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Bear Gamble Mountain Retreat


Property Details

Updated: Jul 13, 2016
House, 4 Bedrooms, 2.5 Baths, Sleeps 8

This 4 bedroom, 2 1/4 bath home is located at an approximate elevation of 8400 feet just between Ouray and Ridgway. Enjoy the spectacular view of Mt. Sneffels from the great room and master suite, then gaze down to the Ridgway Valley from the private master suite deck. The home is decorated with cabin and western theme furnishings, and features vaulted wood ceilings, wood floors, rustic slate floors in the kitchen and bathrooms. The master suite is on the upper level with a second bedroom/den on the main level and two additional bedrooms in the lower level. The great room is the perfect place to sip a cup of coffee while watching the clouds float over one of the most amazing mountain ranges in the country. Or, if you are feeling adventurous, slip outside and relax in the hot tub with fresh air views of the surrounding mountain peaks and valleys. Located in a gated community, on an incredibly scenic 4.5 mile climb out of Ouray, this home is the epitome of a mountain getaway. Whether you like fishing, skiing, playing in the snow, biking, 4-wheeling, soaking in the hot springs, hiking, or just relaxing, the Ouray area offers it all. Please be aware that most roads in Ouray County are NOT paved. Although the road to our home is maintained, it does climb to an elevation of 8400 feet on a winding view-packed road. Low clearance cars are not recommended.

  • Sleeps 8
  • 4 Bedrooms
  • 2 Bathrooms, 1 Half Bath
  • Barbecue
  • Pets welcome
  • Internet
  • Dish washer
  • Washing machine
  • Towels provided
  • Linens provided
  • Accept Credit Cards
  • Bookable online

Recent Review

About the Owner

Speaks: english

10 Reviews

based on 10 traveler reviews


Fantastic House!!!

  • 5 of 5

Just got back from trip to Colorado and had a wonderful stay thanks to this beautiful home on top of the mountain!! The view was out of this world!! Saw lots of wildlife on our travels back & forth from house to highway. Use to live out in the Ridgway-Ouray area and felt right at home. The property was was well -maintained and recommend a stay to everyone.

  • Submitted: Jun 20, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Hikers from Florida

  • 5 of 5

Bear Gamble Retreat was just beautiful. It was absolutely everything that we look for in a getaway vacation from the everyday hustle. The quietness, seclusion and the amenities were perfect. One of our drives down the scenic drive we saw three bears along the side of the road eating berries, the cows were a little bit of an annoyance. The location of the home in Ouray is set perfectly between Silverton & Telluride with so much to do, we hiked over 50 miles in 10 days and looked forward in coming back to the house to enjoy the hot tub to soothe those soar tired muscles. If we ever decide to come back to this area we will definitely stay here again.

  • Submitted: Oct 5, 2015
  • Stayed: Aug 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Wildlife retreat

  • 4 of 5

The house was beautiful and back in there. Had a great stay. Got to see lots of wildlife up close. First day was a large black bear. Every day a bear but the one that was totally awesome was the large black mountain cat that was at the deck entrance. Total of 4 large black bears and 2 smaller cubs. One grizzly bear, and big cat. On complaint was the free range cows that used the house area as a toliet. But the place was great, for quite time. Would recommend it to anyone. Views were awesome from decks. My dog loved it house pet friendly. Thumbs up.

  • Submitted: Aug 16, 2015
  • Stayed: Jul 2015
  • Source: Vacation Rentals, from HomeAway
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Vacationers from UK

  • 5 of 5

We had such a wonderful ten days at Bear Gamble Retreat, it is such a beautiful property and so much fun. Even the thirty minute drive up County Road 23 was enjoyable, always expecting to see a bear or elk round every turn unfortunately we were unlucky. On arriving at the property we were in awe of the fantastic surroundings and views. Snow covered Mount Snaffels in all it's glory. The house is very well appointed, clean and comfortable, our party comprised of two couples and it was perfect, both for privacy and communal living. Because the temperature was always around 80° we never used the fireplaces but we did use the outdoor fire pit for baking potatoes and burning specific garbage. Please check the fire before lighting, the chipmunks loved to explore what was on offer. We also enjoyed the hot tub especially after a long day hiking and sitting on the balcony with a gin and tonic watching the antics of the chipmunks and humming birds was second to none.

