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Private 8 Acre Riverfront Retreat Only 5 Minutes to Downtown Durango!

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4.4 / 5Excellent
7 reviews


  • Pool
  • Kitchen
  • Air Conditioning
  • Pet Friendly


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    About this area


    Located in Durango, this vacation home is in an area with good shopping. The area's natural beauty can be seen at Animas Mountain Trailhead and Lemon Reservoir, while Henry Strater Theater and Sorrel Sky Gallery are cultural highlights. Don't miss Durango and Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad. Our guests appreciate the property's central and quiet location.

    Getting around

    • Durango Narrow Gauge Railroad Station - 5 min drive
    • Durango, CO (DRO-La Plata County) - 18 min drive

    About this property

    Private 8 Acre Riverfront Retreat Only 5 Minutes to Downtown Durango!

    Vacation home in Durango with kitchen and balcony
    Two Houses on 8 private acres of Riverfront, just 5 minutes to Downtown Durango, 25 Minutes to Ski Area, 20 minutes to airport or land your own plane a mile away! Please contact us for availability as the online calendar limits bookings to one home (with 2 homes available, we are usually able to accommodate you). Welcome to Ariel's Nest at Rio Angels! Relax to the roar of the beautiful Animas River right off the many decks of this fabulous 2 bedroom, 2 bath house. Soaring ceilings and expansive 2-story windows face the river where you’ll enjoy 1600 feet of your own private fishing, rafting or swimming paradise. This extraordinary riverfront property is located just 4.5 miles from downtown Durango, yet you will feel like you’re truly on a country vacation, surrounded by huge trees, abundant wildlife, the beautiful Animas River, and spectacular mountains. Fish from your own private nature trail alongside the river with its white sandy beaches and huge boulders. Share a meal with loved ones at the riverside picnic area. Relax in the hammock, play horseshoes, or drive golf balls on the lawn during the day...enjoy the warmth of the fire from the outdoor fire pit overlooking the river, and marvel at the starry night beneath the magnificent firs and cottonwoods. This fabulous house sleeps 4 - 6, with two master bedrooms, one down and one upstairs. Each bedroom sleeps two in grand comfort and features a seating area, its own full bath, and opens on to a furnished deck from where you can enjoy the river breezes and cool mountain air. Downstairs, there is a sleeper sofa in the 2-story living area to accommodate up to 6 guests * (Price based on 4 person occupancy, Extra guest fee applies for groups over 4). Upstairs, the fully furnished kitchen and dining area open to the wooded back yard, and overlook the living area below and two story views look out over a meadow & the Animas River. There is a laundry room with washer and dryer, satellite TV, and hi speed wireless internet. This open, high-ceilinged aerie provides the perfect vacation hideaway. We promise you will want to come back again and again to enjoy the charms of living on the river in the woods while being so close to shopping, skiing and hiking the beautiful Durango area. This great property is available year round, so plan now to host your own winter hunting group or that guys’ fishing vacation! Rio Angels' other home, Gabriel's Cabin, is a charming 3 bedroom, 2.5 bath home on the property (HomeAway #264701). Gabriel's Cabin is also available for rent and sleeps 6 - 8. It features the same amenities, and also has its own riverside seating area, outdoor firepit, wood burning stove and much more. It stands just far enough away for privacy, yet the two houses together are perfect for family gatherings or groups sharing a vacation. With 8 beautiful acres on the Animas River and two fabulous houses, Rio Angels private estate is also perfect for weddings, retreats, corporate gatherings, family reunions, etc. Catering and event planning is available locally to fit all your needs. Please contact us for more information about hosting your special event at Rio Angels!
    Air-conditioned accommodations at this vacation home offer fireplaces and coffee/tea makers. Rooms open to balconies. Accommodations offer separate living rooms and include sofa beds. Kitchens offer refrigerators, stovetops, separate dining areas, and cookware/dishes/utensils. Bathrooms include showers and hair dryers.
    In addition to an indoor pool, this vacation home provides a spa tub, a sauna, and a fitness center. This Durango property also offers a garden and a picnic area.
    This vacation home is a smoke-free property.
    An indoor pool and a spa tub are on site. Other recreational amenities include a sauna and a fitness center.
    The recreational activities listed below are available either on site or nearby; fees may apply.

    Entire place

    You'll have the entire home to yourself and will only share it with other guests in your party.

    Property manager

    Whitney Brandon

    Speaks English, Spanish



    Check-in time starts at 4:00 PM

    Special check-in instructions

    Guests will receive an email from the property manager with check-in and check-out instructions.


    Check-out before 10:00 AM

    Children and extra beds

    • Children are welcome.


    • Pets allowed
    • Restrictions apply
    • For more information contact the property at the number on the booking confirmation

    Property payment types


    Important information

    You need to know

    Extra-person charges may apply and vary depending on property policy.
    Government-issued photo identification and a credit card, debit card, or cash deposit are required at check-in for incidental charges.
    Special requests are subject to availability upon check-in and may incur additional charges. Special requests cannot be guaranteed.
      Parties and events are allowed on site. 

    We should mention

    Guests can arrange to bring pets by contacting the property directly, using the contact information on the booking confirmation.

