was a smart decision as the local shops have limited options. We toured the park and we're surprised by it size, how much property was still available, and the various views! We ate at Del's Diner and had a good lunch, after venturing out to the Great Sand Dunes and Zapata Falls. Our family fell in love so much we're looking at possibly buying property in the area. Cell phone service was very limited at the home, but Wifi filled the gaps.

I was very impressed as to how well stocked the home was. Most owners leave supplies locked up, or don't leave any (extra toilet tissue, paper towels, linens, etc). We brought extra things like these from home, but didn't need to. We ended up leaving extra supplies for the next renters too.

  • Review Submitted: 29/07/2017
  • Date of Stay: July 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you, and we appreciate your generosity in leaving the extras you purchased for the next guests to enjoy!
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Amazing Place!

  • 5 of 5

We spent a week at Casa Friede and loved every minute of it. The house was very clean, tastefully decorated and in a great location. Forbes Park is a beautiful place to explore nature and relax. There were deer in the back yard every day and we could hear the elk at night. We would love to come back again the next time we visit the wild west. Thanks so much to David and Michelle for being such wonderful hosts and letting us enjoy their home!

The Reagan Family

  • Review Submitted: 03/07/2017
  • Date of Stay: June 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Charming cabin with beautiful views!

  • 5 of 5

It was the perfect cabin for three couples and a dog. The beds were comfy and the community rooms (kitchen, family room, hot tub room) had everything we needed and more. Very scenic and peaceful property.

  • Review Submitted: 18/06/2017
  • Date of Stay: June 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Plenty of space, all the amenities, AMAZING location

  • 5 of 5

Our group had a great time staying here. We spent our days at the Sand Dunes and enjoyed relaxing at the house in the evenings. The house was clean, everything was easy to find, and we enjoyed the view, the hot tub, and the games. Great, quiet spot to escape to!

  • Review Submitted: 12/06/2017
  • Date of Stay: June 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
136 Miles
Colorado Springs
Nearest Barpub
16 Miles
Ft. Garland
Nearest Motorway
7 Miles
US 160
Nearest Restaurant
16 Miles
Ft. Garland
Nearest Ski
83 Miles
Red River Ski Area, NM
Car: necessary

Forbes Park is a beautiful, gated 13,000 acre development located in the Sangre de Cristo mountains. It's far enough away from the hustle and bustle to be a fantastic get-away location, but close enough to civilization to offer lots of fun options for sightseeing, outdoor adventuring, shopping, dining or just relaxing and enjoying the gorgeous mountain views and wildlife.


Rates & Availability

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Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee AU$242.64
Pet Fee AU$67.4

Casa Friede is available to rent 5/2018 - early January 2019. We will close for the rest of the Winter season from early January 2019 - mid May 2019. We will open again around 5/12/19 -1/12/20.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if cancelled at least 7 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if cancelled at least 14 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.