"Luna Mesa" is a beautiful unique modern architectural steel post and beam adobe straw-bale southwest home with a guest house and studio which sits on 17 acres at the base of Mesa Verde National Park. A perfect special hidden gem, the "Moon Dancer" Guest Casita/Cottage accommodates one to four. The cozy contemporary straw-bale adobe fully equipped casita/cottage with a full kitchen, dining area, 3/4 bath, loft bedroom, living room with a memory foam queen pull out sleeper sofa, gas fireplace stove and 4K Smart TV/DVD Player, will give you a special central location to experience the world of the Ancient Pueblo People and see all the wonderful sites in the Four Corners region of our beautiful Southwest. Sage Brush, Pinon, Juniper and Cedar on 17 private acres with forever views of the La Plata Mountains and Mesa Verde. The National Park Entrance Visitor Center is a short five minute drive, less than 2 miles away. Luna Mesa is only 35 minutes away from the Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Train Station in Durango. The arts district community of Mancos, Cortez, Canyon of the Ancients, Hovenweep, Lowery Ruins, Four Corners Monument, Canyon de Chelly, Chimney Rock, Aztec Ruins, Bridges National Monument, Canyon Lands, Telluride, Arches National Park and Moab, UT are all within short drives from "Luna Mesa" in Mancos, CO. Touring and outdoors enthusiasts will enjoy the peaceful secluded location with a relaxing hot tub soak after exploring the region, that has forever mountain, mesa and valley views as well as luminous moonlight and dark sky starry nights. Enjoy good food, beverages and entertainment at nearby Mancos, Cortez & Durango establishments. Mountain Bike at Phil's World Trail Park just 6 miles away! Hike high country national forest and Canyon of the Ancients trails. Fish nearby rivers and lakes. Ski Hesperus, Telluride, Purgatory and Nordic Trails within short distances. Events and special shows galore! All four seasons are beautiful! Come enjoy a true southwest experience from sage mesas, lakes, rivers, slick rock canyons to high 12 and 14,000 ft mountains. COLORADO at its BEST!!
Modern Straw-bale Cottage with Loft Bedroom and Sleeper Sofa with Grand Views
Rhonda and Dennis
- Calendar last updated:
- Feb 19, 2019
About Rhonda and Dennis
Rhonda (The Artist) and Dennis (The Jokester) have lived in Durango and the Mesa Verde National Park region for 30 & 45 years respectively. We happily enjoy sharing the history and local stories that will enhance your stay and will steer you in the right direction to make the most of your stay. Dennis will show you where to find the best mountain bike and jeeping/4wheel trails while Rhonda can guide you to the best trails for touring ancient ruins and artistic sites to photograph, paint or journal. We love enjoying local music, dancing and creative special events and will help you find the best restaurants, shows and events to make your visit memorable. Private Plein Air Painting Classes with Rhonda (Award Winning Artist) as your guide and instructor are available with prior arrival arrangements and separate fees. A truly special way to experience beautiful Colorado and have special art you create and take home with you! *Rhonda's painting "Spirits' View - from inside Long House Ruin" was featured on Mesa Verde National Park's Centennial website in 2006. This painting was only possible with special permission from the Park and a Ranger Guide as a work specially created for the Centennial Celebrations. Rhonda's dream opportunity!
Rhonda and Dennis purchased this Guest House in 2018
Why Rhonda and Dennis chose Mancos
Experience a beautiful relaxing stay with grand views of Mesa Verde National Park, Mancos Valley and the La Plata mountains. Enjoy the peacefulness of an adobe Southwest straw bale home that is complemented with fabulous contemporary southwest finishes. Stroll our southwest xeriscape gardens and enjoy the birds and bees while sipping your morning tea or coffee. Watch soaring eagles, hawks, ravens, deer, coyote and possibly a wild cat or bear pass by. After a long day of adventures relax on your private patio with panoramic views or join us on the veranda for cool beverages or hot cocoa in the winter. Luna Mesa is to enjoy Colorado year round!
What makes this Guest House unique
Grand vistas from every window and the expansive veranda. Unique modern straw-bale sustainable architecture with high steel post & beam ceilings, earthen clay walls, teak and cherry wood through out and southwest decor. The adobe walled xeriscape gardens with a relaxing Hot Tub will fill your soul with forever views and starry and luminous moon nights. 17 acres of privacy borders the Mesa Verde National Park. Note: We also have a private upstairs "Mesa Verde Vista" Queen Suite available in the Main Home which will accommodate two or three more people with an additional reservation. Total capacity on property is 7 at this time. (Families and singles welcome.)
Pool / Spa
Check-in: 4:00 PM
Check-out: 10:00 AM
Canceled bookings will not receive a refund
Luna Mesa is a charming and beautiful place to stay for vacation or quiet romantic retreat.
We loved Luna Mesa so much I am hesitant to review it because I want to keep it a secret! The casita is amazing! It is warm, beautifully decorated and has every amenity you could want. The location is quiet and natural yet just a few minutes from town. The icing on the cake are the gracious hosts Rhonda and Dennis. They made us feel like family. I highly recommend Luna Mesa, you will not be disappointed.
We love sharing our Luna Mesa and making new friends who graciously enjoy our special hideaway in a location blessed with natures peace & beauty! We look forward to helping you explore the area & making more special memories in the future! Guests now our friends!! Thank you!
