The Cabin at Quartz Creek
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The Town of Pitkin, Colorado


The cabin is located in the heart of Pitkin Town, where ATV’s may be riden on the town streets for easy access to the adventure beyond. The cabin is about 1200 square feet and features three ourdoor decks which total over 750 square feet.  The cabin sleeps nine people.  Three bedrooms, one and one-half baths, kitchen, dining and living rooms, W/D; ATV trailhead, ample off-road parking.  A treasure to share, enjoy and relax;  Satisfy your taste for adventure!

Big Game Hunters please scroll down for information

regarding private rooms available in the fall hunting seasons.

The Town of Pitkin may be accessed in all weather conditions from County Road 76, which is paved and maintained in both summer and winter. The road originates at historic Highway 50, (which connects Washington DC with San Francisco, CA, and crosses the Continental Divide at ‘nearby’ Monarch Pass).  The cabin is winterized and was recently renovated with new roof, exterior siding, increased insulation, class A stove and chimney pipes, select pine tongue-and-grove bedroom walls and ceiling, and new doors and windows.  The cabin is currently only available for summer and fall rental.

The cabin is nestled on a rise above Quartz Creek, which flows through about 200 feet of the property, within the Town of Pitkin.  The premises include over one-half acre of land with a few mature pine trees and plentiful willows along the stream. Wildflowers of many species may be observed on the property in summer; while spectacular views of changing aspen and cottonwood trees are viewed from three decks in the fall. We have ample off-street parking, and no steps to access the main living level from the parking lot.  One carpeted step connects the living room with the dining and kitchen areas.

The interior features a large and comfortable living area dominated by an enormous lichen-stone fireplace, adorned with handcrafted items and antique mining tools.  The fireplace features a 30 inch insert to maximize safety, energy conservation and heat output.   and features a majestic royal bull elk antler set.  The fireplace is complimented by a centrally located antique Majestic wood burning stove, The combination of fireplace and wood burning stove provide a cozy warmth to the fall occupants, who may ponder the grand (real) elk antler chandelier in the living room.     Enjoy the full-shoulder mounted bull elk which graces the mantle, nearby mule deer head mount and Canadian big mouth bass mount.  The walls are adorned with tanned elk capes and various antiques and curiosities.

Eight persons may be comfortably seated in cushioned overstuffed chairs or couch. A dining nook easily seats six or more at the round antique table; near the modern kitchen well-stocked with antique utensils and cookware.  The kitchen features modern appliances and an electric oven/stove, microwave, coffee maker, among rough cut lumber planks and antiques from a previous era. An electric frying pan, crock put and blender are available.  The centerpiece is an antique 30 x 30 inch hickory dove-tailed professional butcher block, and upon which many harvested elk have been processed.

The cabin features a comfortable newly remodeled full bathroom upstairs and half-bath (Pica-Loo) on the lower level, and ample mudroom for coats and boots. The full bath has a neo-angle walk in shower, toilet and sink with oil-rubbed bronze, porclean  and marble finishes.  The Pica-Loo has a toilet and sink.   A new clothes washer and dryer are available along with an outdoor clothes line.

Dining may also be enjoyed on either of three large decks overlooking Quartz Creek; the total deckspace is over 500 square feet.  The sound of Quartz Creek decreases later in the summer, but may be easily heard even in the winter with the doors and windows closed. Enjoy being lulled into a deep sleep by the gentle sounds of the creek, flowing from the nearby Continental Divide toward Mexico!

The newest deck, the “river deck‘ was added in 2012 and features sanded, rough cut lumber planks and sturdy steps to easily access Quartz Creek.  This deck is quite secluded and one level below the main cabin along the hill side.   A propane grill and several outdoor chairs are available with a wooden table for 6 - 8 persons on the upper ‘Barbeque Deck‘ and the Cabin Deck is nearby and used to access the main cabin door.  The deck features a two-person swing and includes an outdoor table and chairs.

Please scroll down for a description of the three newly renovated bedrooms.

Rustic and recently renovated cabin in quaint mountain town, nestled about nine miles from the Continental Divide (as a crow flies), near Gunnison National Forest and the Alpine Tunnel National Historic District.  Luxuriate on the spacious deck with the relaxing sound and view of Quartz Creek stream, which flows through the property. Watch your children experience private trout fishing in the creek.  For big game hunters, areas 55 and 551 are delineated by County Road 76 which leads to Pitkin from US Highway 50, and in summer and fall connects Pitkin to Almont by way of the majestic Cumberland Pass (11 miles from Pitkin).

A short walk upstream along Quartz Creek leads to the expansive Gunnison National Forest, and a few miles further one finds the Alpine Tunnel National Historic District.  Referred to as the ‘Tunnel Road’ by locals, one may carefully drive the route taken by the narrow gauge railroad with spectacular views and vistas.  The road ends at a large turnout and historic museum well above timber line. 