    Property is also known as

    • Private 8 Acre Riverfront Retreat 5 Minutes House
    • Private 8 Acre Riverfront Retreat 5 Minutes Downtown Durango
    • Private 8 Acre Riverfront Retreat 5 Minutes
    • Private 8 Acre Riverfront Retreat 5 Minutes House
    • Private 8 Acre Riverfront Retreat 5 Minutes Downtown Durango
    • Private 8 Acre Riverfront Retreat 5 Minutes House
    • Private 8 Acre Riverfront Retreat 5 Minutes Downtown Durango
    • Private 8 Acre Riverfront Retreat 5 Minutes

    Property amenities


    • Close to skiing


    • Indoor pool
    • Heated pool
    • Shared/communal pool
    • Spa tub
    • Sauna


    • Internet access

    Parking and transportation

    • Onsite parking


    • Refrigerator
    • Stovetop
    • Oven
    • Cookware/dishes/utensils
    • Coffee/tea maker


    • 2 bedrooms
    • Bed sheets provided
    • Sofa bed


    • 2 bathrooms
    • Shower only
    • Towels provided
    • Hair dryer

    Living spaces

    • Fireplace
    • Living room
    • Dining room


    • TV with cable/satellite service

    Outdoor areas

    • Balcony
    • Garden
    • Picnic area


    • Washing machine and dryer


    • Air conditioning
    • Heating


    • Smoke-free property

    Things to do

    • Fitness center
    • Hiking/biking trails, snowmobiling, and rock climbing nearby


    • Sleeps 6

    Nearby things to do


    An indoor pool and a spa tub are on site. Other recreational amenities include a sauna and a fitness center. The recreational activities listed below are available either on site or nearby; fees may apply.
    • Sledding nearby
    • Snowboarding nearby
    • Rafting nearby
    • Rock climbing nearby
    • Snowmobiling nearby
    • Mountain biking nearby
    • Cave exploring/spelunking nearby
    • Hiking/biking trails nearby
    • Kayaking nearby
    • Cross-country skiing nearby


    5 - Excellent
    4 - Good
    3 - Okay
    2 - Mediocre
    1 - Poor

    5/5 Excellent

      Great time in Durango

      This place was perfect for our family of 5 during our Colorado vacation. Thanks !

      5/5 Excellent


        Great space, beautiful area, nice and quite

        5/5 Excellent

          Great place to call home temporarily!

          The house was perfect for our needs. We were a family of 4 and it was nice to have beds for everyone (no sofa sleeper or kids sharing a bed...yay!). The kitchen was well outfitted and no issues finding what we needed for all of our meal preparation needs. The location was perfect with the large front "yard" with fire pit, picnic table and flowing river. There was quick access to the river bike/walk/run path which could take you to town (~3 miles). Also could ride from the house to mt bike trails as well. The owner/manager was very responsive to all my questions. Definitely the choice lodging for us for future visits!!


            DO NOT STAY HERE!

            In our opinion, this place is nothing like it is advertised. Beware-- Kitchen and eating area is upstairs. f you have any ADA issues at all, DO NOT rent this place. Dining table upstairs has tiny child-like stools around it--no real chairs. The bedrooms are tiny, can't even move around in them-especially the master. The "master" bed was lumpy, the other twin beds were hard as rocks, sheets were low quality and scratchy. There were hairs on sheets and a dirty hair clip on the bed. Did not get a good feeling about general normal sanitation and cleanliness. Furniture looks like it came from a second hand thrift shop or is pieced together. Furniture is so old that they had to put covers over the sofa and chairs--which also were not clean. End tables were large flat marble stones simply placed on old table legs--very unstable. Dust everywhere, wires/cords hanging down exposed on TV and plugged to an extension cord with too many plugs and lots of dust (fire hazard). Bathrooms were not clean and had spiderwebs--even in the nightlight. No water pressure in showers. Outside is NOT private as advertised. There is another cottage nearby. And this place is in the middle of an Industrial park. So view of river is marred by large construction buildings. You hear lots of road noise. The outside is messy, everything had coats of dust or were musty smelling. Grill cover had so much dust, it looked like it hadn't been used in years. We had to not only bag our trash, but were required to put it in our own vehicle and haul it to a dumpster at another house. Ridiculous. In all fairness, we took our dogs (thinking this was a dog friendly place as advertised) but obviously it is not. They kept our deposit. That would have been fine IF the place even HAD any standards of cleanliness or at a minimum the same standards they seemed to have held us to--which made it feel like they had in mind to keep the deposit from day one, even though they claim they have had other dogs there many times. Hard to believe. At any rate, even without the dogs or keeping our deposit, this is not a place I would ever recommend staying in a million years--absolutely the worst place we have ever rented through Homeaway and we were greatly disappointed. I would have given it NO stars but had to choose at least one star so I chose that. But believe me, this is not a private, comfortable, beautiful retreat! No idea who wrote some of the other reviews on here but they are wrong!

            5/5 Excellent

              Great spot

              Fantastic location -- very quick access to downtown Durango. The house itself (Ariel's Nest) is VERY well set-up. We were two couples and enjoyed the spot quite a bit. Beautiful big deck upstairs (where the kitchen is located) and super comfortable bedrooms both upstairs and down. Very clean. Great kitchen and beautiful grounds with a great sitting area down by the river. The only very slight negative might be a bit of road noise from the highway but it's fairly minor and didn't bother us in the least. You really can't ask for a more serene spot so close to downtown Durango and all the cool things going on there.

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