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Kelly Place
Ranked #1 of 5 Cortez B&B and Inns
Reviewed December 26, 2012

I'm not sure that it's sensible to review somewhere like Kelly Place after a one-night stop, but it deserves a good word and potential guests ought to know how best to use it.

It's about ten miles west of Cortez, not far from the Utah border, and stands alone; you can't see any other properties from the door. The location is dramatic, in the valley of McElmo Creek, but although it's not on a main road it isn't difficult to find, even if you turn up, as we did, after dark. There are Ancestral Puebloan remains on the doorstep; the recommended circular walk from the house never strays more than about two hundred yards, and yet in that distance you come across a couple of kivas and a cliff dwelling or two. The best way to use Kelly Place would be as a centre for Hovenweep and Mesa Verde NP's, neither of which is any great distance away.

You won't get the full benefit on a one-night stay, but it's worth doing nevertheless, for the stars and the deep silence at night and the breakfast next morning. The rooms are comfortable, and at least one of them has a kitchen; this is a significant consideration, since it's a bit of a hike back into Cortez for dinner. The dining-room and sitting-room in the main building have a bit of a hostel-like feel, but in a good way. Make sure you try the home-made granola at breakfast.

  • Stayed: September 2012, traveled with family
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Reviewed October 23, 2012

I'm sorry I only could stay two nights! The location is perfect, tucked into the edge of the Canyon of the Ancients. My sister and I stayed in the two-room suite and spent our evenings out on the porch, enjoying the view and fabulous sunsets. A perfect location for day trips to Hovenweep and Mesa Verdee but I would have liked more time to explore Canyon of the Ancients itself. Knowledgeable and friendly owners, beautiful grounds, and the best breakfasts I had my entire trip!

  • Stayed: September 2012, traveled with friends
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Reviewed September 12, 2012

This Inn is located some 15 miles west of Cortez (CO). It is a superb location if you wish to investigate the natural wonders of this area or its Anasazi history and want to do some hiking. The Inn is located next to the Canyon of the Ancients and you can start your hike just outside the cabins. We stayed there for two nights in one of the cabins, which was fine and clean and we had some decent breakfasts. In the evenings we sat on the porch and enjoyed the wildlife, the sounds and the stars. Due to the location you should either bring some food or be prepared to drive some distance for dining.

  • Stayed: July 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed September 9, 2012

What a wonderful base camp to explore the 4 Corners area of the Southwest!
Attentive, friendly staff, awesome breakfast, spotless rooms but best of all you can walk out of your room to see ancient ruins right on the property. An excellent place for those wheelchair bound or who have difficulty walking. Can't say enough great things about Kelly Place.

  • Stayed: September 2012, traveled with friends
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Reviewed September 3, 2012

My daughter spent a week at Crow Canyon Archaeology Center near Cortez, so I opted to make a vacation out of the trip from Denver to retrieve her. Kelly Place -- with artifacts and kivas on the property -- was the perfect spot. We day tripped to Hovenweep, Mesa Verde, Canyon of the Ancients (on an archaeologist-led hike that started at our cabin door!) and Dolores, and my daughter showed me all she had learned. I would have loved to have had a kitchen to make dinner less of an issue, but the fridge in our cabin helped us manage picnic lunches and snacks, and breakfast was hearty. Comfy bed, quiet nights, nice people. We sat outside at twilight and watched the bats! With my daughter now applying to colleges to study anthropology, I predict more trips to this region and more excuses to come back to McElmo Canyon.

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  • Stayed: July 2012, traveled with family
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Reviewed August 19, 2012

My wife and I wanted a place to enjoy some peace and quiet, be able to exercise daily, and be close to the Four Corners exploring we wanted to do. We looked into Durango, but at $225 per night, was too steep for us. We began searching within 60 miles of Durango, and found Kelly Place Bed and Breakfast. The place eas a little hard to locate driving there, but oh my!, what a wonderful surprise and pleasure. We opted for a Cabin, instead of a room, but the rooms are as big as the cabins. It had a nicely equipped galley, good restroom and washing facilities, great bed, and a swamp cooler. Thats all you need in this climate. The sounds at night consisted of crickets and frogs, and I drank my coffee on the porch and watched a mother deer and fawn graze the geounds. Fruit trees line the property, but that isnt the best part. The whole property sits on the edge of the Hovenweep Settlement, and has arcaelogical diggings and pottery displays from 1200-1300AD. The owners are a wonderful couple dedicated to making your experience there as complete as the adventures you will find. By the way, we shopped all over from The Bluffs, Mexican Hat, Monument Valley and the best price on an authentic Navajo Rug was at Kelly Place. The breakfast was done buffet style and was different daily. Hats off to the chef, owner as he did an outstanding job every day. Home made granola, jellys and jams, eggs quesadilla style, quiche, fresh fruit, coffee, tea juices, and just about anything else you could ask for. All of the mentioned places are within 100 miles of Kelly Place and Mesa Verde is 40 miles up the road.

What Kelly Place isnt..... If you are looking for. Television, Cellular Service, or internet in your room, forget it. I was able to check my email at breakfast daily, where they have a wireless station, and there is a land line, but cellular is off the radar. If the kiddoos are looking for video games, or the boob tube, ot wont happen. Substitute hiking in the beautiful open countryside of the acreage owned by Kelly aplace, or opt to go about a mile or two down the road to the Canton of the Ancients park and hike their up to 6 miles. Wildlife is there, but we didnt see any snakes, an occasional deer, rabbitt. Always be preparred, as this is 6500-7000 feet high, and air is thin. Take lots of water, stop and enjoy the wildlife and scenery and you will be fine. This is not a place to expect to be waited on. The folks we met there at breakfast varied greatly, and were pleasant. I would definitely do Kelly Place again. Five Stars!
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  • Stayed: August 2012, traveled with family
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Reviewed July 29, 2012

A beautiful, magical spot with easy access to the wonderful trails of Canyons of the Ancients, as well as Mesa Verde. Our room was clean, the bed was comfortable, the breakfasts were decent, the management was friendly and responsive to our needs, the guests were enjoyable to converse with, and there were lots of spots to sit in the shade and enjoy the amazing view after glorious hikes. We loved sitting out on the patio and watching all of the birds. An all around lovely spot. We'll definitely stay there again.

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Additional Information about Kelly Place

Address: 14537 Road G, Cortez, CO 81321-9575
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Location: United States > Colorado > Cortez
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Suites
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 5 B&Bs / Inns in Cortez
Price Range: $117 - $171 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Kelly Place 2.5*
Number of rooms: 11
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Nestled between majestic Sleeping Ute Mountain and the sculpted red rocks of McElmo Canyon, Kelly Place B&B has been attracting visitors since 1980. Explore prehistoric sites, including pueblo ruins and a fully restored kiva on the self-guided tour of Kelly Place property. Hike from here into Canyons of the Ancients National Monument on our northern border through the natural beauty of pinon-juniper canyons to remote cliff-dwellings. Relax in our Spanish-style courtyard, gazing at the 10,000-foot mountain and watching brightly colored birds while sipping a glass of local McElmo Canyon wine or a frosty beer on tap from our local brewery. Experience our relaxed southwestern hospitality, fruit trees and scrumptious home-style breakfasts. The adobe-style lodge features a comfortable lounge area with music, library, computer, dvds and games. Lodge rooms, cabins, RV and tent sites are available. Cabins have cooking and grill facilities, some with fireplace and a jetted tub. Free wifi is available throughout. ... more   less 
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