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Cabins in Blue Mesa Reservoir with a private bathroom

Colorado’s largest body of water offers great fishing, plus lakeside and boat-in camping.

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6 top cabins sites in Blue Mesa Reservoir with a private bathroom


4 Leg Adventures Non Profit

8 sites · Lodging, Tents46 acres · Paonia, CO
A Beautiful and quiet small ranch two miles from town and one mile from national forest. Our property is home of 4 Leg Adventures Non Profit. 4 leg Adventures offers conventional riding lessons, Alexander Technique Riding Lessons, and Trail rides for experienced riders. They also do Equine and wilderness based summer camps.
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Zenzen Gardens

33 sites · Lodging, RVs, Tents20 acres · Paonia, CO
We are now the official tasting room for Alfred Eames Cellars beginning May 15th. The tasting room will be open from 11:00am - 6:00 pm. Come sit under the veranda and taste some exceptional local wines. The property is also a music venue with two performance sites in the barn and a stage by the pond. We also offer farm-to-table dinners throughout the summer, and tapas on Thursdays. Check out our calendar for concerts and dinner dates at www.zenzengardens.com There is veranda seating to enjoy the beautiful flower gardens and where you can access the internet. At the turn of the century, this farm was a dairy operation with its huge old red barn built in the 1880's. The property is pastoral, relaxing, rural and beautiful! It is surrounded by hay and alfalfa fields. It is very quiet with wide open spaces. You might see deer, fox, Golden Eagles, Bald Eagles, Red Tail Hawks and Red Wing Blackbirds, just to name a few.
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Mount Hayden Backcountry Lodge

2 sites · Lodging35 acres · Ouray, CO
This property came to me through a family connection and we are thrilled to share it with others. In the spring you ski or hike to the property from Camp Bird Road. Spring skiing or snow shoeing is spectacular. The road to the property is open late June or early July through October and is real 4WD or you can hike or bike in. There are many incredible waterfalls on site. The summer months bring wildflowers galore and lots of wildlife, along with great hiking on the surrounding 13 and 14 thousand foot peaks. Ouray and all of it's amenities are a quick seven miles away. Learn more about this land: This listing is for a new lodge Remote, pristine with full amenities and two gourmet meals each day included. The Mount Hayden Backcountry Lodge is located at 11,200 ft. in Richmond Basin off of the Imogene Pass jeep trail between Ouray and Telluride, Colorado. Situated in a gorgeous forest the lodge provides comfort and full amenities. There are two private rooms and two partitioned bunk spaces as well.  There is cell and internet. The conventional plumbing can even deliver a hot shower with amazing spring water. Bring your own sheet and pillowcase or sleeping bag but there are plenty of blankets here.  Hike, bike or drive off road ready, high clearance 4WD in from Camp Bird (required).  The base rate is $120/person/night, $25/dog/stay and chef/owner caters breakfast and dinner at your convenience. All dietary needs can be accommodated.  You won't believe the wood fired hot tub! Please see Haydenbackcountry.com for more information and exact directions. Do not attempt to arrive here using a navigations app!
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Thunder Heart Horse Sanctuary

1 site · LodgingRidgway, CO
This property on Amelia Street is the only 10-acre parcel in Ridgway.  Years ago, it was part of a larger parcel, owned by an eccentric woman - a very wealthy land owner.  She and the famous Marie Scott were land-owning buddies back in the day. I purchased this land in 1999 and actually moved onto the property in 2005 after renovations.  The cabin you will be staying in was renovated in 2012 when a bathroom was added. The property supports horses and llamas. All are friendly, most of them are retired - the horses, that is...the llamas are lawn ornaments.Cottonwood Creek and the Dallas River run through the property.  
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Mountain View Cabin

