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1398, First Notch Road, Archuleta County, Colorado, 81147, United States
Starting at $600 per person per night
The Notch Ranch is a jewel of a historic ranch that sits along the banks of the East Fork of the Piedra River and the rim of the dramatic palisades that surround it. The Piedra, a technically challenging 2-mile trout stream, painstakingly returned to its original glory, teems with 12-16 inch long wild brown trout and the occasional rainbow and cutthroat. Tucked within a venerable Ponderosa Pine stand, with trees dating back over 400 years, The Notch Ranch features two cabins within close proximity to one another, Notch Lodge and Skunk Cabin.
Unique Features: The ranch is surrounded on three sides by the San Juan National Forest and just outside the boundaries of the ranch sits the expansive Weminuche Wilderness Area, which provides great hiking trails to Hossick Lake, Divide Lakes, Granite Peak and the Continental Divide. The Weminuche Wilderness is 500,000 acres and the San Juan Forest is two million acres of the most beautiful land in the state of Colorado.
Accommodations: The Notch Lodge is an Old West log cabin with soaring ceilings and logs once rough, but worn smooth with time. It has an open floor plan with a spacious living room, full kitchen, 3 bedrooms and 2.5 bathrooms. All the modern amenities like cable, Wi-Fi and washer/dryer allow guests to enjoy the best of both worlds. The Notch Lodge can accommodate 8 guests comfortably with three bedrooms. The Skunk Cabin is recently renovated and offers a smaller floor plan than the Lodge. This log cabin boasts rustic vaulted ceilings, 2 bedrooms, 1 bathroom, and comfortably sleeps 4.
As Suite As It Gets: When money is no object, go for the larger Notch Lodge, but both cabins are equally as nice. Each cabin boasts a patio, ideal for stargazing into the dark night sky or enjoying a relaxing campfire.
Dining: There is no on-site restaurant but they can easily recommend some great nearby restaurants. The cabins have full kitchens for meal preparation.
Activities: Cast your rod into the meandering streams, splashing your fly into the pristine river water. And with one of the expert guides nearby, you’ll find the rainbow trout biting in no time. Experience Lindner Ranches on horseback just as the original settlers did. Meander through meadows, pastures and forest adjacent to the San Juan National Forest. Take in the scenery and experience the wildlife that is plentiful on all of the Lindner Ranches. Heck, a wrangler might even put you to work moving the herd. In the winter they offer amazing snowmobiling!
Spa & Fitness: There is no on-site spa or fitness center, but with all of the amazing outdoor activities and fresh air though, you won’t need them.
Location: Pagosa Springs is a town in southwest Colorado known for its hot springs. It’s surrounded by the rugged San Juan Mountains and vast areas of national forest. The San Juan River, with its abundant trout, runs through town. To the northeast, Wolf Creek Ski Area offers downhill runs and cross-country trails. Southwest, Chimney Rock National Monument features the ruins of ancient Ancestral Puebloan dwellings.
Closest Airport: The closest major airport to Pagosa Springs, Colorado is Durango-La Plata County Airport (DRO / KDRO). This airport is in Durango, Colorado and is 57 miles from the center of Pagosa Springs, CO.
Children’s Programs: No. Although they welcome your children, they do not have any supervised children’s programs.
Pet Friendly: No. Pets are not allowed at this property.
Weddings: No. They do not normally host weddings but they may by special request.
Meetings: No. They do not have the facilities to host large business meetings.
Extra Info: To the west is Durango, a truly authentic Western town, with the historic Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad, galleries and museums, and stellar restaurants. Durango also provides access to Mesa Verde National Park, one of the world’s great cultural treasures and the San Juan Skyway, a 235-mile scenic loop through mining towns, ski resorts, and staggering mountain splendor.