Bob Scott

Hello Sue and Bob,

Wayne and I had a very enjoyable visit at your B&B.  Thank you for making our stay a memorable occasion for our anniversary.

We thoroughly enjoyed the night skies and looking at the stars from your beautiful property.  The day spent at Mesa Verde exploring the cliff dwellings was very interesting.  Of course, one day wasn’t nearly long enough to see everything which means a return visit.

How are Chester, Oreo, JD and Morris.  We enjoyed them all, but especially Morris .  What a cute kitty!!!

We hope you are both doing well and hope to see you again soon.

Thank you for your gracious hospitality and the awesome breakfasts.

Wayne and Charlotte


During our recent visit to Mesa Verde, we found Sundance Lodge to surpass all of our expectations.  The rooms were spacious and clean and the kitchen well appointed.  The deck was wonderful for an evening glass of wine or watching the sun rise over the nearby mountains.  Our hosts, Bob and Sue Scott, were extremely considerate, being appropriately available when needed and equally important, appropriately absent.  Sundance Lodge was one of the highlights of our trip. 

William S from,  West Virginia.


Dear Sue & Bob,

We very much enjoyed our stay with you early last month.  When we left we drove on to Chaco and had a great time there before driving back to Phoenix.  Our trip had departed Phoenix the previous Thursday and included Sedona, Flag, Walnut Canyon, Red Mountain, the Grand Canyon, Betatakin at Navajo Nat Monument, Monument Valley, the Four Corners and, of course, your lovely home outside of Mancos, and Chaco.  As you know this was the first time west for Missy and Mindy had not been to any of the sites other than Sedona and the Canyon.  I always enjoy returning to AZ.  I think I would recommend seeing Mesa Verde off season – and avoid the crowds.  However, we were at the Canyon during Spring Break – and that was a mistake…

Thanks again for a great stay!

Bill, Mindy & Missy


Dear Sue,

thanks for your E-Mail. Unfortunately the “real life” has caught us totally again. It is now about three weeks ago (no, exactly 3 wks) that we have been in your lovely and nice place. We really enjoyed staying there, we enjoyed your hospitality and your nice home (as well as your cats and dogs) and also the nice company. It keeps in our mind much more than one of those anonymous but efficient motels and hotels we have seen everywhere. Thanks for that and we also hope to come again (not very soon – I guess).

Until then all the best for you both,

 Best Regards / Freundliche Grüße

Wolfgang S



Hi Sue,

Thanks for getting in touch…  the time we spent with you at Sundance Bear was great…  personally I wouldn’t change a thing (except maybe the dates)…

We had a wonderful room and a great host and hostess, we would like to thank you for your care and attention and we would recommend Sundance Bear to anyone who is thinking of staying with you.

Couldn’t have stayed at a nicer place…,

Best Wishes / Eddie & Jean (England)


Sue and Bob and Morris/Maurice,   Our wonderful retreat last weekend at Sundance carried us through the week.   We enjoyed the peace, the fireplace, the cat therapy, the comfortable room, the breakfast, and good conversation with you.   Sue, my regards to Hinsdale if you get back there before I do.  I hope your reunion will be a lot of fun.    You are on our list for future reference and we hope our paths will cross again,   Vicki & Don


Dear Sue and Bob,

Thanks a lot for your message. The stay at your lodge has been among the very best impressions during our trip. I still need some time to manage the jet leg and even more to arrange the photos and notes- I still have not finalized the pictures from the cruise!  May be I am bad organized but apart of nice traveling there are plenty of things to do for living, so I am back to job at full strength.

I am not registered at Facebook but can promise you to place some true nice words on the lodge at my web site as well as in the article in my magazine in April. You will get some photos beforehand. I have no idea when we could return to the 4 Corners- the trip is not short from Moscow but the Monuments Valley is still in my plans.

Again, thanks a lot for a warm hearted reception and all the best to you and pets with a special one to Moriz!

Yours sincerely, Olga and Yury


Dear Friends, Many Thanks for your e-card. Christmas has been very nice. The Sundance Bear Lodge is a wonderful memory for us. Our stay in your house was absolutely unexpected and marvelous. Thank you for giving us so much happiness… We wish you (Do not forget Maurice), a wonderful Christmas and a Happy New Year Astrid and Alain (september 2012)


Hello Sue and Bob

Regarding the pictures taken during our trip through the different National Parks of your beautiful country we share again all the nice things we saw and we will always remember the lovely stay with you.

I will put an appreciation at the different sites : trip adviser etc.

I don’t know what you can do to improve more your B&B , for 4 of us all was perfect : the welcome , the rooms , the breakfast , the surrounding. Unfortunately our schedule took not into account your B&B was worthy a longer stay.


We wish you a Merry Chrismas and a Happy Safe and Sound New Year.