Excellent hiking, fishing, hunting, backpacking, camping, photography, wildlife viewing, horseback riding, etc opportunities abound from every direction from Pitkin. A wide variety of scenic drives originate from Pitkin and may be travelled using a standard passenger car.  Many four-wheel-drive and ATV vehicle trails also originate from the immediate area.  Curecanti National Recreational Area offers great boating, fishing, waterskiing kayaking, rafting & scuba diving options, and is 40 miles/minutes from Pitkin. Historic mining towns including Tincup & St Elmo; excellent hot springs such as Waunita Hot Springs, and fabulous Crested Butte boasts numerous art galleries, and the Almont Triangle area and with refreshing rafting opportunities, are each within a one-hour drive. The Gunnison Regional Airport (GUC) offers rentals of standard and 4 WD vehicles, and ATV’s may also be rented in Pitkin and Gunnison.  The area has two large grocery stores, a regional hospital and numerous mountain camping gear and equipment stores, specialty shops and boutiques, art galleries, a museum and a wide range of dining opportunities.

Watch the aspen bloom early in the summer or enjoy the magnificent color changes late in summer and early fall. Great wildflower viewing and photography is available from the myriad of local flowers throughout Pitkin to the small flowers such as forget-me-knots which abound as you explore the high alpine tundra.


The following private rooms are available for the first three rifle seasons.  Archers and muzzleloaders may also inquire based on availability.  Prices are based on single occupancy and are ‘all inclusive’.  Tenants are welcome to join the owners’ family for breakfast, lunch and/or dinner, or will be provided a packed meal upon request. Each additional person is $65 per night.

The three private bedrooms below were recently refurbished and feature tongue and grove pine walls and ceilings, solid two-inch-thick knotty alder doors, wrought iron sconces and new, double glazed double slider (or casement) screened windows. All are on the second floor accessible by ladder-type staircase, and steps away from a full bathroom on the same level.  The bathroom features a neo-angle shower, hardwood mirror, and built-in electric wall heater; completed with oil-rubbed bronze, porcelain and marble finishes.  The gentle sound of Quartz Creek is heard throughout the year in each room; just crack open the window for better listening.  Two private rooms have doors with locks and keys, and one room (The Ptarmigan Nest) uses a solid alder pocket door with a privacy latch.


Private 25 square foot balcony with railing, vaulted ceiling, wrought iron chandelier, full sized 19th century Jenny Lind antique wooden bed and dresser, twin bed (32 inches) in raised level we call the Book Nook; 20 x 60 inch casement window overlooking Quartz Creek;  furnishings include CD player, radio, alarm clock, and humidifier;  tastefully appointed with plush Turkish rugs, down comforter, organic flannel sheets, New Zealand sheepskin pillows and Nepalese touches. About 175 square feet, this suite sleeps three. $165 per night based on single occupancy.


The cozy Ptarmigan Nest features an antique full sized bed, dresser, chair and table, appointed with CD player, radio, alarm clock, humidifier, organic flannel sheets and down comforter.  About 125 square feet, with solid alder pocket door with privacy lock; the nest sleeps two persons.  $125 per night based on single occupancy.


The snug Bear Den features an antique wooden bed (42 inches wide) from the Western State Normal School circa 1910; a second twin bed (36 inches wide); an antique dresser and mirror ensemble; appointed with CD player, radio, alarm clock, lamp, chair, table, and organic flannel sheets. About 110 square feet; room sleeps two persons.  $125 per night based on single occupancy.


The Ptarmigan Nest or The Bear Den, $125 per bedroom per night 'all inclusive' based on single occupancy.  Each private room sleeps two persons. 

The West Elk Suite, $165 per night 'all inclusive' based on single occupancy.  This suite sleeps three persons.

$65 per night additional person (includes meals).   

Discount for 7+ nights. 

Discount 3+ persons. 

$300 refundable Security Deposit and one night required at booking.  Checks or cash only.

Late cancellation fee may be required.  A signed lease agreement is required to reserve this lodging.


$265 per night for entire cabin: kitchen, dining room, living room, three bedrooms one and a half baths, three outdooor decks, private balcony from master bedroom (West Elk Suite).

Sleeps nine persons, this includes a fold-out couch for two.  Six-night minimum or equivalent cost.

$500 refundable Security Deposit and one night required at time of booking.

Smoking is not allowed indoors.  Pets are not allowed - ADA or service pet owners please inquire.

Late cancellation fee may be required.  A signed lease agreement is required to reserve this lodging.

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Welcome  to  our home,   where five generations have enjoyed the sights, sounds, relaxation and adventure of Pitkin and the Quartz Creek Valley.

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Phone us at:
(340) 690 - 2440


Pitkin, Colorado
629 River Street
Pitkin, Colorado