For adventurous souls only - this is a "hike to" hut located at 10,200 feet! Epic views. The Big Little is one of Colorado's "best kept secrets". Similar to a 10th Mountain Hut, you will park on County Rd #30 and hike for 45 minutes (1.5 miles with 1,200 vertical feet) to the south facing chalet. Live in Owner/Host. Solar powered, cell service and fast wifi, hot shower, communal IKEA kitchen, indoor/outdoor Bose surround sound, massive windows, IKEA mattresses & epic large yoga deck.
You are booking the only private room in the chalet located in the loft and accessed by a spiral staircase. The private room features an IKEA memory foam mattress on a full size bed and has a small window and shelving for storage. The other room upstairs is the shared bunk room and two of the full sized bunks are also available on Airbnb.
Designed to honor the incredible views of Lake San Cristobal and the San Juan Mountains, the Big Little is a testament to well planned passive solar architectural design. With 20 foot ceilings, timber framed sleeping loft with two bedrooms, spiral staircase, bathroom with composting toilet and shower, full kitchen with butcher block counter tops, oversized stainless steel sink, oven and four burner propane stove, Loki 1750 wood stove, double sliding glass doors, two extra rows of passive solar windows, a mud room, and a dining table that seats 12, the Big Little raises the bar for backcountry amenities.
We have a large communal kitchen, downstairs living space, yoga deck with incredible views, and a backcountry paradise to share with you.
Hello! I am your "live in host" and my name is Laura. I am one of the owners of The Big Little, and have been hosting friends and guests here for the past three years. This chalet has a very special place in my heart, and I look forward to sharing the peace, majesty and beauty with you. For the past 20 years I have lived in the Telluride, Ridgway, Paonia and Lake City area and love sharing time and space with people. I sleep downstairs in the common room with my Siberian Husky named Misty. My days are spent reading, doing yoga, meditating and I love to play scrabble, backgammon, cribbage and other games. My passion in life is sharing with people, especially those who are on a spiritual path. If you feel called to be here, I very much look forward to hearing about your life's journey and sharing this incredible Buddhist themed retreat with you. Namaste - Mama Laura
Backcountry Ski Hut = You Can't Drive to the House
- You must hike up to the house! It's steep and difficult. Please only book if you have experience with backcountry hut trips.
- Quiet hours 10pm - 6am.
- This is a backcountry house that you cannot drive to. Hiking only!
- By booking your room you agree to a one hour hike up the 1.5 mile driveway with your food and gear.
- Permanent Host On Site
I am pleased to meet you and it's my honor to welcome you to our popular Western Colorado Airbnbs. We offer fantastic pricing, private and peaceful settings, and your well-behaved pets are always welcome! I am a dog lover to the core! My co-hosts and I believe in treating guests as family. We take enormous pride in welcoming guests from both near and far away. We take pride in the fact that people just like you choose our cottage for their private, peaceful and pet friendly getaways.
I am a wildland firefighter, sleddog (skijor) racer, backcountry guide, river runner, powder skier, community supporter and long-time lover of Colorado. The mountain towns, trails, rivers and people who make this place so special have been a huge part of my life for the past two decades. With the help of close friends I build the houses you stay in. My team and I believe in creating spaces that are out of the ordinary, super efficient, and surrounded by beauty. My passion is build spaces that offer you a great value, where you can feel relaxed, connected to nature, well cared for and at peace.
I've spent the last seven years pouring countless hours and sweat into developing two properties. The first is 'Kale's Cottage', our extremely popular pet-friendly airbnb located on a beautiful one acre homestead in Paonia, Colorado.
The second is our epic backcountry ski chalet called 'The Big Little'. This off-grid 'hard to get to' adventure lodge is located at 10,200ft above the stunning mountain town of Lake City, Colorado. Similar to a 10th Mountain Division hut you must park your car at our staging area on County Road 30 and hike one hour and 1.5 miles up to our luxury chalet. This can be challenging so only book if you have experience with adventure travel.
Questions? Call me. Email me. Text me. I would love to answer your questions and help customize your Western Colorado experience.