Pimpernelle of Wezemael ( little doll )

Ludwig von Rotenburg ob der Tauber ( Little bear )

Douglas Mac Marolle (sheep )

Mademoiselle Daphne  (mice )

with their friends and parents

Monique and Luc

Anne and Luck


Good Morning Bob and Sue,

 Thank you for sharing your beautiful home with us.

We truly enjoyed our visit.   I hope someday to return with my husband!

Everything was perfect…….the bed, the food, the coffee  and your hospitality.

ah, and Morris…………….


Saturday was a good travel day………watching the kids in costume board the Pumpkin Patch Express in Durango,  lunch in Pagossa Springs where Carlyle and I had stayed 40 some years ago, watching the train in Chama and then , what must be one of the best kept secrets in the USA,  the 100 mile drive  from Chama to Santa Fe.

 Peace, Sheila R       Aberdeen SD  and ABQ  NM

PS It was especially thoughtful of you to make the gluten free bread!

Preserve Colorado Experiences via Photographic memory

Everyone is taking pictures and videos and all the social media sites love pictures!  We have become a visual society.  The journey is beautiful; be sure to capture the photos for your memories.  What Kodak and Polaroid “started” has been consumed by all of  “I” tools from Apple.  Who would have thought that the iPhone would surpass typical cameras in the volume of photos taken?

Well, here in the 4 Corners  there are fantastic, very special photo opportunities.   Mesa Verde National Park, a World Heritage Site,  coaches visitors ahead of their arrival by including information on the park website which points out that afternoon is best at most sites.

But for those  who are serious about their photos,  fall hands-on seminars are the way to go.

A great photographers’ event is the special ride on the Durango Silverton Train on Sept. 28 and 29.  Bob Scott from Sundance Bear Lodge packed up his new Cannon Power Shot and  rode the train on the 2012 excursion, and is still exclaiming a year later  about what a grand experience it was!  The train photos and video on the Sundance Bear web site  ( were the product of  last fall’s excursion.

Amateur or professional photographer it doesn’t matter – the thrill is incredible to take photos or video as the train steams past in the Animas River high mountain gorge.  Multiple times during the trip the photographers disembark to set up for the next series of photos.  In 2014 the train will include some of the special, premium cars  with their distinctive Tuscan-red paint scheme. The following coaches are available for the Fall Photo Train:

Presidential Class Nomad — Originally built in 1878, is being brought out for this special train. First Class Knight Sky –Built in 2012, has a glass roof allowing for overhead viewing! The sides are open to the weather.    First Class Tall Timber — One of the cars built recently to transport the Soaring Treetop Adventures.   Deluxe Class Rio GrandeRelax in a roomier, adult atmosphere aboard this open-air observation gondola. This class features comfortable and larger overstuffed seats with more expansive viewing windows.  Deluxe Class San Juan with classroom workshop. A ‘rolling’ workshop with renowned landscape photographer Branson Reynolds on board to assist and instruct .

The D&SNG have thought of everything for this photo experience.  Call 888-872-4607 to reserve a seat.

Why sign up for a workshop?  Participants at Mesa Verde National Park will visit sites around the park at times designed to capture ideal lighting conditions, and at hours when they’re closed to the general public!  The Mesa Verde Association  has a three-day  photography workshop led by well known photographer and Northern Arizona University Professor Emeritus Dr. Gene Balzer. For further information or to register  call 800-305-6053. Don’t dilly dally; this workshop will be sold out.

The 2013 dates are  October 11-13 ( limited to 13 participants)  to ensure plenty of personalized coaching. Tuition includes three days of instruction,  all meals and the highlight is two dinners at the famed Metate Room Restaurant.  Visitors are typically stunned at how good this restaurant is!

Even  if you are unable to schedule one of these special photographer events, there is enormous beauty to capture everywhere you turn during fall in the San Juan Mountains.  Hike, horseback ride, bicycle or more and you’ll soon be in the midst of breath-taking beauty.  Colorado quaking aspen are the iconic photos. When was the last time you were awed by Mother Nature’s displays? In Colorado it happens every day!

Use Sundance Bear Lodge just outside of Mancos as your base camp while you photograph Mesa Verde or the beauty of the San Juan Skyway. Day trips in the national forest provide different photo opportunities at each elevation from 7000 to 9000 or higher. This world is worth exploring and photographing! Have you made Fall travel  plans yet?

The family can kick off their shoes, rest and enjoy the comforts of Sundance Bear while the photographer is gone for a day.  By the way, the wildlife photos hanging at Sundance Bear are the work of internationally recognized professional Thomas Mangelson.  Sundance Bear Lodge  accommodates up to 20 guests in three buildings.  The Lodge is B&B service; the Log Cabin  has a B&B option; Forest Edge guest house is self cater. Hot tub and sauna on site.  Two dogs and 2 cats to play with in case you left furry friends at home.

Contact Susan Scott 866-529-2480

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