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Spectacular views, surrounded by National Forest, close to town, dog-friendly

Bedrooms 1
Space 400 sq ft
Property type cabin
Minimum Stay 2 - 4 nights


About the property

400 Sq Ft Cabin, Queen-Size Bed, Full Bath, Kitchenette, Smart TV, WiFi

The Barn Star Guest Cabin is tucked on the edge of an expansive valley and surrounded by National Forest and the Falls Creek Archeological/Recreational Area. Thousands of acres of the San Juan National Forest surround the property. "Hanging Valley" offers summer and winter recreational activities like hiking, biking, rock-climbing, snow-shoeing and cross-country skiing. And the Barn Star offers an amazing location, spectacular views and serenity – all within a 10 minute drive to Downtown Durango with its wonderful restaurants, breweries and shopping.

The rental studio is 400 square feet on the upper level of the stand-alone cabin (the downstairs portion is not occupied and is used as storage and occasionally as studio space by the owner). There is designated parking next to the cabin entry also at the same level making it easily "accessible".

The cabin is appointed with fun colors, updated vintage touches and art & accessories. There is a hotel quality queen size bed with down comforter and organic cotton sheets, a kitchenette with quality appliances, cookware, utensils and a full-sized refrigerator. The full bath has tub/shower combination, a marble-topped vanity and terrific views. There is a Smart TV so you can access your Netflix and Amazon Video queues as well as dedicated Wi-Fi for the cabin. And in the winter, the propane cast-iron stove provides your on-demand heat and added ambiance.

Outside there is a seating area that invites you to enjoy the views and the peace & quiet. It's not unusual to see elk, deer, bears and coyote in the meadow. And if you're a bird-watcher you'll see hawks, vultures and eagles soaring along the ridge-lines to the east and west. A short hike takes you to an overlook of the Animas River and valley.

Well-behaved, friendly dogs are welcome at the Barn Star. Please mention the size and breed of your dog(s) in your reservation request. Visiting dogs should be kept under your control while on the property, either by voice control or on leash. Directly across the road are hundreds of acres where your furry friend can run free. A collapsible, fabric-sided loaner crate(s) is available and stored under the bed. Additionally bowls, towels, brush, cookies and waste bags are provided. There is a 2 dog (45 lbs and under) or 1 large dog (over 45 lbs) maximum. 2 large dogs may be considered,but additional cleaning fees may apply. *When checking availability, be sure to check that you are traveling with your pet in order to calculate the proper fees.

In addition to the activities right out the front door, the cabin is a short drive to the famous Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railway and the Animas River. Mesa Verde is a great day-trip as well as the mining town of Silverton, and Pagosa Springs with its famous hot springs. The ski town of Telluride is a beautiful 2 hour trip through some of the best Aspen stands in the state - if you are visiting in the fall season, the colors there will not disappoint. And Purgatory Ski Resort is 30 minutes up the highway offering both winter and summer activities.

Please note most all of your questions can be answered by reviewing the cabin’s amenities. For accurate pricing, including discounted rates for longer stays, just input your dates and a quote will be generated automatically. For any questions, do not hesitate to contact me.

Colorado Sales/Lodging Tax ID# 30719982-0000

More Details

Heidi Miller
Member since: 2015
Speaks english, german
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
April 25, 2018

About Heidi Miller

Hello and thank you for checking out my listing! I've owned this property since 2012 and just finished construction in June of 2015. The guest cottage was my temporary home while my main house was being built. I loved living there! The views are spectacular, it's peaceful and very comfortable.

I moved here from Santa Barbara, CA - I traded the beach for mountains and couldn't be happier! I lived most of my life in Ventura, Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo Counties. I'm an active K-9 handler for La Plata County Search and Rescue and a volunteer EMT. I hike, bike, ski and love the lifestyle our area offers. I hope you enjoy it as much as I do!

Heidi Miller purchased this cabin in 2014

Why Heidi Miller chose Durango

It was always my dream to design and build a home. I was looking for a place where I'd have privacy, but not be too far from amenities. I wanted beautiful views and access to nature. I found all of that here in Hidden Valley. My property is surrounded on the east and west boundaries by National Forest land which makes it look like it's hundreds of acres instead of 2!

What makes this cabin unique

I think the most stunning feature of this property are the remarkable rock formations that create our views to the west. Enjoy!