1 site · Lodging15 acres · Ridgway, CO
This beautiful log home rental has spectacular views of the Cimarron and the San Juan Mountains. It provides free level II car charging. It is a fully furnished mountain retreat with everything you will need for a comfortable, affordable stay. Private road with lots of wildlife. Beautiful old Cottonwood trees with an old tire swing. A creek runs through the pasture keeping the grass lush and green. The cattle enjoy the panoramic mountain views. Far enough away from civilization, yet walking distance to town! Located on a working cattle farm with lots of wildlife. Only 26 miles from the nearest airport. 2 miles to the famous Ouray Hot springs. 9 miles to Ouray, an easy drive to the Ice Climbing Park off of Camp Bird Mine Rd. and Imogene Pass, renowned for Jeeping and 4x4s. 35 Miles from the Ski Lifts in Telluride. Join us at our beautiful Mountain View Cabin. Learn more about this land: This beautiful log home rental has spectacular views of the Cimarron and the San Juan Mountains. It is a fully furnished mountain retreat with everything you will need for a comfortable, affordable stay. Quiet, yet within walking distance to town.
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Needle Rock Cabin

1 site · Lodging80 acres · Crawford, CO
This cabin was built in the 1860’s by Otis Smith, we have been told the Smith Fork of the Gunnison was named after Otis. He was the first silver miner in the area. As you can see, the original cabin s now the main living area. The bedroom and bathroom were added in the 1930’s. In 2020, with spare time on our hands, we decided to restore the cabin. We hope you enjoy your time here and leave renewed and relaxed.Learn more about this land:Get away & enjoy the peace and serenity of The West Elks! The Needle Rock Cabin, which was originally built by Otis Smith in the 1860's sits on 80 acres backing to the magnificent West Elk Wilderness Area. The Bedroom can be arranged to have one king bed or two xl twin beds. The kitchen comes equipped with a fridge, stove, microwave, coffee maker (including coffee, tea, hot chocolate & cider). Located 1 mile from Needle Rock and 20 minutes from The Black Canyon.
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Cabins in Blue Mesa Reservoir with a private bathroom guide


In the high mountain desert between Gunnison and Montrose, Blue Mesa Reservoir is the largest body of water in Colorado. Part of the Curecanti National Recreation Area, the 29-mile-long reservoir offers 96 miles of shoreline surrounded by canyons and mesas. Stocked with fish and home to the largest kokanee salmon hatchery in the country, the fishing is legendary. Visitors also come to go boating, paddling, windsurfing, and swimming, as well as hiking, biking, horseback riding, and wildlife spotting. Campers can choose from more than 10 lakeside and boat-in campgrounds around the reservoir, with many more options available elsewhere in Curecanti National Recreation Area and Gunnison National Forest nearby.

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Sapinero Basin

At the western end of the reservoir is the Sapinero Basin, with three arms branching off north and south, and four campgrounds. The largest campground in the area, Lake Fork, offers 90 tent and RV sites, along with a marina and an information center. The Ponderosa campground can be found along the Soap Creek Arm while the West Elk Creek boat-in campground can be found along the West Elk arm.

Cebolla Basin

Centrally located, the Cebolla Basin is home to the Dillon Pinnacles and Elk Creek Campground, offering 160 sites for tents and large RVs, with fire rings and picnic tables. It’s also the only campground with electric hookups. Near the Elk Creek Visitor Center are a boat ramp, fish cleaning station, and a seasonal marina and restaurant. The basin is also home to the Red Creek, Dry Creek, and East Elk Creek Group Campground, plus the Cebolla Creek boat-in campground.

Iola Basin

On the eastern end of the reservoir, the Iola Basin is home to the Stevens Creek Campground, with 53 tent and RV sites. The Turtle Rock boat-in campground can also be found in this area, along with several picnic areas, two boat launches, and the Lake City Bridge.

Curecanti National Recreation Area

To the west of Blue Mesa are two other lakes that form part of the Curecanti National Recreation Area—Morrow Point Lake and Crystal Lake. Just west of Blue Mesa, Morrow Point offers two boat-in campgrounds at Curecanti Creek and Hermits Rest. Further west, Crystal Lake offers one boat-in campground and two developed campgrounds for tents and RVs, including East Portal, at the far western end of Curecanti National Recreation Area and just below Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park.

Gunnison National Forest

To the northwest of Blue Mesa River is the Gunnison National Forest, spanning more than 1.6 million acres. In addition to plenty of space for dispersed backcountry camping, there are more than 30 developed backgrounds that offer tent sites, RV sites, and cabins. The closest developed campgrounds to Blue Mesa Reservoir include Soap Creek Campground, with 21 campsites, Lake Irwin Campground, with 25 campsites, and the Lost Lake Campground-Paionia, with 18 campsites.

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