If you are considering a multi-day venture into Mesa Verde National Park, this is a perfect home base. As the drive into certain parts of the park takes up to an hour from the entrance, the location of Luna Mesa makes it ideal for park goers to go in and out with ease, and to return for multiple days to really appreciate the park. The hosts are very gracious, friendly and hospitable. Rhonda's experience with bed and breakfast-ing really shows. The hot tub under the stars was just one highlight of our stay here. The steep climb to the lofted bedroom shouldn't be a problem for most people, and the view from the bed up there is lovely. Decor is appealing, including excellent works by Rhonda herself. Big veranda off the main house is open to guests for watching birds at the feeders, overlooking the garden and landscape, sipping a beverage, etc. Be sure to ask about the construction of the buildings, really interesting! Thanks again to Rhonda and Dennis for a wonderful getaway at Luna Mesa!
To be described as a Cozy Gem absolutely delights us! We love that we were able to provide a special retreat easily within distance to all the amazing wonders of Mesa Verde National Park! Wish we could take credit for the wonderful starry nights but that we can't do. My art is another of my joys I'm happy to share in our decor, especially the ones of the ancient Puebloan ruins you explore in the Park. Helping create special memories is our hope and making new special friends is our reward! Looking forward to the next visit!!
Beautiful building and beautiful piece of property
Thoroughly enjoyed staying with Rhonda and Dennis. Very friendly and accomodating hosts!
Our unique modern straw bale adobe home and casita were designed to provide a special warm environment for relaxing and being peaceful. We love sharing our property which gives you forever views, starry nights in the Hot Tub and up close and personal experiences with Mesa Verde National Park. The Ancient Puebloans found this special place first and now it can be experienced with us at Luna Mesa. We hope to see you back someday! There is still so much to explore and enjoy!
Wonderful location! What a treasure!
This is exactly what we were looking for in a Mesa Verde vacation. The view was unreal and the hospitality even better. We had a stressful time getting here and they went above and beyond to accommodate our needs. We will definitely recommend this place and hopefully be back ourselves.
We were very happy to be able to help our guests - now new friends, whom had a vehicle mechanical problem on the way to our Luna Mesa. Being able to provide a relaxing peaceful stay and help with advice about touring Mesa Verde National Park is exactly why we offer our Luna Mesa as a VRBO.
Our joy is helping create special happy memories for others!
Looking forward to having you back some day!
Happy future travels!
Rhonda and Dennis
A Special Place.
Moon Dancer Casita is special. The beautiful online pictures depict it well. We have found that good photo ops can mislead, but this is not the case here. Ultimately, we were drawn to this property by the beauty of the place and its location. We were not disappointed on either count. There are views from all of the windows which provided cross breezes and cool mountain air, early and late. We awakened each morning in the romantic loft to a view of purplish blue mountains, the scent of sage and the occasional distant thunder. Luna Mesa is surrounded by acres of natural grasses, wildflowers and wildlife, along with neighboring Mesa Verde. We lingered each morning to watch the many hummingbirds in the flower garden or to traverse the long gravel drive with coffee in hand. The flower garden surrounds the hot tub, which has the benefit of being sanitized by diatomaceous earth rather than harmful chemicals, a welcome surprise and bit of luxury.
Luna Mesa’s location is ideal with national parks and monuments short drives away. Mesa Verde, Canyon of the Ancients, Hovenweep, and more. As well, the towns of Cortez, Mancos, and Dolores are alive with so much that places of beauty bring: art, breweries, wineries, crafts, good food, and friendly people devoted to the well being of their homes, communities. This was apparent everywhere. Our hosts, owners Rhonda and Dennis, were of this community spirit. They are mindful of the success of their guest casita and have not spared any details in their thoughtful care of linens and bedding, to some kitchen staples,, guest comfort, and a world of information on Colorado and the Four Corners area. They are very gracious hosts. I would, also, point out here that this was only the second time that my husband and I have ever rented a property where the owners were on site. However, our need for privacy was never at issue.
At the heart of our stay was not only the beautiful accomodations, but the connection to this home of the ancestral Pueblo people. We brought home our mind’s eye view of this place, of stunning landscapes and star studded dark night sky, scented air and cool nights. We heartily recommend this property.
Thank you, Rhonda and Dennis, for all of your efforts and for sharing.
Beautiful, Restful, Peaceful
Rhonda and Dennis are exceptional welcoming hosts. At the ready for all kinds of information on the area. Contacts for anything and everything you might want to do. Dennis personally showed my husband around Phil's World! Rhonda has thought of everything, all amenities plus fresh cookies, coffee, fresh fruit and cereal!
We enjoy sharing our Luna Mesa and getting to know great people like you! Your good time is our good time! Mountain biking in Phil's World is one of Dennis' favorite activities and when he can share the trails with a good time rider like you it makes it all the more fun! It was our special pleasure to be able to help make your experience a happy memorable one while visiting family and friends. Looking forward to your next visit and more fun memories to be made!
All the best!
Rhonda and Dennis
Private Plein Air Painting classes with Luna Mesa's owner Rhonda Polsfut (Award Winning Artist). Rhonda's Plein Air painting "Spirits' View - from Long House Ruin" was featured on Mesa Verde National Park's Centennial website in 2006. The painting was created with special permission from the Park with a Ranger Guide. A special dream opportunity for Rhonda. Arrange private painting classes on our Luna Mesa property or around our beautiful area guided and instructed by Rhonda, prior to arrival for extra fees. (Supplies may be provided with extra fees.) Create your own special work of art to take home as a keepsake from your travels in Colorado!
Dennis will be happy to provide you with a hosted mountain bike trail ride experience either at infamous Phil’s World just 6 miles away or other canyon and mountain trails in our area. Bring your Mountain Bike! Prior arrangement before arrival is best for Dennis to be possibly available.
We also have a neighbor friend Duncan Rose, who will host a fly-fishing excursion with prior arrangements. Donations excepted for Colorado Trout Unlimited.