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Cabins at Lost Trail – What to Expect 2020

About Cabins at Lost Trail

Nestled in the heart of the San Juan Mountains at the base of Pole Creek Mountain, the Cabins at Lost Trail are the ticket to your next mountain getaway. We welcome you, because you’ve found the breathtaking, high-country Colorado you’ve always dreamed about. Located completely off the grid at just below 10,000 feet, you’ll see postcard views in every direction! Our guests don’t just enjoy comfortable and cozy cabins, but they enjoy a special place where adventure is literally right out your back door. Whether you come for extreme adventure or to relax to the max, there is something for everyone on the adventure scale in this magnificent place.

Families and friends that enjoy hiking, fly-fishing, ATV adventures, horseback riding, hunting, photography and daydreaming, love Cabins at Lost Trail. Our guests truly enjoy it here, no matter what they choose to do each day. Our guests engage in lifetime activities and unplug at the same time. This is why we see so many of our guests not only become friends, but return year after year.

Our lodging is a perfect fit for guests that want authentic mountain cabins that are quaint and cozy, but aren’t too rustic. You will not find fancy resort-style living here, but you’ll be greeted with laid back hospitality and be thoroughly taken care of by our on-site caretaker that will make sure you have what you need during your stay. We offer clean and comfortable cabins. After a day exploring the mountains, come back to your cabin and unwind by the cozy wood stove or get a fire going in your outdoor fire pit. You will have a hot shower, clean kitchen, and a comfortable bed so you can dream about your adventures to come.


The rental cabins at Lost Trail have a great deal of history, with some dating back to the 1930s. The cabins have been modernized and expanded, but retain their simple and rustic flair, with most original logs still in use. Often guests rent more than one cabin and invite friends or plan a family reunion. Each cabin sleeps from 3 – 8 people and has two or three bedrooms, one or two bathrooms, a kitchen, and a comfortable living/dining space. Kitchens are equipped for basic off the grid cooking, with propane ovens/stoves and refrigerators, but no electrical appliances. This means there are no toasters, microwaves, or coffee pots. You can get your caffeine fix with one of the stove top percolators or French presses, however, so don’t worry too much. Outside of each cabin there is a fire pit or charcoal grill for your outdoor cooking. We supply limited solar power for conservative light use and charging laptops, etc. during daylight hours. Cabins have larger south-facing windows to make the most of the Colorado sunshine and, of course, the views. Each cabin on the ranch grounds is situated on about an acre of land, so you will have adequate privacy and room to park your vehicle or ATVs right in front of your cabin.

Planning A Stay:

Cabins at Lost Trail, is open for business from Late May to Late October (snow levels depending). We are currently closed during the winter months as the Forest Service closes the road about 7 miles below our gate. Our communication lines, however; are always open via our contact page and social media. To see our current availability, you can view our calendar under the “book now” portion of the website. We typically rent cabins during the main season on a weekly basis (Saturday to Saturday), but please inquire if this configuration is not ideal for your vacation plans. We are always happy to help you plan your vacation based on what your needs or desires are.


There are no televisions, landline phone services or cell-phone network capabilities available on the ranch. Please bring your laptop, tablet or smart phone if you would like to keep in touch with the “outside” world via our basic/limited satellite wireless Internet available to guests. We invite you to enjoy this relaxing and peaceful opportunity to “unplug”.

Electric and Propane Power:

We are completely off the grid here at Cabins at Lost Trail. We operate primarily on our solar powered electric system, with a backup generator available when weather is overly cloudy. We also use propane to power many of our appliances and backup lights. Each cabin is outfitted with at least one propane light. Large appliances (oven/stove, hot water heater, and fridge/freezer) are powered by propane. Smaller electric appliances and heat-producing appliances are prohibited (hair dryers, toasters, automatic coffee makers, etc.).


The water supply on the ranch grounds is mostly spring fed, with a well that can be used to supplement. The water comes from snowmelt and filters through the ground before coming into the ranch water system, which is gravity fed.

The water is not “purified” but is a bit more “naturally” filtered. There are many guests that drink the water and many guests that haul their own drinking water. We recommend bringing your own drinking water or a filter that you trust to ensure the cleanest water. The water is the freshest around, but not always the clearest.

Heat / fires:

Cabins are equipped with wood stoves to keep your cabin as warm and comfortable as you like! Firewood is stored outside of your cabin. Outside fires are welcome in the designated fire pits unless otherwise noted when there is a fire ban.

All proceeds from stays at Lost Trail benefit Alpha Agape, Inc., a Christian organization that helps cover the cost of camps and retreats for underprivileged youth.