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Reviewed 15 August 2008

My two friends and I stayed in the “Aerie” cabin at Eagles Nest for 3 nights in August of 2008 and we could not be happier. Doug (the owner with his wife, Connie) was extremely pleasant and informative and we immediately felt right at home. The cabin was more than we expected in that it was large, extremely clean and very comfortable. The area is beautiful and very peaceful with a small pond on the property full of huge trout. But no fishing allowed. You feed them, not eat them! It’s actually kind of fun. There are 3 cabins in the immediate area, but they are far enough apart that you don’t feel crowded.

There are a few places to eat in the immediate area, but I can’t recommend any of them because we did not eat there.

The drive from Durango is only 25 minutes and very beautiful and after a long day of touring the area, the drive to the cabin along that big beautiful lake is like a brain massage and immediately relaxes you. Our only gripe is that we didn’t spend enough time at the cabin.

Eagles Nest is close to Durango, the San Juan Skyway, Telluride and Mesa Verde National Park (among other things) which makes it a great place to stage your trips.

As we left for our trip home, we noticed a mother raccoon with 4 of her babies in a tree next to my truck. How can you not love a place like that? We will definitely be back and based on our experience, I recommend Eagles Nest to anyone. My compliments to Doug and Connie for running a great place!

  • Stayed: August 2008, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 3 August 2008

We stayed in one of the Eagle's nest cabins (The Hackle) in 2004 and had such a wonderful time we decided to go back! Since the cabins were already booked, we chose the Creekside "vacation home" for 5 nights at the end of July. The owners, Doug and Connie are wonderful (full of stories!) and actually own some of the properties (such as the cabins) and rent out the others on behalf of the owners (such as the Creekside). We did like the cabin we had stayed at before better but the Creekside was fine. It was clean, roomy and has been recently updated. There is a swing down by the creek which is just off the back porch. We saw lots of wildlife while we were there and it's a very peaceful setting. There are other homes/cabins in the area but it's not crowded. The great thing about Eagle's nest is that you can do all of your cooking at the house and we even had a washer/dryer. There is one good local place to eat (Pura Vida cafe) but the others are less than Mediocre. Durango and Bayfield are an easy drive for other entertainment and dining options. The lake is an easy drive and beautiful. Very unspoiled. The only bad thing that happened was that the satellite TV was out and the actual owner of the cabin would not let Doug and Connie buy a replacement box without Dish Network first coming to check it out (even though we all knew what was wrong). So we didn't have a TV the entire time we were there. Not a big deal for us, we didn't go there to watch TV but I can see how that might upset people with children/teens or those that don't plan on leaving the cabin much. But again, if we had been staying in a cabin actually owned by Doug and Connie, this wouldn't have happened. We'll definitely stay with them again but we'll try to get a property that they actually own. These are great for families and those that love the outdoors. There are great trails for hiking all around Lake Vallecito. The cabins are all "modern" but at the same time these are not the Ritz so don't expect your needs to be catered to like you were in a hotel. Once you check in, you're kind of on your own unless you have a problem or a question (and it might take a couple of hours for them to get your message). Lake Vallecito as well as Eagle's Nest has a very laid back attitude perfect for my idea of a great vacation.

  • Stayed: July 2008, travelled with family
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Reviewed 29 November 2006

We stayed in the Hackle cabin at Eagle's Nest for three nights in early fall of 2005. We had our dog and little baby with us, and the accomodations were great. It's a roomy cabin on a very nice property with nice lawns and grounds. It's just a few minutes to drive to some nice areas on the lake for fishing or hiking. There are a few restaurants within a couple minutes of the cabins as well with nice atmosphere and decent food. It takes about 25 minutes or so to get to Durango from Vallecito, and it is a very beautiful drive. The lake itself is a real surprise if you haven't been there - beautiful and tons to do and really unspoiled. And these cabins were great. Plenty of room, a grill, kitchen, enclosed porch, etc. The owners were very nice too.

Stayed: September 2005
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Reviewed 23 October 2010
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  • Stayed: September 2010, travelled with family
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