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Status: Open through Mon Nov 30 2015   Season Dates


Mingus Ranch is a cabin where guests can step back in time and feel like they're staying on an early 20th century homestead. The cabin was built in 1908 and was operated by the same family for six decades before it became a Forest Service property.

In collaboration with the Frontier Pathways Scenic and Historic Byway and the Colorado State Historical Society, the cabin and neighboring barn have been renovated to match their original appearance and filled with period-specific furniture and antiques. Electricity is provided and a horse corral is onsite.

Natural Features:

The cabin is perched in a sprawling meadow at an elevation of 9,400 feet near the base of Round Top Mountain in the heart of the Wet Mountains. Surrounding the meadow are spruce and other mixed conifers. The scenic Greenhorn Mountain is due south.


Hiking, mountain biking, horse riding, off-road vehicle riding, hunting and wildlife viewing are all enjoyable activities here. An extensive network of hiking trails and roads for biking are nearby.


The modest ranch building is an example of a typical high country ranch with two stories. The cabin sleeps six and conveniences include electric heat, an electric stove and minimal electric lighting. A vault toilet, picnic table and campfire ring are located outside, as well as a horse corral. Furnishings consist of a couple bunk beds with pads, a basic wash, table and chairs and some cooking pots and utensils.

No drinking water is available so it's important to bring plenty. Other items to bring include bedding, food, garbage bags, dish soap, sunscreen and other basic camping gear. There are minimal lights at the facility, so visitors may want to bring additional light sources.

Nearby Attractions:

2 miles west on Highway 165, visitors can find restaurants and an ATM. Westcliffe, 26 miles west, is the nearest town for conveniences like grocery stores.

Activities and Amenities

Within Facility
  • Electric Stove
  • Fire Extinguisher
  • Firewood
  • First Aid Kit
  • Heater
  • Horse Corrals
  • Horseback Riding
  • Vault Toilets
Within 10 Miles
  • Biking
  • Birding
  • Boating
  • Fishing
  • General Store
  • Hiking
  • Hunting
  • Mountain Biking
  • Off-Road Vehicle Trails
  • Pay Phone
  • Restaurant
  • Wildlife Viewing
Know Before You Go
  • Entry to the cabin and vault toilet is by combination lock, which is provided in the confirmation letter or email, sent after a reservation is made
  • No drinking water available; bring an ample amount
  • No pets allowed
  • No tent or RV camping at cabin site
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  • Don't Move Firewood: Prevent the spread of tree-killing organisms by obtaining firewood at or near your destination and burning it on-site. For more information visit dontmovefirewood.org.

Getting There:

GPS Info. (Latitude, Longitude):
38.09306, -105.11
38°5'35"N, 105°6'36"W

Southwest of Pueblo, Colorado: Take HWY 96 approximately 30 miles through Wetmore to McKenzie Junction. Go south on HWY 165 for 9 miles. Turn east on Forest Service Road 383 and continue for 1.5 miles. Cabin and corral are on the south side of the road.

Contact Information:

Mailing Address:

3170 E. MAIN ST.

Phone Number:

Project Office: (719)269-8500
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