Accommodation and Amenities for this vacation cabin rental in Durango, Colorado

Property Type:
  • cabin
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 400 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:30 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 2
  • Max. adults: 2
  • Min. age of primary renter: 26
  • Not suitable for children
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets considered ...
  • Non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • Mountain View ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Wood Stove ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 2 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower , tub
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 2
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Outdoor Grill
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • water parks
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • horseshoes
  • miniature golf
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hot air ballooning
  • hunting
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • racquetball
  • rafting
  • rock climbing
  • sailing
  • skiing
  • snowboarding
  • snowmobiling
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water tubing
  • whitewater rafting
  • wind-surfing
Check in time 4:00pm. Check out 10:30 am. Call owner for possible early check in if needed.


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Spectacular views, surrounded by National Forest, close to town, dog-friendly
average rating of 4.9375 based on 64 reviews

Amazing Getaway!

  • 5 of 5

Loved staying at Heidi's beautiful cabin. The studio was perfect and equipped with everything we needed. It was easy access to everything- town, hiking, skiing. A special hidden gem!

  • Submitted: 6-Apr-2018
  • Stayed: March 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great space; great time.

  • 5 of 5

Wonderful location, gorgeous views, easy to find, very cute space. Perfect for my son's 12th birthday trip. Having the San Juan National Forest across the street was fantastic. It was also very easy to get into town for shopping and the rec center; also an easy drive to Purgatory. Had a great time.

  • Submitted: 4-Apr-2018
  • Stayed: March 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Dog (and people) heaven!

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I absolutely loved our stay at the Star Barn Cabin. Each morning we made coffee in the well-equipped kitchenette, hiked in the San Juan National Forest on trails right across the street (!), and then headed out to explore the wider area (downtown Durango, Mesa Verde National Park, and Silverton, all within easy driving distance). Heidi was an excellent host--friendly and accessible yet respectful of our privacy; we especially enjoyed meeting her adorable sidekick, Pippa. The cabin is perfect for two people and a furry friend, and our only regret is that we didn't have a dog to bring with us. With its proximity to miles of San Juan hiking trails, thoughtful amenities, and dog-friendly touches (e.g., designated dog towels and treats), the Star Barn is heaven for both dogs and their humans.

  • Submitted: 3-Apr-2018
  • Stayed: March 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: I'm so glad you enjoyed your stay, and I *LOVE* that you really took advantage of all the great stuff to do right outside the door. It makes me happy when people recognize what a cool area this is and enjoy it to it's fullest. Hope to see you again!
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Cozy, modern, and just perfect!

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I took a long weekend get away to Durango and couldn’t be more pleased with this cabin, the amenities, and thoughtful touches. Close to town and in the heart of the wilderness.

  • Submitted: 18-Mar-2018
  • Stayed: March 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Everything was perfect!

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I absolutely loved this clean and charming place. And, the host was so hospitable and welcoming. We would love to return here again in the future!

  • Submitted: 4-Mar-2018
  • Stayed: February 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Beautiful and Relaxing

  • 5 of 5

Our stay was amazing. The cabin had everything we needed and more. We would definitely go back.

  • Submitted: 28-Feb-2018
  • Stayed: February 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
21.1 Miles
Durango-La Plata County Airport (DRO)
Nearest Golf
9.5 Miles
Hillcrest Golf Club
Nearest Train
7.2 Miles
Durango Silverton Narrow Gauge Railway
Nearest Ski
30.9 Miles
Purgatory Resort
Car: recommended

Situated in a small valley not far from downtown Durango you will have easy access to hiking and biking trails and the southern end of the famed Colorado Trail. Our property is 5 miles off highway 550, aka "The Million Dollar Highway" and a short 15 minute drive to downtown with it's many unique shopping and dining possibilites as well as the famous Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railway, one of the area's most popular attractions.


Rates & Availability

Rental Rates for this vacation cabin rental in Durango, Colorado

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Early Spring 2018
Apr 1 2018 - May 24 2018
2 night minimum stay
Memorial Weekend 2018
May 25 2018 - May 27 2018
3 night minimum stay
Summer 2018
May 28 2018 - Aug 30 2018
2 night minimum stay
Labor Day 2018
Aug 31 2018 - Sep 2 2018
3 night minimum stay
Fall 2018
Sep 3 2018 - Nov 21 2018
2 night minimum stay
Thanksgiving 2018
Nov 22 2018 - Nov 25 2018
4 night minimum stay
Early Winter 2018
Nov 26 2018 - Dec 20 2018
2 night minimum stay
Xmas/New Year 2018
Dec 21 2018 - Dec 31 2018
3 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee C$76.96
Pet Fee C$64.13
Damage Deposit C$641.3

Rates subject to change until reservation is confirmed.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.
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