The Skylight Chalet - by Outside Design

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  1. 4 guests
  2. 1 bedroom
  3. 2 beds
  4. 1 bathroom
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Explore 35+ wooded acres surrounded by national forest in Rockies looking at the stars through the skylights. The Skylight Chalet is ideal for couples, friends, & solo travelers to relax and adventure in a restored building in nature <15 mins from downtown Salida.

We designed the Skylight Chalet with two queen beds, a covered outdoor deck, and a hanging table surrounded by glass for 4 to eat.

We've worked hard designing + curating the Skylight Chalet. Would love to have you see it.

The space
Location:
The Skylight Chalet is about 2.5 hours from downtown Denver, <30 minutes to Monarch Mountain, 1.5 hours to Breckenridge, and about an hour from Great Sand Dunes National Park. To get here, just take 285 almost the entire way from Denver. It's a beautiful drive over high passes and low valleys. You might even see moose at the lake around Kenosha Pass. Traffic is almost always non-existent except for peak times -- thankfully it's not like I-70!

What to do (the short version):
There is a ton to do nearby outdoors--from day national parks to rafting hiking and skiing--that make perfect day trips all year. The Skylight Chalet is newly renovated inspired by Swedish minimalist design. There is a private trail on the property itself which circles around the aspen, ponderosa pine, rock outcroppings, and what we call sunset boulevard view. We also have a guidebook for everything from short hikes to restaurants, coffee shops, and breweries! We're tucked behind a mountain that blocks the road but right off a well-paved and plowed road.

The Basics:
There is some limited kitchen amenities with new mini fridges, pots, pans, a stovetop, microwave, and a coffee maker (of course free coffee). Quality towels and linens are freshly-washed right before your stay. The beds are memory foam queen beds. The outdoor space includes a covered deck space with views, solar lights, and hanging chairs.

The Bath House:
Down the path from the Skylight Chalet is a large, heated bath house. We have recently done extensive renovations so most amenities are new. It's stocked with shampoo, conditioner, and hand wash. You should expect to have plenty of space. It's not like a public restroom.

What this place offers

Mountain view
Valley view
Kitchen
Fast wifi – 52 Mbps
Free parking on premises
Pets allowed
AC – split-type ductless system
Private patio or balcony
Private backyard – Not fully fenced
Unavailable: Carbon monoxide alarm

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Where you’ll be

Salida, Colorado, United States

Intro
This property is in the heart of Rocky Mountains near the continental divide with both city and nature nearby. About 15 minutes from the city of Salida, the property is easy to access off HWY 285 but also surrounded by National Forest and BLM land which keeps it quite secluded (we have both sides of a valley). Also, the stars at night are really impressive.

What can I do on the property?
There’s a state park, lakes, hiking all within a few minutes. But you might not want to leave. So, we designed the property with a private nature trail for you to be able to explore the woods on an entire side of the valley.

Where do I go for quick things?
The small city of Poncha Springs is closest—it has a gas station, a grocery store, a hardware store, a brewery (Elevation Beer Co.), a winery (Vino Salida), etc. It's small and very convenient.

What do I do in Salida?
We also highly recommend spending time on the Salida waterfront and exploring the great restaurants of the city with some of our personal favorites being:

- Breakfast/Coffee - Bunny and Clyde's Corner Café (best coffee shop) The Biker and the Baker (best brunch), Little Red Hen Bakery
- Lunch - Sweetie's (by far the favorite), Mo Burrito
- Dinner - Pizza Rio, Boathouse Cantina, Moonlight Pizza and Brew Pub, Fiesta Mexicana (not in downtown)
- Drinks - The Biker and the Baker, Tres Litros Brewery, Wood's High Mountain distillery
- Tapas - The Fritz
- Going out - Benson's (live music) and High Side Bar & Grill (open late)

Salida is, in our opinion, up there for the most underrated mountain towns in Colorado. It's amazing. What about other things to do nearby? Some highlights:

- Spiral Drive Salida lookout - A view over downtown from above the Salida "S" ideal for sunset
- Mountain Biking - Access Monarch Crest, Rainbow trail by biking just a few minutes or go straight out the back gate to national forest trails
- Downtown Salida - Rent bikes, walk along the river, or swim in the summer
- Monarch Mountain - Awesome skiing and snowboarding less than 30 mins from the property
- Monarch Crest Gondola - An awesome old gondola to take you to the top of the continental divide (for warmer months only)
- O'Haver Lake - An awesome high alpine lake only a few miles from our site
- Rafting - Known as "the most rafted section of river in the country" independent whitewater or any other company will be great!
- St. Elmo Ghost Town - Cool ghost town past Mt. Princeton - can reach by normal car most seasons
- Snowshoe - Old monarch pass loop here
- Browns Canyon National Monument - A 21,586-acre national site with whitewater rafting, hiking, fishing & wildlife
- Mt. Princeton Hot Springs - A nice resort and restaurant with natural hot springs to relax in
- Valley View Hot Springs - By far our favorite nearby hot springs with a natural feel and views. Call ahead. Note clothing is optional

If you want to drive more than 30 minutes, some great day trips from the property include:

- Great Sand Dunes National Park - At just over an hour away, we're one of the closer cities to this awesome national park
- Crested Butte - Self explanatory
- Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park - A bit further but well worth it
- Canon City - For the Royal Gorge bridge, historic canyon train, and skyline drive
- Lake City - Perhaps one of the most underrated small towns in CO

Hopefully it's clear that there's a ton to explore both on the property and in the surrounding area. Hopefully we can provide you with an awesome place to enjoy nature and relax while doing it.

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Hi! This is Ben. Over the past few months, we’ve put everything we can into creating a way to connect people + nature through design.

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House rules

Check-in: After 3:00 pm
Check out: 12:00 pm
Self check-in with smart lock
Not suitable for infants (under 2 years)
No smoking
No parties or events
Pets are allowed

Health & safety

Airbnb's COVID-19 safety practices apply
No carbon monoxide alarm
May encounter potentially dangerous animals
Smoke alarm

Cancellation policy