Like all the other reviews here, I cannot recommend the Sundance Bear Lodge enough. Bob (and their dog, Oreo) greeted us warmly when we arrived, and showed us around The Cabin, which is the smaller of the two buildings that make up Sundance, a cozy B&B nestled atop a plateau overlooking Cassidy Canyon to the south and a very clear view of the north tip of Mesa Verde off in the distance to the west.
It feels very secluded, despite being all of 10 minutes from the small town of Mancos, which has a few good restaurants, a natural store, a serviceable grocery store and a laundromat for those who are enjoying an extended traveling adventure.
The Cabin is a cozy 2-story house with a full kitchen, master bedroom and bathroom on the ground floor and a loft with a bed and sofa on the top loft. It can be pretty noisy below if there are heavy-footed guests tromping up and down the stairs, but that's about the only drawback, which is completely overwhelmed by the so many other good things.
The beds are soft and warm, the decor is lively and inviting. It really feels like someone's well-cared for personal cabin, as opposed to an antiseptic (or worse yet, dirty or poorly maintained) place to dump your gear and sleep. It's a home.
Owners/Hosts Bob and Sue are a lovely couple, happy to chat over a cup of coffee in the main lodge, or leave you to your privacy, depending upon your preference. They have lots of knowledge about the surrounding area, including much about the history of the area, including Mesa Verde, a short 20 minute drive away. We spent two full days visiting the park and had a terrific time both exploring the park, and enjoying ourselves at the cabin, making a pot of spaghetti with meat sauce for dinner, and pancakes and sausages on the stove for breakfast, with ingredients purchased from the local market 10 minutes away.
A wonderful stay, and I can't wait for circumstances to take me out that way again.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Sundance Bear Lodge in Mancos, CO is near Mesa Verde National Park and 30 min. From the Durango Silverton narrow gauge railroad. The foodies in the group will love eating in Durango, at Kenebec, or Olio's! SBL sits on a mesa top with 360 degree views. We have 2 B&B lodge rooms,a log cabin and Forest Edge (guest House). Guests can select their preferred ambiance and level of service. Forest Edge is your optimal vacation rental, with no special check in/out days. Families welcome; bring Fido & Trigger, too. Come play in the great outdoors: lots of history with the Anasazi culture and cliff dwellings -- Mesa Verde is a World Heritage Site. Come to hike, bike, motorcycle and more; lots of day trips with Mancos as your base camp. Open all year. We will bet - you'll want to stay one more day! Sue and Bob Scott, owners/your hosts. ... more less
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