Ouray is such a find, quaint and beautiful with lots of activities and nearby places to visit to keep everyone happy. We hiked the Ouray Perimeter Trail , Box Canyon and Little Blue Lake, also worth a visit is Black Canyon of the Gunnison and the Dennis Weaver Memoria, plus a trip to the True Grit Cafe in Ridgway..

Brandy and Bob, the owners of Bear Gamble, were excellent to deal with, even from the UK all payment transactions and map details were quick and simple to access. Thank you for such a memorable holiday

  • Submitted: Jul 8, 2015
  • Stayed: Jun 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Beautiful Mountain Views

  • 5 of 5

The house was absolutely beautiful!! Set about 15 minutes up a mountain with fantastic views. Great home for families that want privacy but yet close enough to all of the many things to do around there! Thank you for sharing your home so we could celebrate our parents 50th wedding anniversary!! Would stay again if we were ever in the area!!

  • Submitted: Jun 23, 2015
  • Stayed: Jun 2015
  • Source: Vacation Rentals, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for taking the time to share your experience. We hope to have your family visit again!
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A fantastic escape!!!!

  • 5 of 5

The cabin setting was complete with lots of snow, mountain views, outdoor firepit and hot tub....exactly what we were looking for in our holiday vacation! Inside the cabin there was more than enough room for the 7 of us and had all the comforts of our own home. The owners had lots of books, movies and games for the kids, AND a wonderful, open great room, with fireplace, where the 'adults' sat around and caught up! The road to the home climbs in elevation and was a bit snowy (as expected this time of the year), but the owners were really attentive in making sure we arrived safely. We can't wait to come back for a summer vacation!

  • Submitted: Jan 30, 2015
  • Stayed: Dec 2014
  • Source: Vacation Rentals, from HomeAway
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Activity and Interests

Car: necessary

The 'Switzerland of America', Ouray's natural landscape is majestic and amazing! Enjoy the beauty of a copper colored mountaintop at over 12,000 ft in elevation. Feel the cool spray from rushing water over a mountain precipice. Catch a glimpse of an elk, deer or mountain goat munching on native grasses, or laugh over the antics of the many chipmunks, marmots and pika that run across the landscape. Ouray's outdoor playground leaves noone behind when it comes to rock climbing, jeeping, trail hiking, photography, shopping, swimming, fishing and just about any other adventure you can think of!


Rental rates

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Jul 1 2016 - Jul 31 2016
5 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
4 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $90
Refundable damage deposit $200
Pet Fee $25

A $200.00 damage deposit is held by HomeAway and refunded at 14 days. Although an $90 cleaning fee is calculated into the reservation, please understand that if our home is left exceptionally dirty, higher cleaning costs can be incurred and additional monies be deducted from damage deposit. Note: This deposit amount is non-refundable outside of 60 days from check-in.

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Property Type

  • cabin


  • Adventure
  • Family
  • Romantic


  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Linens Provided
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine


  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Stove
  • Toaster


  • Dining Area


  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Video Library

Pool / Spa

  • Hot Tub


  • children welcome
  • limited accessibility
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered

Location Type

  • Mountain View


  • autumn foliage
  • festivals
  • forests
  • museums
  • waterfalls

Leisure Activities

  • bird watching
  • horseback riding
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • massage therapist
  • medical services

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • cycling
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • hiking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • rafting
  • ski privileges optional
  • skiing
  • whitewater rafting

Floor Area

  • 2400 sq. ft.


  • Bathroom 1
  • Bathroom 2
  • Half Bathroom


  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom 1
  • Bedroom 2
  • Bedroom 3
  • Bedroom 4


  • Deck / Patio
  • Outdoor Grill


  • Guests provide their own meals


  • * large deck with hot tub * 3 bedrooms, plus den with full-size bed * fully furnished kitchen with settings for 8 * bedding and towels provided for maximum occupancy of 8 * bbq grill * wood fireplace, and 2 gas fireplaces * TV, DVD, DIRECTV, Stereo, Hughes-Net internet * Please ask about any special requests

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